An Israeli soldier smokes a cigarette after crossing back into Israel from Gaza July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pressure builds to forge Gaza ceasefire

GAZA/JERUSALEM - As fighting abates in the Gaza Strip for now, the road forward to a more durable ceasefire will be rocky at best.  Full Article 

U.S. pending home sales unexpectedly fall in June 10:07am EDT

WASHINGTON - Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, casting a cloud over the housing market recovery.

A general view shows the Achinsk oil refining factory, owned by the Rosneft company, outside the town of Achinsk, some 188 km (117 miles) west of Krasnoyarsk, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Yukos shareholders win $50 billion

MOSCOW/LONDON/AMSTERDAM - The Hague's arbitration court ruled that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in oil giant Yukos $51.6 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.  Full Article 

A woman walks past armed pro-Russian separatists who stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Ukraine claims more territory from rebels

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine said its troops had taken more territory near the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, as international investigators said fighting was preventing them reaching the crash location.  Full Article 

A woman packages freshly caught fish at a port in the city of Dongfang on the western side of China's island province of Hainan, June 18, 2014.   REUTERS/John Ruwitch

Satellites and seafood in the South China Sea

TANMEN China - China is providing satellite navigation support to fishermen as they head deeper into Southeast Asian waters in search of new fishing grounds as stocks thin out closer to home.  Full Article | Video 

A volunteer and veteran who did not want to be identified poses with his memorial-patched vest at the 13th annual StandDown in Phoenix, Arizona February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Veterans funding deal reached

WASHINGTON - The chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House veterans committees reached an agreement on legislation aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs healthcare crisis.  Full Article 

A relative of a missing passenger onboard the capsized Sewol ferry cries at a port in Jindo April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

South Korean teens narrate their ferry ordeal

ANSAN South Korea - Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years narrated how classmates helped them float free as water flooded their cabins despite crew instructions to stay put even as their ferry sank.  Full Article 

Medical staff put on protective gear in Kenema government hospital before taking a sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Kenema, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Liberia shuts border crossings to curb Ebola

MONROVIA - The Liberian government closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.  Full Article 

U.N. calls for ceasefire

Israel eases its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declines, as both the United States and United Nations call for a durable ceasefire. Sarah Toms reports.