Firefighters spray water at the scene of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Bombs kill 35 across Iraq

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.  Full Article 

China rejects U.S. criticism over jet encounter 1:19pm EDT

BEIJING - China on Saturday called US criticism of an approach by one of its jets to a US Navy patrol plane off the Chinese coast earlier this week "completely groundless" and said its pilot had maintained a safe distance from the US aircraft.

A view of what witnesses said was an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ezz Zanon

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.  Full Article 

Relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster react during a minute's silence during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Bodies of MH17 victims return to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - People across Malaysia held a minute's silence and wore black as they observed a day of mourning to mark the return of the first 20 bodies among its citizens killed when a jetliner was downed over Ukraine.  Full Article 

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Hoverbike aims to take aviation to a new level

UK-based Malloy Aeronautics is preparing to test a manned quadcopter capable of out-maneuvering a helicopter and presenting a new paradigm for aerial vehicles.  Video 

Protestors march down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Black councilman keeps low profile in Ferguson

FERGUSON Missouri - In many ways Dwayne James, the only black councilman in a predominantly black town, is a beacon of hope in Ferguson. However, he has maintained a public silence while the town was rocked by racially charged riots.  Full Article 

Workers wearing protective masks sit at the Felix Houphouet Boigny international airport in Abidjan August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Ivory Coast closes borders over Ebola threat

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in an attempt to prevent outbreak of the virus from spreading onto its territory.  Full Article 

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. launched dramatic midnight rescue in Syria

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON - The U.S. military incursion into the heart of Islamic State territory near the Syrian city of Raqqa , made on U.S. Independence Day, ended in disappointment when the soldiers failed to find journalist James Foley or other U.S. hostages.  Full Article 

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Israeli airstrike kills five in Gaza, destroys mosque

Israeli forces carried out air strikes on 20 different locations across the Gaza strip, reducing a mosque and several homes to rubble and killing five people. Deborah Gembara reports