Israeli armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are seen outside the central Gaza Strip July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Gaza three day truce begins

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect, and negotiators were due to travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution.  Full Article 

Asia stocks sideswiped by Wall Street, but China motors on 2:28am EDT

SYDNEY - Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

Technicians work on their computers next to a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China PMIs indicate economy is steadying

BEIJING - China's factories posted their strongest growth in at least 1-1/2 years in July as new orders surged to multi-month highs, two surveys showed, cementing bets that the economy is re-gaining momentum after a spate of stimulus measures.  Full Article 

The dashboard of a Tesla Model S is shown at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte Madera, California May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tesla posts $61.9 million loss

DETROIT - Tesla Motors Inc, the California-based maker of luxury electric cars, said it lost $61.9 million, or 50 cents a share, in the second quarter, as revenue nearly doubled to $769.3 million.  Full Article 

Ukrainian tanks move along a road near Eastern Ukrainian village of Novoselivka Persha July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New EU sanctions target five Russian banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.  Full Article 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Ebola death toll in Sierra Leona rises to 729

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.  Full Article | Video 

Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to 3-day Gaza truce

Aug.01- Israelis and Palestinians will wake up Friday morning to the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Nathan Frandino reports.