Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City July 27, 2014.REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

Gaza truce brings no relief to diplomatic tensions

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply, but tension between Netanyahu's government and Washington flared over U.S. mediation efforts to end the three-week-old war.   Full Article 

Europe subdued, Russia shares tumble on new sanctions 4:25am EDT

LONDON - The euro was stuck near its lowest level since November and Russian shares tumbled for a third straight day on Monday as new European sanctions for Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship between the two.

A Malaysian air crash investigator works at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe

DONETSK, Ukraine - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.  Full Article 

A man walks past Pfizer's world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Pfizer's need for deal looms with earnings report

NEW YORK - Pfizer's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca or other deals to fortify its pipeline.  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

China's fishermen connected in disputed waters

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 

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 

Lightning strike on Venice Beach sends 8 to hospital

Eight people were hurt, two severely, when lightning struck Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday, emergency officials said. Nathan Frandino reports.