Smoke rises above a damaged multi-storey block of flats following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Ukraine troops gain ground

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukraine said its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing toward the site where flight MH17 was brought down.  Full Article 

U.S. housing data weaker than expected, but services sector expands 12:04pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, but the data did little to change perceptions the housing sector was gradually recovering after slumping in late 2013.

Palestinians attend the Eid al-Fitr prayer at al-Farouk mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Truce disintegrates in Gaza, fighting persists

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A new home is being built next to a home with a for sale sign on a street in Vienna, on the morning the National Association of Realtors issues its Pending Home Sales for February report, in Virginia March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Zillow, Trulia under one roof

What Zillow and Trulia's $3.5 billion online real estate merger says about the prospects for a boom in marketing homes over the internet.  Video 

Member of the protest group, Code Pink, Cayman Macdonald protests against U.S. President Barack Obama and the NSA before his arrival at the Department of Justice in Washington, January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Spy programs threaten press freedom: ACLU

WASHINGTON - U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said.  Full Article 

Plumes of smoke rise in the sky after a rocket hit a fuel storage tank near the airport road in Tripoli, during clashes between rival militias July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Hani Amara

Libya descends into chaos

TRIPOLI - A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, as anarchy sweeps across the North African oil producer  Full Article 

Morgan Wienberg (L), 22, poses with 14-year-old Ysaac Jeudy of Haiti, an orphan who lost his mother in the 2010 earthquake, in Miami, Florida June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Adams

Reuniting Haitian 'orphans' with parents

MIAMI - A young volunteer was driven to action after witnessing appalling conditions at a Haitian orphanage - and discovering that almost all the children were not orphans but were being used to milk donations from unwitting charities.  Full Article 

France begins three days of mourning over Air Algerie crash

Flags are flying at half-mast as France begins three days of mourning for the victims of the Air Algerie crash in Mali. Jillian Kitchener reports.