An Israeli soldier stands at a staging area after crossing back into Israel from Gaza July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel, U.N. spar over truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A fragile truce in Gaza was fraying as Israel said an easing of the siege would only come if the armed groups were stripped of their weapons.  Full Article | Slideshow 

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.

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 

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 

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 

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 

Breakingviews: Zillow, Trulia under one roof

Rob Cyran and Reynolds Holding discuss the online real estate firms' $3.5 billion merger and the prospects for a boom in marketing homes over the internet.