A relative of Lebanese national Manji Hasan holds up his mobile phone displaying a picture of Manji and his children, who the family said were all on board Air Algerie flight AH 5017, in the southern Lebanese village of Hariss July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

French warplanes search for crashed Air Algerie plane

ALGIERS - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers onboard, nearly half of them French citizens, crashed after the jet disappeared over northern Mali en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers.  Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims hit more than eight-year low, but home sales tumble 1:55pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction.

A relative of Palestinians whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, reacts at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Fifteen dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 750   Full Article | Slideshow 

An armed pro-Russian separatist guards a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

EU sanctions target state-owned Russia banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis.  Full Article 

The Chevrolet logo and the U.S. flag are seen in Gaithersburg, Maryland May 1, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

GM's profit falls on recall costs

DETROIT - General Motors reported a much lower second-quarter profit due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch.  Full Article | Video 

A barbed wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village in northeastern Poland, in this August 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

CIA ran secret jail in Poland

WARSAW - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining al Qaeda suspects.  Full Article 

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections. REUTERS/Arizona Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

Two-hour execution sparks calls for inquiry

PHOENIX - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new arguments for the United States to abandon the death penalty.  Full Article | Video 

Spain's Swiftair says it has lost contact with plane en route to Algiers

Algerian aviation official confirms the crash of an Air Algerie operated flight owned by the Spanish private company Swiftair, carrying 110 passengers and six crew from Burkina Faso. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.