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Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM - The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said.

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Suicide bombs in Nigeria's Kaduna kill 82, ex-leader Buhari targeted

KADUNA Nigeria - At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer. | Video

Africa 23 Jul 2014

Venezuela's world-famous 'vertical slum' may be demolished

CARACAS - An abandoned Caracas skyscraper dubbed the world's tallest shanty-town after a squatters' takeover could be demolished once its inhabitants are out, Venezuela's leader said on Wednesday.

Venezuela 23 Jul 2014

Seleka to sign ceasefire, drops call for Central African Republic split

BRAZZAVILLE/DAKAR - Central African Republic's mainly Muslim Seleka rebels will sign a ceasefire with 'anti-balaka' Christian militia on Wednesday, having dropped their demands for the country to be split in two along religious lines, Seleka officials told Reuters.

Africa, Mali 23 Jul 2014

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU - India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

23 Jul 2014

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

KIEV - Kiev said two of its fighter jets were shot down over the rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, and the missiles that brought them down might have been fired from Russia.

Russia 23 Jul 2014

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