7.31.14:  Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire.”


Netanyahu says he will not accept any truce that won’t allow Israel to complete its mission of destroying the sophisticated tunnel network, which has been used to carry out deadly attacks inside Israel.


Israel launched its air campaign on July 8 to stop unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza toward Israel. It expanded the operation with a ground offensive on July 17 with the primary purpose of blocking Hamas infiltration attempts through the tunnels.

7.31.14:  Praying for U.S. Missionaries with Ebola


WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina congressman is asking for prayer for Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol, one of two Americans who have come down with Ebola while helping West Africans affected by the deadly virus.


In a House floor speech, Republican Robert Pittenger noted that Writebol could have left Liberia when Ebola began to spread, but instead volunteered to help sanitize medical personnel and their equipment. He said she “chose a higher calling of sacrificial love and service.”


Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, a medical missionary with the Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, remained in isolation Wednesday, receiving treatment for the virus that has no known cure and kills 60 percent of the people who contract it.


Prayer services for the afflicted missionaries were held Wednesday at Writebol’s home church in Charlotte and Brantly’s home church in Fort Worth, Texas.

7.30.14:  Nearly 150 feared trapped in landslide in India


NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian official says that more than 150 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village in western India following torrential rains.


The local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra state says today’s landslide in the village of Ambe has buried about 40 houses.

Federal rescue workers are on their way to the area but have been hindered by poor roads leading to the village and continuing rain.


He says residents have begun the work of clearing the debris

7.29.14:  New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare


DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to a man who died Friday from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.


No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria.


An Ebola outbreak that emerged in March has killed more than 670 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


7.29.14:  EU envoys discuss tougher Russia sanctions


BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are expected to decide today whether to slap Russia with tougher sanctions.


They’re discussing limiting Russia’s access to European capital markets and halting trade in arms and dual-use and sensitive technologies.


Yesterday, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy and France talked via conference call with President Barack Obama about getting Russia to stop allegedly supplying arms to Ukrainian separatists and other actions that are destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.

7.28.14:   2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia


BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.


Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition. Thirty-three-year-old Brantly is the medical director for the group’s Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia.


Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.


He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.

7.28.14:  Israel-Hamas fighting resumes


JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.


The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday.


The military says Israeli jets hit two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza today.


It says the airstrikes were in response to a Hamas rocket launched into Israel earlier in the morning.


The strikes followed an almost 12-hour lull in war-torn Gaza.

7.25.14:  France sends soldiers to Mali plane crash site


PARIS (AP) — France is sending a military unit to Mali to secure the site where an Air Algeria plane crashed with 116 aboard. Most of the dead were French citizens.


The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso.


The plane crashed during a rainstorm in a restive area of Mali, near the Burkina Faso border.


7.24.14:  Air Algerie plane disappears from radar


ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Authorities say a flight operated by Air Algerie carrying 110 passengers and a crew of six has disappeared from the radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.


The official Algerian news agency said air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff. Flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before news was made public.


Swiftair, the private Spanish airline, confirmed that 116 people were aboard.


The plane’s flight path passes over Mali, where unrest continues in the north.

7.23.14:  Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts


NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official and online marketplace StubHub say cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events.


The official tells The Associated Press that arrests are expected in a case that sprawls across international borders.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with English and Canadian officials.


San Francisco-based StubHub says the thieves got account-holders’ login and password information from data breaches at other websites or from malware on the customers’ computers. The company says it detected the unauthorized transactions last year and gave refunds.