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Divided US chamber approves lawsuit against Obama

Washington:  A sharply divided US House of Representatives has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama contending that he has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. Democrats say the lawsuit is a campaign-year stunt designed to draw conservative voters to the polls in congressional elections in November. They also [Full Article...]

Day 24: Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

US restocks Israeli ammunition Gaza/Jerusalem/ Washington: Shortly after it condemned the shelling of a United Nations-operated school in Gaza that killed at least 20 people and injured 90 others, the United States said that it has restocked Israel’s supplies of grenades and mortar rounds. “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to assist [Full Article...]

S Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

Seoul: South Korea’s ruling party celebrated Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April’s Sewol ferry disaster. President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested yesterday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly. The result will boost Park’s push to restructure South [Full Article...]

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

Monrovia: The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the US Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official has said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus. Meanwhile, Liberia’s president ordered the nation’s schools to shut down and most civil servants to [Full Article...]

G7 powers warn Russia of tougher sanctions

Washington: The leaders of the world’s major developed economies have condemned Russia’s actions to destabilize Ukraine and warned of tougher sanctions if it fails to de-escalate tensions in the region. “We once again condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine. Those actions are unacceptable and violate international law,” the G7 countries said in a joint statement here. A day [Full Article...]

Israel intensifies Gaza attack, 100 more killed

Death toll hits over 1,200 in Gaza Gaza/Jerusalem: Over 100 Palestinians were killed on Wednesday as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensified in Gaza after a brief lull as both sides ignored international appeal for restraint and the Jewish state warned of a “prolonged” war that has already claimed over 1,100 lives. Israel stepped up its bombardment of the Gaza Strip warning people in [Full Article...]

Strains not leading to new Cold War: Obama

US, EU hit key Russian economy sectors with ‘major’ sanctions Washington: The US and European Union have slapped tougher and “wide-ranging” sanctions on Russia, targeting its energy, finance and defence sectors for its continued support of separatists in Ukraine. Announcing the latest US actions at the White House, President Barack Obama said, “The European Union is joining us in imposing major sanctions on Russia [Full Article...]

20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck

Tripoli: More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy has said. “A navy patrol on Monday rescued 22 clandestine migrants who were clinging to debris from their boat,” spokesman Colonel Ayoub Kassem told AFP on Tuesday, adding that more than 20 bodies were plucked from the water. Survivors said some 150 [Full Article...]