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  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    President Barack Obama arrives at a town hall during the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Washington. The President announced that the program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The summit is the lead-up event to next week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering any U.S. President has held with African heads of state. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women.


  • Bell, Ballance pile on runs against India in third Test

    England’s Ian Bell (right) plays a shot as India’s wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on during the second day's play in the third Test match between England and India in Southampton on July 28, 2014Ian Bell ended his century drought in style after Gary Ballance made his Test-best score as England piled on the runs against India in the third Test at Southampton on Monday. Bell made 167 and Ballance 156 before Test debutant Jos Buttler rode his luck to make 85 as England captain Alastair Cook declared on 569 for seven. India then saw struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan caught by Cook at first slip off James Anderson for six.


  • Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    A Palestinian woman visits the graves of relatives marking the first day of Eid al-Fitr in a cemetery in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims usually start the day with dawn prayers and visiting cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead, with children getting new clothes, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip and will "act aggressively and responsibly" until the mission is completed.


  • US stocks flip between slight gains and losses

    Trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, July 28, 2014. The stock market is opening mixed at the start of a busy week as a batch of merger announcements lift shares in Family Dollar and other companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock market indexes drifted between slight gains and losses Monday afternoon, as traders prepare for a week full of reports on the economy and corporate profits.


  • Gaza fighting flares, UN, Israel debate truce
    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the Islamist Hamas movement said it had killed 10 Israeli soldiers, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull in fighting into a longer-term ceasefire. After the infiltration at Nahal Oz, a kibbutz collective village due east of Gaza City, the Israeli army warned thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes in areas around Gaza City. As night fell over Gaza, army flares illuminated the sky and the sound of intense shelling could be heard.