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UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 05:09
30 July 2014Last updated at 09:07

Israel's bombardment of Gaza has seen entire areas of Gaza destroyed, as Ian Pannell reports

Tank fire has killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering at a school in a Gaza refugee camp, the UN says.


The gloves are off between the heavyweights who will decide the future of Common Core in Louisiana.

As the school year approaches, students and their parents can only watch as Gov. Bobby Jindal and state education leaders fight over the issue.

Parents listened to speakers provide information on the Common Core plan Tuesday night at First United Methodist Church. Tangent Rheams, who has a daughter at Scotlandville Middle Magnet, was at the meeting and said she wants to know how the standardized testing plan will affect students in Louisiana.

House and Senate leaders are trying to pull a massive Veterans Affairs reform bill across the finish line before the August recess, amid opposition from fiscal conservatives concerned over the cost of the legislation. 

The full House is expected to debate and vote on the bill Wednesday after it was approved by a 28-member conference committee late Monday, and the Senate could vote as early as that night. The goals of the bill include ensuring veterans will no longer face long wait times for care, hiring more medical staff and putting protections in place for whistleblowers.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's vast factory sector likely expanded at the fastest pace in eight months in July, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) is expected to rise to 51.4 in July, up from June's 51, according to the median forecast of 24 economists in a poll.

By Emelia Sithole-Matarise

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro hit an eight-month trough against the dollar on Wednesday and German bond yields were at record lows ahead of inflation data expected to boost the case for further European Central Bank policy easing.

Investors were also awaiting a statement from the Federal Reserve following its policy meeting that some expect to signal a more hawkish policy outlook, and data likely to show the U.S.

Surgeon general issues skin cancer warning
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 04:54
  • U.S. surgeon general issues a call to action to prevent skin cancer
  • Goals include providing more shade and reducing harm from indoor tanning
  • About 5 million people are treated for skin cancer annually
  • A new bill may encourage the FDA to approve new UVA filters

(CNN) -- Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society, with more cases diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases combined.

Earthrise over the Moon as seen by Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 24, 1966.Earthrise over the Moon as seen by Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 24, 1966.
Comparison of the original Earthrise image as seen by the public in 1966 and the restored image released in 2008.Comparison of the original Earthrise image as seen by the public in 1966 and the restored image released in 2008.
Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 04:54
  • NEW: "What a hero. What a loss," writes one admirer on Twitter
  • Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan was infected with Ebola last week
  • He played a key role in fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone
  • Khan fell ill while overseeing treatment and isolation centers in the country's capital

(CNN) -- A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.

It’s the biggest outbreak ever of Ebola, affecting more than 1,200 people in three countries — four, if you count the man who traveled to Nigeria and died there. The virus is spreading out of control, according to all the experts involved, and there is no clear end in sight.

The casualties include health care workers on the front lines, most recently an American doctor and a hygienist colleague working for charities, and Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor leading the fight in Sierra Leone, who died.

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LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would hold a top-level government meeting to discuss the outbreak of the highly infectious Ebola virus across West Africa which he warned posed a threat to Britain.

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