WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ International News International News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:07:19 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza http://www.wbrz.com/news/israeli-pm-speaks-of-prolonged-campaign-in-gaza/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israeli-pm-speaks-of-prolonged-campaign-in-gaza/ International News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:19:33 AM Kristin Laub Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel's prime minister says Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu also said in a televised speech Monday that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory.

Meanwhile, a strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people, nine of them children. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack as fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday.

A truce between the sides remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-team-turns-back-from-ukraine-crash-site/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-team-turns-back-from-ukraine-crash-site/ International News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 3:21:42 AM Mstyslav Chernov Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine - An international police team has failed to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area.

A delegation of Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped Monday in Shakhtarsk, a town around 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the fields where the aircraft was downed.

Sounds of regular shelling could be heard from Shakhtarsk and residents were fleeing town in cars.

AP reporters saw a high-rise apartment block in the town being hit by at least two rounds of artillery.

The mandate of the police team is to secure the currently rebel-controlled area so that comprehensive investigations can begin and any remaining bodies be recovered.

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Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire http://www.wbrz.com/news/relative-lull-in-gaza-as-un-calls-for-cease-fire/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/relative-lull-in-gaza-as-un-calls-for-cease-fire/ International News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:03:44 AM Hunter Robinson Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military said Monday it hasn't carried out any attacks in Gaza since 9:30 p.m. the previous night. It says troops are pressing on with efforts to destroy the cross-border tunnels constructed by Hamas for attacks inside Israel.

The military says Hamas fired a single rocket into Israel in the morning hours, but there was no damage or casualties.

The lull comes as the U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza and President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to express concern over mounting Palestinian casualties.

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Shipwrecked Concordia completes last voyage http://www.wbrz.com/news/shipwrecked-concordia-completes-last-voyage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shipwrecked-concordia-completes-last-voyage/ International News Sun, 27 Jul 2014 9:22:50 AM Shipwrecked Concordia completes last voyage

GENOA, Italy - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey.

Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was eased Sunday into Genoa's port - where it will be scrapped.

The luxury liner struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany's coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.

A spectacular operation set the wreck upright in September 2013. On Wednesday, tugboats began the five-day journey to Genoa, headquarters of ship owner Costa Crociere Spa.

The wreck will be searched in hopes of finding the remains of an Indian waiter, the only body never found.

Ship captain Francesco Schettino is being tried for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the boat with many passengers and crew still aboard.

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Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce http://www.wbrz.com/news/official-israel-leans-toward-extending-gaza-truce/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/official-israel-leans-toward-extending-gaza-truce/ International News Sat, 26 Jul 2014 8:44:51 AM KARIN LAUB Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli government official says Israel is "leaning toward" extending a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by at least four hours.

The truce was to end at 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of the ongoing discussions, said Israel's government was leaning toward extending the lull.

Israeli media reported that Israel's Security Cabinet would convene on Saturday night.

Separately, the office of the top United Nations envoy in the region, Robert Serry, said he is urging Israel and Hamas to extend the truce by 24 hours.

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Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists http://www.wbrz.com/news/iran-confirms-it-is-holding-4-journalists/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/iran-confirms-it-is-holding-4-journalists/ International News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:30:15 AM Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran is confirming that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two U.S. freelance photographers, but is not saying why they are being held.

The Washington Post says its correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and his wife were detained Tuesday evening in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The newspaper says Rezaian holds both American and Iranian citizenship. His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, is an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency and works as a correspondent for a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates. The other two American photojournalists have not been identified.

IRNA, Iran's official news agency, on Friday confirmed they were being held for questioning.

The Committee to Project Journalists has called for their immediate release.

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Australia sending police to Ukraine plane crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-sending-police-to-ukraine-plane-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-sending-police-to-ukraine-plane-crash/ International News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:28:48 AM Hunter Robinson Australia sending police to Ukraine plane crash

SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's prime minister says his country is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday that Australia has 90 federal police officers in Europe ready to be deployed to the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week.

Abbott says some of the officers could be armed and would be accompanied by members of Australia's defense force.

Pro-Russian separatists control the area and have hampered investigators' attempts to access the site.

All 298 people aboard the plane were killed when it was shot down on July 17, likely by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

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Israel Cabinet discusses cease-fire http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-cabinet-discusses-cease-fire/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-cabinet-discusses-cease-fire/ International News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:29 AM Hunter Robinson Israel Cabinet discusses cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because Friday's deliberations are taking place behind closed doors. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no immediate comment.

A Palestinian health official says the Gaza death toll has risen to 808, with 115 Palestinians killed on Thursday, in one of the bloodiest days in more than two weeks of fighting. Thirty-four Israelis, including 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker have also been killed.

Israeli police say thousands of security forces have been deployed around Jerusalem's Old City in preparation for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site.

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France says Air Algerie plane wreckage found http://www.wbrz.com/news/france-says-air-algerie-plane-wreckage-found/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/france-says-air-algerie-plane-wreckage-found/ International News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:10:51 AM Hunter Robinson France says Air Algerie plane wreckage found

PARIS, France - French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.

A message posted Friday on the website of President Francois Hollande said the wreckage had been clearly identified despite the disintegration of the aircraft, and that a French military unit was being sent to secure the site.

The MD-83 aircraft, 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's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers.

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Burkina official: Plane wreckage found in Mali http://www.wbrz.com/news/burkina-official-plane-wreckage-found-in-mali/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/burkina-official-plane-wreckage-found-in-mali/ International News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 4:06:43 PM APNewsNow Burkina official: Plane wreckage found in Mali

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso - A Burkina Faso official says the wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found in Mali.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere says the wreckage was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.

Diendere is a close aide to President Blaise Compaore and head of the crisis committee set up to coordinate research for the plane that vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over northern Mali.

He says searchers found human remains and burned and scattered plane wreckage.

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Central American leaders seek solution in US http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-american-leaders-seek-solution-in-us/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/central-american-leaders-seek-solution-in-us/ International News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 9:05:01 AM Central American leaders seek solution in US

WASHINGTON - The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Before meeting privately with House Democrats, President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala expressed hope of finding a solution to benefit all the countries involved.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is urging Congress to pass an emergency spending bill to address the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

But a solution looks unlikely with Democrats and Republicans divided over proposals to send them home more quickly. Republicans say they won't agree to any money without policy changes that Democrats say would violate the kids' due process.

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Air Algerie plane disappears from radar http://www.wbrz.com/news/air-algerie-plane-disappears-from-radar/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/air-algerie-plane-disappears-from-radar/ International News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 4:11:03 AM Hunter Robinson Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

ALGIERS, Algeria - Officials say heavy rain has been reported in the area where a plane carrying 116 people disappeared from radar today over the African country of Mali. The Air Algerie flight was on its way from neighboring Burkina Faso to Algeria.

France's transport minister says the crew's last message asked air control to change the plane's route because of the heavy rains in the area.

The plane was being operated by the Spanish airline Swiftair. Burkina Faso's transport minister says 50 French nationals were among those on board.

The plane had been missing for hours before the news was made public.

Mali is between Burkina Faso and Algeria. Unrest has plagued the northern part of Mali in recent years. But a senior French official says it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali would have the kind of weapons that could shoot down a plane.

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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-fighting-rages-amid-cease-fire-bid/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-fighting-rages-amid-cease-fire-bid/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:59:18 PM Hunter Robinson Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.

Gaza police say an infant boy was among those killed when Israeli fighter jets struck the Jabaliya refugee camp early Thursday.

Palestinian health officials say that 718 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the conflict began on July 8. Israel has lost 32 soldiers as it has tried to halt rocket fire from Gaza and destroy cross-border tunnels. Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the region to pursue truce efforts, says some modest progress has been achieved.

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US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-downed-fighter-jets-part-of-pattern-in-ukraine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-downed-fighter-jets-part-of-pattern-in-ukraine/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 2:26:27 PM APNewsNow US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says the only downed aircraft the separatists are not taking responsibility for is the Malaysia Airlines plane hit by a missile last week. The U.S. has pinned responsibility for the incident on the separatists and blame Russia for providing them weaponry that could bring down a plane.

Wednesday's attack on the Ukraine government fighter jets suggests the rebels have been undeterred by the international outrage surrounding the downing of the passenger plane. Ukraine's Defense Ministry says the military jets were shot about 20 miles from the wreckage of the Malaysian plane.

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Gaza battle rages as US pushes for truce http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-battle-rages-as-us-pushes-for-truce/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-battle-rages-as-us-pushes-for-truce/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:42:43 AM APNewsNow Gaza battle rages as US pushes for truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Even as Secretary of State John Kerry reports progress in efforts to work out a truce, Israeli troops have been battling Hamas militants near a town in the southern Gaza Strip.

The fighting forced dozens of families to flee. A Palestinian health official says at least eight militants were killed.

The Palestinian Red Crescent has been trying to evacuate about 250 people from the area, which has been pummeled by air strikes and tank shelling since early today. A resident says homes are "collapsing upon us."

To the north, an airstrike demolished a home in Gaza City, killing three people.

Meanwhile, police in Israel say a foreign worker was killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the city of Ashkelon. Israel also said two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict, bringing the military death toll to 29.

In Jerusalem, 30,000 people attended the funeral of Max Steinberg, a 24-year-old from Southern California who was serving in the Israeli military. He was killed in an attack on an armored personnel carrier on Sunday.

Kerry flew into Tel Aviv today even though the U.S. government has banned airlines from flying there after a Hamas rocket hit near the airport yesterday. He's meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

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Jets carrying Malaysia victims' bodies arrives in Netherlands http://www.wbrz.com/news/jets-carrying-malaysia-victims-bodies-arrives-in-netherlands/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jets-carrying-malaysia-victims-bodies-arrives-in-netherlands/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 7:24:58 AM Jona Kallgren Jets carrying Malaysia victims' bodies arrives in Netherlands

KHARKIV, Ukraine - Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the southern city of Eindhoven.

Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived Wednesday in the Netherlands, the country that bore the heaviest toll in the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew.

A Dutch Hercules C-130 that Dutch government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking says is carrying 16 coffins was closely followed by an Australian C-17 Globemaster plane carrying 24 coffins.

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Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down http://www.wbrz.com/news/ukrainian-military-fighter-jets-shot-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ukrainian-military-fighter-jets-shot-down/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:45:39 AM Hunter Robinson Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

KIEV, Ukraine - Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

We'll have more information for you as soon as it becomes available.


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Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-families-plead-for-evacuation-amid-battle/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gaza-families-plead-for-evacuation-amid-battle/ International News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:56 AM Hunter Robinson Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says it's trying to evacuate about 250 people from near Khan Younis, which has been under Israeli tank shelling and drones strikes since early Wednesday.

As the fighting near Khan Younis rages, the military says two more soldiers have been killed, raising the military's death toll to 29. That doesn't include one Israeli soldier whose remains have not yet been found.

The circumstances of the latest military casualties were not immediately clear. Two Israeli civilians have also died in the 15-day conflict.

The fighting has killed at least 630 Palestinians.

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Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-focuses-on-both-malaysian-jet-disasters/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-focuses-on-both-malaysian-jet-disasters/ International News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:57:08 PM Hunter Robinson Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia says the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast continues uninterrupted despite the top search official shifting his attention to recovering bodies from the Ukraine air disaster.

Angus Houston heads Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center, which oversees the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean in March 8 after veering far off course.

The former Australian defense chief was on Wednesday in the Ukraine town of Kharkiv as the prime minister's special envoy to receive the bodies of Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile.

Transport Minister Warren Truss said in a statement on Wednesday the search for Flight 370 "continues uninterrupted."

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Putin: Russia will facilitate plane investigation http://www.wbrz.com/news/putin-russia-will-facilitate-plane-investigation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/putin-russia-will-facilitate-plane-investigation/ International News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:06:43 AM Hunter Robinson Putin: Russia will facilitate plane investigation

MOSCOW, Russia - President Vladimir Putin says Russia will do "everything in its power" to facilitate an investigation into the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crash, but accused Kiev and the West of escalating the conflict in the region.

During a meeting with Russia's Security Council on Tuesday, Putin said Russia was willing to put pressure on the rebels, but that "that was not enough" to resolve the situation.

He condemned Kiev for continuing to shell parts of the region, asserting that international observers on the scene could "barely stick their heads out" because of safety concerns.

Putin also lashed out at the West, accusing NATO of bolstering its forces across eastern Europe.

The Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

A train bearing the remains of people who died in the crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday on their way to the Netherlands.

An AP reporter saw the train Tuesday as it pulled into a train station in Kharkiv, where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation center.

For many, it is the next stop on their journey home to the Netherlands. Of the 298 who died, 193 were Dutch citizens.

Oleksander Kharchenko, spokesman for the state committee on the crash, said "we will do our best" to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Ukraine has agreed to send remains of all the victims there for identification and forensic investigation.

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