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Israel, Palestinian militant groups begin three-day Gaza truce

6:17am BST

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect on Friday, and negotiators were due to travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. | Video

Gas blast in Taiwan kills 24, injures 271, topples buildings

6:25am BST

KAOHSIUNG Taiwan - An explosion caused by a gas leak killed 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan's second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting entire blocks ablaze and reducing small shops to rubble.

Shoppers carry bags as they walk along Oxford Street in central London July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Consumer morale and housing market cool

British consumer morale dipped for the first time in six months in July and house prices stagnated, adding to signs that Britain's rapid economic recovery is cooling slightly.  Full Article 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

How deadly Ebola can spread

For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread.  Full Article 

A Yukos oil well is seen at sunset near the Russian northern city of Nefteyugansk, December 19, 2004 in this file photo.   REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia must pay Yukos shareholders - court

MOSCOW/STRASBOURG - Europe's top human rights court awarded shareholders in Yukos 1.54 billion pounds in damages, a new blow to Russia days after some of the former oil company's shareholders won $50 billion in The Hague.  Full Article 

A trader holds a 73.85 carat heart-shaped diamond, which he says trades in at about 2.8 million dollars, at the trading floor of Israel's diamond exchange in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Synthetics pose a threat to diamond industry

TEL AVIV - Diamonds are a girl's best friend - but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewellers are keen to instil in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds.  Full Article 

England's Moeen Ali celebrates after dismissing India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the third cricket test match at the Rose Bowl cricket ground, Southampton, England July 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Philip Brown

England roars back with Moeen's sparkling spell

SOUTHAMPTON England - Spinner Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India that levelled the series at 1-1 with two matches to play.  Full Article 

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Fed torn between falling jobless, rising inflation

The Fed wrapped up its latest meeting by reducing bond purchases by another $10 billion but with the economy heating up and the jobless rate slowly improving, policymakers are not ready to raise rates