Israel, Palestinian militant groups begin three-day Gaza truce 8:21am BST

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

A traffic sign is on display in front of an office of Sberbank in St. Petersburg, March 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet

BRUSSELS - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.  Full Article 

An employee examines the battery of an E150 EV electric car at a factory of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC) on the outskirts of Beijing, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily

China's factories spring to life

SYDNEY - Activity in China's vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July, while industry surveys across Asia show a pick up in export orders that hints at a long-awaited revival in global trade.  Full Article 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Ebola death toll hits 729

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.  Full Article | Video 

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 

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