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Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

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GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. | Video

Taiwan gas blast kills 22, injures 270, shoots flames high into the air

2:57am BST

KAOHSIUNG Taiwan - An explosion caused by a gas leak in Taiwan's second city killed 22 people, injured 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, a government agency said.

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