Police search for motive in deadly Washington state mall shooting
Authorities on Sunday were still working to determine what prompted a 20-year-old man to open fire in a Washington state mall, killing five people.
JERUSALEM Israel said on Sunday it will be prepared to sharply increase the flow of food and medicine to Gaza if a unilateral cease-fire holds, but it ruled out fully lifting a blockade until a captured Israeli soldier is freed.
Lifting the blockade was one of Hamas's chief demands for entering into a cease-fire.
"If the quiet holds, there will not be any problem dramatically increasing aid like food and medicine. If this quiet holds, we will work with the international community for reconstruction," said Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
"But you can't have anything close to full normalisation of the crossings as long as Gilad Shalit remains a hostage," Regev added. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid in 2006.
(Reporting by Adam Entous)
ISTANBUL Turkey wants to join the United States in a military operation to push Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as long as it excludes Kurdish rebel forces, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Sunday.
AMMAN A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, witnesses and state media said.