- UN presses for Mali peace talks starting Aug. 17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council is welcoming agreement on a roadmap for negotiations between the Malian government and Tuareg separatists. And the council is calling on both sides to engage in follow-up peace talks starting Aug. 17.
- Brazil's leader calls Gaza conflict 'a massacre'
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre."
- Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict.
- France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq
PARIS (AP) — France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.
- Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.