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Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

Cease fire ends after 72 hoursThe Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas.

The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. Egypt had persuaded Israel and Egypt to extend the truce by 24 hours to give more times for the negotiations.

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Palestinian and Israeli talks in Cairo lead to 24-hour ceasefire extension

Gaza cease fire extendedIsraeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza by 24 hours on Monday night, as talks in Cairo struggled to secure a long-term deal to end the six-week conflict.

Long negotiations ended late on Monday night with the Palestinian delegation claiming the two sides were still some way from an agreement, and hinting that the ceasefire would not be extended again if a lasting truce still could not be finalised on Tuesday.

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100,000 Elephants Killed In 3 Years As Poaching Rates Climb In Africa, Study Finds

elephantPoachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Monday's study is the first to scientifically quantify the number of deaths across the continent by measuring deaths in one closely monitored park in Kenya and using other published data to extrapolate fatality tolls across the continent.

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Patient info hacked, stolen from Community Health

Community helath hackedCommunity Health Systems Inc (CYH.N), one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.

Security experts said the hacking group, known as "APT 18," may have links to the Chinese government.

"APT 18" typically targets companies in the aerospace and defense, construction and engineering, technology, financial services and healthcare industry, said Charles Carmakal, managing director with FireEye Inc's (FEYE.O) Mandiant forensics unit, which led the investigation of the attack on Community Health in April and June.

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A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

rape victim pregnant - Irish law winsThere is one thing that suicidal rape victims need: immediate assistance. But for one young woman in Ireland who was pregnant and seeking an abortion after reportedly being attacked, the only thing her government offered was the slow, bureaucratic violation of her humanity.

The unnamed woman, now 18, was reportedly raped as a minor and sought an abortion just eight weeks into her pregnancy. Even after experts found her to be suicidal – a prerequisite for abortion under a new Irish law – she was denied access to the procedure.

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Michael Baden: Michael Brown 'shot multiple times'

Michael Brown shot 6 timesThe unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a medical examiner has said.

Dr Michael Baden was hired to perform a second, independent autopsy by the family of Michael Brown, 18.  The family have called for the arrest of the officer who killed Mr Brown.

Mr Brown's death has sparked days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police in the St Louis suburb.

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Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English

maurice newman, global warming denierAs people’s understanding of climate science grows, among both experts and non-experts alike, we become more accepting of the fact that humans are the driving force behind global warming. That’s because the evidence supporting human-caused global warming is overwhelming; hence rejection of that reality is usually based on an incomplete understanding of the scientific evidence.

In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser Maurice Newman offered a prime example of global warming denial last week. Writing in The Australian, Newman suggested that we’re headed for a period of global cooling due to declining solar activity and related influences from galactic cosmic rays, calling mainstream climate science “a religion.”

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Supermarket Chain Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms

Kroger chainThe fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms' group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman.

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Tibet's glaciers are warmer than they've been in 2,000 years

Tibetan glaciers warmingThe glacier-filled Tibetan plateau has warmed more over the last 50 years than it has in the preceding 2,000, according to researchers in China.

The Tibetan plateau is covered with tens of thousands of glaciers. The interlinked sheets of ice source the headwaters of the some of the world's largest rivers -- the Yellow and Yangtze in China, the Brahmaputra in India and the Mekong in Southeast Asia -- providing clean drinking water for more than 2 billion people. The snow-covered plateau is sometimes called the "roof of the world."

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