1. Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-02 at 04:43:37

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.

    103 twitter shares, 61315 retweets and 366 favorites
    512 shares and 558 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares and 4 plus ones
    17 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-02 at 01:20:10

    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.

    101 twitter shares, 22554 retweets and 74 favorites
    116 shares and 47 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    3 shares on LinkedIn

  3. Obama admits CIA ‘tortured some folks’ but stands by Brennan over spying
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-02 at 03:35:35

    President says US crossed a line after 9/11 attacksObama supports CIA director under fire over Senate reportCIA admits spying on Senate staffersTrevor Timm: Brennan lied, so fire him Continue reading…

    103 twitter shares, 17304 retweets and 79 favorites
    417 shares and 188 likes on Facebook
    9 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    6 shares on LinkedIn

  4. Uganda Anti-Gay Law Struck Down by Court
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-01 at 21:38:49

    A panel of five judges ruled on narrow technical grounds, preserving the possibility that the measure could be altered and revived.

    2495 shares and 12809 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 26 plus ones and 1 reshares
    19 shares on LinkedIn
    36 views on StumbleUpon

  5. Experts recover human remains at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-02 at 04:49:26

    KIEV (Reuters) – International experts found the remains of more victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday but fighting nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels renewed security concerns around the wreckage.

    102 twitter shares, 13030 retweets and 99 favorites
    95 shares and 22 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Tutu backs Israeli-settlement funding boycott
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-02 at 07:42:35

    Archbishop who fought apartheid joins global campaign calling on firms profiting from occupation to withdraw funds.

    103 twitter shares, 1440 retweets and 20 favorites
    3040 shares and 6720 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 38 plus ones and 11 reshares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  7. Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 12:23:57

    Indigenous people crossed from Peru into Brazil looking for help to combat illegal loggers and drug traffickers, researchers say Continue reading…

    101 twitter shares, 211 retweets and 33 favorites
    3388 shares and 7522 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 21 plus ones and 2 reshares
    40 shares on LinkedIn

  8. North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-02 at 01:08:06

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring "provocative" joint military exercises between the United States a…

    100 twitter shares, 9659 retweets and 41 favorites
    18 shares and 1 likes on Facebook
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  9. Uganda court annuls anti-gay law
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-02 at 00:22:19

    Uganda’s Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists.

    102 twitter shares, 334 retweets and 41 favorites
    1863 shares and 6089 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares and 18 plus ones
    29 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  10. Exclusive: China’s Xi likely to promote army general who exposed graft – sources
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 20:09:21

    BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping is likely to promote a corruption whistleblower to China’s top military decision-making body to underscore his determination to tackle graft inside the country’s rapidly modernizing armed forces, two sources said.

    101 twitter shares, 7369 retweets and 52 favorites
    31 shares and 11 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  11. Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-02 at 05:12:34

    NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country’s failure to service a June interest payment was declare…

    102 twitter shares, 6969 retweets and 60 favorites
    98 shares and 5 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares
    27 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Palestinian youths ‘executed’ in Gaza town
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-02 at 04:30:07

    Witnesses tell Al Jazeera six youths were taken to a bathroom in a house in Khuzaa and executed by Israeli forces.

    103 twitter shares, 2136 retweets and 40 favorites
    2189 shares and 2002 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 48 plus ones and 16 reshares
    3 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  13. Abbott government faces barrage of criticism over ‘secret’ Nauru transfer
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-02 at 12:45:45

    Tamil asylum seeker lawyers say the move was a surprise, while Labor and the Greens say the group should not go to Nauru Continue reading…

    102 twitter shares, 6329 retweets and 47 favorites
    39 shares and 38 likes on Facebook

  14. Israel strikes university in Gaza City
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-02 at 16:47:33

    Large part of Islamic University damaged, as battles rage in Rafah, where Israeli soldier went missing a day earlier.

    101 twitter shares, 5990 retweets and 13 favorites
    235 shares and 89 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares
    4 shares on LinkedIn

  15. Uganda anti-gay law declared ‘null and void’ by constitutional court
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 18:22:16

    Judges strike down legislation on a technicality, but activists say homosexuality remains criminal offence under colonial-era laws Continue reading…

    101 twitter shares, 332 retweets and 34 favorites
    851 shares and 2828 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 16 plus ones and 4 reshares
    28 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 23:23:00

    The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table Continue reading…

    103 twitter shares, 1463 retweets and 94 favorites
    985 shares and 1382 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 10 plus ones
    9 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  17. House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-08-02 at 07:30:40

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.

    The bill was…

    101 twitter shares, 505 retweets and 11 favorites
    624 shares and 2393 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 3 plus ones
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  18. Ebola spreading too fast – WHO
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-02 at 03:33:21

    The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.

    102 twitter shares, 296 retweets and 26 favorites
    2188 shares and 770 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 32 plus ones and 10 reshares
    25 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  19. Islamic State loses oil-rich areas in Syria
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-02 at 12:44:37

    Fighters from self-declared jihadist group withdraw from several villages after clashes with tribal fighters.

    100 twitter shares, 2874 retweets and 21 favorites
    102 shares and 249 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones

  20. Gaza Fighting Intensifies as Cease-Fire Falls Apart
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-02 at 06:32:19

    A cease-fire in Gaza collapsed on Friday as the Israeli military said that two soldiers had been killed and a third apparently captured. Gaza health officials said at least 70 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes.

    1744 shares and 1184 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 7 plus ones
    36 shares on LinkedIn

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