1. Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 00:45:04

    Bülent Arinç said women should not laugh in public, prompting backlash and highlighting state of women’s rights in Turkey Continue reading…

    1261802 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 1238017 retweets and 18733 favorites
    1687 shares and 3129 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 62 plus ones and 7 reshares
    43 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  2. ‘The world stands disgraced’ – Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 11:55:00

    UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law Strike on crowded market in Shujai’iya during ceasefire kills 17 Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting Continue reading…

    155604 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 6038 retweets and 316 favorites
    54670 shares and 93682 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 333 plus ones and 84 reshares
    357 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  3. Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 04:15:19

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

    36374 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 34524 retweets and 255 favorites
    888 shares and 564 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares and 3 plus ones
    24 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  4. Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 06:05:21

    ‘Scandalous’ verdict condemned by politicians and anti-racist groups after case that revealed migrant workers’ plight Continue reading…

    25674 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 563 retweets and 44 favorites
    10807 shares and 14040 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 30 plus ones and 7 reshares
    59 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  5. Gaza crisis: UN and US announce ceasefire – as it happened
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 04:24:32

    All agree to unconditional humanitarian ceasefireTruce to last 72 hours unless extendedHamas spokesman says group will observe ceasefireDelegations to resume meetings in CairoRead the ceasefire statementRead the latest blog summary Continue reading…

    20399 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 19349 retweets and 134 favorites
    492 shares and 270 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares, 34 plus ones and 8 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  6. UN spokesman cries on camera over Gaza school attack
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 20:34:06

    Chris Gunness says he has no regrets over airing of moment of private grief if it focuses attention on plight of Gazan children Continue reading…

    18518 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 1786 retweets and 177 favorites
    5115 shares and 11253 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 28 plus ones and 6 reshares
    33 shares on LinkedIn

  7. Kurdish oil cargo unloaded at sea, destination a mystery
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-31 at 22:56:02

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed.

    18010 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 17659 retweets and 123 favorites
    68 shares and 38 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    12 shares on LinkedIn
    7 views on StumbleUpon

  8. Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 05:05:19

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – 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.

    17821 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 16905 retweets and 143 favorites
    234 shares and 328 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares, 10 plus ones and 2 reshares
    8 shares on LinkedIn
    76 views on StumbleUpon

  9. Taiwan gas blast kills 15, injures 243: local media
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 04:50:30

    TAIPEI (Reuters) – An explosion caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured another 243, Taiwanese media reported on Friday.

    16671 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 16434 retweets and 36 favorites
    63 shares and 36 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  10. Gaza: nothing more shameful than attacking sleeping children, says Ban Ki-moon – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 01:52:50

    UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon issues a statement on Gaza, during his visit to Costa Rica, after a school in the Palestinian territory, being used to shelter families, was shelled by Israeli forces on Wednesday. At least 15 people, mostly children and w…

    15792 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 1786 retweets and 73 favorites
    4214 shares and 8728 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares, 685 plus ones and 164 reshares
    20 shares on LinkedIn

  11. Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 04:19:43

    US and UN announce that both parties have agreed to an unconditional ceasefire to start Friday morning Continue reading…

    11006 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 1886 retweets and 68 favorites
    1900 shares and 6931 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 72 plus ones and 13 reshares
    13 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Town vs. town, faction vs. faction as Libya descends into ‘hurricane’
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-31 at 23:29:35

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital.

    10436 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 10242 retweets and 56 favorites
    26 shares and 7 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones

  13. Gaza ‘faces precipice’ as death toll passes 1,400
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 01:00:09

    Israeli military losses rise and number of Palestinian deaths now greater than tolls of both previous conflicts Follow the latest developments in our live blog Continue reading…

    9962 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 9155 retweets and 39 favorites
    417 shares and 230 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 5 plus ones and 5 reshares
    3 shares on LinkedIn

  14. EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 01:51:22

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow’s support for rebels in Ukraine.

    9374 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 9110 retweets and 57 favorites
    75 shares and 13 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 1 plus ones and 1 reshares
    8 shares on LinkedIn
    3 views on StumbleUpon

  15. Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 24
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-01 at 09:04:15

    A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 24 people and injures about 270 others.

    9031 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 170 retweets and 6 favorites
    2784 shares and 5931 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares and 15 plus ones
    6 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  16. Ukraine says suspends attacks to let experts reach crash site, rebels deny
    Published by Reuters on 2014-07-31 at 23:33:23

    KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner’s crash site but separatists were continuing to atta…

    8826 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 8607 retweets and 42 favorites
    63 shares and 6 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Gaza conflict: US says Israeli attack on UN school was ‘totally unacceptable’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-07-31 at 23:25:02

    White House’s strongest and most explicit condemnation of Israel comes as Palestinian leaders prepare for talks on short ceasefire Gaza crisis: latest developments Continue reading…

    8313 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 3647 retweets and 66 favorites
    486 shares and 492 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 2866 plus ones and 625 reshares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  18. Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms It Spied on Senate Panel
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-01 at 06:31:48

    A report by the agency’s inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information.

    6572 Shares
    2899 shares and 3328 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 135 plus ones and 35 reshares
    99 shares on LinkedIn
    56 views on StumbleUpon

  19. Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms Spying on Senate Panel
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-01 at 06:31:48

    The inspector general’s account of how the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities touched off angry criticism from members of the Senate.

    6571 Shares
    2899 shares and 3327 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 135 plus ones and 35 reshares
    99 shares on LinkedIn
    56 views on StumbleUpon

  20. UN says illegal Gaza blockade must be lifted
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-01 at 03:55:29

    UN officials condemn Israeli attacks and warn of humanitarian crisis amid 440,000 refugees and a lack of basic services.

    6458 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 3972 retweets and 52 favorites
    951 shares and 1317 likes on Facebook
    14 Google+ Shares, 37 plus ones and 10 reshares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

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