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, 50703 retweets and 362 favorites
    473 shares and 420 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 3 plus ones
    16 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-01 at 12:59:05

    A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others.

    100 twitter shares, 47 retweets and 7 favorites
    5136 shares and 19031 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 14 plus ones
    37 shares on LinkedIn
    72 views on StumbleUpon

  3. 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, 22472 retweets and 74 favorites
    112 shares and 43 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    3 shares on LinkedIn

  4. 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.

    103 twitter shares, 14315 retweets and 101 favorites
    95 shares and 17 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  5. 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.

    2157 shares and 10885 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares, 17 plus ones and 1 reshares
    19 shares on LinkedIn
    24 views on StumbleUpon

  6. Campaign for an independent Scotland stalls before historic vote
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-01 at 19:27:50

    LONDON (Reuters) – The campaign for Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom has stalled just over a month before Scots decide whether to go it alone in a referendum, an analysis of the latest six opinion polls showed on Friday.

    101 twitter shares, 10920 retweets and 55 favorites
    17 shares on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  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, 193 retweets and 30 favorites
    3158 shares and 6812 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 18 plus ones and 2 reshares
    31 shares on LinkedIn

  8. 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, 7334 retweets and 23 favorites
    1074 shares and 970 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 28 plus ones and 9 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  9. 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…

    101 twitter shares, 9311 retweets and 40 favorites
    18 shares and 1 likes on Facebook

  10. 107 Palestinians dead, Israel soldier missing as Gaza truce fails
    Published by Yahoo News on 2014-08-02 at 08:21:04

    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – At least 107 Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier was missing presumed captured as a fresh wave of violence swept through the Gaza Strip Saturday following the failure of an agreed ceasefire.

    101 twitter shares, 9185 retweets and 24 favorites
    8 shares and 4 likes on Facebook

  11. 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.

    103 twitter shares, 320 retweets and 43 favorites
    1739 shares and 5505 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares and 18 plus ones
    26 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  12. 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, 7328 retweets and 60 favorites
    91 shares and 4 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares
    17 shares on LinkedIn

  13. 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.

    103 twitter shares, 7074 retweets and 54 favorites
    31 shares and 11 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  14. 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.

    101 twitter shares, 4964 retweets and 14 favorites
    7 Google+ Shares, 12 plus ones and 1 reshares

  15. 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, 2561 retweets and 86 favorites
    666 shares and 921 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares and 7 plus ones
    7 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  16. Gaza crisis: Obama sees ‘very hard’ path ‘to put a ceasefire back together’ – as it happened
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-02 at 03:27:51

    President says Israeli soldier needs to be unconditionally releasedCeasefire crumbles as Israeli army reports soldier suspected capturedObama: innocent civilians in Gaza…have to weigh on our conscienceIsrael resumes shelling of Rafah, killing at least 6…

    103 twitter shares, 1793 retweets and 25 favorites
    1176 shares and 1049 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 105 plus ones and 21 reshares
    8 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Hamas denies taking missing Israeli soldier
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-02 at 09:55:04

    US president says release is precondition for truce talks but Hamas says it does not know missing soldier’s whereabouts.

    103 twitter shares, 3059 retweets and 23 favorites
    381 shares and 584 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 7 plus ones and 3 reshares

  18. Ebola outbreak ‘moving faster than efforts to control it’, says WHO chief
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-01 at 22:21:47

    Efforts shift to finding those who have come into contact with victims as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia battle epidemic Continue reading…

    102 twitter shares, 3250 retweets and 38 favorites
    143 shares and 41 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    7 shares on LinkedIn

  19. 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…

    102 twitter shares, 144 retweets and 36 favorites
    704 shares and 2233 likes on Facebook
    16 Google+ Shares, 15 plus ones and 4 reshares
    28 shares on LinkedIn

  20. Ebola Virus Is Outpacing Efforts to Control It, World Health Body Warns
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-01 at 20:42:13

    Leaders of the affected countries and the head of the World Health Organization introduced a $100 million plan to combat the disease that will allow hundreds of medical professionals to be deployed to West Africa.

    1754 shares and 1322 likes on Facebook
    43 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

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