Kerry announces 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza

An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155 mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations announced early Friday. Kerry said the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo. The top US diplomat said the ceasefire would last for 72 hours “unless extended.” “This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence,” the statement said.

Outrage at refugee slaughter

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 31, (Agencies): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Wednesday the deaths of at least 15 Palestinians among thousands sheltering at an UN-run school. The United Nations said its initial assessment was that Isra…

Ebola fears grow

FREETOWN, July 31, (Agencies): West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules on Thursday to tackle the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the tropical virus and agreed to launch a $100 million response plan at an emergency regional summit….

Manila to evacuate 13,000 from Libya

TRIPOLI, July 31, (AFP): The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence continued to rage and a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there. At the same time, Greece was sending a warship to e…

Five Arab girls in ‘red night’ party

KUWAIT CITY, July 31: Five Arab girls were arrested in Shaab for organizing a ‘red night’ party in exchange for KD100 in Shaab. Acting on a tip-off, Director of Criminal Security Major General Mahmoud Al-Tabakh formed a team of securitymen tasked to…

Kuwaiti slaps a Doctor

KUWAIT CITY, July 31: A Kuwaiti citizen slapped a doctor in Mubarak Hospital. According to security sources, a quarrel broke out between the Kuwaiti citizen and doctor in the hospital during which the citizen abused the doctor and slapped him.