By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting. Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said. "Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school," UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement after representatives of the agency visited the scene and examined fragments, craters and other damage. Blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms at the Jabalya Girls Elementary School and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military offered a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Wednesday in some areas of the Gaza Strip, an army statement said. "IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 (8.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. ET). "The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating," the statement said. (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Catherine Evans)
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter and the decline in output in the prior period was less steep than previously reported, which could bolster views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year. The saving rate increased to 5.3 percent from 4.9 percent in the first quarter as incomes rose, which bodes well for future spending.
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - With just hours left for Argentina to strike a deal with bondholders who refused to sign up for its debt restructurings, rating agencies are poised to declare a default. Argentina's situation is unusual - it can pay its current bondholders, but a U.S. legal ruling prevents it from doing so unless it pays off its old lenders first. "If the judicial action does interfere with the payment on the bond, the rating of the bond itself would still be lowered to D for default and the issuer (Argentina) rating would go to SD for selective default." Moody's and Fitch have similar stances. For Argentina's government, a default would be a further blow to its already damaged reputation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in second quarter after sharp contraction in winter.