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July 20, 2014


22:18  Gaza fighting's latest toll: 60 Palestinians, 13 Israeli soldiers dead:  Thirteen Israeli troops were killed overnight in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday. The IDF did not immediately give details. Hamas said it lured Israeli tanks into a Gaza field in which it had hidden improvised explosive devices, and "destroyed the force completely." It was Israel's biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.
21:45  US asks Russian President Putin to admit mistake:  Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "man up" and admit Russia made a mistake. She told CNN: "I think this has become a huge human drama, and I think the nexus between Russia and the separatists has been established very clearly, so the issue is where is Putin? I would say, 'Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say, if this is a mistake, which I hope it was, say it. I think the world has to rise up and say we've had enough of this. You cannot let this kind of thing happen, and Russia continues to prepare it for the next strike down of a civilian plane. There will be repercussions from this."
20:20  Family unhappy over investigations in Lucknow murder:  The father-in-law of the victim, who was murdered and dumped in the Mohanlalganj area of Lucknow has asked for a CBI probe, saying that the administration was downplaying the incident. Activists also held a protest outside CM Akhilesh Yadav's home, demanding a better probe. 
19:53  No hike in LPG, kerosene prices: Petroleum Minister:  Cooking gas and kerosene prices will not be hiked keeping in view the impact of such a step on the people, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. "Our government has decided not to increase LPG and kerosene prices in the country. This will benefit the middle class people and those who use kerosene as cooking fuel," he said. However, he added, that petrol prices would move according to the prevalent market price mechanism.
19:33  Another 27 bodies from MH17 found:  Twenty-seven more bodies have been found along with 20 fragments of bodies at the site where the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said. 
19:22  Schools gym teacher nabbed in Bangalore school rape case :   The gym instructor of a school in east Bangalore has been arrested in the rape of a six-year-old girl at school on July 2. The alleged rape by "unknown persons' which reportedly occurred on July 2 but came to light on July 15, has triggered severe protests from outraged parents, who suspect the involvement of staffers, as also from civil society.    
18:17  Rebels promise to hand over MH17 black boxes to world aviation body:  Rebels have recovered the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday. Rebel leader Aleksander Borodai told a press conference in Donetsk, "Some items, presumably the black boxes, were found, and they have been delivered to Donetsk and they are under our control. There are no specialists among us who could pinpoint the look of the black boxes, but we brought to Donetsk some technical items which could be the black boxes of the airliner."
17:50  Hamas chief meets Kuwait emir on Gaza crisis:  Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal discussed efforts for a truce in Gaza with the ruler of Kuwait, current chair of the Arab League, on Sunday. Sources said the two discussed ways to end the 13-day Israeli assault on the Palestinian territory, which has killed nearly 400 people. Earlier this week, an Egyptian truce proposal was accepted by Israel, but snubbed by Hamas, which said it had not been consulted.
16:52  Two hour Gaza cease-fire agreed for humanitarian reasons:  Israel has agreed to observe an immediate two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza's Shejaiya neighbourhood, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday. "There is going to be a humanitarian window between 1:30 and 3:30 in Shejaiya," an army spokeswoman said.Another military official said the move was in response to a request by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
16:32  Lucknow rape: Cops announce case solved after arrest of one guard:  After the arrest of a security guard in the Lucknow rape, the Uttar Pradesh police said that the incident was not a gang rape and a one man operation. Sutapa Sanyal, ADG added that the accused, who had been arrested, had a criminal past. Lauding the police, she said that too much of hard work had been put in by the UP police in solving the case.
15:58  Lucknow rape: 6 cops suspended due to delay in action:  In the aftermath of a woman being raped and dumped near a school in Mohanlalganj area of Lucknow, the state government has suspended six police officials for delay in action. Two officials, a local station house officer and the beat sub-inspector, were suspended for showing complete insensitivity in the case, as they did not cover the body after it was discovered. 
15:17  Bye bye MH17: Flight code MH17 to be retired:  Malaysia Airline says it is retiring the flight number of the plane that was shot down over Ukraine. In a statement, the carrier said, "Kuala Lumpur service, MH17 flight number will be retired out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code. This will take into effect on 25 July 2014." It added that the new flight code replacing MH17 will be: MH19 - AMS/KUL. 
14:46  Conveyed to Mrs Gandhi that we wanted to contest elections alone: Omar:  Following the announcement that the Congress and National Conference have split in Jammu and Kashmir, the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah clarified that it was his party that had asked for the split and not the other way round. He tweeted, "I met the Mrs Gandhi 10 days ago and thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC's decision to fight the elections alone. I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn't be making a public announcement because I didn't want it to look opportunistic."He later added that it was wrong to report that the Congress had demanded for a split and a complete distortion of the facts.
14:23  196 bodies found at MH17 crash site:  Emergency workers in Ukraine say they have now found 196 bodies at the crash site of Malaysia airliner MH17. A total of 298 people were on board the plane, when it was reportedly hit by a missile over a rebel-held area in Donetsk region on Thursday. International observers are expected to visit the site again later today. Both Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels have accused each other of shooting down the Boeing 777, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
14:03  CBI yet to exhume Badaun victims' bodies:  The Badaun rape probe hit a hurdle again on Sunday, with the Central Bureau of Investigation failing to exhume the bodies of two sisters, who were allegedly raped and murdered in the Uttar Pradesh's district, for the second consecutive day. The water level has been rising due to incessant rains due to which the procedure to exhume the bodies had to be suspended on Saturday. The graves of the minors are submerged under the gushing waters from a swollen Ganga, which flows adjacent to it. "We will wait for the water to recede... It may take months," said one of the doctors who is part of the forensic team constituted by the CBI.
13:09  Security guard held for raping and murdering woman in Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh police have nabbed a security guard in the rape and murder of a woman in Mohanlalganj area in Lucknow. Police sources said that the security guard used to work in the same medical college as the victim. The case came to light on Thursday when the nude body of the woman was spotted near a primary school in Balsingh Khera village of Mohanlalganj tehsil in Lucknow by a watchman.Read the entire story HERE.
12:40  MH17: Rebels guarantee safety to investigators if Kiev agrees to truce:  A top Ukrainian rebel leader has said that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the Malaysian jet's crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce."We declare that we will guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene as soon as Kiev concludes a ceasefire agreement," the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's deputy premier Andrei Purgin said in a statement.
12:29  Congress-National Conference alliance splits in Jammu and Kashmir:  Sources have revealed that the Congress will be contesting the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir elections on their own, signalling the end of their alliance with the National Conference, headed by Farooq Abdullah. According to sources, workers of both parties are dead against going together in the polls, leading to the split in the alliance. The Congress-National Conference coalition government came to power under Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in January 2009. 
11:59  Heavy firing in Gaza town kills 13:  At least 13 people are killed and 200 others are wounded in shelling and bombing in Shaja'ia, east of Gaza City, the Hamas Health Ministry reported. Hundreds of people fled the district after it was hit by heavy fire. On Sunday, Israel vowed to expand their ground strikes. There is no truce in sight as both sides continue their attacks. 
11:43  Malaysia Airlines to waive cancellation fees:  Malaysia Airlines has told customers it will waive all change and cancellation fees in the wake of the terrible incident. "In light of the MH17 incident, Malaysia Airlines will be waiving any change fees for passengers who wish to make changes to their itinerary to any MH destinations," it said in a statement, adding, "Passengers who wish to postpone or cancel their travel plans can obtain a refund, including for non refundable tickets."
10:57  Govt formation: Satish Upadhyay discusses strategy with Rajnath Singh:  Satish Upadhyay , the president of the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party unit, reaches Rajnath Singh's residence to discuss the party's strategy on government formation in the nation's capital. According to sources, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has asked BJP to opt for fresh polls in the state. 
00:34  Drunkenness and looting at the MH17 crash site!:  
Separatist rebels have taken control of the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, where it was shot down on Thursday, possibly by the same rebel group.

It appears, based on these tweets from the scene by BuzzFeed's correspondent Max Seddon, that the rebels are not just blocking aviation investigators and health workers, but are conducting their own amateur investigation effort.

Needless to say, that the untrained rebels are carting away evidence and refusing entry to actual investigators from the The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe could make it harder for the world to ever fully understand what happened

Read more HERE
00:30  How Rupert Murdoch could go to war with ESPN:  
The blockbuster news that Rupert Murdoch bid $80 billion for Time Warner -- and was at least temporarily rebuffed -- points to an impending seismic shift in the media landscape. 

And, as the New York Times points out today, nowhere would that shift be felt more than in the business of televised sports. 

A Fox takeover of Time Warner could do what no one has been able to accomplish in 35 years: create a true competitor to ESPN.

Read more HERE
00:29  Modi's India is suddenly the darling of money managers: Poll:  
Modinomics seems to have charmed the global financial elite. 

Investment professionals all across the world have named India as the most promising emerging market in a new Bloomberg Global Poll. 

This is the first time in the last five years that global markets are this confident about Asias third largest economy. 

The poll is based on interviews with 562 Bloomberg users. 

More that 51 per cent respondents said that they are optimistic about prime minister Narendra Modis policies.

Read more HERE
00:28  Malaysia Airlines is offering refunds for any tickets to fly this year:  
Following the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which is believed to have been blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine, shares in the airline's stock closed down 11% at the end of Friday. 

The airline has now said that it will offer anyone with a ticket to fly this year a refund -- regardless of when it was purchased -- if they call before July 24. 

A kind gesture for their customers, but perhaps not so good for the bottom line. 

Over the past five years, the airline has lost 92 per cent of its value.

Read more HERE
00:25  Top headlines at this hour::  Gas leak at ONGC well off Mumbai coast; no casualty 

Modi writes to Malaysian PM, says outrage on MH17 downing justifiable

India floats defence deals worth Rs 21,000 crore 

Demands met, brave Mumbai fireman's kin take his body

Russian crew downed MH17, rebels cleaning up act: Ukraine

Gaza toll passes 300 as UN chief rushes to Middle East 

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