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World
    2014-07-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    1. Israel’s Gaza campaign kills 27

    An Israeli operation against Gaza* militants killed 27 people on July 9 and wounded more than 100.

    Israel’s security Cabinet decided on July 8 to draft* 40,000 reserve soldiers for the military operation Israel launched on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

    Air strikes on Gaza killed 23 people, including an 8-year-old child and two teenagers, and Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants.

    Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a cease-fire*, despite calls by the United Nations Security Council and others to end the increasingly bloody days of offensive.

    2. Somalia’s presidential palace attacked

    Somalia’s Islamist Shebab* rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault* against the country’s presidential palace late on July 8.

    Officials said Somalia’s internationally backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed were not inside the complex at the time and were “both safe.”

    “There were at least nine attackers, all have been killed, and the situation is under control, the attack is over,” security official Abdi Ahmed said.

    “There were eight blasts towards the end of the fighting, believed to have been suicide vests.”

    3. Chile publishes report on ‘UFO’ sighting

    A government agency in Chile has published a report on two photographs showing an object that it claims “can be qualified as a UFO.”

    The Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, part of Chile’s Ministerial Department of Civil Aeronautics, studied photographs of the object after it was spotted by four engineers above a remote copper mine.

    According to the report, the engineers described the object as “a flattened disc of brilliant color with a diameter* of 5 to 10 meters. It performed ascending*, descending and horizontal movements in short lengths, about 600 meters above the ground.”

    One of the workers reportedly took the pictures after they spotted the object at the Collahuasi copper mine where they were working in April 2013.

    4. North Korea launches two missiles

    North Korea launched two ballistic missiles* into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said.

    The missiles, believed to be of Scud* variations, were fired from the North Korean city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea and had a range of about 500 kilometers.

    North Korea experts said it was highly unusual for Pyongyang to fire missiles from a city just 20 kilometers from the heavily fortified border separating the two Koreas. North Korea usually test-fires missiles launched from its eastern port city of Wonsan, about 130 kilometers from the border.

    5. Russia waives entry visa for Cup fans

    In a first for the soccer World Cup, foreign fans and participants to the next championships in 2018 in Russia will be able to visit the country without visas immediately before and during the competition, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on July 11.

    “We passed a federal law establishing a special visa regime* for foreigners who help organize the 2018 Championship enabling not only the official participants, but also the fans to visit Russia without visas right before and during the competition,” Putin said.

    6. Germany on top of world

    Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win its fourth World Cup on Sunday, taking soccer’s biggest prize for the first time in 24 years.

    Substitute* Mario Goetze scored in the 113th minute to allow the Europeans to avoid a penalty shootout* in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium in Brazil.

    Germany is the first European team to capture the World Cup in Latin America. Its last title — in 1990 — also came over two-time champion Argentina. Lionel Messi, a record four-time World Player of the Year, will have to wait at least another four years to win his first World Cup.(SD-Agencies)

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