12 July 2014

Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120

Israeli soldiers on a mobile artillery unit fire a shell towards Gaza at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Israeli airstrikes overnight targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque its military says concealed the militant group's weapons, in an offensive that showed no signs of slowing down. Israel launched its campaign five days ago to stop relentless rocket fire on its citizens. While there have been no fatalities in Israel, Palestinian officials said overnight attacks raised the death toll there to over 120, with more than 920 wounded.
Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque and a center for the disabled where two women were killed Saturday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the offensive to more than 120, Palestinian officials said.
The Israeli military said the mosque concealed rockets like those used in the barrage of nearly 700 fired by Gaza militants at Israel over the five-day offensive, while saying it was investigating claims about the other sites hit. However, the strikes in the densely populated Gaza Strip show the challenge facing Israel as it considers a ground operation in the region and potential further dangers posed to civilians.

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

A Palestinian man drives a donkey cart on an empty main road in Gaza City on Friday, July 11, 2014. It’s the holy month of Ramadan, and throughout the Muslim world people are socializing with friends and family, buying presents for loved ones and breaking a day long fast amid colorful night time street scenes that inject even more vigor into already busy urban centers. But not in Gaza City, one of the world’s most densely populated cities. A ceaseless Israeli bombing campaign, with airstrikes every five minutes, has turned the frenetic hub of the Gaza Strip into a virtual ghost town, emptying streets, closing shops and keeping hundreds of thousands of people close to home where they feel safest from the bombs.
It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.
But not in Gaza City, one of the world's most densely populated cities. A ceaseless Israeli bombing campaign, with airstrikes every five minutes, has turned the frenetic hub of the Gaza Strip into a virtual ghost town, emptying streets, closing shops and keeping hundreds of thousands of people close to home where they feel safest from the bombs.

A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, Netherlands' Robin van Persie heads the ball to score during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. The Dutchman's header that looped over a stranded Iker Casillas in the Spain goal was not only very special but historic. By taking his tally to 45 goals for his country, the Manchester United forward also became the first Dutch player to score in three consecutive World Cups.
Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area.

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

Palestinian rockets are launched from Gaza into Israel, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported more than a dozen of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland.
With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and rockets fired by militants striking Israel from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon, Israel's prime minister on Friday brushed off a question about cease-fire efforts.
There is no end in sight to Israel's effort to halt militant rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
"I will end it when our goals are realized," he said. "And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet."

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

Brazil supporters hold a poster depicting Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger wearing a Germany shirt prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history.

ON THIS DAY: Zidane gives France 1st World Cup win

In this Sunday, July 12, 1998 file photo, French teammates from left, Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc hold the soccer World Cup after France defeated Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final soccer match, at the Stade de France in Saint Denis. On this day, France wins its first World Cup after defeating Brazil 3-0, following 2 headed goals from Zidane and a late strike from Emmanuel Petit.
On July 12 in World Cup history: Zinedine Zidane's headers help France beat subdued Brazil in 1998 home final.