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An Israeli soldier was shot dead by Palestinian gunfire on the Gaza border Friday, the army said, raising fears of a new conflict with the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas. The soldier was shot by a "terrorist squad" along the border, the army said in a statement, with the military retaliating with air strikes. At least 149 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly shot during demonstrations and clashes along the border, but others in Israeli air strikes or by tank fire.
Thousands of people were without power Friday after a flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities. The storms even surprised weather forecasters when they hit the region Thursday afternoon, causing extensive damage to a manufacturing plant and prompting the evacuation of a hospital. In Marshalltown, where 10 people were injured, brick walls collapsed into the streets, roofs were blown off buildings and the cupola of the historic courthouse tumbled to the ground.
By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - European drugmakers Roche, Bayer and Merck KGaA became the latest companies to freeze prices in the United States following criticism by the Trump administration of the cost of medicine. Roche, Bayer and Merck KGaA all said on Friday they would not seek to lift prices this year in the world's biggest drug market, following Novartis, Pfizer and U.S. drugmaker Merck which had already announced similar moves.
At least 14 people have been wounded, two of them seriously, in a knife attack on a bus in Germany. A suspect - believed to be in his mid-30s - has been arrested after the stabbings in the northern city of Luebeck on Friday afternoon. The packed bus was heading in the direction of Travemuende, a popular beach, when a man pulled a weapon on passengers, according to local media. The bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle, allowing passengers to escape, local newspaper Luebecker Nachrichten reported. A police crew that happened to be nearby was able to get to the scene quickly, allowing officers to detain the suspect. "The passengers jumped out of the bus and were screaming," said Lothar H, a witness who lives close to the scene. "It was terrible. Then the injured were brought out. The perpetrator had a kitchen knife." Police spokesman Duerk Duerbrook said the attack happened in the Kuecknitz district of Luebeck - around 40 miles from Hamburg. He said authorities were still trying to determine the circumstances of the attack. Luebeck is in northern Germany, around 40 miles from Hamburg The force described it as a "major police deployment", adding that there had been no fatalities. "There is currently a major police deployment in Luebeck," the police force wrote on Twitter. "We are examining the situation and will give more information later." While the motive has not been established, Germany has been on high alert after several deadly Islamist extremist attacks.
Donald Trump has confirmed that he is ready to impose punitive new tariffs on all Chinese goods imported into the US, in what would be a massive escalation of his global trade war. The US president said in an interview that “I’m ready to go to 500”, a reference to the $505bn of US imports from China in 2017. The Trump administration is in the process of hitting $50bn of Chinese goods imports with levies in a move it says is spurred by unfair Chinese import barriers and the forced transfer of technology from US firms when they operate in China.
WhatsApp announced limits on Friday on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market. More than 20 people have been butchered by crazed mobs in the past two months across India after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp. Late on Thursday India's government, scrambling to find a response, threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying the "medium" for spreading malicious rumours "cannot evade responsibility and accountability". "If (WhatsApp) remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action," the information technology ministry said. The Facebook-owned firm responded on Friday with an announcement it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at five the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to. Indian WhatsApp lynchings | A timeline It addition, it said it will remove the "quick forward button" next to media messages, making sending on messages more cumbersome. "We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app," a statement said. Worldwide, the company will limit the number of forwards to 20 other groups, a spokesman said. Lynchings are nothing new in India, but the spread of smartphones - there are a billion plus handsets, and data is cheap - to even the most remote corners has enabled rumours to be shared at lightning speed. In India people forward on WhatsApp more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world, the company says.
Things have not returned to normal for many in Morristown, Tenn., months after ICE raided a meatpacking plant, detaining 97 workers. After interviewing him inside an ICE detention center in Louisiana, Yahoo News revisits Luis Bautista-Martinez, 23, who has been released while his case makes its way through a backlogged immigration court system.
"My bed felt warm," the 13-year-old, also known as Dom, told Reuters. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and the 25-year-old coach of the "Wild Boars" soccer team returned home on Wednesday after being discharged from hospital and appearing on national television to describe their ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave. Dom also blew out candles for a belated celebration of his 13th birthday on July 3, a day after the boys were found by two British divers about 4 km (2.5 miles) inside the cave.
A Vietnamese court on Friday ordered the deportation of an American student found guilty of "causing public disorder" during rare violent protests which caught the Communist authorities off-guard. William Nguyen, 32, was taken into custody on June 10 by plainclothes police during mass protests in Ho Chi Minh City against proposed special economic zones. At a half-day trial at Ho Chi Minh City's people's court Friday, Nguyen was found guilty of a public disorder offence and told to leave the country.
Just a few months ago Nicaragua was considered one of Central America’s safest and most stable nations with a growing number of tourists flocking to the “land of lakes and volcanoes” wedged between Costa Rica and Honduras. British authorities now advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua while the United States has ordered all non-emergency government personnel to leave and told its citizens to consider doing the same. Ortega, now 72, has towered over Nicaraguan politics for decades.
A steam pipe has exploded beneath a street in Manhattan's Flatiron District, blasting a whole through the asphalt of Fifth Avenue. The New York Fire Department closed a number of roads in Manhattan's Flatiron District, causing disruption to many peoples' morning commutes. There were multiple reports that a number of manhole covers exploded into the air from West 19th Street to West 21st Street.
A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon known as Dr. Bumbum was arrested Thursday over the death of a patient in a botched operation after spending four days on the run. Denis Furtado, who calls himself Dr. Bumbum on social media, was arrested in an office building thanks to a tip from an anonymous telephone caller, police said. Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women's bodies, in particular their bottoms, and became known throughout the country for his expertise.
Boeing (BA.N) claimed victory on Thursday after outselling rival Airbus (AIR.PA) at this week's Farnborough Airshow, where the world's largest planemakers repeated last year's comparable haul of around 900 orders with the help of leasing industry demand. The world's largest planemaker said it had won 528 orders and commitments at the event in southern England, while Airbus reported 431 new deals, or 371 excluding the recently acquired Bombardier CSeries, now rebranded A220. Airbus blamed the incognito wave on trade tensions that had made some firms nervous about appearing to side with the United States or other economic powers amid heated trade rhetoric.
Palaeontologists have found a tiny fossilized baby snake, the first of its kind to be discovered. The snake embryo, sitting within a chunk of amber from Myanmar, was preserved in the early Late Cretaceous period approximately 99 million years ago, according to research published in Science Advances on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Giant, newly discovered dinosaur was literally a huge weirdo It's a new species that's been named Xiaophis myanmarensis by the 11 authors , the first Mesozoic snake to be found in a forested environment, which the study's authors believe indicates a greater ecological diversity in early snakes than previously thought. (left) the snake skeleton within the amber. (middle) a dorsal view of skeleton, synchrotron x-ray micro–computed tomography image. (right) a ventral view of the skeleton.Image: science advancesThe unique little snake fossil, according to the report, is an articulated post-cranial skeleton (everything but the skull) and sits at just 47.5 millimeters long. A look at the snake's vertebrae indicates similarities to those of fossil snakes from Gondwana, the ancient supercontinent that broke up about 180 million years ago. National Geographic placed the snake as possibly related to a group of modern snakes found in Southeast Asia. Individual vertebrae are extremely small, comparable in size and morphology to those of a neonate Asian pipe snake.Image: science advancesA second specimen found in Myanmar by the same team includes a preserved fragment of shed skin. That skin hasn't been confirmed by the researchers as coming from a snake, but when compared to modern specimens, the scale-like markings look pretty close to that of a snake. If it is indeed snakeskin, National Geographic reports, it would be the first ever discovered in amber. Photographs of probable snake shed skin.Image: Science AdvancesThe tiny snake fossil is incredibly well-preserved for being approximately 99 million years old. Every fossil unearthed like this brings us a little closer to understanding what creatures slithered across the Earth and where before smartphones and Snapchat ever got a look-in. WATCH: This Golden Record is an alien's guide to Earth
A light-hearted quip about a soccer team has sparked a serious debate about identity politics and the merits of France's "colorblind" republican model versus American multiculturalism. When the host of American television's popular "The Daily Show" joked that the real winner of the World Cup was "Africa," it prompted a fierce reaction on social media and drew a pointed rebuttal from the French ambassador to Washington. Trevor Noah, the popular comedian who hosts the TV show, was calling attention to the fact that many of the winning French team's players are of African origin -- immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico City on Thursday morning, triggering the city's seismic alarm and causing some residents to flee from their homes and offices. The earthquake's epicenter was near the town of Huajuapan de Leon in southern Oaxaca state at a depth of 34 miles (55 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
President Xi Jinping arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday for a three-day visit, after the announcement of oil and trade deals between China and the UAE. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said he was "delighted" to welcome Xi, posting photos on Twitter of the Chinese president receiving flowers on landing in the emirate. "This is a historic visit and represents a new stage of cooperation in all fields, which will bring growth, development and prosperity to the people of our nations," said the crown prince of the UAE capital.