Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_bd0223758f.jpgWhite House (WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms. “Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctions on some of Russia’s largest companies and financial institutions,” President Obama announced in a short statement in the White House briefing room Wednesday.

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Two Detained in Moscow Subway Crash; Death Toll Up to 23

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_715bc03b18.jpgGleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Two men have been detained in connection with Tuesday's subway crash in Moscow that left at least 23 people dead. A track foreman and his assistant are suspected of criminal negligence. Authorities say they failed to install a switch properly which may have led to the crash.

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Israeli Strike Kills Four Boys Playing on Gaza Beach

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_d33c1e9400.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Four boys who were playing on a beach in Gaza were killed by an Israeli barrage Wednesday, according to witnesses -- the latest grim fatalities in the aerial battle between Israel and the militant group Hamas. The military strike landed near a hotel where many of the foreign media are staying and the blast and its aftermath were witnessed by some of the media.

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Israel Calls Up 8,000 More Reservists as Bombing Rages

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_65cf60de63.jpgDavid Silverman/Getty Images (JERUSALEM) -- Israel has called an additional 8,000 military reservists Wednesday, indicating that its offensive against Hamas is not winding down. The new reservists will be joining the 40,000 that have already been called up, with many of them poised along with tanks on Israel's border with Gaza.

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Severe Turbulence Sends Passengers Flying from Their Seats

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_02f1f514bf.jpgGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images (JOHANNESBURG) -- A South African Airways flight has landed safely in Hong Kong Wednesday after the aircraft was struck with severe turbulence that left 20 people injured, the airline said. According to a statement from the airline, medical personnel met the plane at the Hong Kong airport to assist the 17 passengers and three crew members injured on Flight 286, which had departed Johannesburg Tuesday.

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