By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and planned to see the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned U.S. carriers from flying to or from Ben-Gurion International Airport, after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the airport's fringes, injuring two people. Israel's flagship carrier El Al continued flights as usual.
Suicide bomb kills at least four at army base in Benghazi: security source
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At least four people were killed in a suicide bombing at an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a security source said. Islamist militants and army forces have been clashing regularly in the city, but suicide attacks have been rare during the turmoil that has followed the 2011 overthrow over veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi. (Reporting by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)
Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official
By Kamal Namaa FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out Sunni militants from the group now known as Islamic State. Ahmed al-Shami, spokesman for the Falluja health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Falluja hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 hit a record high on Tuesday as inflation data was seen keeping the Federal Reserve in an equities-friendly tone, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales hit an eight month-high in June, suggesting the housing market was gradually regaining momentum and would help the economy to stay on a higher growth path this year. The third straight month of home sales gains, reported by the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday, added to employment and retail sales data that have indicated economic growth ended the second quarter on a firmer note. The housing market stumbled in the second half of last year, raising concerns it could undermine the economy's recovery. With the labor market tightening, mortgage rates easing and the pace of house price increases moderating as supply improves, the foundation is being laid for further gains in home sales.
Coca-Cola Co is still grappling with a problem even as sales of traditional Coke rise in North America: U.S. consumers are drinking less diet soda. The world's largest soda maker said on Tuesday that global sales volume rose 3 percent in its second quarter, boosted by growth in sparkling beverages. JP Morgan analysts had expected volume to be up 1 percent to 2 percent in North America, which accounted for 45 percent of total revenue in the second quarter. Coke's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent said that while the drop in diet Coke sales had improved from the first quarter, "we recognize we have more work to do here." Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been struggling with declining soda sales in developed markets like the United States as consumers become more health conscious.
(Reuters) - Quarterly profit at McDonald's Corp fell more than expected after established restaurants in its struggling U.S. division turned in a third straight quarterly sales decline and results from Europe also logged a surprise drop. Weakness in the world's biggest hamburger chain's two top markets, coupled with its warning of a global fall in same-restaurant sales for July, also helped send McDonald's shares down 1.1 percent in early trading on Tuesday. McDonald's gets about 30 percent of its revenue from the United States, where sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 1.5 percent in the second quarter. Traffic remained depressed amid tough competition from a range of rivals, which include Wendy's Co, Burger King Worldwide Inc and privately held Chick-fil-A. Analysts had expected McDonald's U.S. comparable sales to fall just 0.3 percent, according to research firm Consensus Metrix.
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Polio aún amenaza a Oriente Medio tras casos en Siria e Irak: ONU
Por Stephanie Nebehay GINEBRA (Reuters) - Agencias de Naciones Unidas dijeron elmartes que 36 niños en Siria y dos en Irak fueron afectados porpolio quedando paralizados desde octubre, y que el riesgo de queel virus se propague por Oriente Medio continúa siendo alto. La polio, una enfermedad incurable y que puede causarparálisis, apareció en octubre en la provincia nororiental de Deir al-Zor en el primer brote en Siria desde 1999. Seregistraron dos casos en Irak este año en niños que residían enel área de Bagdad. ...
La ONU pidió el martes que se facilite el acceso humanitario a 765.000 niños sirios de menos de cinco años que deben ser vacunados contra la polio en zonas difícilmente accesibles en ese país destrozado por más de tres años de guerra.
The United Nations called for help Tuesday to vaccinate 765,000 young Syrian children against polio in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the crippling disease across the restive Middle East. "Inside Syria, 765,000 children under the age of five live in hard-to-reach areas where conflict and restriction make it extremely difficult to reach them with humanitarian assistance including regular access to vaccines," UN agencies said. The UN agencies said polio had struck again in Syria after a 14-year absence because the civil war had disrupted what had been routine childhood immunisations, with millions fleeing their homes. Polio vaccination coverage in Syria has declined from an average of 99 percent to 52 percent, they said.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading further in the Middle East remains high, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. A crippling and incurable disease, polio erupted in October in the northeast province of Deir al-Zor, marking Syria's first outbreak since 1999. The two cases recorded in Iraq this year were in Iraqi children living in the Baghdad area. A polio vaccination campaign r