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Flash Flood Watch issued July 31 at 11:49PM PDT until August 01 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ON RECENT BURN AREAS FRIDAY... .BRIEF DOWNPOURS FROM ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING ACROSS AREAS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED RECENT WILDFIRES. DEBRIS FLOWS AND RAPID RUNOFF WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT IN THIS CASE. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM PDT FRIDAY

Overnight

Lo71° Mostly Cloudy

Friday

Hi98° Isolated Thunderstorms

Friday Night

Lo72° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi97° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday Night

Lo71° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo73° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi98° Hot

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Death toll continues to rise in Gaza

Israel’s prime minister vowed today to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100.

Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn today, Iraq’s Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Israeli aerial offensive against Gaza enters third day

JERUSALEM — Israel escalated its aerial assault in Gaza today hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, and the Palestinians said a family of eight was killed in a strike that destroyed their home. Israel’s missile defense system intercepted rockets fired by militants.

Jump! Kenyan kids jump-rope across the world

NAIROBI, Kenya — When she first picked up a jump-rope, at age 11, Beryl Atieno was just another young girl in Kibera, Nairobi’s notorious slum. Her horizon didn’t extend far past its mud-slick streets and jagged patchwork of rusting rooftops.

Germans probe second spying case involving U.S.

BERLIN, Germany — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S., a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.

Ukrainian pilot charged with journalists’ deaths

MOSCOW, Russia — A Ukrainian air force pilot who was captured by separatist rebels last month has been arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the killing of two Russian journalists, Russian officials said today.

50 bodies found in Iraq, raising sectarian worries

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad today, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.
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Israel and Hamas intensify attack

JERUSALEM — Warning that its offensive would only intensify, Israel stepped up its aerial campaign against the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, firing missiles that medical sources said killed at least 10 people in the Palestinian enclave today, including four children.

Israel launches Gaza offensive, at least 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip today, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

Israel bolsters forces along volatile Gaza border

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military bolstered forces along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip today in response to intensifying rocket fire as tensions remained high over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers and an Arab youth who Palestinians allege was killed in a revenge attack.

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea today by announcing his government will lift some of its sanctions in response to the North’s decision to re-open a probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber attacked an air force bus in Afghanistan’s capital today, killing at least seven people, including four officers, and wounding another 16. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Police arrest 511 at Hong Kong rally

Police in Hong Kong on today arrested at least 511 demonstrators who refused to leave city streets following one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the former British territory since its return to Chinese rule in 1997.

As Israel buries teens, airstrikes target Hamas

JERUSALEM — Israel today mourned the deaths of three teenagers who had been kidnapped over two weeks ago, as the air force targeted dozens of locations in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said, in a surge of violence that followed the discovery of the teens’ bodies.
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Cease-fire over, Ukraine renews attacks

KARLOVKA, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists fought with heavy weapons in the country’s east today, and the rebels captured the Interior Ministry headquarters in a major city after an hours-long gun battle, a day after the president said rebels weren’t serious about peace talks and ended a cease-fire.
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Iraq parliament makes no progress

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new parliament deadlocked less than two hours into its first session when minority Sunnis and Kurds walked out, dashing hopes for the quick formation of a new government that could hold the country together in the face of a militant blitz.

West to Putin: Commit to peaceful Ukraine

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

Iraqi parliament meets to form new government

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s vice president called on parliament to convene on Tuesday, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency while Britain’s top diplomat started an official visit to the country to urge the country’s leaders to put their differences aside for the good of the nation.
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U.S. ends anti-terror program in Philippines

After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday.

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

BAGHDAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations today against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, as reports surfaced that Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.