Casualties mount in Gaza war ... Ukrainian forces claim progress ... Ambush in Tunisia

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Updated: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:16:21 EST

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official says that during a lull in the Gaza fighting Saturday, medics were allowed to collect close to 150 bodies. Ashraf al-Kidra said that with the retrieval of the corpses, the number of Palestinians killed in the 19-day war reached 1,047, while more than 6,000 were wounded. Hamas fired more rockets at Israel later Saturday, even though the Israeli Cabinet said it was extending the cease-fire by 24 hours.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials says their forces have advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavily artillery across the border to the rebels.

NEW YORK (AP) — The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn't asking for trouble. Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, says he was not was not a violent man. In what were described as her first public remarks about the death, she said her husband was, quoting, "a quiet man, but he's making a lot of noise now."

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian Defense Ministry says a group of terrorists killed two soldiers in an ambush and wounded six others near the country's border with Algeria. The incident Saturday came after 15 soldiers were killed July 17 in simultaneous attacks near the Algerian border at Mount Chaambi, where security forces have long been trying to root out Islamist extremists. Ministry spokesman Rachid Bouhoula said Saturday's attack occurred in the Kef region to the north of Mount Chaambi

NEW YORK (AP) — Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport. Airport workers found the men on a navigational pier at the end of a runway around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The men tell the New York Post they rowed to the closest point on shore after overturning their kayak and losing a pair of paddles in Jamaica Bay.

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