Created: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:16:20 EST
Updated: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:16:20 EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has released satellite images to back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine, and that heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. The images appear to show blast marks from where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials say the images show multiple rocket launchers fired at Ukrainian forces from within Ukraine and from Russian soil. One image shows rockets that can travel more than 7 miles.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian armed forces are moving against pro-Russian separatist fighters in the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down. Ukraine's National Security Council says government troops have encircled a key rebel stronghold, and there has been fighting in other cities in Ukraine's east. Word of the fighting prompted a team of Dutch and Australian police officers to put off plans to search the Flight 17 crash site.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas have resumed attacks on each other, after failing to agree on another temporary cease-fire. Hamas initially rejected an Israeli offer for a 24-hour truce, then agreed to hold fire ahead of a major Muslim holiday this week. But as Israel's Cabinet met to discuss the offer, rockets rained down on southern Israel and Israeli strikes could be heard in Gaza. The two sides observed a 12-hour truce yesterday.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus is receiving intensive treatment in West Africa. Dr. Kent Brantly is in stable condition at a hospital in Liberia, where he has been working since October with the North Carolina-based group Samaritan's Purse. An outbreak of the disease has killed more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Lucy" is the weekend's top box office draw. The movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates. A remake of "Hercules" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is No. 2, with an estimated $29 million.