Hamas warns foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv - Ceasfire Collapses

A Hamas warning to foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv was to take effect on Thursday as a six-week war with Israel spiralled into further bloodshed after truce talks collapsed.

The warning came as Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes across Gaza again on Wednesday in response to multiple rocket attacks on southern Israel, as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

The UN Security Council later urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza.

In a unanimously adopted statement, the 15-member council "called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire".

The statement, drafted by France, was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence in the war, which has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians since July 8.

The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signalled they would be ready to move toward a stronger response if the Egyptian-led peace track fails.

However the spokesman of the Hamas armed wing, Abu Obeida, said the group was abandoning efforts to negotiate a durable ceasefire with Israel.

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Heavy barrage of rockets fired at Tel Aviv area, southern Israel :: Global Geopolitics

Hamas says it fired 40 rockets, claims responsibility for firing M-75 and Fajr-5 rockets at central Israel, J-80 missile at Ben Gurion Airport.

A heavy barrage of rockets was fired at Israel on Tuesday night, ar around 10:40pm. Loud explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while Code Red sirens blared throughout southern and central Israel.

Hamas said it fired 40 rockets at Israel. Among them, two hit open areas in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, four more in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council, and five hit open areas in the Be'er Sheva area.

At least one was intercepted over central Israel and another fell in an open area. Two more were intercepted over Sderot, two intercepted over Be'er Sheva, two shot down over Kiryat Malachi, three were intercepted over Ashkelon.

Hamas' armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the fire at central Israel, saying they fired M-75 and Fajr-5 missiles at the Tel Aviv area and a J-80 rocket towards Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip :: TheHill

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha' Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama' two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

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Islamic State militants threaten US over air strikes in Iraq :: euronews, world news

Islamic State militants (IS) have released a graphic video threatening the United States if it continues to hit their fighters with air strikes.

The group warned it would attack Americans "in any place".

The United States has helped Kurdish forces with a series of air strikes on Islamic State fighters - the first since it pulled out of the country in 2011 - saying it was preventing genocide in a conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands.

The militants have seized large parts of Iraq and threatened to march on Baghdad.

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Huge Asteroid That Could Wipe Out Human Life Is Heading Towards Earth, Scientists

By Sarah Thomas | August 18, 2014 1:00 PM EST

Researchers at the University of Tennessee had been studying Asteroid 1950 DA that could destroy the planet if it hits Earth. The chances of the space rock's collision with Earth is one in 300. The scientists predict that the asteroid that is travelling at 14.5km (9 miles) per second may hit Earth and wipe out human life on March 16, 2880
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A Perseid meteor streaks towards the horizon during the annual Persied meteor shower in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, August 12, 2008. Perseids meteors are bits of debris left by the comet Swift-Tuttle which burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. REUTERS/Doug Murray (UNITED STATES)

Scientists cannot be accurately state if the asteroid would definitely hit Earth, but they say the chances are bleak. If it does, it would cause devastating impact because it would hit with a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT. That explosion would cause tsunamis, earthquake and change the climate of the globe, ultimately wiping out the human race.  The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometer and is travelling at 61,155km (38,000 miles) per hour

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