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An Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinian militants as they fired mortars from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian officials said, just hours after another group of militants struck Israel in a separate rocket attack.
The violence was the latest in a surge of clashes that have rocked a 5-month-old truce between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Both sides say they would like to preserve the Egyptian-mediated truce, due to expire next month, but events over the past two weeks signal the opposite is happening.
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The militants killed in the airstrike were from a small Hamas-allied group known as the Popular Resistance Committees. Abu Attaya, a spokesman for the group, said the four were firing mortars at Israel when they were killed.
The Israeli military said the airstrike targeted a rocket squad in northern Gaza. Associated Press
A US Airways Express airliner slid down a runway Sunday during an emergency landing without its nose landing gear. No injuries were reported.
The Philadelphia-bound deHavilland Dash-8 turboprop, operated by Piedmont Airlines, took off from Allentown at about 8:20 a.m. with 35 passengers and three crew members, according to officials of the airline and Philadelphia International Airport.
Before the scheduled landing at Philadelphia, the crew got an indication that the landing gear was not down, Victoria Lupica said. Fire crews spread foam on the runway as a precaution before the landing at about 9:20 a.m.
The plane skidded down the runway on its nose, but there was no smoke or fire, Lupica said. Passengers were taken to the terminal by bus.
Federal authorities were investigating, Lupica said. Associated Press
Space shuttle Endeavour linked with the international space station on Sunday, kicking off a home makeover that will allow twice as many astronauts to live up there beginning next year.
Commander Christopher Ferguson guided the shuttle to a smooth docking as the two spacecraft soared 212 miles above India. Associated Press
Authorities are crediting a neighbor with saving a teenager who was mauled by a 150-pound pet cougar.
Police say the 16-year-old girl was at the home of a wildlife collector who has permits to keep two cougars and several snakes, tortoises and alligators. The collector was out of town and police say the 21-year-old man who took her there didn't have permission to be there.
Police say the cougar named Chaos pounced on the girl Saturday and clenched its jaws around her head. Neighbor Richard Miralles heard screams and wrestled the animal away.
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman says the girl had some significant wounds and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A spokesman says Chaos can remain in the house for now. Associated Press
Rescue officials say seven people were killed in a plane crash off the coast of British Columbia and one man survived.
Authorities confirmed seven of the eight people on board the Pacific Coastal Airlines plane were dead. They said the sole survivor walked away and was found by the Canadian Coast Guard on the beach of Thormanby Island. Associated Press
The party representing New Zealand's indigenous Maori people will get its first Cabinet posts under a multiparty deal Prime Minister-elect John Key signed Sunday to form a center-right minority government.
In return for the Maori Party's support, Key agreed to back off on his pledge to scrap the special seats in Parliament set aside for indigenous Maori lawmakers.
He also said he would review a law nationalizing the nation's shoreline — an area Maori claim they had traditionally owned but was “stolen” by a law passed in 2004. Associated Press
The U.S. has revised its count of juveniles ever held at Guantanamo Bay to 12, up from the eight it reported in May to the United Nations, a Pentagon spokesman said Sunday.
The government has provided a corrected report to the U.N. committee on child rights, according to Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon. He said the U.S. did not intentionally misrepresent the number of detainees taken to the isolated Navy base before they turned 18.
A study released last week by the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas concluded the U.S. has held at least a dozen juveniles at Guantanamo, including a Saudi who committed suicide in 2006. Associated Press
Congo's main rebel leader promised a U.N. envoy Sunday to support a cease-fire and U.N. efforts to end the conflict, even as more heavy fighting was reported in the east. The envoy, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, met with rebel leader Laurent Nkunda on Sunday after talking in recent days with the Central African nation's president and the leader of Angola. Associated Press