World Briefs: Truce talks continue

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CAIRO — The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory. The negotiations are aimed at ending the latest war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza.

While Hamas is demanding an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza tightened when it seized power in 2007, the Egyptian proposal calls for compromises by both sides. The temporary truce and current five-day cease-fire is set to expire Monday at midnight.

Ebola fears rise

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday when angry residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains that were brought to the holding center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister said. Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled at the time of the raid, said Mr. Nyenswah. Ebola is spread through bodily fluids including blood, vomit, feces and sweat. Once they are located they will be transferred to the Ebola center at Monrovia’s largest hospital, he said.

Floods hit India

NEW DELHI — Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday. Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh state, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighboring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours.

The latest heavy rains have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since Thursday. At least 12 people were swept away by torrents in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. Another six perished when their boat capsized in the swollen Rapti river.

Hong Kong protest

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong Sunday to express opposition to a pro-democracy movement that has threatened to bring Asia’s biggest financial center to a standstill. Protesters, many waving Chinese flags, streamed into Victoria Park in midafternoon before a planned march, and the contrast with a rally held July 1 by pro-democracy organizers was stark.

Organizers of the rally estimated more than 500,000 took part in the demonstration, which ended with hundreds of participants being arrested, including some lawmakers, after they staged an overnight sit-in protest in the Central district. The protesters on Sunday wanted to show their opposition to Occupy Central With Love and Peace, an umbrella organization encompassing a wide swath of Hong Kong society, including students, Christian religious leaders and some bankers.

Also in the world …

Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket player-turned-politician on Sunday called on thousands of anti-government protesters to stop paying taxes and practice civil disobedience until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down, raising fears of instability in the nuclear-armed U.S. ally … Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations.

— Compiled by news services



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