GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog was expected to issue a monthly update later on Wednesday showing Iran is complying with the terms of last year's interim deal with six world powers to curb some of its atomic activities, diplomats said. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is tasked with checking that Iran is living up to its part of the agreement that took effect in January and was last month extended by four months until late November. Under the accord that was reached in late 2013 - meant to buy time for negotiations on a permanent settlement of the decade-old dispute - Iran halted its most sensitive nuclear work in exchange for some easing of sanctions. The initial aim was for Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany - to reach a comprehensive agreement by a self-imposed July 20 deadline.
President Barack Obama will make a statement shortly after noon Wednesday as the White House said the US launched fresh Iraq air strikes despite militants' threat to execute a second US journalist. Obama will speak at 12:45 pm (1645 GMT), a day after Americans were horrified by the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State jihadists. The White House confirmed that the video of Foley's killing, released on the Internet Tuesday, was authentic after US justice and security officials studied it. The nearly five-minute video, apparently filmed in the Iraq or Syrian desert, also showed a second American journalist held by the group, Steven Sotloff.