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Keep CALM and Manage On

Keep CALM and Manage On Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold. Philosophically, I believe in not getting worked up over things out of my control. The second reason -- and why I'm writing about this -- is improv....

Argentina bonds, peso reel on country's debt swap plan

Argentina's Economy Minister Kicillof speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires By Hugh Bronstein and Alejandro Lifschitz BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's new plan to skirt U.S. The government is sending a bill to Congress replacing its New York intermediary bank with state-run Banco Nacion, the latest move in a years-old legal chess game between Argentina and holders of defaulted bonds who have sued for full repayment. Argentina's black market peso reeled on the news, falling to an all-time low as the country's benchmark dollar-denominated bonds due in 2033 slumped more than 2 percent in price. The deadlock with the holdout creditors is squeezing Argentina's foreign reserves and the availability of dollars in the market by preventing the economically ailing country from issuing international bonds.

Wall St. inches up with Fed minutes on tap; retailers resilient

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Investors will peruse the Fed minutes, which will be released at 2:00 p.m. (1800 GMT), for clues on how soon the central bank plans to hike interest rates. At a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee in July, the Fed had trimmed its monthly bond-buying program by an additional $10 billion. "We know what is going to happen this year, we are looking into next year and for that we need the sort of stuff that comes out of this conference," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. Fellow retailer Target Corp rose 1 percent to $59.84, shaking off initial declines after second-quarter earnings fell shy of analysts' estimates and the company cut its full-year outlook.

Staples warns of weak sales on low demand for core office supplies

A family leaves the Staples store in Broomfield Staples Inc warned that its sales could fall in the current quarter as it sells fewer computers and core office supplies such as ink, toner and paper in North America amid stiff competition from online retailers and big-box chains. Staples has been spending heavily on advertising to promote itself as a seller of products other than traditional office supplies. Sales in its North America retail business, under which it sells core office supplies as well as breakroom items and copy and print products, fell 6 percent in the second quarter. The business accounted for about 43 percent of Staples' total sales in the quarter.

Has Hamas military chief, Mohammed Deif, escaped death again?

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels. Badly hurt in repeated attacks over the past decade, Deif is believed to spend most of his time underground, overseeing the winding tunnels that have been painstakingly built over the past six years and were used to burrow into and attack Israel. Deif was not there, according to Hamas, but his current whereabouts were not clear. Hamas's military wing said it would "make an important announcement" later on Wednesday, but did not mention Deif.

Target cuts forecast as it woos back customers with more discounts

File photo of a Target sign next to one of their stores in Vista Target Corp cut its full-year earnings forecast as it offers more discounts to attract cash-strapped customers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach. Target's shares rose 1 percent to $59.81 in noon trading. On top of that, Target has run up big losses in Canada, where its ambitious expansion has stumbled due to supply chain issues and a backlash from customers who had expected prices to be more in line with those in the United States. Target's same-store sales have either declined or failed to show growth in the past six quarters.

Goldman Sachs to raise junior banker pay by 20 percent : NY Post

Goldman Sachs sign is seen above floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to raise pay for junior bankers by 20 percent next year, the New York Post reported on Wednesday. The pay raise means that first-year analysts will earn about $85,000 before collecting bonuses in 2015, the newspaper said. Analysts who have been at the Wall Street bank longer will earn more. A Goldman Sachs spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Obama to make statement 12:45 pm EDT (1645 GMT): White House

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a statement at 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT), the White House said on Wednesday. The statement is in reaction to a video showing the execution of an American journalist by Islamic State. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal in Washington; Editing by Jim Loney)

Switzerland goalie Benaglio quits national team

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio says he is retiring from international football aged 30.

Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo a spiraling torque from the second century A.D., is displayed as part of the exhibit called The Crimea - Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea, at Allard Pierson historical museum in Amsterdam. The museum says it sees no choice but to hold on to a number of highly valuable objects it borrowed from Ukranian museums for the time being, because it is unable to reconcile competing claims from museum. The museum borrowed the items from the museums before Russia annexed the Crimea, and it says returning them now to one side or the other would lead to legal claims. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.

McDonald's says studying Russian claims on sanitary breaches

A logo of McDonald's Corp's is on display outside its restaurant on the outskirts of Moscow By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW (Reuters) - McDonald's said on Wednesday it is studying complaints from Russia's state food safety watchdog of sanitary breaches at its Moscow's restaurants, operations at some of which were suspended after checks. "We are studying the essence of the claims to determine the steps necessary to open the restaurants for the customers as soon as possible," McDonald's Russian office said in a statement. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Christian Lowe)

Austrian police arrest 9 suspected extremists

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have arrested nine foreigners suspected of seeking to join Islamic extremists fighting in Syria.

Adversaries seize chance to lecture U.S. on Ferguson unrest

By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China and Egypt have accused the United States of hypocrisy as images of police brandishing lethal weapons and tear-gassing protesters have been shown around the world. Many of the countries draw criticism of their own democratic credentials from independent rights group as well as the U.S. Nonetheless, activists say the events in Ferguson, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman has provoked 11 nights of protests, undermine the United States' credibility in criticizing others.

Israel steps up air strikes as Gaza buries dead

Undated file picture shows Mohammed Deif, military leader of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas, at an unknown location Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas's top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the strike with Hamas saying he was still alive and calling the shots in the ongoing confrontation. So far, 20 Gazans have been killed since Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets on southern Israel on Tuesday and F16 fighter jets carried out retaliatory air strikes, Palestinian medics say. The bloodshed pushed to 2,038 the number of Gazans killed in six weeks of the most violent confrontation between Israel and Hamas militants since the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising (2000-2005).

UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video

British authorities launched a hunt on Wednesday for a man with a British accent whose voice featured on an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist, as Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond voiced concern about Britons joining Islamist militants overseas. The voice appeared to come from a masked IS jihadist, dressed in black, who stood next to a kneeling James Foley in the video released online. Hammond said British intelligence services would work closely with the United States to try to identify the man and a specialist counter-terrorism police unit launched an investigation into the contents of the video.

Video of U.S. journalists is authentic: NSC

Analysis of a video showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff indicates that the video is authentic, a U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman said. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. "We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic.

Walgreen CFO's departure due to $1 billion forecasting error : WSJ

A Walgreens logo is seen outside its store in New York City (Reuters) - Drugstore retailer Walgreen Co's Chief Financial Officer, Wade Miquelon, and another top executive lost their jobs after a $1 billion forecasting error in the company's Medicare-related business, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walgreen named Kraft Foods Group Inc's former CFO, Timothy McLevish, to replace Miquelon — its CFO of six years — on Aug. 4. Miquelon last month cut by $1.1 billion a forecast of $8.5 billion in pharmacy unit earnings for the year ending August 2016 that he had made at an April board meeting, the journal said.

Four arrested in N. Ireland over letter bombs

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, seen on October 6, 2009 Two men and two women were arrested in Northern Ireland on Wednesday over a series of letter bombs sent to addresses in Northern Ireland and England, police said. In October last year, letter bombs were also sent to high-profile political figures in Northern Ireland, including to Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at the seat of the power-sharing executive at Belfast's Stormont Castle. The 1998 Good Friday peace accords largely brought an end decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, known as The Troubles, although sporadic violence and bomb threats continue.

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

People carry a stretcher with a dead man after shelling by the Ukrainian forces in Makiivka, 25 km (16 miles) from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Government troops on Tuesday pressed attacks in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, as Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay) DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — After days of constant street battles, Ukrainian troops took control Wednesday of a large part of the rebel stronghold in Luhansk, a government spokesman announced, while battles around the rebel's largest city of Donetsk left at least 43 people dead.

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 5, 2014, a woman has her passport photos taken outside the passport office in Harare. People queue for hours before the offices open in the hope of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.

China pledges nearly $5M to Guyana's military

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — China has signed a deal pledging nearly $5 million to help Guyana's military buy new equipment and improve training.

UEFA investigates Italian soccer head over racism

Italian national soccer team's new coach Antonio Conte, left, flanked by Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio, speak during a press conference for his presentation, in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) LONDON (AP) — The Italian football federation's new president is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist comment and could be banned for three months.

The Robots Are Coming and 'Humans Need Not Apply'

It has been about five years since the publication of my 2009 book The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, which argued that we were on the brink of a revolution in robotics and artificial intelligence that would put millions of jobs at risk -- and quite possibly threaten our overall...

Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers entered the building through a back exit connected to the heavily guarded premier's office after the protesters torn down barricades late Tuesday and entered the so-called "Red Zone" housing parliament and other key government buildings.

Image of Asia: Food and water during the monsoon

Dupura Akhtar cooks inside her flood-affected house in Ashigarh village, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Heavy rainfall for the past few days has affected several districts of Assam state, flooding dozens of villages and displacing thousands. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) In this photo by Anupam Nath, a woman cooks inside her flooded house in Assam state in northeastern India. Heavy rains in recent days have flooded dozens of villages in Assam and displaced thousands of people. Monsoon season brings rains vital to growing crops in India, but floods and landslides each year kill thousands of people and submerge hundreds of villages.

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.

Pakistan beats India 2-0 in friendly

Pakistan team captain Kaleem Ullah, center (10), flanked by fellow team members and support staff take the victory lap as they celebrate their win after the last match of the two-match friendly soccer tournament between Indian and Pakistan in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Pakistan won the match 2-0 to level the series. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) BANGALORE, India (AP) — A goal in each half gave Pakistan an impressive 2-0 win over India in the second of two friendlies on Wednesday to level the series.

Islamic State video claims to show beheading of U.S. journalist

By Alexander Dziadosz and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants posted a video that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," also showed images of another U.S.

France wants Arabs, Iran, Security Council members to tackle Islamic State

France said on Wednesday it wanted the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against the Islamic State, the insurgents who control parts of Iraq and Syria. "In our minds and we hope that it will be possible ... we want not only all the regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, but the five members of the Security Council, also to join this action," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told lawmakers. France's president earlier on Wednesday called for an international conference to tackle the militants.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — US official says American planes drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.

India's 14-year-long hunger striker walks free from custody

Indian rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on hunger strike for 14 years, pictured surrounded by media following her release from a hospital jail in Imphal, in India's northeastern Manipur state, on August 20, 2014 An Indian woman who has staged a 14-year hunger strike against rights abuses in the country's northeast broke down in tears on Wednesday as she was finally released from a hospital jail. Irom Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest, said she was "happy" at being freed after spending years in custody, but vowed to continue her fast in protest at alleged abuses by the military. Sharmila, looking frail and with her voice faltering, said she wanted "mass support" for her protest, as she emerged from a hospital in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state. "I will continue with my hunger strike no matter what comes," she told the hundreds of journalists and well-wishers massed outside the hospital in Imphal.

Heineken reports sales, profit drop in first half

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings that show a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good.

FBI believes Foley video is authentic: GlobalPost

The FBI believes the Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley is authentic, GlobalPost reported on Wednesday. "The FBI on Wednesday morning told the Foley family they believe the video is authentic," according to GlobalPost, a Boston-based online publication that employed Foley as a freelancer. President Barack Obama, who is on vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, is likely to comment on the video later in the day, a U.S.

Macy's to pay $650,000 to resolve 'shop-and-frisk' probe

File of customers standing outside Macy's store in New York By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macy's Inc has agreed to pay $650,000 to New York's attorney general and install a monitor to resolve allegations that its security personnel targeted minority shoppers. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office investigated several complaints from customers of the company's flagship store in midtown Manhattan, also said Macy's would adopt new anti-profiling policies, improve training and designate a compliance expert to report to the attorney general's office for the next three years. The deal comes a week after Schneiderman's office reached a $525,000 agreement with Barneys New York [DBWLDB.UL] to resolve similar "shop-and-frisk" allegations from minority customers. "It is absolutely unacceptable - and it's illegal - for anyone in New York to be treated like a criminal simply because of the color of their skin," Schneiderman said in a statement.

Hamas says fired rockets at off-shore Israeli gas well

The Palestinian militant group Hamas said it fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 30 km (19 miles) off the coast of Gaza on Wednesday in the first apparent attack of its kind. The Israeli military said no missiles had struck any gas platforms at sea. The armed wing of Hamas, engaged in a six-week war with Israel, said on its website it had fired two rockets at Noa, a gas well owned by Noble Energy and Delek. Noa lies northwest of the Gaza Strip in Yam Tethys, a largely depleted gas field.

US stocks quiet ahead of Fed minutes

FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are opening lower Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after two straight days of gains. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were little changed in Wednesday morning trading as investors waited for minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting. Lowe's, the home improvement retail chain, fell after the company's outlook came in short of investors' expectations.

South Africa one-day debuts for Rossouw and Shezi

South African players celebrate during the second match of their three one-day international series against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on August 19, 2014 South Africa will hand debuts to top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in Thursday’s third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe. Having already sewn up the series by winning the first two games, the Proteas will offer the pair an opportunity to impress as they consider their squad options for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Rossouw will come in for Hashim Amla, who has returned to South Africa for a short period of rest before next week’s triangular series against Zimbabwe and Australia in Harare.

Clashes erupt in sealed-off Ebola area of Liberia capital

A Liberian police officer directs traffic on May 9, 2014 in a street in Monrovia Monrovia (AFP) - Four residents of a quarantined Ebola-hit slum in the Liberian capital were injured on Wednesday in clashes with police and soldiers sent in to seal off the area, an AFP correspondent and witnesses said.

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders

Kashmiri separatist leader and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Yasin Malik, center with beard, sits with party workers at the JKLF’s office in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. In a blow to efforts to improve often-hostile ties, India on Monday called off talks with Pakistan over a meeting between its ambassador and Kashmiri separatists. The poster in Urdu reads, “Martyr of the Nation”. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) NEW DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.

Real Madrid extends Modric contract 4 seasons

MADRID (AP) — Croatia midfielder Luka Modric reinforced his commitment to Real Madrid on Wednesday by signing a four-season contract extension through June 2018 with the club.

RBS settles copyright lawsuit after U.S. judge blocks software's use

A sign is seen outside a Royal Bank of Scotland building in central London By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement allowing it to use a key piece of software in its trade finance business that a U.S. Terms of the settlement with Complex Systems Inc were not disclosed. "Our clients remain our primary focus, and this settlement assures them of our continued commitment to our trade finance business," RBS said in a statement.

Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video

On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video purporting to show one of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obama's next move.

Kenya police show Westgate mall attack guns in trial

R-L: Adan Mohammed Abdikadir, Hussein Hassan Mustafa, Mohamed Abdi Ahmed and Omar Liban Adulle follow proceedings at the High Court in Nairobi on August 20, 2014 during a trial over their alleged role in the Westgate mall attack Kenyan police on Wednesday produced a small arsenal of weapons recovered after last year's Westgate mall massacre, in the ongoing trial of four men accused of helping the gunmen. The slow moving trial in Nairobi -- which opened in January -- has heard evidence from people who were at the mall when the gunmen from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab launched their attack in September 2013, killing at least 67 people. Police firearm expert Lawrence Nthiwa produced a report detailing the weapons "recovered from the terrorist attack" in the wreckage of the upmarket mall, which included remains of eight damaged assault rifles. Nthiwa said he had examined evidence gathered after the four-day siege, including almost a thousand spent cartridge cases as well as fired bullets.

Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers entered the building through a back exit connected to the heavily guarded premier's office after the protesters torn down barricades late Tuesday and entered the so-called "Red Zone" housing parliament and other key government buildings.

Some Bank of England board members seek rate hike

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England's consensus on maintaining record-low interest rates has crumbled after more than three years, with two members of the central bank's monetary policy committee voting to increase borrowing costs this month.

Austria detains nine suspected of wanting to join militants in Syria

Nine people suspected of intending to join Islamic militants fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in investigative custody was pending. About 100 people from Austria, home to roughly half a million Muslims representing about six percent of the total population, are estimated to have joined rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. The insurgency is split between competing factions in Syria, with the militant Islamic State emerging as the most powerful.

The Internet of Things 2014 [Slideshare]

Internet of Things from Vala Afshar Responding to her Friday morning alarm, Stacey gets out of bed. Simultaneously, items throughout her house begin preparing for the day. Although it is cloudy outside, the interior is lighted with tones of a beautiful sunrise, per Stacey's personalized lighting scheme. The water heater makes sure the...

Chinese police arrest three for deadly auto parts factory blast

Firefighter trucks are seen next to a damaged building after an explosion at a factory in Zhoushan Chinese police have arrested three people in connection with an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people in China's worst industrial accident in a year, state media said on Wednesday. The three were Wu Chi-tao, chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. Ltd, the company that owned the workshop, and the company's general manager and a manager in charge of workplace safety, state news agency Xinhua said. Kunshan Zhongrong's safety facilities were insufficient, the working environment was bad and production methods were illegal, Xinhua said earlier, citing the investigation's initial results. A room filled with metal dust exploded this month in the eastern province of Jiangsu at the Kunshan Zhongrong factory that polishes wheel hubs for car makers, including General Motors Co, killing 75 people and injuring 185.

Exclusive: Brazil's PSDB party would support Silva in runoff

File photo of former Senator Silva attending a plenary voting session of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Brasilia By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), the country's biggest opposition group, would formally support environmentalist Marina Silva in a runoff vote for the presidency if its own candidate fails to qualify, a party source told Reuters. Such an alliance would reduce President Dilma Rousseff's chances of winning a second term by bringing together large, disparate groups of voters who are clamoring for change after more than a decade of Workers' Party rule. "Brazil needs a change, a renewal. It cannot tolerate four more years" under Rousseff, the well-placed PSDB source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 130 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. Israeli aircraft have carried out 80 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, "targeting terror sites", the military said. Hamas and medical officials said 19 people died in the latest Israeli raids, including Deif's wife and seven-month-old son.

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