Cease-fire celebrated in Gaza

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory.

Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas’ demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza’s borders.

Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/Adel Hana, REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

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Photos of the day - August 26, 2014

Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City –– Philippine’s Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima has a bucket of iced water dumped on her for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break at the Department of Justice headquarters in Manila –– Brian May of legendary rock band QUEEN and Adam Lambert perform during the first QUEEN tour of Australia since 1985 at Allphones Arena in Sydney –– Shannon Gardiner of South Africa competes in Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around Qualification on day ten of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games… are just a few of the photos of the day for August 26, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Suhaib Salem, REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco, Don Arnold/WireImage via Getty Images, Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Khat - Somalia’s paradise flower

Grown on plantations in the highlands of Kenya and Ethiopia, tons of khat, or qat, dubbed “the flower of paradise” by its users, are flown daily into Mogadishu airport, to be distributed from there in convoys of trucks to markets across Somalia. Britain, whose large ethnic Somali community sustained a lucrative demand for the leaves, banned khat from July as an illegal drug. This prohibition jolted the khat market, creating a supply glut in Somalia and pushing down prices, to the delight of the many connoisseurs of its amphetamine-like high. (Reuters)

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Game 66. Tri-City ValleyCats vs Brooklyn Cyclones - August 24, 2014

The Brooklyn Cyclones topped the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-1 on Sunday night at MCU Park, as the ‘Cats remain only one win away from clinching a berth in the 2014 New York-Penn League postseason.

Marcos Molina improved to 7-2 on the season after tossing 6.2 solid frames. He allowed just one run, on one hit, while walking five and striking out eight. The 19-year-old leads the NYPL in ERA (1.56), strikeouts (81) and is tied for the league lead in wins. 

Photography by Gordon Donovan

Notting Hill Carnival

Despite the bad weather over one million visitors are expected to attend the two-day event which is the largest of its kind in Europe. The event has taken place on the West London streets every August Bank Holiday weekend since 1964.

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Moose on the loose comes to work

A moose on the loose in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen. A spokesman for Dresden police says the young bull walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime Monday. (AP)

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Photos of the day - August 25, 2014

Britain’s Josh Collins riding Spook a Little competes in the team reining competition and 1st individual qualifying at the World Equestrian Games, an athlete prepares during a training session at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and an Indian artist paints an idol of Hindu elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha during preparations for the upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Bangalore, India are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Strong earthquake rocks California

A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California’s wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.

The magnitude 6.0-quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PDT Sunday near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of Northern California. The fires also flared in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, officials said. (AP)

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Photos of the day - August 24, 2014

Multi-colored dyes are thrown in the air by participants during Sydney’s Color Run, a leopard walks at Yala National Park in southern Sri Lanka and Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon Calif. after an earthquake are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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