KIBBUTZ SAAD (AP):Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school yesterday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.
BEIJING (AP):A 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at an elementary school in central China yesterday, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death, officials said.
MONROVIA (AP):Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released yesterday.
NEW YORK (AP):Hours before the West Indian Day Parade stepped off yesterday, police reported multiple shootings, one of them deadly, near the route for the political see-and-be-seen event, which has been scarred by violence in recent years.
Port of Spain (CMC):The extradition hearing of a Surinamese national charged in the United States (US) with Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, is due to resume in court today.