Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Israel shoots down rocket near Egypt

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt today, the army said.

It was the first time Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket attack on the resort of Eilat, the military said. The incident came after days of heightened tension along the Egypt-Israel border.

The army said the rocket was intercepted early today and that there were no injuries. It didn't provide more details and declined to comment on the origins of the projectile.

An al-Qaida-inspired militant group based in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ansar Jerusalem, claimed responsibility for launching the rocket in an email to The Associated Press. The little known group is hostile to both Israel and Egypt and was behind an attack in August 2011 near Eilat that killed eight people.

Art theft suspect offers deal for return

BUDAPEST, Hungary - The suspected ringleader of a band of thieves who stole artworks by Picasso, Monet and Matisse from a Dutch museum still has access to five of the pictures and is ready to hand them over in return for a Dutch trial, his Romanian lawyer said.

A Bucharest court is investigating the October 2012 theft of seven artworks together insured for 18 million euros ($24 million) from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam.

Radu Dogaru and two accomplices admitted to stealing them. Dogaru's mother, Olga Dogaru, at first confessed to burning the works in her stove, only to withdraw her statement on July 22.

Record heat broils North Asia

SEOUL - Record temperatures across North Asia have killed dozens and pushed electricity grids to near breaking point, forcing governments to introduce emergency measures as more of the same heat is forecast.

Air-conditioning in South Korea's public buildings has been shut off as the government Monday warned of power shortages. …

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