China manufacturing activity grows at fastest pace in 18 months The bank's purchasing managers' index (PMI), a gauge of the sector's health, rose to 52 in July, from 50.7 in June.
U.S. lifts flight ban to Israel as Gaza fighting rages Israel denied any wrongdoing. "Get lost," Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on her Facebook page in response to the investigation.
47 dead as Transasia Airways plane makes emergency landing in Taiwan Flight GE 222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members during stormy weather in the wake of Typhoon Matmo.
Two Ukrainian military fighter shot down, ministry says Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky said the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.