More than 32 secret Hamas tunnels have so far been found and destroyed, and Israel has called in 16,000 reservists to help in the offensive.
Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and Liberia has appealed to the international community for assistance.
Security fears thwarted previous attempts to access the MH17 crash site, but a new route to the wreckage proved successful.
Last year, the EU imported nearly 46 percent of its gas and 31 percent of its coal from Russia, against which it has now imposed new sanctions.
Yum Brands, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains, is also dealing with the impact of a December 2012 report about unsuitable meat.
Tourism in the Asia Pacific region grew at over 6 percent in the first four months of 2014 -- higher than the global average of 5 percent.
A new Senate HELP Committee documents a sharp increase in Post-9/11 GI Bill funds flowing to for-profit colleges under investigation.