Tunisia guards fire in air to disperse crowds at Libya border
Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas on Friday to stop a group of Egyptians from storming across the border with Libya after fleeing violence in Tripoli, a Reuters reporter said. Around 350 Egyptians were allowed to cross into Tunisia on Wednesday, TAP said.
US adds 209,000 jobs in July, unemployment rises to 6.2%
The US economy generated 209,000 new jobs in July, down from June but maintaining a solid 200,000-plus monthly streak since February, the Commerce Department said Friday. The unemployment rate, rose a mere 0.1 point to 6.2 percent, still near its lowest level since October 2008 and well down from the 7.9 percent at the start of 2013. The new jobs were well-spread between the construction, manufacturing, professional service and retail sectors, and got a boost as well from 11,000 new jobs in the government sector.
W. African leaders, WHO meet to address Ebola
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured.
Instant View: July U.S. job growth above 200K, below expectations
(Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July and an unexpected rise in the unemployment rate pointed to some slack in the labor market that could give the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. The one tenth of a percentage point increase in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent came as more people entered the labor market, a sign of confidence in the job market. * Average hourly earnings, which are being closely monitored as a potential signal of reduced slack that could prompt the Fed to raise rates, rose only one cent. * That left the annual rate of increase at 2.0 percent, still well below the levels that would make Fed officials nervous. It will reinforce for now the Federal Reserve's commitment to a gradualist policy approach.” SARAH HOUSE, ECONOMIST, WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: “On balance it was still pretty positive, we saw job growth come in a little bit lower than expected, but it’s still over 200,000 and the trend remains overall very strong.