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  • Both sides fire rockets in Israel-Hamas conflict

    Both sides fire rockets in Israel-Hamas conflict

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:39:27 GMT
    Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three week conflict between Israel and Hamas. The U.N. called for an "immediate" cease-fire.
    Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three week conflict between Israel and Hamas. The U.N. called for an "immediate" cease-fire.
  • Officials unable to get to MH-17 crash site amid fighting

    Officials unable to get to MH-17 crash site amid fighting

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:16:28 GMT
    In eastern Ukraine, the area where Malaysia airlines flight MH17 was shot down is officially off limits to international police because fighting has intensified. A team of Dutch and Australian officers set to search for evidence and remaining bodies over the weekend, canceled their plans to visit the site.
    In eastern Ukraine, the area where Malaysia airlines flight MH17 was shot down is officially off limits to international police because fighting has intensified. A team of Dutch and Australian officers set to search for evidence and remaining bodies over the weekend, canceled their plans to visit the site.
  • Ukrainian woman brags about looting Malaysian crash site

    Ukrainian woman brags about looting Malaysian crash site

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:35:58 GMT
    A young Ukrainian woman with pro-Russian beliefs has outraged millions by posting selfies with makeup she claims to have looted from the Malaysian Airlines crash site.The pictures triggered an uproar on the internet. Her Instagram account was eventually taken down.There have been reports of other looters at the site.
    A young Ukrainian woman with pro-Russian beliefs has outraged millions by posting selfies with makeup she claims to have looted from the Malaysian Airlines crash site.The pictures triggered an uproar on the internet. Her Instagram account was eventually taken down.There have been reports of other looters at the site.
  • Hamas rejects ceasefire as rockets rain down on Israeli cities

    Hamas rejects ceasefire as rockets rain down on Israeli cities

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:30:37 GMT
    Thousands of people gathered in Tel-Aviv for a peace rally over the weekend, only to be dispersed when missiles from Hamas rained down. Hamas resumed rocket fire on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire.

    Thousands of people gathered in Tel-Aviv for a peace rally over the weekend, only to be dispersed when missiles from Hamas rained down. Hamas resumed rocket fire on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire.


  • Ambassador Samantha Power

    Obama's United Nations envoy takes lead role in plane response

    Obama's United Nations envoy takes lead role in plane response

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:18:39 GMT
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    One day after a passenger jet was shot down, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration's case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her remarks were both emotional and blistering, a combination that has become a trademark during her year as the American ambassador to the U.N.
    One day after a passenger jet was shot down, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration's case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her remarks were both emotional and blistering, a combination that has become a trademark during her year as the American ambassador to the U.N.
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:06:24 GMT

    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said.  Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.

    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said.  Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.

  • Rotting food creates gas leak scare

    Rotting food creates gas leak scare

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:28 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:28:31 GMT
    Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.  Police said that the fire service evacuated an apartment block after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident.  They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge.
    Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.  Police said that the fire service evacuated an apartment block after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident.  They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge.
  • 232 teeth removed from teen's mouth

    232 teeth removed from teen's mouth

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:10:34 GMT
    When Ashik Gavai began struggling to bite and chew due to severe swelling on the right side of his face, he took himself to see a doctor.  After a number of tests on the 17-year-old, doctors discovered an unusual growth on one of his bottom molars and booked him in for surgery.
    When Ashik Gavai began struggling to bite and chew due to severe swelling on the right side of his face, he took himself to see a doctor.  After a number of tests on the 17-year-old, doctors discovered an unusual growth on one of his bottom molars and booked him in for surgery.
  • Plane heading to Algeria crashes in Mali

    Plane heading to Algeria crashes in Mali

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:57:09 GMT
    A plane carrying 116 people initially reported as having vanished from radar over northern Mali on Thursday has crashed, reports FOX News. Two French fighter jets have located the wreckage in Mali. The Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.
    A plane carrying 116 people initially reported as having vanished from radar over northern Mali on Thursday has crashed, reports FOX News. Two French fighter jets have located the wreckage in Mali. The Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.
  • FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:11:59 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier. The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier.  The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport. United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat.
  • Some StubHub accounts breached

    Some StubHub accounts breached

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:34:20 GMT
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
  • Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:27 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Malaysia jetliner bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Malaysia jetliner bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:45:38 GMT
    Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region. Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived in the Netherlands.
    Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region. Six days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, the first bodies finally arrived in the Netherlands.
  • Mexico's Carlos Slim advocates for three-day work weeks to make people happy

    Mexico's Carlos Slim advocates for three-day work weeks to make people happy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:27:17 GMT
    The businessman who is known for dominating Mexico’s telecommunications industry and regaining his spot as the world’s richest man (or at least tying with Bill Gates) is not the first person one would think as an advocate for a shorter work week.  But that’s exactly what Carlos Slim told a group of businesspeople in Paraguay.
    The businessman who is known for dominating Mexico’s telecommunications industry and regaining his spot as the world’s richest man (or at least tying with Bill Gates) is not the first person one would think as an advocate for a shorter work week.  But that’s exactly what Carlos Slim told a group of businesspeople in Paraguay.
  • Plane crashes in Taiwan

    Plane crashes in Taiwan

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:08:58 GMT
    A Taiwanese news agency is reporting that a plane has crashed during an emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 51 people, injuring 7, reports the Associated Press. The TransAsia Airlines plane reportedly went down off the western coast in the Penghu Islands near an airport. It is not clear if weather played a factor in the crash. A typhoon made landfall early Wednesday in the eastern part of the country bringing with it heavy rains and winds with gusts over 85 miles per hour.
    A Taiwanese news agency is reporting that a plane has crashed during an emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 51 people, injuring 7, reports the Associated Press. The TransAsia Airlines plane reportedly went down off the western coast in the Penghu Islands near an airport. It is not clear if weather played a factor in the crash. A typhoon made landfall early Wednesday in the eastern part of the country bringing with it heavy rains and winds with gusts over 85 miles per hour.
  • Queen's racehorse fails drug test

    Queen's racehorse fails drug test

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:19:54 GMT
    One is not racing clean.  A champion racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance on race days in the United Kingdom.  The British Horseracing Authority announced last week that tests on five horses under the care of various trainers showed the presence of morphine in their 'A' samples.
    One is not racing clean.  A champion racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance on race days in the United Kingdom.  The British Horseracing Authority announced last week that tests on five horses under the care of various trainers showed the presence of morphine in their 'A' samples.
  • Rocket from Gaza strikes near Israel airport

    Rocket from Gaza strikes near Israel airport

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:49:59 GMT
    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was the latest blow to Israel on a day when it announced that an Israeli soldier went missing following a deadly battle in the Palestinian territory.
    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was the latest blow to Israel on a day when it announced that an Israeli soldier went missing following a deadly battle in the Palestinian territory.
  • Pro-Russian rebels release MH17 black boxes

    Pro-Russian rebels release MH17 black boxes

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:23:26 GMT

    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Early Tuesday, the rebels handed over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Donetsk.

    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Early Tuesday, the rebels handed over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Donetsk.

  • Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

    Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:39:54 GMT
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    A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families. In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.
    A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families. In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.
  • Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:48 GMT
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    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • De Blasio family take in sights in Italy

    De Blasio family take in sights in Italy

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:42:30 GMT

    The de Blasio family was off to Capri after on Tuesday, after a day spent in Rome during the start of their 10-day family vacation to Italy. The de Blasios visited the Vatican Tuesday morning. His son, Dante, was absent from the day's activities because he's "sleeping." The teen has been drawing lots of attention.

    The de Blasio family was off to Capri after on Tuesday, after a day spent in Rome during the start of their 10-day family vacation to Italy. The de Blasios visited the Vatican Tuesday morning. His son, Dante, was absent from the day's activities because he's "sleeping." The teen has been drawing lots of attention.

  • Mystery 66-yard crater appears in Siberia

    Mystery 66-yard crater appears in Siberia

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:20:13 GMT
    Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.
    Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.
  • McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

    McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:39:32 GMT
    McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.  The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd.   The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier's products.
    McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.  The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd.   The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier's products.
  • Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

    Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:39:10 GMT
    Armed bandits are threatening villagers with death unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day in northern India, where water is scarce thanks to an ongoing drought and a poor supply.  So far, 28 villages have been obeying the order, taking turns to deliver what the bandits are calling a daily "water tax," police said.
    Armed bandits are threatening villagers with death unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day in northern India, where water is scarce thanks to an ongoing drought and a poor supply.  So far, 28 villages have been obeying the order, taking turns to deliver what the bandits are calling a daily "water tax," police said.
  • U.S. makes push for cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

    U.S. makes push for cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:00:43 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend. Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend. Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.
  • 13 Israeli soldiers killed as Gaza ground offensive intensifies

    13 Israeli soldiers killed as Gaza ground offensive intensifies

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:58:45 GMT
    Israeli military casualties spiked in the fighting, with 13 killed Sunday, raising the total number of dead soldiers to 18. Two civilians have also died in mortar and rocket attacks. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded since the start of the ground operation, according to Israeli hospitals.
    Israeli military casualties spiked in the fighting, with 13 killed Sunday, raising the total number of dead soldiers to 18. Two civilians have also died in mortar and rocket attacks. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded since the start of the ground operation, according to Israeli hospitals.
  • Family grieves over lone American killed on downed Malaysian jetliner

    Family grieves over lone American killed on downed Malaysian jetliner

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-07-20 00:29:37 GMT
    Ronald Schansman talks about the tragedy that took the life of his grandson, Quinn Lucas Schansman. The 19 year-old was the only American aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The plane was flying high over eastern Ukraine, a volatile region where Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government have been at war, when it was shot down with a surface-to-air missile on Thursday killing all 298 people on board.
    Ronald Schansman talks about the tragedy that took the life of his grandson, Quinn Lucas Schansman. The 19 year-old was the only American aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The plane was flying high over eastern Ukraine, a volatile region where Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government have been at war, when it was shot down with a surface-to-air missile on Thursday killing all 298 people on board.
  • Astronauts set for undersea mission

    Astronauts set for undersea mission

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:29:30 GMT
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    Four astronauts are set to go on a special mission in the opposite direction of outer space. They will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in an underwater laboratory. The project, called NEEMO 18, will "test technologies and training techniques for use aboard the International Space Station and long-duration exploration missions," according to NASA. The project starts Monday, July 21, and lasts nine days.
    Four astronauts are set to go on a special mission in the opposite direction of outer space. They will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in an underwater laboratory. The project, called NEEMO 18, will "test technologies and training techniques for use aboard the International Space Station and long-duration exploration missions," according to NASA. The project starts Monday, July 21, and lasts nine days.
  • Victims of downed MH 17 from all walks of life

    Victims of downed MH 17 from all walks of life

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-18 15:45:13 GMT
     The nearly 300 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 included international passengers from all walks of life -- among them, a prominent AIDS researcher, a florist and a nun.Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday. 
     The nearly 300 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 included international passengers from all walks of life -- among them, a prominent AIDS researcher, a florist and a nun.Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday. 
  • Former Coast Guard chief to be Arctic diplomat

    Former Coast Guard chief to be Arctic diplomat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:31:32 GMT
    U.S. Coast Guard photoU.S. Coast Guard photo
    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. inte...
    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. inte...
  • UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

    UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:16:39 GMT
    Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.The ruler of the UAE's emirate of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said the mission wil...
    Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.The ruler of the UAE's emirate of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said the mission wil...
  • Deadly subway derailment in Moscow

    Deadly subway derailment in Moscow

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-15 17:45:29 GMT
    A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow's streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.  The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.
    A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow's streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.  The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.
  • Israel warns Hamas of intensified strikes

    Israel warns Hamas of intensified strikes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-07-15 11:11:25 GMT
    A Hamas police spokesman says Israel has struck an apartment building in northern Gaza. The strike was apparently the first since Tuesday's mid morning start of an Egyptian-proposed de-escalation period. Hamas rejected the Egyptian plan, and Gaza militants fired at least 35 rockets at Israel by early afternoon Tuesday. Israel accepted the truce plan, but said it would hit Gaza hard if Egypt rejects the deal.
    A Hamas police spokesman says Israel has struck an apartment building in northern Gaza. The strike was apparently the first since Tuesday's mid morning start of an Egyptian-proposed de-escalation period. Hamas rejected the Egyptian plan, and Gaza militants fired at least 35 rockets at Israel by early afternoon Tuesday. Israel accepted the truce plan, but said it would hit Gaza hard if Egypt rejects the deal.
  • What is poutine?

    What is poutine?

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-05-28 02:44:54 GMT
    French fries covered in gravy and cheese: delicious or gross? It's called "poutine," which is huge in Canada. Pommes Frites manager Aaron Serano says poutine is popular on Canadian Day. To make classic poutine, Aaron takes French fries and then covers those taters with brown gravy and -- in case one's arteries thought they might escape this experience to order a second helping -- cheese curds.
    French fries covered in gravy and cheese: delicious or gross? It's called "poutine," which is huge in Canada. Pommes Frites manager Aaron Serano says poutine is popular on Canadian Day. To make classic poutine, Aaron takes French fries and then covers those taters with brown gravy and -- in case one's arteries thought they might escape this experience to order a second helping -- cheese curds.
  • Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
  • Blindness rates dropping worldwide

    Blindness rates dropping worldwide

    Global rates of blindness and poor vision have fallen sharply over the past two decades, especially in rich nations, a new study reveals.
    Global rates of blindness and poor vision have fallen sharply over the past two decades, especially in rich nations, a new study reveals.
  • Who was St. Patrick?

    Who was St. Patrick?

    Monday, March 17 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-03-18 02:47:38 GMT
    Needing an accurate bio of St. Patrick the man, we went looking for a someone else who could give it to us: Father Jonathan Morris. "He was a slave," Morris says. "At the age of 16, he was captured by pirates, brought to Ireland, was there for many years." But to our surprise and delight, a couple of revelers we picked up right on the street knew the story as well as Father Morris.
    Needing an accurate bio of St. Patrick the man, we went looking for a someone else who could give it to us: Father Jonathan Morris. "He was a slave," Morris says. "At the age of 16, he was captured by pirates, brought to Ireland, was there for many years." But to our surprise and delight, a couple of revelers we picked up right on the street knew the story as well as Father Morris.
  • Weather models: European vs. American

    Weather models: European vs. American

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 6:41 PM EST2014-02-04 23:41:09 GMT
    In the last few years, weather eyes in the United States have been paying close attention to our counterparts across the pond. Computer generated weather models are what meteorologists use to forecast future events. Recently, a lot of attention has been drawn to the European forecasting model because it has been more accurate than the American model in projecting the path of storms in the United States.
    In the last few years, weather eyes in the United States have been paying close attention to our counterparts across the pond. Computer generated weather models are what meteorologists use to forecast future events. Recently, a lot of attention has been drawn to the European forecasting model because it has been more accurate than the American model in projecting the path of storms in the United States.
  • American football's growing international appeal

    American football's growing international appeal

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 1:55 PM EST2014-01-29 18:55:57 GMT
    Times Square draws people from around the world like one guy from Norway, who said that people back home do watch the Super Bowl. A couple from London had another way of describing the spectacle that is the Super Bowl: "razzmatazz" and "brilliant." As the game descends on New York and New Jersey, so, too, will a global media. More than 5,000 press credentials have been issued, including a record number for international media.
    Times Square draws people from around the world like one guy from Norway, who said that people back home do watch the Super Bowl. A couple from London had another way of describing the spectacle that is the Super Bowl: "razzmatazz" and "brilliant." As the game descends on New York and New Jersey, so, too, will a global media. More than 5,000 press credentials have been issued, including a record number for international media.
  • Russia bombings kill 31, raise concern on Olympics

    Russia bombings kill 31, raise concern on Olympics

    Friday, January 24 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-01-24 13:40:15 GMT
    Two suicide bombings in as many days have killed 31 people and raised concerns that Islamic militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Sochi Olympics in February. Russian and international Olympic officials insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.
    Two suicide bombings in as many days have killed 31 people and raised concerns that Islamic militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Sochi Olympics in February. Russian and international Olympic officials insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.
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