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Syrian civilians in Raqqa cheer U.S. bombing

IRBIL, Iraq — Unable to sleep, Abdulkader Hariri sat on his porch at around 4 a.m Tuesday morning looking out into the night sky. His family had fled from Raqqa after the Islamic State claimed the northern Syrian city as its headquarters. So he sat alone, as he often does now, contemplating the …

Global authorities on alert over Ebola outbreak

The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was temporarily withdrawing its 340 volunteers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after two workers were exposed to the Ebola virus.<p>A spokeswoman told CNN and CBS News that the pair were being isolated after coming in contact with an infected patient who …

'The world stands disgraced' - Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.<p>At least 15 people, mostly children and women, …

Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars<p>Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive …

Answering a different call: Americans who fight for Israel

Daniel Flesch, then a college student at the University of Illinois, had heard too much anti-Israeli sentiment.<p>He had family members who had survived the Holocaust and felt compelled to fight back at what he perceived as a growing level of anti-Semitism in America. So in 2010, he joined Israel's …

Israeli shelling rocks Gaza; Palestinian toll tops 500

Israeli forces pummeled Gaza Strip towns with airstrikes and artillery Monday, pushing the Palestinian death toll in two weeks of fighting well past 500 and sending civilians streaming from their homes, many with little more than the clothes they were wearing.<p>The Israeli military reported seven of …

Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a …

Kerry caught on open mic: Gaza is “a hell of a pinpoint operation”

<b>John Kerry (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)</b><p>The secretary of state inadvertently expressed candid concern over Israel’s ground invasion on Fox News<p>Jenny Kutner<p>July 20, 2014 4:34pm (UTC)<p>Just before an interview with "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry was …

Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a …

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: world demands answers from Russia

The US has pointedly criticised Russian arming of rebels in Ukraine as the world demanded answers over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by a suspected Russian-made missile, resulting in the death of all 298 people on board the civilian airliner.<p>The White House stopped short of …

Gaza humanitarian truce goes into force, hours after tunnel clash

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants’ rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.<p>Israel signalled the invasion would be limited in scope - …

Russia slams latest US sanctions over Ukraine as 'bullying'

Russia reacted strongly Thursday to new unilateral sanctions announced the day before by President Barack Obama, with a spokesman for the country's Foreign Ministry decrying what it claimed were "bullying" tactics by Washington.<p>"We consider the new round of American sanctions against Russia as a …

Tunnel infiltration thwarted near Kibbutz Sufa

The Israeli army thwarted a large-scale infiltration attempt along the Gaza border, during which 13 armed Palestinians emerged from a tunnel on the …

California's death penalty unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said Wednesday the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates -- often for decades.<p>In his decision, Santa Ana-based Judge Cormac J. Carney vacated the 1995 death sentence of Ernest D. Jones, who …

'We want to live': Gaza residents call for peace as conflict roars on

A brief respite from the violence in Gaza appeared imminent Wednesday after both sides agreed to a U.N-requested temporary cease-fire.<p>"Factions of the resistance have agreed to accept the offer of the UN regarding a 'field calm' for 5 hours from 10 AM until 3 PM (local time) Thursday for …

Midnight Rider pair surrender after charges filed over on-set death

The director and producer of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic that was abandoned after camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed during production, have turned themselves in to law enforcement officials in Georgia where the pair face charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal …

Apple and IBM announce 'landmark deal' to develop apps

Once bitter rivals, US tech giants Apple and IBM have now teamed up to develop business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to corporate customers<p>Apple and IBM have agreed a “landmark deal” that will see the technology giants work together to develop apps for iPhones and iPads.<p>Under the agreement, IBM …

Israeli military's 'knock on roof' warnings criticized - CNN.com

It's become another military euphemism, along with "collateral damage" and "friendly fire."<p>The "knock on the roof" is the Israeli military's warning for civilians before it fires on a building and is being used extensively as Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Operation Protective Edge.<p>The …

Israel to escalate Gaza military offensive after first citizen killed

Hamas rocket kills first Israeli – reportedly an ultra-Orthodox rabbi – as Benjamin Netanyahu says "no choice" but to expand military offensive<p>The first Israeli was killed by a missile fired from Gaza on Tuesday night setting the week-long conflict on course for an even bloodier new phase with …

First Israeli Citizen Killed in Gaza Conflict

World<p>An Israeli civilian was killed by a mortar shell from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, the first fatality for Israel after more than a week of fighting with Palestinian militants. Over 180 Palestinian have been killed since the most recent flare-up of hostilities. The Islamist …

Iraqi factions hit new delay in forming government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday following fighting between rival Sunni insurgents that could eventually unravel a coalition which has seized much of northern and western Iraq.<p>The incident points to an …

IDF hits Gaza police chief’s home, kills 15, warns of heavier strikes, after Hamas barrage on Tel Aviv

Five days after the launch of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s effort to put a halt to Hamas rocket fire, some 600 rockets had been fired from …

Isis mobile wallet rebrands to avoid confusion with Isis terrorist group

Isis, the mobile wallet service founded by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, has a branding problem.<p>Isis CEO Michael Abbott said Monday that the firm is changing its name to avoid association with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terror group frequently referred to by the acronym ISIS.<p>"However …