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Smith & Wesson shares plunge 15%

Rifles are going out of fashion, and it's hurting Smith & Wesson's bottom line.<p>The gun maker said Tuesday that quarterly sales were down by $39.2 million, pulled down by a shrinking demand for rifles. It made a $14.6 million profit, falling 45% from the prior year.<p>The stock is down 10% in trading …

West says Russia must pull Ukraine aid convoy

The US and Germany have denounced the movement of a Russian aid convoy into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, calling on Moscow to stop dangerous escalations in its neighbour country.<p>US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discusses the Ukraine crisis over the phone …

Nude photographs of the Dinka: art or exploitation?

Would you get away with photographing naked westerners and selling the images online, asks Ida Horner?<p>Are nude photos of the Dinka art, or exploitation? – your thoughts<p>A series of photographs of the Dinka people in South Sudan has been widely published recently, with the images available to buy …

How did this happen? Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Libya all in flames

Each day, they live in fear.<p>Sometimes it's the fear of rockets dropping from the sky. Sometimes it's violent fundamentalists taking over their cities. Sometimes it's the barrel bombs stuffed with TNT and nails.<p>Exactly what horror they face depends on which border they live within.<p>Syria, Iraq, Gaza, …

Israel accepts UN-proposed 'pause' as Hamas rockets fall – the day's events

This blog has ended: live coverage continues here Israel to hold fire for five-hour 'humanitarian pause' Strikes kill more than 220 people in Gaza Hamas 'studying' proposal after day of rocket fire Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to leave their homes Four boys killed on beach spurs anger in Gaza How do …

Ancient Chinese town's Ming dynasty buildings under water

Over 120,000 evacuated as picturesque old town district of Fenghuang is swamped by flooding in mountainous part of Hunan province<p>One of <b>China</b>’s renowned ancient towns was under water on Wednesday as heavy rain hit the centre of the country, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from the …

Rosetta's target is 'double' comet

<b>Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired some sensational new images of the comet it is chasing through space.</b><p>The pictures show that 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears to be not one but two objects joined together. It is what scientists call a "contact binary".<p>How the comet came to take this form is …

Space

Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian

First Israeli killed in conflict by one of 50 rockets fired from Gaza during halt in Israeli bombardment<p>The military conflict in Gaza has continued into Wednesday following a six-hour respite in which Israel halted its aerial bombardment of the coastal enclave after accepting an Egyptian proposal …

California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe

California is one of the U.S.'s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country's produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world's almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.<p>But this …

California

First Israeli Citizen Killed in Gaza Conflict

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 group …

Israel

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 …

Wildfire Spreads in California's Sequoia National Forest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Federal officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in.<p>The Shirley Fire in and around the Sequoia National Forest had …

Forests

Iraq conflict: US considers talks with Iran

<b>Washington is considering direct talks with Iran on the security situation in Iraq, a US official has told the BBC.</b><p>The move comes as US President Barack Obama weighs up options on action to take in Iraq.<p>Meanwhile, the US condemned as "horrifying" photos posted online by Sunni militants that appear …

Middle East