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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?

A series of photographs of the Dinka people in South Sudan has been widely published recently, with the images available to buy online for around $600 each. While some of them are stunning, they raise questions for me about consent and representation.<p>My first thought on seeing Carol Beckwith and …

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

We're going to wrap our coverage of the crisis for the day, with developments as follow.<p><b>• Israel accepted a UN-proposed, five-hour "humanitarian pause"</b> meant to allow for relief aid Thursday, between 10am-3pm IDT. Hamas said it was "studying" the proposal.<p>• <b>Heavy Israeli bombardment increased the</b> …

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 …

Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian

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 for a ceasefire.<p>Hamas rejected the plan, continuing its rocket fire throughout the day and killing an …

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 …

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 …

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

Weather<p>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 …

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 …