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U.S. Condemns "Disgraceful" Israeli Bombing — Some Of The Harshest American Public Criticism Of Israel Ever

Ten dead in Rafah.<p>The U.S. State Department Sunday issued its harshest public criticism of Israel during the current Gaza conflict — or in recent memory — calling the air strike outside of a United Nations-run school in Rafah "disgraceful" after 10 Palestinian civilians were killed.<p>Thousands of …

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Israel Provoked This War

It’s up to President Obama to stop it.<p>There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.<p>But this …

How Hamas Uses An Underground City To Battle Israel

Palestinian militants have poured millions of dollars into a vast and complex underground network that crosses the Gaza-Israel border.<p>When Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza last Thursday, one of the main stated objectives was to destroy the extensive network of underground tunnels that …

Federal appeals court invalidates some ObamaCare subsidies, in blow to health law

Two federal appeals court rulings put the issue of ObamaCare subsidies in limbo Tuesday, with one court invalidating some of them and the other upholding all of them.<p>The first decision came Tuesday morning from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The …

Ukraine's leader orders unilateral cease-fire with separatists

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered a unilateral cease-fire Friday to give pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down their arms in exchange for amnesty.<p>Speaking during his first visit as president to the troubled region, Poroshenko cautioned that the one-week …

Iraqis to Obama: Send more help

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials Friday welcomed help from the United States but say they need more than just a few hundred advisers to counter the insurgents taking over huge swathes of Iraq.<p>"We welcome U.S. assistance but we need more help from the U.S. Air Force — ours is still very fragile and …

Ukraine crisis: Kiev powerless as east slips out of its control

Ukraine's beleaguered government appears to have lost control of law and order in the east of the country as pro-Russian separatists seized control of state buildings in Horlivka, almost unopposed by police.<p>The town of almost 300,000 people sits just north of Donetsk, where mainly Russian-speaking …

'Friendly fire from the air' kills 5 U.S. service members in Afghanistan

Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday.<p>The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi …

Obama Administration Accused Of Slow Walking Congress On Benghazi

An important email on Benghazi that showed the White House's role in the election season spin about the attack was only made available to a key …

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next | PBS

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

New Images From The Deep Ocean

On May 1, NOAA scientists completed a three-week exploration of the ocean floor. Here's a glorious breakdown of what they saw.<p>We spent much of April glued to a livestream of the deep ocean, filmed from a remotely operated vehicle piloted by researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer. The expedition …

A Get-Smart Pill, With Side Effects — NOVA Next | PBS

What if there was a pill that helped you learn?<p>A new study, published in <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i>, could change that, though. Researchers …

Chameleon-Like Camouflage May Be Possible Thanks to Color-Changing Particles

It's not Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, but new findings could enable a chameleon-like style of camouflage.<p>Researchers at the University of …

New medical gel grows bone tissue exactly where you need it

Repairing seriously damaged bones is normally a delicate art; while you want to regrow bones quickly, you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. Thankfully, Rice University has created a gel that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. The …

Pakistan's spy agency ISI accused of kidnapping and killing journalists

Amnesty International says it has "credible concerns" that Pakistan's powerful military spy agency kidnaps, threatens and even kills journalists who cross it.<p>The allegations come amid an unprecedented public standoff between the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the country's …

Iraq is holding parliamentary elections in spite of horrific violence

Americans may remember the first time they saw images of Iraqis emerging from voting booths with purple-inked fingers held aloft. It was 2005, less than two years after the US-led invasion.<p>The images were a testament to the nation's progress on the road to democracy.<p>This week, Iraq holds another …

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as …

China urges renewed peace effort in South Sudan after massacre

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday urged renewed peace efforts in South Sudan after the United Nations said rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu.<p>Civilians flee from renewed attacks in Bentiu, Unity state of South Sudan April 20, 2014. …

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.<p>Lavrov’s comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with …

Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.<p>It's …

Caracas chaos: Venezuelan general on the run

Death in the streets, rationing by fingerprints and a general on the run: how oil-rich Venezuela has descended into chaos<p>The instructions were straight from the pages of a thriller. We were to park our vehicle in an underground car park, leave behind our mobile phones to avoid tracking, walk …

Nigeria gun attack: Zamfara 'cattle rustlers' blamed

<b>Seventy-nine people are said to have been killed in northern Nigeria, in an attack blamed by police on gunmen from the Fulani community.</b><p>The attack targeted a meeting of community leaders and vigilante groups in Galadima village, Zamfara state, a police spokesman told AFP news agency.<p>The meeting was …

Israel wants peace talks but 'not at any price'

Israel is willing to continue U.S-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians but "not at any price," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.<p>Attempts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to put peace talks back on track unraveled in the past week -- Israel reneged on a scheduled release …

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide ceremony

France will not take part in the 20th anniversary commemorations of the Rwandan genocide after its president, Paul Kagame, accused Paris of "participating" in the 1994 mass killings.<p>Kagame denounced the "direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation for the genocide", in an …

U.S. to Send Two Warships to Japan to Counter North Korea

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.<p>In unusually forceful …