Israel, Hamas resist truce as death toll soars

Jul 12, 2014

Israel, Hamas resist truce as death toll soars

Israel has said it will resist international pressure to stop its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as Hamas kept up its rocket fire against the Jewish state. Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities have gathered pace, with ...

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

| Jul 12, 2014

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. They write books, land TV gigs, work for think tanks and in general benefit from their new home’s fascination with their old homeland. ...

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Jul 12, 2014

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress. For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment ...

Jul 12, 2014

Benesse client data may have been stolen via database subcontractor

Large amounts of information on customers of Benesse Corp., the nation’s largest provider of correspondence education for children, may have been leaked from a database management subcontractor of an affiliate, sources said Friday. Someone with ties to a subcontractor authorized to access Benesse’s customer ...

Jul 12, 2014

U.S. monthly surplus augurs low annual deficit

The U.S. government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008. The Treasury Department said Friday that its June surplus totaled $71 billion, following a $130 billion deficit in May. The government also ...

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Jul 12, 2014

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage, however, and authorities lifted all advisories roughly two hours later. ...

Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

Jul 12, 2014

Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

Seattle’s first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days after Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds ...