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Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

Jul 10, 2014

Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got under way. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel ...

U.S. scientists turn to public to help fund research

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. scientists turn to public to help fund research

Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she’s getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas. It’s her first foray into the modern-day world of crowdfunding, the practice of ...

Jul 10, 2014

China plans steps to promote judicial independence, Xinhua says

China will act to promote judicial independence over the next five years with measures including specialized tribunals for environment and intellectual property cases, state media reported Wednesday. President Xi Jinping’s administration has sought to weed out corruption in courts, but critics say the ruling ...

Jul 9, 2014

Germans probe second spy case involving U.S.

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that police raided properties in the Berlin area on “initial suspicion of activity for an intelligence agency.” Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported the man worked in “the military field” ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

U.S. nuclear force aging, neglected

Jul 9, 2014

U.S. nuclear force aging, neglected

The U.S. Air Force asserts with pride that America’s nuclear missile system is safe and secure. Designed to counter the now-defunct Soviet Union more than 40 years ago, none has ever been used in combat or launched accidentally. But it also admits there is ...

Jul 9, 2014

Nazi poster baby turns out to be Jewish

A U.S. Jewish woman has given the Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust a magazine cover of her as a baby that the Nazis used as an Aryan poster child. The mother of Hessy Taft, born in Berlin in 1934 of Jewish parents, took ...

Jul 9, 2014

Harry Potter returns in new J.K. Rowling short story

Harry Potter has returned in a short story posted online by J.K. Rowling that features her best-selling hero at a school reunion, approaching the age of 34 and showing a few gray hairs. Written as an article in the fictional Daily Prophet newspaper under ...