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Merkel laments breakdown of trust with U.S. over spying

Jul 13, 2014

Merkel laments breakdown of trust with U.S. over spying

Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented on Saturday the breakdown in trust between Germany and the United States amid a spying in which the CIA chief in Berlin was expelled from the country. “The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working ...

Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120

Jul 12, 2014

Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120

Israeli air strikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque and a center for the disabled where two women were killed Saturday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the offensive to more than 120, Palestinian officials said. The Israeli military said the mosque concealed ...

Ukraine death toll climbs, but information scant

Jul 12, 2014

Ukraine death toll climbs, but information scant

The only thing clear about the death toll in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are battling separatist rebels, is that it’s mounting. After a faltering start, government efforts to reverse the tide of a pro-Russian insurgency have in recent weeks taken on an urgent ...

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 ...

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 ...

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

Jul 11, 2014

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel — and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon. Gaza militants already have fired more than ...

Regional Ebola response center to be set up in Guinea

Jul 11, 2014

Regional Ebola response center to be set up in Guinea

A regional center is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Friday. The hemorrhagic fever sweeping through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra ...

Jul 11, 2014

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO’s ...

California preps for soda tax showdown

Jul 11, 2014

California preps for soda tax showdown

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to ...