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N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

Jul 29, 2014

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong So, director of the military’s General Political Bureau, during a ...

Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel

Jul 29, 2014

Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel

Conservative gadfly Sarah Palin ramped up her Internet profile Monday with an online TV channel where fans can savor her homespun brand of American patriotism for just $9.95 a month. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” said the former Alaska governor and ...

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to ...

Jul 29, 2014

Islamic State militants open office for hopeful wives

Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al-Qaida offshoot, a monitoring group said Monday. The office in al-Bab, a town northeast of the city of Aleppo, records the ...

Ukraine says black boxes show rocket shrapnel caused plane crash

Jul 29, 2014

Ukraine says black boxes show rocket shrapnel caused plane crash

Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash, a Ukrainian security official said Monday. International investigators “indicated that data from flight recorders show that the reason for ...

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

Jul 29, 2014

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli was raging out of control on Monday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area. “The situation is very dangerous after a second fire broke out at ...

North Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

Jul 29, 2014

North Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hezbollah as “sheer fiction” and a “sinister” effort to link Pyongyang to Middle East disputes. The rebuttal from the foreign ministry was carried in a statement late Monday by ...

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

Jul 29, 2014

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That’s better than a ...

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation ...

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Jul 29, 2014

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What ...