Problems dog plans for U.S. nuclear plants

| Jul 27, 2014

Problems dog plans for U.S. nuclear plants

by Ray Henry

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. But so far, it is not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up ...

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

| Jul 25, 2014

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

by Karin Laub and Beit Lahiya

In the morgue at a small Gaza Strip hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table. With swift, steady movements, ...

A very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

| Jul 25, 2014

A very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has ...

| Jul 24, 2014

China woos Latin America with deals

by Jean-herve Deiller

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour in Cuba on Wednesday, heading home with dozens of deals underlining Beijing’s growing interest — and influence — in the region. Xi kicked off his trip at a summit of the BRICS emerging ...

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

| Jul 17, 2014

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

by Didi Tang

For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks. Since late May, at least six people at China Central ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

| Jul 13, 2014

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

A video on a boy’s phone shows him firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was ...