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Gunfire Heard in Lesotho as Diplomats Report Apparent Coup Attempt
Military units in Lesotho surrounded government and police buildings and gunfire was heard in the small mountainous southern African kingdom on Saturday.
Syrian Rebels Attack Peacekeepers in Golan Heights
The Philippine defense chief says Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been attacked by Syrian rebels who are holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage.
Noted: Men In Red Pants: Stuck in Old Cultural Baggage
Every summer, red pants on men threaten to become a thing. But every summer, they seem trapped by the same old cultural baggage.
DealBook: Alibaba to Begin Investor Roadshow on Week of Sept. 8
Under the latest timetable, Alibaba will hope to price its stock sale toward the later half of the week of Sept. 15, this person added.
On Tennis: Dominic Thiem Tops Ernests Gulbis to Reach U.S. Open's Third Round
Dominic Thiem persevered through five sets to defeat Ernests Gulbis, his friend, mentor and training partner, but was in no mood to celebrate after the victory.
Modi Rebukes Pakistan After Cancellation of Talks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, speaking a week after high-level talks with Pakistan were called off, said Pakistani officials had made a “spectacle” of peace efforts by meeting with separatist leaders from the disputed Kashmir region.
U.S. Open 2014: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Upsets Simona Halep
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s upset victory at the U.S. Open is the latest twist in a story of pain, perseverance and premature success.
Woman Is First to Be Ruled Eligible for Asylum in U.S. on Basis of Domestic Abuse
The ruling could slow the pace of deportations because it creates new legal grounds for women from Central America caught entering the country illegally in their fight to stay.
News Analysis: 50 Days of War Leave Israelis and Palestinians Only More Entrenched
Both sides claimed victory, but the cease-fire is uneasy, Israeli citizens feel more insecure than before, and Hamas failed to win the concessions it demanded.
Praising Rebels, Putin Toughens Tone on Ukraine
As separatists seized a strategically located town in southeast Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin issued a congratulatory message to the insurgents.
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Missing Ashya King 'may be in Spain'
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, missing since being taken out of hospital by his parents against medical advice, may be in Spain, Hampshire Police say.
Cameron and Clegg to hold terror talks
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to meet for talks to try to reach agreement on new measures to tackle the threat posed by Islamist extremists.
EU mulls fresh response to Russia
EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider how to respond to Russia following accusations that its troops are fighting inside Ukraine.
George Galloway attacked on street
George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman says.
Lesotho army 'seizes key buildings'
Military units in Lesotho have seized the police headquarters in a possible coup attempt, officials in the southern African mountain kingdom say.
Lib Dems pledge paternity leave hike
The Liberal Democrats are to pledge giving fathers an extra four weeks' paternity leave in their manifesto for the general election.
MH17 crash: Briton's body identified
The Foreign Office confirms the body of John Alder, one of 10 Britons killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash, has been identified.
Jews 'forced' from Guatemala village
Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community.
Rogue landlords 'must face crackdown'
Housing experts are calling for minimum standards in the private rental market to prevent landlords from exploiting vulnerable tenants.
Co-op Group to vote on crunch reforms
Members of the troubled Co-operative Group are meeting later for a final vote on reforming how the business is run.

Russia demands publication of recordings from MH17
Russia is demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July.
Liberia reopens slum barricaded due to Ebola
Crowds are cheering and celebrating in the streets after Liberian authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people were barricaded amid the country's Ebola outbreak.
Ukrainian plane crashes in Algeria's desert
An Ukranian cargo plane crashed on Saturday at around 1:40 GMT in the province of Tamenrasset, in the south of Algeria, while no survival was found by rescue teams, local media reported.
UN says Syrian refugees soaring to 3 million
Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country later Friday, the UN refugee agency reported.
Anti-Japanese War video tells victory in Yangmingbao Battle
The fifth episode of an ongoing documentary series on the Anti-Japanese War has told the story of a night raid in Yangmingbao, in which Chinese troops were successful in killing enemies and damaging their flight capability.
IMF approves massive funding for Ukraine
The International Monetary Fund on Friday announced a disbursement of $1.4 billion to crisis-torn Ukraine, but warned that the program remains highly challenging and continues to hinge on the development of the conflict.
Peace Mission - 2014 military drill ends in China's Inner Mongolia
The drill involves over 7,000 personnel from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
44 detained UN peacekeepers safe: spokesman
The 44 UN peacekeepers detained Thursday in the Golan Heights are "safe and in good health," a UN spokesman told reporters here late Friday, quoting what he described as "credible sources."
Annual elephant polo tournament kicks off in Thailand
A total of 16 international teams and 51 Thai elephants are participating in the tournament that runs from August 28-31.
1.6 million people displaced in Iraq: UN
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 1.6 million people in Iraq have been displaced since the start of the year, a UN spokesman said here on Friday.
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Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter
Chelsea Clinton said she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.
Lesotho army seizes key buildings in 'attempted coup'
Lesotho's military seized control of the tiny African kingdom's police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones in the early hours on Saturday, a government minister and member of the ruling coalition said.
Taliban attack Afghan intelligence office
Taliban militants attacked an Afghan intelligence service office in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least three people in a bomb and gun assault, officials said.
Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible
A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself "Dark Lord" has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter.
US man whose pit bulls killed woman convicted of murder
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Alex Donald Jackson, 31, guilty of second-degree murder after less than a day of deliberations. He faces 24 years to life when he is sentenced in October.
Jews expelled from Guatemala village
Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group were forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.
Boston bombing suspect's lawyers request trial delay
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked on Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015.
Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: “It's best not to mess with us.”
Obama says he has no strategy to deal with ISIS
US President Barack Obama conceded on Thursday that his administration did not have a strategy yet to combat the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Pakistan army steps in to revive govt’s talks with protesters
Pakistan’s powerful army on Friday stepped into the political crisis by talking to two protesting organizations but delivered a snub to the beleaguered government which had claimed that it had not sought military’s mediation.
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Vladimir Putin calls for escape route for trapped Ukrainian soldiers as fighting rages

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Since Monday, more than 200 Ukrainian volunteer soldiers have been trapped in the southeastern town of Ilyovaisk, surrounded by separatists they say have been freshly supplied with troops and high-tech weapons from Russia. Food and ammunition have dwindled, and the death toll is mounting.

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Federal court blocks Tex. rule that could have closed most of state’s abortion clinics

A federal judge Friday blocked a Texas restriction set to take effect Monday that could have led to the closure of most of the abortion clinics in the state.

In a 21-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the measure, which would have required clinics performing abortions to have hospital-like building features and equipment, put an undue burden on women seeking the procedure.

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McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing’

RICHMOND — After a month of sometimes lurid summertime spectacle, the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will soon be handed to the only spectators who matter: the seven men and five women who will decide the couple’s fate.

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Redskins, Olympic backers both eye new stadium at RFK

The Washington Redskins and the group looking to bring the 2024 Olympics to the District are both eyeing RFK Stadium as a site for a new venue, raising the prospect of a state-of-the-art facility that could serve as host for the Summer Games and home for the team.

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The U.N. says 7 in 10 Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians. Israel disagrees.

GAZA CITY — The war in Gaza will now continue in a battle between databases to determine who was killed and why.

The most contested number, the one that attracts the most stubborn insistence and ferocious rebuttal, is not the total fatalities on the Palestinian side, the more than 2,100 dead in the Gaza hostilities.

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Marcus: Sexism in the Senate

“Man bites dog” is the classic definition of news. By that standard, “Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague” ought to be no news at all. If you’re surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand — well, there’s only one explanation.

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Editorial: President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days.

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Drug found to cure Ebola in monkeys raises hope as outbreak spreads to Senegal

As the Ebola outbreak spread to a fifth African country Friday, researchers announced that the experimental drug pressed into emergency use in recent weeks had cured a group of 18 monkeys of the deadly disease, including some that didn’t receive the treatment for five days after they were injected with the virus.

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McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe into 2012 endorsement-for-pay deal

Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw.

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State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’

Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s?

As the State Department’s new special representative for Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. All are places where his brand is not, let’s say, wildly popular.

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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis
LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
China warns foreign powers not to use Hong Kong as a 'bridgehead'
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on the city's political future on Sunday, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of Hong Kong "as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland".
Family, sect members mourn South Korea ferry owner at funeral
SEOUL (Reuters) - Family and church members mourned at a private funeral on Saturday a South Korean businessman linked to a ferry that sank in April killing hundreds of children, though his death remained shrouded in mystery.
Indian investigators drop coal scam case against billionaire Birla
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor's report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks.
U.S. auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle
DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. auto industry sales in August will be about even with a year ago, not quite ending the summer in a sizzling fashion but still warm enough to continue the recovery from a recession now five years in the rear-view mirror.
Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of the digital currency to users of illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said Friday.
Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday.
U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge struck down parts of a law restricting abortions in Texas, saying in a decision on Friday that a provision requiring clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries was unconstitutional.
Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea
DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.
Obama, in Estonia and at NATO summit, to send strong message to Putin
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Estonia and attend a NATO summit in Wales next week to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his incursion into Ukraine must be reversed and to keep his hands off the Baltic nations. World News
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As Russian Threat Grows, NATO Faces Thorny Spending Questions
Ukraine's showdown with Moscow deepened as Putin lashed out and sidestepped allegations that Russian troops are in Ukraine's territory. The crisis underlines a key issue facing NATO allies gathering next week for a two-day summit: Will Russian aggression prompt alliance members to pay more for defense?
Israelis Frustrated With Gaza Outcome
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces frustration over how the conflict with Hamas is winding down, both from the Israeli public and from parties that wanted harsher action against Gaza's Islamist rulers.
Brutal Rise of Islamic State Turns Old Enemies Into New Friends
Nations long at loggerheads, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, find common ground in their wish to curb extremists dominating part of Iraq and Syria.
Brazil Falls Into Recession
Brazil's economy fell into a technical recession and cut its growth forecast, delivering another blow to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election hopes.
U.S. Adds New Sanctions Against Iran
The U.S. imposed a range of sanctions designed to exert new pressure against Iran and deter international business leaders from circumventing Washington's existing punitive measures as talks continue over the country's nuclear program
Liberia to Lift Ebola Quarantine
Liberia said it would open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.
Mexican Court Drops Criminal Charges Against Union Leader
Federal judges in Mexico have dropped criminal charges against a union leader who has been living in exile for eight years after being accused of taking millions from a union trust fund.
Brazil's Silva Widens Lead Over Rousseff in Presidential Vote Poll
Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff in a poll ahead of the country's October election.
Canada Links 80 Returning Citizens to Terror Abroad
The Canadian government said about 80 of its citizens have returned to Canada after traveling abroad for suspected terror-related purposes, underscoring the threat faced by western nations by returning extremists.
Iceland Reopens Airspace
Iceland reopened airspace and lowered its aviation warning to green after the amount of airborne ash material from a volcanic eruption in the center of the country appeared to be minimal, the Ministry of Civil Protection said.
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The Thing I Need to Do Before “I Do”

Listen to Episode 82 of Slate’s The Gist:

What Immigration Crisis?

Earlier this summer, as unaccompanied Central American children poured into the United States at a rate of more than 350 per day, President Obama and Republicans agreed: This was a crisis that Washington needed to address immediately. And then nothing happened. Surprising almost no one, the least-productive Congress in history went home for the summer without striking any kind of deal. Obama was left without the extra $3.7 billion he said he needed to deal with the situation at the border, an...

Ice, Ice Baby

While the mysterious tracks carved into the dry lake bed of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley were long ago attributed to sliding rocks, an explanation for what causes the "sailing stones" to move—thereby leaving their famous trails in the dirt—has remained elusive to researchers for some time.

Romney 2016!

“Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

In the Blood

BUCHAREST, Romania—About eight hours’ drive from the capital, and another four hours’ trek from the nearest road, Izvorul Calimanului Mountain looks like many of the Carpathians’ uninhabited peaks: snow-capped in the winter, fir trees thinning near its rocky 6,670-foot peak.

When Did the Election Season Begin?

Labor Day was once the unofficial start to the fall campaign season, but now it's more like Angelina Jolie's marriage to Brad Pitt—a milestone in an engagement that has been going on so long it’s hard to think of a time when it wasn’t. 

Who Gets to Be “Rich”?

The other day, a Slate Money listener wrote in to ask one of those evergreen, impossible-to-resolve questions that everybody loves to debate: Who counts as “rich” in this country? Or, as caller Matt from D.C. put it to the podcast panel, “What level of income do you think makes someone upper class in the United States?”

Keeping the Police Honest

“I’ll put a round in your ass so quick” sounds like the kind of macho quip you hear in an action movie or prime-time police thriller, after the hero has confronted the villain and the two are stuck in a standoff.

The Agents of Smash

Today, we have a tasty, late-summer beverage for you. When I say “you,” I mean you, the discerning adult thirsty to wrap up the season with a simple sunny drink. When I say “we,” I mean I, a drinks writer supposing that smashes are having a moment this year.

War in Europe

WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east a...

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Missing boy with brain tumour likely to be in Spain, police say
Five-year-old Ashya King needs urgent medical care as batteries for device feeding him will run out soon, according to officers

A child with a brain tumour who was taken out of hospital by his parents against his doctors' advice is likely to be in Spain, police have said.

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The Only Way Is Essex star James Argent found 'safe and well'
Agent confirms that reality TV star known as Arg is safe after he was reported missing

The Only Way Is Essex star James Argent is "safe and well" after he was reported missing.

Police were growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of the 26-year-old, best known as Arg on the hit reality show, after he was last seen at around 3am on Friday at his home in Woodford Green, Essex.

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Manchester United close in on £15m signing of Daley Blind from Ajax
United agree fee with Ajax for utility player The 24-year-old would join Di María, Shaw and co I can revive United, says manager Old Trafford club ready to sell fringe players Continue reading...
MH17: body of second British football fan identified
Newcastle United fan John Alder died on board plane flying over Ukraine while travelling to New Zealand

The body of a second British football fan who was killed when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine has been identified, the Foreign Office has said.

The Newcastle United fan John Alder, 63, was among the 298 people on board flight MH17, which is belived to have been shot down by pro-Russia separatists five weeks ago.

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David Mitchell: 'I've been calling The Bone Clocks my midlife crisis novel'
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell is back with another multi-stranded, time-hopping epic, and he is favourite to win the Booker prize

The novelist David Mitchell doesn't believe in the death of the book. "Books take hundreds of years to disappear, once they're printed. That's just a fact, isn't it?" he says, mock quizzically. "But the internet, that depends on a network of power grids. That's not a matter of opinion. And those grids depend on energy sources. That isn't just some liberal sandal...

Scotland's complicity with empire does not disqualify it from independence
My own ambivalence about September's vote has a different source from the glory and shame of the union invoked by partisans on either side

The hills and lochs of Scotland are an unlikely place to recall the words of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, but they kept echoing in my head last week as I headed west from Glasgow: "A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, ...

Tim Parks on meditations pros and cons: This is more than medicine
Mindfulness, it was reported this week, can have harmful side effects. But for novelist Tim Parks, meditation offered an escape from pain after an initial struggle. Here is his advice to beginners, and an account of his first buzz

I came to the practice of breathing relaxation out of desperation. It was 2008. A book had suggested that the constant abdominal pain and urinary problems I had been experiencing were due to chronically tense muscles in the pelvic floor. I needed to learn deep relaxa...

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk expected to become top EU official
Hawk on Kremlin and Ukraine crisis signals he will take job as European council president if there is a consensus behind him

The Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, is expected to become the co-leader of the European Union when EU government chiefs meet to decide who will head the union for the next five years.

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From stationery fiends to hand dryer enthusiasts who are you calling boring?
Stationery may not be everyone's cup of tea, but to James Ward it is endlessly fascinating staplers especially. He explains why, and meets five people with similarly obscure passions, from sneezes to tills to hand dryers

I didn't notice the moment when boring got so cool. I was too busy clearing my shelves of CDs to make space for my stationery collection. While style magazines began raving about "normcore" and the virtues of plain grey clothes, and when staying in became the new going out, I ...

Quiz: how boring are you?
Do you read industry trade magazines on holiday? Does 'normcore' mean anything to you? Take Tim Dowling's quiz to find out just how boring you are

a) taking in a wide variety of cultural attractions and exercisingb) hanging out with friendsc) alone on the sofa, catching up on a box setd) alone on the sofa, watching old episodes of Cake Boss and blogging about it

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Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'
As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death. 
The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished
In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust.
Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business
Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally.
'Yes' or 'No'?: A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote
Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype.
'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism
The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in some parts of America. Some worry things will never change.
Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State
The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own.
Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia
With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance.
Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?
Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it.
Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony
It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal.
The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs
For an entire week, eight people -- women, children and an elderly man -- were trapped in their house in Gaza. They couldn't leave and nobody could help. An hour before the cease-fire, the family was wiped out by Israeli bombs.
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Farewell to the father

Almost three decades after the death of his dad, Tim Elliott recalls a man whom he loved and feared in equal measure.
'Defining moment': Abbott under fire

PM's comment that the First Fleet was Australia's defining moment earns a rebuke from indigenous leaders.
Bidders not deterred by rain

The rain and bids poured in, with some strong auction results.
Drugged and targeted for sex

Vicky was stalked, plied with drink, slipped drugs and ferried to unknown male-only parties. She was lucky.
Spring break from a wet August

Warm start to spring ahead as city dries after wettest August in 16 years.
Opal card swipes out paper tickets

Last chance to buy paper tickets as travellers pushed to get Opal cards.
Protester storms Families meeting

Pro-choice protester storms stage at controversial “pro-families” conference.
Real winner of CBD lockout

Faced with a strict 1.30am lockout in the CBD, those who want to keep partying are going to one place.
'One name kept recurring'

When four people were killed during a series of bombings, one man's name kept cropping up.
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Ukraine's President in Brussels for EU Talks on Russian Separatists
Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko arrived in Brussels Saturday where he will try to persuade the European Union to do more to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from supporting Ukraine's separatist rebels. Earlier Saturday, Ukrainian military officials said a fighter jet was shot down by a Russian missile during fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country. A Ukrainian military statement said the Su-25 was shot down Friday,...
Reported Coup Attempt in Lesotho
Gunfire was heard in Lesotho early Saturday morning as military units surrounded government buildings, including police offices in the capital. Witnesses say the move is apparently part of a coup attempt in the small mountainous southern African kingdom that is entirely surrounded by South Africa. VOA spoke to a staffer at the U.S. embassy in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, who confirmed that soldiers were patrolling the streets. He did not say who was behind the apparent coup...
Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise
The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
UN Watchdog Committee Rips US Gun Violence
A United Nations watchdog committee slams the use of excessive force by law enforcement officials in the United States, saying it disproportionately affects ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans. The comments come as part of a regular examination of how well countries implement the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.   Eighteen independent experts who contributed to the report had harsh words to describe an incident a few weeks...
Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Polish Ghetto
When the Nazi army moved into the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future
Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. Afghan President Hamid Karzai thought he would be out of office weeks ago, but an audit of the bitterly contested election continues, and no winner has been announced. He seems to...
Labor Shortage Dents Thai Plans to Boost Rice Exports
Thailand is facing delays in plans to export millions of tons of rice from state stockpiles because of a labor shortage at ports after hundreds of thousands of foreign workers fled amid fears of a military crackdown on illegal migrants. The military government has started selling rice from the stockpile amassed during a disastrous and costly subsidy scheme under the administration toppled by the country's armed forces in a coup in May. Thailand aims to ship 10 million tons of the...
Shortage-weary Venezuelans Scoff at Fingerprinting Plan for Food Sales
A government plan to combat Venezuela's food shortages by fingerprinting shoppers in grocery stores has sparked a backlash ranging from violent street protests to social media campaigns ridiculing the idea. Shoppers have for more than a year struggled to find basic goods including cooking oil, powdered milk and corn flour as well as detergent, shampoo and diapers. Apart from a short supply of dollars for imports, the shortages have been blamed on heavy subsidies that allow shoppers...
UN Security Council Urges Yemen's Houthis to End Hostilities
The U.N. Security Council on Friday called on Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim Houthis to end hostilities against the government and warned foreign countries not to interfere by encouraging instability in the impoverished Arab state. "The Security Council expresses grave concern about the deterioration of the security situation in Yemen in light of the action taken by the Houthis, led by Abdul Malik al Houthi, and those who support them, to undermine the political transition and the...
Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault
After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.