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Britain Announces Inquiry into Killing of Ex-K.G.B. Officer
The decision to look into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko could be taken by Russia as a further rebuke at a time when it faces Western opprobrium over eastern Ukraine.
Europeans to Debate Tougher Sanctions on Russia
Foreign ministers of the 28-nation European Union were likely to endorse a schedule of measures but delay imposing them.
Israel Confirms One Soldier Is Missing in Gaza
Until now, the military had said it was “looking into” Hamas’s assertion that it had abducted a soldier, saying it was unable to confirm or deny the claim.
DealBook: Credit Suisse Posts Largest Loss Since 2008 After U.S. Fine
The Swiss bank posted a loss in the second quarter of 700 million Swiss francs, or about $779 million, down 93 percent. It was a steeper decline than analysts had expected.
Ukrainian Train Carrying Bodies of Crash Victims Arrives in Kharkiv
The bodies of most of the passengers aboard the Malaysian airliner are now in Ukrainian government custody.
Suicide Bomber Kills Guards at Police Compound Near Kabul Airport
At least four security guards were killed Tuesday after the bomber reached an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp International, an American military contractor.
Sinosphere Blog: Smartphones Surpass Computers for Internet Use in China
The results of a new survey showed that more Chinese are heading online to send instant messages (through popular mobile apps like Tencent’s Weixin, or WeChat), listen to music, play video games and read.
Cambodian Political Rivals Say Agreement Reached
Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodian opposition parties said Tuesday that they had agreed on a joint solution to end a political deadlock and the opposition's yearlong boycott of the national legislature.
Turkey Says Police Involved in Graft Probe Detained
Turkish media reports say police have raided the homes of police officers overnight and detained dozens who were involved in a corruption probe targeting four former government ministers.
Russia’s Message on Jet: Conciliation and Bluster
President Vladimir V. Putin seems to be probing for a way out of the crisis of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet without appearing to compromise with the West.
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MH17 bodies leave Ukraine rebel area
A train carrying the remains of most of the victims of the MH17 plane crash arrives in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, out of rebel-held territory.
UK pushes for more Russia sanctions
The UK wants the EU to adopt tougher sanctions against Russia amid continuing fury over the airliner disaster in Ukraine.
FGM parents to face prosecution
Parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation or forced marriage under new measures being announced.
Litvinenko death inquiry announced
An inquiry will be held into the death of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, the Home Secretary Theresa May announces.
Fresh push to broker Gaza truce
A diplomatic push to broker a truce in the Gaza Strip is intensifying, as Israel continues its military operation on the Palestinian territory.
Prince George pictures mark birthday
Two new images of Prince George are released as the third in line to the throne celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday.
Point-blank Taser use questioned
The police watchdog raises "major concerns" over the use of Tasers at point-blank range, saying the technique is "purely a means of pain compliance".
S Korea ferry boss death confirmed
Police in South Korea say a body they found in June is that of the fugitive boss of the operator of a ferry that sank in April killing 300 people.
Road death woman 'forcibly pushed'
A female pedestrian killed on a busy Norfolk road may have been "forcibly pushed" into oncoming traffic, police say.
Terrorism definition 'too broad'
The senior lawyer who reviews the government's terrorism legislation is to call for the definition of terrorism to be narrowed.

Indonesia's Prabowo withdraws presidential candidacy
Indonesia's president candidate Prabowo Subianto announced withdrawal of himself and his running mate Hatta Radjasa from the developing election process for massive, structured and systematic frauds.
Kerry pledges $47m in humanitarian aid for Gaza
The United States would provide 47 million US dollars in humanitarian aid for Gaza Strip hit by two weeks Israeli strikes, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged late Monday.
Xi’s love of sports could fill a wardrobe
China's President Xi Jinping received a No 10 jersey, the number worn by Argentinean soccer superstar Lionel Messi, during his visit to the home of the World Cup runner-up. Xi never hides his love of sports and receives many jerseys from around the world.
Israeli soldier missing, presumed dead in Gaza
An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the military as saying on Tuesday.
Confessions of Japanese war criminal Mio Saito
According to the written confession of Mio Saito in August 1954, he was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1890. In April 1929, he was appointed as unit commander of Changchun Branch of the Kwantung Army Military Police, captain of Japanese Expeditionary Military Police in South China.
Maldives to boycott Israel goods, annul agreements
The Maldives government has announced the boycott of Israeli products and annulment of three bilateral agreements, in protest over the fighting in Gaza, an official said on Tuesday.
China, US military medical ships exchange visit
The PLA hospital ship Peace Ark and the US hospital ship Mercy exchanged six medical personnel in three batches respectively for a four day visit.
Airspace over east Ukraine shut down: EU Transport Commissioner
The Estonian outgoing EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said the airspace over eastern Ukraine has now been shut down for civilian traffic after the crash of flight MH17.
As Xi seeks closer ties in Havana, US should rethink its Cuba policy
China and Cuba, two traditional friends sharing a lot in visions and beliefs, are seeking closer ties as Havana moves to update its economy under the shadow of a half-century-old US embargo.
China urges cooperation in MH17 crash investigation
China on Tuesday called on all parties involved to cooperate with the international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.
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Al-Qaida vows to sever hands of 'corrupt' Yemen officials
Al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula, or AQAP, is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Al-Qaida vows to severe hands of 'corrupt' Yemen officials
Al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula, or AQAP, is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
MH17: Protest at Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Protesters marched on the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, waving placards and demanding justice for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week.
Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks
Egypt's foreign minister is raising the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza
Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N.chief and the U.S.
MH17 wreckage shows impact by supersonic missile
A piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down in eastern Ukraine last week bears telltale marks of small pieces of high-velocity shrapnel that apparently crippled the jet in flight.
3 foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport
Three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack outside Kabul international airport, police said.
Body found of fugitive South Korea ferry owner
South Korean police said o Tuesday they had found the body of fugitive business tycoon Yoo Byung-Eun, the target of a months-long manhunt connected to April's Sewol ferry disaster that claimed around 300 lives.
US urges global push for Gaza ceasefire
Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets being launched by Hamas.
Malaysia Airlines picks Syria route now
Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.
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Train leaves Ukraine war zone with victims of Malaysia plane; black boxes handed over

DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.

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Four foreigners killed in Afghan suicide attack inside Kabul security compound

KABUL — A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives detonated inside a security compound in the Afghan capital Tuesday, killing four foreigners and injuring dozens more, police said.

The attack, in the Qassaba district near Kabul International Airport, comes just five days after militants mounted a brazen assault on the airport from the same area, and which for several hours halted international flights to the capital.

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More than 100 Palestinians dead in worst day of Gaza conflict; Israel denies soldier captured

GAZA CITY — Day 13 was the bloodiest so far. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in heavy bombardment and street battles in Gaza on Sunday and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense day of fighting in Israel’s current offensive against Hamas, officials said.

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Hamas, Israel signal unwillingness to compromise

GAZA CITY — The Islamist militant organization Hamas said Monday that it would not agree to a cease-fire with Israel until its demands were met, as Israel warned that its incursion into the Gaza Strip could continue for days or even weeks.

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Has Congress gotten so pathetic that even the protesters aren’t bothering to show up?

Fifteen minutes after the rally’s scheduled start and here’s what we have outside the Russell Senate Office Building: one pink fedora, one pink sun hat and a half-dozen pink T-shirts.

Three Capitol Police officers ascend the marble staircase to have a word with Medea Benjamin, the head of Code Pink, an antiwar protest group that has come to publicly demand that Congress send no money to Egypt.

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Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections

The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study.

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Gov. Perry to send National Guard troops to Mexican border amid migrant crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to send up to 1,000 of his state’s National Guard troops to the Mexican border within 30 days, saying that the Obama administration has not kept Texas secure.

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Cohen: Richard Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right.

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Editorial: The West needs a strategy to contain the world’s newest rogue state — Russia

THE DESTRUCTION of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine may not have been intended by Russia or the militants it has supported and armed. But their behavior since the downing of the plane has been a lesson in barbarity and morally contemptible statecraft. While its proxies, commanded by some of its own citizens, did their best to cover up the atrocity, the government of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin has denied the obvious, employing a blatantly mendacious propaganda campaign.

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Ryan Pitts on the Medal of Honor: The ‘real heroes’ are the nine men who died

The ceremony was over and former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, the nation’s newest Medal of Honor recipient, walked toward the microphones set up in front of the West Wing, his pants bloused over his black boots and the nation’s highest award for combat valor draped over his chest.

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Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A train carrying the remains of many of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine arrived in Ukrainian government territory on Tuesday as a separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.
Israel says soldier missing, presumed dead; Kerry presses for truce
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, dashing hopes of a pause in the fighting, as the military said one of its soldiers was missing, presumed dead, following clashes with Hamas Islamists.
Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.
A Fox-Time Warner deal would give Murdoch new heft in China
(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's plan to buy Time Warner would help the Twenty-First Century Fox chairman make larger inroads in China, a fast-growing market that media moguls are finding hard to crack.
Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal hits
SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc and McDonald's Corp are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.
Gaza death toll tops 500 as U.S. steps up ceasefire efforts
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, took a direct role in efforts to secure a ceasefire on Monday, as the Palestinian death toll jumped to more than 500.
Seven killed in clashes between army and militants in Libya's Benghazi
BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, triggering fierce clashes involving helicopters and jets that killed at least seven people and wounded 40 others after days of escalating violence.
Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said.
Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister
LONDON (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country's foreign minister said on Monday.
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Train Moves Bodies From Conflict Zone
The refrigerated train carrying the bodies and remains of those killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has left the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine and is expected to reach forensics specialists in Kharkiv on Tuesday afternoon.
Kurdish Oil Gambit Hits Troubled Waters
Iraqi Kurdistan's recent efforts to sell its oil abroad, which Iraq has declared illegal, show the steep barriers Kurds face in becoming a legitimate player in international energy markets.
China Tests U.S. Military Ties
China is seeking greater access to U.S. aircraft carriers and guidance on how to operate its own first carrier, the Liaoning, testing the limits of a newly cooperative military relationship the two sides have tried to cultivate in the past year.
U.S. Compound in Kabul Hit
An Afghan guard carried out a suicide attack a U.S. facility in Kabul, killing four foreigners in the latest insurgent strike in the Afghan capital.
Mass Graves Discovered in Uganda
Ugandan authorities have discovered three mass graves, containing remains of victims of recent clashes over land rights in the oil-rich Lake Albertine Rift basin.
Meat Supplier in China 'Appalled'
The U.S. owner of a meat supplier in Shanghai apologized and promised a swift response after McDonald's and Yum suspended purchases in China amid allegations it sold expired chicken and beef to restaurants.
Cambodian Politicians End Deadlock
Leaders of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties reached an agreement to end a political deadlock since last July's contentious election.
Trains Collide in South Korea
Officials say two trains have collided head-on in eastern South Korea, leaving one passenger dead and dozens of others injured.
Moscow Metro Boss Fired
Russian news agencies say the head of Moscow's subway system has been fired in the wake of a rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others.
Toll Climbs in Fight for Syrian Gas Field
Over 100 more people died over two days in a continuing battle between Syrian forces and Islamic State militants for control of a gas-production facility east of Homs.
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Take It Sitting Down

Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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NYPD Cold Case from 100 Years Ago, and the Victim Was a Cop

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Blue-State Disgrace

Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all th...

The Revenge Porn of #Twitterpurge

Over the weekend, under the hashtag #twitterpurge, users took to Twitter to “expose” the nude photos they had of other people, with or without consent. The so-called purge primarily targeted girls and women. In other words, it was revenge porn.

Adventures in Warrenland

DETROIT—Every time she’s asked, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives the same frustrated answer. No. Nope. She is not running for president. She has literally rolled her eyes at the question. She’s offered to “add an exclamation point.” She’s even signed a letter calling on Hillary Clinton, who leads polls of Democrats by up to 50 points, to run for president.

Putin’s Fingerprints

Apart from its tragic horror, the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has two strategic consequences. First, it reveals that the Russian military—and, therefore, President Vladimir Putin—is deeply involved in the separatists’ fight against the Ukrainian government. Second, it transforms that fight from a confined civil war to a clash affecting the whole continent; Europeans can no longer so easily ignore it or avoid holding Russia accountable.

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Lawrence of Arabia, the Man 

Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this second installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with Scott Anderson, a veteran war correspondent and author of the book Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.

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MH17: Bodies arrive in Kharkiv as EU discusses new sanctions live updates
  • EU foreign ministers to weigh new sanctions against Russia
  • Recovery teams receive trains carrying bodies
  • Five die in heavy fighting in Donetsk
  • UN security council demands access to crash site
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11.30am BST

Malaysia said it will keep hold of the black boxes voice and data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 until an international team is formed and will then hand them over, Reuters reports.

"The Malaysian team has taken custody of the black boxes, which appear...

UK public finances weaker than expected in June business live

Rolling business and financial news through the day

  • Latest: UK borrowed £11.4bn in June, more than forecast
  • Reuters: Osborne has a lot of catching up to do
  • The key charts

Earlier:

  • Royal Mail hit by weak parcels revenue
  • Swiss bank says it 'deeply regrets' past misconduct after posting a loss of of 700m Swiss francs
  • Case 'hurting their reputation worldwide'
  • Coming up: UK public finances and US inflation

11.27am BST

Britain's factory owners remain optimistic about prospects this summer, although export ...

Europe must give Syrian refugees a home
EU countries have to recognise this crisis will not go away and offer Syrian asylum seekers legal, humane routes into Europe

While the worlds eyes are now firmly fixed on Gaza, the Syrian maelstrom of death, destruction and displacement rages on, and shows no signs of abating.

When histories are written about the humanitarian cost of Syrias civil war, Europes response to the crisis of a generation might be summed up in a single phrase: never was so little done by so many for so few.

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Talking Horses: todays best bets and the latest racing news
Tony McCoy continues his bid to ride 300 winners in a season with two excellent chances at Southwell

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County cricket live!

All the action from Scarborough, where Yorkshire are hosting Middlesex in the County Championship Division One

10.54am BST

Richard Rae sets up the day

News first: Yorkshire have declared.That Andrew Gale would confirm as much before play started was being taken as a given in the queue waiting for admittance to North Marine Road this morning. After all, Yorkshire already led by 421, and the consensus was that as they only lost four wickets yesterday, they may need every one of today's minimum o...

iPhone 6 launch to break Apple records, say reports

The company has ordered 80m handsets for the launch of the new iPhone this year, according a leak from the supply chain

Apple is planning its biggest iPhone launch to date with the expected larger iPhone 6, according to leaks from the supply chain.

The company has demanded 70-80m iPhones covering the expected 4.7in and 5.5in models by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Benefit sanctions hit most vulnerable people the hardest, report says
Claimants not told about hardship system and sanctions imposed when they were not at fault, DWP study finds

Systematic problems in the way the government administers and imposes benefit sanctions, including disproportionate burdens on the most vulnerable, are revealed in a report commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The report found the way in which the DWP communicated with claimants was legalistic, unclear and confusing. The most vulnerable claimants were often left at a loss...

FGM unit set up to stop practice in UK
Reforms include holding parents responsible and better police response to honour-based violence such as forced marriage

The government is to set up a female genital mutilation unit, as part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to stop the practice in the UK.

Speaking at the Girl Summit a major international conference in London designed to highlight the issues of FGM and child marriage the home secretary, Theresa May, said the cross-party unit would help protect thousands of girls across the co...

Tiago rules out Chelsea return by signing new deal with Atlético Madrid
Portuguese turns down chance to rejoin José Mourinho I took my time to look at the different options

The Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes has signed a new two-year deal with Atlético Madrid, ruling out a possible return to his former club Chelsea.

The 33-year-old originally turned down offers of a new contract at the Caldéron and was widely reported to be set for a switch back to Chelsea at the end of last season as a free agent, but the move failed to materialise.

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A book for the beach: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Unfolding in unhurried episodes, this 'first and best of modern English detective novels' is perfectly paced for stints on the sand

If, having shimmied your bottom to exactly the right indentation in the sand for maximum comfort, you're going to hold a book up to the sun, let its world be entirely incongruous, a pleasing contrast to its holiday context. Such was my thinking when, in the quiet glaze of the Sicilian afternoon heat, the company of The Moonstone seemed the obvious choice.

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US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions
Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row.
The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard
The United States and Europe last week announced the imposition of stronger sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. German industry may be among the losers.
The Tragedy of MH17: Attack Could Mark Turning Point in Ukraine Conflict
The shooting down of a jet carrying 298 people on Thursday could mark the turning point in the conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the West. With evidence suggesting pro-Russian separatists fired the missile, pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin.
A Damned Paradise: Does Haiti Need Tourism? Or Does It Need Justice?
Human rights attorney Mario Joseph and Tourism Minister Stéphanie Villedrouin are both trying to improve Haiti, but they are following radically different paths. The one wants justice, the other wants tourism.
German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany.
The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves
Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is emerging from the dark shadows of its past, but its global role remains elusive.
Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup
Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.
The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?
Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends.
In Russia's Shadow: Searching for the Roots of the Georgia Problem
Georgia recently signed an association agreement with the EU and it also wants to become a member of NATO. Russia's shadow, though, continues to loom over the Caucasus, so what does the future hold for the country trapped between the East and the West?
Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown
The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be planning additional measures as it seeks answers from Washington.
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More indignity for victims of MH17

Their bodies sat on a train for days. When they reached government-controlled Ukraine, the insults weren't over.
'Thank you Mr Putin, for murdering my loved and only child'

A heartbroken Dutch father who lost his only daughter on MH17 has written on open letter to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian President that he has ruined his life.
How Australia achieved what others could not

A smart and astonishingly swift diplomatic effort stopped Russia from blocking MH17 resolution.
Losing Subianto pulls out of poll

Indonesia's young democracy seemed to have navigated a hard-fought contest. Until today.
Double standards save Lambie

Comment: Imagine a male MP saying a woman needed to be 'really rich and have massive boobs'.
Billionaire calls for three-day week

Gina Rinehart says drink less and work more, but world's second-richest man has a different view.
Killers came on Saturday: woman's horrific death

Before inflicting injuries so severe they would claim her life, they 'forced her to consume human excreta'.
Mark Geyer breaks down on air

Former league star Mark Geyer breaks down on air while talking about his daughter.
'Why does a university own a pub?'

Darrell Hendry always joked about buying a pub - and then he got a tip-off, ICAC told.
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IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Ukraine to Call Up More Reservists
Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia. Some 45 days after the latest call-up of additional reserves, which has now expired, Kyiv repeated the decree to “declare and conduct partial mobilization” to ensure the ranks of what Ukraine calls its “anti-terrorist operation” are filled. After the vote, brief...
Texas Gov. Perry Orders State National Guard to Border
Texas Governor Rick Perry ordered his state’s National Guard commander to send 1,000 soldiers to the Texas border with Mexico to help cope with the recent influx of people from Central America seeking refugee status. Perry said he took the extraordinary measure of activating some of the state's National Guard troops to help secure the border, where tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America, including some 50,000 children, have entered the United States  in recent...
Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes
After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Train Carrying Crash Victims' Remains Arrives in Ukraine-held City
The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a news conference on Monday that a train carrying around 200 body bags was on its way to rebel-held Donetsk and then to Kharkiv, where it arrived around 0841 GMT on Tuesday. Kharkiv is in Ukrainian...
Israel Hits 70 Targets in Gaza
Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza strip on Tuesday, pummeling a wide range of targets, as the conflict entered its 15th day. Overnight, Israel bombed five mosques, a sports complex and the home of the late Hamas military chief, a Gaza police official said. There has been no let-up in cross-border rocket fire either, with 116 rockets hitting Israel on Monday, one striking the greater Tel Aviv area, and another 17 shot down. Artillery, tanks and troops were operating in and...
Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in Kabul
A suicide bomber killed at least four foreigners and wounded six others in an attack at a compound in Kabul on Tuesday, authorities said. Afghan police said the bomber, who was riding a motorcycle, detonated himself near a group of foreigners who were exercising. The incident occurred  near the outer perimeter of Kabul airport. "Our initial reports show the explosion took place inside the foreigners' compound - four foreigners were killed and six were wounded," Kabul...
Free Tibet: Fake Twitter Accounts Spread Chinese Propaganda
A human rights group says it has uncovered at least 100 fake Twitter accounts used to spread the Chinese government's propaganda about Tibet. The accounts, found by Free Tibet, often used awkwardly constructed Western names and were accompanied by profile pictures that included photographs of American schoolgirls taken by professional photographers. Others used commercial stock images or pictures of dead celebrities. The London-based rights group says the accounts posted...
Thai Coup Leader Seeks Royal Approval of Interim Constitution
Thailand's military leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, is due to meet the king on Tuesday to secure endorsement from the head of state for an interim constitution, the palace said. The military seized power on May 22 and tore up the old constitution. The interim charter will set out how the country will be governed in the run-up to a general election that the junta has said could be held toward the end of next year. “His majesty the king will grant an audience to General Prayuth...
Kerry, UN's Ban Seek Israel-Gaza Cease-fire
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon are continuing talks Tuesday with Egyptian and Arab League officials on finding an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The two-week-old conflict showed no sign of slowing early Tuesday. Israeli airstrikes hit more than 70 targets, including mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip, a Gaza police official told the Associated Press. At least 10 people were...