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Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier
The military wing of the Islamist group insists it is not holding a missing Israel soldier and says he could have died in an Israeli air strike.
Cameron urges Russia-Nato rethink
Nato needs to rethink its long-term relationship with Russia following its "illegal" actions in Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron warns.
BMJ 'right' in statins claims row
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it ran on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins.
China factory blast kills dozens
An explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed at least 65 people and left scores injured, according to Chinese state media.
Ebola spreading too fast - WHO
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.
MH17 crash team finds human remains
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues.
Kincora abuse is 'national scandal'
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson says child sex abuse at Kincora Boys' Home is a "national scandal" that needs to be fully investigated.
Gaza truce falls apart in hours
Only hours into the newly - reached UN-sponsored three-day humanitarian truce, bombings, rocket firings and killings returned to the conflict-torn Gaza Strip on Friday, putting the hard-earned cease-fire on the line.
70 international experts arrive at MH17 crash site
Seventy Dutch and Australian experts arrived at the site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in east Ukraine on Friday after clashes between Ukrainian government troops and armed separatists killed 14 combatants.
Ukrainian troops suffer heavy losses
Ukrainian television said on Friday that up to 20 soldiers were killed in an attack by armed separatists in east Ukraine, but a military source said the death toll was likely lower.
Bill Gates to help rich in China give it away
Making money may be hard, but giving it away is not as easy as it may seem. This is why Bill Gates will help a Beijing university to show the wealthy how to spend on a philanthropic cause.
Giving it away in China
The number of millionaires in China grew to 2.4 million last year, second only to the United States, which totaled 7.1 million, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
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US House passes $694 million border security bill
Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the US border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill.
After 9/11, US 'tortured some folks': Obama
The United States tortured al-Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office.
US does not control everything: Obama
"Apparently people have forgotten that America, as the most powerful country on Earth, still does not control everything around the world," Obama said.
2 Americans detained in NKorea seek US help
Two American tourists charged with '' anti-state'' crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.
Obama calls release of Israeli soldier, urges return to ceasefire
President Barack Obama on Friday called on Hamas and Palestinian factions to release a captured Israeli soldier as a precondition for resolving tensions between Israel and Palestinians and said efforts would be made to re-establish a ceasefire that has collapsed.
Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law
Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.
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Eric Cantor, the departing House majority leader stunned by a June 10 upset in Virginia's primary, announced Friday morning that he would also resign altogether from Congress, effective Aug. 18.
After giving a farewell address to House colleagues Thursday morning, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his outright resignation would allow his successor, likely to be Republican nominee David Brat, to get an edge in seniority by taking office in November rather than January.
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Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire
GAZA CITY —Israel and Hamas began observing an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce Friday morning, a cease-fire that diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday that could potentially pave the way for an end to the 24-day-old conflict.
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Obama readies executive action on immigration
President Obama is preparing to announce new measures that would potentially allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation, a politically explosive decision that could jolt Washington just weeks before the midterm elections, according to people who have been in touch with the White House.
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Back on stand, Williams says he didn’t tell McDonnell about his wife’s actions
RICHMOND — A new Jonnie R. Williams Sr. emerged on the witness stand Friday at the federal corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
Instead of the confident, assured executive who on Thursday described with great specificity how he had persuaded the McDonnells to sell the governor’s office, this Williams said he could not recall the details of several conversations and meetings, including one that occurred on Sunday.
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House passes Republican measure in response to surge of child migrants
House Republicans managed Friday to overcome deep divisions within the party and passed a measure to address the child-migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The bill would provide emergency funding to deal with the crisis and speed the deportations of most border-crossers. A second measure, scheduled for a vote later Friday, would rescind President Obama’s authority to decide whether to deport certain illegal immigrants in the United States.
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How a 72-hour truce in Gaza fell apart in less than 2 hours
GAZA CITY — It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.
On Friday morning, Israeli troops were in the southern Gaza Strip preparing to destroy a Hamas tunnel, said Israeli military officials. Suddenly, Palestinian militants emerged from a shaft. They included a suicide bomber, who detonated his explosive device. In the chaos, two Israeli soldiers were killed. The militants grabbed 2nd Lt. H...
Will: Sherrod Brown is the odd man out with Democrats
If Ohio’s senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton’s joyless plod toward her party’s presidential nomination. Drop one of Brown’s consonants and change another and a vowel, and we might be spared the infatuation of what Howard Dean called “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” for Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Hiring picks up, but wages not keeping pace
Amid the broad pickup in the nation’s job market, one thing is still missing for many workers: a raise.
Government data released Friday show that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July — the sixth straight month that hiring has surpassed the psychological benchmark of 200,000. The unemployment rate inched up to 6.2 percent as the number of people either working or looking for work expanded, possibly a sign that Americans may be feeling more confident about their prospects of finding a job.
Obama: Katy Perry is ‘one of my favorite people’
President Obama loves Katy Perry.
"I love Katy Perry," Obama said last night before the "Firework" singer took the stage to perform at a White House reception for the Special Olympics. "She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she's such a wonderful person."
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Factory blast in east China kills at least 65: state TV
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including General Motors, state media said, as the country suffered its worst industrial accident in a year.
Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.
U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill.
Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques."
African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak
CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.
Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge
NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event."
Protesters in Libya's Benghazi march against militias
BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Two thousand people took to the streets of Benghazi on Friday to protest against Islamist militants and former rebel militias who have been fighting armed forces and taken over an important military base in the eastern Libyan city.
Republicans revive U.S. border security bills to speed deportations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives sought to patch over another deep rift and pass revised border security legislation on Friday, hoping to persuade voters they are acting to tackle the growing crisis over child migrants from Central America.
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Two Ebola Patients Bound for U.S.
Two Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia will become the first known victims of the deadly disease to be treated in the U.S. when they arrive at a hospital in the coming days.
Airlines Told to Fly Higher Over Iraq
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to fly at higher altitudes over Iraq amid growing concerns about carriers operating around conflict zones.
Factory Blast Kills at Least 65 in China
At least 65 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a major blast at a company in eastern China that supplies the country's massive automobile industry, state media reported.
Uganda Court Nullifies Antigay Law
While human rights advocates are claiming victory, the Constitutional Court annulled the law on a technicality, leaving open the possibility of appeal and a second attempt to pass the legislation.
India Landslide Death Toll Climbs
Rescue workers dug through tons of mud and debris, searching for people buried when a massive landslide engulfed a village in western India earlier in the week.
U.K.'s Cameron: NATO Must Review Russian Relationship
NATO must review its long-term relationship with Russia and take measures to deter any Russian aggression such as sustaining a robust military presence in Eastern Europe, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday ahead of a summit of the alliance in September.
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On July 30, Argentina failed to make a payment on some of its outstanding sovereign debt. Which means that for the second time since 2001, Argentina has done what is increasingly rare for sovereign countries in the world today: defaulted on its debt.
Phew, that was a wild July. The House voted to sue the president, an Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc in Africa, and there seems to be no end in sight to the crisis in Gaza. Those of you hoping that August will cut us a break, be forewarned. It turns out that August is the worst month of them all—and we’d be better off speeding through it to September. Back in 2001, David Plotz made the case for August reform. His original article is reprinted below. August is the Mississippi of the calenda...
A woman breezes ahead of you on an airport walkway looking like a page out of Vogue. What is it about her, you wonder as you drag your squeaking roller-bag with a hoodie tied around your waist, that makes her so exquisitely fashionable? The classic cut of her blazer? The Mandarin collar on her silk shirt? That vented trench coat with welt pockets? Well, that certain je ne sais quoi has now been sewed up by science. Specifically:
Gaza’s Worst Day Yet
The cease-fire in Gaza has exploded. Friday morning, around the time the shooting was supposed to have stopped, militants fought with the Israel Defense Forces and reportedly captured a soldier, Lt. Hadar Goldin. The IDF, in response, has shelled the area, killing many civilians. This is terrible news all around, though there’s a slim chance something good could come out of it. Here are the important points.
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Brendan Gleeson Gets Biblical
Brendan Gleeson—the hulking, ginger-haired Irish character actor who’s been quietly improving every movie he appears in for the last 25 years—gets a rare and welcome chance to show us what he’s made of in Calvary, a black-humored drama about faith and sin from the Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh. (The McDonagh brothers, John and his better-known playwright sibling Martin, seem to get Gleeson. Both of them have previously written and directed films that showcase this bearlike actor...
Since the moon was likely formed after a Mars-sized object slammed into Earth, sending hot rock into space, researchers believe Earth’s gravity pulled on the moon’s crust as it cooled and settled.
When I first began my Ph.D., I kept hearing other graduate students bandy about the term “ABD,” but I had no idea what it meant. Arrested Botox Detonation? Anointed Between Demigods? I didn’t dare ask, because Rule No. 1 of Grad School Fight Club is that you never admit that you don’t know something in public. (“Oh, Phenomenology of Spirit? I’ll have to re-read that this semester.”)
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My out-of-body experience
Rushing to meet his daughter, Andrew Clover tripped in a secluded, muddy wood and hit his head on a stone. He could feel himself slipping away Suddenly, he was immersed in a series of visions and realisations about being a father
I t was 7.42 pm, on a wet Tuesday evening. My wife was about to return after two days away. I was uncomfortably aware, however, that the kitchen was strewn with breakfast things, and the wall was decorated with soup. I was desperately cleaning.
My wife called. She wasn...
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First world war: how the Manchester Guardian fought to keep Britain out of conflict
A hundred years ago this weekend, on the eve of war, the newspaper argued passionately in a series of editorials for UK neutrality
Charles Prestwich Scott and the Manchester Guardian fought a vehement campaign against Britains involvement in the first world war which culminated in the most impassioned leaders in the papers history in the final days leading up to the outbreak of war.
The Great British Bake Off is back, get out your bunting
Filipa Jodelka: If there is an edge to Bake Off, its buried beneath layers and layers of patriotic puff pastry. So why is it so moreish?
Those of us who like to pretend we are preoccupied with more important things than biscuit-related, floral print TV talent contests probably wont be overly moved by the reappearance this week of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and 12 very, very eager cake enthusiasts. They wont care about the 10 weeks of rising tension channelled into swirly icing and chocolate gl...
MH17: Australian and Dutch police recover human remains at crash site
Despite continued fighting between rebels and Ukrainian army, officers spend five hours combing the airliners wreckage
A large team of international investigators, including Australian police, have recovered human remains and passenger belongings from the MH17 crash site during their first visit to the area.
An 80-strong Australian and Dutch team spent five hours combing farmland, paddocks and villages in eastern Ukraine in an operation that could last up to 10 days.
Tamil asylum seekers moved to Nauru
- Scott Morrison says group of 157 asylum seekers were transferred after they chose not to meet with Indian officials
- Tamil men arrive traumatised and with ripped shirts, say eyewitnesses on Nauru
- Asylum seeker lawyer George Newhouse denies boycott and says clients have been disappeared to Nauru
Ed Balls: Labour is not planning a 'death tax'
Shadow chancellor denies Conservative claims that his party will impose levy on estates to pay for care of elderly people
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has firmly denied Conservative claims that Labour is planning a "death tax" to pay for care of the elderly or a penny on national insurance for the NHS if it wins power.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Balls insisted that he would prefer "all tax rates to be lower", pointing to Labour plans to reintroduce the 10p starting rate of income tax for th...
Sergio García equals Tiger Woods course record to lead at Firestone
Spaniard closes with seven birdies for a 61 Justin Rose is three off the pace at eight under
A stunning round of 61 gave Sergio García a three-shot lead over Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose at the halfway stage of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.
After going to the turn in 34 and picking up a shot on the 10th, García birdied his last seven holes to complete an amazing back nine of 27 at Firestone Country Club to sit 11 under.
David Cameron: west needs stronger military presence on Russia's borders
PM's letter to Nato calls to review its relationship with Russia and reassure allies in eastern Europe in wake of Ukraine crisis
Western allies need a stronger military presence in eastern Europe on the border of Russia to respond quickly to any new threats, David Cameron will say on Saturday.
The prime minister will make the comments in a letter to Nato in the wake of Russia's role in arming Ukrainian rebels suspected of shooting down the MH17 airliner and deteriorating relations with Presiden...
Usain Bolt makes Glasgow smile again as Jamaica reach 4x100m relay final
Sprinter reiterates he is enjoying Commonwealth Games Lynsey Sharp brings house down with heroic silver medal Tom Jenkins best images from day nine
Of course they cheered him. Did anyone expect otherwise? On a balmy Glasgow night Hampden went barmy for Usain Bolt. Every stride, gesture, breath: oohs, ahs, noise. He was sheepish when stepping on to the track, a dark Jamaican hoodie providing monkish anonymity, but the worlds most famous athletes disguise lasted only seconds before he was recogn...
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The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin
It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin.
German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'
In an interview, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 58, says the downing of an aircraft carrying 300 Europeans convinced EU leaders of the need for tougher new sanctions against Moscow. German industry, he says, is on board too.
Stopping Putin: The Time Has Come for Europe to Act
Vladimir Putin has ignored Western demands that he cease arming and supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. As such, he shares responsibility for the shooting down of MH17. It is now time for Europe to take tough action.
The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun
During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen.
Resurrecting Königsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots
The Allies bombed the Prussian city of Königsberg into the ground in 1944. Residents of what is today the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, a desolate Soviet landscape, are considering rebuilding the city center to reflect some of its historical German architecture.
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The scars have barely faded, but Chris Soteriou has moved on, and even forgiven the wife who tried to murder him.
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Iraq Seeks Seizure of Kurdistan Oil in Tanker Sitting off Texas Coast
A vessel called United Kalavryta, containing 1 million barrels of crude oil from Kurdistan, is sitting in international waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas. The government of Iraq considers the shipment illegal, because Kurdistan, not Baghdad, approved its sale. A U.S. judge had ordered the ship seized, but it's currently untouchable in international waters.
The ship full of disputed crude came to Galveston, Texas, about two weeks ago and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard for a...
US Adds 209K Jobs in July, Unemployment Rises to 6.2%
The latest employment report shows the U.S. economy growing at a steady pace, adding 209,000 jobs in July. While the gains were not as strong as the previous three months, the July jobs report marks the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. That’s the number of jobs economists believe U.S. employers need to create each month to reduce the unemployment rate. And yet, despite another solid month of hiring, the unemployment rate rose slightly. VOA's Mil Arcega has more.
African Leaders Head to Washington for Summit
Security throughout Africa will be on the agenda of nearly 50 leaders at the US Africa Leaders Summit next week -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- in Washington. The Congolese president, speaking to an audience of Americans, diplomats and African diaspora, pointed to terrorist threats and armed violence, but argued the issue goes much deeper than military or police action. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
Investigators Finally Reach MH17 Crash Site
A team around 100 international investigators and police was able to visit Friday the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. The inspectors had been forced to turn back several times this week due to heavy fighting between Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebel forces.
More than two weeks after MH17 plunged from the skies over eastern Ukraine, a full team of investigators finally reached it.
Parts of the plane are strewn across 50 square kilometers. It’s...
Two US Citizens Detained in North Korea Say They Fear Being Put on Trial
Two U.S. citizens detained for three months in North Korea say they fear they are about to be put on trial and sentenced to long prison terms.
Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were allowed to talk to an Associated Press television crew in Pyongyang.
Both said they are in good health and are being treated well, but appealed to the United States to help get them out.
Fowle said he wants to apologize to the State Department and the people of North Korea for causing them...
Obama Defends Handling of Gaza, Ukraine Conflicts
President Barack Obama is defending his handling of conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine as fighting in both places shows no signs of letting up, despite intense U.S. diplomatic efforts this week.
At a White House briefing Friday, the president hoped to focus on positive job growth numbers. Instead, he dealt with questions on the failure of U.S. diplomatic efforts to secure a cease-fire in Gaza and stop Russia's intervention in Ukraine, where fighting raged as Russian forces continued their...
Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future
United Nations and Afghan officials say they will restart Saturday the auditing of votes cast in the country’s runoff presidential election. The move comes after repeated delays that are threatening an orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
The ballots -- more than 8 million of them -- have been arriving from every corner of Afghanistan.
The ballot boxes are piled high in stifling hot aluminum warehouses on the edge of Kabul. More than 22,000 are to be examined for signs of...
Poverty Helps Fuel Ebola Outbreak, Experts Say
Ebola spreads through contact with the blood and fluids of infected people. But experts say the outbreak is also being fueled by poverty and poor governance.
In West Africa, they are literally building the facilities to handle Ebola from scratch. Improvised tents house quarantined Ebola patients.
Many hospitals in the region lack basic equipment, says Tulane University virus expert Dr. Daniel Bausch. He spoke to VOA by Skype.
“You go to a hospital in Sierra Leone or Liberia,...
Obama: US 'Tortured Some Folks' After 9/11 Attacks
President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that the United States "tortured some folks" after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, but cautioned people not to rush to judgment.
Obama admitted Friday that U.S. intelligence agents did things that were "contrary" to U.S. values, but said security officials did not know if another terrorist attack on the U.S. was imminent and were under enormous pressure.
The president asked Americans not to be too...
War in Gaza Also Waged on the Internet
The war in Gaza is being waged as much on the Internet as it is on the ground. Some people claim the increased use of social media in this conflict -- compared to past ones -- is changing the way the war and its two sides are being perceived. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Washington.