Gaza endures its heaviest bombardment yet

Gaza endures its heaviest bombardment yet

The Israeli leadership recently warned the people of Gaza to prepare for a “protracted campaign” that would last until the “mission is accomplished”. True to their word, the Israeli military began to intensify the shelling of the Gaza Strip, leading to the heaviest bombardment that the area has seen since the conflict began just three weeks ago. Monday night saw the deaths of at least 30 people in the Gaza Strip after Israel resumed shelling, thus bringing the death toll for Monday to 44 people. Another 241 people were injured in the … [Read More...]

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Japanese schoolgirl murders and dismembers her friend

Japanese schoolgirl murders and dismembers her friend

A 15-year-old school girl in Japan was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murdering one of her friends and fellow classmates and then dismembering the body. The suspect, whose name has not been released, admitted to beating her friend, strangling her, and severing her head and left hand, … [Read More...]

Google is collecting health data for its revolutionary new genetic study

Google is collecting health data for its revolutionary new genetic study

Google's got a big new project and it's you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It's in its early days, collecting anonymous data from 175 people, but it plans to expand to thousands later. The project is headed … [Read More...]

Tripoli and Benghazi in smoke as rival militias fight for control of Libya

Tripoli and Benghazi in smoke as rival militias fight for control of Libya

Heavy black smoke rose over southern Tripoli on Thursday after rival militias exchanged artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital’s airport that has killed more than 50 people in nearly a fortnight of fighting. At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, … [Read More...]

16 killed and 200 injured in rocket attack on a school in Gaza

16 killed and 200 injured in rocket attack on a school in Gaza

At least 16 people were killed after rockets struck a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in northern Gaza, officials said on Thursday. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 200 people were wounded in the attack. This marks the fourth time that a UN facility has been hit since Israel began … [Read More...]

Thousands of Afghan allies are being left to die at the hands of the Taliban

Thousands of Afghan allies are being left to die at the hands of the Taliban

The United States will withdraw almost completely from Afghanistan at the end of the year, but for many of the Afghan interpreters that served alongside U.S. combat troops, their tour of duty is far from over. Afghan interpreters who helped American soldiers through more than a decade of combat … [Read More...]

Boehner isn’t going to let Obama have a “blank check” to fix the border crisis

Boehner isn’t going to let Obama have a “blank check” to fix the border crisis

Speaker John Boehner said President Obama will not given a blank check to deal with the immigration crisis at the southern border. Speaking at his weekly press briefing Thursday, Boehner said “…the administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to … [Read More...]

U.N. sends first unofficial aid to the people of Syria

U.N. sends first unofficial aid to the people of Syria

Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday, the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval. "A convoy of nine trucks crossed into Syria today from the Turkish crossing … [Read More...]

South Korea is boosting its economy with a $40 billion stimulus package

South Korea is boosting its economy with a $40 billion stimulus package

South Korea unveiled a $40 billion stimulus package Thursday as the finance minister warned of a risk of recession after the economy grew at its slowest rate for more than a year in the second quarter. Asia's fourth-largest economy, which relies heavily on exports, is seeing a … [Read More...]

The F.A.A. has lifted its ban on flights to Israel

The F.A.A. has lifted its ban on flights to Israel

Ben Gurion International Airport is usually packed with travelers in the peak tourism season of mid-July. But on Wednesday, one day after all U.S. and other major international airlines halted flights to and from Israel, the summer traffic had slowed to a trickle. The 24-hour flight stoppage, … [Read More...]

Teenager dies while trying to circumnavigate the globe

Teenager dies while trying to circumnavigate the globe

An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman … [Read More...]

Researchers claim that the Great Barrier Reef’s days are numbered

Researchers claim that the Great Barrier Reef’s days are numbered

Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard. Senators are touring Queensland this week to examine how the Australian and Queensland governments manage the reef, as Unesco threatens to list it as a World Heritage site in … [Read More...]

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