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7 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world China Faces Growth Concerns

China's economy faces an uphill battle for the rest of 2014, adding pressure on Beijing to step up government spending or free up money to spur growth.

10 minutes ago // BBC

world Stench of decay turns coral away

Marine biologists find that baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs.

13 minutes ago // BBC

world Venezuela "to fingerprint shoppers"

Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.

15 minutes ago // New York Times

world Rebels Falter, but Russian Border Buzzes With Military Activity

Ukraine and the West have voiced concern about the military buildup on Russias border, and have accused Moscow of sending arms and fighters to the rebels.

15 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Indonesian Court Upholds Widodo's Electoral Win

Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected a legal challenge to President-elect Joko Widodo's electoral win, clearing the final hurdle for him to take office in October.

16 minutes ago // VOA

world US Business Leaders Argue for Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obamas proposed comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled in a politically divided Congress, but business leaders around the country say immigration reform is needed to keep the economy growing. The situation was the focus of a recent business forum in Houston, where VOAs Greg Flakus filed this report.

18 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Taliban-Bergdahl prisoner swap broke the law, federal agency says

The Defense Department broke the law when it exchanged five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this year, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

20 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Strike Kills Top Hamas Commanders

Israel killed three top commanders of Hamas's military wing in an airstrike in Gaza, officials from Hamas and Israel said, after the collapse of a cease-fire and truce talks in Egypt.

20 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world UN's Pillay slams Security Council 'failure'

In final address Navy Pillay says a more responsive UN Security Council could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

22 minutes ago // BBC

world Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'

Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.

23 minutes ago // MSNBC

world British Militants Dubbed 'The Beatles' Brutalized Hostages

Three Islamist militants with British accents have been dubbed "The Beatles" by hostages taken in Syria.

23 minutes ago // BBC

world Doctors may face 'tougher sanctions'

Failing doctors could be forced to apologise to patients under measures being considered by the medical regulator.

23 minutes ago // BBC

world Double vaccines 'could end polio'

Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests.

23 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Return of Malaysia's MH17 Victims to Help Start Healing

Among the remains of Malaysians killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 returning home Friday morning will be two members of a family of six, a step that will help begin closure for their relatives, a cousin says.

24 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world World Cup star Tim Howard to take a break from U.S. national team

World Cup star Tim Howard is taking a break from international soccer and will not be considered for selection to the national team until September 2015, the U.S. soccer federation announced Thursday.

24 minutes ago // USA Today

world Journalist held by Islamic State showed passion for Middle East

Steven Sotloff, being held by the Islamic State, was drawn to the region's hot spots.

26 minutes ago // ABC

world Charges Dropped Against Venezuelan Protesters

Charges dropped against hundreds of Venezuelans arrested during anti-government protests

26 minutes ago // Fox News

world Charges dropped against hundreds of Venezuelans arrested during anti-government protests

Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.

31 minutes ago // New York Times

world Revulsion for ISIS Builds, but Lawmakers Remain Wary of Greater U.S. Military Role

The execution of James Foley has drawn a raw reaction from lawmakers, but even those criticizing President Obama for not doing more have not specified what to do.

32 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Turkish Foreign Minister Tapped to Become Premier

Turkey's governing party tapped Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party leader and prime minister, the first step in a transfer of power expected to shift greater executive authority to the presidency.

32 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Hagel Says ISIS Threat 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military involvement in Iraq isn't over because ISIS "clearly poses a long-term threat."

33 minutes ago // VOA

world National Guard, America's Part-time Military, Helps Out in Ferguson

The governor of Missouri is pulling out National Guard troops who are assisting state and local police in Ferguson, Missouri, as protests continue there, following last week's killing of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains the difference between the National Guard and the US military, through this visit to a National Guard base in Pennsylvania. First, we must warn you that the beginning pictures are graphic.

38 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather feud may bring big bucks to charity

Bad blood could possibly be good for charity, it seems.

38 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Foley's Killing Highlights Debate Over Ransom

The killing of journalist James Foley by Islamist terrorists has exposed a largely hidden debate about the role ransom demands increasingly play in terror-group hostage situations.

39 minutes ago // BBC

world GPs criticised over online services

Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to a Scottish think tank.

40 minutes ago // CBS

world Hamas admits kidnapping 3 Israeli teens in West Bank

This is the first time anyone from the militant group has taken responsibility for the attack that helped spur the current conflict in Gaza

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Councils bar campaigns from schools

The official referendum campaigns are being barred from the majority of schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds

44 minutes ago // The Independent

world Hairdresser from Croydon fighting 'inhuman' Isis militants on frontline in Iraq

A 26-year-old British hairdresser from Croydon who is fighting against the Islamist extremist forces of Isis in Iraq has told how he has faced inhuman enemies who want to be killed.

46 minutes ago // CBS

world Murder trial starts in case of Calif. woman mauled by dogs

Pamela Devitt, 63, was walking in Los Angeles, Calif. in May 2013 when she was attacked by four dogs

47 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world When it comes to Madden NFL, 'The Problem' is ahead of the game

Eric "The Problem" Wright is a grand champion of video games, a Hercules of the thumbs. Wright handles a video controller the way Willie Mosconi romanced a pool cue, the way Ben Hogan swung a butter knife.

50 minutes ago // BBC

world Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'

Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m 80m ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer GlobalPost says.

52 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Indian billionaire turns poet

Nadir Godrej, a top executive at one of India's biggest businesses, turns to poetry to describe the challenges facing India's economy.

52 minutes ago // BBC

world Small airports earn passenger praise

Passengers should try to use the UK's smaller airports for a better holiday experience, a survey suggests.

52 minutes ago // ABC

world Police Tear Gas, Water Cannons at Chilean Protest

Chilean police employ tear gas, water cannons at student protest interrupted by masked people

53 minutes ago // BBC

world Metered water could cost double

As the number of water meters installed rises above 10 million, some customers are saving money while others are losing out.

53 minutes ago // BBC

world NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'

The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.