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world Israel, Hamas Agree to New Cease-Fire

Israel and Hamas agreed to their first open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of military confrontation and will resume truce talks in Cairo in the coming days.

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia

Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach Continue reading...

39 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Arizona gun instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi

Mohave County sheriff said instructor was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi Continue reading...

39 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.N. Libya Envoy Opposes Intervention

The new U.N. envoy to Libya said he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the turmoil in the country as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.

44 minutes ago // Time

world India Just Asked PepsiCo to Help Improve the Diet of the Nations Children

Wait, aren't they the people who make Doritos and Mountain Dew?

47 minutes ago // The Times of India

world 9-year-old girl accidentally kills gun instructor in US

A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said on Tuesday.

51 minutes ago // Reuters

world Turkey's Erdogan says new cabinet to be announced on Friday

ANKARA Reuters - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday, and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.

51 minutes ago // The Independent

world US flight forced to divert after passengers fight over 'knee defender' gadget stopping seat reclining

A plane had to be diverted in the US after two passengers started fighting about a gadget that stops seats reclining.

53 minutes ago // BBC

world Van Gaal 'not shocked' by Cup exit

Boss Louis van Gaal insists he was "not shocked" by Manchester United's 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the League Cup.

56 minutes ago // Reuters

world Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT Reuters - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on the Internet and on Twitter by supporters showed on Wednesday.

58 minutes ago // The Guardian

world US alarm as Vietnamese democracy activists jailed for 'obstructing traffic'

Embassy says trio were imprisoned for expressing political views after government used public order laws to prosecute Continue reading...

58 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting

No reports of violence on Wednesday after Egypt brokered indefinite ceasefire between two sides Continue reading...

59 minutes ago // BBC

world Police chief must quit over report

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire faces calls to resign in light of the damning report into child abuse in Rotherham.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Japan PM Abe sent condolences to memorial for convicted war criminals

TOKYO Reuters - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honoring "martyrs" convicted as war criminals after World War Two, his top spokesman said on Wednesday, news that could snarl efforts to thaw chilly ties with China.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Tony Abbott leaves door open for Australian role in US-led Iraq strikes

Reports in New York Times indicate Barack Obama had begun to mobilise coalition of allies behind potential US military action in Syria and expanded air strikes in Iraq Continue reading...

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Afghan election audit disrupted as candidate threatens to walk out

KABUL Reuters - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday, a member of his team said, after threatening to pull out of a deal to resolve the deadlocked election a day earlier.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Gaza ceasefire holding as focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM Reuters - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinians held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in his country's newspapers over a campaign in which no clear victor emerged.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Australia, Indonesia Sign Intelligence Agreement

A new intelligence code of conduct between Australia and Indonesia will help increase cooperation and combat the threat of militants returning home from fighting in Syria and Iraq, Australia said.

1 hour ago // NPR

world U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far full list of MPs

As Icac continues its corruption investigations, the political toll for the Liberal party is rising with 10 MPs and one senator standing down, either from the party or from their positions Continue reading...

1 hour ago // The Independent

world Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by nine-year-old girl with Uzi gun

A gun instructor in Arizona has been accidentally shot and killed by a nine-year-old girl that he was teaching to fire an automatic Uzi submachine gun.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.

1 hour ago // NPR

world The L.A. School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Abdullah Withdraws from Afghan Vote Audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has pulled out of the U.N.-supervised audit of June's disputed runoff election. The move, reported by Abdullah's spokesman and a U.N. official on Wednesday, further complicates Afghanistan's tense political transition. Abdullah's team has complained auditors have not been willing to throw out allegedly fraudulent votes, calling the process a "joke." Auditors are in their final stages of examining the eight million votes cast during the June 1

1 hour ago // NPR

world Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Turkey's Erdogan says new cabinet to be announced on Friday

ANKARA Reuters - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

1 hour ago // BBC

world US girl, nine, in gun lesson mishap

A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at an firing range in Arizona.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world American ISIS Fighter Was Employed as Care Worker

Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was killed while fighting for ISIS, once helped care for people with disabilities, according to a former patient.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Sydney's doll hospital in pictures

Opened in 1913, Sydneys Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys. Behind a toy shop on a busy street in south Sydney, doll surgeons transplant fingers, toes and heads and repair broken eye sockets in toys that fell victim to a childhood tantrum or sibling rivalry sometimes decades ago. Continue reading...

1 hour ago // ABC

world Asia's Old Communities Vanishing Amid Rapid Growth

Asia's traditional communities and lifestyles disappear amid region's rapid development

1 hour ago // VOA

world Israel, Gaza Quiet as Cease-fire Takes Hold

Israel and the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday on the first full day of a new "open-ended" cease-fire. The Israeli military reported no rocket attacks from Gaza and no airstrikes by its forces on the Palestinian territory. The truce took effect Tuesday evening, 50 days after tensions between the two sides erupted into a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Sixty-nine Israelis have died, all but five of them soldiers. Egypt brokered the agreement, just as it ha

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world Top Colombian drug hitman 'Popeye' is freed

The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison on Tuesday after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Australia ups anti-terror efforts

New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria.

1 hour ago // ABC

world US Commander: Taliban Will Test Afghans in 2015

US commander: Taliban will test the Afghans in 2015, smooth political transition is key