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  • Experimental U.S. hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch
    Experimental U.S. hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch

    By David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hypersonic weapon being developed by the U.S. The mission was aborted to ensure public safety, and no one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after 4 a.m. EDT at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, said Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman for the U.S.

  • Experts: More facts needed on purported audio recording of Michael Brown shooting
    Experts: More facts needed on purported audio recording of Michael Brown shooting

    Two of the nation’s leading experts on the use of deadly force by the police warn against overreaction to an audio recording that purportedly captures the sound of the gunshots that killed Michael Brown.

  • Boycott talk taints Burger King deal
    Boycott talk taints Burger King deal

    Some diners object to the chain's plans to move its headquarters to Canada.

  • Palestinians announce long-term Gaza truce
    Palestinians announce long-term Gaza truce

    The Palestinian leadership said Tuesday they had reached agreement with Israel on a "permanent" halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around Gaza although Israel was silent on the claimed deal. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials, although a Palestinian official said the ceasefire would come into force at 1600 GMT. News of the reported deal came after weeks of Egyptian-led efforts to end the violence, now in its 50th day, the deadliest between Israel and the Palestinians in a decade. The fighting, which began on July 8, has killed 2,138 Palestinians, nearly three-quarters of them civilians, according to UN figures, and 68 on the Israeli side, nearly all of them soldiers.

  • Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone'
    Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone'

    UAE air strikes on Libya aim to prevent Islamists from controlling the violence-stricken country and sends a message to Washington that it is capable of protecting its own interests, experts say. United States officials said that United Arab Emirates warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya from bases in Egypt last week, but Abu Dhabi has not publicly acknowledged involvement. On Tuesday, Egypt denied any "direct" role in the raids. Libya has plunged into chaos since the overthrow in 2011 of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with deadly clashes between Islamist and nationalist militias.

  • Instagram and Facebook users, beware! Companies are scanning your photos
    Instagram and Facebook users, beware!  Companies are scanning your photos

    Advertisers have access to what you do online —targeted ads come from your emails, web searches, and the websites you visit. But your photos have been largely off limits—until now. A company called Ditto is now scanning photos posted to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for branded products and selling that information to companies and advertisers.

  • ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman
    ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

    Family Says Iraqi Terror Group Threatened to Execute Aid Worker If Demands Aren’t Met

  • Djibouti presidential guard wounds two in airport shooting
    Djibouti presidential guard wounds two in airport shooting

    A Djiboutian presidential guard opened fire at the capital's airport Monday, wounding two people, a government spokesman said, adding that President Ismael Omar Guelleh was not present during the shooting. One of those wounded in the shooting was the president's doctor, Colonel Idriss Abdi Galab. "All we know is that this is an isolated act, we do not know what really went on in the head of the shooter," said Ibrahim Miyir, a senior official at the communication ministry, adding that investigations were ongoing. The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, a former French colony, hosts a strategic port serving landlocked Ethiopia on the Gulf of Aden, commanding the entrance to the Red Sea.

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