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  • U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few yards (meters) from the U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the United States lodged a formal diplomatic protest with Beijing over the incident, which took place on Tuesday 135 miles (215 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base. Kirby said the Chinese fighter jet made several passes at the P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, crossing over and under it. "And it is certainly not in keeping with the kind of military-to-military ... relations that we'd like to have with China." In April 2001, a similar aggressive intercept of U.S.

  • Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents
    Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents

    Veteran White House reporter Larry Knutson’s new book on the history of presidential relaxation

  • Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting
    Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting

    One day after Israel killed three top Hamas commanders, the radical group executed 18 Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers." According to Hamas, another 11 men were shot to death  at the police headquarters in Gaza City after being sentenced to death in Gaza courts. Hamas declares beginning of campaign 'Strangling Necks' to combat 'collaborators.' 18 summarily executed since Friday morning. — Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) August 22, 2014

  • Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US
    Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US

    Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, estimated that more than 100 US citizens have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the conflict. They have traveled to join radical groups including the Islamic State (IS), militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria who have expanded into neighboring Iraq. "We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria -- foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans -- that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict" more than three years ago, said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose

    She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development.

  • Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle

    Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region.

  • Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal
    Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court.

  • COUSIN'S TAG-ALONG KIDS PUSH THE LIMIT OF BRIDE'S GUEST LIST

    DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she's being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met? This is causing a lot of grief between me and my fiance because Emily assumes that they are all welcome. Please advise. -- D.C. IN NYC DEAR D.C.: Call Cousin Emily. ...

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