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  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali
    Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

  • Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust
    Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust

    By Noah Browning GAZA (Reuters) - Using tunnels, mines, booby traps and snipers, Hamas fighters have inflicted record casualties on Israeli troops waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, applying years of training in urban warfare with a new tactical acumen and suicidal resolve. The Israelis say weapons and know-how supplied by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah make Hamas a more formidable foe. Four days after Israel launched a withering ground assault on the Palestinian Islamist militants in their stronghold of Shejaia following intensive air strikes, the army still does not have complete control of the area. Exploiting a vast network of secret tunnels to snipe at enemy troops and blast their vehicles even inside Israel, Hamas has killed 32 Israeli soldiers -- almost three times as many as in the last major ground clashes in a 2008-9 conflict.

  • CNN's Cuomo spars with 'Russia Today' anchor on air over MH17 evidence
    CNN's Cuomo spars with 'Russia Today' anchor on air over MH17 evidence

    In a contentious live interview on CNN Wednesday, "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo sparred with 'Russia Today' anchor Peter Lavelle over Russia's response to the downing of Flight MH17.

  • Shemar Moore to return to 'Young and Restless'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shemar Moore is returning to his daytime roots with a two-day guest appearance on "The Young and the Restless."

  • U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan proposed a plan to help poor Americans on Thursday that would allow charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with the government for federal money to fight poverty. The plan from Ryan, a potential Republican presidential contender in 2016, would allow states to replace 11 programs ranging from food stamps to housing vouchers with "opportunity grants" to tailor aid to individual needs. We're talking non-profits, or for-profits, or even community groups unique to your neighborhood." Ryan's plan comes at a time when Democrats have made growing income inequality a major campaign issue before November congressional elections, promoting proposals such as raising the federal minimum wage.

  • Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t
    Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t

    El Al One of Only Civilian Carriers With On-Board Missile Defense Systems

  • Astronaut Tweets 'Saddest Photo' Orbiting Above Mideast Conflict
    Astronaut Tweets 'Saddest Photo' Orbiting Above Mideast Conflict

    German astronaut Alexander Gerstis midway through his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Gerst has tweeted a number of stunning images of the ISS, as well as of Earth as seen from space. The image he posted on Wednesday was by far his most retweeted photo, and its subject was grim.

  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers ...

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