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Koreas exchange artillery fire as rising tensions alarm U.S. officials
U.S. officials expressed growing alarm Thursday after North and South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds at each other, ratcheting tensions on the divided peninsula to their highest point in nearly a year.
Currency wars in emerging markets hammer global stocks
Developing world devaluations have sent global stock markets into a funk and stoked fears of an intensifying global currency war.
July was Earth's hottest month ever recorded
July was the hottest month worldwide since records began being kept in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday.
N Korea Orders Military To Be 'Ready For War'
North Korea's leader has ordered its military to be fully ready for war, according to a South Korean news agency.
Tianjin blast: dead fish raise water-contamination fears
Large numbers of dead fish have washed ashore in Tianjin, causing fresh public alarm over the extent of environmental contamination after last week's deadly chemical-fueled explosions.
North Korean Underground Missile Complex Detected
North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex.
Islamic State Claims American Conducted Suicide Car Bombing in Iraq
An American member of the Islamic State (IS) was reported killed while conducting a suicide car bomb attack in northern Iraq last week, according to a social media posting by the terrorist group.
Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran this weekend
Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag, a British diplomatic source said on Thursday.
IAEA chief: Deal allowing Iran to inspect Parchin 'technically sound'
The head of the international atomic weapons watchdog said Thursday he was 'disturbed' by the media's reporting on a secret agreement between Iran and world powers that will let Tehran probe a suspected nuclear military site itself.
Greek PM Tsipras Announces Resignation, Calls for Snap Election
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation on Thursday and called for early elections in the crisis-hit country, widely expected to be held on September 20.
Israel defense chiefs see war with Hezbollah as matter of 'when', not 'if'
IDF planners understand that a future military confrontation in the North promises to be the most difficult ever.
Islamic Jihad shot rockets at Israel's north on Iran's behalf, IDF says
Four rockets landed in northern Israel Thursday afternoon after being shot from Syria, sparking fires but causing no injuries.
IDF responds after rockets on North with artillery fire at Syria
After rockets were fired from on the northern Israel earlier in day the IDF responded with artillery fire on Syria Thursday, Channel 2 reported.
IDF deploys Iron Dome amid fears of escalation if hunger-striker dies
The health condition of a Palestinian security prisoner on hunger strike for more than two months began to improve on Thursday, as the IDF raised its alertness level in the South and deployed Iron Dome batteries outside Ashdod and Beersheba out of fear of an escalation if the prisoner's health takes a turn for the worse.
UN warns of risk of Israeli-Palestinian escalation
The U.N. political chief warned Wednesday that the risk of escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is palpable.'
In Feature-Length Film, Hamas Depicts its 'Victory' over Israel
Hamas's media arm, 'Al Aqsa,' has released a feature-length drama to mark one years since last summer's war.
Obama vows to up Israel defense aid if nuke deal approved
President Barack Obama promised Democratic lawmakers that the US will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran, keep military options open, and increase missile defense support to Israel if his administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes through.
Inside the United States
Stock market endures worst day in 18 months
The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders.
House lawsuit against Obama is turning into a real problem for the president
An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.
White House 'comfortable' with Iran 'self-inspecting' suspect nuke site
The White House on Wednesday said it was 'confident' in the abilities of the International Agency for Atomic Energy to monitor and inspect the possible military dimensions on Iran's past nuclear work and was 'comfortable' with confidential arrangements between the IAEA and Tehran to ensure compliance with the nuclear deal signed on July 14.
Antibiotic-Resistant 'SuperBug' Found at California Hospital
A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country.
Army kicking out decorated Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim
The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.
Home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007
Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.
10 States and Washington, D.C., Issue Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants
Ten states and the District of Columbia now issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants as of the summer of 2015, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Hackers claim to release second round of Ashley Madison data
A second trove of data purported to have been pilfered from hacked dating website Ashley Madison has surfaced online in as many days, this time containing files thought to include sensitive corporate information.
Bush calls for broader government surveillance
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday said he favors broader government surveillance of Americans, calling for private tech firms to cooperate better with federal agencies to 'make sure that evildoers aren't in our midst.'
Jeb Bush calls for federal school choice program
Jeb Bush wants a federal school choice program included in any reform to the No Child Left Behind Act.
Hillary's Emails Violated Policy: Federal Judge
Hillary Clinton violated federal policy by storing her work emails on a private server during her tenure as secretary of state, a federal judge said Thursday.
Trump: If Hillary Were Republican, 'She'd Already Be in Jail'
If Hillary Clinton were a Republican, she would 'already be in jail' over the issues surrounding her use of a private email server, presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday, and it will probably take a Republican president to be elected to make her face charges.
Poll: Trump Soars Past Cruz in Texas
Surging GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has topped rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his own state, a new poll shows.