U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the phone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the terms of a ceasefire in Israel's fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, from his hotel suite in Cairo July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Pool

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting.  Full Article 

China regulator says food supplier forged production dates: Xinhua 2:35am EDT

SHANGHAI - Regulators in Shanghai have found that scandal-hit China-based food supplier forged production dates on some of its products and sold them after their expiry, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

People watch Russian servicemen taking part in a naval parade rehearsal in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, July 25, 2014. Russia will mark Navy Day on July 27. REUTERS/Stringer

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached outline agreement to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.  Full Article | Factbox 

A undated handout released on July 25, 2014 by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, shows the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi.  REUTERS/ECPAD/Handout via Reuters

Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 118 people on board.  Full Article 

President Barack Obama speaks about education and the economy while at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California, July 24, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

Aide talks of Republican impeachment effort

WASHINGTON - A top White House adviser said Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy.  Full Article 

Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The problem with being a female football fan

While Augusts past have been a time of feverish Fantasy Football drafting and handwringing hope for my beloved Pats’ upcoming season, my enthusiasm now wavers. The NFL’s attitude toward women has never been quite so apparent as it is now.  Commentary