U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Israel, Hamas agree to three-day Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term.  Full Article 

Asia taken aback by Wall St swoon, pins hopes on China 12:32am EDT

SYDNEY - Asian shares stumbled on Friday after a month-end swoon on Wall Street, though some were hoping China would offer better news on manufacturing and help steady investor sentiment.

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Technicians work on their computers next to a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China PMIs indicate economy is steadying

BEIJING - China's factories posted their strongest growth in at least 1-1/2 years in July as new orders surged to multi-month highs, two surveys showed, cementing bets that the economy is re-gaining momentum after a spate of stimulus measures.  Full Article 

The dashboard of a Tesla Model S is shown at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte Madera, California May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tesla posts $61.9 million loss

DETROIT - Tesla Motors Inc, the California-based maker of luxury electric cars, said it lost $61.9 million, or 50 cents a share, in the second quarter, as revenue nearly doubled to $769.3 million.  Full Article 

Ukrainian tanks move along a road near Eastern Ukrainian village of Novoselivka Persha July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New EU sanctions target five Russian banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.  Full Article 

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participating in a street-theater production wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Take the middleman out of student loans

Millions of students use loans granted by the Department of Education. Once the loan is approved, however, borrowers usually deal with third-party servicers — and that’s where the trouble often begins.  Commentary 

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Fed torn between falling jobless, rising inflation

The Fed wrapped up its latest meeting by reducing bond purchases by another $10 billion but with the economy heating up and the jobless rate slowly improving, policymakers are not ready to raise rates