Smoke is seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Death toll climbs in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes and militants kept up rocket fire in Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestinian officials say has killed at least 53 people.  Full Article 

Obama meets Texas governor about border crisis 8:12pm EDT

DALLAS/WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama expressed concern on Wednesday that his request to Congress for $3.7 billion to tackle a border crisis could fall victim to partisan politics and urged Texas Governor Rick Perry, a sharp critic, to get behind his effort.

An armed pro-Russian separatist from the so-called Battalion Vostok (East) stands guard at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Ukraine plans a 'nasty surprise' for rebels

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukrainian government forces warned defiant separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy.  Full Article 

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in Atlanta, Georgia June 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Republicans seek reports on anthrax scare

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans asked the Obama administration to provide documents related to last month's anthrax scare at a U.S. lab facility.  Full Article 

The logo of America Movil is seen on the wall of the reception area in the company's corporate offices in Mexico City February 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

America Movil aims at quick sale of assets

MEXICO CITY - Mexican telecoms company America Movil plans to divest assets as quickly as possible to escape tougher regulation, and it hopes to sell to a single buyer, spokesman Arturo Elias said.  Full Article 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  attends a news conference after a meeting with East German state premiers in Berlin July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Germany unearths second spy suspect

BERLIN - German politicians reacted angrily to news of a suspected U.S. spy in the defense ministry, which came days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker acting as a double agent.  Full Article 

Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser waves from the balcony of her home in Beijing, March 8, 2013.  REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Tibet rights activists under house arrest

BEIJING - A prominent writer who has angered China by advocating Tibetan rights said she and her husband were placed under house arrest during a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Full Article 

October 19, 2005. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Roosters' fertility problem hits chicken supply

The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.  Full Article 

Battlefield Aleppo

Video posted to a social media website purports to show the aftermath of government air strikes on Aleppo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.