Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank at a staging area, near the border with the Gaza Strip July 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel holds fire, for now

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas.  Full Article 

Shares edge higher, oil nurses losses 2:11am EDT

SYDNEY - Asian shares rose on Monday as investors put aside concerns about euro zone banks and looked forward to corporate earnings and a raft of global economic events, including testimony from the head of the Federal Reserve.

Germany's Mario Goetze kisses the World Cup trophy as he celebrates their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Jubilant Germany become world champions

RIO DE JANEIRO - Germany are champions of the world again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.  Video | Full Article 

Local residents are seen near a car damaged by recent shelling, in the eastern Ukrainian village of Semenovka July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Russia warns Ukraine after shell crosses border

DONETSK Ukraine/MOSCOW - Russia threatened Ukraine with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country.  Full Article 

A pilot looks out of the cockpit of an Airbus A350 aircraft as it is parked at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern England July 13, 2014.    REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Airbus jet re-launch heralds busy airshow

FARNBOROUGH, England - Airbus will kick off the Farnborough Airshow with up to 100 commitments for its revamped A330neo wide-body jet, deepening a contest with Boeing for up to $250 billion of orders at the core of the long-haul jet market.  Full Article 

A picture illustration shows YouTube on a cell phone, in front of a YouTube copyright message regarding a video on an LCD screen, in central Bosnian town of Zenica, early June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

YouTube seeks funds for premium content

LOS ANGELES - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort.  Full Article 

Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia dance inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Songs may aid Alzheimer’s patient speech

NEW YORK – With advanced Alzheimer’s, language deteriorates and patients speak less and less. In a small study, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.  Full Article 

Hessy Taft poses holding a photograph of herself taken in 1935 by well-known German photographer Hans Ballin during an interview with Reuters July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

'It was an irony that needed to be exposed'

NEW YORK - For the German photographer who chose a picture of a Jewish child as the ideal Aryan for Nazi propagandists, it was a sly joke. For the child's family, it became a terrifying ordeal.  Full Article 

Nigerians keep up protests to demand action on kidnapped girls

"Bring Back Our Girls" protesters in Nigeria's capital Abuja demand action and voice their disappointment at government's failure to rescue the abducted school girls. Nathan Frandino reports.