The mother of Palestinian Hamed Shehab, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted a civilian car on Wednesday, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ashraf Amrah

Obama: We'll broker talks

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the region and said the U.S. was ready to help bring them to an end.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Wall St. ends lower on angst over Portugal's bank woes 5:04pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.


Coastal flooding drenches United States

Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis has found.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds as German Chancellor Angela Merkel rises from her seat to make her speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Merkel expels CIA station chief from Berlin

BERLIN - Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel after officials discovered two suspected U.S. spies.  Full Article 

A Palestinian woman runs carrying a girl following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza city July 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Majdi Fathi

Hamas picks a fight it can't finish

GAZA - The latest mini-war between Israel and Hamas began with the Gaza-based militants eager to strike a blow, but the escalation that followed has left them physically and diplomatically exposed, with no ready way out.  Full Article | Related Story 

A boy watches a video at a coffee shop in Seattle, March 2010. REUTERS/Marcus Donner

U.S. sues Amazon for kids' charges

WASHINGTON - Amazon faces a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government over allowing children to rack up millions of dollars in charges related to mobile apps without getting permission from their parents, who are then stuck with the bills.  Full Article 

Mexican telecommunications and retail tycoon Carlos Slim Helu waits before delivering his speech on the impact of new technologies during a lecture organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva June 11, 2012. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

Carlos Slim's Mexican wave

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.  Video | Full Article 

Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), march during training in Baghdad, July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Bruised Iraqi army leans on Shi'ite militias

BAGHDAD - With the Iraq army's northern divisions hard hit by desertions as key Sunni cities fell in June, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government has leaned heavily on Shi'ite militias and volunteers motivated by a sense of religious duty.   Full Article 

Netanyahu vows to fight on

Sirens sound in Jerusalem as residents run for cover as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says strikes will increase until Hamas is hit hard. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.