Asian shares hit six and a half year high, dollar steady before Fed 2:22am EDT

TOKYO - Asian shares touched a six-and-half-year peak on Wednesday and the dollar was steady, with investors waiting for second quarter U.S. growth data as well as a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that some believe might yield a more hawkish policy outlook.

Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

43 Palestinians killed as Israel pounds Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early as the Jewish state said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Ford Assembly workers install a battery onto the chassis of a Ford Focus Electric vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

U.S. economy seen regaining muscle

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth likely regained steam in the second quarter as activity picked up broadly, which would bolster expectations for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.  Full Article 

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Twitter smashes expectations, stock soars

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked.  Full Article | Video 

Comedian John Oliver poses for photographers backstage during the 41st International Emmy Awards in New York, November 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Hard truths from John Oliver

John Oliver’s addition to the news-comedy landscape demonstrates the value of a half-American’s perspective on American politics and culture. He's at once an outsider and an insider, a powerful position from which to critique and mock the United States.  Commentary 

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A new boot to put a spring in your step

A British biomechanist believes he can help ease the strain on the shins of walkers and soldiers trekking for many miles while wearing heavy loads on their backs with a new type of footwear.  Video 

'No unconditiional truce' in Gaza

Militant commander in Gaza rules out ceasefire with Israel until a blockade of the territory is lifted. Paul Chapman reports.