Pro-Russian separatist fighters gesture from an armored missile launcher at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Where Ukraine separatists get their weapons

Interviews with American officials, diplomats in Kiev, and Russian military analysts paint a picture of a steady and ongoing flow of weapons from Russia into Ukraine.  Full Article | Wider sanctions 

U.S. home prices down in May, but consumer confidence strong 11:40am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. single-family home prices fell unexpectedly in May, declining for the first time in more than two years in the latest signal of the wobbly state of the housing market.

A Palestinian firefighter works during efforts to extinguish a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

Israel digs in for long battle

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting.  Full Article 

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 

Then China's Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang reacts as he attends the Hebei delegation discussion sessions at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing October 16, 2007 file photo.   REUTERS/Jason Lee

China investigates former security chief for graft

BEIJING - China's Communist Party said it had launched a corruption investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang in a case that has its origins in a party power struggle.  Full Article 

An employee sews a doll's hair to its head inside the toy factory owned by Norberto Garcia in Buenos Aires, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default

BUENOS AIRES - Businesses in Argentina are preparing for a possible second default this Thursday, cutting investment plans and scaling back targets. But looking beyond the gloom, many are also convinced any economic downturn will be moderate.  Full Article 

A woman smokes a large joint before The Global Marijuana March in Toronto, May 7, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Counterparties: Weeding out the prisons

Reforming America’s marijuana laws, along with the rest of its war on drugs, seems like the just thing to do. From 1978 and 2009, the U.S. prison population grew by 430 percent.  Full Article 

(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Israel pounds high-profile targets in Gaza

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) At least 30 Palestinians have been killed in some of the heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since the Israeli offensive began. The attacks came in response to Hamas rocket fire. Jillian Kitchener reports.