Smoke rises from Gaza port after a series of explosions in Gaza City July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Israel digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.  Full Article 

U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks 3:42am EDT

WASHINGTON - In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.

Russian servicemen perform during a naval parade rehearsal in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

West agrees to wider Russia sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - U.S. and European leaders agreed to impose wider sanctions on Russia's financial, defense and energy sectors as Ukraine said its forces advanced toward the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17.  Full Article 

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) (R) announce bipartisan legislation to address problems in the VA healthcare system, at the Capitol in Washington, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Veteran funding deal allots $17 billion

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress said they had struck a rare compromise deal on legislation that provides about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers.  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 shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in Taipei June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Microsoft targeted in Chinese anti-trust probe

BEIJING - Microsoft appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices.   Full Article 

Shelly Sterling, 79, (2nd R) speaks at a news conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell (R) and Steve Ballmer's lawyer Adam Streisand (2nd L) in Los Angeles, California July 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's Clippers

LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled that the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections.   Full Article 

Judge tentatively clears way for $2 billion sale of Los Angeles Clippers

July 28 - Los Angeles Judge tentatively clears way for $2 billion sale of Los Angeles Clippers from Sterling family to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. John Russell reports.