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
SYDNEY - Asian shares recouped early losses on Friday as sentiment in the region proved resilient to Portuguese bank concerns amid signs offshore funds were returning to emerging world assets.
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
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's June meeting indicate policymakers may wrap up their bond buying program a little earlier than expected. Video