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 share markets slipped on Friday as troubles at a small Portuguese bank managed to wrongfoot investors already made anxious by the U.S. earnings season and a spate of disappointing economic data globally.
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