An Israeli soldier prays in front of a tank at a military staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

JERUSALEM - Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in fighting with militants in the Gaza Strip to start at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.  Full Article 

Wall St. Week Ahead: Even modest GDP bounce may support market 25 Jul 2014

NEW YORK - Even if data next week shows a mediocre rebound in U.S. economic growth, that might be enough to keep the stock market aloft at record highs and the Federal Reserve steadfast in its winding down of stimulus through bond purchases.

People watch Russian servicemen taking part in a naval parade rehearsal in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, July 25, 2014. Russia will mark Navy Day on July 27. REUTERS/Stringer

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached outline agreement to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.  Full Article | Factbox 

A undated handout released on July 25, 2014 by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, shows the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi.  REUTERS/ECPAD/Handout via Reuters

Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 118 people on board.  Full Article 

President Barack Obama speaks about education and the economy while at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California, July 24, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

Aide talks of Republican impeachment effort

WASHINGTON - A top White House adviser said Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy.  Full Article 

Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The problem with being a female football fan

While Augusts past have been a time of feverish Fantasy Football drafting and handwringing hope for my beloved Pats’ upcoming season, my enthusiasm now wavers. The NFL’s attitude toward women has never been quite so apparent as it is now.  Commentary 

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Taliban kill minibus passengers

At least 14 people killed as Taliban insurgents intercept minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan. Paul Chapman reports