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'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought: study

As of 07/25/2014 2:47 AM
WASHINGTON - A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday.   Full article

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

As of 07/25/2014 2:44 AM
MOSCOW - Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives. Full article

Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

As of 07/25/2014 2:40 AM
PARIS - Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study said Thursday.   Full article

3 airliner crashes in a week: a summary

As of 07/25/2014 2:37 AM
PARIS - The civil aviation industry has suffered one of its worst weeks ever, with the loss of three airliners on three continents. Full article

Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women

As of 07/25/2014 12:04 AM
GENEVA - Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. Full article

Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa

As of 07/24/2014 5:24 PM
ALGIERS (2nd UPDATE) - Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers. Full article

US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv

As of 07/24/2014 1:15 PM
WASHINGTON - The US national aviation authority lifted a ban on American flights to Israel late Wednesday, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting in the Gaza Strip. Full article

Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift

As of 07/24/2014 9:41 AM
BRUSSELS - Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia. Full article

Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust

As of 07/24/2014 9:37 AM
GAZA - Using tunnels, mines, booby traps and snipers, Hamas fighters have inflicted record casualties on Israeli troops waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, applying years of training in urban warfare with a new tactical acumen and suicidal resolve. Full article

Iran's supreme leader calls for end to 'murderous' Israeli regime

As of 07/24/2014 9:36 AM
DUBAI - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the ''Zionist state'', but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary. Full article