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Gay Palestinians in Israel highlight of new film

- Associated Press

During last summer’s Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then-Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip.

This July 27, 2015, aerial photo shows the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Associated Press analysis of water quality found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

- Associated Press

Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Illustration on U.S. China relations by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Claim of evil U.S. plot for ‘historical nihilism’ goes viral on Chinese Internet

To denounce one’s past is to doom one’s present; and when one’s present is doomed, one’s future is ruined. That is not something from Confucius or from a Chinese fortune cookie. It is the battle cry of a fierce war on “historical nihilism” being waged by the Chinese Communist Party under President Xi Jinping, who has a doctorate degree in “scientific socialism” from China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the intramural rival of its next-door neighbor, Peking University.

Ebola health workers spray disinfectant on a road near the home of a 17-year-old boy that died from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

Associated Press

An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

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Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, right, his wife Lu Qing, left, and his son Ai Lao arrive at the airport in Munich, Germany,  Thursday, July 30, 2015. Ai Weiwei is on his way to Berlin where part of his family lives. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Britain limits Ai Weiwei's visit due to alleged conviction

- Associated Press

Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visa to attend a London exhibition of his work, saying he failed to disclose that he has a criminal conviction - a claim that the artist and his attorney dispute.

For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option

- Associated Press

If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.

Lawsuit: Disabled defendants not getting timely treatment

Associated Press

California officials are leaving mentally ill or disabled criminal defendants to languish in jail for months before getting them required treatment, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

This undated file photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Reports of mullah's death rock Afghan peace push

- The Washington Times

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks and the group's surging operations in the war-torn nation.


Stratcom backs Iran deal

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday gave qualified support to the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Jacob Lew says U.S. will still curb Iran economy if nuclear deal passes

- The Washington Times

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the Obama administration intends to "redouble" its efforts to target Iranian government support for terrorism and regional destabilization activities — even as nuclear sanctions on Tehran are being lifted under the major accord reached with world powers this month.