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Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.

Lowly Y chromosome may deserve some respect after all

6:00 pm ET - Yes, the Y chromosome separates the guys from the gals, but scientists didn't think it was good for much else. New research indicates that in humans the Y includes a set of multitasking genes that regulate cells throughout the male body.


Encircled and alone, Lebanese village braces for Syrian assault

5:00 pm ET - Tfail, located on a spit of land that extends into Syria, is surrounded by Syrian forces on three sides. Hezbollah, a regime ally, sits on the fourth side.


US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic?

5:39 pm ET - A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia.


N.C. prosecutor kidnap plot: Home attacks on justice officials on the upswing

4:31 pm ET - The alleged perpetrators nabbed the wrong person and traveled nearly halfway across the US to the wrong town, an indictment states. But the episode reveals soft spots in protection for judges and prosecutors, especially at their homes.


Georgia adopts law allowing guns at airports, bars, most other places

3:38 pm ET - Georgia residents with permits to carry guns can now tote their weapons more places, under a bill signed into law Wednesday. The law also reduces the age required to obtain such a permit to 18.


Why Pakistan's largest private broadcaster may soon go dark

2:39 pm ET - The attempted assassination of a leading journalist has provoked a furious response from Geo TV, which in turn has opened a rift in Pakistan's media and a threat to revoke its license.


US Supreme Court limits restitution payments to child pornography victims

3:06 pm ET - The Supreme Court said federal law does not require a defendant to pay the entire amount of a multimillion-dollar restitution award owed to a child pornography victim whose abuse is depicted in images widely distributed on the Internet.


Terrorism & Security Kiev restarts 'anti-terrorist' operation in east Ukraine after killing of politician (+video)

9:02 am ET - The interim government said it had 'obtained US support' for operations against pro-Russian militias, which it restarted after saying that a local politician was found dead and tortured.


Smaller share of US high school grads entering college. Why?

12:39 pm ET - College enrollment of a graduating high school class peaked in 2009, at 70.1 percent. Now the number is down to 65.9 percent, the Labor Department reports.


Mount Everest avalanche: Sherpas reconsider their perilous profession (+video)

10:48 am ET - A deadly avalanche last Friday near Everest base camp has led to walkouts by Sherpas angered by government compensation terms, throwing into doubt the plans of foreign mountaineers.


USA Update How did stowaway teen go unnoticed for seven hours on San José airfield?

1:23 pm ET - The saga of a teen runaway who managed to hitch a ride to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner has piqued more than just curiosity. Could a terrorist do the same?


Latin America Monitor From gunfights to 'mansions': Inside Rio de Janeiro's smorgasbord of favelas

12:24 pm ET - Brazil's favelas are often associated with violence and crime, but that's only part of the story.

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