Experts are understandably skeptical about success for the renewed peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. But key conditions and circumstances are different than in the past. Here are seven reasons to be optimistic about the latest round of Mideast peace talks.
The NSA's surveillance and a government culture of secrecy are impairing the work of journalists and lawyers, two pillars of democracy, says a joint report by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.
Fouad Massoum was elected as Iraq's president while the jihadi group the Islamic State destroyed Christian shrines and imposed Islamic dress on women in the country's north.
The Federal Aviation Authority had stirred controversy in Israel by telling airlines to avoid Tel Aviv's airport. More than 700 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have died since fighting began July 8.
Sinkhole in Florida: A 120-foot-wide sinkhole opened up in a Tampa suburb Saturday, forcing evacuations in an area of Florida known as 'Sinkhole Alley.' Florida, much of which sits atop limestone beds, is prone to the cave-ins.
Rival militias are battling for control of Libya's international airport, which is closed after rocket fire destroyed most of the planes on the ground.
Israel said it shot down a drone near Ashdod with a Patriot missile. Hamas has continued its menacing but ineffective rocket barrage into southern Israel as foreign nationals in Gaza flee.
Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten by two men while leaving the opening day game in 2011 in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, a California jury found the Dodgers partially responsible.