Late on Tuesday, a rocket landed near the Israeli city of Hadera, nearly 70 miles north of its Gaza Strip launch site. That's the greatest distance a Hamas rocket has ever traveled from Gaza, and as Israel and Hamas trade blows in an escalating cycle of violence, it's raising questions about what is in Hamas's arsenal -- and how it got there.
With American troops preparing to leave Afghanistan and the Taliban stepping up its attacks across the country, Afghan civilians are increasingly getting caught in the crossfire. According to newly released United Nations data, the number of civilians who were injured or killed in Afghanistan rose by 24 percent over the first half of 2014, compared to the same period in last year. In total, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 1,564 civilian deaths and 3,289 injuries during the six-month span.
Gay rights has long been an issue of deep hypocrisy at the United Nations. Although the organization promotes gay rights around the world, some gay employees' spouses weren't eligible for benefits until Monday, when the U.N. took a major step and extended benefits to all same-sex partnerships.
A refugee of the Syrian civil war, Lina, lives alone with her seven children in a tent she made from salvaged pieces of fabric in an unofficial settlement in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. She has been there for a year, and hasn't heard from her husband in two -- ever since he was detained in Syria. Three of her children suffer from psoriasis, a skin disease, and she can't afford the medicine to treat it. She is barely scraping together enough money to feed her family. "Our situation is very difficult, helpless, what can I tell you," Lina told interviewers from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
It's been one month since the Central Intelligence Agency joined Twitter to much ado. Whoever has been running the account appears to have been on a monthlong bender, because on Monday, @CIA decided to answer some frequently asked questions. The results are silly.