The Brief

Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel

Hamas Admits Israeli Teens' Kidnap

A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in June, which helped spark the current war in Gaza

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine travels along a road south of the city of Voronezh

Russian Aid Convoy Advances Toward Ukraine

Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross

Japan, Namie, 2014.A tunnel lit by red lights and in a high radiation zone in the mountains inside the 20km exclusion zone near the crippled Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

Return to Fukushima

After an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s northeastern coast suffered a total power failure, causing the cooling system to shut down. Years have passed, but normalcy remains elusive

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What Bank of America Did to Warrant a $17 Billion Penalty

It's the largest settlement ever between the U.S. government and a private corporation — restitution for BofA's role in the financial crisis. Here's what the Justice Department's breakdown of the bank's actions reveals about how bankers inflated the housing bubble


Malaysia Receieves First Bodies of MH17 Victims

Malaysia came to a standstill on Friday morning as the remains of its nationals killed on the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 began to arrive home amid a minute of silence. But while many in the nation grieved, others were already focusing on the next step: seeking justice

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. embassy and consular staff based in Australia following the conclusion of the AUSMIN meeting at Admiralty House in Sydney, August 12, 2014.

U.S. Diplomats Banned From Ice Bucket Challenge

Lawyers at the State Department have forbidden U.S. diplomats (like, say, John Kerry) from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because of an ethical issue that forbids using public office for private gain — even for a worthy cause

Mo'ne Davis

Mo'ne Davis Draws Record Little League Viewership

Davis might not have thrown a no-hitter on Wednesday, but she did draw the most viewers of a Little League game in ESPN's history. Nearly 5 million viewers tuned in for the Little League World Series game between Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge

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You Can Sleep in Ikea for a Night Thanks to Airbnb

Airbnb and Ikea have partnered to allow a group of Australians to sleep in the Scandinavian furniture store for one night only on Aug. 21 in Sydney for a mere 11 Australian dollars. They won't even have to assemble the beds themselves

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Aaron Paul Plans Breaking Bad Scavenger Hunt for Emmys

Prizes scattered across Hollywood will include signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and art from the show. Paul, who won two Emmys for his role as Jesse on the show in 2010 and 2012, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor again this year

Brothers Watching TV

Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids' Social Skills

Researchers out of UCLA have highlighted a potential downside of the prevalence of digital data in early development and education, in a study that found kids who were deprived of screens for five days got much better at reading people's emotions