The Brief

Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip
Suhaib Salem—Reuters

Gaza Cease-Fire Crumbles

A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah

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Ebola Patient Headed to the U.S.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta announced on Thursday that it expects to receive a patient with the Ebola disease within the "next several days"

John Boehner

Congress Stalls on Immigration

Republicans in the Senate stymied the bill that would have allotted $2.7 billion to resolving the issue of Central American minors illegally crossing the border

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on July 30, 2014.

Dow Plunges Over 300 Points

Geopolitical worries weighed on investors Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 317 points — its biggest drop since February. In addition to the Dow’s sharp slide, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq both fell 2% in afternoon trading

Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd  during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California

So Long, Shamu: Southwest, SeaWorld End Ties

Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld will end their 26-year marketing partnership. The decision comes amid animal-rights backlash, but the two companies insist the break is "mutual." “The companies decided not to renew the contract based on shifting priorities,” read a statement

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in Washington on March 11, 2014.

Hacking Bad: CIA Says Sorry for Senate Snooping

A report from the CIA's inspector general faulted agency employees for accessing Senate staffers' computers during an investigation into CIA interrogation practices. In a reversal of his previous comments, CIA director John Brennan apologized for the overreach

A rooftop view shows a road after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan

Gas Explosions Kill 25, Injure 267 in Taiwan

A series of underground gas explosions killed 25 people and injured 267 others late on Thursday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city. The director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center said the leaking gas was most likely to be propene


CDC Issues Travel Warning in Face of Ebola Outbreak

Calling the disease a "dreadful and merciless virus," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director advised against all nonessential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak ravaging those West African countries

Former North Korean defectors living in South Korea release balloons containing snacks called "Choco Pie" and anti-Pyongyang leaflets near DMZ in Ganghwa

Activists Send Choco Pies Floating Into North Korea

A year after North Korea cracked down on Choco Pies — marshmallow-filled chocolate cakes originating from South Korea — about activists from the South sent thousands of the beloved confections over the border via helium balloons

Doctor Who Series 8 Iconic

Doctor Who Season Premiere Will Debut on Big Screen

BBC America announced on Thursday that it will hold midnight theatrical screenings for the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who on Aug. 23 in 12 cities. Season 8 is the first to star Peter Capaldi in the lead role of the long-running sci-fi series

Sharknado 2: The Second One

This Shark Didn't Tank: Sharknado 2 Reels in Viewers

The campy action/comedy by Syfy drew 3.9 million viewers on Wednesday night, 183% more than the 1.4 million people who tuned in for the original in July 2013, beating CBS's Halle Berry drama Extant and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance