The Brief

Houston Suburban Shooting

Houston Shooting Kills 6

Two adults and three children were found dead at a home in the suburb of Spring, Texas, and another child died after being airlifted to a hospital

Rocket launched from Gaza strip into Israel, July 9.

Israel Ramps Up Gaza Offensive

An IDF spokesperson tells TIME that rockets fired from Gaza are entering Israel at a rate of about six an hour, prompting a heavy and deadly retaliation

A strong storm front passes over the U.S. Capitol, July 8, 2014.

Metaphor Alert! Toxic Environment in Congress

The Architect of the Capitol said the House side of the building was shut down early on Thursday, following an initial police alert at 7 a.m. and the arrival of a Hazardous Materials Response Team, as authorities looked into a potential asbestos leak

China's President Xi Jinping gestures during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing July 10, 2014.

Chinese Hackers Zero In on U.S. Federal Workers

Chinese hackers penetrated the computer networks of a U.S. government agency in March, senior Washington officials have said, gaining access to databases that store the personal information of all federal employees

Bergdahl

Forced Smile? Bergdahl Pictured With Taliban Commander

In a new salvo in the propaganda war with the West, a previously-unseen photograph of what appears to be Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiling alongside with a senior Taliban commander was posted to a Twitter account associated with the Afghan Taliban

Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Castel Gandolfo summer residence in 2013.

No Papal Party for Pope vs. Pope World Cup Final

Sunday's final sees Argentina face Germany, but Argentina-born Pope Francis and his German predecessor will likely not congregate at a papal soccer party, as the kickoff is an hour past the pontiff's bedtime, the Vatican said

Spain's Alberto Contador crosses the finish line with a delay of more than two minutes on his main rivals during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling in Arenberg, France on July 9, 2014.

Wet conditions in the fifth stage of the Tour de France made for a dangerous ride—defending champ Chris Froome dropped out after two falls—but they also made for some incredible images of riders persevering

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the urgent humanitarian situation following his meeting with local elected officials and faith leaders on July 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Obama Seeks $4 Billion Nod for Immigration Crisis

The President called on Congress to swiftly approve nearly $4 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors at the southwest border on Wednesday, saying lawmakers need to set aside politics to solve the problem

ISS International Space Station

TIME Chats With International Space Station Crew

We got a rare chance to talk via video downlink on Wednesday with three of the space station's six astronauts, who shared a little bit about their schedule, their work, what they miss on Earth—and about following the World Cup from 230 miles up in space