TIME Middle East

The History of Israel’s Powerful Military

Since 1948, the IDF has been the country's only line of defense

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The men and women who make up the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are some of the most highly-trained in the world. By land, air, and sea, the IDF’s major objective is to protect the state of Israel.

The IDF was founded in May 1948 by Israel’s then Defense Minister David Ben-Gurion. A conscript force, it helped Israel win the 1948 Arab-Israeli war known there as the “War of Independence.”

The army’s public face has changed greatly in the decades since then. Today, the IDF’s social media presence is huge. They have more than 300,000 Twitter followers and an active Instagram page updated with politically charged memes and photos.

TIME Science

45 Years Later: Remembering the First Moon Landing

The mission that made space history

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Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly described which Apollo 11 crew members walked on the moon.

On July 16, 1969, a small group of astronauts took one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.

It’s been 45 years since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to walk on the moon, leaving those back on Earth to stare at their television screens in awe. The men spent two hours collecting lunar rocks to bring back home to Earth to study.

To commemorate the milestone, the Slooh Space Camera will broadcast live footage from the moon on Sunday, July 20, at 8:30 E.T.

TIME Immigration

Honduras President: The War on Drugs Is Causing the U.S. Immigration Problem

Honduras' president says the War on Drugs is contributing to the influx of Central Americans illegally migrating to the U.S.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deported 38 Hondurans – all women and children – this week who migrated to the country illegally. They had been held in a detention facility in New Mexico.

The migrants went back to San Pedro Sula, otherwise known as the murder capital of the world.

Honduran President Juan Hernandez said Tuesday that the reason for a Honduran exodus to the north isn’t economic poverty, but U.S. drug policy. “The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs,” Hernandez said. “Then Mexico did it.”

TIME World

‘Yo’ App Retooled to Alert Israelis of Missile Attacks

A gag app that allows you to say "Yo" to your friends has been repurposed to potentially save lives

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The “Yo” app was developed as a joke. Download the app, tap on a friend’s name, and they’d get a message from you saying “Yo.” It’s that simple. In fact, the app was created in eight hours and released on April Fools’ day just so people would know it was a gag.

But Yo has a new application that’s no laughing matter. Developers in the Middle East are using the app to warn Israelis of possible attacks from rocket fire; users following the handle “RedAlertIsrael” will get a “Yo” at the same time the country’s sirens go off.

One person’s gag app is apparently another’s survival tool.

TIME Sports

Will LeBron James Return Home to Haters?

4 years ago, Cleveland Cavaliers fans said they were betrayed by LeBron James. Now, he's coming home. Here's a recap of that saga.

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Now that LeBron James has made his decision to go back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the big question is, is he going home to fans who love him, or still taste the bitterness from his 2010 departure?

Cleveland fans may have to bury the hatchet if it means earning a championship ring. Or as TIME’s Sean Gregory writes, “If LeBron has any ‘haters’ left, now’s not a bad time to exit that whole silly business.” Read more from that article here.

 

TIME Sports

Cheer Up, Brazil: Here Are 7 Other Infamous Sports Blowouts

The Seleção got hammered by Germany in the World Cup, but plenty of other sports teams have also suffered abject humiliation

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Brazil’s loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup game was a defeat of epic proportions. The 7-1 loss is the largest margin of defeat in the tournament’s semi-finals history.

To be fair though, lopsided scorelines sometimes happen. Just ask the dozens of professional teams who’ve been blown out in the past. Even the Miami Heat, one of the NBA’s current powerhouses, has a stain on their name; in 1991, they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 148-80. It’s a blowout record they hold, still.

So in an effort to ease the hearts of Brazil fans, here are 7 other teams who’ve lost in infamous blowouts.

TIME Cycling

Tour de France Riders Will Travel 2,277 Miles This Year

Cyclists will burn a combined 19,800,000 calories by the end of this year's Tour de France. And other cool stats.

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When the Tour de France began in 1903, cyclists made a 1,509 mile trek. 111 years later, they’ll travel 2,277 miles – a 768-mile difference.

The event holds some big numbers: more than 20,000 security staffers will watch over the event and more than 600 journalists will cover it.

But no matter the numbers, one thing stays the same: Only one person can be the winner of the yellow jersey. Watch the video above for more cool Tour de France facts, images, and numbers so when it starts this weekend, you’re in the know.

TIME politics

25 Years Later: Oliver North and The Iran-Contra Scandal

Here's a look back on the 25th anniversary of Oliver North's sentencing.

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25 years ago, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North did something really, really bad. He sold weapons to Iran in an effort to help fund rebels fighting Nicaragua’s Socialist government.

It was a war that was already being funded by the small country’s cocaine trade, a fact that prompted Congress to halt the flow of money from the U.S. to Nicaragua.

After a short prison sentence and a successful appeal, North continues to be a polarizing figure and important voice in the conservative sphere.

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