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For Civilian Airliners, Shoulder-Fired Missiles Still a Global Threat 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The horrifying deaths of 298 passengers of a jetliner shot down over Ukraine have focused the world's attention on a previously unrecognized threat: the proliferation of surface-to-air missiles in the hands of rogue, non-state actors. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a BUK-17, a high-tech Russian-built missile designed to intercept high-speed, high-altitude combat aircraft. But the real threat may lie in the half a million low-tech, short-range antiaircraft missiles widely available worldwide -- including those held by some of the world's most ruthless militants. These shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles (MANPADS, for man-portable air defense systems) are relatively cheap, easily hidden, simple to use and challenging to defeat. They have not yet drawn wide public attention as a threat to civilian passenger jets, but the danger is real: Since 1973, at least 30 civilian aircraft have been downed by shoulder-fired missiles, killing about 920 civilians, according to Stratfor ...
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Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism 24.7.2014 NPR News
Israel says the recent killing of a Palestinian teenager was an act of terror and his family is eligible for state benefits. This doesn't sit well with one group that assists Jewish victims of terror.
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Actress Thora Birch Calls for an End to Animal Testing in the American Beauty Industry 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
To many, the words "American Beauty" bring to mind the award winning film released in 1999. The film is memorable for its multilayered themes examining topics such as materialism, appearances, gratitude, and beauty; and for its flawless casting. Among the cast of characters was "Jane Burnham" played by actress Thora Birch who portrayed the quintessential America teenager, described by her onscreen father "Lester Burnham," played by Kevin Spacey, as, "a pretty typical teenager -- angry, insecure, confused," of which he also lamented, "I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her." Indeed anyone who was ever a teenager was able to deeply to relate to Thora's portrayal of "Jane" in the film. As longtime fan of Thora Birch, I was thrilled to find out that anyone who cares about saving animals from cruel cosmetics tests can relate to her in real life. Thora has recently joined Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing in the American beauty ...
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"Growing Humanitarian Crisis": Palestinian Toll Tops 650 as Israel Attacks Gaza's Sole Power Plant 23.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip amidst talks over a ceasefire. Israeli military attacks today include the bombing of Gaza's sole power plant and the heavy shelling of Khan Younis, killing six people and leaving at least 20 wounded. The Palestinian death toll is near 650, including more than 160 children. Some 4,000 have been wounded. According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been totally destroyed, and more than 2,600 homes have been partially damaged. Israel has also struck 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals. Two more Israeli soldiers have been killed, bringing the Israeli military death toll inside Gaza to 29. A farm worker from Thailand also died inside Israel after being hit by rocket fire from Gaza. On the diplomatic front, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel today for talks with Israel and then the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has endorsed a Hamas call to condition a ceasefire on ending the seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. Speaking ...
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Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge 23.7.2014 AP National
BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating her, prosecutors said Wednesday....
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Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating her, prosecutors said ...
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''A Place of Indescribable Loss'': As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Israeli Human Rights Spokesperson: Attacks on Civilians Unjustifiable 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Parents in India demand safer schools, after rape of 6-year-old by instructor 23.7.2014 Washington Post: World
NEW DELHI — Three weeks after the rape of a 6-year-old student in southern India, allegedly by her skating instructor, police arrested the chairman of her school Wednesday amid growing protests over lax security for children in ...
UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war ...
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Nigeria's captive girls, 100 days later 23.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
We have no comprehension of what is going through the minds of 200 Nigerian girls abducted from their school on April 14. We cannot know their darkest fears or the pain and anguish they have had to endure from the Boko Haram terrorists who took them. We cannot imagine for a second what their families are feeling.
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How are the kids? Improving in some areas, suffering in others 23.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Housing starts and employment reports give us one picture of the state of our economy, and our nation.
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WorldViews: Here’s proof that child marriage and poverty go hand in hand 23.7.2014 Washington Post: World
Some 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18. More than one in three of them were married before they turned 15, according to new statistics released ahead of the first ever Girl Summit in ...
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St. Christopher's screening and treating hunger as disease 23.7.2014 Philly.com News
Doctors write four billion prescriptions annually for pain, depression, high cholesterol, and myriad other conditions. Why not for hunger? That's what happens at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, which sits in a neighborhood of endless need, its residents suffering from higher levels of hunger than perhaps anywhere else in Pennsylvania. The North Philadelphia area is also among the hungriest in America.
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For civilians fleeing in Gaza, escape options are few 23.7.2014 LA Times: Opinion
A lonely figure in a striped button-down shirt stood silently Tuesday among a crush of emergency workers and journalists, watching as rescuers with a crane tried to reach a foot sticking out from the rubble of a high-rise office tower.
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Pre-Teens Account for Sharpest Spike in Unaccompanied Child Migrants 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Pre-Teens Account for Sharpest Spike in Unaccompanied Child MigrantsChildren crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without parents are increasingly younger, according to newly released figures by the Pew Research Center. Sixteen percent of the minors who’ve crossed unaccompanied in fiscal year 2014, ending Sept. 30, were 12 and younger, compared with 9 percent in the...


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NFLers call cops on ex-Beyonce backup 23.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Farrah Franklin, whose claim to fame is five months backing up Beyonce in the band Destiny's Child, was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday.
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Blazing a Trail: Hillary Clinton, Advocate for Children and the Indigent 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If we are going to have a discussion about Hillary Clinton's legal career, then let's be sure the whole story is told - one that explains both her commitment and her pioneering advocacy for abused children and the indigent in need of counsel. To tell this story, you need to return to the mid-1970s, when the nation had no common legal standard for abused and neglected children, the poor had little access to legal counsel, rape was concealed rather than prosecuted, and the nation, especially the South, offered few services to those survived the horror of rape. Hillary Rodham started law school in the fall of 1969. Child abuse was seen as family matter and was swept under the rug; and children had few protections under the law. A few bold lawyers tackled this and Hillary, the law student, stood with them. Soon Hillary was at the forefront of legal campaigns to protect children and represent those too poor to pay a lawyer. She helped shape legal aid clinics, researched child abuse and neglect, and ...
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Obama Pledges Justice In Visit To Dutch Embassy 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity during a phone call with the Dutch leader. At the embassy, Obama said he wanted to assure the Dutch people that the U.S. will work with them to recover the bodies of their loved ones, to ensure a proper investigation and to bring those responsible to justice. Adding his inscription to a condolence book, Obama said the sorrow Americans feel over the tragedy is made even more acute by the deep ties between the U.S. and the Netherlands. "Bound by that friendship, we will not rest until we are certain that justice is done," Obama wrote. Out of the 298 passengers and crew killed on the flight bound for Malaysia from Amsterdam, the Netherlands was the hardest hit nation, losing 193 citizens. In a phone call later, Obama and Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed concerns that ...
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Study: Minnesota No. 5 Best State For Children 23.7.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: CBS)A recent study conducted by the Children's Defense Fund found that Minnesota remains among the top five states in children well-being, but deeper analysis still shows some troubling disparities in economic stability and education for children of color.
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