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Israel PM calls father of murdered Palestinian teen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday telephoned the father of an east Jerusalem teenager who was kidnapped and killed last week in a suspected revenge attack by Jewish extremists. The brutal murder of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, on Wednesday has sparked days of clashes between angry protesters and riot police which began in annexed east Jerusalem and have since spread to Arab towns in Israel. In a statement, Netanyahu's office said he had spoken with the teenager's father, Hussein Abu Khder, to offer his condolences and express his outrage over the "abhorrent" murder a day after the security forces confirmed arresting six Jewish extremists on suspicion of involvement.

'Re-homing' to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

By Megan Twohey NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hear testimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers met on the Internet. State laws that restrict the advertising and custody transfers of children rarely prescribe criminal sanctions and are frequently ignored. Lawmakers in those states noted that the absence of government safeguards can result in children ending up in the care of abusers. The focus will be on how the federal government can help state and local officials identify and prevent cases of re-homing, as well as child trafficking.   Some child advocates say that congressional action is needed to restrict re-homing.

Kuwait court releases opposition leader after violence

A Kuwaiti court freed prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak on Monday after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release. Judge Ahmad al-Athari said he was releasing Barrak on a bail of 5,000 dinars ($17,800), triggering jubilation among supporters of the former MP in the small, jampacked courtroom. The public prosecutor had ordered Barrak be detained for 10 days on Wednesday on charges of insulting the supreme judicial council and slandering its chairman Faisal al-Marshed in a speech he delivered at a public rally last month. Barrak's lawyer Thamer al-Jadaei told AFP his client would be freed from the central jail within hours.

Ex Zimbabwe PM says Mugabe 'out of ideas' to fix the economy

Zimbabwe's former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Monday that long-ruling President Robert Mugabe had "run out of ideas" to fix the economy amidst massive unemployment and a brewing financial crisis. "Mr Mugabe remains marooned from the reality of the national situation, oblivious to the daily predicament facing Zimbabweans as they struggle to survive," the opposition leader said. Tsvangirai, who was premier from 2009-2013 as part of a power-sharing deal with Mugabe, said that corruption and state profligacy were exacerbating economic woes as the country is saddled with a $10 billion debt. "Systemic corruption and unbridled avarice (greed) have become an albatross of this economy," he said.

AP-GfK Poll: Most voters choose a political party

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's the Republicans or the Democrats, America's political parties are far from beloved. Yet most people continue to align with one or the other.

Some US-bound air travelers must turn on phones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats.

China, Germany in auto, aircraft deals as Merkel visits

China and Germany signed a series of trade and investment deals on Monday during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel, including agreements on two new Volkswagen factories and the sale of 123 Airbus helicopters. The two countries are both exporting giants -- with Germany the EU's biggest economy and China the world's second-largest -- and Merkel was looking to strengthen their economic relationship on her three-day visit, her seventh since coming into power in 2005. She was accompanied by executives from Siemens, Airbus, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bank among other companies, according to German media. Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of a series of agreements on Monday.

Russian output expands 1.2% in second quarter

Russia's economy minister said Monday that output expanded by 1.2 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, a preliminary figure that is "slightly better" than expected despite the Ukraine crisis. "The results are slightly better than we predicted, with the emphasis on 'slightly'," economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev said. He added that the "refined" official figure by Russia's statistics agency will be released later. The IMF said last month that Russia is already in recession, while the central bank said growth in 2014 is likely to slow to just 0.4 percent.

Iraq political and military fightback stumbles

Iraqi forces struggled to regain ground lost last month to jihadist-led militants and politicians remained divided Monday despite mounting pressure to unite and agree on a new leadership. Nearly a month after militants led by the group now calling itself the Islamic State (IS) swept through northern Iraq, plunging the country into one of its worst crises in years, the prospect of either a military or a political solution still looked distant. Iraqi forces have regrouped after the debacle that saw some soldiers abandon their positions, weapons and uniforms as militants conquered Iraq's second city of Mosul and advanced to within about 80 kilometres (50 miles) of the capital Baghdad. The government has received fighter jets from Russia and Iran, intelligence from Washington and enlisted the help of Shiite militias it once shunned or fought to strike back at the loose alliance of IS fighters, other jihadist groups and former Saddam Hussein loyalists who now control swathes of territory.

Iraq army general 'killed by shelling'

Baghdad (AFP) - Shelling west of Baghdad killed the commander of the Iraqi army's 6th division on Monday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's security spokesman said.

Israel's Lieberman breaks alliance with PM over Gaza

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday ended a 20-month political alliance between his party and the ruling rightwing Likud, although his faction will remain in government.

Egypt's Sisi warns Iraqi Kurd secession would splinter Mideast

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned the independence of Iraq's Kurdish region would be "catastrophic" and cause the Middle East to splinter along ethnic and religious lines, newspapers reported Monday. A Sunni militant offensive that drove soldiers out of northern Iraq last month has emboldened leaders of the country's three-province Kurdish region to push for an independence referendum. "The referendum currently demanded by Kurds is nothing... but the catastrophic beginning of the division of Iraq into small rival states, starting with a Kurdish state that will grow to include lands in Syria on which Kurds are living," Sisi told Egyptian newspapers.

Broadway Was Made for Tupac

Pouring through Tupac was the poetry of concrete ’hoods, of ganglands and cops, of the tragedy of early prison and death, prosecuting the New World for what it had robbed from so many.

Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’

Yes, Fox News. When we’re not doing rails of ground-up contraceptives and waiting for the federal government to text, here’s what this nation of All the Single Ladies is really up to.

The Huge Charity That Exports Homophobia

Campus Crusade for Christ, one of America’s largest charity organizations, is famous for spreading the ‘Good News’ at colleges. But less is known about its anti-gay work overseas.

A Border Patrol Ad Fit for Mad Men

The U.S. Border Patrol is rolling out a grim new ad campaign to dissuade illegal immigration—and it’s not the first time they’ve employed Madison Avenue’s help.

What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.

U.S. Blasts Assad as Worst Since Nazis

New evidence of the Assad regime’s mass murder shows a systematic approach to atrocities not seen since the Holocaust, says the State Department’s top war crimes official.

Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse

Sicily’s cemeteries, morgues and cold storage units are overflowing with migrant corpses, but tens of thousands more are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean.