Zhou Yongkang, China's former public security minister. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

China’s former domestic security chief comes under corruption investigation

By targeting Zhou Yongkang, President Xi Jinping has broken an unwritten rule against investigating current or former members of the Communist Party’s highest circle of leaders.

Israelis back Gaza war, despite rising deaths on both sides

Polls show almost unprecedented public support for Prime Minister Netanyahu and the military offensive.

Gaza’s only power plant, Hamas leader’s home struck

The Palestinian territory came under heavy fire after Israel rebuffed calls for an immediate cease-fire.

West Bankers watch, worry and check their phones

For Palestinians with relatives in Gaza, the conflict has brought feelings of guilt and helplessness.

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Obama announces expanded sanctions against Russia

Obama announces expanded sanctions against Russia

U.S. move follows E.U.’s decision to unleash its own penalties against Moscow following MH17 downing.

Clashes again halt investigation at MH17 crash site

Clashes again halt investigation at MH17 crash site

An international team does not expect to reach the site until Wednesday or Thursday, two weeks after the crash.

In China, passengers seething over flight delays

In China, passengers seething over flight delays

Frustration over the backlog that started two weeks ago has prompted violence at some airports.

Afghan president’s cousin assassinated by suicide bomber

Afghan president’s cousin assassinated by suicide bomber

A teenager detonated a bomb hidden in his turban, killing Hashmat Khalil Karzai, Afghan officials said.

Little hope for Burma’s Rohingya in refu­gee camps

Little hope for Burma’s Rohingya in refu­gee camps

Burma’s ethnic Rohingya are virtual prisoners in camps, with little health care and child malnutrition rising.

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare
for a long Gaza conflict

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare <br>for a long Gaza conflict

Rebuffing appeals from President Obama, the United Nations and others for an immediate cease-fire, Israel’s prime minister vowed to press the offensive against Hamas.

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 treaty with missile testing

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 treaty with missile testing

The pact on the use of intermediate-range missiles was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Himalayan death tolls

Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

Marking Eid al-Fitr around the world

With prayer and festivals, Muslims celebrate the three-day holiday at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Summer camp in North Korea

Reclusive country hosts over 300 children from around the world, offering video games, giant water slides and a private beach.

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Stone Age camp, Jane Goodall in Nairobi, Prince William and Catherine, Gaza refu­gee camp hit and more.

Israel hits power plant, targets a top Hamas leader

Israel hit Gaza with heavy fire overnight.

‘Nobody fights like the Taliban’

U.S. soldiers have widely divergent outlooks about the odds that Afghanistan will somehow stabilize.

Hopes fade for a break in Gaza conflict

Explosions rocked a major hospital in Gaza, causing numerous casualties.

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Bog snorkeling, Commonwealth Games, cliff diving, shelling resumes in Gaza and more.

Slides indicate multiple rocket launches

Images from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence suggest evidence that Russian forces have fired across the border at Ukrainian military forces.

Fierce fighting near rebel-held Donetsk

Kiev government officials are optimistic after Ukraine’s military ousts pro-Russian forces near the separatist bastion.

Gaza violence triggers protests worldwide

Activists on both sides come out as fighting continues to engulf the region.

Taiwan, China feel tropical storm Matmo’s strength

Floodwaters strand commuters as heavy rains and winds batter eastern China.

Best news photos of the week

Images from the Gaza conflict, Malaysia Airlines crash, Typhoon Matmo and more top photography this week.

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

Photos of the day

A Croatian underwater park, Comic-Con, giant puppets, intensifying Gaza conflict and more.

Visitors center tells the story of King Richard III

The center, at the site in Leicester, England, where his remains were discovered, will open July 26.