The Brief

Israeli Armored Personnel Carriers roll in southern Israel bordering the Gaza Strip as they return from Gaza, on Aug. 4, 2014.
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Israel Wasn't Ready

The high death toll for Israeli troops during the conflict with Hamas in Gaza is prompting sharp questions in Israel, and reminding some of a "severe sense of failure" after another ground war, TIME's Michael Crowley writes

Health workers after carrying the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on July 8, 2014.

Bots Knew About Ebola

A computer program run by epidemiologists had already alerted key agencies about West Africa's Ebola outbreak days before WHO announced it

Ukraine Plane

MH17 Recovery Team Halts

Investigators attempted to do the difficult work of bringing bodies home, as the civil war nearby creeped closer to the crash site

France's Women, Youth and Sports Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem arrives to attend a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris May 5, 2014.

France Eases Abortion Restrictions in Sweeping Equality Law

France passed legislation which allows women to get abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with no questions asked, part of a sweeping gender equality law that was introduced by the country's minister for women’s rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington on June 3, 2014.

Montana Senator Mum on Whether He’s Leaving Race

Sen. John Walsh was taking personal time at his Helena home as his campaign canceled events and avoided questions about whether the Montana Democrat plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper

Hawaii Hurricane Iselle Julio

Hawaii Braces for Double Hurricanes

Hurricane Iselle packed 90 mph wind on Wednesday as it chugged west toward the islands as Hurricane Julio, behind it, was upgraded from a tropical storm. Gov. Neil Abercrombie encouraged islanders to make an emergency plan

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes

You Can Drive Mercedes Cars in Mario Kart Soon

Starting Aug. 27, three Mercedes whips — the GLA, the '50s-era 300 SL Roadster and the '30s-era Silver Arrow — will be available as part of an update for the Nintendo Wii U title. But don't worry, the traditional, go-kartesque options will still be there if you want

Internet hacking

What You Need to Know About the Massive Russian Hack

A Russia-based crime ring was discovered by a cybersecurity firm to have acquired 1.2 billion username and password combinations, amassing the largest known collection of stolen web credentials; here, find out more about the hackers and what this means for you

Two boats with 10 Cuban migrants are pictured anchored in Cayman Brac waters in this handout photo

5-Year High for Cuban, Haitian Migrants Stopped at Sea

The number of illegal migrants apprehended while trying to reach the U.S. by sea from Cuba and Haiti has hit a five-year high, the Coast Guard said, with the surge partly due to aggressive activity by Haitian smugglers and relaxed Cuban travel policies

The Fault in Our Stars Is Coming to Bollywood

The popular teen romance The Fault in Our Stars is headed for Bollywood as Fox Star Studios is planning a Hindi-language remake of the film, based on John Green's novel about a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with an ex-basketball player, also a cancer survivor