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    Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday.

    Policeman accused of serial sex assault on patrol

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, police documents show.

    Study finds five days free from computers boosts social awareness

    What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand nonverbal social cues improves.

    U.S. debates striking extremists inside Syria

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is debating a more robust intervention in Syria, including possible U.S. airstrikes, in a significant escalation of its weekslong military assault on the Islamic extremist group that has destabilized neighboring Iraq and killed a U.S. journalist, officials said Friday.

    Official: Hackers hit up to 25,000 federal workers

    WASHINGTON -- The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

    Executions of Gazans seen as a warning to spies

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- One day after an intelligence coup enabled Israel to kill three top commanders of Hamas' armed wing, as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel were summarily executed in public Friday, in what was seen as a warning to the people of the Gaza Strip.