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Secretary of State John Kerry is tackling two seemingly intractable conflicts on his current diplomatic tour: the latest violence between Israelis and Palestinians, and Syria's civil war.

The seventh fire in a span of two weeks took place Thursday at a historic Catholic church, the Shrine of St. Joseph, near downtown St. Louis. That one has a mostly white congregation in a mixed neighborhood. The other six fires were set in black churches in predominantly black neighborhoods. Rev. Roderick Burton of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church — the second church damaged by the fires — discusses the string of arson attacks.

Much of the Benghazi discussion has focused on the deaths of four Americans. The family of Chris Stevens, the late ambassador to Libya, has memorialized him with projects to improve understanding between Americans and people in the Middle East and North Africa, the areas where he served as a diplomat, and where his sister Anne Stevens says he developed many close friendships.

Once an obscure hub of specialists, the yearly gathering of the Society of Neuroscience now draws some of the biggest and brightest from other fields too, seeking answers to brain and body secrets.

The EU wants Turkey to keep more Syrian migrants from flooding into Europe. But the Syrians don't want to stay in a country that won't give them work permits or citizenship.

Picking someone to help you plan for retirement can be challenging. The fees can add up quickly. But a good adviser can help protect you from your instincts when markets turn volatile.

Not only Hillary Clinton has a lot at stake in how her appearance goes Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. So too does the panel. Democrats says its aim is primarily to damage Clinton's presidential bid. Republicans say they're trying to get to the truth about Benghazi. Today's their chance to show who's right.

Farming is unpredictable. So many farmers count on complicated financial agreements to ensure they have a steady source of income. But one time, these futures markets led to two investors owning almost all of the onions in the Midwest. And the legacy of that wild tale helps us understand the essential intersection of farming and finance.

Dozens of India's writers have returned awards from the National Academy of Letters in recent weeks in protest against an environment of what they call "fear and uncertainty" in the world's biggest democracy.

David Axelrod, as one of President Barack Obama's political inner circle, has an intimate view on Vice President Joe Biden's political decision-making process. Axelrod discusses what went into Biden's choice to stay out of the 2016 presidential race.

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