In the Know: July 25, 2014

“Gaps remain between the parties, so his focus is on finding a formula that both sides can accept… But he isn’t here for an indefinite amount of time and in the near future he will determine whether there is a willingness to come to an agreement on a ceasefire.” A senior U.S. official, commenting on Secretary Kerry’s trip to the Middle East this week. Kerry will remain in Egypt through “at least” today to attempt to achieve a ceasefire.

Nation
A psychiatric outpatient opened fire Thursday inside a psychiatrist’s office at a hospital near Philadelphia, killing his caseworker and slightly wounding the doctor, who shot the gunman with his personal firearm.

On Wednesday, 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman and his father died, as their single-engine aircraft crashed in the waters off American Samoa. They were trying to set the world record as the youngest pilot in command on the around-the-world journey, flying to raise money to build schools in Pakistan.

World
An Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people aboard crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over northern Mali, and officials said. Its wreckage has been found.

48 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan this week. Only 10 survivors remained after the plane crashed during an emergency landing.

On Thursday, a United Nations school in the northern Gaza strip was hit by shells — the Palestinians say they were fired by Israeli tanks. The Israeli military suggested it might have been Hamas rockets. Palestinian officials say at least 15 people were killed.

Politics
The U.S. and its allies agreed to an extension of nuclear talks with Iran this week, giving the two sides an additional four months to negotiate a final deal.

The execution of an Arizona inmate charged with double murder was botched this week. Given that this just happened in Oklahoma and Ohio, we can probably expect to start talking about the death penalty. A lot.

Business
Amazon.com shares tumbled Thursday after the e-commerce giant posted a wider-than-expected $126 million loss for its second quarter despite revenue of $19.34 billion.

Health
Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) has been the go-to drug for aches and pains and now a large, rigorous trial has found that acetaminophen works no better than a placebo.

Women’s Affairs
Construction is underway on one of Washington, D.C.’s national landmarks: the Old Post Office building. At the helm? Ivanka Trump. Her vision? A $200 million renovation. End goal? A luxury Trump hotel.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron sparked controversy when he named Tina Stowell Leader of the House of Lords, but offered to pay her $38,000 less than the man who held the job before her. This week, the controversy is back in the news.

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