CHINA TOPIX

Updated 6:39 PM EDT, Fri, Jul 25, 2014

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China Surpasses U.S. As Top World Online Retail Market

Chinese online retail sales have been booming and now represent a leading driver of the Chinese economy... Full Article

WORLD

Israel Declares 12-hour Ceasefire in Gaza Offensive

Israel forces will cease offensive operations at 7 a.m. Saturday, to allow for humanitarian missions to proceed inside Gaza. ... Full Article

Democrat Senator Demands Iraqi Forces Report Before New Arms Sales

A prominent Democratic senator threatened on Thursday to block U.S. weapon sales to Iraq unless Congress receives information on Iraqi forces and other pertinent military data... Full Article

BUSINESS

Japan To Buy Meat from Thailand in midst of China Spoiled Meat Scandal

Japan announced its solution to China's spoiled meat scandal Friday, after halting imports of expired chicken supplies from Shanghai... Full Article

U.S. Sets Up $10B Fund for Rural Infrastructure

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and CoBank CEO Robert Engel declare they are financing $10 billion for rural infrastructure projects all over the country. ... Full Article

Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon Steps Down

Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon will step down from his possition effective Aug. 9, according to the company's announcement... Full Article

CULTURE

Why Did This Japanese Artist Send a Bonsai Tree Into Space?

Artist Makoto Azuma sends plant life into space and the results are literally out of this world... Full Article

'Little Big Man' Author Thomas Berger Writes 30

Just days before his 90th birthday, Thomas Berger died at 89 years old... Full Article

SOCIETY

Case Closed: The Mystery of the San Clemente Porcelain Dolls

California investigators claimed that they have solved the mystery of porcelain dolls resembling real children left in front of houses in San Clemente... Full Article

Family Still Hopes Father Survived in Plane Crash

The family still hopes that 58-year old Babar Suleman will be found alive after he and his son, Haris Suleman, 17, crashed in their single engine plane in the Pacific Ocean on their attempt to fly around the world in 30 days... Full Article

Conservative Groups Take More Radical Action Against Abortion

The Susan B. Anthony List group organized a gathering of dismayed conservative women at the conference room of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis in what appeared to be a boot camp geared toward achieving tougher stance against abortion. ... Full Article

SPORTS

Frank Lampard Leaves Chelsea F.C. After 13 Years for New York City F.C.

James Frank Lampard, Chelsea F.C. midfielder for 13 years, has signed a contract to join New York City F.C. on Thursday... Full Article

Clippers’ Blake Griffin Pulls Out of USA Basketball National Team

Los Angeles Clippers’ power forward Blake Griffin withdraws from the USA Basketball National Team Thursday citing to focus on upcoming National Basketball Association (NBA) season... Full Article