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An undated photo provided by Voice of America shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He was jailed for promoting human rights in 2008. An amendment in Congress proposes to rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., in his honor.

China: Plan To Name U.S. Embassy Road After Dissident 'Sheer Farce'

Beijing is fuming over a provision slipped into a State Department budget to change the name of the street fronting the China's embassy in Washington to "Liu Xiaobo Plaza," in honor of the jailed dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The amendment, proposed by Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf, who change the name of the street currently known as International Place. Wolf says it would send "a clear and powerful message that the United States remains vigilant and resolute in its commitment to safeguard human rights around the globe."

Journalist Dexter Filkins Explains 'Bitter Consequences' Of Iraq War

On the lookout for SARS, an employee checks a baby's temperature at the Ben Gurion Airport, in Israel, April 2003. The deadly virus quickly spread around the world once it reached Hong Kong, a central travel hub.

Could The Ebola Outbreak Spread To Europe Or The U.S.?

Ebola headlines this past week make the hair stand up on on the back of your neck.

"West African Ebola Epidemic 'Out Of Control'," CNN said Monday. "Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak," Shots reported.

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at Recife's Pernambuco Arena Wednesday, one day before the Americans face Germany in a decisive Group G soccer match. The game begins at noon, ET.

U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For

Anticipation is building for the U.S. men's national team's showdown with Germany Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help to advance to the round of 16.

In Nigeria, Pressure Continues To 'Bring Back Our Girls'

What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

"Don't chase me!" is one of my daughter's favorite invitations. Of course, this is a cue to run shrieking through the house, grab her up in a fireman's carry, hold her upside down and finally nosh on her legs as she mock-protests, "Don't eat me! I'm a person, not a snack!"

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses a crowd during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Sandy, Utah, in April. Herbert reiterated his support of the state's same-sex marriage ban, which was struck down Wednesday by a federal panel.

Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana

Utah and Indiana are the latest states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal court, following rulings in both states Wednesday that found the prohibition unconstitutional.

More than 70 second-year students who survived the sinking of the ferry Sewol returned to Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, on Wednesday.

In Emotional Scene, Teen Survivors Of South Korea Ferry Return To School

Dozens of teenagers who survived South Korea's ferry disaster returned to school Wednesday for the first time since the deadly accident in April.

As the 73 second-year students walked from a bus to Danwon High School in the city of Ansan, some "bowed their heads as they cried and ... some stopped to hug the parents of their friends, who caressed their hair and face," The Associated Press reports.

A banner at the entrance to school declared, "We pray the dead will rest in peace."

U.S. Moves Toward Easing A Ban On Exporting Its Oil

A U.S. ban on exporting crude oil that has stood for nearly 40 years could be eased a bit this summer, as the Obama administration is seen clearing a path for American companies to export the first shipments of unrefined oil in decades.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

ABC News anchors (from left) David Muir, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos meet with ABC News President James Goldston.

Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

Diane Sawyer will leave her job as anchor of ABC News' flagship program, World News, during the last week of August, capping a five-year run at the show and kicking off an anchor shuffle at the network.

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