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Here one minute. It is hard to believe, but another plane has reportedly gone missing. This one an Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board. Facts are still coming to light, but it appears that the plane, which took of from Burkina Faso and was supposed to land in Algiers four hours later, never reached its destination. The six-person crew was all Spanish and it's thought that many French nationals were on board. Air officials lost contact with the plane somewhere over Mali, where parts of the country remain mired in conflict after a jihadist uprising in 2012.

Day 17. The US lifted its flight ban in Tel Aviv, which Israel was really not happy about in the first place. The death toll in Gaza, where things are so bad you can literally see the fighting from space, soared well over 700. Israeli tank fire and other pre-dawn assaults killed at least 26 on Thursday. Israel has lost 32 soldiers to clashes inside Gaza and to Hamas raiders who have slipped into Israel through tunnels. Truce negotiations are ongoing, but for the moment there appears to be more hope in the form of a hashtag: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. As always, stay up to date with our liveblog.

Want To Know

Know a good Thai place? You will soon. A Thai restaurant that started with one Bangkok outlet has become a global brand in spite of the international fame of Thai cuisine and the fierce competition from family-owned restaurants. “There’s an international boom for Thai food and we aim to be at the vanguard of that boom,” says Pitaya Phanphenonsophon, CEO of Bangkok-based Mango Tree. He's opening the first US location in Washington, DC, in October. Move over Big Mac, tom yam kung is headed your way.

Superfoods can travel too. Or can they? Afghanistan has a rich culinary tradition, but let's just say soybeans have not been a part of it. Until now. At least that's what some American agricultural experts have been going for over the past four years, investing millions of US taxpayer dollars to try to change the way Afghans eat. But when it comes to soybeans, turns out, that's easier said than done.

Strange But True

Think outside the box. The Islamic State, known for cutting people’s heads off, putting dead bodies up on crosses and kicking all the Christians out of Mosul, is now running bus tours. Twice-weekly bus tours depart from Raqa in Syria and traverse IS-held territory to reach Anbar in Iraq, taking along a translator for the foreign jihadists and an armed escort. Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani apparently took his new Syrian wife on a honeymoon using the service. Who said romance is dead?