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Court documents: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebels

21 May 2015

A court ruling calling for the arrest of three people in connection with the truck stopped in November 2013 said it was loaded with metal pipes manufactured in the Turkish city of Konya which were identified as semi-finished parts of mortars. The document also cites truck driver Lutfi Karakaya as saying he had twice carried the same shipment and

In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters surround extremists inside a hotel near police headquarters in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Kenyan Defence Forces tank on a road outside the Garissa university college, Thursday, April 2, 2015, following a deadly Al-Shabab attack.

Kenyan security forces have thwarted a raid on a village in northeastern Kenya by militants with the al-Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab. Kenya’s Interior Ministry reported the terrorist

 

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und der franzoesische Praesident Francois Hollande (r.) unterhalten sich zu Beginn ihres Treffens am Donnerstag (23.08.12) auf der Dachterasse im Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that greater efforts are needed to unlock bailout funds for Greece after late-night negotiations with GreekPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to yield any sign of a breakthrough. With time running out for a

 

File - Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, speaks to the media upon her arrival for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of

 

Soldiers stand guard by communications towers in Corinto in southern Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

An air strike carried out by the Colombian army has killed at least 18 members the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group in the western part of the country. A senior official from the Colombian Defense Ministry said on condition

 

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, left, stand next to Israeli soldiers at a military outpost during a visit at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Israel-Syria border on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is a holdover from Netanyahu’s previous extremist coalition regime. He’s part of Israel‘s lunatic fringe running things. He addressed a Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) conference inJerusalem titled Toward a

 

Meeting between David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC

British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc. The Eastern Partnership summit in the Latvian

 

In this image from TV, US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013.

Washington, May 21: The US and Cuba on Thursday ended their latest round of talks on normalising relations and reopening embassies without results, but agreed to continue the negotiations on Friday, a State Departmentspokesperson said. “Talks

 

 

 

 

 

Gap between rich and poor ‘keeps growing’

Full ArticleBBC News

21 May 2015

By Anthony Reuben Head of statistics, BBC News 21 May 2015 From the sectionBusiness The gap between the rich and the poor is at its highest in 30 years, theOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says. In its 34 member states, the richest 10% of the

File - Protesters stands in a downtown Miami walk-up windown giving a gesture to the ATM machine, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

 

 

 

 

Crews from Patriot Environmental Services collect oil-covered seaweed and sand from the shoreline at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain

Environmental damage was anticipated, but dead fish and oily birds had not been found in the calm seas or rocky coast by late morning, said Capt. Mark Crossland of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The department closed fishing and shellfish

UN raises projections for India's growth, making it the fastest-growing economy

United Nations, May 20 (IANS) The UN has now raised its projections for the Indian economy‘s growth this year by 1.7 percent to 7.6 percent and by 1.4 percent to 7.7 percent next year from the estimates it made in January. The Mid-Year Update to

 

	UN official says building laws need to be enforced in Nepal

Add comment Reprints + – A Nepalese walks past a damaged house supported by wooden beams in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Nepal is facing billions in reconstruction costs with almost 745,600 buildings and homes damaged or destroyed,

 

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, at least one person hurt

n”>Tornadoes spun through parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma on Tuesday, damaging buildings and injuring at least one person, officials said. The National Weather Service said several twisters were reported in the region and at least one

 

7,000 Somali refugees flee war-torn Yemen to home country

A United Nations official says some 7,000 Somali refugees in war-torn Yemen have fled back to their country since Saudi Arabia started pounding the impoverished Arab country in late March. The refugees have joined the 10-million-plus Somali

 

Nepal fears centuries-old heritage will be lost in rush to rebuild as post-quake demolition process begins

Kathmandu: Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal‘s historic cities as the government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month’s 7.8 earthquake. More than 600 temples, statues and museums

 

 

 

 

 

Malaria: can we eradicate one of the world's deadliest diseases?

Unprecedented money and global attention has saved 3.3 million lives since 2000, but the momentum to eradicate the disease must be sustained

 

UN raises projections for India's growth, making it the fastest-growing economy

United Nations, May 20 (IANS) The UN has now raised its projections for the Indian economy‘s growth this year by 1.7 percent to 7.6 percent and by 1.4 percent to 7.7 percent next year from the estimates it made in January. The Mid-Year Update to

 

	UN official says building laws need to be enforced in Nepal

Add comment Reprints + – A Nepalese walks past a damaged house supported by wooden beams in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Nepal is facing billions in reconstruction costs with almost 745,600 buildings and homes damaged or destroyed,

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, at least one person hurt

n”>Tornadoes spun through parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma on Tuesday, damaging buildings and injuring at least one person, officials said. The National Weather Service said several twisters were reported in the region and at least one

 

7,000 Somali refugees flee war-torn Yemen to home country

A United Nations official says some 7,000 Somali refugees in war-torn Yemen have fled back to their country since Saudi Arabia started pounding the impoverished Arab country in late March. The refugees have joined the 10-million-plus Somali
photo: UN / Rick Bajornas

Nepal fears centuries-old heritage will be lost in rush to rebuild as post-quake demolition process begins

Kathmandu: Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal‘s historic cities as the government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month’s 7.8 earthquake. More than 600 temples, statues and museums

 

Gov. Mary Fallin will seek disaster declaration for three Oklahoma counties hit by storms

From Staff Reports • Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday requested a federal disaster declaration for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties as a result of tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that have occurred since May 5. Gov. Mary Fallin PAUL B...

Former Thai PM in court on negligence charges

19 May 2015
BANGKOK Ousted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appeared at aBangkok court on Tuesday for the start of her trial on negligence charges over amulti-billion dollar rice scheme that anti-corruption authorities alleged was plagued with graft. It is the latest in a slew of cases that have been brought against the former premier, cases
File - Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, talks to reporters on her arrival at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand  Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

Homeless Nepalis sleep in the open as monsoon rains approach

THALI, Nepal Nepali tea shop owner Phurba Sherpa has spent four nights cramped under a tarpaulin with his wife and nine others on a school field outside Kathmandu since falling rocks triggered by an earthquake last week demolished his distant

 

Civilians at Syria’s Yarmouk camp highly vulnerable: UN

The UN has voiced concern over the dire humanitarian crisis in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria’s capital, Damascus, saying the civilians are highly vulnerable. “The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the

 

Edwin M. Rose, 89, of Taunton, veteran

Edwin M. Rose of Taunton, a veteran, died Saturday at MortonHospital after a brief illness. He was 89. Mr. Rose was born in Taunton, where he was a lifelong resident. He attended Taunton schools. A

WHO chief announces shake-up of organisation after Ebola crisis

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said on Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response. WHO Director General Margaret Chan told

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra answers a question at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Thailand's military-appointed legislature began impeachment hearings Friday against Yingluck, a move analysts say is aimed at ensuring the ousted leader stays out of politics for the foreseeable future.

BANGKOK: Thailand‘s first female prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to appear in court today for the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade. It is the latest legal move against Yingluck, sister of fugitive

 

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Radio Telescope (GBT) focuses 2.3 acres of radio light. It is 485ft tall, nearly as tall as the nearby mountains and much taller than pine trees in the national forest. The telescope is in a valley of the Allegheny mountains to shield the observations from radio interference.

By Emile Holba and Sara Jane Hall Green Bank, West Virginia 19 May 2015 From the section Magazine Anyone driving west from Washington DCtowards the Allegheny Mountains will arrive before long in a vast area without mobile phone signals. This is the

 

Pro-Russian masked activist waves a Russian national flag above Ukrainian police at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 6, 2014

18 May 2015 From the section Europe Ukraine says it also seized rifles made for use only by Russia‘s special forces Ukraine says it will prosecute two men it claims are elite Russian soldiers captured fighting in eastern Ukraine. The two wounded men

Iraqi officials say Ramadi captured by IS militants

Full ArticleBBC News

18 May 2015

18 May 2015 Last updated at 06:14 BST In Iraq, officials say the city of Ramadi has been captured by Islamic State militants. Ramadi is the capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar, and is just 70 miles (112km) west of Baghdad. Government forces withdrew from the city after a heavy day of fighting. Keith Doyle reports. Read more Islamic State

Iraq security forces withdraw from Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015

Saudi-led coalition air strikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early yesterday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country’s future that were boycotted by the rebels. Coalition air

clashes between Iraqi army soldiers and Sunni gunmen in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Iraqi police took down tents and cleared a Sunni protest camp sit-in in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500people – both Iraqi civilians and soldiers – and forced 8,000 to flee from their homes as they captured the city of Ramadi, a provincial official said Monday, while the government-backed

Iraqi soldier

Baghdad: Shi’ite paramilitaries were preparing to deploy toIraq‘s western province of Anbar on Monday after Islamic State militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad governmentsince last summer. The

In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo, an American Airlines passenger jet takes off as another taxis to the runway at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines parent company AMR says Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, it lost $238 million in the third-quarter on employee severance costs and other charges related to its bankruptcy.

Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines after an FBIreport alleged he had hacked a plane mid-flight and taken over the controls — but now serious doubts are growing over the entire affair. In an interview with a special agent earlier this

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., talks on a phone in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in Washington.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry singled out North Korea as a violator of Internet freedom and took the reclusive country to task for November’s hacking attack on Sony Pictures in a speech on cyber security in Seoul on Monday. Kerry called

Piaggio P.166 aircraft used by Italian Coast Guard. In Italy, the Guardia Costiera is part of the Italian Navy under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

A European Union naval operation to go after the trafficking networks that send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean into Europecould be launched in the coming weeks and NATO stands ready to help if needed, officials said Monday. EU’s

Aruna Shanbaug  a junior nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki and has been in a vegetative state since the assault. She died from pneumonia on 18 May 2015, after being comatosed for 42 years.

18 May 2015 From the section India An Indian nurse who was in a vegetative state for 42 years after being raped by a hospital ward attendant while on duty has died. Aruna Shanbaug was left with severe brain damage and paralysed after her rape in a
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Islamic State militants ‘smuggled to Europe’

Full ArticleBBC News

17 May 2015

17 May 2015 From the section Africa Smugglers hide IS militants on boats filled with migrants, Abdul Basit Haroun says Islamic State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, a Libyan official has told theBBC. Government adviser Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding IS militants on boats filled with

Islamic State militants 'smuggled to Europe'

File - President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China during a State Banquet at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China, Nov. 12, 2014.

China’s relations with the United States remain stable,President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea that has pitted Washington against

Mr. Mario Ruales Carranza (Ecuador), the Chair of the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests and Co-Chair of the ministerial segment addresses the plenary session  of the UNFF10 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.

Thousands of people in Ecuador have collaborated in planting 647,250 trees in a single day, setting a new world record in reforestation, said the president of the Latin American nation. On

EU members should do more to help Syrian refugees: German FM

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier address the media during a statement at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 11, 2014. Steinmeier says he will meet his U.S. counterpart John Kerry at the weekend to discuss allegations the U.S. spied on Germany. Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State will take place at the weekend on the sidelines of talks in Vienna about Iran’s nuclear program.

The European Union should do more to help Syrian peopledisplaced by the prolonged crisis in the Arab country, German Foreign MinisterFrank-Walter Steinmeier says. At a Saturday news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, in the

Pope Francis waves to faithful after celebrating his first Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Pope Francis has described Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as “an angel of peace” during a Vatican meeting, just days after the Catholicleadership vowed to recognize Palestine as a state. The Saturday meeting between the pontiff and

Syrian citizens pass by a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, on Monday March 21, 2011.

WASHINGTON – American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader in a raid in Syria, US officials said on Saturday, an operation that marked a departure from Washington’s strategy of relying primarily on air strikes to target

Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Full ArticleBelfast Telegraph

16 May 2015

Ousted president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to death by an Egyptiancourt. The verdict on charges relating to a 2011 prison break was announced inCairo. As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and more than 20 others to the nation’s top Muslim theologian, or mufti, for his

File - In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 photo, Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glassed-in defendant's cage during his trial on charges related to the prison breaks at the height of the 18-day 2011 uprising against his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) holds a memorial ceremony for the Chadian peacekeeper of the Mission who was killed during an attack at the MINUSMA Base in Kidal, Mali, on 8 March 2015.

BAMAKO: Mali’s government and allied fighters signed a peace accord on Friday in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the war-scarred nation’s main Tuareg-led rebel groups. TheCoordination of Azawad

NORFOLK (Jan. 30, 2012) French Sailors prepare the French navy amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) to get underway for Exercise Bold Alligator 2012 (BA2012)

Russia wants €1.163 billion from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations

Water down's Husky Gas Station, Canada.

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s

In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town of Kobani, Syria, where fighting had been intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State on Friday took control of the provincial government center of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, in a major defeat for the Iraqi government. Islamic State forces launched a fierce assault of..

Boko Haram

At least 55 people were killed in two Boko Haram raids this week near Maiduguri, capital of restive northeastern Nigeria Borno state, a vigilante and two residents said. “Boko Haram fighters raided Bale and Kayamla villages where they killed at

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MI17 V5 helicopter with stranded persons about to land at Kathmandu airport on 26 April 2015 following the relief and rescue operations being carried out  in earthquake hit Nepal

KATHMANDU – The wreckage of a U.S. military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission was found on Friday, high on a mountainside inNepal, with three bodies recovered and the other five people on board feared dead. A U.S. search team

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive in Downing Street in London,Tuesday, May, 11 2010

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is meetingNicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, for their first talks since Britain’s election. The two leaders
photo: AP / Tim Hales

Yemen’s human suffering fanned by war

Full ArticleBBC News

15 May 2015
By Baraa Shiban Yemini human rights activist 15 May 2015 From the section Middle East Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting Yemen, a country bordering Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s richest economies, has suffered for many years from extreme poverty, high rates of unemployment and severe malnutrition among children.
In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 file photo, a girl waits for her turn to fill buckets with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water, in Sanaa, Yemen.

Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive in Downing Street in London,Tuesday, May, 11 2010

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is meetingNicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, for their first talks since Britain’s election. The two leaders

Cuba's President Raul Castro delivers the closing speech during a session of the National Assembly of Popular Power in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Aug. 1, 2010

(CNN)U.S. and Cuban officials will meet next week with the goal of hammering out an agreement to reopen embassies each other’s capitals as part of efforts to restore diplomatic ties, the State Department announced Thursday. The talks, to be led by

Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

According to the New York Times, a man was detained on Thursday afternoon for flying a drone within a block of the White House, crossing over Lafayette Park at around one in the afternoon. The drone was very small and brightly colored, clearly

This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq

ISIS released a new audio recording, supposedly of its injured leader, which references recent events such as Saudi military action in Yemen. ISTANBUL — The Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS, released an audio message today purporting to be from

Israelis wait for transportation under election campaign billboards of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Israel's Labor party candidate Shelly Yachimovichin, in the central Israeli city of Ramat gan, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s new government was sworn in late Thursday after a two-hour delay amid heckling by Arab lawmakers and harsh criticism from the opposition, indicating a tough road ahead for his narrow

Tourists in London, United Kingdom.

Jihadi John The infamous masked, black-clad militant seen inIslamic State propaganda videos was identified by the Washington Post as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi. Photo: Reuters London: More than 700 Britons are thought to have travelled

Japan's Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe arrives for a press conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, a day after the party's landslide victory over the ruling Democratic Party of Japan led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in parliamentary elections. Abe stressed Monday that the road ahead will not be easy as he tries to revive Japan's sputtering economy and bolster its national security amid deteriorating relations with China.

Associated Press TOKYOJapan‘s Cabinet endorsed a set of defense bills Thursday that would allow the country’s military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion.
photo: AP / Koji Sasahara

House of Representatives votes to end NSA bulk phone data collection

Full ArticlePress TV

14 May 2015

The US House of Representatives has approved legislation that would end the collection of phone records from millions of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) despite opposition from some Senate Republicans. The bill, namedUSA Freedom Act, was passed n Wednesday 338 to 88, with broad bipartisan support. The measure would prevent an

File - Edward Snowden talks with Jane Mayer via satellite at the 15th Annual New Yorker Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in New York.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi shaking hands with the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping in New Delhi on September 18, 2014.

XI’AN, China (AP) — President Xi Jinping praised China’swarming ties with India during a meeting Thursday between the leaders of Asia‘s rising powers and rivals, which included a rare touch of personal diplomacy for aChinese leader. Xi met with

International Airport in Bujumbura, Burundi

The leaders of a coup against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza claim to have gained control of the capital, Bujumbura. “We controlvirtually the entire city. The soldiers who are being deployed are on our side,”Burundi’s

Afghanistan's security forces walk around the French Cultural Center

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? The Taliban attack on a Kabulguesthouse left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, in the most audacious assault by the insurgents in the Afghan capital since the start of their spring offensive, a government official

In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korea's Unification Policy Officer Chun Hae-sung, left, and the head of North Korea's delegation Kim Song Hye read statements during their meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom

Doubts surfaced Thursday over the reported execution of North Korea‘s defence chief, as the original source, South Korea‘s spy agency, clarified that it had been unable to verify he had been put to death. Briefing a

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in Sibari, southern Italy, Saturday, June 21, 2014

Vatican City: The Vatican officially recognized the state ofPalestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects. The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic

An M23 rebel stands guard in Rutshuru, which is under their control, some 75kms (48 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

Print 13 May 2015 – A United Nations human rights report released today says that a Uganda-based rebel group has committed grave violations of international humanitarian law in crisis-riven north-easternDemocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
photo: AP / Jerome

 

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf: study

Full ArticleThe Times of India

13 May 2015
PARIS: The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday. The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out, with major consequences for global sea levels, they said. “We now know that
File - The Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica viewed from NASA's DC-8 aircraft during the AirSAR 2004 campaign.

 

Uzbek soldiers jump out of a truck during the uprising in the city of Andijan, Uzbekistan in this Friday, May 13, 2005 file photo.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of protesters jammed intoBabur square in the city of Andijan, relishing a rare burst of defiance as one speaker after another condemned hardship under Uzbekistan‘s despotic government. Hours later, a decade ago

young black domestic cat with white dot on front, Norway

Animal rights activists are blasting a top-ranked Oklahomacharter school after its students were seen on video using dead cats to act out dance moves, set to the jingle used in commercials for Meow Mix cat food. The video, originally posted on

North Korea executes defence chief

SEOUL – North Korea has executed its defence chief on treason charges, Seoul‘s National Intelligence Service was quoted as telling lawmakers, in the latest of a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took power after his father’s death in

Militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ride on a tank on a street in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Sana‘a, May 12: At least 100 people were killed as Saudi-led coalition forces intensified air bombings on missiles warehouse and arms depots in Yemen‘s capital Sana’a, medics said on Tuesday, hours before a planned five-day ceasefire for

Britain's Prince Harry listens as his brother Prince William (not pictured) delivers a speech in west London Thursday Jan. 8, 2009. A British newspaper says it has video footage of Prince Harry allegedly using offensive and racist language. The Sunday tabloid The News of The World reported that Harry, third in line to the British throne, used offensive terms to refer to people from Pakistani and people of Arab descent. Britain's St. James's Palace _ the office of Harry and his elder brother Prince William _ said on Saturday that Harry was sorry for any offense caused. The newspaper said the video was recorded three years ago. It alleged he called one person a "paki" and referred to others as "ragh

Mark Colborne was plotting to kill Prince Charles so that Harrycould become king, court has heard. Photo: Getty Images London: A ginger-haired fanatic wanted to kill Prince Charles in the hope that redhead Prince Harry would become king, a
photo: AP / Toby Melville, pool

Singapore tops OECD's global school rankings list

13 May 2015 Last updated at 00:02 BST The biggest ever global school rankings have been published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), comparing how well teenagers perform in maths and science tests in 76 countries.

Nikola Gruevski, prime minister and leader of the VMRO-DPMNE, and his wife Borkica, celebrate the victory on the parliamentary elections on a street in Macedonia's capital Skopje, late Sunday, June 5, 2011.

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonia‘s interior minister and its powerful intelligence chief resigned on Tuesday, apparently sacrificed by embattled Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to save his government from months of damaging wire-tap
photo: AP / Boris Grdanoski

White House categorically denies Barack Obama lied over how the US killed Osama bin Laden

Full ArticleThe Independent

12 May 2015

The White House has strongly denied an article by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist that claims Barack Obama lied to the public about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Seymour Hersh’s article, published in the London Review of Books, alleged that the government of Pakistan played a key role in helping the US assassinate the former

In this April 1998 file photo, exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is shown in Afghanistan.

Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with French President Francois Hollande in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 11, 2015.

12 May 2015 From the section Latin America & CaribbeanFrancois Hollande‘s visit is the first by a French leader since Cuba‘s independenceFrench President Francois Hollande has met Cuba’s 1959 revolutionary leadersFidel and Raul Castro on a

A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of the Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The startling allegation stems from a North Korean defectoridentified only as Mr. Park, a pseudonym used to protect his family, according toCNN. One of the highest profile defectors ever to make it out of North Korea, Park has related a wealth of

Obama Malaysia Airlines

The Obama administration on Monday announced conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. to resume its long and troubled efforts to drill in the Arctic Ocean, a decision that drew broad backlash from environmental groups that warned of

UN Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) – At least nine Malian soldiers were killed in an ambush by separatist rebels near the northern town of Timbuktu on Monday, days before a U.N.-backed peace deal was due to be signed. The ambush highlights persistent tensions and

President-elect Francois Hollande waves from the balcony of the Socialist Party headquarters in Paris Monday May 7, 2012.

HAVANA (AP) ? French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for ending of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, saying France “will be a faithful ally” as Cuba reforms its centrally planned economy and tries to re-enter the global economic system.

From left to right, Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, United Arab Emirates' Vice President Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Oman's Vice President Fahad bin Mahmoud, Kuwait's Emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Saudi Crown Prince Salam bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Qatar's Crown Prince Sheik Tameem Al Thani, and Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, pose for picture during the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC summit in Sekhir, Bahrain, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

The Saudi king’s absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as US indifference to Iranian meddling in the Arab world, may hesitate to bless any nuclear deal with

General Motors President Dan Ammann, left, CEO Mary Barra, and Executive Vice President Mark Reuss, hold a news conference at the General Motors Technical Center

The death toll from crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in 2.6 million older General Motors small cars has reached 100. The number was updated Monday by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims. It’s the first
photo: AP / Carlos Osorio
  • Raul Castro so impressed with Pope Francis he ‘may start praying again and return to Church’

    10 May 2015

    Raul Castro is a huge fan of Pope Francis, it turns out – so much so that the Cuban President has said he could be persuaded to return to the Catholic Church. Francis entertained the communist revolutionary for nearly an hour during a “strictly private” meeting at the Vatican, and it seems that one of the more unlikely international bromances has

    Pope Francis meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican, Sunday, May 10, 2015.

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, greets Irish Taoiseach Prime Minister Enda Kenny outside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said London Mayor Boris Johnson will take part in meetings of his new cabinet and Sajid Javid will be business secretary as he promoted Amber Rudd and Priti Patel to senior government posts. “Boris Johnson will be

    Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy United Kingdom

    Stockholm: Sweden‘s Supreme Court said Monday it had rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault. Sweden issued the arrest warrant in 2010following

              Pro secular demonstrators, holding Turkish flags , chant slogans againist islamist AKP government in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, July 6, 2008.

    ANKARA, TurkeyKenan Evren, the general who led Turkey’s1980 military coup that ended years of street-clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias and but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings died on

    Mr. Tony Blair, Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will speak to reporters following his briefing to the open session of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. The former prime minister, who led the party to three consecutive election victories, said the party had to

    Parliament Speaker, acting president Bronislaw Komorowski and wife Anna after exit polls indicated him the winner in the presidential elections, during the election night in Warsaw, Sunday, July 4, 2010

    WARSAW Poland votes in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday that opinion polls show will send front-runner and incumbentBronislaw Komorowski into a runoff against a conservative opposition challenger. A comfortable re-election for

    Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, celebrates with Ebola health workers as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for Ebola virus infection on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — On the day Mercy Kennedy lost her mother to Ebola, it was hard to imagine a time when Liberia would be free from one of the world’s deadliest viruses. It had swept through the 9-year-old’s neighborhood, killing people house

    File - Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, listens to proceedings from inside the defendant cage while flanked by his sons Alaa, left and Gamal, right, in a courtroom in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

    CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt‘s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced Saturday to three years in prison and a fine in a retrial on corruption charges they faced earlier. It wasn’t immediately clear whether it will include time he’s

     

    America Fiddles as Derelict Zones Erupt and Burn

    Full ArticleWorldNews.com

    09 May 2015

    Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling Mahatma Gandhi warned that the deadliest form of violence is poverty. But for Gandhi, poverty consisted of not only economic impoverishment but political, social, and cultural. It also included psychological, emotional, even spiritual, neglect and abandonment. Known today as America‘s derelict zones,

    Firefighters battle a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers.

              Pro secular demonstrators, holding Turkish flags , chant slogans againist islamist AKP government in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, July 6, 2008.

    ANKARA, TurkeyKenan Evren, the general who led Turkey’s1980 military coup that ended years of street-clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias and but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings died on

    Mr. Tony Blair, Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will speak to reporters following his briefing to the open session of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. The former prime minister, who led the party to three consecutive election victories, said the party had to

    Parliament Speaker, acting president Bronislaw Komorowski and wife Anna after exit polls indicated him the winner in the presidential elections, during the election night in Warsaw, Sunday, July 4, 2010

    WARSAW Poland votes in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday that opinion polls show will send front-runner and incumbentBronislaw Komorowski into a runoff against a conservative opposition challenger. A comfortable re-election for

    Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, celebrates with Ebola health workers as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for Ebola virus infection on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — On the day Mercy Kennedy lost her mother to Ebola, it was hard to imagine a time when Liberia would be free from one of the world’s deadliest viruses. It had swept through the 9-year-old’s neighborhood, killing people house

    File - Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, listens to proceedings from inside the defendant cage while flanked by his sons Alaa, left and Gamal, right, in a courtroom in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

    CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt‘s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced Saturday to three years in prison and a fine in a retrial on corruption charges they faced earlier. It wasn’t immediately clear whether it will include time he’s
    photo: AP / Mohammed al-Law

    Election aftermath: A divided nation

    Full ArticleBBC News

    08 May 2015

    Mark Easton Home editor 8 May 2015 From the section UK comments David Cameron‘s greatest challenge is to prevent the union being torn apart by mutual resentment The question uppermost in the prime minister’s mind as he assembles his new government is how to keep the kingdom united. “Above all I want to bring our country together,” he revealed after

    First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, center, celebrates with the results for her party at the count of Glasgow constituencies for the General Election, Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, May 8, 2015.

    Girls 'stripped naked' at ISIS slave bazaars

    (AhlulBayt News Agency) The United Nations says the TakfiriISIL terrorist group has been offering Syrian and Iraqi girls for sale by putting them on show “stripped naked” in “slave bazaars.” Special Representative of the UN

    Safeguarding property

    Calamities cannot be eliminated altogether. Precautions can, however, reduce the impact. What can be the causes for quakes and floods? Seismologists say that some of the reasons for earth tremors, earthquakes and floods are unplanned growth of

    Cuba Ebola Doctors

    VOA News A medical journal is reporting that the Ebola viruswas detected in the eye of a U.S. doctor who had already recovered from the illness, a rare finding in the study of Ebola. In the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists

    Libya rejects European Union migrant plan, says not asked

    UNITED NATIONS: Libya‘s ambassador to the United Nations is largely rejecting a European Union plan to fight the growing migrant crisis that is centered in his crumbling country, saying his Western-backed government hasn’t even been consulted and

    In this file handout image taken from a 2003 U.S. Department of Defense surveillance video and provided Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by Omar Khadr's defense lawyers, Khadr is shown in an interrogation room at the Guatanamo U.S. Naval Base prison while being questioned by members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

    Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT— Canada‘s release of formerGuantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr has brought the controversial detention center at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba back into the spotlight. Omar Khadr is the youngest person ever to be held

    Trees are reflected on a board displaying photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country's successful long range rocket launch outside North Korean embassy in Beijing Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

    North Korea says it has test-fired a new underwater ballistic missile, describing it as a “world level strategic weapon.” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was at the site of the event and gave the order of the missile launch from an attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron with troops during a visit to Forward Operating Base Price in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Thursday Dec. 20, 2012.

    Al Pessin Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to govern as the party of “one nation” and to make his country “greater,” one day after his Conservative Party secured a majority in Britain’s parliamentary vote.
    photo: AP / Stefan Wermuth

    Court Rules Big Brother Is Too Big to Be Legal

    Full ArticleThe Daily Beast

    07 May 2015

    A federal court warns the government’s argument for mass surveillance would let it collect everything on everyone forever. In forceful and at times reproachful language, a federal appeals court on Thursday that the government’s collection of all Americans’ phone records is illegal, and that the Obama administration’s overly broad interpretation of

    File - NSA leaker Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

    Response to Nepal emergency 'slow'

    The international response has been slow to an appeal for emergency funds to help the millions of people hit by last month’s earthquake inNepal, a UN official said today. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s chief official in the Himalayan nation, said the

    Progress M-27M was a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos in an unsuccessful attempt to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015.

    CAPE CANAVERAL: An unmanned Russian spaceship loitering in orbit after a failed cargo run to the International Space Station plunged intoEarth’s atmosphere on Thursday, the Russian space agency reported. The capsule, loaded with more than three

    British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a business seminar in Mumbai, India, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Cameron is on a two-day official visit to India.

      LONDONBritish voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world’s fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

    Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu managed to cobble together a narrow government tonight, a few hours before a midnight deadline, but only after being forced to make significant concessions to all his coalition partners. Negotiations went on

    Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, joins the General Assembly thematic debate on "Access to education in emergency and post-crisis and transition situations caused by man-made conflicts or natural disasters."

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi‘s president said on Wednesday that, if elected for a third term in June, it would be his last and he would not run for office again after that, his spokesman said on Wednesday. President Pierre

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters during a news conference with Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following a series of meetings with King Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, and members of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council.

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrysought to secure a pause in Yemen‘s war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a

    Hezbollah supporters raise their hands to great Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said his militant group based in Lebanon plans to launch an attack inside Syria againstMuslim extremist insurgents in the mountain region along the border. Local media outlets and Syrian opposition

    Assad Using Chemical Weapons Again

    Syrians look down at a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) and his late father and predecessor Hafez al-Assad in Damascus, as they watch the tourist train pass following the re-opening ceremony of the rail route between two neighbourhoods in the Syrian capital, Raboeh and Dumar, on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

    Full ArticleThe Times of India

    07 May 2015

    LONDON: Britons voted on Thursday in a knife-edge general election that could put their country’s membership of the European Union in question and raise the likelihood of independence for Scotland. Polls opened at 7:00am (0600GMT) with voters deciding between Prime Minister David Cameron‘s centre-rightConservatives and Ed Miliband‘s centre-left

    Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha leave a voting station in Spelsbury, England, as protesters demonstrate outside after they voted in the general election, Thursday, May 7, 2015.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a business seminar in Mumbai, India, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Cameron is on a two-day official visit to India.

      LONDONBritish voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world’s fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire

     

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

    Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu managed to cobble together a narrow government tonight, a few hours before a midnight deadline, but only after being forced to make significant concessions to all his coalition partners. Negotiations went on

    Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, joins the General Assembly thematic debate on "Access to education in emergency and post-crisis and transition situations caused by man-made conflicts or natural disasters."

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi‘s president said on Wednesday that, if elected for a third term in June, it would be his last and he would not run for office again after that, his spokesman said on Wednesday. President Pierre

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters during a news conference with Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following a series of meetings with King Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, and members of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council.

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrysought to secure a pause in Yemen‘s war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a

    Hezbollah supporters raise their hands to great Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said his militant group based in Lebanon plans to launch an attack inside Syria againstMuslim extremist insurgents in the mountain region along the border. Local media outlets and Syrian opposition

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged Wednesday what he said were recent “setbacks” in the war against insurgents trying to topple him, promising a comeback by his troops still entangled in heavy fighting. The rare admission of

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, March 28, 2010

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuwas racing against the clock Wednesday to put together a governing coalition or else face an almost unimaginable scenario by which he would be forced out of office. Netanyahu was holding
    photo: AP / //Ronen Zvulun

    CERN’s Large Hadron Collider resumes collisions after upgrade

    Full ArticleDNA India

    06 May 2015

    A model of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) tunnel is seen in the CERN (EuropeanOrganization For Nuclear Research) visitors’ center in

    This May 31, 2007 file photo, shows a view of the LHC (large hadron collider) in its tunnel at CERN (European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland.

    Pro-Russian gunmen take positions near the airport, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday, May 26, 2014

    KIEV (Reuters) – Five Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 injured over the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire deal, Ukraine‘s military said on Wednesday, describing a worsening situation in separatist eastern territories. The deaths came

    File - Peacekeepers of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), MONUSCO, are shown on patrol in Bunagana, a town in the country’s North Kivu province, during efforts with Government forces to secure the area against rebel attacks. Much of the Kivu provinces have recently seen intense fighting by the M23 rebel group and other militias, 23 May, 2012.

    6 May 2015 From the section Africa More than 20,000 UN peacekeepers are based in DR Congo Two Tanzanian peacekeepers with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed in an ambush near the city of Beni, the UN has said.

    Garden in Vaugirard, or the Painter's Family in the Garden in Rue Carcel, (1881) Gauguin's relationship with Van Gogh was rocky. Gauguin had shown an early interest in Impressionism, and the two shared bouts of depression and suicidal tendencies

    NEW YORK — A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side by side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France brought in $66.3 million at auction Tuesday. “The Allee of Alyscamps” was offered atSotheby’s impressionist and

    File - Governor Mike Huckabee speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

    HOPE, Ark. – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday became the sixth Republican to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest, stressing his humble roots and traditional values. Huckabee announced his second bid for the White House here in

    Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza, right, casts his vote at a polling station in his hometown of Mumba in Ngozi province, northern Burundi.

    Burundi’s Constitutional Court says it has approved PresidentPierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. The statement came on Tuesday as dozens of protesters marched in the capital Bujumbura to say they would “never accept” a campaign they call

    Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a press conference Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    While others point out that this is because Floyd Mayweather Jr.is simply the better fighter, latest reports reveal that Pacquiao’s performance was hampered by a torn rotator cuff. Putting this into consideration, perhaps his opponent

    Blue Lake Ashi ship Lake Ashi (???, Ashino-ko?), or Hakone Lake, Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honsh?, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano.

    Japan‘s meteorological agency yesterday issued a warning to limit access to the popular hot springs resort of Hakone after a nearby volcano became active and began
    photo: Creative Commons / Kentagon

    FBI watched Texas suspect for years

    An FBI crime scene investigator documents evidence outside the Curtis Culwell Center, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Garland, Texas. Two men opened fire with assault weapons on police Sunday night who were guarding a contest for Muslim Prophet Muhammed cartoons.

     

    Diet Pills, Medicine

    Interpol has issued a global alert over the threat posed by the “diet pills” which claimed the life of a British woman. The world police agency has raised the alarm with forces in 190 countries after the toxic pesticide dinitrophenol was linked to

     

    Israel's Jewish Ethiopians block highway during a protest against racism and police brutality in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel secretly airlifted waves ofEthiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in theHorn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people. Thirty years after the

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at a news conference following a round of meetings on June 25, 2014, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, focused on Ukraine and other alliance issues

    By Lesley Wroughton NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of StateJohn Kerry told Kenya on Monday it had an important role in helping resolve conflicts in South Sudan and Somalia and pledged $45 million in new aid to help it deal with 600,000 refugees.

    American Conservative Union : Carly Fiorina

    The announcement, which was made via social media, was not a surprise. Fiorina became involved in politics during John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. As reported by Washington Post, Carly Fiorina was hired as McCain’s adviser.

    In this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

    NAIROBI – Kenya‘s deputy president has said there is “no room” for homosexuality in Kenyan society, the latest comments from an Africangovernment to anger activists and likely also to annoy Western donors who say gays are targetted on the

    Palestinians take part in a protest calling for end the Israeli illegal blockade on Gaza Strip and against the slow rehabilitation of the strip after damage incurred during the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza Strip, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

    Jerusalem, May 04: The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) policy during last summer’s war in Gaza caused unprecedented harm to Palestinian civilians and infrastructure, an Israeli non-governmental organisation has charged.Breaking the Silence, an NGO of

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron

    With four days to go till Britain’s election, leaders of the country’s main political parties were using the long weekend to make a final push to win over undecided voters before the vote. Prime Minister David Cameron and his rivals were out Sunday
    photo: AP / Yves Logghe

    Lindsey Vonn And Tiger Woods Call It Quits After Three Years Of Dating

    Full ArticleThe Inquisitr

    04 May 2015

    After three years of dating, the couple announced that they had decided to go their separate ways. Vonn was the first to make the announcement in a post on her personal Facebook page. “After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created

    Lindsey Vonn speaks to Tiger Woods during the Par 3 contest at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron

    With four days to go till Britain’s election, leaders of the country’s main political parties were using the long weekend to make a final push to win over undecided voters before the vote. Prime Minister David Cameron and his rivals were out Sunday

    French President Francois Hollande, center, is greeted by Culture minister of Qatar Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, right, as French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, left, looks on, at the Doha airport, Qatar, Monday, May 4, 2015.

    DOHA (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande and Qatari EmirSheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani signed on Monday a 6.3 billion euro $7.02 billion) agreement for the sale of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets. The contract – the third this

    Afghanistan's flag is seen, top right, as Afghan soldiers stand attention during a hand over ceremony of U.S.- run prison to Afghan government in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade have expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues that could lead to talks on ending the conflict.

    French far right National Front party leader Jean- Marie Le Pen, right, and his daughter Marine give a press conference in Nanterre, outside Paris, Monday, April 12, 2010. Le Pen, said he will not run in France's presidential election in 2012 and declined to say who should succeed him.

    4 May 2015 From the section Europe Le Pen took to the stage on 1 May while his daughter was addressing supporters in Paris French ex-NationalFront leader Jean-Marie Le Pen will hear if he is to lose his post of honorary president after a series of

    ARCTIC OCEAN - A multi-year ice floe slides down the starboard side of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 11, 2009, as the ship heads north into even thicker ice. "You can tell that this is a multi-year ice floe by the light blue melt ponds that have formed on top of the floe," said Pablo Clemente-Coln, chief scientist at the U.S. National Ice Center.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley) (665661) ( )

    David Shukman Science editor 4 May 2015 From the section Science & Environment comments The team braves extreme temperatures during the polar winter Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to “a new

    South Korea North Korea Party Anniversary

    Pyongyang says it will send a senior diplomat to Russia to attend a World War II commemoration event after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called off his scheduled visit to Moscow. “Kim Yong Nam,

    Philippine Flags

    MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines‘ most wanted Islamist militant, whose death at the weekend could boost peace efforts in the country’s south, was killed by his own bodyguards in pursuit of a bounty offered by theUnited States, the head of
    photo: WN / Dominic Canoy

     

    Royal baby: Princess’s first night at Kensington Palace

    Full ArticleBBC News

    03 May 2015

    3 May 2015 From the section UK The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the first night with their new baby daughter at Kensington Palace. The name of their second child – sister to Prince George – could be announced later and members of the Royal Family and the duchess’s parents may visit. The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was

    Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, hold their newborn daughter as they as they pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

     

    Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack while security forces prepare to tow away a destroyed car in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 12 Iraqi soldiers and paramilitary forces were killed on Saturday by suicide car bombs targeting an outpost in western Anbar province, while attacks in the capital killed at least 14 civilians, security and medical

    Royal Baby

    From Prince Charles to royal fans to most of those who put down a bet, millions in Britain were hoping for a girl. The Duchess of Cambridgedelighted her nation and royal enthusiasts around the world Saturday by delivering one such princess. The

    A man kisses the Tunisian flag during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia, against high prices and unemployment, Saturday Jan. 8, 2011.

    The Tunisian government has rejected claims by the Israeli prime minister that Jews and Israelis are under the threat of terrorism in the North African Country. “We have nothing on that. There are no threats,” said a Tunisian interior

    Angela Merkel with Nicos Anastasiades in 2007 at the EPP summit.

    Germany has a duty to deal sensitively with the Nazi era,Chancellor Angela Merkel said, citing a debate in Greece about Germanresponsibility for the country’s occupation during World War II. “One can’t draw the line on history,” Merkel said in her

    Titlis Cable car, near Engelberg. he Titlis (3,238 m) is a mountain in the Urner Alps of Switzerland.

    People in Britain are less happy than those in Australia, New Zealand or the US, but more contented than their peers in Germany, France andSpain, the 2015 World Happiness Report has found. According to the new study, which examined factors including

    Thai police officials measure a shallow grave in Padang Besar, Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) — Police officials in Thailand trekked into the mountains and dug up 26 bodies from dozens of shallow graves at an abandoned jungle camp that’s been linked to human trafficking networks, which activists say are “out of

    Britain's Prince William, right, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge speak to each other ahead of a quarterfinals match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Wednesday July 4, 2012.

    Associated Press LONDONKate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby girl, royal officials said Saturday. Kensington Palace said in a brief statement that Prince William‘s wife “was safely delivered of a daughter” at

     

    Six Baltimore officers charged in death of Gray, one with murder

    Full ArticleReuters

    02 May 2015
    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore‘s chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder on Friday and five others with lesser crimes in the death of a young black man who suffered a critical neck injury in the back of a police van, a case that fueled new anger over police treatment of minorities. The swift decision by MarilynMosby, who has been
    Demonstrators celebrate the announcement of six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray before a curfew goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore.

    Nepal Earthquake 2015

    As the death toll of Nepal‘s devastating quake climbs to 6,624 with over 14,000 reported injured by the latest official count, authorities rule out the possibility of pulling out any more survivors from the rubble. “The death toll

     

    Death of Freddie Gray - Maryland National Guard

    BALTIMORE – Six Baltimore police officers face charges ranging from assault to second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered in police custody, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday. In a midmorning

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks to the top during the 'Petersburg Dialogue' in the Munich residence Thursday, July 16, 2009

    BERLIN: The German intelligence service BND, which is accused of helping the United States spy on EU leaders and companies, had actually “deleted 12,000 requests” targeting European officials, according to Saturday’s edition of the Der Spiegel

    A Burundian army soldier tries to extinguish a burning-tyre roadblock erected by opposition protesters in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Monday, April 27, 2015.

    Two policemen and a civilian have been killed and several others have been wounded in a grenade attack in the Burundian capitalBujumbura, police says. The attack was carried out in the Kamenge district of the capital on Friday amid protests, which

    Death of Freddie Gray - 2015 Baltimore riots

    A prisoner riding in the Baltimore police van that carried critically injured Freddie Gray denies reports that he believed Gray intentionally hurt himself. Donta Allen, speaking to TV station WBAL, contradicted a police document leaked to The

    Flight deck personnel secure aircraft to the deck as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits the Strait of Hormuz and anticipated heavy seas reported in the Gulf of Oman.

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Navy ships will begin accompanying U.S.commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday.

    John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, is seen during the Global Market Forecast, at the Airbus Factory in Toulouse, southwestern France, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.

    The European defence and aviation group Airbus is preparing to file a criminal complaint over allegations that the German intelligence service helped the US carry out industrial espionage. It comes after German media reports suggested that the
    photo: AP / Manuel Blondeau

    Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

    Full ArticleCounterPunch

    01 May 2015

    A month ago, the fell to opposition fighters, mainly al-Qaeda and its affiliates and allies. It was a major blow to the Syrian army. Last Saturday, the nearby town of also fell, mostly to the same groups. Fighting against the Syrian government and army are a mixture of Syrian and foreign mercenaries from dozens of countries. They are supplied,

    In this picture taken on Saturday April 18, 2015, a displaced Kurdish family sit in the open air field near their house which was destroyed during the battle between the U.S. backed Kurdish forces and the Islamic State fighters, in Kobani, north Syria.

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    Full ArticleThe Independent

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    Full ArticleThe Associated Press

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    A local Nepalese person waits as he carries an injured victim of the recent earthquake to be evacuated by an Indian Air Force helicopter at Chhintang Phedi village, in Nepal, Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

    Saudi Crown prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz speaks during a press conference after the ceremony of the Saudi forces as they prepare for the influx of people to participate in the annual Hajj, in Arafat 15 kms outside of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.

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    photo: Creative Commons / Krish Dulal

    Nepal earthquake: Eight million people affected, UN says

    Full ArticleBBC News

    28 Apr 2015

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    ferry Sewol

    VOA News South Korean appeals court has handed a sentence of life in prison to the captain of the Sewol ferry that sank last year, overturning a lighter punishment by a lower court. The high court in the southern city ofGwangju on Tuesday convicted

    Nepal Earthquake 2015 aftermath.

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    Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear

    Full ArticleMail Guardian South Africa

    27 Apr 2015

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    Residents rescue items from debris of a house that was damaged in Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015.

     

    Nepal Earthquake 2015

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    Zion Square, the annexation of East Jerusalem was met with international criticism. Following the passing of the Jerusalem Law, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that declared the law "a violation of international law" and requested all member states to withdraw all remaining embassies from the city

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    File - Australian Andrew Chan, right, and, and Myuran Sukumaran, left, stand inside a holding cell after their trial at a court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006.

    VOA News In a last-ditch effort to save two drug traffickers from the firing squad in Indonesia, Australia‘s Foreign Ministry urged Jakarta Monday to delay the executions until allegations of corruption in their trial could be investigated.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference after an EU summit of eurogroup members at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

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    People collect their belonging from a house damaged from heavy rain and windstorm that reached up to a speed of 120 kph (75 mph) Sunday evening which collapsed hundreds of buildings, uprooted trees, and electric poles, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, April 27, 2015.

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    Indonesia gives 72-hour executions notice

    Full ArticleBoston Herald

    26 Apr 2015

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    Indonesian police armored vehicles carrying two Australians facing death penalty for drug offences Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan upon arrives on Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap,Central Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. File - Indonesian police armored vehicles carrying two Australians facing death penalty for drug offences Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan upon arrives on Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap,Central Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

    More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

    Full ArticleStars and Stripes

    26 Apr 2015

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    Full ArticleBoston Herald

    25 Apr 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 71 people as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. At least 30 people died in neighboring countries where the

    Rescuers clear the debris at Durbar Sqaure after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015.

     

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    on friday 27 july, in Citrana, Oecusse, a medical mission was led and coordintaed by MLG together with 2 FFDTL officers, Timorese doctord and cuban doctors as well as a UN nurse and responsible local athorities. The team saw 618 patients in a day and delivered medicine after consultations, did malaria tests and other vaccines when needed provided by the Timor-Leste Ministry of health. Seen here is a young patient.Photo by UNMIT/Martine Perret. 27 Juy 2012

    The United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that malaria kills more than 1,200 children a day across the world, despite a 40 percent drop in child deaths from the disease since 2000. The UN agency released its “Facts about Malaria

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    Obama confronts ‘cruel’ reality of his drone war

    24 Apr 2015
    Washington (CNN)The long trail of civilian death left by President Barack Obama‘s drone war finally has an innocent American face. In an extraordinary moment,Obama appeared Thursday in the White House briefing room to apologize for the accidental killings of an American and an Italian hostage in an attack on an al Qaeda compound on the
    File - An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and F-16 Fighting Falcon return from an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat mission.

     

    on friday 27 july, in Citrana, Oecusse, a medical mission was led and coordintaed by MLG together with 2 FFDTL officers, Timorese doctord and cuban doctors as well as a UN nurse and responsible local athorities. The team saw 618 patients in a day and delivered medicine after consultations, did malaria tests and other vaccines when needed provided by the Timor-Leste Ministry of health. Seen here is a young patient.Photo by UNMIT/Martine Perret. 27 Juy 2012

    The United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that malaria kills more than 1,200 children a day across the world, despite a 40 percent drop in child deaths from the disease since 2000. The UN agency released its “Facts about Malaria

    Gen. David H. Petraeus visits USS Nimitz on Thanksgiving Day, 2009.

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    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.

    WASHINGTON — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two otherAmericans who had

    Bundespraesident Joachim Gauck spricht am Sonntag (18.03.12) im Plenarsaal des Reichstagsgebaeudes in Berlin nach seiner Wahl zu den Delegierten der Bundesversammlung.

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    The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

    Chile‘s Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time since 1972, sending a massive plume of ash and smoke 40,000 feet in the air. Onlooker Rodrigo Barrera

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    Chile volcano erupts after 42 years

    Full ArticleBelfast Telegraph

    23 Apr 2015
    Chile‘s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely-populated mountainous area. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 people in the nearby town ofEnsenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. The National Mining and Geology Service issued a high alert,
    The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

     

    A protester, center, is taken away by police officers after hundreds of protesters staged a peaceful sit-ins

    Hong Kong‘s government unveiled election reform proposals Wednesday, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city’s top job. The

    Tesco plc is a global grocery and general merchandise.

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    File - This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.

    A recent report has uncovered the location of ISIL Takfiri terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying he is hiding in a town in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province. “Baghdadi is understood to have been spending much of his time in

    Three Chimpanzee release at an enclosure for public viewing  at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata on Feb 20, 2015

    Two chimpanzees kept in a university laboratory have been given the right to a day in court. Photo: AFP New York: A New York judge has granted two chimpanzees a writ of habeas corpus. In other words, the chimps have the right to a day

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 photo, Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi speaks from a glassed-in defendant's cage during his trial on charges of over charges related to the prison breaks at the height of the 18-day 2011 uprising against his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

    Mary Alice Salinas STATE DEPARTMENT— The sentencing Tuesday of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, has raised concerns about the stability of a nation beset by turmoil since a popular

    Indonesian Muslims with the hard-line Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Supporters of Bali bombers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron in Lamongan East Java Indonesia Sunday Nov. 9, 2008.

    Petrus Riski SURABAYA, INDONESIA— Thousands of government officials from East Java in Indonesia have attended a workshop on the threats posed by the Islamic State and other radical groups. During the workshop inSurabaya on Tuesday, experts and

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

    Associated Press WASHINGTON— The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon, anObama administration official said Tuesday. Leonhart is a career drug agent who has led the agency since 2007, and is the
    photo: Public Domain / Slick-o-bot

     

    File - This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.

    A recent report has uncovered the location of ISIL Takfiri terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying he is hiding in a town in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province. “Baghdadi is understood to have been spending much of his time in

    Three Chimpanzee release at an enclosure for public viewing  at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata on Feb 20, 2015

    Two chimpanzees kept in a university laboratory have been given the right to a day in court. Photo: AFP New York: A New York judge has granted two chimpanzees a writ of habeas corpus. In other words, the chimps have the right to a day

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 photo, Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi speaks from a glassed-in defendant's cage during his trial on charges of over charges related to the prison breaks at the height of the 18-day 2011 uprising against his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

    Mary Alice Salinas STATE DEPARTMENT— The sentencing Tuesday of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, has raised concerns about the stability of a nation beset by turmoil since a popular

    Indonesian Muslims with the hard-line Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Supporters of Bali bombers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron in Lamongan East Java Indonesia Sunday Nov. 9, 2008.

    Petrus Riski SURABAYA, INDONESIA— Thousands of government officials from East Java in Indonesia have attended a workshop on the threats posed by the Islamic State and other radical groups. During the workshop inSurabaya on Tuesday, experts and

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

    Associated Press WASHINGTON— The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon, anObama administration official said Tuesday. Leonhart is a career drug agent who has led the agency since 2007, and is the

    In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Nawaf Fares, left, is sworn in as Syria's ambassador to Iraq before Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus.

    PARIS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the Frenchand Syrian intelligence services have had “some contacts” over the fight against the Islamic State group but denied that there is any
    photo: AP / SANA
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    War Might Be Health of State, But It’s Hell on Immigrants

    Full ArticleWorldNews.com

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    Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling The waters of the Mediterranean Sea have again swallowed a number of innocent victims. But instead of a shipwreck caused by a natural disaster or mechanical failure, it was caused by the ongoing wars in North Africa. According to Italy‘s Coast Guard, a confirmed 24 people died when a 66 foot vessel

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    Sailors assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Weapons Department man the rails of the Iowa-class battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64).

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    In this Feb. 13, 2012 photo, recruits of the Kachin Independence Army, one of the country's largest armed ethnic groups, march during training at a military camp near Laiza, the area controlled by the Kachin in northern Myanmar.

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    Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gestures in a defendant cage during his hearing at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

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    UN refugee agency wants no part of Cambodia resettlement

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    UFOs Confront Soldiers During War, Says Ex-Air Force Intelligence Officer

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    Italy searches for 700 migrants lost at sea north of Libya

    19 Apr 2015
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    An Italian Coast Guard officer helps migrants disembarking from Italian Coast Guard ship "Dattilo", in Augusta's port, near Siracusa, Sicily, Italy, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

     

    Rand Paul speaking to Tea Party Express supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas. USA

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    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator  monitor the Orion spacecraft

    NASA really wants humans make it to Mars, and it also really wants to be the one that gets us there. In fact, NASA administrator Charles Boldenwent so far as to say that “No commercial company without the support of NASA and government is going to

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    photo: Creative Commons

     

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    Full ArticlePress TV

    18 Apr 2015

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    File - A UGM-96 Trident missile clears the water during the 20th demonstration and shakedown launch from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo, 9 October, 1984.

     

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    File - President Barack Obama listens to Dr. Nancy Sullivan, Senior Investigator, Chief Biodefense Research Section, explain the investigational Ebola vaccine candidate currently being tested on humans during a lab tour at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., Dec. 2, 2014.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a tone of outrage and eye-rolling dismissiveness, President Barack Obama and his White House team are working out their aggressions on Republicans. Well into the final quarter of Obama‘s presidency the White House approach is,

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    photo: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics

     

    Yemen’s new vice-president ‘hopes to avert Saudi invasion’

    Full ArticleBusiness Day

    17 Apr 2015

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    World Water Forum needs to be more than just a trade show for privatisation

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    16 April 2015 From the section US & Canada Pope Francis met with members of the LCWR on Thursday The Vatican has ended its controversial control of the main organisation representing US nuns. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious was under

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    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

    WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – Greece cannot simply sign up for an existing agreement on its debt that will not solve its economic problems,Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meetings on

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment : Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City, California .

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    ATHENS (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck around 50 km (30 miles) off the eastern tip of the Greek Mediterranean island ofCrete, the U.S. Geological Survey said. USGS located the quake 152 km (95 miles) east-southeast of the island’s
    photo: Creative Commons / Marc Ryckaert

     

    Are Those Who Defy the U.S. Irrational or Mad?

    Full ArticleWorldNews.com

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    File - Detainees walk around the exercise yard in Camp 4, the medium security facility within Camp Delta at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In Camp 4, highly compliant detainees live in a communal setting and have extensive access to recreation.

     

     Time for Americans to rebel against a hypocritical government and their irrational  wars that are never actually won…..read more

     

     

    Security Council Holds Meeting on Yemen Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, briefs the Security Council on the situation in that country. 04 December 2012

    The United Nations‘ special adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar has resigned, diplomatic sources have told Al Jazeera. James Bays, Al Jazeera’sdiplomatic editor, said the envoy has told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it was time for him to end his

    Colombia's President-elect Juan Manuel Santos arrives for a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Thursday, July 22, 2010. Santos is on a one-day visit to Mexico

    BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) – Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC guerrillas on Wednesday after a rebel attack killed 10 soldiers, heating up a war that had seen a tentative cessation of

    The US Capitol two days before the public 2013 Presidential Inauguration

    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Xinhua) — A small helicopter landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and a single occupant aboard has been detained, U.S. Capitol

    President Dilma Rousseff receives members of the Movement Free Pass, at the Presidential Palace

    Authorities in Brazil arrested the treasurer of President DilmaRousseff‘s Workers’ Party on Wednesday, as a corruption scandal involving the Petrobras oil company deepens and continues to contribute to political and economic problems in Latin

    Jean Claude Trichet, President of the european central bank, left and Mario Draghi, governor of the bank of Italy speak together during the informal meeting of the ministers in charge of economy and finance ECOFIN, in Nice (Foto vom 13.08.08).

    Mario Draghi brushed off speculation about an early end to theEuropean Central Bank bond-buying scheme as a young female protester defied security to jump on the ECB chief’s press podium and showered him with confetti and paper. In a chaotic

    A Canadian flag

    The teenage son of a Canadian diplomat was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder as an adult for his role in what investigators called a bloody drug-related shooting that killed his older brother and another teenager. A Miami-Dade County

    A Malian soldier takes cover behind a truck during exchanges of fire with jihadists in Gao, northern Mali, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

    A suicide bomber attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 16 others, the U.N. mission said. The renewed violence came as peace talks started again inAlgeria between the

     

    Iraqi Prime Minister: Don’t Call The Militia “Militia”

    Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi plays word games during his first visit to Washington as Iraqi leader.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

     

    Scientists find ‘dark matter’ interacts with more forces than just gravity

    Full ArticleThe Independent

    15 Apr 2015

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    The Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M carrying hundreds of migrants arrives at the southern Italian port of Gallipoli, some 170 kilometers (108 miles) south of Bari, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

    ROME: Almost 400 illegal migrants trying to reach Europe died after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were saved and brought to Italy. The Italian coastguard had previously said that they managed to rescue 144 of

    Asiana Airlines Flight 214

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    Houthi Shiite Yemenis chant slogans during a rally to show support for their comrades in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

    UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council imposed on Tuesday arms embargo on the Houthi rebels in Yemen and blacklisted a Houthi leader and a son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The vote was 14-0, withRussia abstaining. The Russian

    President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

    President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced on Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The terror designation has been a stain on

    	Sierra Leone: it's back to school after Ebola crisis

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    Mogherini says Europe must show flexibility on Greece

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    Somali refugees lead their herds of goats home for the night, inside Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Sunday, July 10, 2011.

    Reuters GENEVA, SWITZERLANDThe United Nations refugee agency urged Kenya on Tuesday to reconsider an order to close the teemingDadaab refugee camp, saying it would not be part of any transfer of Somalis back to their homeland that violated

    ‘Dwarf planet’ Ceres spawns giant mystery

    Full ArticleThe Times of India

    14 Apr 2015

    VIENNA: First classified a planet, then an asteroid and then a “dwarf planet” with some traits of a moon — the more scientists learn about Ceres, the weirder it becomes. And new observations of the sphere of rock and ice circling our Sun between Mars and Jupiter have added to the mystery, researchers said Monday. Astrophysicists have been looking

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    Alan Turing memorial statue in Sackville Park, 18 Sep 2004. He is holding the forbidden fruit, the apple. Photograph taken by en:User:Lmno 18 September 2004

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    Iraqi soldier front statue of  Iraqi martyr in Baghdad

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    Palestinian Hamas security stand guard near an Egyptian watch tower on the border with Egypt in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on July 5, 2013. Egyptian official said the country's border crossing with Gaza Strip in northern Sinai has been closed indefinitely, citing security concerns. The decision comes hours after suspected Islamic militants attacked four sites in northern Sinai and Egyptian soldier was killed early today, targeting two military checkpoints, a police station and el-Arish airport, where military aircraft are stationed. Photo by Ahmed Deeb /  WN

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    A United States Capitol Police police patrol car

    TULSA: Authorities have released video showing the fatal encounter of a black suspect with a white reserve sheriff’s deputy who police said thought he was holding a stun gun instead of his handgun when he shot the man during a recent arrest in Tulsa,
    photo: Creative Commons / Mifter

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    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    13 Apr 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the hard part. In the first meeting of its kind in nearly 60 years, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro sat down together for over an hour on Saturday at a regional summit in Panama, moving a step closer to

     US President Barack Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

    Police officers secure the area at the entrance of sub-governor office of coal miners' town of Soma, Turkey

    Dozens of suspects will stand trial today over the mining disaster last year in the Turkish town of Soma that left 301 miners dead and tarnished the image of the government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Forty-five people are to stand trial, including

     

    File - A Nigerian girl carrying greens walks past a row of oil pipes running through her neighborhood which pump to a Shell flow station in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Monday, March 30, 1998.

    The number of children fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency inNigeria doubled in the past year to about 800,000, with women and girls targets of abduction for sexual abuse by the militants, according to a United Nations Children’s Fund report. Boko

    A United States Capitol Police police patrol car

    TULSA: Authorities have released video showing the fatal encounter of a black suspect with a white reserve sheriff’s deputy who police said thought he was holding a stun gun instead of his handgun when he shot the man during a recent arrest in Tulsa,

    Germanwings Airbus A319-100 wearing the former livery

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    Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, center, shakes hands with party officials after speaking to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria

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    UN official visits Syria to plead for inhabitants of refugee camp

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    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speakings

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    Pope calls Armenian slaughter ‘1st genocide of 20th century’

    Full ArticlePhiladelphia Daily News

    12 Apr 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis on Sunday honored the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a politically explosive pronouncement that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in Argentina, defended his declaration by saying it

    Pope Francis, left, is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II, during an Armenian-Rite Mass on the occasion of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 12, 2015.

    UN official visits Syria to plead for inhabitants of refugee camp

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    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speakings

    A Russian SU-24 Fencer fighter jet flies above the Aegis class, guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) during the maritime exercise Baltic Operations 2003 (BALTOPS).

    The U.S. RC-135 plane was flying what the Pentagon said was a routine information-gathering mission, gathering data on Russia’s military moves in the region. The Russian military has a heavy presence in the western part of the country, and a

    US Capitol at night. A mosaic image of around 10 segments

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man shot himself dead in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, police said, sparking a temporary security lockdown at the complex on one of the busiest days for tourists in Washington. The man, who was wearing a backpack and

    Italian Coast Guard patrol boat U. Diciotti, CP-902

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    Mexico Iguala Students Missings

    MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican authorities say another man has been arrested in the September disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers’ college in the southern state of Guerrero. Federal police say suspectMiguel Angel Landa Bahena was an

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    The gang members, dressed in fluorescent vests and hard hats, calmly carried bags and wheeled garbage bins into a high-security storage facility in London’s diamond district. After two nights of work, they left with the contents of dozens of

     

    Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, others to death

    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    11 Apr 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, a

    File - Brandishing the four-fingered symbol of the Rabaah that refers to the deadly dispersal of supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in August 2013, senior Muslim brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, center left, and their spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, center right, appear in a courtroom cage accompanied by a policeman in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

    Pont routier entre Rabat et Salé P1060408.

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    Afghans carry the body of a suicide attack victim at the hospital in Maymana, Faryab province north west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people died when their minivan hit a roadside

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    (JAPAN TODAY) HOKOTA — Around 150 melon-headed whales, a member of the dolphin family usually found in the deep ocean, beached in Japanon Friday, sparking frantic efforts by locals and the coast guard to save them.

    Police inspect the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

    ISLAMABAD – A Pakistani court freed on bail on Friday a man accused of plotting a 2008 militant assault on India‘s financial capital that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours, his lawyer said. Indian

    Pro-Russian gunmen take positions near the airport, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday, May 26, 2014

    Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other on Friday of intensifying attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old ceasefire deal. The conflict has reached stalemate in recent weeks with the truce, brokered in

    ARABIAN SEA (April 12, 2007) - A French Rafale from the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) completes a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

    The Indian government has more or less decided to scrap the medium-multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA) selection process in favour of direct purchase of 63 Rafale aircraft from France in a government-to-government deal, says India Strategic magazine.

    Poles and world leaders attend Kaczynski's funeral.

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is marking the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 members of his presidential entourage on a visit to Russia, the worst catastrophe to strike thePolish state since World War
    photo: WN / Marzena Jazowska

    Historic Encounter With Cuba’s Castro Awaits Obama In Panama

    Full ArticleHuffington Post

    10 Apr 2015

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Turning the page on a half-century of hostility, President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will soon remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, boosting hopes for improved ties as he prepared for a historic encounter with Cuban President Raul Castro. Hours before his arrival inPanama for a regional summit,

    File - President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen delivers his New Year address at his party headquarters in Paris suburb Saint Cloud, Friday Jan. 11, 2008.

    PARIS (Reuters) – French National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen rejected on Friday a call from his daughter, the party’s leader, to leave politics over comments he made that she fears will hurt her push to widen the right-wing party’s appeal.

    Rudy Hermann Guede, from Ivory Coast, center, a suspect in the slaying of a British student, is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from court following a hearing, in Perugia, central Italy,

    Rudy Guede apparently believes that an injustice has been committed with the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. After all, they were all three convicted together, and the longstanding belief has been that three people participated in

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    MIAMI: Ocean acidification was a key driver of the greatest mass extinction on Earth some 250 million years ago, scientists said today. The changes to the Earth’s waters were caused by a rash of

    U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question from the media during a press conference at the conclusion of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

    KINGSTON (Jamaica): President Barack Obama said Thursday that he soon decide whether to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism now that the State Department has finished a review on the question as part of the move to reopen

    Child - Kid - Doctor - Hospital - Health

    9 April 2015 Last updated at 11:24 BST Researchers have discovered that the shorter you are, the greater your risk of heart problems. A study by the University of Leicester looked at nearly 200,000 people, and found sections of DNA that control both

    Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony where he formally took charge of the presidency from his predecessor, Abdullah Gul, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Erdogan said that as the first president to be elected by the people _ instead of parliament _ his tenure would usher in an era of a “new Turkey, a great Turkey.”

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — The peace process to end decades of violent strife between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has been one of Turkish leaderRecep Tayyip Erdogan‘s signature achievements. But with key parliamentary elections looming in June, the

    French far-right leader and National Front Party, Marine Le Pen speaks to the media after a news conference at party headquarters, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Nanterre, western France. For Le Pen, today's election for more than 2,000 local councils is an important step in building a grassroots base critical to her ultimate goal: the 2017 presidency. Local elections takes place today and the second round on March 29.

    8 April 2015 From the section Europe Ms Le Pen said she was taking the measures against her father “with deep sadness” The head of France‘s far-right
    photo: AP / Jacques Brinon

    UN urged to ban ‘killer robots’ before they can be developed

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    09 Apr 2015

    Fully autonomous weapons should be banned by international treaty, says a report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School

    File - Jean-Hugues Simon Michel (France), Chair of a four-day meeting of experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems, held in Geneva under the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), briefs journalists on the meeting, 16 May, 2014.

     

    Child - Kid - Doctor - Hospital - Health

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II declares games opened during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games at the Olympic Stadium in London, Friday, July 27, 2012.

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    Full ArticleDNA India

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    Full ArticlePhiladelphia Daily News

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    Full ArticleThe Guardian

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    A soldier stands guard outside the Pemex headquarters after an explosion in Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

    At least four people have been killed and 16 others injured in a fire that broke out after an explosion on an offshore oil platform operated byMexico‘s Pemeon company in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said

    Thai Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, center, and other high ranking Thai officers are shown on television announcing the military takeover in Bangkok

    Thailand‘s junta lifted martial law in most of the nation, but 10 months after staging a coup, it remains firmly in control — with new laws invoked Wednesday that essentially give it absolute power. The government of former army chief Prayuth

    An Iraqi Army soldier during Operation NANNO II in the southern section of Baghdad.

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    President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection in Stanford, Calif.

    (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday allowing the use of economic sanctions for the first time against perpetrators of destructive cyber-attacks and online corporate espionage. That will let the Treasury

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    Japan's Misao Okawa, 116, who is recognized as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records is celebrated by Ward Mayor Takehiro Ogura at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ahead of her birthday.

    The world‘s oldest person has died at the age of 117. Japanesewoman Misao Okawa, who was born in 1898, died today from heart

    Cattle - Cows grazing on a farm, India

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    Myanmar political prisoners who were released from Insein prison stand outside the gate of the facility Friday, May 17, 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Full ArticleWorldNews.com

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    Smoke coming out of an industry - carbon emission - pollution - India

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    United Nations pulls out of Yemen, ending hope for brokered peace

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    U.S. President Barack Obama, right, speaks while U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton listens during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

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    Full ArticlePalm Beach Post

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    Smoke coming out of an industry - carbon emission - pollution - India

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    United Nations pulls out of Yemen, ending hope for brokered peace

    People flee the Yemeni capital Sanaa with their belongings fearing renewed air strikes. Photo: Reuters Sanaa: The United Nations has withdrawn its remaining personnel from Yemen‘s capital, dashing whatever hope remained that the fighting would stop

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    Angelina Jolie arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles.

    (CNN)Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.S. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for the same reason, she wrote in the New York Times Tuesday. Jolie, 39,

    File - Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), holds a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on the situation in Japan where a nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, has been in crisis since being struck by a severe tsunami on 11 March

    Washington , March 23: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency voiced regret that little progress had been made in recent months on Iranian cooperation over any possible military dimension of its nuclear programme. “It is true that we have

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.

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    French far-right leader of the National Front Party, Marine Le Pen arrives at a polling station to vote in the European elections, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. The National Front, which also wants to unravel the European Union and withdraw France from the euro currency, hopes to win up to 20 of France's 74 European Parliament seats in their Sunday vote. It currently holds just two seats, but polls show it running neck-and-neck with the conservative UMP party and well ahead of the governing Socialists.

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    Roy Antoine, 64, of Brooklyn, holds a sign in a support of Trayvon Martin before a candlelight vigil in Union Square to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of the Florida teenager by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in New York.

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    (London Telegraph) Russia has gone on the offensive in theBaltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. “I don’t think that Danes fully
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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, meets with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

    Moscow has slammed Kiev for violating a recent ceasefire deal with pro-Russia forces following reports of the deployment of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the claims of the pullout of Ukrainian heavy

    Roy Antoine, 64, of Brooklyn, holds a sign in a support of Trayvon Martin before a candlelight vigil in Union Square to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of the Florida teenager by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in New York.

    Large crowds of people across the world have taken part in a series of rallies to condemn what they see as rising racism and fascism in theUnited States and the Western states. On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the

    urface units from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, England, and the U.S. take station behind the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2009.

    (London Telegraph) Russia has gone on the offensive in theBaltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. “I don’t think that Danes fully

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    Indian Girls Students on the Exam Hall during the West Bengal Madhyamik Exam Started on 25th February 2013 at Kolkata on Monday

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