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An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 113 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf to engage in strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, 27 November, 2014.

UN: More than 16,000 people sickened with Ebola

Full ArticleKhaleej Times

29 Nov 2014

World Health Organisation says death toll due to the epidemic crossed 7,000 with over 1,000 deaths in Liberia in two days. More than 16,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly 7,000 have died, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation. The new death toll, released late

In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, health workers spray disinfectant around a mosque after the body of a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus was washed inside before being berried in Bamako, Mali.




Egypt court tosses charges against Mubarak

Full ArticleThe Los Angeles Times

29 Nov 2014
An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed charges against Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, who had been accused in connection with the killings of hundreds of demonstrators against his rule.lRelated Middle EastIslamist protests in Egypt fizzle amid clampdown; at least 3 deadSee all related 8 The 86-year-old ex-dictator was forced
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, greets medics, army personnel and his supporters, as he leaves a helicopter ambulance after it landed at Maadi Military Hospital following his verdict in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.






Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit

Full ArticleThe Miami Herald

28 Nov 2014
Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey’s southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening speeches Friday to denounce the violence being committed in God’s
Pope Francis embarks a plane to leaving for Turkey at Rome's Fiumicino international airport, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.






Palestinians carry their belongings as they leave their flooded family house during heavy rain in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

Storm aftermath: Residents make their way through a flooded street in Gaza City. Photo: AFP Jerusalem: A United Nations agency has declared a state of emergency in Gaza City after two days of heavy rains and flooding in the war-ravaged Palestinian

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Mexico's president announced a new anti-crime plan that includes proposals for a nationwide ID, giving Congress the power to dissolve corrupt municipal government and fold their often-corrupt local police forces under the control of the country’s 31 state governments. The plan would also streamline the complex divisions between federal, state and local offenses. At present, some local police refuse to act to prevent federal crimes like drug trafficking. The plan would focus first on four of Mexico’s most troubled states, Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco and Tamaulipas. It would also send more federal police and other forces to those states.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico‘s president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police. The plan

In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential Palace in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Reuters SOCHI, RUSSIARussia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of they key contentious issues in the Syrian

FIFA President Joseph Blatter announces Qatar to host the 2022 soccer World Cup in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec.2, 2010.

The Serious Fraud Office wants anyone with information regarding alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to come forward. The SFO insists it currently lacks the relevant jurisdiction to investigate. But in a letter to

A pro-democracy supporter uses his smartphone to photograph student leaders Joshua Wong, right, and Alex Chow as they pose in front of a wall covered in post-it notes of encouragement, near government headquarters, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Hong Kong.

Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong‘s pro-democracy protests as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a two-month movement seeking free elections. [TICON-A VIDEO] On the second day of the
photo: AP / Wong Maye-E

Palestinians wait to cross the Rafah border crossing into Egypt from the southern Gaza Strip on May 16, 2010. An Egyptian border post at Rafah was opened for the first time in 10 weeks, the Islamist movement Hamas which controls the blockaded Palestinian territory said. Its interior ministry said around 300 Palestinians had crossed the border and that 8,000 others were expected to follow during the opening due to last three days. (Photo by Ahmed Deeb/WN)

November 26: Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing withGaza today for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in theSinai Peninsula, officials said. The crossing, which is the only access point to thePalestinian

In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

Full ArticleDemocracy Now

27 Nov 2014

In this holiday special, we broadcast the words of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exerciseof the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “The pattern that was set inJanuary 1976 continues to the

File - Noam Chomsky (front), Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), gives a lecture on the prospects for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, 14 October, 2014.




Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground: WHO

Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

27 Nov 2014

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The death toll in the world’s worst Ebolaepidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the three hardest-hit countries, which

A safe burial site for Ebola victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on the day of a visit from Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), 2 November, 2014.




In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential Palace in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Reuters SOCHI, RUSSIARussia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of they key contentious issues in the Syrian

A pro-democracy supporter uses his smartphone to photograph student leaders Joshua Wong, right, and Alex Chow as they pose in front of a wall covered in post-it notes of encouragement, near government headquarters, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Hong Kong.

Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong‘s pro-democracy protests as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a two-month movement seeking free elections. [TICON-A VIDEO] On the second day of the

Palestinians wait to cross the Rafah border crossing into Egypt from the southern Gaza Strip on May 16, 2010. An Egyptian border post at Rafah was opened for the first time in 10 weeks, the Islamist movement Hamas which controls the blockaded Palestinian territory said. Its interior ministry said around 300 Palestinians had crossed the border and that 8,000 others were expected to follow during the opening due to last three days. (Photo by Ahmed Deeb/WN)

November 26: Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing withGaza today for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in theSinai Peninsula, officials said. The crossing, which is the only access point to thePalestinian

File - In this Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 photo, A Pakistani health worker, right, marks a child's finger after giving him polio vaccine in Peshawar, Pakistan.

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) ? Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said. The attack on the health workers took place in the

Exterior view of Symatec Corp. headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004. Computer security giant Symantec Corp. is buying storage and backup program maker Veritas Software Corp. to create the world's fourth largest software company. The all-stock acquisition, announced Thursday, was initially valued at $13.5 billion, but the price quickly plummeted after investors weighed in on the merger. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)hg3

SAN FRANCISCO: Computer security firm Symantec on Monday said it uncovered stealthy software wielded as part of a years-long spying campaign, most likely by a nation state. The malicious software, dubbed Regin, has a rare level of sophistication and






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Geo-engineering: Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’

26 Nov 2014

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what’s become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These

File - A child stands by a dried up riverbed near the World Food Programme (WFP) food-and-cash for work site in Deouli, Tahoua Region, Niger, following a drought that caused crops to fail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MI5 and MI6 made mistakes, but only internet company could have prevented Rigby’s murder, claims report

Full ArticleThe Guardian

26 Nov 2014

The parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee‘s report into Lee Rigby’s murder was conveniently sandwiched between the home secretary’s keynote speech on Monday, when she described an unprecedented terror threat facing the UK, and the publication of the government’s latest counter terrorism bill planned for Wednesday.

File - This photo made from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 shows Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on May 22, 2013 speaking to a member of the public near the Woolwich Barracks in London.

 

 

News Analysis: Obama likely to seek team player for new U.S. defense secretary

by Matthew Rusling WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — As U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, President Barack Obama is likely to choose a new defense chief who can play ball with the rest of the team, experts said. Hagel has butted

Mali confirms two new Ebola cases

United Nations, November 25: Mali has confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing to total number of cases in the West African nation to eight, days ahead of the opening of a new UN Ebola response office. The UN office was oening to support the..

Merkel Hits Diplomatic Dead-end with Putin

Merkel Hits Diplomatic Dead-end with Putin

Reuters BERLIN— After nine months of non-stop Germandiplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

US stocks have ended higher, as investors continued to welcome loosening monetary policies around the world while looking ahead to a busy week of economic data. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Averageadded 8 points, or less than 0.1

Why Hagel Was Hired Is The Same Reason Why He Was Fired

Associated Press See Also Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s time at the Pentagon is, counterintuitively, a poor guide to why he’s been thrown under the bus by a flailing, blinkered president growing even more suspicious of outsiders as his

2014 Hong Kong protests

Hai Yan HONG KONG— The three co-founders of Hong Kong‘sOccupy movement say they will surrender to police next month, but student leaders say they will not follow their lead. According to local news reports, co-founders Chan Kin-man, Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protests turn violent in Ferguson after no indictment announced

Full ArticleThe Dallas Morning News

25 Nov 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Violence erupted near the Ferguson Police Department on Monday night after the announcement that the officer who killed Michael Brownlast summer would not face charges. Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and businesses, at least six of which were later set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles

Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Iran talks mean for ISIS fight

Full ArticleCNN

25 Nov 2014

November 24, 2014 — Updated 1923 GMT (0323 HKT) Editor’s note: Democrat Jim McDermott is a 12th-term congressman from Washington state‘s 7th District. KateGould is the legislative associate for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The views expressed are their own. (CNN) — Washingtonand Tehran didn’t reach the

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stands with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of Iran in Vienna, Austria, on November 23, 2014, before the two begin a one-on-one meeting amid broader negotiations about the future of Iran's nuclear program.

 

Why Hagel Was Hired Is The Same Reason Why He Was Fired

Associated Press See Also Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s time at the Pentagon is, counterintuitively, a poor guide to why he’s been thrown under the bus by a flailing, blinkered president growing even more suspicious of outsiders as his

2014 Hong Kong protests

Hai Yan HONG KONG— The three co-founders of Hong Kong‘sOccupy movement say they will surrender to police next month, but student leaders say they will not follow their lead. According to local news reports, co-founders Chan Kin-man, Benny

Top UN health officials take joint mission to Mali in support of Ebola response

24 November 2014 – The Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support the

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel talks to supporters Thursday Dec 18, 2008 during a farewell news conference in Omaha, Neb.

WASHINGTON: He was packed off with the usual Washingtonfinesse, including warm words of appreciation for services rendered, but US President Barack Obama ostensibly ousted his defence secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday after a series of military and

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen talks as he waits his King Norodom Sihamoni's arrival to attends the Independence Day celebration at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.

Ron Corben BANGKOK— Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is trying to ease concerns over the social and economic costs of the country’s plan with Australia to receive refugees. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has called for the deal to be halted until

Bodies of 500 sea lions found on Peruvian beach

LIMA: Peruvian authorities were investigating Sunday the deaths of some 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a northern beach. Environmental police told the official

Symantec discovers 'most sophisticated' spying bug used by nations for cyber espionage

London,, November 24: A leading computer security company has said that it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen that has been used against a range of targets around the world for six years. Symantec said
photo: WN

 

 

A Syrian Activist Plans To Behead An ISIS Fighter

“We’re at a stage in Syria where our principles aren’t going to help us.”

 

The truth about beheadings

Full ArticleAl Jazeera

24 Nov 2014

In the aftermath of the tragic beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig, various media picked up on an aspect of his death that made his execution different from that of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Kassig, who adopted the nameAbdul Rahman, had converted to Islam before his capture and execution by ISIL. Al Jazeera

File - Syrian doctor Ahmed Obaid, center right, a colleague of American aid worker Peter Kassig, who converted to Islam while in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, speaks during a press conference in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Iran nuclear deal: Deadline day brings talk of extension

Full ArticleBBC News

24 Nov 2014

Negotiators in Vienna, Austria, are set to make a final push to try to reach a deal onIran‘s nuclear programme ahead of a 23:00 GMT deadline. They said earlier “serious gaps” remained, suggesting that an extension could be agreed instead.World powers – the US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany – want Iran to curb its nuclear

A worker rides a bike in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen talks as he waits his King Norodom Sihamoni's arrival to attends the Independence Day celebration at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.

Ron Corben BANGKOK— Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is trying to ease concerns over the social and economic costs of the country’s plan with Australia to receive refugees. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has called for the deal to be halted until

Bodies of 500 sea lions found on Peruvian beach

LIMA: Peruvian authorities were investigating Sunday the deaths of some 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a northern beach. Environmental police told the official

Symantec discovers 'most sophisticated' spying bug used by nations for cyber espionage

London,, November 24: A leading computer security company has said that it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen that has been used against a range of targets around the world for six years. Symantec said

People walk amongst the debris, at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Johannesburg, November 24: Dutch experts have completed the recovery of the wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from the crash site in Eastern Ukraine and have sent it to a government-controlled city for being transported further to

Kenyan military patrol near Liboi at the border with Somalia in Kenya, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.

Reuters NAIROBI— Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said on Sunday. Somalia’s

McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves his garage after the second practice session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his team after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Caren Firouz A tearful Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions after a nerve-racking

Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko receives his ballots at a polling station during presidential and mayoral elections in Kiev, Ukraine

Daniel Schearf KYIV, UKRAINE— During a weekend commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s,President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s

Tunisia’s milestone presidential vote likely to yield runoff

Full ArticleThe Los Angeles Times

23 Nov 2014

Marking a new milestone in what has been a challenging but largely successful democratic transition, Tunisians on Sunday voted for a head of state for the first time since a popular uprising nearly four years ago.lRelated AfricaGOP panel on Benghazi finds no Obama administration wrongdoingSee all related 8 With more than two dozen candidates

A woman casts her vote with her child, during the first round of the Tunisian presidential election, in a polling station at Marsa, outside Tunis, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.







US said to broaden combat role in Afghanistan

Full ArticleAl Jazeera

22 Nov 2014

US President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded the Pentagon‘s role in Afghanistan from previously-set guidelines that were to limit US troop involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, the New York Times reported. According to the newspaper, Obama signed classified orders for US forces to continue targeting Taliban in Afghanistan

File - Soldiers serving with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Division, shoot a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014.

 

 

 

A U.S. Army soldier with the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, walks past an American Flag hanging in preparation for a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obamawill also provide air support

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates reads a statement to the country announcing his resignation Wednesday March 23 2011 at Lisbon's Sao Bento palace. Socrates resigned after the opposition parties rejected in parliament his minority government's latest austerity package.

By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) – Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering, theProsecutor General‘s office

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

The Associated PressTUNIS (AP) — Tunisia’s first free presidential election is boiling down to two candidates with divergent views of the revolution that transformed this former dictatorship. The clear front-runner in Sunday’s ballot is veteran

Kenyan police guard the scene of a suspected grenade blast at a pub in downtown Nairobi, Kenya early Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, which a police official said wounded over a dozen people.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists fromSomalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday. The bus traveling to

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Madagascans line up to cast their votes in a referendum in Antananarivo Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010. Twenty months after Madagascar's president was ousted in a coup by a former disc jockey, voters decided Wednesday whether to accept or reject a new constitution that calls for keeping Andry Rajoelina in power indefinitely.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says 40 people have died from the plague in Madagascar. WHO said 119 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August, with two cases

A Bahraini anti-government protester throws a stone toward riot police firing tear gas during clashes in Dih, on the edge of the capital of Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) ? Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom’s first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country’s opposition threatens to

Anglican opposition Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, worshipers leave a Sunday mass which was allegedly disrupted by riot police in Harare, Zimbabwe Sunday, May 4, 2008

KWEKWE: At least 11 people died and many were injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe as thousands attending a church service tried to leave through the only open exit, police said on Friday. Police said around 15,000 people were packed into

From ice to fire: after hopping on a comet, ESA now looks at Mercury

Full ArticleCNN

20 Nov 2014
updated 9:13 AM EST, Thu November 20, 2014 | Filed under: Innovations (CNN) — After landing a probe on an icy comet and possibly shedding new light on the origins of life on Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now looking at scorching-hot Mercury for its next mission. The innermost planet of our solar system orbits so close to the Sun that,
File - MESSENGER's Wide Angle Camera (WAC), part of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), is equipped with 11 narrow-band color filters. As the spacecraft receded from Mercury after making its closest approach on January 14, 2008, the WAC recorded a 3x3 mosaic covering part of the planet not previously seen by spacecraft

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

Lisa Schlein GENEVA— A new United Nations report found the presence of large numbers of sophisticated weapons as well as foreign fighters, including Russian soldiers, have led to a worsening of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine. The

Florida State University Shooting

Three students were shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire inside the main Florida State University library, and campus police shot the suspect dead, officials said. Officers confronted the attacker soon after 12.30am on Thursday (local time),

Myanmar president Thein Sein prepares to leave for a state visit to the US, the first by a Myanmar head of state in almost 47 years, at Yangon International airport, Myanmar, Friday, May 17, 2013.

VOA News In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Burmese Service,Myanmar President Thein Sein called allegations that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture in Rakhine state a media fabrication. “International

Pope Francis looks at his watch after arriving to the stage on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Reuters ROMEPope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger. Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about the health care reform bill, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the Interior Department in Washington

VOA News President Barack Obama will discuss his plans to protect undocumented immigrants in the United States from deportation during a nationally televised address Thursday night. The president will address the nation from the White House on

A Palestinian security officer patrols the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt (background).

Reuters RAFAH, GAZA STRIP— Egypt‘s decision to shut its border with the Gaza Strip has stranded thousands of Palestinians on the Egyptianside of the border while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in

It’s All About the Oil, Stupid!

Full ArticleKashmir Observer

20 Nov 2014

Claude Salhani For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is in that direction that the battle for control of the world’s

File - Personnel from Port Security Unit 313 out of Tacoma Wa., chat on the Mina al Bakr oil terminal in the North Arabian Gulf off the coast of Iraq March 07, 2003.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks over his mobile phone at his official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called early elections on Thursday, seeking an unprecedented third six-year term in office amid signs of a drop in popularity and demands of his powers to be curbed.Rajapaksa — who was elected in 2005

ferry Sewol

VOA News A South Korean court has given a ten-year jail sentence to the head of the company that operated the ferry that capsized in April, killing over 300 people. Chonghaejin Marine CEO Kim

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.

Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Myanmar have claimed the army shelled one of their training camps killing 23, amid ongoing ceasefire talks. The rebels said shells hit a parade ground in their stronghold of Laiza, which borders China. A 17-year

An overweight person eats in London, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. Britain's health secretary called Wednesday for a fundamental shift in the way the nation tackles obesity after a study said dramatic action was required to stop the majority of the population from becoming obese by 2050.

20 November 2014, 3:04 Obesity Costs UK More Than War AndTerrorism Tweet The UK has been urged to take urgent action after a new study revealed that obesity is a greater burden to the country than armed violence, war and terrorism. The study,

The leader of center-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), Artur Mas gestures before casting his vote during elections for the 'Generalitat de Catalunya' (Catalan Autonomous Government) in Barcelona, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Voters in Catalonia begin casting their ballots in regional elections that could determine the future shape of Spain.

Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against CatalanPresident Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote. The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by

Lt. Col. Issac Yacouba Zida, looks down during a press briefing in the city of Ouagadougou

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The military colonel who briefly seized control of Burkina Faso after the longtime president stepped down was chosen Wednesday to serve as prime minister, casting doubt that the army will stay out of politics as

this tree on St. James Place off Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York literally split into two due to ice and snow during the "Friday the 13 snow storm" and fell in the shape of a "T". Like most of the trees damaged by the storm, many will have to be removed completely. [October 14, 2006].         wnhires  (js1)

Four people have been killed and a state of emergency declared in parts of New York state as a towering “wall of snow” dumped up to six feet of snow on Buffalo yesterday. The arctic storm, which is expected to get worse tomorrow, has plunged nearly

     RAF Jets Help Destroy Secret IS Bunker Complex

  1. Fighter jets from seven countries join forces to launch an overnight attack on the underground facility in rural Iraq.

  2. Pakistan’s Ex-President Warns Over IS Threat

    Asif Ali Zardari says Islamic State is a “question of mindset, a war of mindset” that the jihadists cannot be allowed to win.

  3. Israel Demolishes Home Of Palestinian Attacker

    Abdel Rahman al Shaludi killed two people when he drove his car into a crowd in Jerusalem, including a three-month-old baby.

  4. Missing Miss Honduras: Police Find Bodies

    The boyfriend of Maria Jose Alvarado’s sister Sofia Trinidad is one of two men arrested since the women vanished after a party.

Saudi Arabia leans on Gulf states to close ranks as region boils

Full ArticleReuters

19 Nov 2014

DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states have shelved a bitter row among themselves, hoping to repair an alliance that has been sorely tested by chaos in the Middle East and the prospect of an Iranian nuclear deal that could tilt the regional balance of power toward their old foe Tehran. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain

In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, right, greets Saudi King Abdullah as the rulers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council member-states met in an emergency session in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

this tree on St. James Place off Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York literally split into two due to ice and snow during the "Friday the 13 snow storm" and fell in the shape of a "T". Like most of the trees damaged by the storm, many will have to be removed completely. [October 14, 2006].         wnhires  (js1)

Four people have been killed and a state of emergency declared in parts of New York state as a towering “wall of snow” dumped up to six feet of snow on Buffalo yesterday. The arctic storm, which is expected to get worse tomorrow, has plunged nearly

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a news conference after attending a meeting of the Oslo Forum at the Losby Gods resort, about 13 kilometers (8 miles) east of Oslo, Monday, June 18, 2012.

Veteran democracy campaigner cannot run for top post because of ban on candidates with a foreign spouse or children

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo National Security Agency plaques are seen at the compound at Fort Meade, Md. The NSA was founded in 1952 but only publicly acknowledged years later, which explains its nickname “No Such Agency.”

WASHINGTON Nov 18 (Reuters) – A bill to end the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency appeared to be in jeopardy on Tuesday after senior Republican senators said the measure would benefitIslamic State militants and

Ivory Coast troops patrol around the Cocody area in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, Aug 6, 2012. An Ivory Coast military official says seven soldiers have been killed in another attack by gunmen on a military camp in the commercial capital, Abidjan.

Ivory Coast‘s defence minister, Paul Koffi Koffi, has ordered soldiers to return to barracks after they staged protests in at least two cities.Soldiers blocked roads in the main city Abidjan and the second city Bouake to demand unpaid

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, gives an address at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, welcomes European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Ashton is saying there is no guarantee for a successful final nuclear deal with Iran.

November 18: Iran‘s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifconfirmed here Tuesday that he believed it is still possible to reach an agreement on his country’s nuclear programme before the Nov 24 deadline. On his arrival in the Auatrian capital, where

OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet

ESA See Also BERLIN (Reuters) – European comet lander Philae‘sniffed’ organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said. They said it was
photo: ESA

Shanghai stock link: Beijing offers HK protesters carrots, shows stick

Shanghai stock link: Beijing offers HK protesters carrots, shows stick

First days of trading show how regional finance could devolve from Hong Kong Special Region if demonstrations persist

 

 

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Relocating Civilians To Fight Insurgency, Does It Even Work?

CAIRO — On Oct. 29, the Egyptian army began bulldozing and dynamiting houses along Egypt’s border with Gaza to create a buffer zone 14 kilo…

2014-11-18 
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Jerusalem Synagogue Attacked, Iran Nuclear Talks, Planet Of The Vapes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 FINAL IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS BEGIN The last round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program began this morning in Vienna with I…

2014-11-18
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Horror And Despair In Raqqa, Syrians Living Under ISIS Rule

RAQQA — Ever since ISIS captured the Syrian city of Raqqa in early 2014, residents have been consumed by fear and caution. The terrorist gr…

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Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013, says report

18 Nov 2014

The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added. The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haramand the Taliban were

This image made from citizen journalist video posted by the Shaam News Network, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows the aftermath of a car bomb attack on a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

 

 

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, bows to Emperor Akihito, second from right, and Empress Michiko, right, before giving a speech during a ceremony to mark the day Japan recovered its sovereignty under the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1952, in Tokyo Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election following the release of surprise data showing the world’s third-largest economy is in recession. The downturn in July-September has thrown Mr Abe’s ambitious plans to revive the

Muslim protestors supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement, ODM, shout slogans from inside the mosque against the government, after police used tear gas on them in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. With days of protests failing to budge Kenya President Mwai Kibaki from power, a weakened opposition said Friday it would turn to economic boycotts and strikes to keep up pressure over the East African nation's disputed election. Opposition spokesman Salim Lone vowed a third and final day of protests would continue Friday despite a harsh police crackdown. Skirmishes between police and thousands demonstrators erupted in the coastal town of Mombasa and police fired tear gas at a dozen protesters in downtown Nairobi, but the rallies' strength has largely evaporated and most of the country was calm. At least 11 people have died in the last two days.

Four people have been stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, police say. The attacks came hours after police raided two mosques they accuse of having links with militant Islamists in neighbouring Somalia. One person was

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Kerry warned Thursday of a return to violence if faltering peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians ultimately fail. He also rejected suggestions that he scale back his ambition to salvage the talks and forge a final settlement and interim agreement.

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry angrily condemned Tuesday’s deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and demanded that the Palestinian leadership take immediate steps to end incitement to violence as Israeli-Palestinian tensions

Congolese riot police stands in front of the parliament building in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Monday Dec. 5, 2011.

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 51 young men and teenage boys in a crackdown on gangs that showed “little regard for the rule of law,” Human Rights Watch said. Thirty three others were “forcibly disappeared” during

Port workers hold pictures to show bad working conditions during a protest in Hong Kong Thursday, April 26, 2013. The workers have been on strike since the end of March. They are demanding higher pay and better working conditions from the middleman companies supplying labor to port operator Hongkong International Terminals, controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG: Authorities on Tuesday cleared part of Hong Kong‘s main pro-democracy protest camp, facing no resistance as they launched the first of several planned evictions to reopen roads blocked for nearly two months. Demonstrators have been camped

South Korea's president-elected Park Geun-Hye waves as she arrives to give her victory speech on a stage in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea launches a massive new government agency this week to handle emergency rescue and safety management seven months after a ferry disaster killed 304 people and was blamed by President Park Geun-hye on a failed response by

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet with Walnuts.

A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said. Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and

 

 

 

 

 

Israel to step up demolition of Palestinian homes

Full ArticleTimes Union

17 Nov 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Monday it has sent notices to the families of severalPalestinians in the West Bank implicated in attacks against Israelis to vacate their homes ahead of their impending demolitions. The development indicated that Israel is intensifying its much maligned policy of punitive destructions of homes of

File - A Palestinian child jumps over rubble of a house that was demolished by Israeli authorities, in the West Bank village of Faroun, south of Tulkarm, Monday, June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet with Walnuts.

A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said. Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with the German ARD television in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Putin has dismissed Western criticism of his government's raids of non-government organizations, saying they must account for their foreign funds.

Spokesman insists the president is taking part in all scheduled events on Sunday, contradicting media reports

President of Russia Vladimir Putin looks to his side during the family photo session of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit on Saturday that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russianbacking for separatist rebels in Ukraine. Russia denied any involvement in an escalation of the separatist war in

File - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a tour of the Rio Tinto West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Australia, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Tokyo, November 15: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold snap elections on December 14, two years ahead of schedule, as he seeks to bolster his public support by delaying another scheduled tax hike, reports said today. Abe is expected to

File- British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, following their meeting at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 24, 2014.

The UK must be ready to “stand up and walk away” if it is unhappy with talks over its relationship with the European Union, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said. He told the Daily Telegraph agreement was possible on such issues as

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, left, welcomes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement Saturday, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation. Francis

Al-Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The fighting at Beiji comes as Iraq has asked the U.S. for airstrikes targeting the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While U.S. President Barack Obama has not fully ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes, such action is not imminent in part because intelligence agencies have been unable to identify clear targets on the ground, officials said.

Baghdad, November 15: The Islamic State (IS) militants withdrew from the perimeter of Iraq‘s largest oil refinery in Salahudin province Saturday, a provincial security source said. “The security forces and allied tribal fighters seized the western
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Echoes of ’68 As Mexico Again Bears Witness To A Student Massacre

-OpEd- BOGOTA — Mexico bleeds as criminal gangs kill the innocent and not-so-innocent, before the gaze of an impotent — or is it ind…

2014-11-16 
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Why Netanyahu’s A Failure, Musings Of A Top Israeli Management Guru

TEL AVIV — There may be no academic with closer ties to the Israeli army establishment than Professor Asher Tishler, outgoing dean of …

2014-11-15 
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In The Golan Heights, Where Sunni, Shia And IDF Meet

MOUNT AVITAL MILITARY BASE — Mount Avital is the last piece of the Golan Heights controlled by Israel before you hit al-Nusra territor…

2014-11-14 
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Pro-ISIS Salafists Are Robbing German Churches

MUNICH — It began nearly a year ago, on the weekend after Christmas. On Saturday night, unidentified individuals broke into a church in the Co…

2014-11-13 
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Latin American Violence: After Mexico, Brazil Could Be Next

SAO PAULO — During my time in the early 1980s as a correspondent for Folha de S. Paulo in Buenos Aires, I covered more demonstrat…

 

 indonesia flag celebrate the 62nd anniversary of its independence on Aug. 17.(nu1)

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued. The earthquake

File - Health workers transport the body of a person suspected to have died of the Ebola virus in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the

So, the number of people who have known to have died ofEbola in the current outbreak in west Africa has passed 5,000. But what does that mean for the affected communities? I briefly visited Sierra Leone, one of the three most affected countries

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets with Secretary of State John Kerry in Zeralda outside of Algiers, Algeria, Thursday April 3, 2014.

PARIS (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been admitted to a hospital in France, two French officials said Friday. The ailing 77-year-old leader was admitted to the Clinique d’Alembert in Grenoble

A police officer stands guard as people attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 22, 2014.

VOA News Militant group Boko Haram has seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, the home of more than 200 schoolgirls the group kidnapped earlier this year. Pogo Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok elders’ forum, told VOA that militants
  • Cheering fans of Equatorial Guinea commonly known as the zalang Fans cheered their national team in Bata during the African Nations Cup soccer tournament

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the small west African country will host the tournament from January 17 to February 8, 2015. Morocco had asked for
    photo: WN / John Sahid

    OBAMA HITS THE GAS

    Islamic State leader Baghdadi urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

    Full ArticleThe Irish Times

    14 Nov 2014

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers ofSaudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name yesterday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. MrBaghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraqwas failing and he called for

    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.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a media conference at the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    British jihadists who travel abroad to fight in countries such asIraq or Syria could be banned from returning to the UK, according to new anti-terror laws outlined by David Cameron. Addressing Australia’s parliament Friday,Cameron said police in

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Monday, April 14, 2014.

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied a rift with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has adopted a tough stance onRussia‘s actions in Ukraine. As the cease-fire in

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Behind Speaker Boehner are House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican Conference chair. House GOP leaders Tuesday floated a plan to fellow Republicans to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations. But the plan got mixed reviews from the rank and file and it was not clear whether it could pass the chamber.

    (National Review) House majority leader John Boehner struck his most aggressive tone yet against President Obama’s promised executive amnesty for illegal immigrants, vowing to fight the White House “tooth and nail” and

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Nuclear talks with Iran have failed to reach agreement, but Kerry said differences between Tehran and six world powers made "significant progress."

    Scott Stearns STATE DEPARTMENT— U.S. Secretary of StateJohn Kerry said Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian leaders have all agreed on steps to reduce tensions surrounding worshippers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque. Those steps include Israel

    United States President Barack Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

    WASHINGTON: President Obama will ignore angry protests fromRepublicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of
    photo: AP / Richard Drew

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with H.E. Mr. M. Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Reuters VIENNA— The U.N. atomic agency has corrected data to lower its estimate of the size of Iran‘s uranium stockpile, a figure watched ahead of this month’s deadline for Tehran and six world powers to settle a dispute over Iran’s
    photo: UN / Eskinder Debebe

    Protesters after shooting of michael brown

    With the impending grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, Ferguson is bracing for protests—and residents arming up could make matters worse. This week, the parents of slain teenager Michael

    Russia ‘fuelling’ war in Ukraine

    13 Nov 2014

    The US ambassador to the United Nations has accused Russia of “fuelling war” inUkraine. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York, Samantha Powersaid that NATO had confirmed sightings of Russian military equipment and troops entering Ukraine in the last 48 hours. “If our message sounds familiar it is for a good reason,” Power said at

  • Pro-russian troops ride on a tank on a road in the direction of Donetsk not far from Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 20, 2014.

    Protesters after shooting of michael brown

    With the impending grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, Ferguson is bracing for protests—and residents arming up could make matters worse. This week, the parents of slain teenager Michael

    President Barack Obama meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office, July 13, 2011.

    VOA News President Barack Obama has called on Russia to honor a September cease-fire between Kyiv and Moscow-backed rebels in easternUkraine. White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said President Obama delivered the message to

    File - U.S. Border Patrol vehicles come and go from a checkpoint, as teams of border officers comb through the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico on Thursday in search of the lone outstanding suspect in the fatal shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the rugged terrain Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Rio Rico, Ariz.

    Jeff Topping/Reuters The U.S. now uses only drones to patrol almost half the Mexican border, in a shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, fences or ground

    Medical examination of ladies of Kolkata Cantt in a “Healthy Woman Medical Camp” organized at Command Hospital Alipore by the Army Wives Welfare Association (Eastern Command)

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India has been arrested, a top medical official said Thursday. Dr. R.K. Gupta, who had been hiding since Saturday’s operations, was arrested at a
    photo: WN / Bhaskar Mallick

    Indian women who underwent sterilization surgeries receive treatment at the District Hospital in Bilaspur, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, after at least a dozen died and many others fell ill following similar surgery.

    A doctor has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 13 women at a state-run sterilisation camp in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dr RK Gupta and his assistant carried out the tubectomies on 83 women in Pendari village in Bilaspur district.

    One World Trade Center (1 World Trade Center), more simply known as 1 WTC and formerly known as the Freedom Tower, New York.

    On Wednesday the FDNY was not rushing to save thousands but two window washers stuck on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor. But the rescue was charged with emotion nonetheless. Lt. Billy Ryan of the FDNY’s Rescue 1 would have been wearing the
    photo: WN / Periasamy

    Russia to build more Iran reactors

    Full ArticleBelfast Telegraph

    12 Nov 2014

    Russia has signed a contract to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations. The deal comes less than two weeks before the November 24deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear programme with six world powers. The contract has no

     
    ** FILE ** The reactor building of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is seen, some 750 miles (1,245 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Russia has made its first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr plant, which is at the center of the international tensions over Tehran's nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry said Monday Dec. 17, 2007. (js1)





    UN calls to West as 13.6 million are displaced in Iraq and Syria

    Full ArticleSydney Morning Herald

    12 Nov 2014

    Beirut: Warning that the world was growing numb to the worsening crisis in Syriaand Iraq, in which at least 13.6 million people had been displaced from their homes, the United Nations appealed to Western countries to open their borders and make good on donation pledges. As winter approaches and millions of Syriansand Iraqis take shelter in

    Syrian Kurdish refugees from the Kobani area walk at a camp in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

     

     

    A 3D model of the Rosetta Spacecraft. This is not a true representation of Rosetta as the actual spacecraft is protected by black multi layer insulation blankets, the High Gain is also black.

    Tomorrow, more than 20 years after it was first approved, aEuropean space mission reaches a climax when a fridge-sized space-probe gently touches down on a comet travelling at 34,000mph. If all goes to plan, the Philae lander of the Rosetta mission

    A mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (R) in Gaza City as French prosecutors in Paris opened up an official inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death in Gaza City on August 28, 2012. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas welcomed a decision by French prosecutors to open a murder inquiry into claims the Arafat may have been poisoned.Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

    RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused his Islamist Hamas rivals of carrying out a series of bombings against officials loyal to him in Gaza last week, in a move sure to harm already floundering unity efforts. A

    Palestinian youths burn tires during a protest against the high cost of living at the Jilazoun refugee camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

    November 11, 2014 — Updated 1228 GMT (2028 HKT) Ramallah,West Bank (CNN) — Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man during clashes Tuesday in a West Bank refugee camp, the latest example of violence and tensions between the two sides. According to

    Eight Indian women die, dozens critical after mass sterilisation

    Many of the more than 80 women who underwent sterilisation at the free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh. Raipur – Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition after a state-run
    photo: WN / Bhaskar Mallick

    File: South Korean Coast Guard police officers on a boat carry the body of a passenger believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Gwangju: A South Korean court on Tuesday found Lee Joon-seok, the captain of a ferry that capsized in April killing

    Orion or the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is a spacecraft that is being designed by Lockheed Martin for NASA, the space agency of the United States.

    NASA‘s next spaceship is about to take a big step toward its historic December spaceflight debut. The Orion capsule will roll out to the launch pad Tuesday night (Nov. 11), moving from the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space

    UN: No immediate proof found of mass Darfur rape

    KHARTOUM, Sudan The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said Monday an initial investigation has turned up no evidence of a claimed mass rape in a village there, but a U.N. envoy said there was a heavy military

     

     

    Iran, US, EU Wrap Up High-Level Nuclear Talks

    Full ArticleVoa News

    11 Nov 2014

    Pamela Dockins MUSCAT, OMAN— Senior U.S. State Department officials said talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program have been “tough, direct and serious.” But they declined to say if progress was made during trilateral negotiations that also included the European Union. The officials commented to reporters after

     
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, smiles, as Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili walks away, after a photo call at a start of high-level talks between world powers and Iranian officials in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Friday, April 5, 2013.





    UN Syria envoy calls for truce in Aleppo

    11 Nov 2014

    DAMASCUS, Syria The United Nations envoy to Syria called Tuesday for a truce in the northern city of Aleppo as a possible step to a wider resolution of the country’s civil war, though activists cast doubt on the plan. U.N. envoy Staffan de Misturaspoke at a news conference in the capital, Damascus, as part of his

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a UN observers vehicle passes under a huge Syrian flag held by Syrian President Bashar Assad supporters during their visit to the pro-Syrian regime neighborhoods, in Homs province, central Syria, on Monday April 23, 2012.

     

     

     

    Eight Indian women die, dozens critical after mass sterilisation

    Many of the more than 80 women who underwent sterilisation at the free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh. Raipur – Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition after a state-run

    File: South Korean Coast Guard police officers on a boat carry the body of a passenger believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Gwangju: A South Korean court on Tuesday found Lee Joon-seok, the captain of a ferry that capsized in April killing

    Orion or the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is a spacecraft that is being designed by Lockheed Martin for NASA, the space agency of the United States.

    NASA‘s next spaceship is about to take a big step toward its historic December spaceflight debut. The Orion capsule will roll out to the launch pad Tuesday night (Nov. 11), moving from the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space
    photo: Creative Commons / NASA

    UN: No immediate proof found of mass Darfur rape

    KHARTOUM, Sudan The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said Monday an initial investigation has turned up no evidence of a claimed mass rape in a village there, but a U.N. envoy said there was a heavy military

    Judge Marco Billi, right, flanked by court clerk Patrizia Cripoli reads the verdict at L'Aquila court, Italy, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

    An appeals court on Monday cleared experts who had been convicted of failing to adequately warn residents of the risk before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people. The court in L’Aquila, the city struck by the

    Paramedics treat an Israeli soldier after he was stabbed in Tel Aviv

    At least four people were injured in Israel on Monday in two separate stabbing attacks, on the heels of demonstrations over the killing by police of an Arab Israeli man, which was caught on video. In the first attack, which occurred Monday afternoon
    photo: AP / Israel Ben Ami

    Jesus Christ

    Jesus married the prostitute Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library. The so-called “Lost Gospel“, which has been translated
    photo: public domain /

     

     

     

     

    Catalonia independence: 80% vote to split from Spain

    10 Nov 2014

    Millions of people voted on the issue of Catalonian independence on Sunday, with more than 80 per cent of people electing for a split from Spain in a bid to carve out a new Mediterranean nation. But the vote itself was a watered down version of a referendum due to the legal restrictions put in place by the Spanish government, resulting in it being

    People queue with the Estelada flag (pro-independence Catalan flag) to cast their vote at a polling station for an informal poll for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

     

     

     

     

     

    Bahamian Pastor and Inspirational / Motivational Speaker Dr. Myles Munroe

    A private jet struck a construction crane on approach to Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday and crashed, killing all nine people aboard, including the leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, police and civil aviation officials said.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and China's President Xi Jinping, right, shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. President Xi and Prime Minister Abe held an ice-breaking meeting Monday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific conference in Beijing, following more than two years of deep tensions over an island dispute.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing yesterday on a trip aimed at thawing ties with China. On the first leg of a three-nation tour, Abe arrived with his wife, Akie Abe, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

    UN Peace Envoy for Syria Calls on Damascus to Suspend Fighting: Reports

    MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) – The United Nations peace envoy for Syria met officials in Damascus Sunday on plans to suspend fighting between the government and Islamic State (IS) militants, as well as other rebel groups,

    Iran victim of media and political terrorism: Human rights official

    In an interview with Euronews correspondent James Franey inGeneva, he slammed the West’s ‘double standard policy’ on human rights. He said: “I think Iran right now is targeted, is falling victim to a new kind of terrorism. I call it media and

    UN chief hails US nationals' release in North Korea

    United Nations, November 08: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has welcomed the release of two US nationals by North Korea, voicing his hope that “the positive momentum for improving relations among the concerned parties” will be built on. Ban

    President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine, Thursday, March 20, 2014, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington before departing for Florida. President Barack Obama said the US is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. He also said he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian economy.

    WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama introduced his choice for attorney general on Saturday as an accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a “fierce commitment to equal justice.” Loretta Lynch, 55, would be the first

    Obama Malaysia Airlines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is “very grateful” that North Korea has released the last two Americans in its custody.Obama says “it’s a wonderful day for” Americans Kenneth Bae (bay) and Matthew Miller and their families. U.S.
    photo: Creative Commons / White House / Pete Souza

    US air strike on Islamic State convoy killed leader’s key aide

    Full ArticleThe Observer

    09 Nov 2014   

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. US officials were unable to confirm if he was a casualty of the air strike that destroyed 10 vehicles carrying its top militants.Photograph: ISLAMIC STATE VIDEO / HANDOUT/EPA A key aide to the leader of Islamic State (Isis) was killed in a US strike on a convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosulon Friday that





    Germany Berlin Wall Anniversary

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25thanniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and the start of the country’s emergence as the major power at the heart of Europe. A 15-kilometer

    US Navy 071205-N-5476H-062 Volunteers from the Hawaii Job Corp place ribbons on the 2,408 U.S. flags flown for the Healing Field Flag Memorial

    WASHINGTON — Steady October employment gains and a drop in the jobless rate to levels last seen in July 2008 suggest the U.S. economy is getting back to normal. Employers added 214,000 jobs last month, the LaborDepartment said, helping to push

    Severe snow covered the limbs of trees in Pocahontas, Illinois, USA after a winter storm or polar vortex hit the Midwest on January 7, 2014.

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    Japan governor approves Sendai reactor restart

    Full ArticleBBC News

    07 Nov 2014

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    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen Martin E. Dempsey and Israeli Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Binyamin Gantz participate in arrival ceremony at the Kiryah in Tel Aviv, Israel, MD, Aug 13, 2013.  DOD Photo by D. Myles Cullen

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    President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Tuesday, Feb., 14, 2012, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    Zlatica Hoke Germany‘s capital is gearing up for the 25thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this weekend, but some people may not be able to make it to the celebrations because of a four-day strike by train drivers. The work stoppage

    In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, tigers recently confiscated from the residence of an Indonesian businessman sit inside a cage at Animal Rescue Center run by Indonesian Forestry Ministry and Animal  Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI) in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Conservationists must protect tiger populations in a few concentrated breeding grounds in Asia instead of trying to safeguard vast, surrounding landscapes, if they want to save the big cats from extinction, scientists said Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010.

    Washington, November 07: A new research has observed that a new virus called canine distemper virus (CDV) is proving to be a threat to the tiger populations in the wild. According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its

    Chief of Malaysian-based National Revolution Front Hassan Taib, center, leaves after the signing ceremony of the general consensus document to launch a dialogue process for peace in the border provinces of southern Thailand, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Thai authorities and Muslim militant leaders based in neighboring Malaysia agreed Thursday to hold talks to help ease nearly a decade of unrest in southern Thailand.

    Reuters KUALA LUMPUR— A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic sharia law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majorityMalaysia represents itself as the

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and South Sudan President Salva Kiir in a press conference shortly after their indoor meeting on May 6, 2014 to demand an end to five months conflict. During the visit, Secretary General has repeatedly called on both leaders to find a political solution and put an immediate end to the violence, which has led to suffering of so many innocent civilians.

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    ICC rules out investigation into Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    06 Nov 2014

    War crimes court says killing of Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010 not of sufficient gravity to warrant inquiry

    File - The MV Mavi Marmara aid-carrying ship pulling out of dock en route for Gaza.

    SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

    National Transportation Safety Board inspectors with a tail section of SpaceShipTwo. Credit: National Transportation Safety Board/Wikimedia Commons View full size image This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication

    Liberia Ebola

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    European immigrants contribute £5bn to UK economy but non-EU migrants 'cost £118bn'

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    Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamat-i-Islami wave their party flags with Arabic inscription" There is no God but Allah, Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah," during a rally to protest against attempts to modify blasphemy laws, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

    Pakistani police have arrested at least 43 suspects in connection with Tuesday’s killing of a Christian couple accused of desecrating the Koran. The couple were beaten to

    Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division concludes operations in Afghanistan, 13 years after it arrived

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    Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans

    Full ArticleThe Associated Press

    05 Nov 2014
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    Supporters cheer before Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts makes his victory speech during a Republican watch party Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.

     

     

     

     

     

    European immigrants contribute £5bn to UK economy but non-EU migrants 'cost £118bn'

    Immigrants from Poland and the other nine countries that joined the EU in 2004 have contributed almost £5 billion more to the UK’seconomy than they used in benefits and public services. Analysis by the University College London Centre for Research

    Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamat-i-Islami wave their party flags with Arabic inscription" There is no God but Allah, Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah," during a rally to protest against attempts to modify blasphemy laws, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

    Pakistani police have arrested at least 43 suspects in connection with Tuesday’s killing of a Christian couple accused of desecrating the Koran. The couple were beaten to

    Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division concludes operations in Afghanistan, 13 years after it arrived

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    Army Slow to Investigate War Gear Missing in Afghanistan

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  • India advocates paradigm shift in solving global warming issue

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    A referendum on Obama’s leadership

    Full ArticleThe Gleaner

    04 Nov 2014

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    WASHINGTON: When PM Narendra Modi meets President Barack Obama at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, a fortnight from now, he will likely see a man much diminished from the one he engaged just a few weeks back.Obama will still be the tallest

    Armed vehicles are seen driving as the sun rises over a desert road leading south out of Misrata, Libya, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

    Fierce fighting has erupted in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as the army attempts to retake the area from Islamist militias. Smoke could be seen rising from Benghazi’s port, where a ship was hit. The army had asked residents in the central

    Kilauea Crater, USA

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    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks during the G20 Business Summit in Seoul Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. World leaders are coming together in Seoul Nov. 11-12 to discuss the state of the global economy as it emerges from the financial crisis.

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    Death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard & husband Dan Diaz at their wedding

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    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, South African President Jacob Zuma, center, and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, right, attend the opening of the ministerial stage of a two-week 194-nation conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

    Reuters COPENHAGEN— Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday. The 40-page synthesis, summing up

    African heads of state pose for an official photograph at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, May 25, 2013.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘ready to cast UK adrift’ over migrant quotas

    Full ArticleBelfast Telegraph

    03 Nov 2014
    The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has warned David Cameron she would be prepared to see the UK leave the EU rather than give in to his demands for new quotas on migrant workers coming to the UK. Ms Merkel is understood to have told the Prime Minister he is approaching a “point of no return” where his demands for changes in Britain’s
     German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference after an EU summit at the EU Council building in Brussels, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

     

     

     

     

    Death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard & husband Dan Diaz at their wedding

    A young woman who re-opened the debate over assisted suicide after publically announcing she would take her own life, has died. BrittanyMaynard, 29, who campaigned for “Death with dignity”, was suffering from an aggressive malignant brain tumour and

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, South African President Jacob Zuma, center, and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, right, attend the opening of the ministerial stage of a two-week 194-nation conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

    Reuters COPENHAGEN— Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday. The 40-page synthesis, summing up

    African heads of state pose for an official photograph at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, May 25, 2013.

    Peter Clottey The African Union (AU) says it is ready to work with leaders and stakeholders in Burkina Faso in order to expedite the transition process to quickly return to a constitutional rule. Burkina Faso has closed its borders with neighboring

    Pakistani security officials and media gather at the site of car bombing on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, June 2013. A car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing more than a dozen people and wounding scores of others, police said.

    Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD— Authorities in Pakistan say a bomb attack in the Lahore region has killed at least 48 people, and the death toll could rise. The attack took place near the Wagah

    Gunmen patrol after clashes with Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

    Reuters BAGHDAD— Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official confirmation of the

    A Palestinian security officer patrols the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt (background).

    VOA News Israel has closed two border crossings with Gaza. The military said it decided to close the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings Sunday after a rocket was fired into Israel from the Palestinian side without causing any damage

    Pope Francis arrives on his pope-moblie for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

    Reuters Pope Francis on spoke against “an industry of destruction” practiced by mankind as he marked All Saints Day with a mass atRome‘s main cemetery, the Verano. Large crowds had gathered for the solemn outdoor event

     

     

    Pro-Russia separatists hold leadership elections in two Ukraine enclaves

    Full ArticleThe Observer

    02 Nov 2014

    A man walks past an advertising hoarding in Donetsk, Ukraine, with a portrait ofAlexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic.Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukrainehold controversial leadership elections on Sunday which Kiev and the west have refused to recognise and which

    A pro-Russian rebel stands guard as a man leaves a voting cabin at a polling station during supreme council and presidential elections in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

     

     

     

     

    Virgin Galactic crash: Branson vows to continue space project

    Full ArticleBBC News

    01 Nov 2014

    Sir Richard Branson has vowed to continue his space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his craft in the California desert. One pilot died and the other was badly injured when Virgin Galactic‘s SpaceShipTwo craft exploded on Friday. The founder of the Virgin Group said he was “shocked and saddened” but insisted he would

    Wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.





    FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 29, 2011 file photo of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore listens during a session on peer review amongst African leaders, at the Sipopo conference center, outside Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday Oct. 31, 2014 after 27 years in power and said elections would be held in 90 days following a wave of protests against his rule. The announcement, read out on television, was a sharp about-face from the day before, when protesters stormed the parliament but Compaore vowed to hold power through next year.

    An international Relations expert, Dr Yaw Gebeh has warned theGovernment of Ghana not to entertain any attempt by the deposed Burkinabe leader, Blaise Compaore to flee

    Virgin Galactic

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    Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, delivers a speech after receiving the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize

    Myanmar’s parliament is to consider amending the country’s constitution — which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president — ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said yesterday. Aung San Suu Kyi is trying

    Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso, delivers the keynote speech during the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) at a hotel in Yokohama

    Burkina Faso‘s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.

    UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an “unprecedented scale,” with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. The report by a

    Leading the fight against female mutilation

    Full ArticleCanberra Times

    31 Oct 2014

    EFUA DORKENOO 1949-2014 Efua Dorkenoo helped to lead a successful 30-year campaign against the tradition of genital cutting of girls and women, mainly inAfrica and the Middle East, by casting the practice as a human rights violation. Dorkenoo started organisations to battle genital cutting and coordinated the effort more broadly as acting director

    Leading the fight against female mutilation

    UN envoy proposes Syria 'fighting freeze'

    UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an “action plan” for Syria, proposing to “freeze” fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks. De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security

     

    Power struggle after Sata's death

    Divisions could emerge in Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) over who will succeed president Michael Sata (77), who died on Tuesday. Sata leftDefence Minister Edgar Lungu as acting president on October 20 while he sought treatment in London.

    Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled, "There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm.

    STOCKHOLM — Sweden‘s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel‘s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. The European

    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall, Friday August 9, 2013, in Boston.

    Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who said he attended so many community meetings over his two decades in office that he personally met half of the city’s residents, has died. He was 71. He died today after battling cancer, according

    Sri Manka Mudslide

    Colombo, October 30: Nearly 200 people are feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a deadly landslide destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin tea plantation workers with slim chances of any survivors being found even as India offered

    Malala Yousafzai gestures as she speaks to an audience during a discussion of her book, "I am Malala" hosted by the John F. Kennedy Library and held at Boston College High School Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Dorchester, Mass. The Pakistani teenager, an advocate for education for girls, survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year on her way home from school.

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza . The Nobel peace prize winner, speaking after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the

    Ebola outbreak: Fewer burials, fewer new cases in Liberia, the WHO says

    Full ArticleCNN

    30 Oct 2014

    October 30, 2014 — Updated 0713 GMT (1513 HKT) (CNN) — The fight against Ebolain Liberia got some welcome news — with a little caution. The number of new cases in the nation appears to be declining, with fewer burials and lab confirmations, and less-cramped hospitals, the World Health Organization said. If the trend continues, the hardest hit

     
    A health worker sprays disinfectant onto a college after they worked with the body of a man, suspected of contracting and dying form the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.





    African Union Says a Sixth of Pledged Ebola Workers Ready to Go

    African nations have more than 300 health workers ready to deploy in Ebola-affected nations, about a sixth of the number they pledged to help contain an outbreak of the disease, an African Union official said. Nigeria has about 250 workers “trained

    WHO says Ebola epidemic in Liberia may be slowing down

    The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over. The disease is still raging in parts ofSierra Leone and there

    Poverty forces Afghan Children to work for food

    By: Mirwais Jalalzai Instead of going to school and enjoying simple childhood times, many Afghan children have to work hard every day to earn a living for their families. Several years of civil war and extreme poverty inAfghanistan forced many

    Editorial: A better plan for Afghanistan

    The mission is far from accomplished in southern Afghanistan’sHelmand province, but U.S. and British commanders felt enough confidence inAfghan government forces’ combat abilities to withdraw all troops there this week and shut down the Camp

    Barroso: Without EU enlargement, Russia would have gobbled up Bulgaria, the Baltics

    Without the EU enlargement, Russia‘s appetite, today, would not focus on Ukraine, but on Bulgaria and the Baltic states, outgoing Commission President José Manuel Barroso told reporters at his last press conference, held Wednesday (29

    UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion

    A UN official has warned that Israel‘s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman called on Israel on Wednesday “to

    At least 3 million in Somalia in need of aid: U.N. Secretary General

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least three million people in Somalianeed humanitarian aid and the country is threatened with famine, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. The United Nations said in September more than a million people

    Afghanistan pullout: Just more territory for the Islamic State to swallow up

    Full ArticleThe Malta Independent

    29 Oct 2014

    As concern increases about the presence of an Islamic State offshoot in Darnah, Libya, the last troops are pulling out of Afghanistan as the US Marines and UK military pull out of Helmand province. The US and UK led war in Afghanistan lasted 13 years and has left thousands of casualties in its wake some of them young western soldiers, some of

    Afghanistan pullout: Just more territory for the Islamic State to swallow up






    Supporters of presidential candidate Michael Sata hold his portrait during a rally prior to the Sept. 28 election, in Mandebvu Lusaka, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006. President Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy is seeking a second term. But while the opposition is splintered, he is facing a surprisingly strong challenge from former Cabinet minister Michael Sata, who heads the Patriotic Front p

    Zambian leader Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who was finally elected president in 2011, died after an illness, the Zambian government said Wednesday. The Cabinet held a meeting to discuss a political transition, which would include

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Rouhani says the international sanctions regime has crumbled and will not be rebuilt even if Iran and world powers fail to reach a final nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline. Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany reached an interim deal in November that limited Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange for the easing of some sanctions.

    Iran’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected President HassanRouhani’s nominee to head the science ministry, in a boost to Rouhani’s hardline opponents. The president had nominated Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, the chancellor of Tehran

    Future will show us war in Afghanistan was worth sacrifice

    Well, it’s all over, bar the analysing and recriminations.Operation Herrick, Britain’s contribution to the campaign in Afghanistanconducted by the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), has finished. What has been achieved? And

    Indian Paramilitary troop keep vigil in Srinagar Wednesday 22, October 2014. As security has been beefed across Srinagar Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcement that he will celebrate diwali with people of Kashmir.

    Srinagar, October 29: Two more militants were on Wednesday killed by security forces on the second day of an encounter in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of theArmy had lost his life while an

    Violence Against Children: UN Gets it Wrong

    The United Nations has just issued a report, ‘Why Children‘sProtection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda‘ This is a worthy ideal. Unfortunately, the UN Report does not identify the fundamental cause of

    Giant tortoises are characteristic reptiles of certain tropical islands. They occur (some species are now extinct) in such places as Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion, the Galápagos Islands, Sulawesi, Timor, Flores and Java, often reaching enormous size—they can weigh as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) and can grow to be 1.3 m (4 ft) long. However, giant tortoises also once lived on the mainland of Asia and Australia, as follows from fossil finds in the Shivalik Hills in India. Today, the world's largest population inhabits Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles, where there are approximately 100,000 individuals.

    Saved: A giant tortoise on the Galapagos island of Espanola.Photo: Reuters/James P. Gibbs Conservationists say they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong

    Ebola aid appeal launched by Disasters Emergency Committee

    An appeal for the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee. It is the first time the DEC – a group of 13 UK aid charities – has sought funds over a disease outbreak, which it says is “a sign of how

    War in Afghanistan – thirteen years of conflict

    War in Afghanistan – thirteen years of conflict





    Ukip 'enjoy huge poll surge after EU demand for £1.7bn surcharge'

    Ukip‘s support has reached an all-time high after a shock £1.7billion cash demand from Brussels, according to a new poll. As Labourslumped by five points to drop to 30 per cent – the party’s lowest rating under Ed MilibandNigel Farage‘s Ukip was

    Marines leave Afghanistan after tough war years

    The Marines are putting America‘s longest war behind them. They are pulling up stakes in the patch of Afghan desert known as Helmand province, where 378 Marines were killed and nearly 5,000 wounded in fighting that peaked four years ago. On Sunday

    Cholera patients lie on beds in Budiriro clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Zimbabwe's economic meltdown has been worsened by a cholera outbreak across the country which has killed nearly 3,100 people and infected 58,993 -- the worst Africa death toll from cholera in 15 yea

    Niamey (Niger) , October 27: Niger has seen more than 1,300cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the United Nations has said. In September alone there were 38 reported deaths from cholera, said the

    UN chief voices concern over Ebola-related restrictions

    United Nations, October 27: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas expressed concern about restrictions imposed by several countries and localities on travelers from major Ebola-affected countries, a spokesperson said here Monday. Ban believes that

    Iraqi civilians gather the morning after a string of car bombs tore through busy shopping streets in several neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 38 people Monday, authorities said. The deadliest attack

    Oscar Pistorius buries his head in his hand as he listens to cross questioning, in the second week of his trial, about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 10, 2014.

    JOHANNESBURG – Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentence after the Olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and given a five-year prison term for

    A protester carries a Tunisian flag during a sit-in in support of the Tunisian people organized by the committee for solidarity with the people's uprising in Tunisia and Lebanon, in front of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s main secular opposition party was claiming victory on Monday over once-dominant Islamists in the country’s historic parliamentary elections. Partial results from the official election commission were expected to be

    Boko Haram kidnaps 30 in northeast Nigeria

    Full ArticleCNN

    27 Oct 2014

    October 27, 2014 — Updated 0500 GMT (1300 HKT) Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls from a village in northeastNigeria during the weekend. The abductions are the latest in a string of recent kidnappings by Boko Haram that dims hope for the anticipated release of 219 schoolgirls ?held by the group since

    File - Police women in riot gear block the route during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

     

    A health worker is sprayed with disinfectant after he worked with patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

    A US nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebolapatients in West Africa says she will challenge her confinement in a federal court.Kaci Hickox said she was made to feel like a criminal after returning from Sierra Leone last Friday.

    US and UK troops pull out of Afghanistan’s Helmand province

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    EU row heaps pressure on Cameron

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    Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko during his press conference in Kiev

    Election day: Members of a district electoral commission work in a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Photo: AFP Kiev: Pro-Western and nationalist parties have scored a crushing victory in Ukraine‘s snap parliamentary polls,

    People wait in line to vote in municipal elections outside a polling station in the Complexo da Mare slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members.

    Brazilians voted in a bitterly contested election that pits a leftist president with strong support among the poor against a centrist senator promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. Polls on the eve of the vote gave a slight
    photo: AP / Silvia Izquierdo

    ‘Conditions’ dictate delay in S. Korea OPCON transfer

    WASHINGTON — Political and strategic developments have compelled the United States and South Korea to shelve major plans for reorganization of allied forces on the Korean Peninsula, according to officials and outside experts. During a joint press

    	'No safety guarantee' over Helmand

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    Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern

    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    26 Oct 2014

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    File - In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia.

    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, a healthcare worker, right, wears protective gear against the Ebola virus before he enters the Ebola isolation ward at Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone.

    DAKAR, Senegal — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. See also: Eyewitness to

    In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency, defendants cover their faces as they sit in a court room in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.

    A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the

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    A fuel tanker drives Past tents covering entrances to smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border, near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on July 7, 2013. Egyptian authorities closed on July 5, 2013 the Rafah crossing to Gaza following attacks in the Sinai peninsula in the wake of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's dismissal. Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

    Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers. The bombing yesterday was carried out by a suspected jihadist who rammed a checkpoint with his

    FILE - In this July 7, 2013 file photo, presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita waves to supporters during a campaign rally at the March 26 Stadium, in Bamako, Mali.

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    photo: AP / Harouna Traore

    Two die in shooting at US school

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    Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    N.Y. doctor positive for Ebola had no symptoms until Thursday, officials say

    Full ArticleCNN

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    Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg.





    Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after attacks

    Full ArticleBBC News

    25 Oct 2014

    Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after at least 31 soldiers were killed in two attacks there. PresidentAbdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning in the wake of the suspected jihadist attacks. Egypt’s Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was also closed, state TV said. It was the

    In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, holds an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council with top officials after an attack in the Sinai Peninsula, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

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    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by

    Masked Palestinians throw stones towards Israeli security forces, not pictured, during clashes erupted after demonstration against an anti-Islam film called "Innocence of Muslims" that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Shuafat refugee camp, Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

    A Palestinian boy was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank, medics and residents said. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat

    PM Modi conveys greetings on United Nations Day

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    A view of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police, with its sign in London, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

    The Metropolitan Police is reportedly to pay more than £400,000in compensation to a woman who had a child by an undercover officer. The woman, known only as Jacqui, has a son with Bob Lambert, who was revealed in2012 as a member of the now-defunct

    PM Modi conveys greetings on United Nations Day

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    US radar deployment in Japan draws Chinese rebuke

    YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, JapanChina has criticized the U.S.deployment of an anti-missile radar at a base in Japan, saying the move undermines “mutual trust.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying avoided naming the United States, but her

    Mali reports first Ebola case, a toddler from Guinea

    Mali reported its first case of Ebola late Thursday, marking a major setback for West African efforts to contain the deadly virus that now has affected six countries in the region and left nearly 5,000 dead. Health MinisterOusmane Kone made the

    A British Airways Airbus A318 flies over the financial district of Canary Wharf on its first longhaul transatlantic flight from London City airport to New York, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

    A health care worker who recently returned from Guinea was rushed to New York City‘s Bellevue Hospital on Thursday with Ebola-like symptoms. The man, who was working with Doctors Without Borders, has not tested positive for the virus. The New York

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    Buckingham Palace in Westminster, United Kingdom.

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    In this file photo taken Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, a Nigerian soldier patrols in an armored car, during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country's military carrying out abuses against civilians as part of their fight against the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram, Amnesty International said Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

    Published October 23, 2014FoxNews.com Facebook0 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s remote northeastern Adamawa state were abducted by suspected Islamic militants, residents said Thursday. People in

    Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

    Full ArticleThe Times of India

    23 Oct 2014

    GENEVA: The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, theWorld Health Organization said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The UN‘s public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the three countries at the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic — have contracted the

    A healthcare worker in protective gear sprays disinfectant around the house of a person suspected to have Ebola virus in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

    Ebola survivors in Liberia are symbols of hope and help

    Published October 23, 2014Reuters Facebook0 Twitter0 EmailPrint Four survivors of the Ebola outbreak, who were treated by Gorbee Logan, a Liberian doctor who says he has successfully treated Ebola patients with anti-retroviral drugs, walk at a

    Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak

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    Somali Pirates Still Holding 37 Sailors: UN Official

    NEW YORK, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – Somali pirates are still holding 37 sailors, raising serious international concern, UN official Jeffrey Feltman stated. “Somali pirates are still holding 37 seafarers, which is a matter of serious international

    US and UK asked Australia to send personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola crisis

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    Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.

    Travel deals WASHINGTON – (AP) — President Barack Obamacondemned fatal shootings in Canada on Wednesday as “outrageous attacks.” ”We’re all shaken by it,” he said. Obama said the motive for the shootings remained unknown. But he said as more

    Families of the victims of the September 2007 shooting by Blackwater security guards are seen at the prime minister's office in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 18. 2010.

    October 22, 2014 — Updated 1938 GMT (0338 HKT) (CNN) — After marathon deliberations, a federal jury found four ex-Blackwater Worldwidecontractors guilty Wednesday in a deadly 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad‘s Nusoor Square. Nicholas Slatten, 30, of
  • Gaza inquiry

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    Climate change: What does real action mean for Europe?

    Full ArticleAl Jazeera

    22 Oct 2014

    Well over half a million people in 2,000 communities around the globe marched last month to demand real action on climate change. That was an unprecedented scene. On the next day, several financial businesses announced they would no longer invest in the carbon intensive economy, but rather shift to invest in the new climate economy. Two days later

    A damaged house in Jawhar Nagar Area which still is submerged in water three weeks after flash floods in Srinagar, India, Tuesday on September 30, 2014.

    UN announces Gaza war inquiry

    The UN says it will begin investigating attacks on its facilities during Israel‘s recent war against Hamas in Gaza, that killed more than 2,100Palestinians. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the world body was investigating a

    A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have

    Cuba Ebola Doctors

    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban doctors and nurses departing forWest Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job. “There have been fights breaking out, heated

    Petro Porochenko au Conseil de l’Europe Strasbourg 26 juin 2014

    Reuters KYIV— Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a move to head off discontent before an election, signed a law on Tuesday that will allow ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych to be tried by court in his absence for crimes carried out while he was

    Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.

    “He will not be able to compete for five years”: International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence. Photo: Getty Images Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to run in the Paralympics

    WHO outlines next steps in Ebola crisis

    October 21, 2014 — Updated 1220 GMT (2020 HKT) (CNN) —Ebola vaccine testing could start in the next few weeks, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as health officials scramble to quell the virus that has killed more than 4,500 people. The

     

     

    Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers Party, gestures to supporters as she arrives to give her victory speech after winning the election runoff in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff gained support over opposition candidate Aecio Neves even as the race remains in a dead heat less than a week before the runoff, according to a Datafolha poll published yesterday. Rousseff has 46 percent support and

    Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

    Full ArticleThe Irish Times

    21 Oct 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Ms Masipa said before giving the sentence: “a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the

    Oscar Pistorius arrives in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.





    Full ArticleThe Independent

    20 Oct 2014

    A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant “spare parts” for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient’s own skin cells. The miniature intestine grew from a single stem cell to the size of a fingertip and was able to carry out many of the

     A mouse looks on at an Argentine laboratory in Buenos Aires, Thursday Jan. 8, 2004. This laboratory develops transegenic mice with modified neurological genes that can be used to study possible treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's and schizophrenia.






    In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, police and demonstrators clash outside the parliament as deputies repeatedly vote down proposals to officially recognize the Svoboda nationalist party - a contentious WWII-era partisan group as national heroes, Kiev, Ukraine.

    Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian political activists have carried out a series of sensational actions, seizing politicians and local officials and throwing them into big bins. The activists, many from far-right groups, accuse the politicians of

     Comet Siding Spring buzzes Mars

    Comet Siding Spring Mars flyby

    October 19, 2014 — Updated 2345 GMT (0745 HKT) | Filed under:Innovations An artist drawing of Comet Siding Spring approaching Mars. (CNN) — The comet Siding Spring whizzed within 87,000 miles of Mars on Sunday — close enough to the Red Planet

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Friday, March 26, 2010

    THE Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a

     

    Demonstrators hold banners in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Demonstrators were calling for support of the Kurdish resistance against the Islamic State group in Kobani and Rojava.

    Britain’s “lock-them- up” approach to dealing with returningBritish jihadist fighters is doomed to failure and risks making it harder to find potential terrorists, warned one of the world’s leading terror experts yesterday. “Britain needs a

    In this photo taken late Monday, June 30, 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a televised address in Kiev, Ukraine. Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process. The cease-fire expired Monday evening.

    VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says a preliminary energy deal reached with Russia will require Kyiv to pay $385 per cubic meter of natural gas through the winter months. Poroshenko disclosed

    Chinese Foreign Minister  Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Germany's Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Diaoyutai State Guest house in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted China’s top diplomat at his Boston home for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two nations. The meetings on Friday and yesterday between Kerry and State Councillor Yang Jiechi come about a

    People walk in front of St. Peter Basilica at The Vatican Friday April 9, 2010

    VOA News Just as it seemed the Roman Catholic Church might ease its stance on homosexuality, bishops from around the world removed language doing just that from a new Vatican

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    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    19 Oct 2014

    By Humeyra Pamuk URFA Turkey (Reuters) – The fiercest fighting in days shook theSyrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron 31 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, 13 October, 2014.

    In this photo taken late Monday, June 30, 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a televised address in Kiev, Ukraine. Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process. The cease-fire expired Monday evening.

    VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says a preliminary energy deal reached with Russia will require Kyiv to pay $385 per cubic meter of natural gas through the winter months. Poroshenko disclosed

    Chinese Foreign Minister  Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Germany's Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Diaoyutai State Guest house in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted China’s top diplomat at his Boston home for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two nations. The meetings on Friday and yesterday between Kerry and State Councillor Yang Jiechi come about a

    People walk in front of St. Peter Basilica at The Vatican Friday April 9, 2010

    VOA News Just as it seemed the Roman Catholic Church might ease its stance on homosexuality, bishops from around the world removed language doing just that from a new Vatican

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. EU leaders on Friday agreed on tougher rules for spendthrift nations whose overspending threatens Europe's single currency and risks triggering a debt crisis.

    MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) – The United States imposed sanctions against some Hungarian officials and businessmen over their alleged involvement in corruption,

     

    Members of Mexico's Sufi Muslim community say Friday prayers at a community center in Mexico City Friday, May 13, 2005.

    Carolyn Presutti MIAMILatinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And according to Latino American Dawah Organization

     

     

    ** FILE ** In this undated file photo provided by the Philippine National Police shown are al-Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani, 2nd right partly covered by a tree trunk, with some of its members around a wood fire as they cook their meal inside their jungle camp in the island of Jolo in southern Philippines.

    Two Germans freed after six months of captivity in the southernPhilippines by a militant group that threatened to behead one of them if ransom was not paid were flown to Manila yesterday under the care of their embassy, aPhilippine military

    In this photo released on Feb. 4, 2012 by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks during the presentation of his book 'Guerrillero del Tiempo,' or 'Time Warrior' in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

    Travel deals HAVANA – (AP) — Fidel Castro says Cuba is ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola. The 88-year-old ex-leader writes in state news media on Saturday that cooperation would be in the interest of “the peace of

    World warned that Ebola ‘could be scourge like HIV’

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    18 Oct 2014

    Britain and the US say inadequate international response to outbreak has allowed it to continue and worsen

    The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, today welcomed the arrival of a German aircraft which will be delivering needed supplies and material to countries in western Africa affected by the Ebola virus, 15 October, 2014





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    Ebola crisis: UN launches urgent appeal for donations

    Full ArticleBBC News

    17 Oct 2014

    Ban Ki-moon has launched another urgent appeal for funds to help fight Ebolaafter a United Nations drive for donations fell short of its target. The UN chief said a $1bn trust fund he launched in September has received just $100,000 (£62,000) so far. He joins a growing chorus of world leaders criticising the global effort to tackle the Ebola

    The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, today welcomed the arrival of a German aircraft which will be delivering needed supplies and material to countries in western Africa affected by the Ebola virus, 15 October, 2014.

    Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff has been moved out of a New York lockup on his way to the Butner federal prison to begin serving his 150-year sentence, a law enforcement official said Monday.

    www.huffingtonpost.com ; David McCallum served 29 years in prison after being coerced into offering a false confession for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old boy in 1985. After spending nearly three decades behind bars, he gave HuffPost Live

    In this photo released by the Royal Palace, Morocco's King Mohammed VI flanked by his son Moulay El Hassan, left ,and his Brother Prince Moulay Rachid, right , listen to the national anthem after he delivered a speech to the nation, Wednesday, March, 9, 2011 at the king's Palace in Rabat. Morocco's king announced constitutional changes in a rare speech, aimed at consolidating democracy.

    Travel deals RABAT, Morocco – (AP) — Morocco has denied reports it has withdrawn as host of next year’s African Cup of Nations football tournament although it wants the competition postponed. Information Ministerand government spokesman Mustapha

     

    Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

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    Air France flight AF 028 landing at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, USA.

    Three people with fever considered at risk for having Ebola were being tested Thursday in Spain for the virus, including one who arrived on an Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid‘s airport as a precaution, officials said. Other passengers were

     

    FILE - In this Aug. 22, 1998 file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, then Taliban Army Supreme Commander talks to reporters in Miram Shah, Waziristan, Pakistan.

    VOA News Afghan security forces have captured two senior leaders of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, a group blamed for some of the most sophisticated attacks against Afghan and NATO troops in the

     

    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.

    Selah Hennessy LONDONState repression is on the rise inUganda, according to the rights group Amnesty International, as it documents legislation that has been enacted during the past year and half. Analysts say fundamental human rights are

     

    In this file photo taken on Oct. 8, 2013, women walk past the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad, Iraq. The number of Iraqis slain "execution-style" surged last month, the U.N. said Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

    Reuters BAGHDAD— Four car bomb attacks and a mortar strike on Shi’ite Muslim parts of Baghdad killed 36 people and wounded 98 within a span of two hours on Thursday afternoon, police and medical officials said. An Iraqi Shi’ite political
    photo: AP / Hadi Mizban

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    At least 25 dead after blizzards, avalanches in Nepal

    Full ArticlePenn Live

    16 Oct 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search and rescue teams flying on army helicopters spotted the bodies of eight more trekkers killed in a series of blizzards and avalanches that have hit central Nepal in recent days, raising the death toll in the region to 25, officials said Thursday. About 70 people were still missing along or near the popular

    In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers carry an avalanche victim before he is airlifted in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.

    Russian leader Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in

     

    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.

    The United Nations also warned Ebola was outpacing efforts to combat the disease and said the world should dramatically expand the fight against the tropical fever. The Ebola epidemic is “the most serious international public health emergency

    Replica of Android Robot. in shop - Pune - India

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    ARCHIV: FIFA-Praesident Joseph Blatter (l.) und UEFA-Praesident Michel Platini unterhalten sich in Budapest (Ungarn) beim 62. FIFA-Kongress (Foto vom 25.05.12).

    VOA News The head of European soccer’s governing body has strongly condemned the violence that erupted during Tuesday night’s Albania-Serbia qualifying match for the 2016 European Championship. UEFA presidentMichel Platini said,

     

    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

    The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended in stalemate, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosity after two shooting incidents last week.Generals from both sides met

     

    File - Saudi Shiite protesters wearing masks chant slogans during a protest in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Saudi police have opened fire at a rally in the kingdom's east in an apparent escalation of efforts to stop planned protests.

    A Saudi court has sentenced prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death after convicting the anti-government protest leader of “sedition”, his brother and lawyer said. The verdict risks a further escalation of tensions with Saudi

    Spanish national soccer team midfielder Thiago Alcantara smiles during a press conference in Bari, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Italy and Spain will play an exhibition match in this southern Italian city Wednesday.

    The midfielder was “disappointed and desperate” after hearing the news he will be out of action for some time with another ligament injury and requires an operation Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara says he is “disappointed and

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mozambicans vote for new leader

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    15 Oct 2014

    MAPUTO — Mozambicans voted on Wednesday in elections expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, and international observers reported voting was generally smooth and peaceful. Linesformed at polling stations in the port capital Maputo, as voters waited patiently to make their choice in the

    An unidentified woman gestures after casting her ballot for the presidential, parliamentary and provincial assemblies elections in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    UN medical worker infected with Ebola dies at Germany hospital

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    14 Oct 2014

    Published October 14, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email PrintBERLIN – A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberiahas died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died

     

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walk and talk

    US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, France. Photo: AP Paris: The United States andRussia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters – including intelligence

     

     

    The New York Times headquarters

    HAVANA – A recent New York Times editorial urging the United States to end its embargo of more than 50 years against Cuba is a reflection of the “difficult situation” the North American country now faces, said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In an

     

     

    A man that was hired by the community sprays chemicals to try and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, as local children look on, in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

    Geneva, October 14: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could reach 5,000 to 10,000 cases per week by the first week of December. “Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we face is

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013.

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million Tuesday to an organization on the front lines of the fight against the Ebola virus, marking another major tech donation that seeks to make philanthropy faster and more

     

    Bowe Bergdahl

    Thomson ReutersU.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army See Also WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in

    File - Saudi policemen form a check point outside Al Rajhi mosque where a demonstration was expected to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 11, 2011.

    RIYADH: A former employee of a US defence contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom. The alleged shooter, Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, right, attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany meet Iran in Geneva on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 to try to reduce concerns that Tehran wants to build nuclear weapons while satisfying Iran’s demands to recognize its right to peaceful nuclear activities.

    VIENNA: Iran‘s foreign minister warned on Tuesday of “numerous” gaps in troubled nuclear talks with world powers but both he and US counterpart John Kerry, due in Vienna on Wednesday, insisted a deal remains possible by a November 24 deadline.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    UN medical worker infected with Ebola dies at Germany hospital

    Full ArticleFox News

    14 Oct 2014

    Published October 14, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Email PrintBERLIN – A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberiahas died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died

    Health workers in protective gear load a body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola on the street of Monrovia ,Liberia. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.





    British police seize over $400,000 suspected funds for ISIS

    British police officers stand guard outside the Iranian Embassy in London, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

    London, October 13: British police have confiscated 250,000pounds (about 401,713 dollars) of suspected funds for the Islamic State (IS), the anti-terror authorities said Monday. Most of the money was seized from travellers departing from Manchester

    A Plant in green color in the U.S.

    Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2being absorbed by plants, according to new research. Scientists say that between1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought. The authors say it

    R&B singer Chris Brown appears in a Los Angeles courtroom with his attorney Mark Geragos Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

    Rapper Chris Brown has shared his thoughts on the Ebola crisis.Photo: Getty Images Chris Brown has caused a stir on the internet after sharing his thoughts on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying he thinks the virus is “a form of population

    File - In this April 29, 2010 file photo, a Turkish pilot salutes before take-off at an air base in Konya, Turkey.

    ANKARA, TurkeyNATO allies Turkey and the United Statesdiffered Monday on where they stand on the use of a key air base, with Turkishofficials denying reports from the United States that there was a new agreement on its use for operations against

    File - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

    The major U.S. stock market indexes took a dive Monday, marking a three day downward trend for stocks driven by unease over Federal Reserve monetary tightening and a tumultuous global economy. The S&P 500closed at 1,875, down 1.7% for the day

    British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with journalists as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels

    13 October 2014, 22:45 MPs Vote To Recognise Palestinian StateTweet MPs have voted overwhelmingly to recognise a Palestinian state. The vote – which ended 274 to 12 in favour – is not binding on the government but has been described as “symbolically

    An Iraqi airways plane sits on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad Wednesday Dec. 28, 2005

    Never mind what America’s top general said. ISIS was never close to overrunning this strategically crucial location, Iraqi officials claim. ERBIL,Iraq — Iraqi security officials are shooting down claims from America’s top military officer that ISIS

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    ISIS militants march on toward Baghdad despite airstrikes, international outrage

    Full ArticleCNN

    13 Oct 2014

    October 13, 2014 — Updated 0728 GMT (1528 HKT) (CNN) — Despite airstrikes and international outrage against ISIS militants, the terror group is overrunning Iraqi forces and slowly marching toward Baghdad. And as alarming developments piled up over the weekend, it appears the U.S. plan to “destroy” the group is slowly falling apart. Here are where





    An Iraqi federal policeman stands guard as his colleague searches a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.





    Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend’s death

    13 Oct 2014

    Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for a sentencing hearing that will determine whether he serves jail time for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, or walks out a free man. A stony-faced Pistorius stared straight ahead as police officers escorted him into the court building. He

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    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and Department of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale testify before the House Armed Service Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. on March 6, 2014. Hagel addressed the 2014 Department of Defense Budget Proposal as remarked on the steps the Department has taken to separate itself from military cooperations with Russia in response to the situation in Ukraine.  DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

    Michael Bowman WASHINGTON— America’s top military commander says Islamic State (IS) militants are adapting to a U.S.-led air campaign, making targets in Iraq and Syria harder for coalition forces to identify and eliminate. The chairman of the

    A Palestinians inspect the destruction in Farouq Mosque after an Israeli air strike, in Rafah at the Southern Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014. Israeli army warns residents to evacuate their homes immediately. Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible. Photo by Ahmed Deeb/WN

    VOA News — Countries from around the world have pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean. Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende announced the total Sunday at the close of a

     

    Indian army soldiers patrol inside the Rashtriya Rifles army camp at Safapora some 20 kms (12 miles) from Srinagar on February 27, 2014. A soldier in Indian Kashmir shot dead five of his colleagues before killing himself, an incident which experts said highlights the stress facing troops in the volatile region bordering Pakistan. The soldier was on night duty when he opened fire on his colleagues who were reportedly sleeping in their barracks at a military camp, 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the region's main city of Srinagar.

    Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD— Pakistan, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Indian fire across a disputed border has killed 12 civilians and wounded 61 people, including some soldiers, this month in Punjab province. The letter said the

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London, UK, on May 14, 2014, at the outset of a meeting focused on Middle East Peace.

    VOA News The United States has pledged $212 million in new aid for the Palestinians at a conference to raise money for rebuilding the war-hitGaza Strip. U.S. Secretary of State

    File - An FBI agent walks along Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., Thursday, April 25, 2013, not far from where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught hiding in a boat Friday, April 19.

    WASHINGTON, October 12 (RIA Novosti) – Boston Marathonbombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew that his older brother Tamerlan was involved in a triple murder in 2011, Fox News

    Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko, left, walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Ouistreham, western France, Friday, June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion this week in Normandy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    VOA News Ukraine‘s President Petro Poroshenko says he will meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week in Italy for talks on a peace plan for eastern Ukraine and an ongoing natural gas dispute. Poroshenko, speaking Saturday, said the

    Father of Malala Yousufzai, Mr. Ziauddin Yousufzai called on Federal Minister for Interior, Senator A. Rehman Malik in Islamabad on October 25, 2012.

    VOA News The father of Malala Yousafzai, one of this year’s twoNobel Peace Prize Laureates, tells VOA he is proud his teenaged daughter has emerged as a voice for peace from a region affected by terrorism and extremism.Ziauddin Yousafzai told

     

     

     

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    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.

    Reuters HAVANA— Cuba has received no indication the Obama administration might change U.S. policy toward Cuba despite increasing support within the United States for closer ties, a top Cuban official said on Wednesday. “We don’t have those

    Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah appears before reporters with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on July 11, 2014, after he arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan for a meeting about steps to resolve the country's disputed presidential election between him and fellow candidate Ashraf Ghani.

    William Gallo WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrysays the completion of a power-sharing deal and successful political transition inAfghanistan could be a turning point for the war-torn South Asian country. The top U.S. diplomat played a

    Policemen enforce restrictions in the Lal Chowk area as Separtist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik asked Traders and other people to converge at the city center to offer Eid prayers on Monday 06, October 2014

    Ayesha Tanzeem Recent fighting across the Line of Controldividing disputed Kashmir is once more escalating tensions between India andPakistan, with each side accusing the other of starting the violence. The artillery exchanges – the most serious

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures at a function in New Delhi, India

    New Delhi, October 10: Former prime minister Manmohan SinghFriday expressed hope that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Kailash Satyarthi, India‘s best known face against child labour, and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai will

    Dr. James LeDuc with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is silhouetted in front of a screen showing a map of Ebola outbreak areas in Africa at the start of the 49th Annual Conference for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, in Houston

    The man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus inBrazil hails from Guinea, one of the three countries in West Africa that has been hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. The Independent reports that though the only symptom he is exhibiting is a

    This photo taken March 1, 2013 and released on Tuesday March 5, 2013, by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French soldiers from the 2e REP legionnaires regiment patrolling in the desert in Northern Mali.

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – French forces destroyed a convoy in Niger transporting weapons from Libya to Mali and captured fighters linked to al Qaeda, the presidency said on Friday as France steps up efforts to stop militants crisscrossing the

    This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

    LONDON: Pakistani‘s teenager Malala Yousafzai’s doctor has congratulated her for winning the Nobel Peace prize and said she thoroughly deserves it. The British children’s doctor helped save Malala’s life after she was brought to UK from Pakistan