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Egypt in long fight against militants

Jan 31, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi made his televised address as military commanders announced plans to forge a unified...

2 injured climbers rescued

Jan 31, 2015 / 7:00 pm

An Oregon National Guard helicopter has airlifted two climbers off Mount Hood after the two were injured in a fall, rescue officials said. The two climbers, a male and a female, are being taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment, American Medical Response in Portland said. The...

Journalist beheaded on video

Jan 31, 2015 / 3:19 pm

UPDATE: 3:15 P..M An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage. Japanese Prime...

7,500 to fight Boko Haram

Jan 31, 2015 / 12:42 pm

African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants. The move came after the...

Bombings in capital kill 9

Jan 31, 2015 / 10:01 am

A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. A bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday morning in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometres (14 miles) southeast of...

Fatal fire sweeps through factory

Jan 31, 2015 / 10:00 am

A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Fire department control official Mohammed Farhaduzzaman said the fire broke out Saturday evening at the five-story factory in Dhaka's Mirpur...

A pardon for convicted gay men

Jan 31, 2015 / 8:17 am

Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. Their letter published Saturday in the Guardian praises the government for the 2013 pardon of...

Media self-censors during crisis

Jan 31, 2015 / 8:15 am

Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, cancelling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities...

Balloon pilots end 7,000-mile flight

Jan 31, 2015 / 6:48 am

Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico on Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean. The pilots landed off Baja California about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the...

Artillery fire kills at least 12

Jan 31, 2015 / 6:00 am

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed. Five people were...

More measles cases found

Jan 30, 2015 / 10:00 pm

More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday. Figures released by the California Department of Public Health showed there are now 91 confirmed cases in the state, up from 79 on Wednesday. Of those, 58 infections have been linked to visits to Disneyland or...

'Suge' Knight arrested

Jan 30, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff's deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and...

Blogger spared flogging, for now

Jan 30, 2015 / 2:44 pm

As a Saudi blogger with Canadian ties was spared a scheduled flogging for a third straight week Friday, a supporter expressed hope the pardon of a fellow activist may spur Raif Badawi's release. News of the flogging postponement emerged as word circulated that Souad al-Shammari, who...

Mitt Romney's final flip-flop

Jan 30, 2015 / 2:42 pm

Mitt Romney's presidential dream died as it lived — with a final, dramatic flip-flop. Romney has completed his second U-turn on the question of whether he'll run in 2016 and is back where he started: He's not running for president anymore. His announcement Friday came...

Rap mogul faces murder charge

Jan 30, 2015 / 6:28 am

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run. Knight was arrested at about 3 a.m. and was being held on $2 million bail, said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's information office. She said he...

Recalling Churchill: 50 years later

Jan 30, 2015 / 6:17 am

Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with memorial services to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral. The Havengore, the boat that carried Churchill's coffin along the Thames in 1965, will carry the statesman's family as it retraces its journey down the...

Silence in wake of ISIS deadline

Jan 30, 2015 / 6:14 am

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working around the clock on...

Budget seeks to 'reverse' cuts

Jan 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check. The proposal from the president reflects the White House's newfound confidence in the economy. It comes two months...

Teen brings fake gun to TV station

Jan 29, 2015 / 7:27 pm

A 19-year-old brandishing a fake weapon threatened a security guard to gain access to the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demand airtime Thursday night before police stormed a TV studio to arrest him. Nobody was injured in the incident, but it forced the NOS off air for around...

Murder trial begins for football star

Jan 29, 2015 / 1:30 pm

With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defence table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from his own home to tie him to the crime. Hernandez's lawyer...

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