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Sierra Leone's food shortages

Sep 21, 2014 / 12:34 pm

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighbourhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. While most residents welcomed teams...

White House intruder Ex-Army

Sep 21, 2014 / 12:23 pm

The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday. Authorities have identified the intruder from Friday night's shocking incident as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of...

Wildfire destroys 10 homes

Sep 21, 2014 / 12:20 pm

Nearly three-dozen structures have been destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday. According to preliminary figures, 10 residences and 22 outbuildings were lost in the King Fire as the structures were...

Turkey takes 100,000 refugees

Sep 21, 2014 / 8:58 am

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds. The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat...

Blast kills 2 policemen

Sep 21, 2014 / 6:14 am

A roadside bomb went off on Sunday on a busy downtown Cairo street near the Nile-side Egyptian Foreign Ministry, killing two senior policemen, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. In a separate incident, a military helicopter on a training mission crashed in an oasis province some 100...

Police chief freed from jail

Sep 21, 2014 / 6:11 am

A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home. Ivan Simonovis had been jailed since 2004 in connection with the death of pro-government...

Hostage release questioned

Sep 20, 2014 / 9:08 pm

Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...

Ukraine ceasefire 'in name only'

Sep 20, 2014 / 9:05 pm

NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible...

White House security increased

Sep 20, 2014 / 7:49 pm

The head of the U.S. Secret Service has ordered stepped-up security outside the White House after a man who jumped the fence made it all the way inside before being apprehended. The Secret Service says Director Julia Pierson has ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North...

Entire country locked down

Sep 19, 2014 / 12:31 pm

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak under control, thousands...

Convicted felon kills family

Sep 19, 2014 / 7:30 am

A man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small Florida town say they had been called to in the past. The shooter,...

Thousands flee wildfire

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:32 am

Thousands of firefighters kept a huge and still-growing wildfire from burning homes in Northern California while a man with a long criminal history faced charges of deliberately starting the blaze that drove some 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said. The wind-whipped wildfire burned...

Deadly floods

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:03 am

Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon. Authorities said more than 470,000...

Scotland: change in the wind

Sep 19, 2014 / 5:59 am

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central...

Scots seem to reject independence

Sep 18, 2014 / 9:48 pm

Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and with most votes counted Friday, results suggested a strong wish to keep Scotland's 307-year union with England. With 26 of 32 regional electoral centres reporting, the No side had about 54 per cent of...

Search for cop killer intensifies

Sep 18, 2014 / 8:31 pm

Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect's parents. The Barrett Township Fire Department opened a shelter for residents in...

Thai ruler apologizes

Sep 18, 2014 / 8:27 pm

Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis. The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on the scenic resort island of...

Grandfather kills own family

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:45 pm

A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He said the children ranged in age...

Cease-fire appears to hold

Sep 18, 2014 / 8:30 am

Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday. The city council in Donetsk said no deaths were reported in fighting overnight on Wednesday, one of the...

3 arrested in subway bombing

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:41 am

Chilean police arrested three suspects on Thursday in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades. Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced the arrests of two men and a women. One is suspected of carrying out the Sept. 8 bomb attack at a shopping area...

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