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Kyiv: Russian convoy an invasion

Aug 22, 2014 / 10:10 pm

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In another ominous...

Alcohol ban hurts violin makers

Aug 22, 2014 / 8:12 pm

Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected. Silver Spring violin maker Howard Needham tells The Washington Post ( that nothing works...

US reassessing action in Syria

Aug 22, 2014 / 8:07 pm

A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. "We're not going to be restricted by...

Missing Russian student dead

Aug 22, 2014 / 7:13 pm

A Russian student who went missing in Grand Teton National Park has been found dead. The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr "Sasha" Sagiev was found in the park Friday. The student from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was reported missing Monday after going for a hike. After a three-day search,...

Thailand's 'baby factory' case

Aug 22, 2014 / 7:11 pm

Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and...

Dad charged in baby death

Aug 22, 2014 / 1:00 pm

A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours. Brevard County prosecutors officially charged 31-year-old Steven Darnell Lillie on Friday with third-degree felony murder,...

33 killed in bus crash

Aug 22, 2014 / 8:30 am

Two buses collided early Friday near a popular Red Sea resort in Egypt, killing at least 33 people, a local health official said, in the country's worst road accident in nearly two years. The buses were coming from opposite directions when they collided on a main road about 50 kilometres...

Militants kill alleged informers

Aug 22, 2014 / 7:15 am

Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders. Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown,...

Threat of more landslides

Aug 22, 2014 / 7:07 am

Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 40 people were confirmed dead...

National Guard leaves Ferguson

Aug 21, 2014 / 9:21 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small...

22,322 missing since 2006

Aug 21, 2014 / 7:52 pm

The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing. Assistant Attorney General Mariana...

Dog used as lure to kidnap

Aug 21, 2014 / 7:14 pm

A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday. Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells Jr., got the girls to their car with an offer to pet the dog and he...

Park considers moving bears

Aug 21, 2014 / 7:11 pm

The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery. The agency is launching a three-year process to study a variety of options for helping their population. Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stressed...

Foley case brings debate

Aug 21, 2014 / 3:27 pm

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the...

Nearly 400 people pay it fwd

Aug 21, 2014 / 1:59 pm

A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favour. The chain kept...

Ebola aid worker to be released

Aug 21, 2014 / 8:24 am

At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The...

Monsoon storm dumps rain

Aug 21, 2014 / 7:30 am

Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain...

Aid trucks clearing customs

Aug 21, 2014 / 7:11 am

Some Russian trucks in a massive aid convoy began the process of clearing customs Thursday at a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian border guard service said. Russia has been trying to send in over 200 trucks carrying what it says is humanitarian aid to help civilians in...

Senior Hamas leaders killed

Aug 21, 2014 / 6:40 am

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. The pre-dawn strike levelled a four-story house in a densely populated...

Pot Playboy gets 27 years

Aug 20, 2014 / 11:00 pm

A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said. Jimmy Cournoyer pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges...

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