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Hope for Kidnapped schoolgirls

Oct 20, 2014 / 11:01 am

There is cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria's federal government has not yet provided...

Seven women found dead

Oct 20, 2014 / 9:00 am

The bodies of seven women have now been found in Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and led investigators to at least three other bodies, authorities said Monday. The coroner's office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two...

Pistorius to be sentenced Tuesday

Oct 20, 2014 / 8:56 am

Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius could be sentenced to years in prison, or he could be given a suspended sentence and a fine and receive no jail time for...

120 being monitored for Ebola

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:06 am

Texas health officials say 120 people are still being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people who got the disease in Dallas. Officials said Monday that 43 of 48 people on an original watch list had passed the 21-day incubation...

$6M for Ebola food shortages

Oct 20, 2014 / 6:11 am

China has donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced Monday, part of Beijing's growing assistance to a continent where its companies have become major investors. WFP China...

Nepal to end rescue operation

Oct 19, 2014 / 9:08 pm

Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to be stranded on a trekking route by a series of blizzards and avalanches that left dozens of others dead have been rescued and are safe. The last flights by rescue helicopters in Mustang,...

Face-veil ban lifted in Australia

Oct 19, 2014 / 9:07 pm

Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened. The government department that runs Parliament House announced earlier this month that "persons with facial coverings" would no...

US airdrops supplies to Kurds

Oct 19, 2014 / 9:04 pm

The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani,...

Spanish nurse beats Ebola

Oct 19, 2014 / 7:08 pm

A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by...

Paralyzed groom walks aisle

Oct 19, 2014 / 6:53 pm

New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn't stop him from walking down the aisle. Ficarra was able to stand and walk during the wedding ceremony in suburban Syracuse on Saturday with the help of a battery-powered...

Africa: Ebola stigma widespread

Oct 19, 2014 / 10:54 am

In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The...

US monitors worker on cruise

Oct 19, 2014 / 10:45 am

A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare. A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man...

Pope beatifies Paul VI

Oct 19, 2014 / 8:32 am

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place...

Turkey: No US arms for Kurds

Oct 19, 2014 / 8:29 am

Turkey wouldn't agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Sunday, as the extremist group fired more mortar rounds near the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey views the main Syrian Kurdish...

Cruise ship tests for Ebola

Oct 19, 2014 / 7:23 am

A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola returned to port in Texas early Sunday. Company and federal officials have said the woman being monitored for Ebola poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms and has voluntarily...

Zoo bear bites boy's arm off

Oct 19, 2014 / 6:47 am

A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said Sunday. Media reports said the attack happened Saturday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in Henan province, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed to push...

Scandalous art in Paris

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:21 pm

A controversial green art installation on Paris' tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight. The inflatable sculpture called "Tree" vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal...

Post-hurricane, Bermuda cleans

Oct 18, 2014 / 7:34 pm

Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries. The storm's centre crossed over Bermuda late Friday and Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic...

Model arrested in drug bust

Oct 18, 2014 / 2:45 pm

An aspiring model and a private pilot, both from Canada, have been arrested on federal drug charges in Southern California after authorities say they arrived from Las Vegas in a private jet carrying drugs worth roughly $2 million. Krista Marieann Boseley, 30, of Vancouver, British Columbia, and...

Catholics scrap gay welcome

Oct 18, 2014 / 11:18 am

Catholic bishops have scrapped their landmark welcome to gays, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to gays...

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