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Bad news for giant panda

Sep 1, 2014 / 3:21 pm

Edinburgh Zoo warned Monday that its female giant panda, Tian Tian, may have lost her cub. Hopes were high that Tian Tian, or Sweetie, would give birth at the end of August following artificial insemination in April. But the zoo's panda expert said Tian Tian is "now past her due...

Rebels back off from independence

Sep 1, 2014 / 9:07 am

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the...

Putin calls for talks on Ukraine

Aug 31, 2014 / 9:31 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a...

$7,000 spent on $37.50 fine

Aug 31, 2014 / 7:46 pm

The city of Fairbanks has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 elections fine levelled on the mayor. The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart to pay the $37.50 fine in May after concluding he broke a state election law in the October 2013 election by sending...

Judge blocks abortion law

Aug 31, 2014 / 7:35 pm

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday but officials cannot penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while a challenge is heard. The law would require...

Aftershock rattles Napa region

Aug 31, 2014 / 3:30 pm

A significant aftershock from last weekend's magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California's wine country. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles (8 kilometres) south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomas Brocher, director of...

Aviation alert after small eruption

Aug 31, 2014 / 2:32 pm

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. The red warning code — the highest in the country's alert...
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Germany sends guns to Kurds

Aug 31, 2014 / 12:44 pm

The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armoured vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The Defence Ministry said Sunday that the arms, together with protective gear and communications equipment, are enough for 4,000...

Libyan militia guards US Embassy

Aug 31, 2014 / 12:26 pm

An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by...

Bikini baristas busted

Aug 31, 2014 / 7:59 am

Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts. Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money...

Volcano eruption alert

Aug 31, 2014 / 7:47 am

Iceland's authorities on Sunday raised the aviation warning code to red for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometres north...

US airstrikes accompany food drops

Aug 30, 2014 / 8:03 pm

Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian...

EU warns Russia

Aug 30, 2014 / 4:08 pm

The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions. EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said early Sunday that the bloc's 28 leaders tasked its executive body to "urgently undertake preparatory work...

New heart drug released

Aug 30, 2014 / 9:12 am

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 per cent. Doctors say the Novartis drug — which doesn't have a name yet...

Rebels attack Peacekeepers

Aug 30, 2014 / 9:10 am

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers...

Slice of cake sold for $1,375

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:06 pm

A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a card stating,...

Beauty queen steals $100k crown

Aug 29, 2014 / 1:41 pm

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned"...

Search over for crashed pilot

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:00 am

The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news at...

US: Beware of giant snails!

Aug 28, 2014 / 9:46 pm

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens...

UN: 43 peacekeepers detained

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:36 pm

An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the...
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