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Major casualty in Baghdad car bomb blast

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:58

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Shi'ite Muslim member of Iraq's parliament was killed in a car bomb attack at a checkpoint entrance to the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya in Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a parliamentary media official and police. Police and medics said Ahmed Al-Khafaji, also a member of the Shi'ite Badr political party, was among 25 people killed in the blast on the edge of Kadhimiya, home to the Shi'ite shrine of Imam Kahdim. Khafaji is also a former deputy interior minister, his party said. The death toll was earlier reported to be 18. ...

U.S. says 21 air raids slow IS advance near Turkey border

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:40

Washington (AFP) - US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had "slowed" the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

For sublet, urgently: House where Adolf Hitler was born

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:23

Vienna (AFP) - Austria's interior ministry is appealing to other government departments to take over the house where Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, amid a long-running debate over what should become of the building.

Family that lived with Texas Ebola victim showing no symptoms: mayor

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:15

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family who shared an apartment with a Liberian man who died of Ebola in Texas is showing no signs of illness, while the dog of a nurse who contracted the deadly virus is healthy and being cared for, Dallas's mayor said on Tuesday. Thomas Eric Duncan's girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s had been living with Duncan before he was admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28. "So far no signs of the virus in any of them," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on CNN. "We check them twice a day, and everybody's healthy. ...

Ebola death rate increases to 70 percent

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:18

World Health Organization also warned of potential for 10,000 new cases per week in 2 months.

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit IS positions near Turkey

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:15

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition has launched several airstrikes on Islamic State group positions in Syria, mainly in and around the town of Kobani near Turkey, where Kurdish fighters captured a strategic hill and brought down the jihadists' black flag, activists and a Kurdish official said Tuesday.

Supreme Court leaves California foie gras ban intact

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:11

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for animal rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed California to continue to ban foie gras, a delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. Rejecting a legal challenge to the law, the court declined to hear an appeal filed by restaurants and producers of foie gras. In doing so, the high court left intact an August 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law. California enacted the law in 2004 but it did not go into effect until 2012. ...

Gunman kills American in Saudi capital Riyadh

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:09

Riyadh (AFP) - An unidentified gunman shot dead an American and wounded another in the Saudi capital on Tuesday when he opened fire on their vehicle, police said.

Ebola epidemic still spreading in W. Africa

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:02

WHO says virus still active in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia; total death toll 4,447 from a total of 8,914 cases.

Prosecutor: Pistorius offered 'blood money'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:33

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius offered $34,000 to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her, but the family rejected the funds because they did not want "blood money," a prosecutor said Tuesday at the sentencing hearing for the double-amputee athlete.

Pistorius defense says disability would make him vulnerable in jail

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:12

Pretoria (AFP) - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius would be highly vulnerable in South Africa's brutal jails, his disability elevating the risk of poor hygiene and even gang rape, a defence witness claimed Tuesday.

Chris Christie says he would 'rather die than be in the United States Senate'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:42

The New Jersey governor says he may run for office again once his time as governor is up — just not in the state of New Jersey.

Newly-found ancient cult complex may have been for storm god worship

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:01

A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel. Inside the complex, researchers discovered three connected cups, fragments of facemasks, massive jars that are almost as big as a person and burnt animal bones that may indicate sacrificial rituals. The archaeologists said they aren't sure who was worshipped at the complex, though Baal, the Canaanite storm god, is a possibility. "The letters of Ugarit [an ancient site in modern-day Syria] suggest that of the Canaanite pantheon, Baal, the Canaanite storm god, would have been the most likely candidate," Itzhaq Shai, a professor at Ariel University who is directing a research project at Tel Burna, told Live Science in an email.

Despite recent headlines, 'official' Palestine still a long way off

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:25

Paris (AFP) - Despite a highly-symbolic British vote to recognise Palestine as a state, the road to official recognition is still fraught with obstacles, experts say, with the hoped-for two-state solution a long way off.

Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor faces sentencing for corruption

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:10

CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is due to be sentenced on Tuesday after admitting to using his public positions in North Carolina's largest city for personal financial gain, including taking at least $50,000 in bribes. Cannon, a Democrat who served on the Charlotte City Council before being elected mayor last November, pleaded guilty in June to a public corruption charge. A nearly four-year investigation resulted in his arrest and resignation in March. U.S. ...

Trial of accused Boston bomber's friend turns to text messages

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:07
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Text messages between the accused Boston Marathon bomber and some of his college friends will be the focus when the criminal trial of a man charged with lying to investigators resumes on Tuesday. U.S. prosecutors contend that Robel Phillipos, 21, lied to authorities about a visit that he and two other friends made to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. ...

North Korean leader reappears publicly with cane

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:55

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse.

U.N. worker dies of Ebola in Germany

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:02

The United Nations medical official was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia.

Doctor gives blood for Ebola-infected Dallas nurse

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:27

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas nurse who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian patient who died of the disease has received a plasma transfusion donated by a doctor who beat the virus.

Powerful earthquake strikes off El Salvador, one dead

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:45

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck late on Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador's emergency services said a dozen homes in the department of Usulutan had been slightly damaged but that coastal areas appeared calm and the country's international airport was unaffected. ...