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  • Ransom demands for beheaded journalist

    Ransom demands for beheaded journalist

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-08-22 10:52:18 GMT
    Details surrounding attempts to rescue American journalist James Foley in Syria before he was killed included a military operation to free him and an effort to raise the $132.5 million Islamic militants demanded for his release.The 40-year-old freelance journalist from New Hampshire was savagely beheaded within the last week inside Syria, where he had been held since his disappearance in November 2012.

    Details surrounding attempts to rescue American journalist James Foley in Syria before he was killed included a military operation to free him and an effort to raise the $132.5 million Islamic militants demanded for his release. The 40-year-old freelance journalist from New Hampshire was savagely beheaded within the last week inside Syria, where he had been held since his disappearance in November 2012.

  • German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women

    German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:33:58 GMT
    Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up.
    Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up.
  • Mission to save Foley, other hostages in Syria failed

    Mission to save Foley, other hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:09:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held.
  • U.S. journalist executed by Islamic State

    U.S. journalist executed by Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:39:04 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. A video by ISIL shows the beheading of the 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire. The execution was in retribution for U.S. airstrikesin Iraq.

    President Barack Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. A video by ISIL shows the beheading of the 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire. The execution was in retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

  • Massive hail storm dumps on Mexico City

    Massive hail storm dumps on Mexico City

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:00:09 GMT
    An intense hail storm rained on Mexico City causing floods. The storm began late Sunday with heavy rain and quickly turned into a massive hail storm. Residents scrambled to get indoors as the rocks pummeled to the ground.
    An intense hail storm rained on Mexico City causing floods. The storm began late Sunday with heavy rain and quickly turned into a massive hail storm. Residents scrambled to get indoors as the rocks pummeled to the ground.
  • Protests planned

    Sultan of Brunei wants the Plaza Hotel

    Sultan of Brunei wants the Plaza Hotel

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-19 02:23:07 GMT
    The Sultan of Brunei owns the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, where a human rights group staged a boycott and protests this summer. The same group is telling the sultan that if he buys the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, he can expect the same here. Joshua Rahlan of Human Rights Campaign is urging New Yorkers to make it clear to sultan that he should take is business elsewhere.
    The Sultan of Brunei owns the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, where a human rights group staged a boycott and protests this summer. The same group is telling the sultan that if he buys the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, he can expect the same here. Joshua Rahlan of Human Rights Campaign is urging New Yorkers to make it clear to sultan that he should take is business elsewhere.
  • Traveling to enrich your life

    Traveling to enrich your life

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:42:17 GMT
    The younger generation is choosing extended, meaningful travel experiences over standard vacations. They are redefining what travel looks like. Dylan Driscoll, 22, just got back from the trip of a lifetime. After graduating from college, he booked an open-ended trip to Europe. He was gone for 35 days and went to 12 countries.
    The younger generation is choosing extended, meaningful travel experiences over standard vacations. They are redefining what travel looks like. Dylan Driscoll, 22, just got back from the trip of a lifetime. After graduating from college, he booked an open-ended trip to Europe. He was gone for 35 days and went to 12 countries.
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    Pope Francis hopes to visit U.S. in 2015

    Pope Francis hopes to visit U.S. in 2015

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:40:51 GMT
    Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak...
    Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the...
  • Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

    Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:58:31 GMT
    A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub.  His look may have been a step too far for the Gulf's most liberal city, where a carefully cultivated reputation for tolerance and cutting-edge cosmopolitanism occasionally clashes with the region's conservative Islamic values.
    A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub.  His look may have been a step too far for the Gulf's most liberal city, where a carefully cultivated reputation for tolerance and cutting-edge cosmopolitanism occasionally clashes with the region's conservative Islamic values.
  • US airstrikes helping Kurdish, Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam from Islamic State

    US airstrikes helping Kurdish, Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam from Islamic State

    Sunday, August 17 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-08-17 19:07:24 GMT
    The U.S. military increased its air attack Sunday on Islamic State near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam -- launching 14 strikes as part of a joint military effort to retake the critical dam from the militant group, U.S. officials said.
    The U.S. military increased its air attack Sunday on Islamic State near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam -- launching 14 strikes as part of a joint military effort to retake the critical dam from the militant group, U.S. officials said.
  • Scope of Ebola outbreak may be greater than statistics show: WHO

    Scope of Ebola outbreak may be greater than statistics show: WHO

    The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be far greater than the current statistics indicate, officials from the World Health Organization said Friday.
    The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be far greater than the current statistics indicate, officials from the World Health Organization said Friday.
  • Drug smuggling submarine found in Guyana

    Drug smuggling submarine found in Guyana

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:40:24 GMT
    Authorities in the South American country of Guyana have discovered a rudimentary submarine they believe was going to be used to ferry drugs across the Atlantic, police said Friday.  The submarine is 65 feet (20 meters) long, 12 feet (4 meters) wide and seven feet (two meters) deep, and it was powered by a huge diesel engine, according to anti-narcotics unit director James Singh.
    Authorities in the South American country of Guyana have discovered a rudimentary submarine they believe was going to be used to ferry drugs across the Atlantic, police said Friday.  The submarine is 65 feet (20 meters) long, 12 feet (4 meters) wide and seven feet (two meters) deep, and it was powered by a huge diesel engine, according to anti-narcotics unit director James Singh.
  • 2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

    2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:31:34 GMT
    A major international chess tournament in northern Norway has ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room.  Organizers say a 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round Thursday of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsoe.
    A major international chess tournament in northern Norway has ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room.  Organizers say a 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round Thursday of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsoe.
  • FBI: Americans fighting in Syria hard to track

    FBI: Americans fighting in Syria hard to track

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:21:29 GMT
    FBI Director James Comey says it's difficult for federal authorities to track how many Americans are trying to go to Syria to join the civil war there.  Comey spoke Monday at an event in Dallas.   He talked about so-called homegrown terrorists who use the Internet to connect with others interested in "jihad."
    FBI Director James Comey says it's difficult for federal authorities to track how many Americans are trying to go to Syria to join the civil war there.  Comey spoke Monday at an event in Dallas.   He talked about so-called homegrown terrorists who use the Internet to connect with others interested in "jihad."
  • Game of Thrones actor dies days after starting filming

    Game of Thrones actor dies days after starting filming

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:39:21 GMT
    Authorities say actor J.J. Murphy has died days after starting his new role on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  No cause of death was given.
    Authorities say actor J.J. Murphy has died days after starting his new role on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  No cause of death was given.
  • Israel, Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer

    Israel, Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer

    Sunday, August 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-08-10 19:13:19 GMT
    Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal Sunday for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants. The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting.
    Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal Sunday for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants. The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting.
  • McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

    McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:10:22 GMT
    U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday in Vietnam that it's time for the United States to ease the ban on selling lethal arms to the communist country, saying it has progressed on human rights.
    U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday in Vietnam that it's time for the United States to ease the ban on selling lethal arms to the communist country, saying it has progressed on human rights.
  • Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute

    Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:58 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:58:37 GMT
    Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright?  A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, who wasn't amused that the popular images are being used for free.
    Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright?  A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, who wasn't amused that the popular images are being used for free.
  • What is poutine?

    What is poutine?

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-05-28 02:44:54 GMT
    French fries covered in gravy and cheese: delicious or gross? It's called "poutine," which is huge in Canada. Pommes Frites manager Aaron Serano says poutine is popular on Canadian Day. To make classic poutine, Aaron takes French fries and then covers those taters with brown gravy and -- in case one's arteries thought they might escape this experience to order a second helping -- cheese curds.
    French fries covered in gravy and cheese: delicious or gross? It's called "poutine," which is huge in Canada. Pommes Frites manager Aaron Serano says poutine is popular on Canadian Day. To make classic poutine, Aaron takes French fries and then covers those taters with brown gravy and -- in case one's arteries thought they might escape this experience to order a second helping -- cheese curds.
  • Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
  • Blindness rates dropping worldwide

    Blindness rates dropping worldwide

    Global rates of blindness and poor vision have fallen sharply over the past two decades, especially in rich nations, a new study reveals.
    Global rates of blindness and poor vision have fallen sharply over the past two decades, especially in rich nations, a new study reveals.
  • Who was St. Patrick?

    Who was St. Patrick?

    Monday, March 17 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-03-18 02:47:38 GMT
    Needing an accurate bio of St. Patrick the man, we went looking for a someone else who could give it to us: Father Jonathan Morris. "He was a slave," Morris says. "At the age of 16, he was captured by pirates, brought to Ireland, was there for many years." But to our surprise and delight, a couple of revelers we picked up right on the street knew the story as well as Father Morris.
    Needing an accurate bio of St. Patrick the man, we went looking for a someone else who could give it to us: Father Jonathan Morris. "He was a slave," Morris says. "At the age of 16, he was captured by pirates, brought to Ireland, was there for many years." But to our surprise and delight, a couple of revelers we picked up right on the street knew the story as well as Father Morris.
  • Weather models: European vs. American

    Weather models: European vs. American

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 6:41 PM EST2014-02-04 23:41:09 GMT
    In the last few years, weather eyes in the United States have been paying close attention to our counterparts across the pond. Computer generated weather models are what meteorologists use to forecast future events. Recently, a lot of attention has been drawn to the European forecasting model because it has been more accurate than the American model in projecting the path of storms in the United States.
    In the last few years, weather eyes in the United States have been paying close attention to our counterparts across the pond. Computer generated weather models are what meteorologists use to forecast future events. Recently, a lot of attention has been drawn to the European forecasting model because it has been more accurate than the American model in projecting the path of storms in the United States.
  • American football's growing international appeal

    American football's growing international appeal

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 1:55 PM EST2014-01-29 18:55:57 GMT
    Times Square draws people from around the world like one guy from Norway, who said that people back home do watch the Super Bowl. A couple from London had another way of describing the spectacle that is the Super Bowl: "razzmatazz" and "brilliant." As the game descends on New York and New Jersey, so, too, will a global media. More than 5,000 press credentials have been issued, including a record number for international media.
    Times Square draws people from around the world like one guy from Norway, who said that people back home do watch the Super Bowl. A couple from London had another way of describing the spectacle that is the Super Bowl: "razzmatazz" and "brilliant." As the game descends on New York and New Jersey, so, too, will a global media. More than 5,000 press credentials have been issued, including a record number for international media.
  • Russia bombings kill 31, raise concern on Olympics

    Russia bombings kill 31, raise concern on Olympics

    Friday, January 24 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-01-24 13:40:15 GMT
    Two suicide bombings in as many days have killed 31 people and raised concerns that Islamic militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Sochi Olympics in February. Russian and international Olympic officials insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.
    Two suicide bombings in as many days have killed 31 people and raised concerns that Islamic militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Sochi Olympics in February. Russian and international Olympic officials insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.
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