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China to Hong Kong: No Open Elections

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have vowed to make good on their threat of widespread civil disobedience after Beijing crushed hopes of an open election for the territory's chief executive in 2017. China's legislature ruled that candidates must be backed by a nominating committee, a move that means voters are...

West Bank Land Seizure Is Israel's Biggest in Decades

In a move the US calls "counterproductive," Israel has made a huge land seizure in the West Bank and is expected to use it to expand Jewish settlements. The Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now says the 990-acre seizure in an area called the Etzion bloc—one of the parts of...

Philippine Troops Pull Off 'Greatest Escape' from Militants

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said today. Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops.The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major...

Alaskans Were Trained as Secret Agents Against Soviets

In the 1950s, the US feared a Russian invasion via Alaska—so the government trained regular folks, from fishermen to trappers, as secret agents. The plan involved coordination by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, the CIA, and the military, the AP reports based on hundreds of partially-redacted documents obtained via the...

Iraq Forces Break 2-Month ISIS Siege

Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed by the Islamic State on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, according to various officials. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said today that forces "reached" the town; retired general and Amerli resident Khaled al-Amerli confirms the...

ISIS Sells Women Into Marriage for $1K Each

The Islamic State has "distributed" about 300 Yazidi women to its jihadist fighters as spoils of war, CNN reports. The Islamic State, or ISIS, kidnapped the women when it seized Yazidi villages and forced tens of thousands to flee earlier this month, according to a British group monitoring the crisis....

Boy Cuts Worker's Safety Line on 8th Floor

A guy doing handiwork outside an apartment building in China got quite the shock when a boy severed his safety line, leaving him to dangle 100 feet above the ground, reports NPR. Why the unkind cut? The worker, named Liu, apparently made so much noise installing lights that the 10-year-old...

Oil Tanker 'Vanishes' With $100M Cargo

The US Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports. Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship's haul fell under legal...

South Korea's Appetite for Dog Meat Is Fading

For centuries, people have been eating dog meat—neither legal nor banned—in South Korea. Some 30 years ago, chef Oh Keum-il even traveled around North and South Korea, tasting everything from dog stew to dog taffy, to learn the craft of cooking dog. Today, however, customers aren't quite as...

EU Leader: We're Near 'Point of No Return' on Russia

Today's key phrase on the Russian-Ukraine situation is the "point of no return." The leader of the European Commission warned today that Moscow has brought the world to the brink of that point with its aggression toward its neighbor, reports the BBC. Jose Manuel Barroso spoke as EU leaders gathered...

McCain, Graham: Go After ISIS Now

Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say they're appalled that President Obama's response to threat posed by the Islamic State is to say, " We don't have have a strategy yet. " He needs to get one fast, they write in the New York Times. Putting a dent in ISIS's finances would...

Co-Authors of Ebola Study Die of Ebola

In an example of the risks health care workers take when dealing with Ebola, five co-authors of a study on the virus have died after contracting the disease. They include three nurses, one lab technician, and one physician. They were part of an international team of more than 50 people...

Nicaragua Frees 22 Trapped Miners

Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working to find the rest. First lady Rosario Murillo said 20 of the miners were freed late yesterday, in addition to two who made their way to safety shortly after the Thursday morning...

Jewish Group Forced Out of Guatemalan Village

An ultra Orthodox Jewish group trying to put down roots in a remote Guatemalan village is on the move again after villagers gave them the boot, reports Reuters. The group of about 230 Lev Tahor Jews began boarding buses yesterday for Guatemala City after village elders threatened to cut off...

Slice of Diana's Wedding Cake Sells for $1.4K

Somewhere out there is what the Independent calls a "passionate group of royal cake collectors." And one member of that group shelled out $1,375 this week for a 33-year-old slice of cake served at Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981. "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince...

Pageant: Deposed Beauty Queen Stole $100K Crown

Organizers of an Asian beauty pageant say their now-deposed queen is a rude liar who ran off with her $100,000 bejewelled crown, Australia's News Network reports. In a statement, the Asia Pacific World pageant accuse May Myat Noe of disrespecting the organization and turning a planned 10-day trip to...

Another Country Confirms Case of Ebola

Ebola has spread to yet another country in Africa: Senegal. Local press reported today that a university student infected with the virus had traveled from Guinea into the West African nation, CNN reports. The student, 21, has been placed in quarantine in a hospital in Dakar and is in stable...

1st Arctic Dwellers Lived There for 4K Years

The Dorset people vanished about 1,000 years ago, but who were they and what happened to them? A new study says they arrived in a previously unknown, fourth migration from Asia about 3,000 years ago, became the first settlers in the North American Arctic, and stayed for 4,...

Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian officials to Vladimir Putin: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can be tough," reads the message, which has been retweeted more than 36,...

Cops: Parents Took Ailing Boy From Hospital

Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said today that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication that the...

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