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  • Carolina Salazar Fernandez, 23 years old, right, accompanied by a housing rights activist, partly seen at left, covers her face ashamed of her kitchen appearance after she had removed her appliances during her eviction in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Carolina Salazar Fernandez, is a single mother of two children: Jesus, 3 years old, and Abraham, 6 years old. Her only income it is a state benefit of 530 euros ($ 723). She has occupied an empty foreclosed apartment owned by SAREB bank in February 2013. She tries to negotiate to pay a low protected rent, since her income it is not enough to rent an apartment and support the family at the same time. The eviction was finally postponed with the help of housing rights' activists. SAREB, called "bad bank", is a bank who receives toxic assets produced by Spanish lenders after the country's property market collapse in 2008. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Eurozone Unemployment, Inflation Stable

    BRUSSELS— Official data show the unemployment rate for the 18-country eurozone was unchanged in January at a near-record 12 percent and inflation was stable. The... Read more

  • Mozarts family portrait: Maria Anna ("Nannerl"), Wolfgang, Anna Maria (medallion) and Leopold Mozart. Painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. (Wikimedia)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Feb. 28

    Wales, UK: Weather creates spectacular cave scenes not seen for 100 years One picture of impressive waterfalls, taken 600ft below ground, confirms the ‘Welsh Water Table’... Read more

  • Unidentified armed man patrols a square in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings patroled the airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Friday as tensions in the country's Russian-speaking southeast escalated. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Ukraine Says Russian Forces Block Airport

    KIEV, Ukraine— Russian military were blocking a Ukrainian military airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea near the Russian naval base while... Read more

  • Philippines Claims Record in Organ Donor Pledges

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippines has broken India’s record of gathering the most organ donor pledges in an hour at a single site, health officials said... Read more

  • Unidentified armed man patrols a square in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings patroled the airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Friday as tensions in the country's Russian-speaking southeast escalated. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Ukraine Asks For UN Sec Council Session on Crisis

    KIEV, Ukraine— Ukraine’s Parliament has asked the U.N. Security Council to address the country’s political turmoil. Lawmakers on Friday adopted a resolution calling for a... Read more

  • Hockey Talks Up Economy as Unemployment Grows

    SYDNEY—Treasurer Joe Hockey set the tone at the G20 in Sydney last week, gaining agreement from the group of 20 nations to increase economic activity,... Read more

  • ACCC takes Coles and Woolies to Court Over Fuel Discounts

    The competition watchdog has begun proceedings in the Federal Court against Coles and Woolworths for allegedly breaching an agreement to limit fuel discounts in their... Read more

  • A photo of British girl Madeleine McCann aka Maddie is displayed on a TV screen at an apartment in Berlin, on October 16, 2013. (AFP)

    Madeleine McCann Case: Scotland Yard Shown Dossier on Burglars

    Police investigating the Madeleine McCann case were shown a secret dossier during their investigation, it was reported this week. Portuguese police are showing the dossier... Read more

  • Pro-Russian protesters, right, clash with Crimean Tatars in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. More than 10,000 Muslim Tatars rallied in support of the interim government. That group clashed with a smaller pro-Russian rally nearby. Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered massive military exercises just across the border. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Tensions Rise in Ukraine After Russian Troops Storm Crimea

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine— Masked gunmen stormed parliament in Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region Thursday as Russian fighter jets scrambled to patrol borders, the stirrings of a potentially... Read more

  • Cedric Lee. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN)

    Cedric Lee Addresses Vina Morales, Patricia Javier, David Bunevacz

    Cedric Lee has tried to clarify a number of issues through his lawyer, including his past relationship with Vina Morales. Lee said through Howard Calleja,... Read more

  • An unidentified man speaks as people wearing Svoboda party flags wait in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on February 27, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved the nomination of pro-EU Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the crisis-hit country's new prime minister until presidential polls are held in May. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

    Maidan Heroes Get Key Posts in New Ukraine Cabinet

    KIEV, Ukraine — One month ago, kidnappers pulled Dmytro Bulatov from anti-government protests, beat him and cut off a piece of his ear. On Thursday,... Read more

  • A poster with a photo of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the capital Kiev and went into hiding after months of protests against his government, is seen fixed onto a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.  (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    US Names Syria Worst Human Rights Violator of 2013

    WASHINGTON—A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of... Read more

  • Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in New York, Dec. 18, 2013. The mayor was the No. 4 philanthropist in 2013, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Bloomberg’s $10 Million Gift Targets Bangladesh Drownings

    NEW YORK—Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation is donating $10 million to a program aimed at preventing the drowning of Bangladeshi children who may be improperly... Read more

  • South African Death Squad Leader Seeks Parole

    JOHANNESBURG—Does forgiveness lead to a better society? Or are some crimes so atrocious that the perpetrators should not be forgiven? South Africa faced these difficult... Read more

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    Highway 400 Crash: Hwy 400 Near Barrie, Ontario Closed After Huge Pile-up

    A huge pile-up involving more than 40 vehicles on Highway 400 south of Barrie, Ontario, Canada on Thursday has closed the highway for the time... Read more

  • Workers of India's youngest political party, the Common People's Party, protest outside its office at Hanuman road in New Delhi on February 24, 2014. The protesters are demanding that the party must choose its candidates for elections to India's lower house of parliament by consulting them. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Struggle Sprouts Inside India’s Youngest Political Party

    NEW DELHI—The Aam Adami Party (AAP), India’s youngest political party that arisen out of an anti-corruption movement last year has carved a way for a... Read more

  • Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the Shula neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Another Wave of Bombings Hits Iraq, at least 26 Dead

    BAGHDAD—A bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded at a secondhand market in Iraq’s capital, the deadliest of a series of bombings Thursday around Baghdad that... Read more

  • former News of the World national newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks, accompanied by her husband, Charlie Brooks, left, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London, Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

    News of the World Editor Brooks Says She Paid Officials for Leaks

    LONDON—Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has admitted in court that she sometimes paid public officials for information. The ex-chief of Rupert Murdoch’s... Read more

  • Gas Explosion Kills 12 in Qatar Capital Doha

    DOHA, Qatar—An apparent gas explosion Thursday at a restaurant near a filling station in the Qatari capital killed 12 people and wounded several more, emergency... Read more

  • Burnt-out cars in blown-up buildings line the road after an attack by Boko Haram in Bama, Nigeria, Feb, 20. 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    13 Killed in Sectarian Attacks in Nigeria After Army Guards Flee

    YOLA, Nigeria—Survivors say soldiers fled and left five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed 13 people and bombed a... Read more

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    Nigerian Independence Day 2014: Quotes and Sayings for Nigeria Holiday

    Nigerian Independence Day on Wednesday, October 1 celebrates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom. The day of independence is recognized as October 1, 1960... Read more

  • An Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) employee walks past drying safety boots at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center, in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept. 29, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa authorities are desperately waiting for shipments of aid to help in the fight of this deadly disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    US Sends Health Equipment to Ebola-Afflicted Liberia

    MONROVIA, Liberia—American mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and U.S. troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community... Read more

  • In this picture taken Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, Finda Saah, 28, holds six-week-old Prosper Junior, as 5 year old Alice and 13-year old son Augustin look on, at their St Paul  Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia. Finda lost her husband to the deadly Ebola virus and gave birth three days later. Ebola has killed more than 1800 people in Liberia this year. As the death toll from Ebola soars, crowded clinics are turning over beds as quickly as patients are dying. This leaves social workers and psychologists struggling to keep pace and notify families, who must wait outside for fear of contagion. Also, under a government decree, all Ebola victims must be cremated, leaving families in unbearable pain with no chance for goodbye, no body to bury. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Flood of Ebola Patients Leaves Families Waiting Without Word

    MONROVIA, Liberia—First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old... Read more

  • Vehicles with heavy artillery of the Tripoli joint security forces move closer to the parliament building after troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers and officials at the parliament in Tripoli, Libya, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Libyan national army, File)

    Libya’s Islamic Extremist Militias Reject UN Ceasefire Proposal

    CAIRO—Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital say they reject the United Nations’ call for a cease-fire. The announcement followed the first round of... Read more

  • Residents of the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood wearing personal protective equipment take a man suspected of carrying the Ebola virus to the Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    82% of Ebola Patients Are Being Turned Away From Hospitals to Die at Home, Spreding Infections to Family Members

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News A lack of available hospital beds in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries at the... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  In passing judgement judge Thokozile Masipa  ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,  but said he was negligent and convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo)

    Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Date Coming Up as Father Henke Pistorius Speaks Out

    The sentencing in the Oscar Pistorius trial will come in October as the athlete’s father has spoken out for the first time in months. The sentencing... Read more

  • Children sit in from of their home in the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday Sept. 28, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    UN Mission to Combat Ebola Opens HQ in Ghana

    DAKAR, Senegal— The U.N. mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a healthcare worker sprays disinfectant in the area they found a man suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.  Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in three more "hotspots" of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of the country's population is now under quarantine. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa that is believed to have killed more than 2,900 people, according to World Health Organization tolls published Thursday. (AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra)

    Ebola Zombies? Patients ‘Resurrecting’ or ‘Rising from the Dead’ Article Likely Just Rumors; Probably Not True

    A strange report coming out of West Africa is saying that the Ebola outbreak has caused two patients to rise from the dead. A newspaper... Read more

  • Construction workers take a break as they build an Ebola isolation and treatment center in front of a unfinished and abandoned government building in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.  The center , due to open within two weeks, will add 200 beds to existing centers. The outbreak of Ebola has overwhelmed the weak health systems of some of the world's poorest countries: There aren't enough doctors and nurses or even clinics to treat the spiraling number of cases.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Ebola Clinics Fill Up as Liberia Awaits Aid

    MONROVIA, Liberia— Fourteen-year-old D.J. Mulbah set off at dawn with his mother and grandmother in desperate pursuit of a coveted bed at the Ebola clinic... Read more

  • Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, left, shakes hands with Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing on Ebola on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Dr. Robin Robinson, Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services stands at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Liberia: Top Doctor Goes Under Ebola Quarantine

    MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia’s chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends a hearing in his retrial over charges of failing to stop killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall, in the  Police Academy-turned-court in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian judge postponed the verdict in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak until late November. (AP Photo/Tarek el Gabbas, File)

    Egyptian Court Postpones Ruling in Hosni Mubarak Retrial Over Protesters’ Killing

    CAIRO—An Egyptian court on Saturday postponed its ruling until November in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, charged with complicity in the killings of protesters during the 2011 revolt that led... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius looks ahead as he sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Sept. 12, 2014. In passing judgement judge Thokozile Masipa ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but said he was negligent and convicted him of culpable homicide. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy)

    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Reeva Steenkamp’s Parents Say They’re Not Satisfied with Overall Verdict

    Reeva Steenkamp’s parents have said there’s more to the Oscar Pistorius case. He was found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend... Read more

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2013 file photo, Egyptians walk in front of an advertisement for a watch in Cairo, Egypt. On midnight Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, Egypt rolled back clocks one hour for the end of daylight savings time in the fourth time change in less than five months. Egypt is now two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. In May the government moved clocks ahead one hour as a power-saving measure. It then switched clocks for the start and end of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, which this year fell in the scorching months of June and July. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    Egypt Changes Clocks for 4th Time in 5 Months

    CAIRO— For the fourth time in less than five months the clocks have changed in Egypt. The switch between summer and winter time was abandoned... Read more

  • Spain And Morocco Arrest 9 in Terror Cell

    MADRID— A cross-border cell in the Spanish enclave of Melilla and the neighboring Moroccan city of Nador to recruit jihadis to fight for the Islamic... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a woman suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus sits in an ambulance in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in three more "hotspots" of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of the country's population is now under quarantine. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa that is believed to have killed more than 2,900 people, according to World Health Organization tolls published Thursday. (AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra)

    Ebola Zombies? Patients ‘Resurrected’ or ‘Rise from the Dead’ Report Causes Panic

    Villagers in Liberia are fearful that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has caused two patients to “rise from the dead,” reports say. Two women–in... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a healthcare worker sprays disinfectant in the area they found a man suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.  Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in three more "hotspots" of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of the country's population is now under quarantine. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa that is believed to have killed more than 2,900 people, according to World Health Organization tolls published Thursday. (AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra)

    Ebola News: Sierra Leone Quarantines 2 Million to Fight Outbreak

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the Ebola epidemic, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Urges World to Do More to Tackle Ebola

    UNITED NATIONS—President Barack Obama, in a sober assessment of international efforts to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak, warned a high-level United Nations gathering Thursday that... Read more

  • Alleged Al-Qaida Bomb-Maker in Egypt Sentenced to Life

    CAIRO— An Egyptian court has sentenced an alleged al-Qaeda bomb-maker with ties to the group’s offshoots in Yemen and Somalia to life in prison. The... Read more

  • A health worker sprays disinfectant on a college after he assisted in the loading of a man suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus into an ambulance, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

    Sierra Leone Quarantines 3 Ebola ‘Hotspots’

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday in three more “hotspots” of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of... Read more

  • In this still image from video published on the Internet on Sept. 24, 2014, by a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, members of the group stand behind French mountaineer Herve Gourdel just before beheading him. In the video, the men pledge their allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before killing Gourdel, 55, who they abducted on Sunday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo)

    Algerian Extremists Behead French Hostage Herve Gourdel

    RABAT, Morocco—Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France carried out airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video... Read more

  • In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, passengers get into the Shinkansen bullet train at Tokyo station in Tokyo. Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan’s Shinkansen Bullet Train Turns 50

    TOKYO—It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.” Zipping cross-country in a super-high speed train has become commonplace in many countries... Read more

  • Smoke rises from mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture on Sept. 29, 2014. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mt. Ontake Eruption: Bodies Found on Japan Volcano, Toll Updated to 47

    OTAKI, Japan—One body recovered near the volcano’s peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash... Read more

  • FILE - in this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Malaysia Airlines planes taxi on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines has renamed a promotional competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their "bucket list" after acknowledging it was inappropriate given the two deadly disasters it has suffered this year. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Update: Missing MH370 Search to Resume in Mysterious Indian Ocean Area

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will start up again in the Southern Indian Ocean, with investigators using new, three-dimensional maps to aid in... Read more

  • Volcanic gases and ash billow from the peak crater of Mount Ontake in central Japan Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2014. Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at the Japanese volcano where dozens were killed by Saturday's initial eruption, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Luck, Quick Thinking Determined Life or Death in Japan Volcano Eruption (+ Photos)

    TOKYO—Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters flood the Central financial district in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    What Is Happening During Hong Kong’s Occupy Central?

    Since the early morning of Sept. 28 when the organizers of Occupy Central With Love and Peace announced the start of the democracy movement, tens... Read more

  • On Sept. 29, a policeman in front of government headquarters took out his own water bottle and washed the eyes of the protester who he had just hit with pepper spray. (Yu Gang/Epoch Times)

    Hong Kong Policemen Apologize

    The police officers that have been called upon to be Hong Kong’s shock troops—firing and tossing tear gas canisters into crowds of protesting students, and... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters sit on a road as they face-off with local police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Hong Kong Police Defend Handling of Democracy Protests

    HONG KONG— Hong Kong’s embattled police defended their use of tear gas but softened their tactics Monday after forceful attempts to quell pro-democracy protests drew... Read more

  • FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to war veterans during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. Official state media make a reference to his “discomfort.” What follows is a smorgasbord of speculation about what's wrong with Kim Jong Un, and even what he might be eating.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    N. Korea Leader Disappears for 3 Weeks, Rumors Run Rampant

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea’s authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him... Read more

  • Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at an ash-covered cabin, center left, near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. Rescue workers on Sunday found more than 30 people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano, a Japanese police official said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    31 Bodies Recovered From Summit of Japan’s Mt. Ontake Volcano

    TOKYO—Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly... Read more

  • Pakistani security officials and rescue workers gather at the site of bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. A Pakistani police official says a roadside bomb has targeted a Pakistani army vehicle, killing several and wounded more than a dozen people in a northwestern city. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    In Pakistan, Bomb Kills 8 as US Drone Kills 4

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan—A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said. The bombing... Read more

  • Ontake Volcano Eruption

    Japan: Ontake Volcano Eruption Leaves Estimated 31 Dead (+Photos, Video)

      TOKYO—Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some... Read more

  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    Officials: US Drone Kills 4 Militants in Pakistan

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan—A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants Sunday in a northwestern tribal region in Pakistan along the Afghan border, intelligence officials... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Indian PM Narendra Modi Says Serious About Peace With Pakistan

    UNITED NATIONS—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday he’s serious about holding peace talks with Pakistan but also criticized the neighboring country, insisting it must... Read more

  • Dense white plumes rise high in the air as Mt. Ontake erupts in central Japan, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. With a sound likened to thunder, the 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) mountain spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing, covering surrounding areas in ash and trapping more than 250 climbers. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Mt. Ontake Volcano Erupts in Japan; 7 Missing, 40 Injured (+Photos, Videos)

      TOKYO—A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and stranding at least 40 injured people in... Read more

  • A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27, 2014. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Update: Vessels Readying Search for Plane in Indian Ocean

    The team investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will resume searching for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean at the end of... Read more

  • Earthquake Today in Pakistan: 5.5 Quake Near Khuzdar Hits Thursday

    A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan on Thursday morning, according to preliminary reports. The quake hit near Khuzdar, Surab, and Bela, the US Geological Survey said... Read more

  • Ex-chairman of Indonesia's ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum delivers an address at the party headquarters in Jakarta, February 23, 2013. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ex-Chairman of Indonesia’s Ruling Party Sentenced for Corruption

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—A former top leader of Indonesia’s ruling Democratic Party was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for corruption and money laundering. A five-member... Read more

  • The Ecochic Design Award 2014

    The Ecochic Design Award: Hong Kong’s International Eco Fashion Competition

    Hong Kong’s Ecochic Design Award The Ecochic Design Award is the first international sustainable fashion design competition bringing together Asian and European fashion designers who share... Read more

  • Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announces at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014, that a group of 157 asylum-seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to Australia and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cambodia To Accept Asylum Seekers Rejected by Australia

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia announced Wednesday that it will sign a deal with Australia this week to resettle people who were denied asylum there. Cambodia’s Foreign... Read more

  • An F-35 Lighting II fighter jet sits on the golf course surrounding the Celtic Manor Hotel during the NATO Summit on September 4, 2014 in Newport, Wales.(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    South Korea Buying 40 F-35A Fighters From Lockheed-Martin

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country’s biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at... Read more

  • Smoke rises over a residential neighborhood near the airport after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Ukraine Rebels Close in on Donetsk Airport

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared Wednesday to be successfullyclosing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, the seizure of which would be a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. At least... Read more

  • French Economy and Industry Minister Emmanuel Macron, center, listens to the explanations of PSA Peugeot research director Gilles Le Borgne, left, as they watch the EB turbo pure tech engine during his visit to the PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Watching at right is PSA Peugeot Citroen chairman Carlos Tavares.  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    At Paris Show, Carmakers Look to Better Times

    PARIS— European carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week’s Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years... Read more

  • A Eurofighter Typhoon performs during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 12, 2014, in Fairford, England. (Tim Ireland/Getty Images)

    Germany Reports Eurofighter Manufacturing Fault

    BERLIN—The German military says a manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter jet affecting the aircraft’s fuselage, leading it to suspend deliveries. Germany’s Bundeswehr said late Tuesday the error involves... Read more

  • A visitor inspects prisoner lists from Auschwitz Concentration Camp in an exhibition dedicated to the Nazi death camps at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial's museum in Jerusalem, on Jan. 20, 2005. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

    Nazi Hunter Pushes for New Probe

    BERLIN—The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German... Read more

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    French government unveils hard hitting measures against smoking

    The Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, plans to add some harsh legislative restrictions as part of a national reduction plan for smoking. In 2011 measures were... Read more

  • 24 September, 2014: Protesting cultivators bring cauliflowers in front of the Prefecture of Saint-Brieux, Brittany, France (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Ire of Breton Vegetable Producers

    PARIS, France—From 28 to 30 September, the Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union gathered for an informal meeting. Focussing on food security, this meeting... Read more

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaches for his notes as President Barack Obama spoke at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    World War 3 Rumors: Russian FM Issues ‘Cold War’ Attack on US, NATO

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Russian foreign minister issued a blistering attack on the West and NATO on Saturday, accusing them of being unable to... Read more

  • (L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel by carriage during Trooping the Colour - Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade, at The Royal Horseguards on June 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

    Prince William and Kate: Tabloid Says Queen Elizabeth Aligns With Duchess to Oust Camilla Parker-Bowles

    After an initial report that Kate Middleton has told mother-in-law Camilla Parker-Bowles, it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge has some crucial support against the Duchess of... Read more

  • Georgians wait their turn to pay tribute to late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, Tbilisi, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005. Mourners of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania streamed into a deteriorating apartment building where his body lay in a coffin in his mother's cramped living-room on Saturday, two days after the man widely credited as one of the struggling country's most honorable politicians was found dead. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

    Georgia Orders Zhvania Exhumed

    TBILISI, Georgia— A prosecutor in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has ordered the body of the late prime minister Zurab Zhvania to be exhumed,... Read more

  • Pro independence supporters gather outside the Generalitat Palace, the main head office of the Government of Catalonia, as Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas, signs the decree to call the referendum in Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday formally called an independence referendum Nov. 9, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years. (AP Photo/Jordi Borras)

    Spain’s Catalonia Region Temporarily Suspends Independence Vote

    MADRID—The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain’s top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 photo, plumbing supplies salesman Alexei Polezhai speaks with the Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine. For Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, fall sales have been an unexpected gold mine despite the Ukrainian economy’s dramatic collapse this year. Ukrainians are rushing to insulate their walls, seal up drafty windows and snap up heating equipment as the possibility sets in that they may be about to experience their first winter without Russian gas. Whereas Oct. 1 typically marks the start of the heating season, first in public buildings and by the middle of the month in all private homes, this year the government has warned that it won’t supply heat until early November, when temperatures can easily dip below freezing. Russia stopped gas deliveries to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay what Moscow said it owed in arrears. As the two sides play brinksmanship over whether to sign a stopgap deal that would provide Kiev with enough gas to get through the winter, many Ukrainians are left wondering whether they may have to fend for themselves in the coldest months. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov.)

    Ukraine Preparing for Winter Without Russian Gas

    KIEV, Ukraine—For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering... Read more

  • Croatian Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner candidate for International Cooperation and Development at his hearing by the European Parliament in Brussels on September 29, 2014. The men and women picked to run the EU for the next five years are facing grueling vetting process by the European Parliament from Sept. 29-Oct. 7.( John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Commission Candidates Face Tough Scrutiny

    BRUSSELS—It is only once every five years that new European Union (EU) ministers are elected to serve as their country’s representative in the European Commission,... Read more

  • Former Mercedes F1 driver Michael Schumacher of Germany pauses during a news conference to announce his retirement from Formula One at the end of 2012 in Suzuka, Japan, Oct. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    Michael Schumacher Post-Coma Update: Costing $162K Per Week to Care for him

    It is costing Michael Schumacher’s family about $162,000 per week to keep the ex-F1 champion at his home in Switzerland, according to reports. EuroSport reported... Read more

  • People walk in front of the entrance of the refugee camp in Burbach, Germany, Sunday Sept.28,2014.  Police are investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. A police spokesman from Hagen near Burbach said Sunday that police raided the center and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by guards. (AP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)

    German Government Shocked by Refugee Abuse Claims

    BERLIN— Germany’s government has condemned the alleged abuse of refugees by security guards at an asylum center. Police in the western city of Hagen said... Read more

  • Charles Ble Goude gestures, as he enters the courtroom for his initial appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, March 27, 2014. A former youth leader accused of involvement in murder, rapes and persecution during violence after 2010 Ivory Coast elections has appeared for the first time at the International Criminal Court. Goude looked confident, pumping his fist, waving and blowing a kiss to supporters in the public gallery at the brief hearing Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool)

    Ivorian Accused of Crimes Against Humanity

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands— An international tribunal has begun reviewing evidence to see whether there is sufficient cause to try an Ivory Coast man accused of... Read more

  • Activists dismantle Ukraine's biggest monument to Lenin at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the central square of the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Igor Chekachkov)

    Shelling Kills 12 as Fighting Worsens in East Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine—Eastern Ukraine has suffered the worst violence in more than a week as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in the region killed... Read more

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    Kate Middleton Health Improving, Royal Engagements Planned in October, as Baby’s Name Reportedly Decided

    Kate Middleton’s health is improving as she and Prince William have reportedly decided on a name for their second baby. A royal source told People magazine recently... Read more

  • An Ukrainian soldier guards members of the Pro-Russian forces, who are prisoners-of-war, during prisoners exchange near the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was the result of a coup d'etat in that country supported by the United States and the European Union. He made no mention of Western allegations that Russia has sent troops and heavy weapons into eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian rebels who have taken over a number of cities. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    World War 3: Vladimir Putin Threatening Ukraine and Europe, But Thousands of Russians Protesting

    Tens of thousands of Russians are displeased over president Vladimir Putin’s recent actions, including the fighting in Ukraine. Putin recently threatened European governments, claiming that Russia... Read more

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    Monster Truck Video, Photos: Accident / Crash into Netherlands Crowd at Monsterjam in Haaksbergen Kills 2 People (+Pictures)

    A monster truck has reportedly crashed into a crowd of people in the Netherlands, killing at least two people. The truck was outfitted with tractor-style... Read more

  • Air France workers gather in front of the company headquarters as they demonstrate against the pilots strike, in Roissy, outside Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. .(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Pilots End Strike at Air France After 14 Days

    PARIS—Air France’s leading pilots union says it has ended a 14-day strike that crippled air traffic and led to stern shows of frustration by the... Read more

  • Confetti rain on marching Filipino UN Peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct.1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippines Won’t Send Troops to Unclear Mission

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine president said Wednesday his government would no longer deploy peacekeepers in “impossible” missions like the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces were... Read more

  • Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, center, watches as military personnel march during a flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong, as thousands of protesters watching from behind police barricades yelled at him to step down. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Protesters to Hong Kong Leader: Quit or We Occupy Gov’t Buildings

    HONG KONG—Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory’s leader doesn’t resign by the end of Thursday they will... Read more

  • New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks that killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO Gets New Chief, One Putin May Approve Of

    BRUSSELS—At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at... Read more

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) activists carry a Manhattan skyline replica carved entirely from vegetables to present to City Council members on the steps of the City Hall in New York on September 17, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    World Vegetarian Day 2014: 15 Quotes and Sayings

    The World Vegetarian Day is set for Wednesday, October 1. The North American Vegetarian Society established the day in 1977, and it was endorsed by the... Read more

  • There just is no easy way out. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    World Drowning in a Sea of Debt

    Oftentimes, academic research is commissioned to support policy. It is no different in economics and finance, where most of the reports coming out of the... Read more

  • World News to the Point: Sept. 29, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: Sept. 29

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  • Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, Syria's largest rebel coalition, hold a position on July 13, 2014, during clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) for the control a village on the outskirts of Aleppo. (Ahmed Deeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Is the Islamic State the Worst Threat or Just the Newsiest?

    On Tuesday, President Obama made what was, for many, a surprising announcement. Not only had the  United States conducted the first air strikes on the Islamic... Read more

  • Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki (L) and Palestinian Ambassador to the Netherlands Nabil Abuznaid (R) leave the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on Aug. 5, 2014. (Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images)

    Islamic Nations Lobbying Palestinians to Join International Criminal Court

    UNITED NATIONS—The world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries has been lobbying the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court so it can prosecute Israeli politicians... Read more

  • Undated artistic sketch of Rosetta, the one billion-euro comet chasing space probe due to be launched in Jan. 2003, whom the mission has been abandoned and a new mission will be found later, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Jan. 15, 2003. Five or six other possible comets will be studied before a new target is selected, a decision likely not to be taken before the year's end. (J. Huart/AFP/Getty Images)

    Date Set for Rosetta Probe to Land on Comet 67P (+Photos, Videos)

      BERLIN—The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    World Leaders Give Their Annual Speeches at the UN

    UNITED NATIONS—World leaders gathered Saturday for the fourth day of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to address the state of their... Read more

  • US Vice President Joe Biden (C) chairs a summit on international peacekeeping operations on the sidelines of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    US, Others Vow to Strengthen UN Peacekeeping

    UNITED NATIONS—The United States and dozens of other countries vowed Friday to speed up and strengthen the U.N.’s overstretched peacekeeping response to crises around the... Read more

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    How Ebola Started, Spread and Spiralled out of Control

    Too slow. Too little, too late. Unprecedented. Out of control. These are just some of the descriptors for the biggest recorded epidemic of human infection... Read more

  • Brisbane, Australia: Stacey Armstrong, 26, Learning and Development Trainer: I would have to say the positives outweigh the negatives … The reasons for that would be, firstly tourism; it’s obviously going to bring a lot of people out, who potentially may not have visited that place before the World Cup went there. So tourism would be a big hit. Obviously, it probably would boost the economy as well. Depends on where it was, it would probably just put it on the map a bit more, because any publicity is good publicity as far as the World Cup goes. Even if there was any kind of drama or if there were a few things that would be classed as negative things, it would put it on the map and get it heard of a little bit more.

    Global Q&A: ‘Do you think the negatives outweigh the positives for a country hosting the World Cup?’

    Negatives were top for some and positives for others. Meaningful assessments beforehand could potentially produce a better balance for all concerned to gain from a... Read more

  • French President Francois Hollande speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Group That Killed French Herve Gourdel Is a Threat, Says Hollande

    UNITED NATIONS—French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday the terrorists who beheaded a French citizen in Algeria represent a global threat that must be stopped. In... Read more

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walk to a meeting at the United Nations Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. (AP Photo/Jewel Samad, Pool)

    UN Chief Says World Leaders Have ‘Duty’ to Nurture Hope in Chaotic World

    UNITED NATIONS—Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on global leaders Wednesday to find “seeds of hope” in the turmoil and despair of a world that may seem... Read more

  • An aerial survey mission by Greenpeace at East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo Island shows cleared trees in a forest located in the concession of Karya Makmur Abadi which is being developed for a palm oil plantation, on Feb. 24, 2014. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Initiative to End Deforestation Eroded as Brazil Refuse to Join

    NEW YORK—More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participates in a news conference, at United Nations headquarters.  More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday, Sept. 23, for U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Environmentalists will take to the streets Sunday, Sept. 20, in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events as part of New York Climate Week. DiCaprio has been tapped to talk about the cause of rising seas.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    UN to Leaders: Set ‘new Course’ on Climate Change

    UNITED NATIONS— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders to set a new course for a warming world and reverse... Read more

  • World News to the Point: Sept. 23, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: Sept. 23

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  • Anti-war protestors march in central Moscow on September 21, 2014. Thousands of Russians marched to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia Hopes Islamic State Distracts UN From Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS—As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance... Read more

  • World News to the Point: Sept. 3, 2014. (Photos.com)

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  • Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a man following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Oct. 1, 2014. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 180,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. (Khaled Khateb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Car-Bombs Near Syrian School Kill 22, Including 10 Kids

    DAMASCUS, Syria—Twin car bombings near a school in Syria killed 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second exploding as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street... Read more

  • Turkish soldiers patrol as Islamic militants fight Kurdish forces to the west of Kobani, Syria, at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Official: School Blasts Kill 17, Including 10 Kids

    DAMASCUS— A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs... Read more

  • Civilians inspect the site of double car bombings in the northern Shiite district al-Hurriyah in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. On Tuesday, officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across Iraq, killing and wounding dozens of people. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    UN: At Least 1,119 Iraqis Killed in September

    BAGHDAD—The U.N. mission in Baghdad says at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the organization’s death toll does not include killings in... Read more

  • Turkish soldiers patrol as Islamic militants fight Kurdish forces to the west of Kobani, Syria, at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Islamic Militants Behead Captured Kurds in Syria

    BEIRUT—Activists say Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the nine Kurds were captured during fighting... Read more

  • Sailors launch an F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Arabian Gulf, on Sept. 4, 2014. According to current and former US officials, the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/US Navy)

    Coalition Airstrikes Launched Amid Intelligence Gaps

    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama... Read more

  • Afghan security forces guard the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops on Wednesday, killing several people and wounding over a dozen others, police said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7, Wound 21 in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The long-awaited... Read more

  • U.S. Ambassador to James Cunningham, seated, signs the documents of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) at the presidential palace as Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, first right, and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, second right, watch, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghan Pact Signed Amid Questions on Iraq Pullout

    WASHINGTON—After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, aiming to prevent the... Read more

  • Iraqi security forces stand guard in the holy city of Najaf, on Sept. 30, 2014. The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. While the central government has struggled to respond to the Islamic State (IS) onslaught, which began on June 9, Najaf has absorbed thousands of Iraqis fleeing the violence, and its clerics have rallied thousands of Shiite fighters to bolster a flagging national army. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wave of Attacks Kills Nearly 50 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—A wave of car bombings and other attacks mainly targeting Shiite areas of Iraq killed at least 47 people on Tuesday, including more than 20... Read more

  • In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria. The F-22s, making their combat debut, were part of a strike package that was engaging Islamic State group targets in Syria. Washington and its Arab allies opened the air assault against the extremist group on Sept. 23, striking military facilities, training camps, heavy weapons and oil installations. The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf )

    Kurds Claim Advances in Iraq as Britain Joins Fray

    SALHIYAH, Iraq—Kurdish officials said Tuesday their fighters recaptured a key Iraqi border crossing into Syria from Islamic State group militants in intense fighting, as Britain... Read more

  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Part Ways in Dueling Speeches at UN

    JERUSALEM—In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent... Read more

  • This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire)

    Wife of Islamic State Hostage Alan Henning Asks for His Release

    LONDON—The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group made a televised plea Tuesday asking her husband’s captors... Read more

  • In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, Truck driver Ozgur Simsek listens during an interview at his home in Silopi, Turkey. The 20-year-old was among 32 drivers held hostage by the Islamic State group earlier this year. For many foreigners, being caught by the group’s fanatical fighters would mean months of uncertainty, torture and, eventually, a gruesome death. For Simsek and his colleagues, captivity would last just over three weeks. Their trucks were confiscated, but no one was harmed and no ransom was paid, according to an account of the June 10 attack pieced together by The Associated Press from interviews with drivers and a company executive. The episode paints a picture of a militant group unusually careful not to anger Turkey’s government - and may offer insight into the mysterious release of 49 Turkish hostages just over a week ago. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

    Islamic State Treatment of Hostages Shows Dependence on Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey—Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he... Read more

  • U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunnigham (L) speaks as Counselor to the President John D. Podesta, listens during a news conference at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Afghanistan signed a deal Sept. 30 to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghanistan Signs Pact Keeping 10,000 US Troops in Country

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of... Read more

  • A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard on the front line facing Islamic State militant positions near the Rashad Bridge, which connects the provinces of Salah al-Din and Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraq Arabs Claim Persecution by Kurds

    KIRKUK, Iraq—When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50... Read more

  • Turkish tanks roll to take positions along the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    US-Led Coalition Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Targets Near Turkey

    BEIRUT—U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish... Read more

  • Newly-elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center, arrives for an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Ghani Ahmadzai replaces Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Omar Sobhani, Pool)

    Afghan President Sworn In, Paving Way for US Pact

    KABUL, Afghanistan— Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first transfer of power since the... Read more

  • FILE - In this file Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a news conference at his resident in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    US Adviser: Afghanistan to Sign Troop Deal Tuesday

    KABUL, Afghanistan— A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama says Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Sept. 27 2014 photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians inspecting the rubble of damaged houses following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)

    Al-Qaeda Leader Warns of Revenge for Coalition Airstrikes

    BEIRUT—The leader of al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate vowed Sunday that his group would “use all possible means” to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would... Read more

  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard with their weapons as they patrol the front line with the Islamic State group in Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Obama Admits US Overestimated Iraq Army, Underestimated Islamic State

      WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight. Questioning Obama’s strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker... Read more

  • FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. 2014 was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse. Merchants in Jerusalem’s Old City say the feel the sting. The area’s cobblestone streets are typically chock full of tourists visiting the holy sites within the storied walls. But they've been eerily empty over the summer. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Gaza Assault Hurts Israel’s Tourism Industry

    JERUSALEM—It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas... Read more

  • Rescue workers carry injured Spanish speleologist Cecilio Lopez after his rescue from inside the Inti Machay cave, in Leimebamba, Peru, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Lopez, a well-known cave explorer, was hurt when he fell inside the Inti Machay cave, where he remained trapped underground for 12 days in Peru's remote Amazon region. (AP Photo/Mauricio Munoz)

    Spaniard Rescued After 12 Days in Peru Cave

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  • Peru Earthquake Kills at Least Eight

    LIMA, Peru—A shallow 4.9-magnitude earthquake has killed at least eight people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco, a Peruvian... Read more

  • Cuba Sentences Canadian Businessman to 15-Year

    HAVANA—A Canadian automobile executive has been sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison on corruption-related charges that officials here call part of a broad campaign... Read more

  • People sign a petition to force a constitutional assembly that would seek to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Hardliner opponents of Maduro began collecting signatures Saturday, to force a constitutional assembly and remove the leader before presidential elections in 2019. The Popular Will party led by jailed activist Leopoldo Lopez is launching the petition campaign. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuelans Gather Signatures to Impeach Pres. Nicolás Maduro

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Hard-line opponents of President Nicolás Maduro began collecting signatures Saturday seeking to force a constitutional assembly and remove the socialist leader before presidential elections... Read more

  • According to economy journalist Pablo Wende, if Argentina solves the holdouts issue, it could get international financing with reasonable rates. (Daniel Musa/Epoch Times)

    Argentine Economist Discusses Strategies to Exit the Default

    BUENOS AIRES—Argentine journalist and economist Pablo Wende received the Epoch Times to discuss the particular time of Argentine economy. The director of Bank Magazine, which... Read more

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 3, 2014, file photo, state police stand inside a warehouse where a black cross covers a wall near blood stains on the ground, after a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. Mexico's Defense Department said Thursday Sept. 25  2014, that an army officer and seven soldiers have been detained in connection with the killing of 22 people in the rural town in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

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    MEXICO CITY—An army officer and seven soldiers face disciplinary action for their participation in the killing of 22 people in rural southern Mexico, but the... Read more

  • Colombia Publishes Parts of Draft Peace Agreement

    BOGOTA, Colombia—Colombia’s government and Marxist rebels are releasing parts of a draft peace agreement to deflect criticism that the country’s democratic institutions are being redrawn... Read more

  • A woman does laundry in her home at the Brasilandia slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Although president Dilma Rousseff and top rival Marina Silva are locked in a virtual tie among the middle class, the biggest group of voters, the president has a wide edge with Brazil’s poorest people because of generous welfare programs that have helped slash hunger and extreme poverty under the watch of her Workers Party. The most recent poll showed that 46 percent of people in the poorest income category would vote to re-elect Rousseff in the first round in the Oct. 5 election, compared to 24 percent for Silva. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Poor Support Brazil’s President in Re-election Bid

    SAO PAULO— Life may still be tough for millions of poor Brazilians — but it’s also never been better. And that’s the key for President... Read more

  • An aerial survey mission by Greenpeace at East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo Island shows cleared trees in a forest located in the concession of Karya Makmur Abadi which is being developed for a palm oil plantation, on Feb. 24, 2014. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Initiative to End Deforestation Eroded as Brazil Refuse to Join

    NEW YORK—More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded... Read more

  • Singer Jenni Rivera in a 2011 file photo. (Getty Images)

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  • In this Sept. 19, 2014 photo, a military helicopter flies over the VRAEM region, in Pichari, Peru. The region in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys, or VRAEM, is the world's No. 1 coca-growing region. Security forces destroyed in the last two weeks more than 50 clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers in the biggest offensive that seeks to combat the intense drug airlift to Bolivia. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    AP Photos: Dynamite Doesn’t Stop Peru Narcos

    PICHARI, Peru— The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world’s No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine... Read more

  • View of a pool of water with sulfuric acid that is used to extract copper stones inside the "Buena Vista" copper mine, in Cananea community, Sonora state, Mexico on August 13, 2014, from which five days ago 40 thousand cubic meters of sulfuric acid leaked, seriously polluting the Sonora river. The chemical caused an orange stain along a 60-kilometer (37-mile) stretch of the river bordered by the towns of Arizpe, Banamichi, Vabiacora, Aconchi, Cananea, Ures and Hermosillo. More than twenty thousand people still remain without drinking water. (Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

    Western Mexico State Reports New Copper Mine Toxic Spill

    HERMOSILLO, Mexico—Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by... Read more

  • Ivan Simonovis, former Caracas police chief (L) waves to the media from the balcony of his home, accompanied by his daughter Ivana (C) and wife Bony, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Simonovis whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela’s opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home. Simonovis had been jailed since 2004 in connection with the death of pro-government protesters who had rushed to the defense of then-President Hugo Chavez during a failed coup attempt two years earlier. In 2009, he was convicted of aggravated murder. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Jailed Venezuelan Police Chief Ivan Simonovis Freed to Serve 30-Year Sentence at Home

    CARACAS, Venezuela—A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela’s opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a... Read more

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    Jose Jose Dead? Nope, Daughter Says Singer is Alive and Did Not Commit Suicide

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  • NY Developer to Invest $108M in Puerto Rico

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    Federal Appeals Judge: Argentina’s Bullying a Bank

    NEW YORK—Judges on a federal appeals court panel Thursday said they suspect Argentina has gone rogue, ignoring court orders and bullying a U.S. bank to... Read more

  • Argentine President Cristina Fernandez (R) speaks with Economy Minister Axel Kicillof during the ceremony for the 160th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Argentina's government is proposing to change the way it pays holders of the country's debt, shifting it out of the US financial and legal systems as a way to end the default triggered by a legal battle with US investors. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Argentina Approves Price Control Law

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one... Read more

  • In this Sept. 15, 2014, photo a woman who did not want to give her name for fear of reprisals, lays out the clothes of her late 15-year-old daughter Erika Gomez Gonzalez, on a bed at her home in Arcelia, Mexico. The woman says she witnessed her child's death when army soldiers fired first at an armed group at a grain warehouse on June 30 in the town of San Pedro Limon, Mexico. She said one man died in the initial shootout, when the rest of the gunmen surrendered on the promise they would not be hurt. She recalls that her daughter, who was face down in the ground with a bullet in her leg, was rolled over while she was still alive and shot more than half a dozen times in the chest. The mother said she arrived to the warehouse the day before the shooting, in an attempt to take her daughter home, but gang members wouldn't let her. (AP Photo/Eduardo Castillo)

    Witness: 21 Killed by Mexico Army Had Surrendered

    ARCELIA, Mexico—A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the... Read more

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    Brazil Removed From UN World Hunger Map

    SAO PAULO—The Brazilian government Tuesday hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America’s biggest country from the World Hunger... Read more

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    Happy Mexican Independence Day Quotes: Sayings and Messages for Mexico’s Independence Day

    Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16 and people are celebrating across the country. Check out some quotes, saying, and messages below. 1. “Taking it as... Read more

  • Demonstrators protest the Toronto District School Board’s partnership with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institute outside the TDSB on June 18, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Beijing Rallies Support to Keep Confucius Institutes in Toronto Schools

    As Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustees prepare to vote on permanently removing its Confucius Institute from Toronto schools, Beijing is trying to rally support... Read more

  • A demonstrator holds a sign to protest the Toronto District School Board's partnership with the Confucius Institute outside of the TDSB on June 11, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    TDSB Committee to Vote on Terminating Partnership With Confucius Institutes

    The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is once again voting on its Confucius Institute, this time to decide whether to permanently sever its partnership with... Read more

  • Offences involving property, which include fraud and identity fraud, accounted for the majority of cybercrime cases reported by police in Canada in 2012. (scyther5/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Over Half of Online Crimes in Canada Involve Fraud

    Of the 9,000 reported incidents of cybercrime in Canada in 2012, more than half involved fraud, according to newly released data by Statistics Canada.  Internet... Read more

  • Cuba Sentences Canadian Businessman to 15-Year

    HAVANA—A Canadian automobile executive has been sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison on corruption-related charges that officials here call part of a broad campaign... Read more

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a question and answer session at Goldman and Sachs in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. With Harper mulling deeper involvement in Iraq, it seems likely he will bring the matter to the House of Commons. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Canada’s Role in Iraq Under Scrutiny

    PARLIAMENT HILL—Canada looks set to get deeper into the conflict in Iraq following a request by the U.S. and comments made by Prime Minister Stephen... Read more

  • Mark Goldblatt, volunteer president of the Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa, stands among caskets in his showroom. Goldblatt avoids "up-selling" to customers and doesn't offer expensive luxury caskets in efforts to provide more affordable funerals. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    The Death Business: Funeral Co-ops Take On Industry Price-Gouging

    The only sure things in life are death and taxes, so the old adage goes. Funeral homes understand this fact well, and have been profiting... Read more

  • In Surprise Move, NDP Endorses Canada’s New Trade Pact With Korea

    OTTAWA—The federal NDP says it is getting behind the Canada-Korea free trade pact. The party says it has some concerns about the deal, but on... Read more

  • Zero waste expert Paul Connett looks at an exhibition of photos of waste pickers or catadores in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil’s 1 million catadores are involved in all stages of waste management, such as door-to-door collection, transport, separation, and value added production. The exhibition was part of an effort to win respect for catadores and improve both their image and working conditions. (Photo by Nina Orlow)

    Canada Lags Behind On Sustainable Waste Disposal, Says Zero-Waste Expert

    The guru of the zero waste movement is warning that, despite some strides in the right direction, Canadian cities are not doing enough to reduce... Read more

  • Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq speaks at the UN Climate Summit 2014 at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 23, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Canada’s Climate Summit Announcement Follows US Lead

    UNITED NATIONS—Barack Obama didn’t just make announcements for his own country at a United Nations climate summit Tuesday—he got to make Canada’s, too. Canada made... Read more

  • ISIS is Recruiting Somali Youths in Alberta, Group Warns

    EDMONTON—The leader of a Somali group has written to the prime minister warning that young people in Alberta are being recruited to become fighters for... Read more

  • A young woman takes an order at Starbucks. Canada’s young people are earning considerably less compared to their adult counterparts, according to a new report by the Conference Board of Canada. (AP Photo)

    Income Gap Between Generations Widening, Research Finds

    Canada’s young people are earning considerably less compared to their adult counterparts, according to a new report by the Conference Board of Canada.  The report... Read more

  • Visitors look at the Centennial Flame at Canada’s Parliament. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Canada Faces ISIS Threat

    OTTAWA, Canada—Canada has escaped or prevented terrorist attacks on its own soil so far, but one security expert warns, that luck might not hold.  “Osama... Read more

  • US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L) and Canadian Minister of Natural of Resources Greg Rickford talk to reporters after they signed a memorandum of understanding outlining 11 areas of cooperation in Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 18. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Canada and US Strengthen Energy Ties, Help Ukraine

    OTTAWA, Canada—Canada and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding this on Sept. 18 to tighten collaboration on energy. The heads of both countries’... Read more

  • FILE - This July 15, 2014 file photo shows Mayor Rob Ford in Toronto on July 15, 2014.  Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor, Friday, Sept. 12, 2104,  as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen and his brother has registered to run his in place.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

    Rob Ford: Mayor Releases Audio Statement from Hospital After Cancer Diagnosis

    TORONTO (AP) — A rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has released an audio statement just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy. In the statement, Ford urged people Thursday to support... Read more

  • Mayor Rob Ford's brother, Doug Ford, arrives at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Later in the day, Mayor Ford's doctor said he is suffering from a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Releases Audio Statement From Hospital

    TORONTO—Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his... Read more

  • This 2004 file photo shows a Falun Gong adherent standing near the hut and signs erected outside the Vancouver Chinese consulate to protest the brutal treatment of fellow adherents in China. The Vancouver Falun Gong have launched a court challenge to have a street bylaw ruled unconstitutional in the hopes of resuming their round-the-clock vigil outside the consulate. (Epoch Times)

    Falun Gong Fight for Right to ‘Effective’ Protest at Vancouver Chinese Consulate

    Vancouver Falun Gong practitioners are back in the B.C. Supreme Court this week to have what they deem an unfair bylaw ruled unconstitutional in the... Read more

  • A passenger walks past a high-speed train at a railway station in Nanjing in eastern China. China used controversial industrial policies that are exempt from Canada's new investment deal with China to force foreign firms to share intellectual property and know-how. This helped push China's domestic train industry to become globally competitive. (AP Photo)

    FIPA Signed, but Questions Linger

    OTTAWA—The deal is done, but what does it really mean? Last Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly ratified the Canada-China foreign investment promotion and... Read more

  • Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz speaks in Drummondville, Que., on Sept. 16, 2014. The central bank is reinforcing its hands-off position when it comes to influencing the Canadian dollar. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Bank of Canada’s Job Not to Control Currency: Poloz

    DRUMMONDVILLE, Que.—The Bank of Canada vowed to continue taking a hands-off approach to influencing the Canadian dollar, saying it can’t replace markets in determining the... Read more

  • Green Party leader Elizabeth May outlines her opposition to the Canada-China investment deal at a press conference on Parliament Hill on Sept. 12, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    FIPA Unique Among Investment Deals, Says Expert

    OTTAWA—The Harper government’s ratification of the Canada-China investment treaty last Friday sets a number of precedents in an agreement one expert says is unlike any... Read more

  • The Canadian Real Estate Association forecasts sales to increase for Canada as a whole in 2014. However, Quebec and the Maritime provinces are expected to see declines. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    CREA Raises Home Sales Forecast, August Sales Up

    OTTAWA—The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) raised its home sales forecast Sept. 15 on the back of stronger-than-expected sales in recent months following a slow... Read more

  • Indian people living in the US gather in support outside the White House, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2014. Modi launched his Washington visit late on Monday at a private dinner hosted by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the ornate Blue Room of the White House. He came to Washington after wowing members of the Indian diaspora in New York and making his debut at the United Nations General Assembly, following his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) landslide election win in May. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

    What Modi Wants From the Indian Diaspora in the US

    During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five day visit to the U.S. he reached out to the Indian diaspora, sharing his vision for India’s development... Read more

  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office  of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Obama, Modi Tout Potential for Deeper Economic Ties

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and India’s new Prime Minister NarendraModi touted the potential for deeper economic collaboration between the world’s two largest democracies Tuesday, while seeking to address concerns that they have grown apart... Read more

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    Lions vs Scorchers Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Squad, Preview for Lahore-Perth CLT20 Match

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  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives a speech during a reception by the Indian community in honor of his visit to the United States at Madison Square Garden, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    In Madison Square Garden, PM Narendra Modi Says India Won’t Look Back

    NEW YORK—India’s new prime minister, once shunned by Washington, appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in a famed New York sports arena Sunday where he appealed... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Indian PM Narendra Modi Says Serious About Peace With Pakistan

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  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state Jayaram Jayalalitha, right, is seen through the mirror of a car as she comes out of her house in Chennai, India, Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014. A court in southern India has found the top elected official of Tamil Nadu state guilty of corruption in a case filed 18 years ago. Jayalalitha will have to step down as the state chief minister after the court on Saturday found her guilty of possessing wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

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  • Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration in India against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

    Analyst: Indian Muslims Not Signing Up for Al-Qaeda or ISIL

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  • Kashmiri residents cross a flooded neighborhood by boat in the outskirts of Srinagar on September 5, 2014. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping (L) speaks at joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sept. 18. India’s prime minister expressed concern about incidents on the two countries’ disputed border, as a standoff between troops at the frontier overshadowed key talks. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Tokyo. The White House says President Barack Obama will welcome India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi to the White House for a Sept. 29-30 visit aimed at repairing frayed relations between their countries.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    PM Narendra Modi Says Al-Qaeda Holds No Appeal for Indian Muslims

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