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  • Nobel Winner: Scientists Get it Wrong Most of Time

    STOCKHOLM— One of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates says learning how to handle failure is key to becoming a successful scientist. American James Rothman, who... Read more

  • An Indian woman mourns alongside the body of Bijlee, a female elephant aged 58 and weighing five tonnes, during a ceremony inside the temporary shelter in Mumbai on June 30, 2013. Bijlee, an overworked and overweight Indian elephant, died after fighting for her life following a collapse in the street. The authorities subsequently banned the entry of Elephants in the city. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Elephants Banned From Entering Mumbai, City of Bollywood

    The Indian government has banned elephants from entering Mumbai city to prevent the incidents of cruelty to these animals and minimize the possible threat of... Read more

  • Anti-state secrets law protesters scuffle with police officers in front of the Diet building in Tokyo while upper house lawmakers vote to approve the bill late Friday night, Dec. 6, 2013. Japan's parliament has approved the state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding criticism that it could be used to cover up government abuses and suppress civil liberties. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japan Adopts Strict Government Secrets Law

    TOKYO—Japan’s parliament approved on Friday a state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding... Read more

  • Shrouded bodies lay in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday Dec. 5 2013 following a day-long gun battle between Seleka soldiers and Christian militias. Over 40 bodies, civilian and some military, have been brought for funeral preparations. Gunfire  and mortar rounds erupted in the town, leaving scores dead and wounded.  To try to put an end to sectarian violence, the UN security council passed a motion allowing French troops to deploy in the country in order to protect civilians and insure security by all necessary means. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Thousands Seek French Protection in Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic—Thousands of people crowded into a field outside Central African Republic’s main airport on Friday, hoping that French soldiers would protect them... Read more

  • footage captured by a camera mounted on the helmet of a Royal Marine during a patrol in Afghanistan in which an insurgent was murdered in Sept 2011. A Royal Marine, known as Marine A, was Friday Nov. 8 2013 convicted by a court martial board of that murder partly on the evidence inadvertently recorded by another soldier only identified as Soldier B. Marine A shot the injured Afghan national, who had attacked his base, in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol before quoting a phrase from Shakespeare as the man convulsed and died in front of him. (AP Photo/Ministry of Defense)

    Royal Marine Sentenced to Ten Years for Murdering Afghani

    LONDON—A Royal Marine convicted of murdering a wounded Taliban insurgent has been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison. A military judge told... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, security forces are on the scene after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. A suicide car bomber struck Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday, killing more than a dozen soldiers and paving the way for a carload of gunmen wearing army uniforms to storm the heavily guarded compound in the capital of Sanaa, military and hospital officials said. (AP Photo/Yemen Defense Ministry)

    Yemen Security Forces Launch Violent Search for Ministry Attackers

    ADEN, Yemen—Yemeni security forces launched a sweep in the capital to find the perpetrators of a deadly attack on the country’s Defense Ministry, sparking clashes... Read more

  • EU Investigating Online Price Fixing by Electronics Firms

    AMSTERDAM—European Union antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several companies that make and sell consumer electronics and domestic appliances, in an investigation into whether... Read more

  • Woman Invites 20000 to Party Via Facebook, Gets Fined

    WARSAW, Poland—A Polish court has fined a 23-year-old woman who admitted posting an invitation to an outdoor spring party on Facebook, which drew more than... Read more

  • Despite Industrial Decline Germany’s Central Bank Raises Growth Forecast

    BERLIN—German industrial orders dropped unexpectedly sharply in October, according to data released Friday, but the central bank raised its growth forecast for the country’s economy... Read more

  • Shrouded bodies lay in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday Dec. 5 2013 following a day-long gun battle between Seleka soldiers and Christian militias. Over 40 bodies, civilian and some military, have been brought for funeral preparations. Gunfire  and mortar rounds erupted in the town, leaving scores dead and wounded.  To try to put an end to sectarian violence, the UN security council passed a motion allowing French troops to deploy in the country in order to protect civilians and insure security by all necessary means. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    French Move Troops Into Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic—French troops rumbled into Central African Republic on Friday, trying to quell violence in the capital a day after armed Christian fighters... Read more

  • Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela passed away Thursday night after a long illness. He was 95. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader. (AP Photo)

    Mandela Funeral to Be Held Dec. 15

    JOHANNESBURG— South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday, Dec. 15. President Jacob Zuma also said Friday that a memorial service in... Read more

  • A campaign has been launched to survey how many animals were affected by the tear gas fired by police at the antigovernment protesters early this week in Bangkok, Thailand. (Richard A. Brooks/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Dec. 6

    Thailand: Campaign to help animals hurt by tear gas launched A campaign has been launched to survey how many animals were affected by the tear gas... Read more

  • Germany to Accept 5,000 More Syrian Refugees

    BERLIN— Germany says it will double its current quota and accept a further 5,000 refugees from Syria who are fleeing the Arab nation’s raging civil... Read more

  • A woman stands in front of a huge wave on the seafront,  in Rhyl, Wales, Thursday Dec. 5, 2013.  Gale-force winds hit Scotland on Thursday, causing a fatal truck accident, halting all trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity as much of northwestern Europe braced for a storm that was expected to bring flooding to coastal areas. Winds gusting up to 142 miles (229 kilometers) per hour were measured overnight in the Scottish Highlands, and many roads and bridges were closed. All train services in Scotland were suspended; Network Rail spokesman Nick King said that "there's too much debris and too much damage to equipment to continue.  (AP Photo/PA,  Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUT: NO SALES: NO ARCHIVE

    UK Faces Second Day of Flooding in Worst Tidal Surge in 60 Years (+Photos)

    The powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts has caused the worst tidal surge in 60 years in the UK.  LONDON— Thousands of people in Britain face a second... Read more

  • Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson, in a July 4, 2013 press conference. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Mandla Mandela: Nelson Mandela’s Grandson Embroiled in Court Case

    Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, is embroiled in a court case over suspicion that he assaulted a man and pointed a gun at him. The... Read more

  • South African president Frederik W. de Klerk (L) and African National Congress (ANC) representative Nelson Mandela (R), smile and shake hands after at a joint press conference, Aug. 7, 1990 in Pretoria, following a marathon meeting between South African governement and ANC, in which ANC agreed to suspend its 29 years of armed struggle. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mandela, Man of Great Achievements

    After 27 years in prison Nelson Mandela emerged as a beacon of hope for people worldwide. He made a conscious decision to let go of... Read more

  • Zindziswa 'Zindzi' Mandela attends the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on December 5, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

    Zindziswa ‘Zindzi’ Mandela ‘Really Proud’ of Father Nelson Mandela

    Zindziswa ‘Zindzi’ Mandela says she’s “really proud” about what her father went through and how it’s been recognized. Zindzi and Zenani, one of the other... Read more

  • Makaziwe Mandela and her father Nelson Mandela in a 2006 file photo. (AP Photo)

    Makaziwe Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s Daughter, Not Sure if He Loved Her

    Makaziwe Mandela, who denied that an emergency family meeting was taking place at Nelson Mandela’s home shortly before his death, said in a previous interview... Read more

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    4.7 Earthquake Hits Near Seddon, New Zealand

    An earthquake hit today in New Zealand near Seddon and was felt in Wellington. The quake hit at 1:45 p.m. local time, and was at... Read more

  • Nelson Mandela waves to the press as he arrives at the Elysee Palace, 07 June 1990, in Paris, to have talks with French president Francois Mitterrand. (Michel Clement, Daniel Janin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nelson Mandela: Death of a Giant

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death signals not only the passing away of a gifted politician. It is the death of one of the most significant figures... Read more

  • 2nd American Has Ebola in Liberia, Says Aid Group

      BOONE, N.C.—An official with a North Carolina-based aid group says another American health care worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the... Read more

  • American Doctor in Africa Gets Treatment for Ebola

    BOONE, N.C.—An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola disease received intensive treatment Sunday in West Africa and was in stable condition, talking to his... Read more

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    High-Profile Doctor Dies of Ebola, Highlighting Risk to Health Workers

    MONROVIA, Liberia—One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat... Read more

  • Mali Algeria Plane Crash

    Air Algerie Jet’s Black Boxes Sent to France

    BAMAKO, Mali—Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy... Read more

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    Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon— A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple... Read more

  • In this Saturday, July 26, 2014 frame grab from video obtained from a freelance journalist traveling with the Misarata brigade, fighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to wrest control from a powerful rival militia, in Tripoli, Libya. The battle for control of Tripoli's international airport began two weeks ago when Islamist-led militias - mostly from the western city of Misrata - launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan. Heavy clashes in the country’s restive east between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed dozens of people including civilians, health officials said Sunday. On Saturday, the U.S. evacuated its diplomats in Tripoli to neighboring Tunisia and shut its embassy. (AP Photo/AP video)

    38 Killed as Libyan Forces Battle Militias in East

    CAIRO—Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias... Read more

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    Nigeria Death Highlights Danger of Ebola Spread by Air Travel, Travelers Screened at Airports

    ABUJA—Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it... Read more

  • This July 25, 2014, photo shows a part of the plane at the crash site, in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 118 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    UN Finds Second Black Box of Air Algerie Jet

    BAMAKO, Mali—The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell from... Read more

  • Egyptian police special forces secure the area outside a courthouse in the Cairo district of Heliopolis after a makeshift bomb that was placed under a car exploded wounding a woman, on June 25, 2014. Five makeshift bombs exploded at four Cairo metro stations today morning, wounding at least five people, while another detonated near a courthouse in the capital, officials said. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

    Egypt to Try 20 Suspected in Terrorist Attacks

    CAIRO—Egypt’s chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between... Read more

  • Two Libyan soldiers inspect shrapnel marks on a wall on July 22, 2014 after a double suicide bombing on a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least four soldiers, military and medical officials said. The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Embassy in Libya Evacuates Staff Amid Escalated Violence

    WASHINGTON—The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between... Read more

  • This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows  a man at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    Burkina Faso, Mali Border: Air Algerie Plane Wreckage, Black Box Found (+Photos)

    PARIS—French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. Terrorism... Read more

  • An Air Algerie plane prepares to land at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers on July 24, 2014. (Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images)

    Air Algerie 5017 Plane Crash Black Box Recovered

    PARIS—French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss... Read more

  • An Air Algerie plane prepares to land at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers on July 24, 2014. An Air Algerie plane missing since early July 24 over Mali with 116 passengers and crew, including 50 French nationals, on board probably crashed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. (Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Air Algerie Found? Flight AH5017 Black Box Recovered From Wreckage; Terrorism Not Ruled Out as Cause for Crash

    PARIS—French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at... Read more

  • An official shows on a map an area where an Air Algerie plane is supposed to went missing, on July 24, 2014 in Ouagadougou. An Air Algerie plane with 116 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing on July 24 during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers. A source in Mali said that contact with the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was lost over Gao in north Mali, a region that was seized by jihadists groups for several months in 2012 and that remains very unstable despite the Islamists being driven out in a French-led offensive. (Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images)

    Air Algerie Flight 5017 With 116 Aboard Crashed in Mali

      ALGIERS, Algeria—An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border... Read more

  • Military officers walk at a scene where a bomb exploded on July 23, 2014 in Kaduna, north of Nigeria. A second blast today in the city has killed at least 17 people, the national rescue agency said, after an earlier suicide attack in the city killed at least 25. An around-the-clock curfew was announced for the city after the bombings. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Nigeria: 2 Days, 4 Attacks, Dozens Dead

    BAUCHI, Nigeria—Two attacks in Nigeria’s north killed more than a dozen people, an official and resident said Thursday, as the death toll from twin blasts... Read more

  • The logo of the Air Algerie company office, at the Opera avenue in Paris Thursday July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie has disappeared from radar while traveling from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Algiers. Authorities say it was carrying over 100 passengers and crew when air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff earlier this morning. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Missing Plane Found? Air Algerie Flight AH-5017 Disappears from Radar

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali... Read more

  • Kenya anti-riot police barricade as pedestrians walk past, as part of security measures during the rally for the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) on July 7, 2014 in Nairobi. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Peace Corps Supend Program in Kenya Amid Insecurity

    NAIROBI, Kenya—The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country... Read more

  • An Air Algerie flight operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, carrying over 100 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. (AP Photo/Kevin Cleynhens)

    Air Algerie Flight 5017 ‘Probably Crashed,’ Says French Foreign Minister

      ALGIERS, Algeria—An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a... Read more

  • Mariela Castro, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, was reportedly on the missing Air Algerie plane. (AP Photo)

    Mariela Castro, Raul Castro Daughter, Reportedly on Missing Air Algerie Plane (+Photos)

    Mariela Castro, a niece of Fidel Castro, was reportedly on board missing Air Algerie Flight AH5017. The jetliner vanished from the radar in a remote... Read more

  • Mariela Castro (ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mariela Castro, Niece of Fidel Castro, Not on Missing Air Algerie Flight AH5017

    Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro, is not on board the missing Air Algerie Flight AH5017. According to Ouagadougou Airport’s website, Mariela Castro and... Read more

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    China Roces Photos: FHM Model Allegedly in Paolo Bediones Video (+Pictures)

    China Roces, a model and actress, is allegedly the woman in the Paolo Bediones sex video that leaked online recently. Roces, 22, lives in Makati... Read more

  • This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Hernan south of the Baja Peninsula. This storm will continue to strengthen as it moves further away from land into the central Pacific. Monsoonal flow over the southwestern United States produces widespread rain showers and thunderstorms. High pressure over the Intermountain West brings mostly sunny skies. (AP PHOTO/Weather Underground)

    Hurricane Hernan Forms in Pacific Off Mexico

    MEXICO CITY—The storm Hernan strengthened into a category 1 hurricane far off Mexico’s western coast Sunday as it headed out into the Pacific Ocean and... Read more

  • Paolo Bediones in a recent photo. The woman allegedly in his sex tape is not in the photo. (Twitter)

    Paolo Bediones Video Scandal 2014: TV5 Says Rescue5 Anchor Will Not Be Fired; Woman in Video Not Ex-Girlfriend

    Paolo Bediones will not be fired after a video that allegedly shows the anchor and an unidentified woman–not his former girlfriend Abby Cruz–having sex. The... Read more

  • The Wenzhou river in eastern China turned bloody red earlier this week. Researchers are still investigating the cause. (AOL Screenshot)

    Chinese River Turns Bloody Red Overnight (Video)

    Residents in eastern China woke up earlier this week to find the river that runs through their city had turned blood red.  “The other night folks smelled something... Read more

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    Typhoon Matmo Kills 13, Leaves Thousands in Need in China (+Video)

    BEIJING—A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday. Typhoon... Read more

  • People watch a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 26, 2014. North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday into the waters off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said. The move was most likely a routine test-firing, but the official said it could also be meant to stoke tensions with Seoul. The writing on the screen reads "The missiles were launched to alert and express its internal solidarity." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile Into Sea

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast. The launch is the... Read more

  • An emergency worker removes a seat cushion at the site of the TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crash on the outlying Taiwan island of Penghu, Friday, July 25, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Taiwan Plane Survivor Crawls Out, Phones Dad

    XIXI, Taiwan—The 10 survivors of Taiwan’s worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help... Read more

  • McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    McDonald’s Stops Selling McNuggets in Hong Kong After Meat Scare

    HONG KONG—McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was... Read more

  • A relative of a passenger onboard the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 that crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, cries at a funeral parlor in Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on the island late Wednesday, killing dozens of people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. (AP Photo)

    Taiwan Searches Plane Crash Wreckage for Explanation

    XIXI, Taiwan—Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that... Read more

  • Indonesian women and school children board a women-only carriage of a commuter train at a station during its launching ceremony in Depok, West Java, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. An Indonesian train operator launched women-only carriages as a new service following complaints about pinching, groping and unwanted advances. The signs read "Special train for women". (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)

    Thailand to Re-launch Women-only Train Carriages

    BANGKOK— Thailand’s railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages in main routes nationwide after a 13-year-old girl was raped and... Read more

  • Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said on July 24 that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather.  (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Plane Crashes While Landing In Taiwan, Killing 48

    TAIPEI, Taiwan— A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and... Read more

  • Taiwanese national Chang An Wei (R), also known as Evelyn Chang, who along with her husband were abducted by armed men, likely Abu Sayyaf, at a resort in Sabah state is comforted by Philippine marines Colonel Joriel Cenabre at a hospital in Jolo town, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 20, 2013, after she was found in a village near Talipao, a town on the remote island of Jolo. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippines Abu Sayyaf Militants Free Kidnapped Anti-Poverty Workers

    MANILA, Philippines—Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted aid workers in the southern Philippines after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town... Read more

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    Transasia Plane Crash: Flight GE222 Crashes in Taiwan, 47 Feared Dead

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people... Read more

  • Secretary-General of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya, who also in charge of legal and justice affairs, speaks during a news conference at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Thailand Junta Claims Full Government Control Under New Charter

    BANGKOK—A senior army official said Wednesday that the leader of Thailand’s ruling junta is allowed to serve as interim prime minister under a new temporary... Read more

  • Photo shows Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 taking off from Schiphol Airport in Schiphol, the Netherlands, on July 17, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said on July 17 that it had 'lost contact' with one of its passenger planes whose last known position was over eastern Ukraine, amid speculation it had been shot down. 'Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,' the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370, said on its Twitter account. The plane was due to travel from Amsterdam on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, and was expected in the Malaysian capital at around 6:00 am on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday). Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the jet crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine and may have been shot down. (Fred Neeleman/AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Plane Found? Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Victims’ Relatives Offer Advice

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Less than five months ago, they had rushed to Kuala Lumpur International Airport — anxious relatives with a hope in their hearts,... Read more

  • Australian Parliamentarians Unite Against Forced Organ Harvesting

    SYDNEY—Members of the Australian Parliament have joined forces for the first time to address the pressing global issues of forced organ harvesting and transplant tourism... Read more

  • Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, shakes hands with the main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, as Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, center, smiles after their meeting in Senate headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodian Political Standoff Ending as Rivals Reach Agreement

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia’s yearlong political deadlock appeared to be resolved Tuesday as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rivals agreed on political reforms and the... Read more

  • Indonesia President candidate Joko Widodo answers questions from journalists during an inspection to Pluit Reservoir on July 22, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.(Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)

    Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo Announced as Winner of Indonesia Election

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who won the hearts of Indonesians with his common man image, won Indonesia’s presidential election with 53 percent of the... Read more

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo talks to the media during his visit at a reservoir development project in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Jakarta Governor Widodo Wins Indonesian Election

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who won the hearts of Indonesians with his common man image, won Indonesia’s presidential election with 53 percent of... Read more

  • Mount Fuji as seen from space in this file photo. (NASA/John McGrath)

    Mount Fuji Eruption Imminent? Huge Earthquake Has Caused Pressure to Build Into ‘Critical State’

    The March 2011 earthquake that sparked the tsunami that killed thousands in Japan has had another impact that could turn deadly. The quake caused pressure... Read more

  • A convoy of military vehicles of the Ukrainian forces drives towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on July 25, 2014. Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

    World War 3 Imminent? Russia Fires Rockets into Ukraine, US Says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring... Read more

  • An actor dressed as a Russian soldier rides a horse, as others play the role of civilians during the re-enactment of the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg in Szkotowo, Poland, Sunday, July 27, 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. History enthusiasts from across Europe gathered to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Key World War I Battle Re-Enacted in Poland

    SZKOTOWO, Poland—About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between... Read more

  • Pro-Russia militants sit on a tank on July 27, 2014 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as they drive to the front line south of the city. Dutch and Australian police who were planning to head to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 27 have had to scrap their trip over security concerns, a OSCE spokesman said. Heavy shelling was heard just one kilometre away from rebel-held Grabove, the village next to the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine, an AFP photographer said. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fighting Intensifies Near Flight MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine, Experts to Cancel Visit

      DONETSK, Ukraine—Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a... Read more

  • This July 16, 2014, photo shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin as he arrives for an official group photo during the BRICS summit at the Itamaraty palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the U.S. are still searching for an effective way to persuade Putin to change course. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    EU, US Try to Persuade Russian President Putin to Change Course

    BRUSSELS—Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way... Read more

  • The Yamal, a Ropucha-class landing ship of the Russian Navy, fires rockets during Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on July 27, 2014. Russia announced on July 23, 2014 that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines, just months after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine. Russia's Black Sea fleet had a base at the historic port city of Sevastopol in Crimea under an agreement with Ukraine before Russia annexed the peninsula in March 2014. (Yuri Lashov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Satellite Images Show Russia Fired Rockets Into Ukraine

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  • The Costa Concordia cruise wreck is maneuvered into position to be towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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    Europe is Highly Dependent on Russian Gas (Infographic)

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  • In this March 5, 2014, photo French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire's harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea off coast of France. French President Francois Hollande is defending plans to deliver a 1.1 billion-euro French-made warship to Russia, despite increasing pressure for tougher European sanctions against Moscow over the fighting in Ukraine. European Union foreign ministers are meeting Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Brussels, with some calling for an arms embargo or other new punishment against Russia. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Head of the Jewish autonomous region Alexander Vinnikov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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  • A convoy of military vehicles of the Ukrainian forces drives towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on July 25, 2014. Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Russian Federal Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow on July 3, 2013. A European Union document released Friday, July 25, 2014, shows that Bortnikov is among those targeted by a EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Russia Says Anti-Terrorism Weakened

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  • A police officer stands guard as a woman walks past pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    World War 3? Russia is Firing Across Border Into Ukraine, United States Says

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  • (Twitter)

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  • In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 file photo, firefighters arrive at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. All 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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  • A Ukrainian service man looks out from a tank, part of a convoy of vehicles of the Ukrainian forces driving towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on July 25, 2014. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia Fires Across Border on Ukrainian Troops, Prepares to Move Heavier Firepower

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  • The crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines Conspiracy Theories: What Actually Happened When Fight 17 Crashed?

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  • Wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies in the road on July 24, 2014 in Petropavlivka, Ukraine. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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  • Cyprus Creditors Give Passing Grade on 5th Bailout Review

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  • Former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev gives a press conference in Minsk on June 23, 2010. Bakiyev was sentenced to life in prison. (Alexey Gromov/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A Pakistani woman browses traditional bangles at a market ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, ending the fasting month of Ramadan, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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  • In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 photo, a displaced Iraqi woman and others receive food from an Iraqi charity organization for a sunset meal when Muslims break their fast, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, at a camp for displaced Iraqis who fled from Mosul and other towns, in the Khazer area outside Irbil, northern Iraq. The grueling fast, in which observant Muslims abstain from water, food and cigarettes from sunrise to sunset, has been made even harsher for many living in dusty, hot tents. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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  • Photo shows Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 taking off from Schiphol Airport in Schiphol, the Netherlands, on July 17, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said on July 17 that it had 'lost contact' with one of its passenger planes whose last known position was over eastern Ukraine, amid speculation it had been shot down. 'Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,' the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370, said on its Twitter account. The plane was due to travel from Amsterdam on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, and was expected in the Malaysian capital at around 6:00 am on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday). Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the jet crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine and may have been shot down. (Fred Neeleman/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Pakistani girls buy bangles ahead of the Muslims'  Eid al-Fitr holiday in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Pakistani Muslims will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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  • This Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, shows an Iraqi family waiting to break their fast during the hold month of Ramadan in Basra, Iraq. For the millions of Muslims abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset every day during Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan, that first sip of water after a grueling fast is by far the most anticipated moment of the day. (AP Photo/ Nabil al-Jurani)

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  • World News to the Point: July 24, 2014. (Photos.com)

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  • Medellín, Colombia: Alexander Flores, 35, Entrepreneur: Even though the government is about 10% responsible due to the poor money management destined for resources, I believe that it is more a lack of people not prioritizing. I say this because I know stories from very close people that have given priority to a weekend celebration, drinking alcohol; instead of using their spare time finding ways of earning extra money for a home, they rather nurture bad habits like drinking, soap operas, or simply wasting their time; and would rather blame it on the government saying that they don’t do anything. To me, these people are 99% responsible for not taking action and for not being proactive.

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  • Australian Falun Gong practitioners from all over Australia gathering in front of Australian Parliament House. (minghui.org)

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

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  • (Minghui.org*)

    Commemoration of 7/20 Resonates Across the World

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  • World News to the Point: July 22, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: July 22

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  • World News to the Point: July 21, 2014. (Photos.com)

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  • A vote is taken during a meeting at the United Nations July 21, 2014 in New York, to draft a UN Security Council resolution demanding that pro-Russia separatists provide "full and unfettered access" to the crash site of the downed Malaysian jet in eastern Ukraine. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.  The plane, with the tail number 9M-MRD, is the same aircraft that was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, July 17, 2014 when it was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister. (AP Photo/JoePriesAviation.net)

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  • AFP/Getty Images

    A Compilation of 15 Years of Appeal By Falun Gong (+Photos)

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  • Malaysia Airlines

    Airlines Symbolize Nations’ Hopes or Reflect Shame

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  • People place flowers outside Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

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  • An oil well pump operates in Boca de Jaruco, Cuba, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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  • Photo shows Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 taking off from Schiphol Airport in Schiphol, the Netherlands, on July 17, 2014. Malaysia Airlines said on July 17 that it had 'lost contact' with one of its passenger planes whose last known position was over eastern Ukraine, amid speculation it had been shot down. 'Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,' the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370, said on its Twitter account. The plane was due to travel from Amsterdam on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, and was expected in the Malaysian capital at around 6:00 am on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday). Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the jet crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine and may have been shot down. (Fred Neeleman/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (on screen) addresses the Security Council about the situation in Gaza on a video link from Ramallah, West Bank, July 22, 2014 at UN headquarters in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    What Israel, Hamas, Other Players Want in Gaza Conflict

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  • A crater from an Israeli strike is seen in the yard of the U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Israel Acknowledges Mortar Shell Hit UN School

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  • An Israeli tank fires towards Gaza, near the Israel and Gaza border in the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014. Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. But shortly after the truce was to have started warning sirens wailed in southern Israel and the military said three rockets landed in the area, without causing casualties or damage. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Israel, Hamas Trade Fire in Gaza Despite Truce Pledges

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  • A Shiite Hawthi rebel stands beside a truck-mounted weapon with a poster of Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Hawthi, a leader of Shiite rebels, while patrolling a street in Amran, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 14, 2014. Yemen's president fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels, state television reported Saturday. They had been fighting against conservative Sunnis from one of the country's largest tribes backed by a local army unit. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Suspected Al-Qaeda Attack Kills 2 Troops in Yemen

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  • Israeli Arabs

    Israeli Arabs: Caught Between Jewish Neighbors, Fellow Palestinians in Gaza

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Avi Fraenkel (L) and Ori Shaar, fathers of two of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the West Bank as they hug during their sons' joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modiin, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners converged Tuesday in central Israel for the funeral service for three teenagers found dead in the West Bank after a two week search and crackdown on the Hamas militant group, which Israeli leaders have accused of abducting and killing the young men. The deaths of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, have prompted angry calls for revenge and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security Cabinet for an emergency meeting to discuss a response to the killings, hours after airstrikes targeted dozens of suspected Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner)

    Israel PM Netanyahu Sees World Opinion Against Him, Determined to Continue

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  • A Palestinian girl holds plastic bottles waiting to fill them with drinking water at a public tap in the town of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Israel resumed its Gaza offensive on Sunday, calling off a unilateral extension of a humanitarian cease-fire after Palestinian militants fired several rockets at southern Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Truce, Then Breaks It

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  • A Palestinian girl holds plastic bottles waiting to fill them with drinking water at a public tap in the town of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Israel resumed its Gaza offensive on Sunday, calling off a unilateral extension of a humanitarian cease-fire after Palestinian militants fired several rockets at southern Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Israel Calls Off Cease-Fire Extension After More Palestinian Rockets

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  • Afghan security forces stand guard near the dead bodies of Taliban fighters at the site of a suicide attack in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. In an attack early Wednesday against the governor's compound in the southern city of Kandahar, several people, including two police officers were killed when insurgents wearing bomb vests tried to take over the small complex. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Taliban Attack Afghan Police Chief’s Home

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  • Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon (C) and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, during an evening consultation at the Kirya July 26, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Ariel Harmoni/Israel Minister of Defense via Getty Images)

    Israel to Extend Cease-Fire for 24 Hours Despite Hamas Rockets

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  • A general view shows the destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza residents used a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Saturday to stock up on supplies and survey the devastation from nearly three weeks of fighting, as they braced for a resumption of Israel's war on Hamas. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Gaza 12-Hour Cease-Fire Over as Hamas Fires Rockets on Israel

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  • Palestinians carry belongings, as they walk on the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes before a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Hamas Rejects Israel’s Offer to Extend Cease-Fire in Gaza

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  • Activists: Car Bomb Explodes in North Syria Town

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  • A Palestinian woman reacts as she walks amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014.  (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

    In Gaza Lull, Residents Return to Destroyed Areas

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  • Gaza

    Gaza Residents See Full Scale of Devastation During 12-Hour Lull

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  • An armoured personnel carrier (APC) carry Israeli troops on the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Palestinians pray the Friday prayer inside a destroyed Al Farouk mosque which was destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike on Tuesday, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, July 25, 2014. The U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled new unrest in the West Bank, where several Palestinians were killed during protests. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

    Kerry Says No Deal Yet for 7-day Truce in Gaza

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  • Palestinian supporters of Hamas clash with Israeli security forces on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. As the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge' continues in Gaza, conflict and rioting is beginning to spread to the West Bank. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Israel’s Security Cabinet Rejects Kerry’s Gaza Truce Proposal

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  • Supporters listen as Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem Day or Al-Quds Day, in suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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  • Israeli soldiers work on their tanks near the Israel and Gaza border Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

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  • This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Hernan south of the Baja Peninsula. This storm will continue to strengthen as it moves further away from land into the central Pacific. Monsoonal flow over the southwestern United States produces widespread rain showers and thunderstorms. High pressure over the Intermountain West brings mostly sunny skies. (AP PHOTO/Weather Underground)

    Hurricane Hernan Forms in Pacific Off Mexico

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  • A controlled explosion set off by the Venezuelan National Guard to disable a clandestine airstrip used for drug trafficking is seen in Apure, Venezuela on September 21, 2011. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Former Head of Venezuelan Military Intelligence Arrested for Drug Trafficking

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  • Two kayakers paused to take a closer look at some whales off the coast of Argentina, but got an unexpected surprise when one of the giant creatures lifted their boat onto his back. (AOL Screenshot)

    Massive Whale Lifts Kayakers Onto Its Back (Video)

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  • A woman with her hand painted with the colors of the Venezuelan flag attends a rally in support of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Anti-government activists massed to voice support for hard-line opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has been held in a military prison since being arrested in February on charges of fomenting violence as a result of the initial protests. A judge ordered last week that Lopez proceed to trial. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Venezuela: Jailed Opposition Leader Goes on Trial

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  • (EHN)

    Amazon Oil Spill has Killed Tons of Fish, Sickened Native People

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  • Members of a drug squad guard more than 1000 kilos of cocaine divided into 1053 packages which were seized during an operation, in Santo Domingo on June 18, 2013. Agents of the National Drug Control (DNCD) of the Dominican Republic foiled a shipment of cocaine destined for Barcelona, Spain and arrested more than 10 people for investigation. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Cracks Down on Caribbean Multimillion-Dollar Drug Trafficking Ring

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  • Argentinian supporters of the national soccer team in Buenos Aires. They celebrated their team’s great effort in World Cup 2014.

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  • The president of the CASRECH (Chamber of Supermarkets and Self-Service Restaurants Owned by Chinese Residents in Argentina) threatens a Falun Gong practitioner in Buenos Aires on July 19. (Epoch Times)

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  • Boys and young men line up to receive a meal provided by the government, at The Great Family group home in Zamora, Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, July 17, 2014. After a police raid on the refuse-strewn group home Tuesday, residents of the shelter told authorities that some employees beat and raped residents, fed them rotting food or locked them in a tiny "punishment" room. Shelter residents were still being kept at the home while officials look for places to transfer them. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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  • FILE - In this file photo taken July 26, 2011, a customer enjoys a coffee at Starbucks in Miami.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Make Room Juan Valdez: Starbucks Opens in Colombia

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  • General view of the headquarters of the Carso Group and Soumaya museum of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, in Mexico City, on August 30, 2013. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

    Carlos Slim’s Empire Broken Up but Oligarchs Still Control Mexico

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  • Police officers detain several men after riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to restrain a group of youths who hurled rocks and vandalized store fronts at a rally to celebrate Argentina’s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Police said more than a dozen officers were injured and many more were arrested. The chaotic situation marred what was an otherwise spontaneous gathering of support for Argentina’s national team after its best World Cup run in 24 years. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Argentina Vandals Riot After World Cup 2014 Loss to Germany

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their... Read more

  • Brazil supporters react after the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The Netherlands won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Brazil Rethinks Future After World Cup Failure

    SAO PAULO—The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil – the country, not the team. Yet the country pulled off a magnificent tournament, albeit with... Read more

  • Detainees watch a World Cup soccer match from a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

    Obama Seeks Governors’ Support on Immigrant Kids

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support... Read more

  • Haitian machete fencing expert Alfred Avril, left, instructs his son Roland in the little-known martial art of machete fencing, outside Jacmel, Haiti, July 2, 2014. Trying to bring the secretive, rural Haitian martial art to foreigners involves certain trade-offs, but Avril is now eager to share his machete-fighting expertise with anyone who is interested. The former Haitian army drill instructor trained his sons, grandsons and neighbors to carry on his school. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    Journalist Reveals Lost Haitian Martial Art, Machete Fencing

    JACMEL, Haiti—Two men pivot and slide in a forest clearing, their bodies weaving before a handful of spectators in what could be a graceful dance... Read more

  • A family walks through a street littered with the rubble from buildings that fell during an earthquake in San Pedro, Guatemala, Monday, July 7, 2014. An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Pacific Coast shook a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Earthquake Death Toll in Mexico, Guatemala, Reaches Five

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico—The death toll in from a magnitude-6.9 earthquake near Mexico’s border with Guatemala has risen to five, with authorities confirming two more deaths... Read more

  • Earthquake Today in Mexico, Guatemala: 6.9 Temblor Hits Pacific Coast, 3 Dead

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at... Read more

  • A volunteer pretends to be injured as medical staff take part in a simulation emergency during an earthquake drill at a supermarket in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, on May 29, 2014. A magnitude 7.1 quake actually hit Mexico and Guatemala Monday morning, July7, killing two. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Earthquake Shakes Mexico, Guatemala; Three Dead

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico—A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least two people... Read more

  • Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY—A magnitude-7.1 earthquake on the Pacific Coast has jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. The U.S. Geological Survey said the... Read more

  • An aerial view of the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia. The stadium sits among many sports structures that are crumbling due to neglect. (Courtesy of FIFA)

    The World Cup and Failed Promises in Brazil’s Capital

    BRASILIA, Brazil—Despite early worries about strikes, protests, and unfinished venues, the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil have gone on largely without disruption. While many... Read more

  • Yingyi Chen, a resident of Nanaimo, B.C., speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. Chen’s mother and sister were repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for practicing Falun Gong. His mother was able to come to Canada in 2008, but his sister is currently in detention in China. (Epoch Times)

    Canadian Seeks Sister’s Release and End to Persecution

    Fifteen years ago the Chinese communist regime banned Falun Gong and started persecuting its adherents in China.  Here in Canada, it’s been nearly that many... Read more

  • Bail System Punishes Innocent People with Pretrial Detention: Report

    TORONTO—A new report says Canada’s bail system is set up to punish innocent people because of an increasing use of pretrial detention. The Canadian Civil... Read more

  • Firefighters tackle a flare-up at the Smith Creek fire in West Kelowna on July 19, 2014. Cooler weather and rainfall in parts of B.C. have helped quell wildfires across the province, but more hot, dry weather that could send the wildfire danger soaring is expected by Friday. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

    More Crews Arrive as BC Braces For Another Round of Wildfires

    VANCOUVER—Another 153 firefighters from across Canada have arrived in British Columbia as the province braces for more hot, dry weather that could send the wildfire... Read more

  • Mark Jette, Su Bin's lawyer, speaks to reporters outside the BC Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Su is accused by U.S. authorities of being involved in a sophisticated hacking scheme to steal military secrets. (Jacey Shi/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Man Living in Canada and Wanted in US is Denied Bail

    VANCOUVER—A Chinese citizen accused by U.S. authorities in a sophisticated hacking scheme to steal military secrets will remain jailed in Canada after a British Columbia... Read more

  • A Bell Aliant retail location in Dartmouth, N.S. on July 23, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Darren Pittman)

    BCE to Take Bell Aliant Private in $3.95 Billion Deal

    MONTREAL—Canada’s biggest telecom company, BCE Inc., is buying the stake in Bell Aliant that it doesn’t already own for $3.95 billion (Canadian) in cash and... Read more

  • A fishing boat cruises on the Milwaukee River near Lake Michigan, an area designated for cleanup because of decades of toxic pollution, Sept. 12, 2013. Ottawa has announced new funding for four cleanup projects around the St. Clair River in Southwestern Ontario. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

    Great Lakes Cleanup Efforts Get New Funding

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  • Loretta Saunders’ Uncle Lunges at Accused During Court Hearing

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  • Protesters gather outside the Nova Scotia legislature in Halifax to show their opposition to the use of hydraulic fracturing on April 22, 2011. Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government's decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada's air, land, and water. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    Feds Criticized for Leaving Fracking Chemicals Off Pollutant List

    OTTAWA—Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government’s decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada’s air, land,... Read more

  • A Heiltsuk forestry worker holds a scale beside a rectangular bark-strip on a culturally modified tree near Doc Creek, B.C. The Heiltsuk Nation is part of a project that will improve the understanding and management of CMTs, an important pre- and post-contact heritage feature on B.C.'s Pacific Coast. (Courtesy of Morley Eldridge)

    BC First Nation Works to Preserve Historically Important Trees

    Culturally modified trees in British Columbia’s renowned Great Bear Rainforest will be better protected thanks to a new project that aims to improve the understanding... Read more

  • Sen. Mike Duffy walks to the Senate on Parliament Hill on Oct. 28, 2013. Now that Duffy has been formally charged, the Liberals are urging the ethics commissioner to re-open her investigation into the Senate expense scandal. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Re-open Investigation Into Duffy, MP Urges Ethics Commissioner

    OTTAWA—The Liberals called on the federal ethics watchdog to re-open her investigation into the Senate expense scandal on Wednesday, a scenario Mary Dawson’s office suggested... Read more

  • A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says student loan systems in Canada are overly complex and lack transparency. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

    Canada’s Student Loan Process Too Complex, Report Finds

    Student loan systems across Canada are so complex and different from province to province that there’s no guaranteed access equity for students, a report by... Read more

  • Visitors view the artwork at the opening of the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition at Toronto City Hall on July 21, 2014. (Maria Matyiku/Epoch Times)

    International Chinese Art Exhibition Opens in Toronto

    The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition opened at Toronto City Hall on July 21 with a warm welcome from city... Read more

  • Investment properties in the U.S. can create additional tax filing requirements for Canadians depending on how the property is used. (Fotolia)

    Considerations for Canadians on Owning US Real Estate

    More and more Canadians are purchasing U.S. real estate for personal and/or rental use. It’s important to understand how different ownership options lead to different... Read more

  • Dr. Minnan Liu (L) of the Falun Dafa Association of Edmonton presents over 4,000 signatures from Edmontonians on a petition to Brent Rathgeber, MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, on July 19, 2014 at the Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park in Edmonton. The petition asks the Canadian government to urge the Chinese regime to stop the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. (Frank Liang/Epoch Times)

    Rally in Edmonton Marks 15 Years of Brutal Persecution

    EDMONTON—As the clouds began to disperse over the bustling area around Edmonton’s Farmers’ Market on Saturday, a group of people in yellow T-shirts began meditation,... Read more

  • Former Canadian MP and Secretary of State David Kilgour condemns forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. Falun Gong practitioners during a rally on July 17 in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, Canada, to commemorate and protest 15 years of persecution in China. One of the banner behind them reads, "End Communism Stop Persecution." (Donna He/Epoch Times)

    Commemorating 15 Years of Falun Gong Persecution

    The following are notes delivered by Mr. Kilgour as a representative of the International Coalition to end Organ Pillaging/Trafficking in China and Parliamentarians Against Forced... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioner Paul Li speaks about his father, Li Xiaobo, who was imprisoned for eight years in China for practicing Falun Gong and was recently rearrested. Paul Li called on the Canadian government to help free his father in his speech at an event in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China on July 20, 1999. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

    15 Years Too Long: Canadian Falun Gong Adherents Mark 15 Years of Persecution in China

    OTTAWA—Fifteen years ago on July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched a genocidal campaign against some 70 to 100 million adherents of the Falun... Read more

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    Andrei Anghel Dead: Ontario Student ID’d as Canadian on Malaysia Flight MH17 (+Photos)

    Andrei Anghel has been named as the sole Canadian on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17... Read more

  • Elephants are seen at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya in December 2012. A B.C. man's innovative technology is helping stop the slaughter of dwindling herds of elephants. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

    BC Man’s Google Elephant System Helping Save Threatened Species in Africa

    VANCOUVER—Forget Google Earth. Try Google Elephant. Thanks in part to a tech-savvy student at the University of British Columbia, rangers in northern Kenya and South... Read more

  • File photo of David Matas. The Winnipeg-based international human rights lawyer won the Carthage International Award in the category of Peace and Defence of Human Rights on July 10, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Canadian Rights Lawyer David Matas Receives Award in Italy

    Upon learning about the Holocaust in his youth, David Matas felt the urge to do something in response to the massive crime against humanity. He... Read more

  • NDP environment critic Megan Leslie asks a question in the House of Commons on May 29, 2014. Leslie and fellow MP Murray Rankin want an independent probe into the Canada Revenue Agency's targeting of some Canadian charities for their political activities. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    NDP Calls for External Probe of Tax Agency’s Political Audits of Charities

    OTTAWA—The NDP is calling for an independent probe into the Canada Revenue Agency’s targeting of some Canadian charities for their political activities.  In a letter... Read more

  • Indians stand on top of a bus that was crushed when a train crashed into it in Medak district in the southern Indian state of Telangana, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

    Driver and 18 Children Killed When Train Hits Bus in India

    HYDERABAD, India—Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said. The... Read more

  • Smudged with paint and garlanded with leis for the elephant feeding festival in Thrissur, Kerala State, India, on July 17, 2014, these elephants’ heavy chains and thick ropes reveal their dual life—one of stardom and one of servitude. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    India’s Celebrity Elephants Do Not Enjoy Celebrity Comfort

    THRISSUR, India—In India’s tropical coastal state, Kerala, Elephants since centuries have been a part of the public life and have held celebrity status. While the... Read more

  • Youngsters interact with a mentor in in one of India’s first Startup Villages in Kochi, Kerala on Feb., 16, 2013. On July 10, the Indian government announced more funding for entrepreneurship in the country. (Courtesy: Startup Village)

    Startup Village in India Shows Path for Indian Innovation

    KOCHI, India—Jofin Joseph started a venture while in college in India, and got a taste of success. After proving to his family that he could... Read more

  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hands with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Joseph Burns during a meeting at prime minister’s residence in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 11, 2014. Burn arrived Thursday on a two day official visit to India. (AP Photo/Harish Tyagi, Pool)

    Indian PM Modi to Meet President Obama in September

    NEW DELHI—India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between... Read more

  • An Argentina soccer team fan on a roadside, shows the victory sign ahead of the Argentina–Netherland’s match on Wednesday at Thrissur, India on July 9. Soccer is extremely popular in the region from central to northern Kerala called the Malabar coast of India. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Soccer Fans Go Wild on India’s West Coast

    KERALA, India—The World Cup has brought out the fervor of rabid soccer fans on India’s western coast, a region that is an island in a... Read more

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    Zohra Sehgal Dead: Indian Actress Dies at Age 102 Family Confirms; Tributes Pour in After Death

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  • Tincy Thomar, a nurse from Kerala along with her ailing mother at their home in Koratty, Kerala State, India, on July 7, 2014. Tincy returned along with 46 nurses after being freed by ISIS militants from Tikrit, Iraq. Tincy economically supports her family and is looking for jobs abroad as the jobs at home don’t pay adequate salaries. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Nurses Survive Iraq Insurgency

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  • An Indian street child lies on a puddle of water along a road in New Delhi on June 16, 2013. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indians Balk at $33 Million Statue in New Budget

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  • This picture taken 23 May, 2007, shows an Indian pedestrians walking past a generator running outside a collonade of shops in Connaught Place, New Delhi. (Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images)

    Build Smart From the Start: Making the Business Case for Energy-Saving Construction in India

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  • Family members of Indian nurses who had been stranded in territory held by Islamic militants in Iraq await their arrival at the airport in Kochi, India, Saturday, July 5, 2014. News reports say that more than 40 Indian nurses have returned home in Kochi in southern India, aboard a special flight. About 10,000 Indians work and live in Iraq, but only about 100 are in violent, insecure areas. (AP Photo)

    46 Indian Nurses Stranded in Iraq Return Home

    NEW DELHI— Dozens of Indian nurses stranded in territory held by Islamic extremists in Iraq returned home to southern India on Saturday aboard a special... Read more

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    China Considers Rail Link Through Disputed Indo-Pakistani Territory

    NEW DELHI—The Chinese regime has commissioned a preliminary research study for building a controversial international rail link. It would connect China’s Xinjiang region to Gwadar... Read more

  • A NGO worker interacts with a farmer teaching him how to use, LifeLine Agri, a mobile phone based application used to connect farmers to a group of knowledge workers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India has more than 800 million mobile phone subscriptions and the country is set to reap the benefits of information technology in farming. (Courtesy One World Foundation)

    Cell Phone Technology a Life Line for India’s Farmers

    NEW DELHI—In developing India, farmers are hungry for information. “Markets are demanding things and farmers don’t understand how they [can] cope with those demands. What... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, third left, with his cabinet colleagues and officials arrives at the Indian Parliament House in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Modi on Wednesday attends his first Parliament session after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory in the 2014 Indian general elections. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

    India Complains About Alleged US Surveillance

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  • In this Tuesday, July 1, 2014 photograph, India’s National Disaster Response Force personnel stand around a man, left, they rescued from beneath the debris of a building that collapsed Saturday on the outskirts of Chennai, India. Rescuers pulled seven more survivors from under the concrete ruins of a collapsed 11-story building on Tuesday, three days after it toppled and killed dozens of people in southern India, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Death Toll Rises to 42 in India Building Collapse

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  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India. (Sandeepachetan.com)

    10 Reasons Why Your Next Vacation Should Be in India

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  • Indian rescuers gesture for an excavator to stop as they try to retrieve the body of a victim at the site of a building collapse in New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 28, 2014. A dilapidated building collapsed in the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 26 people as rescuers searched for others believed to be trapped. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    India Building Collapse Kills at Least 26, More Than 100 Trapped, 5 Arrested (+Video)

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  • Rescue workers clear debris at the site of a building collapse in New Delhi, India, June 28, 2014. A dilapidated building collapsed in the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least seven people as rescuers searched for others believed to be trapped. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    2 Buildings Collapse in India, at Least 12 Dead

    NEW DELHI—A dilapidated building and another under construction collapsed in India on Saturday, killing at least 12 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others... Read more

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    Indian Toilet-Cleaners Break Free From Centuries-Old Caste

    ALWAR, India—In a small city in India’s north, a community of illiterate women have broken free from the profession they were born into: cleaning rich... Read more

  • People gather around a passenger train that derailed near Chhapra town in Bihar, India, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A passenger train derailed early Wednesday in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, killing at least four people and injuring eight others, officials said. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. (AP Photo)

    Two India Trains Derail, Sabotage Suspected

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  • FILE - In this May 19, 2014 file photo, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a news conference in New York. In America, Bharara has been on the cover of Time magazine and has earned praise for his tough language toward corruption on Wall Street and Main Street and in the hallways of elected officeholders. But his prosecution of an Indian diplomat has drawn scorn in his birthplace, with one commentator even questioning if he took up the case “to serve his white masters.” Bharara has received such criticism for years for his prosecutions of South Asian- and Indian-born Wall Street traders.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Top NY Attorney Sees Humor in Criticism From India

    NEW YORK— U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has made the cover of Time magazine and won praise for tough talk about corruption on Wall Street. But... Read more


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