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Bangladesh Ferry Accident Kills Dozens

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Updated at 11:50 p.m.: Death toll rises

The bodies of at least 68 passengers have been recovered from the site of a capsized river ferry in Bangladesh, The Associated Press reports.

Up to 140 people are believed to have been on the ferry; however, officials have not determined the ...

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Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Chilean man who began an around-the-world bicycle journey four years ago and was closing in on a Guinness distance record has been killed.

Juan Francisco Guillermo was hit by a passing pickup truck while stopped on the side of a highway in rural Thailand. His Singaporean wife and 2-year-old ...

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Turkish Operation Rescues Soldiers Guarding Tomb In Syria

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Turkish army launched an overnight operation to rescue some 40 of its soldiers guarding an Ottoman-era tomb in Syria. The soldiers had come under attack by self-declared Islamic State.

The remains of the Tomb of Suleyman Shah were taken back across the border.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Geneva, ...

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Britain's Cameron Calls On Schools To Help Stop Extremist Recruitment

Saturday, February 21, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging his nation's schools to guard against the influence of extremism after three school-aged girls slipped out of the country in a suspected attempt to join the self-declared Islamic State.

The Associated Press reports that Cameron said the teenagers' disappearance was deeply concerning.

"We ...

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WATCH: Shipping Around The World In 1:40

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Given a deal to end to a nine-month slowdown at West Coast ports announced on Friday, we thought now might be the time to promote this new-to-us video from FleetMon.com that gives us a strong representation of just how busy are the world's shipping lanes.

The video shows ...

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Kerry Warns More Russian Sanctions Possible Over Ukraine

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry is signaling the possibility of more sanctions on Russia over continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying the U.S. and its allies would not tolerate Moscow's "brazen" violations of the Minsk cease-fire agreement.

Reuters reports that Kerry's remarks were made as he began talks ...

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Court Blocks White House 'No-Release' Detention Policy

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A federal judge has ruled to temporarily block an Obama administration order to detain mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., what is known as the "no-release" policy.

The Wall Street Journal says: "The lawsuit challenged the new practice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a unit ...

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Fire In Dubai Skyscraper Forces Evacuation Of Residents

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A fire in one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers in Dubai forced the evacuation of hundreds of people before it was safely extinguished with no deaths.

Local media reports that the blaze broke out in the 86-story Torch Tower at about 2:30 a.m. local time in the United ...

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Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, gave the strongest indication to date that the White House is considering slowing down its troop withdrawal timetable to accommodate security concerns.

Carter said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Obama would get a chance to ...

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For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

Friday, February 20, 2015

For more than 500 million years, sea creatures have been getting bigger — much bigger as it turns out, according to a study by scientists who say that the evolutionary trend toward larger body size fits with a 19th-century principle known as Cope's rule.

The rule, first posited ...

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Ukraine: Moscow Was Behind 2014 Deaths Of Protesters In Kiev

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking on the one-year anniversary of a bloody day of anti-government protests in Kiev that precipitated the ouster of his Moscow-backed predecessor, accuses Russia of having a direct role in the killing of dozens of activists.

Poroshenko told a crowd gathered for the first ...

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Bitter Cold Spell Is One For The Record Books

Friday, February 20, 2015

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What Cease-Fire? Ukrainian Troops Retreat As Rebels Press Fight

Friday, February 20, 2015

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists continued to shell government positions in the country's contested east despite a truce agreement that went into effect nearly a week ago.

Meanwhile, a British parliamentary report published today accuses Europe's leaders and diplomats of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin ahead ...

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Thailand Moves To Outlaw Surrogate Services To Foreigners

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thailand's parliament has given preliminary approval to a law that would make it illegal for women in the country to hire themselves out as surrogate mothers to would-be foreign parents. The legislation follows a series of high-profile scandals in the past year that have shed a negative light on the ...

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Twin Cyclones Slam Australia's North Coasts

Friday, February 20, 2015

In what is being described as an unprecedented occurrence, Australia is getting slammed by two major cyclones at the same time.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Cyclone Lam blew out a wind monitoring station as it barreled ashore as a Category 3 storm at Elcho Island in Australia's ...

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Suspect In Foiled Canadian Mall Shooting Left Social Media Trail

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The young Canadian man who police say committed suicide as they closed in on him after a tip that he was involved in a mass shooting plot at a local shopping mall reportedly posted online images expressing admiration for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

Although police have yet ...

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Mass Beheading Of Coptic Christians

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

A video has emerged that purports to show militants of the self-declared Islamic State beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped last week in Libya.

Reuters reports: "In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach. They were forced ...

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Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Weight, Speed And Altitude

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.

In short, the proposed rules that have been a decade in the making would ...

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Boehner Blames Democrats For Scuffle Over Homeland Security Funding

Sunday, February 15, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner says he's prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money to push the Republican majority's efforts to reverse President Obama's immigration initiative.

"Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way. They're the ones jeopardizing funding," Boehner told Fox News ...

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Another Winter Storm Slams The Northeast

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The fourth winter storm in the Northeast this year was adding to the 6 feet of snow already on the ground in some areas, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and near-white-out conditions.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference early today that snowfalls had already "significantly exceeded" ...

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