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University of Virginia pledges zero-tolerance policy in rape cases

"The status quo is no longer acceptable."<p>That's the message the University of Virginia is trying to send its students and others after a scathing Rolling Stone story detailed allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity party, and the school's supposed indifference toward students who are victims of …

Nine injured in south China knife attack

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nine people were rushed to the hospital after a man stabbed them at a grocery store in south China on Thursday, state media reported, the latest in a series of knifings that has unnerved the country.<p>A man in his 20s attacked several people at the entrance to a supermarket in …

Sudan asks UN to shut human rights office in Khartoum over abuse claims

Relations between joint African Union/UN mission in Darfur and government deteriorate over attempts to investigate rape claims<p>Sudan has asked the UN to close its human rights office in Khartoum after accusing its peacekeepers of abuses, its joint mission with the African Union in Darfur (Unamid) …

Female suicide bombers kill 78 at Nigerian market, medical officials say

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northern Nigeria this week, killing 78 people and leaving dozens injured, medical officials said.<p>The blast in Maiduguri on Tuesday left 56 people injured. A doctor and a nurse at two local hospitals confirmed the casualties, but …

LAPD arrests about 130 Ferguson protesters in downtown L.A.

Police made another mass arrest in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the third day of protests against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.<p>LAPD officers arrested about 130 people after corralling the …

Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)

The plague is back. No, not Ebola, but rather infection with the dreaded bacterium, <i>Yersinia pestis</i>. An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is …

British embassy in Afghanistan attacked by suicide bomber

Suicide bomber in Kabul targets British embassy<p>A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the <b>Afghan</b> capital Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said, adding that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.<p>The powerful explosion shook the east of Kabul at around 10.30am on …

Ferguson's Thanksgiving mixed with kindness, sadness - CNN.com

<i>Are you there? Please share photos, videos and thoughts with CNN iReport if you can do so safely.</i><p><b>Ferguson, Missouri (CNN)</b> -- National Guard members were on duty in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thanksgiving but the people who came up to them only wanted to spread goodwill, bringing turkey and other treats.<p>…

Bollywood star Veena Malik handed 26 year sentence for 'blasphemous' wedding scene

The actor Veena Malik has expressed anger at a 26-year jail term handed down by a Pakistani court after she acted in a scene loosely based on the marriage of the prophet Muhammad’s daughter.<p>The same sentence was extended to her husband, and to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of the Jang-Geo media group …

Intelligence authorities 'fail to understand data', say ISPs

Britain’s internet service providers are struggling to deal with an intelligence community which doesn’t understand how to use the information it receives, according to the head of the industry’s trade association.<p>That lack of understanding is compounded by a lack of consultation with the industry …

Federal judge puts Arizona 'revenge porn' law on hold

A federal judge on Wednesday put a new Arizona law against "revenge porn" on hold after civil rights groups sued over constitutional grounds.<p>The order from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton came as part of an agreement between the Arizona attorney general's office and the groups that sued. The order …

Pope visits Turkey amid Christian-Muslim tensions

VATICAN CITY (AP) — When a pope last visited Turkey — Benedict XVI in 2006 — Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at …

Suicide attack in Afghanistan targets British embassy car, 5 dead

A suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives struck a British Embassy vehicle Thursday, killing six people, including a British civilian security officer, and wounding more than 34 in the latest in a string of insurgent attacks in the Afghan capital.<p>An Afghan working for the embassy was killed …

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Fires and chaos erupt in Ferguson after grand jury doesn't indict in Michael Brown case

Grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p><b>NEW:</b> Police make 29 arrests and say they didn't fire any shots<br>• An entire row of businesses is on fire on a major Ferguson street<br>• Obama: "We need to accept this decision was the grand jury's to make"<br>• "Let's not just make noise, let's make a …