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Ukraine violence flares as ceasefire collapses

Gunfire crackles and flames scar battlefields in eastern Ukraine -- signs, officials warn, of a crumbling ceasefire in the volatile region.<p>And there's new fear that the long simmering battle may be about to explode to a deadly new level.<p>Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander …

ISIS fight in new phase, Obama says

The decision to increase U.S. troop deployments to Iraq isn't a sign the U.S. strategy against ISIS is failing, but rather a signal the campaign is entering a new phase, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on the CBS news program "Face the Nation."<p>The additional 1,500 …

Egypt armed group pledges allegiance to ISIL

Egypt's Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the country's most active armed group, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, in a recording posted on its Twitter account.<p>If genuine, the declaration of allegiance would be a boost for ISIL which has changed its name to …

North Korea Releases U.S. Citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller

As President Obama leaves for Asia, North Korea releases Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew from prison.<p>United States officials said Saturday morning that two American citizens who were imprisoned in North Korea are on their way home, after secret negotiations that involved U.S. Director of National …

Iran leader's call to 'annihilate' Israel sparks fury as nuclear deadline looms

A new document by Iran's supreme leader calling for the elimination of Israel shows that world powers must not rush into a deal on the country's nuclear program despite an upcoming deadline, Israel's Prime Minister said Monday.<p>"There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls …

Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

<b>(CNN) —</b> The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged in a surprising new essay.<p>Smith's marital history had been the subject of frequent historical debate, but until recently …

U.S., China unveil new climate change goals

BEIJING — The United States and China, the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases, announced new targets Wednesday to cut such emissions in a bid to halt climate change and persuade other nations to take equally ambitious measures ahead of a major climate treaty to be finalized next year.<p>The …

Why America is the most unequal society in the developed world

<b>Michael Douglas in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps"</b><p>The reason we’re not more upset about the ever-expanding pay gap? We’re clueless about how big it really is<p>Les Leopold<p>November 12, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The American people have spoken. But what did we …

Former Egyptian antiquities minister faces questions over theft from pyramid

The world’s most famous contemporary Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass, has been summoned for questioning over claims that he helped three German hobbyists steal rock samples from inside Egypt’s largest pyramid. Hawass denies the charges, saying “there is nothing against me”.<p>In April 2013, the three …

Kurds block an Islamic State supply route to Syria's Kobani

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces blocked a road Islamic State militants use to resupply their forces in a Syrian town on the Turkish border, a town official and a monitoring group said on Wednesday, the first major gain against the jihadists after weeks of violence.<p>Smoke rises during fighting …