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A scientist spent 26 years studying a black hole 10 times the mass of the sun. Then it did something incredible

Modern science is more about patience and persistence than about great epiphanies. It is therefore extremely satisfying when you make a breakthrough, …

Universe

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militant camp in northern Iraq: security sources

DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish jets launched air strikes on a Kurdish militant camp in northern Iraq late on Tuesday, targeting a facility being used as an “education and logistics” hub, security sources said.<p>The jets took off from an air base in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, the sources added. …

North Africa

Deputy saves drowning kids in dark pond; dad is arrested

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex's pond at night to rescue two young girls who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father.<p>Durham County Sheriff's Deputy David Earp was off duty and says …

Crime

Iran leader hits at Israel over al-Aqsa violence

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced Israel on Wednesday for what he called its “insult” to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque in connection with Israeli actions at one of Islam’s holiest places.<p>Israeli-Palestinian strife has risen sharply in recent weeks as Arab states …

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Bodies of eight Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian forces are returned home

The bodies will be subject to a forensic examination before being handed over to their families, says Mexico<p>The bodies of eight Mexican tourists killed in a mistaken attack by Egyptian security forces in September have been returned to Mexico.<p>Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said the bodies …

Austria hands over bodies of Iraqis found dead in lorry to families

VIENNA (Reuters) - Out of 71 migrants who suffocated in an abandoned lorry found on an Austrian motorway last month, ten have been identified as Iraqis and four of the bodies have been handed over to their families, Austrian police said on Wednesday.<p>Discovery of the bodies, crowded into the lorry …

North Africa

North Korea's space race: Satellite launch imminent, official says

<b>Pyongyang (CNN) —</b> It looks like the Starship Enterprise from the outside, a futuristic complex surrounded by landscaped gardens in a quiet residential area of Pyongyang. This is North Korea's newly opened satellite control center.<p>CNN had been given an exclusive interview with the senior officials …

North Korea

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Defense points to flaws in probe over Britons' Thai island murder

KOH SAMUI, Thailand (Reuters) - Lawyers defending two Myanmar migrant workers on trial for the Thai holiday island murders of two British backpackers sought on Wednesday to expose holes in a police investigation they maintain was botched and intended to frame the suspects.<p>The conduct of Thailand’s …

North Africa

Los Angeles declares 'state of emergency' on homelessness

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday declared a state of emergency on homelessness, calling for $100 million to help address the growing crisis.<p>The move, which was reported in a statement from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, was announced the same day the mayor unveiled his plans for …

Eric Garcetti

Russia opens huge new mosque ahead of Eid holiday

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been joined by the Turkish and Palestinian leaders at the ceremonial opening of the Russian capital's new main mosque after 10 years of construction work.<p>The $170m mosque - entirely funded by private donations - unveiled on Wednesday, the eve of Muslim holiday …

Islam

Mexico Ayotzinapa massacre: new theory suggests illicit cargo motivated attack

As first anniversary into killing and disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero approaches, experts speculate corrupt police were recovering heroin or money that local drug gang stashed inside mysterious ‘fifth bus’<p>On the night of 26 September 2014, a group of students in the Mexican state of …

AP PHOTOS: Muslims come together for pinnacle of hajj

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — From all around the world and after years of saving, Muslim pilgrims packed onto a rocky landscape outside of Mecca on Wednesday for the apex of the annual hajj pilgrimage.<p>For most, it was an emotional once-in-a-lifetime experience — a chance to stand on the spot …

Islam
Asia

The Latest: Suspect in some freeway shootings is charged

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a series of freeway shootings in the Phoenix area (all times local):<p>9:32 a.m.<p>Prosecutors have formally charged a 21-year-old man suspected in some of the freeway shootings that have rattled the Phoenix area.<p>Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. was charged with 16 counts including …

Crime

European leaders struggle over deep splits on migrant crisis efforts

More than 477,000 people have reached the continent this year.<p>More than 332,000 people have reached the continent this year.<p>BRUSSELS — European leaders, gripped by a refugee crisis that has laid bare bitter divisions in their continent, agreed Wednesday to bolster their borders and increase aid to …

North Africa

The Russian Military Buildup in Syria Is Protection for Its Own Forces: John Kerry

Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria is consistent with protecting its own forces in the country, Secretary of State John Kerry said during a …

Xi Jinping pledges cooperation with US in fight against hacking

Chinese president says in Seattle that China is also a victim of cyber crime<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China and the United States could work together to address cyber crimes, a problem that has sparked mutual tension.<p>Xi's statement came shortly after leaders from both …

Russia plans second big military base near Ukrainian border

BOGUCHAR, Russia (Reuters) - Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev’s forces.<p>The new base will house 5,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry, according to public documents and people …

Russia

Hundreds of millions in damage estimated in California fire

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — California officials said Wednesday a wildfire burning north of South Francisco has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, but a final figure is still being determined.<p>Another body was found in the rubble in Lake County, bringing the death toll to six from that …

Barack Obama

Mediterranean search and rescue charity takes mission to Southeast Asia

A Malta-based search and rescue charity that saves migrant and refugee lives in the Mediterranean will launch a new operation in Southeast Asia this …

Obama, Francis, Putin, Castro: Who to watch at UN General Assembly

The world's leaders descend upon New York this week and next for the 70th United Nations General Assembly during what United Nations …

Nigerian forces free 241 women, children in Boko Haram camps, arrest kingpin

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Nigerian military rescued 241 women and children in a raid on two camps controlled by the Boko Haram terrorist group, the country's military said Wednesday.<p>The Tuesday operation unfolded in the villages of Jangurori and Bulatori, the statement said.<p>The operations also netted the arrests …

Boko Haram

The Latest: Chinese president gets high school jersey

SEATTLE (AP) — The latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States (all times local):<p>6:15 p.m.<p>Students at a high school in Washington state gave Chinese President Xi Jinping a football and a personalized jersey when he visited the school as part of a whirlwind day of public …

China

Dalai Lama criticises David Cameron for 'money over morality' snub

Tibetan spiritual leader says David Cameron will not meet him because he has placed Chinese money over morality<p>The Dalai Lama has criticised David Cameron for refusing to meet with him, accusing the Prime Minister of buckling to Chinese pressure in exchange for financial reward.<p>Asked by the …

Train derailment plotters sentenced to life in prison in Canada

Chiheb Esseghaier, 33, and Raed Jaser, 37, planned ‘indiscriminate killing’ Conversations recorded by undercover FBI agent who befriended pair<p>A Toronto court has sentenced two men to life in prison for plotting to derail a passenger train between New York and Toronto, with the judge saying they had …

Rare supermoon eclipse comes Sunday

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stargazers, night owls and space observers, be prepared, the eclipse of the supermoon is coming.<p>The United States and much of the world will see skies graced by a bright, big moon that will be encapsulated in a total lunar eclipse late Sunday evening into early Monday, according to NASA.<p>The …

CNN

Michigan Man Sam Farran Freed From Yemen Reunited With Family

One of the American captives freed after being held in Yemen for months has been reunited with his family.<p>Former U.S. Marine Sam Farran was met by family and supporters at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday night as he stepped on U.S. soil for the first time since he was taken captive in …

Middle East

Man says wife who was arrested in China interrogated daily

DALLAS (AP) — An American businesswoman arrested in China on claims she spied and stole state secrets is being held in solitary confinement and is interrogated at least once a day, her husband said Wednesday.<p>Jeff Gillis said his wife, Phan Phan-Gillis, 55, met earlier Wednesday with an American …

China