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NIH finds old ricin, other forgotten germs in labs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten …

Vatican removes deputy bishop in Peru after sex abuse allegations | Reuters

LIMA (Reuters) - The Vatican, under Pope Francis’ “zero-tolerance” policy for pedophile priests, removed an auxiliary bishop from his post in a Peruvian province because of allegations he sexually abused children, a bishop said on Friday.<p>Luis Bambaren, the former president of Peru’s bishops’ …

Peru Has Reopened Its Office of UFO Investigations

While the name of the Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena may be pretty enticing, DIFAA isn’t a top secret cubbyhole brimming with the kind of stuff that would ufologists too wet. Instead, it’s fulfilling "a real need," according...<p><i>Sunset over Marcahuasi. Photos by author</i><p>“What …

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Bulldog skateboarding school opens in Peru

Skateboarding is not just for the two-legged, as demonstrated by a group of English bulldogs and their determined owners in the Peruvian capital Lima.<p>Biuf, a skateboarding bulldog, has become something of an internet star in Peru, developing quite a fan base with thousands visiting his YouTube and …

English Bulldogs

Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted | Reuters

MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) - Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.<p>Residents of West Point celebrate the lifting of a quarantine by the Liberian …

Australia to fly guns, ammo into Iraq

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday.<p>Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his …

Slum tourism: Patronising or social enlightenment?

<b>There is a growing trend for tourists to seek out poverty-blighted neighbourhoods when they go on holiday, to get a sense of real life for the poorest communities there.</b><p>An increasing number of tourists are searching for something they cannot get at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the foot …

Indian History

Is Slum Tourism Really All That Bad?

Going to Rio and drinking beer while ignoring the favelas doesn't make you a paragon of virtue. I guess the debate will continue, but it's safe to say it's more complicated than knee jerk cynicism will allow for.<p><i>A Rio Favela. Picture by Brian Mier</i><p>In June, Brazil found itself awash in tourists, …

Israelis and Palestinians Ask If the Latest Fight Was Worth It

Israeli and Palestinian leaders set out Wednesday to sell their constituents on what was achieved during the latest fighting between the two sides, a …

Ukraine crisis: rebels seize key coastal town as they open new front near Russia

Lightning capture of Novoazovsk puts new area of border in separatist hands and suggests help from Moscow<p>• <b>Russian forces brought into Ukraine, says Petro Poroshenko - live</b><p>Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine seized a key coastal town on Wednesday in a move which opened a dangerous new front …

'Israel and Hamas are both losers in bloodiest Gaza war'

Hollow boasts of "victory" cannot conceal the fact that neither Hamas nor Israel achieved their stated goals in longest and bloodiest Gaza conflict<p>Hamas leaders ended their trial of strength against Israel with a flourish of triumphalism. As the ceasefire came into effect, the radical Islamist …

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Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza truce with core issues left unresolved

After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire.<p>The truce announced Tuesday puts off dealing with core long-term issues on both sides of a bitter conflict that killed around 2,200 people.<p>But Israel agreed to ease the blockade on Gaza, open …

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the …

Nigeria troops cross into north Cameroon after Boko Haram attacks base | Reuters

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Around 480 Nigerian soldiers crossed into Cameroon after Boko Haram militants operating along the border between the two nations attacked a military base and police station, authorities in Cameroon said on Tuesday.<p>The apparent retreat across the border may suggest Boko Haram is …

The Surprising Reason 'Pink Slime' Meat Is Back

The attention was damning. In 2012, ABC News ran an 11-segment investigation on a low-cost meat product critics called “pink slime,” a moniker coined …

Angry, scared and hungry: Inside the Ebola 'quarantine zone'

A red rope guarded by police marks the "quarantine line" around the West Point slum in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.<p>Beyond it, more than 70,000 people are trapped -- angry, scared and increasingly hungry -- as authorities seek to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.<p>As soon as a CNN team …

Former Government Cybersecurity Head Convicted on Child Pornography Charges

The former acting head of cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted on child pornography charges in a Nebraska …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new …

Arizona gun instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi

A firearms instructor has died after he was shot by a nine-year-old girl when she fired an Uzi at a shooting range in the Arizona desert.<p>Mohave County sheriff’s officials said 39-year-old Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died at the hospital on Monday after he was shot at the Last Stop …

Slain ISIS jihadi among more than 100 Americans fighting with militants in Syria

An American man died last weekend in Syria while fighting for ISIS, the latest evidence of the reach of a terror group that's become increasingly powerful and feared in the eyes of Americans.<p>Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, died in a battle between rival extremist groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, …

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The use of child soldiers — teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles — is commonplace in South …

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS …

Florida same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional in federal court

A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples.<p>US district Judge Robert L Hinkle ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment’s …

Terror group that beheaded James Foley is holding up to 20 western hostages

Fears grow that the jihadists who killed James Foley may murder more hostages they are holding<p>Up to 20 Western hostages are being held by the jihadi group that beheaded James Foley, it has emerged.<p>As well as the journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with beheading by the same man who …

A Year Later, Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Gone, But Siege Remains

In the year since a major chemical weapons attack in Syria, President Bashar Assad has handed over all of the declared arsenal, and the U.S. says it has destroyed the weapons.<p>However, this has not fundamentally weakened Assad. He remains firmly entrenched in the capital, Damascus, though his army …

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing …

Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put …

Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?

There was nobody at the QuikTrip on Thursday — that's the gas station and convenience store that burned down on the first night of violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. It was once a focal point for protesters.<p>On Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered his state's National Guard to start withdrawing, …