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Pentagon explains 6000 ISIS casualties estimate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Pentagon confirmed Friday its estimate that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed about 6,000 ISIS fighters since the air campaign began in August.<p>Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby insisted that the figure is an estimate and not the key "metric of success," but said …

Starwatch: comet Lovejoy becomes visible to the naked eye

The comet’s greenish colour is from molecules of cyanogen and diatomic carbon as they fluoresce in the sun’s ultraviolet light<p>A month ago I promised an update on the progress and appearance of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as it climbed to the right of Orion in our evening sky. The comet has not …

Astronomy

Putin's killer tiger in cross-border raid

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A daring cross-border raid by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's associates has -- so far -- yet to sour Sino-Russian relations.<p>According to Chinese state media, Ustin, one of three rescued Amur tigers released by the Russian leader earlier this year, has attacked a herd of …

World leaders take Putin to task over Ukraine at G20 in Australia

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the G20 summit in Australia didn't prove to be a very amicable occasion.<p>Putin has found himself on the receiving end of a series of sharp verbal jabs from some of his fellow world leaders.<p>The reason? Russia's interference in Ukraine.<p>One of the bluntest rebukes …

Biden stresses rising income inequality to liberal power brokers

Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the issue of income inequality to a gathering of major donors and activists Friday night, telling them Democrats will work to address it to help working people, an attendee at the event told CNN.<p>The remarks came during a reception for a coalition of liberal …

Cuomo: N.Y. Daily News reporter broke law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo writes in his new memoir, "All Things Possible," that he believes a New York Daily News reporter broke the law when he listened in on a campaign strategy meeting four years ago.<p>The reporter, Ken Lovett, had called Cuomo spokesperson Josh Vlasto. But instead of sending the …