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U.S. begins airstrikes over Syria

The United States and several allies launched airstrikes inside Syria for the first time late Monday, the Pentagon said, a heavy bombardment against multiple targets that marked an aggressive expansion of President Obama's war on Islamic State militants.<p>Waves of U.S. fighter jets, bombers and armed …

Sri Lanka shaken by religious violence | Sri Lanka News

Sri Lankan police have fired tear-gas and enforced a curfew in two coastal towns popular with tourists in an attempt to end clashes between Muslims and Buddhists that threatens to set off wider religious violence.<p>The police said on Sunday they were widening a curfew in Aluthgama to the neighbouring …

Russia cuts off gas supply to Ukraine after talks collapse

Gazprom accuses Kiev of failing to pay huge debt, while Ukraine PM says row is part of Russian plan to destroy his country<p>Russia turned off the gas to Ukraine on Monday, the latest hostile act in the crisis between the two countries.<p>Both sides blamed the other for the collapse of last-ditch talks …

Three killed, 75 injured, houses set ablaze in Sri Lanka ethnic clashes | Reuters

ALUTHGAMA Sri Lanka (Reuters) - At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze, officials and residents said on Monday.<p>There has been …

Concerns of U.S. Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreak Heightened

Cases of Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne disease, have now been reported in Tennessee and North Carolina, leading to increased concerns of …

Public Health

Dozens killed after Islamists strike Kenya town close to tourist resort of Lamu

Attackers flying flags of Somalia's al-Shabaab carry out deadliest attack on Kenyan soil since Westgate mall, targeting hotels and businesses near resort island<p>Gunmen flying the flag of Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate roared into a Kenyan coastal town and opened fire indiscriminately on pedestrians, …

Activists Are Planting Weed in Public All Over the UK

I joined the head of the "Feed the Birds" campaign as he sowed some seeds along the Thames.<p><i>Cannabis growing in Newport, South Wales (Photo via)</i><p>Historically, British cannabis campaigners haven’t had a lot of luck when it comes to the battle for legalisation. For whatever reason, politicians don’t …

Cannabis

Boko Haram blamed for Nigeria village attacks; 15 killed, chief kidnapped

Nearly 20 suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on market vendors in Nigeria, killing 15 people in Borno state, witnesses say.<p>They also burned a local traders market, several homes and a church, said residents who survived the Sunday attack on the remote Christian village of Daku in the district …

Twin tornadoes hit Pilger, Nebraska – in pictures

The small town of Pilger in north-east Nebraska was ravaged by two tornadoes on Monday. Officials estimated that 50-75% of the town was heavily damaged or destroyed, and the local school was probably beyond repair. Pilger was evacuated for the night and Nebraska's governor declared a state of …

Ebola Comes Back With a Vengeance in Liberia

A health official says seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the Liberian capital, in the first reported deaths in Monrovia.<p>Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that brings to 16 the number of people believed to have died …

Disease

2 Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian journalists for a Russian state-owned TV channel died Tuesday in eastern Ukraine after being hit by mortar fire, the Rossiya 24 network said.<p>Correspondent Igor Kornelyuk, 37, died during surgery in a hospital after being wounded while on assignment in Luhansk. The …

Obama setting aside massive Pacific Ocean preserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.<p>The designation for a remote stretch of the …

Kenya's president denies Al Shabab is behind attacks, blames politics

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday that two nights of deadly attacks on Kenya's coast were not the work of Somali militants, who have claimed responsibility for the violence. Instead Kenyatta blamed local leaders, whom he accused of seeking to "divide" the country.<p>"This was not an Al …

Tornadoes Flatten Tiny Rural Nebraska Town

Al-Shabab Kills 15 More in Kenya

Residents of Nebraska town return after deadly tornado | Reuters

PILGER Neb. (Reuters) - Residents who were forced to leave a small town in Nebraska leveled by a tornado that killed a child and injured more than two dozen people began returning on Tuesday to salvage belongings from their battered homes and businesses.<p>The town of Pilger, just several blocks wide …