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'Shawshank' escape: police widen hunt to neighbouring state

Officials warn public that escaped prisoners are becoming increasingly desperate and could kill again as manhunt continues through day five<p>Officials warned the public on Wednesday night that two escaped convicts could kill again as they become increasingly desperate to evade the authorities, who …

Guide dog jumps in front of bus to protect owner

Eight-year-old golden retriever suffers broken leg and deep cut as he risks his own life to keep his blind owner safe<p>A brave guide dog, Figo, went to extreme lengths to protect his blind owner, Audrey Stone, from being hit by an oncoming school bus.<p>Ms Stone, 62, and her golden retriever were out in …

Russian hackers accused of attacks on Bundestag and French TV broadcaster

Trojan horse software is still sending date from German parliament despite being discovered last month and officials say they will have to replace thousands of computers<p>A cyber attack on the German Bundestag lower house of parliament reported last month is still stealing data and could force …

Dozens of Secret Service agents working at White House without clearance - report

​Dozens of security agents have been reportedly working in the White House without the appropriate clearance after the Secret Service had to rapidly …

Idaho GOP wants bible as textbook for geology, biology at school

An Idaho Republican wants public schools to use the Bible as a reference book for such disparate subjects as art, geology, foreign languages and …

US attempt to ‘lecture the Pope’ before Putin meeting a ‘big responsibility’ to take – Kremlin

During their conversation, Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin touched on the issue of Ukraine, the Russian president’s spokesman said, noting that US …

U.S. House plans Friday vote on bill key to Pacific trade pact | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans aimed for a vote on Friday to hand President Barack Obama the coveted “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete his signature Pacific trade pact after concessions to Democrats appeared to smooth the way forward.<p>U.S. House Speaker John Boehner …

Officials: Cost to clean oiled Santa Barbara beaches exceeds $60 million

Cleaning up the thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled into the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach on May 19 has cost more than $60 million, officials said Wednesday, and the figure is expected to climb as the cleanup continues.<p>Cleanup costs hit a peak of about $3 million a day after a …

Are We Experiencing a New Civil Rights Movement?

In recent months, cities like Ferguson and Baltimore have experienced tremendous change in their communities. Discussions about topics such as police brutality, violence against police, and rioting have become headlines in the news. It was the perfect time to for CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin to …

Walking in Van Gogh's Footsteps in Arles

Visiting Arles, travelers tune into the story of Vincent van Gogh. And the city makes it easy. Here's a little excerpt from our Rick Steves' Provence & the French Riviera guidebook (and an example of how great it is to have Gene Openshaw's help in our art coverage):<p>In the dead of winter in 1888, …

Is Social Media Raising Awareness About Police Brutality?

In recent months, cities like Ferguson and Baltimore have experienced tremendous change in their communities. Discussions about topics such as police brutality, violence against police, and rioting have become headlines in the news. It was the perfect time to for CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin to …

Photo Captures Twin Tornadoes Dancing Under A Massive Supercell On The Colorado Plains

Most extreme weather chasers are all about getting as close to the action as possible.<p>Not Kelly DeLay. When five tornadoes touched down on the Colorado plains last week, DeLay sat back at a safe, comfortable distance, and in the process captured this breathtaking photo of not one, but two tornadoes …

2 Democratic Senators Pitch Conservatives On Supporting A Carbon Tax

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators on Wednesday delivered the opening pitch for their new plan for addressing climate-warming emissions in what may seem an unlikely place: the American Enterprise Institute.<p>Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) released their American …

Report Attacks African Nations' Justifications For Anti-Gay Laws

In response to the increasing criminalization of homosexuality throughout Africa in recent years, an international team of researchers released a scientific report countering every government justification for enacting anti-gay laws.<p>A group of scientists shredded every argument used by African …

Oregon Senate Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require all businesses with at least 10 employees in the state to provide paid sick leave to their workers.<p>The bill, which passed by a vote of 17-13, will now go to the Oregon House, and if approved, to Gov. Kate Brown (D). A spokesman …

How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili

Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/10/1433954982833/1b7d66ce-79f0-4547-b570-f68f1f82bd4e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the …

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Intimate spaces: coming out in Iran

The biggest problem of being gay in Tehran isn’t the police or the risk of being flogged, it’s finding anywhere to show affection<p>I never thought I’d find a boyfriend in Iran. After all, homosexuality is technically illegal here.<p>Consensual sex between two adult males is punishable by death. Tafkhiz …

Pope urges Putin to commit 'great effort' to peace in Ukraine | DW | 10.06.2015

During their 50-minute meeting Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the pope agreed on the need to end fighting between Ukrainian …

Russia

Abandoned Chinese village swallowed by vines

Ferns, weeds, and vines have completely covered this once bustling island town in China.

Robin tops poll to find UK's 'national bird'

<b>The robin has topped a poll of more than 200,000 people to choose the UK's first national bird.</b><p>Ornithologist David Lindo - who launched the campaign - said the robin was "entwined into our national psyche" as a "Christmas card pin-up".<p>He now plans to ask the government to officially recognise the …

Where Free College Isn't a Cure-All

In Norway, where universities don’t charge tuition, the children of parents who lack college degrees typically don’t pursue a higher education, either.<p>OSLO, Norway—There’s a saying in famously egalitarian Norway that Curt Rice, the American-born incoming president of the country’s third-biggest …

Afghanistan's Buddhas Rise Again

The Taliban destroyed the ancient monuments in 2001. But they’ve been recreated with the help of lasers.<p>Residents of Bamiyan got a rare opportunity over the weekend: a chance to once again see giant Buddhas that have been piles of rubble for over a decade. 3-D projection technology has already been …

Luxembourg denies foreigners right to vote

Luxembourg overwhelmingly rejected in a referendum on Sunday giving full voting rights to foreign nationals, who make up nearly half the population.<p>More than 78 percent of voters in the European Union country said "No" to granting foreigners the vote, according to final results.<p>Had the vote been …

US court invalidates 'born in Jerusalem' passport law

A divided US Supreme Court has struck down a law that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports, saying it unlawfully encroached on the president's powers to set foreign policy.<p>The 6-3 vote ruling, a victory for President Barack Obama, …

Pope creates tribunal for bishop child abuse cases

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests.<p>Wednesday's announcement came years after victims groups started urging the Vatican to establish clear procedures to make bishops more accountable for abuse in …

Christianity