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Live for ever: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Medicine

Charlie Hebdo manhunt: police close in on suspects north-east of Paris

A major police operation is under way on an industrial estate north-east of Paris where the two chief suspects in Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo massacre have gone to ground in a small printing business after a brief shootout.<p>The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, confirmed the operation at …

France

First on CNN: France tells U.S. Paris suspect trained with al Qaeda in Yemen

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Western intelligence officials are scrambling to learn more about possible travel of the two Paris terror attack suspects, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, with new information suggesting one of the brothers recently spent time in Yemen associating with al Qaeda in that country, …

A timeline of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> The attack Wednesday on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris touched off three days of terror in France as authorities staged an intensive hunt for the suspects. On Friday, security forces killed two suspects in the magazine attack who were holed up in a building north of Paris. At the same …

UK tightens border security to aid manhunt for Charlie Hebdo suspects

Britain has increased security checks at the French border in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris to ensure the suspects do not enter the country, Downing Street has said.<p>The heightened security measures, which include extra searches and scanning of vehicles, were revealed after …

Terrorism

Eight new planets might be capable of hosting life

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're planning on packing up and changing addresses to Kepler-442b or Kepler-438b anytime soon, you can probably put away the moving boxes for now.<p>While the newly discovered exoplanets and their six friends hold the exciting possibility of being capable of supporting life, scientists …

Astronomy

Planned, cold-blooded killings mark French newspaper attack

PARIS (AP) — Two heavily armed men in black, their faces hidden by ski masks, take down a police officer on a Paris sidewalk with a spray of bullets. …

Girl, 5, dies after being thrown from bridge; father arrested

<b>(CNN) —</b> God will not likely be representing John Jonchuck Jr., a judge told the 25-year-old father when he appeared in court Thursday on a charge that he killed his 5-year-old daughter by throwing her off of a St. Petersburg, Florida, bridge.<p>During the video hearing, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge …

EU leaders raise hopes of Putin breakthrough over Ukraine

EU leaders have talked up the prospects of a breakthrough with President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine amid a divisive debate over whether to ease or lift European sanctions on Russia.<p>In a flurry of diplomatic activity German and Ukrainian leaders met in Berlin and the Latvian foreign minister headed …

Russia

FBI director stands by claim that North Korea was source of Sony cyber-attack

The FBI director, James Comey, has stood by the bureau’s conclusion that the North Korean government was responsible for the mammoth computer hack on Sony pictures, saying the hackers “got sloppy” and allowed their location to be identified on a number of occasions.<p>Speaking at Fordham University’s …

Cybersecurity

10 decapitated bodies found in troubled Mexican state of Guerrero

Mexican police have found 10 decapitated corpses and 11 heads in a south-western state that has become a major problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto since the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers there in September.<p>Several of the headless corpses found in graves about 31 miles east of the …

Mexico

Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed

<b>(CNN) —</b> French officials are still trying to determine what caused gunmen to attack a satirical magazine in Paris, killing 12 people. But, according to French media, the gunmen yelled, "We have avenged the Prophet!" as they stormed the office.<p>Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine attacked on …

Islam

Paris attack: German anti-immigrant groups say it is proof of Islamist threat

German anti-immigrant groups have been quick to respond to the murderous attacks in Paris saying they are proof of the significant threat posed by Islamists and the extent to which mainstream parties have tried to downplay the dangers.<p>Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the …

Far-right Politics

Charlie Hebdo shooting suspect defended by classmates on Twitter

Classmates of an 18-year-old accused of being the getaway driver in the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris on Wednesday have defended him on Twitter, saying he was in class when masked gunmen opened fire.<p>Mourad Hamyd turned himself in to police in his home town of …

Social Media

The Charlie Hebdo attack slipped past one of Europe's most alert governments

Until today, many people outside of France didn't know much about Charlie Hebdo. Even fewer knew that some of the cartoonists at the satirical magazine had their own bodyguards.<p>But the French govenrment has been alert to the possibility of terror attacks long before Wednesday's killings. "I think …

Confusion as French Hunt Magazine Attack Suspects

After a long day of rapidly changing information, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday night that they cannot be certain of the status of the three suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. Information from French sources has been contradictory, they said.<p>Earlier Wednesday, …

Shooter at Texas VA hospital was former employee who had threatened victim

A man who fatally shot a doctor at a west Texas veterans’ hospital before turning the gun on himself was a former clerk at the clinic who had threatened the victim in 2013, the FBI said Wednesday.<p>The FBI identified the gunman in Tuesday’s shooting as Jerry Serrato. Douglas Lindquist, who heads the …

El Paso

OBAMA ON PARIS SHOOTING: We Will 'Remain Vigilant'

President Barack Obama made remarks about the shooting that took place at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on Wednesday before holding a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>Obama said his "thoughts and prayers" were with those affected by the …

Gambia coup plotters: model citizens at home in US, but 'everybody has a breaking point'

To those who knew him in Texas, Cherno Njie was a pillar of the community: a well-educated senior government worker turned rich and socially conscious property developer, a former school board member and a supporter of human rights and political progress in Africa.<p>To his alleged fellow insurgents …

Africa

Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo attacked by gunmen

At least 12 people are dead after three hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the headquarters of a French satirical magazine and opened fire on journalists and police guards.<p>The three men - described by a police union spokesman as “commandos” – are on the run after walking into the …

France

Pakistan hangs two more men convicted of terror offences

Pakistan has hanged two men sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court, taking the number of executions to nine since the country lifted a moratorium on capital punishment after last month’s Taliban school massacre.<p>The convicts, Ghulam Shabbir and Ahmed Ali, were reportedly members of banned …

Pakistan

Americans charged in botched Gambia coup

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Americans were charged Monday in what the U.S. is calling an attempted coup in Gambia, though the African nation's President told local media it was a terrorist attack.<p>Cherno Njie, 57, a U.S. businessman of Gambian descent living in Austin, Texas, and Papa Faal, 46, a dual U.S.-Gambian …

Razer Announces $199 ‘Open Source’ Virtual Reality Headset

Razer, the billion-dollar gaming PC and peripheral maker, has announced a big move into the virtual reality space with the announcement of OSVR Hacker Dev Kit here at CES.<p>The headset, which the company says will arrive this June, is meant to serve as an alternative hardware test bed for developers …

Suicide bomber kills police officer in Istanbul

A female suicide bomber blew herself up inside a police station in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another, the city’s governor and Turkish media said.<p>The woman spoke English as she entered the building but her nationality and identity were …

Extremism

Kurdish fighters said to advance in key Syria city

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kurdish fighters are claiming progress in their fight against ISIS and now control at least 80% of the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group said Monday.<p>Fighters belonging to the People's Protection Units, known as YPG, captured the city's government square area, according to …