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Outbreak of 'nightmare bacteria' in Illinois stirs worry

The largest outbreak to date of one strain of what authorities have called "nightmare bacteria" is adding to concerns about the spread of such drug-resistant bugs.<p>The outbreak, centered on a hospital in a Chicago suburb, has infected 44 people in Illinois over the past year, the Centers for Disease …

Father of slain girl forgives Colorado shooter. Is that helpful?

Michael Davis said Wednesday that he and his wife have forgiven Arapahoe High student Karl Pierson for fatally shooting their daughter Claire. Not …

Snowstorm gone, 'polar vortex' brings deep, deep chill to US

The US is shivering beneath temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, with some areas bracing for a minus-50 or worse wind …

Is Iran the United States' new best friend in the Middle East?

Iran turned down a limited US invitation to the Syria peace conference, but the two have an increasingly common interest in stemming the rise of …

Legal marijuana in Colorado: Was rollout a success?

Pot shops could sell legal marijuana for recreational use in Colorado as of Jan. 1. After one week, the rollout has been as smooth as could have been …

Typhoon Haiyan: is it the biggest storm ever?

Typhoons are hurricanes by another name<p><b>What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?</b><p>The name: in the Atlantic and the eastern Pacific Ocean, they are hurricanes. In the north-western Pacific Ocean they are known as typhoons.<p><b>How big is Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda)</b><p>Bigger than …

Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm

Announcement of one of worst outbreaks in years raises fears that disease could spread to towns and cities<p>Once feared as the Black Death – the rodent-borne disease that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages – bubonic plague has killed 20 villagers in Madagascar in one of …

Snowstorm brings Jerusalem to a grinding halt

A snowstorm of rare intensity has blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads.<p>Israeli authorities on Friday said at least 50 centimetres of snow had fallen since the previous day, and forecasters predicted the …

Madagascar battles locust swarms to save rice and maize crops

UN teams target larvae in a bid to destroy insects that can devour up to three times their body weight in a day<p>A pair of farmers in Madagascar are struggling to drive off hundreds of thousands of locusts heading for their rice plantation, equipped with no more than a branch and a plastic bag. "It's …

Kerry to push for solutions as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks intensify | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks …

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Floods leave 50,000 Brazilians homeless

The death toll from two weeks of floods and mudslides amid torrential rain in two states in southeastern Brazil has risen to 32, officials said.<p>The civil defence department of Minas Gerais state said on its website on Wednesday that 17 people died there in floodwaters and mudslides.<p>The tragedy in …