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U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.<p>In Iraq, the strikes hit near the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar as well as near Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul …

Dozens killed in Nigeria bomb blasts

At least 27 killed and 60 wounded in bomb attacks at a market and bus station in northeast Nigeria.<p>At least 27 people have been killed and 60 wounded following two bomb attacks at a market and bus station in northeast Nigeria.<p>A massive explosion rocked a market in Bauchi on Monday, setting the …

Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.<p>A woman carries a child as she …

ISIS reportedly selling Christian artifacts, turning churches into torture chambers

The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.<p>Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through …

UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a …

French authorities on alert following attacks

The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon said Monday that the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism.<p>The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare. She said he had been …

North Korea threatens US, claiming White House was involved in film plot

North Korea is threatening to retaliate against the US over a Hollywood film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it has “clear evidence” that Washington was heavily involved in devising the plot.<p>The stern but vague warnings come after Sony Pictures decided last week to cancel the …

In IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy …

Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend

After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video obtained by CNN.<p>The man, John Crawford III, was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when …

Deadly car bombings hit Yemeni town

Sixteen children among 26 killed as twin car bombings target Houthis in flashpoint town.<p>At least 26 people including sixteen children have been killed after two car bombs exploded in a town in central Yemen, sources told Al Jazeera.<p>One car bomb reportedly exploded near a checkpoint in Radaa, manned …

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion …

Drone strike in Afghanistan kills four Pakistani Taliban: official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed four Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district government official said Wednesday.<p>The drone’s missiles killed the militants on Tuesday afternoon as members of the Pakistani Taliban were …

Russia invites Kim Jong-un for visit

North Korean leader's visit would be his first official foreign trip since taking over power three years ago<p>Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, in what would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive …

Pope Francis condemns attacks in Australia, Pakistan, Yemen

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called “inhuman terrorist acts” in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.<p>Pope Francis, who's 78th birthday is today, waves at the end of his general audience at the Vatican, …

Life on Mars? What we need to know to prove it

The Martian methane results could mean life - but as always with Mars, it's a tantalising hint that raises more questions than it answers<p>The recent data from the Curiosity Mars rover on methane on occasional "spikes" to ten times the background levels at the Gale Crater site reinvigorates the …

Alcatraz escapees could have lived, study says - CNN.com

Alcatraz operated as a U.S. penitentiary for nearly 30 years before closing in 1963. Alcatraz Island is in San Francisco Bay.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- On June 11, 1962, three Alcatraz inmates -- John Anglin, …

Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He …

Federal judge to decide if Oklahoma can resume executions

A federal hearing into whether Oklahoma can resume lethal injections began on Wednesday, eight months after the prolonged and bloody death of Clayton Lockett brought a halt to executions in the state.<p>Oklahoma has revised its execution protocols but attorneys for 21 death row inmates claim that the …

A Prescription to End Drinking

Data on Medicine for Alcohol Disorders Pushes Doctors Beyond 12-Step Programs<p>New understanding of how alcohol affects the brain is prompting addiction experts to make a push for using medications to help people quit or cut down on excessive drinking.<p>For years, treatment has meant 28 days of rehab …

Poll: Obama's Approval Rating Up Among Latinos

First Read<p>President Barack Obama’s approval rating with Latinos has jumped 10 points since he announced a new policy of deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal / Telemundo poll shows.<p>The new survey of 250 Latino adults shows that 57 percent …

New control center to fight rise in attacks in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A new control center is to be created to coordinate security forces and fight a rise in Taliban attacks in Kabul, the capital’s police chief said on Thursday, hours after a bomb killed a police officer and injured three in the city.<p>Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a …

Couple smuggled AK-47s to Mexican drug cartel, police say

A man and a woman driving through Newport Beach last month with seven AK-47 rifles in their vehicle were transporting the guns for a Mexican drug cartel, according to a sworn statement from a police officer filed in Orange County Superior Court.<p>Newport Beach police arrested Andrew John Cardiel Jr., …

Autism and Air Pollution: New Study Bolsters Suspected Link

Kids' Health<p>Pregnant women may nearly double their risk of giving birth to a child with autism by inhaling smog spewed by vehicles or smoke stacks, according to a new Harvard study that could help unlock the deepest autism mysteries.<p>The research, released Thursday, fortifies previous scientific …

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Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

<b>Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.</b><p>The European Court of Justice was asked to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who says he was sacked for being too fat.<p>The court said that if obesity could hinder "full and effective …

Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for mutiny

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast, their lawyer said on Thursday.<p>Another five were acquitted and discharged in the secret trial, lawyer Femi Falana said.<p>They were the first batch of 97 soldiers …

EU top court rules obesity a 'disability'

European Court of Justice says obesity can be equated with disability if it interferes with people's professional lives.<p>Europe's top court has ruled that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.<p>The decision on Thursday …

Flu outbreak forces entire school system to close

EU court rules that fatness 'can constitute a disability’

EU court ruling means that British bosses will be required to treat obese workers as "disabled" providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities<p>Fatness "can constitute a disability" for the purposes of European Union equality at work legislation, Europe's highest court …

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, …