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Halle Berry, ex Gabriel Aubry feud over daughter's hair

Their 6-year-old's hair is the latest point of contention in<p>Halle Berryand Gabriel Aubry's contentious shared custody arrangement.<p>The Oscar-winning actress took ex-boyfriend Aubry, the father of her daughter Nahla, back to court Monday because he allegedly had the child's hair straightened and …

Hair

Julian Assange has had his human rights violated, says Ecuador foreign minister

Ecuador's foreign minister has accused the British government of having no real interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the confinement of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has spent more than two years in the country's embassy in London.<p>Ricardo Patino told the Guardian that he …

Gov. Rick Perry: Grand Jury Indictment Is 'Partisan Political Theatrics'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry minced no words in his first public statement since a grand jury indicted him Friday on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Perry said the indictment “amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power,” in a spin on the charges he …

Government

Nouri Maliki's departure sets stage for deeper U.S. role in Iraq

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki after a bitter final power struggle sets the stage for increasing U.S. arms shipments and military advisors, deepening America's role in a conflict President Obama had sought to avoid.<p>White House officials, who had urged Maliki to step down, …

Middle East

See the UFO? No? Try squinting. Squint harder

Down on Earth, we all know: Do anything stupid these days, and video of it will turn up on the Internet to embarrass you.<p>Now, space aliens may be about learn that lesson, too.<p>NASA deployed live webcams on the International Space Station in March, and UFO enthusiasts monitoring their live feeds …

Marina Silva emerges as obvious successor after Campos death

Former environment minister has the convictions and the popularity to shake up tight campaign<p>Brazil was officially in mourning on Thursday for Eduardo Campos, the presidential candidate who died in a plane crash on Wednesday. But while the nation's sympathies are with his bereaved family, all eyes …

500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns and sparked gun battles in a …

Ebola outbreak: Guinea declares emergency

<b>Guinea has a declared a national health emergency as it battles to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.</b><p>This meant tighter border controls, the immediate isolation of anyone suspected to have Ebola and a ban on moving bodies from one town to another, state radio reported.<p>Ebola has killed more …

Disease

North Korea fires projectiles before Pope Francis arrives in Seoul

As Francis became the first pope in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived, officials said.<p>Although North Korea declined an invitation to Seoul for the …

North Korea

Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an …