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Weather

More torrential rain falls on top of overflowing waters in Texas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The math is simple, but the potential weather consequences are daunting.<p>Up to 20 inches of rain have fallen over parts of Texas over the last few days, breaking some local rain records. In southeast Texas, another 6 to 12 inches were on their way overnight -- even more in isolated …

Weather

Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday.<p>The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country's first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its …

North Korea

Thousands gather in Ankara in aftermath of deadly blasts that killed scores

<b>Ankara, Turkey (CNN) —</b> Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Ankara on Sunday near the site of two deadly bomb blasts that tore through crowds taking part in a peace rally in the capital a day earlier.<p>The attack -- for which no group has so far claimed responsibility -- killed at least 97 …

Thousands protest in Berlin against EU-US trade deal

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Berlin against a massive free-trade accord being negotiated by the European Union and the United States.<p>Responding to a call by a group of political parties, trade unions and environmental and anti-globalisation groups, the demonstrators gathered at the …

Europe

Flood-Hit South Carolina Set for More Rain After Record-Setting Downpour

South Carolina officials warned Monday that the dangers from the state's unprecedented floods weren't over — and that clearing skies didn't erase the threat of shifting water and unstable roads.<p>At least 12 weather-related deaths in the Carolinas were blamed on the vast rainstorm — 10 in South …

Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress.<p>Francis also called for a fairer world …

Christianity

Syria, Ebola Failures Highlight UN shortcomings

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic …

Africa

Chile earthquake: 8.3-magnitude temblor strikes off coast, killing 5

<i>For more on the Chile earthquake, go to CNNEspanol.com.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> It had the makings of a deadly disaster of massive proportions.<p>But officials surveying the damage left behind by an 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's coast Wednesday night said the toll could have been far more …

Natural Disasters

Indian police investigate gang-rape of American tourist

Woman was visiting Dharamsala, home of Dalai Lama, when she was grabbed by two men and assaulted, as latest sexual violence case rocks country<p>An American tourist has told police she was gang-raped in northern India earlier this week, officials in the town of Dharamsala have said.<p>The 46-year-old …

India

Kim Davis Is Back at Work but Still Won't Sign Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The notorious Kentucky county clerk is sticking to her anti–gay marriage guns.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>Why Aren't Young Guys Going to the Gay Paradise of Key West?</b><p>Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk temporarily jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, returned to work on Monday, but her religious …

UN food relief program faces funding shortfall as refugee crisis worsens

The bottom is falling out of the World Food Programme's emergency relief fund just when the UN body needs the money the most.<p>"It's September and we have received only 40 per cent of the funding for 2015," said Dina Elkassaby, WFP spokeswoman for operations in the Middle East. "It's the worst …

EU leaders discuss plans for migrant camps in Italy, Greece and north Africa

Plans endorsed by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, would see facilities built to register and fingerprint migrants will be set up on mainland Europe<p>New refugee camps will be built in Greece, Italy and north Africa to address the migrant crisis, under plans being considered by European Union leaders …

Bubonic plague reported in Michigan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Another American has come down with the plague -- and this time, they're not out West.<p>The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that a person in that state had the bubonic plague, one of what is now 14 such cases reported nationwide in 2015.<p>Did U.S. military labs …

Environmental Health

The Latest: EU fails to agree plan to share 120,000 refugees

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times …

UK prime minister visits Lebanese refugee camp

British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Lebanon to meet with refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria, Lebanese media reported.<p>Cameron met several refugees at a camp in the Bekaa Valley on Monday and was scheduled to meet with his Lebanese counterpart Tammam Salam later in the …

USGS says 6.6 magnitude quake hits Gulf of California

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 has hit in the Gulf of California.<p>It says the earthquake struck Sunday at 1:14 a.m. local time at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The epicenter is 37 miles (59 kilometers) south-southwest of …

Migrant quota plan rebuffed by 4 European nations

VIENNA (AP) — At least four countries Friday firmly rejected a European Union plan to impose refugee quotas to ease a worsening migrant crisis that …

Human Rights

U.S. warns Russia on military buildup in Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> America's top diplomat called his Russian counterpart Wednesday to warn that Moscow's military buildup of troops in Syria could escalate the bloody conflict there that has engulfed the region for more than four years.<p>The U.S. has been watching Russia's movement of military …

Suppliers brace for more price cuts as grocery fight heats up

A major grocery buying group is warning food suppliers that Loblaw Cos. Ltd. will likely follow Sobeys Inc. in demanding price cuts and price freezes from its vendors.<p>The warning, contained in a letter this week from United Grocers Inc., underlines a wider practice by retailers to demand breaks …

Turkey pro-Kurdish party warns of 'civil war'

The leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party HDP warned the country was being dragged into a "civil war" after a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists outraged by Kurdish rebel violence.<p>Tensions have risen sharply in Turkey in the past few days, as the government presses a major military …

Record heat, power outages, flood threats across Southern California

Thousands of residents across Southern California woke up without power Thursday after a brutal heat wave led to near record-high demand on power grids and triggered blackouts in some of the hardest hit areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties.<p>Southern California Edison sustained the …

Lebanese government moves to end weeks of street protests

Lebanon’s government agreed to a plan late on Wednesday that it hopes will end weeks of street protests in Beirut over its failure to deal with a mounting rubbish problem and other issues.<p>The crisis was sparked by anger over the heaps of garbage accumulating on the city’s streets after the main …

More than 100,000 flee floods in Japan after 'once-in-50-years' rain

JOSO, Japan (Reuters) - Unprecedented rain in Japan unleashed heavy floods on Friday that tore houses from their foundations, uprooted trees and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes.<p>Helicopters hovering over swirling, muddy waters rescued many people from the roofs of their homes. Seven …

Floods

450,000 refugees arrived in Germany since January: vice chancellor

"Up to the day before yesterday, Germany registered 450,000 refugees, including 105,000 in August, and 37,000 in the first eight days of September. There may be more than 100,000 in September," he said.

Refugees

Rescuers search for missing after Japanese city flooded

JOSO, Japan (AP) — Rescue workers searched for more than 20 missing people in a flooded city near Tokyo on Friday, as the sun came out a day after a …

City Halls

Fear stalks Burundi as besieged regime turns to torture

Photograph: Jean Pierre Harerimana/Reuters<p>Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’s president, who is intending to stand for a third term.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/5/1441450053631/3ec25697-f31e-4ade-94a3-98bc1f7a7c64-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Jean Pierre …

Pierre Nkurunziza

Veterans Used In Secret Experiments Sue Military For Answers

American service members used in chemical and biological testing have some questions: What exactly were they exposed to? And how is it affecting their health?<p>Tens of thousands of troops were used in testing conducted by the U.S. military between 1922 and 1975. As one Army scientist explained, the …