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You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World

And the winner for most charitable nation in the world is ... Myanmar. Coming in second: the United States.<p>If you're scratching your head, one reason may be that the ranking confounds the common perception "that generosity and wealth are connected to one another," says Adam Pickering. He's the …

Salaries & Wages

African coalition prepares for Boko Haram offensive

Niger, Chad, and Cameroon are seeking to undermine Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria ahead of a ground-and-air offensive by a regional taskforce due to start from the end of next month, a senior Niger military official said.<p>Military chiefs will meet in the Chadian capital N'Djamena next week to …

Africa

Nigeria drafts in foreign mercenaries to take on Boko Haram | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG/DAKAR (Reuters) - Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union to give its offensive against Boko Haram a shot in the arm before a March 28 election, according to regional security, defense and diplomatic sources.<p>A Chadian soldier poses …

Africa
Latin America

The U.S. Wants Russian Warplanes to Stop Refueling in Vietnam

Washington has asked Vietnam to stop nuclear-capable Russian bombers from refueling at a former U.S. military base in the country, reports Reuters, …

Vietnam

Frenchman gets three years for helping girl of 14 to go to Syria | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court sentenced a man on Tuesday to three years in jail for helping a 14-year-old girl who wanted to travel to Syria to marry an Islamic State fighter there.<p>The sentencing underscored how French authorities are cracking down not only on volunteer jihadists trying to join …

North Africa

Russian authorities arrest 2 in Nemtsov death

<b>(CNN) —</b> A sixth suspect in the shooting death of a top Russian opposition figure blew himself up after a standoff with police in the capital of the Chechen Republic, state-run television reported Sunday.<p>Beslan Shavanov, 30, was holed up in a building in Grozny when police arrived to arrest him …

Russia

Islamic State will try to profit from the treasures of Nimrud

With oil revenues falling, the terrorist group will resort to smuggling antiquities as another way of making money<p>Islamist fervour will not have been the sole reason for Isil's decision to <b>loot the ancient city of Nimrud.</b> The terrorists who pillaged the treasures bequeathed by history will also have …

Residents: Boko Haram readies for battle in NE Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said.<p>A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that …

Africa

Lottery winner in California taken to court by store owner, who wants half of the prize | Fox News

Her dream trip to Hawaii is going to have to wait.<p>Eva Reyes, 53, won $1 million after getting lucky with an Emerald 10 scratch-card back in January, but the Milpitas, California, store owner who sold her the ticket is suing her for half the after-tax prize – he claims he loaned her the money for …

California

Bangladeshis arrest suspect in killing of American atheist blogger

Bangladeshi security officials arrested a suspect Monday in the killing of an American writer who was a prominent critic of extremist Islam and was hacked to death last week as he walked with his wife in Dhaka, a government spokesman said.<p>The arrest of Farabi Shafiur Rahman came four days after …

Extremism

Three missing British girls believed to have crossed into Syria

Three British girls who left their homes to join the extremist group Islamic State are believed to have crossed into Syria, London police said Tuesday.<p>Counter-terrorism officers said they have reason to believe that the three teenage friends are no longer in Turkey, a common entry point into the …

Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail after new allegations surface

The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama, was sent to jail Monday by a federal judge who revoked her bond in a money laundering case.<p>Jeri Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, was convicted last March of 11 corruption counts, including money laundering and lying …

Corruption

Pentagon chief convenes unusual meeting against Islamic State

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convened an extraordinary war council Monday on Iraq’s doorstep six days after taking office, gathering military and diplomatic leaders to discuss the Obama administration’s oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State group.<p>He …

Obama Administration

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted for negligence over rice subsidy scheme

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1146000/1146676_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522242016_24a4c86b1f70bd345892edb23ea3cedf<p><b>Thailand's attorney-general has filed criminal charges against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a controversial rice subsidy scheme.</b><p>If …

Yingluck Shinawatra

Racist letter on police stationery rants against black officers

<b>(CNN) —</b> An anonymous letter bitterly insulting African-American officers was recently found in mailboxes at a Connecticut police station.<p>It was written on official letterhead.<p>It starts out with the words "WHITE POWER" in capital letters. And it contains a line that reads, "These Black Officers …

Justice

British Fighter Jets Escort Russian Bombers Away From Coast Of U.K.

British fighter jets scrambled from their base on Wednesday after two Russian long-range bombers skirted the coast of Cornwall, in the southwest of England. The incident comes one day after British Foreign Secretary Michael Fallon warned about Russia's intentions in Europe.<p>According to the Guardian …

Russia

Correction: Girls Stabbing Plot story

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — In Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 stories about the Slender Man stabbing case in Wisconsin, The Associated Press misspelled the victim's first name. Her name is Payton Leutner, not Peyton Leutner.<p>A corrected version of the Feb. 17 story is below:<p>Doctor: Girl thought horror character …

Crime

Man charged in biggest US hacking scheme pleads not guilty

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.<p>Vladimir Drinkman appeared in U.S. District Court in …

Corruption

Thirty burned bodies found in Iraq's Anbar province

The burnt bodies of 30 people have been found in a town in Iraq's western Anbar province, days after fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the area.<p>Sources told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the charred remains of 30 people were found in the town of al-Baghdadi, …

Middle East

Judge Awards Mexican Man $500,000 For Getting Shot In The Back By Border Patrol Agent

The ruling is one of the first to uphold the civil claims of Mexican citizens against U.S. border agents and the federal government.<p>WASHINGTON — A federal court has ordered the federal government to pay a Mexican man nearly half a million dollars after he was shot in the back by a Border Patrol …

Drone Crash at White House Apparently Accidental: Officials

The owner of a drone that landed on the White House grounds early Monday told authorities that he was testing how it would perform in bad weather but lost track of it, law enforcement sources told NBC News. The drone's owner, who is cooperating with a Secret Service investigation, said that he did …

Drones

Lebanese soldiers killed in attack near Syrian border

At least three Lebanese soldiers have been killed and seven wounded in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border, the Lebanese army has said.<p>A military official told Al Jazeera that two soldiers were also missing following the fighting, which began early on Friday morning and continued into the …

Middle East

Kerry and Hollande Call for Intensified Fight Against Terrorism

Talk at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos turned to the fight against terrorism Friday, with French President François Hollande and …

Middle East

Argentina says dead prosecutor tricked into accusing Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A prosecutor who accused Argentina’s president of trying to derail the investigation into a 1994 bombing, and who died in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, was misled to believe there was a conspiracy to whitewash the crime, the government said on Wednesday.<p>People hold …

Argentina

E-cigarettes can produce more formaldehyde than regular cigarettes, study says

A preliminary study in the New England Journal of Medicine raises a new worry about electronic cigarettes – exposure to formaldehyde.<p>Under certain conditions, taking 10 puffs from an e-cigarette would expose a user to about 2.5 times as much formaldehyde as he or she would get from smoking a single …

Hundreds of birds covered in mystery 'goop'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The birds lay splayed across an otherwise serene California shore.<p>They're covered in a viscous substance that no one can identify.<p>More than 300 have been rescued, but at least 200 are dead, according to the California Fish and Wildlife Department.<p>So what's happened?<p>"It's a full-on mystery," …

Birds