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Iran to go to Syria peace talks while boosting its military power there

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran's role in the Syrian civil war is getting more significant, with Iranian officials headed to peace talks while Tehran boosts its military power in the war-torn country.<p>Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and two of his deputies will attend Syrian talks in Austria on Friday, the …

Lords 'too big for un-elected boots' if it blocks tax credit changes, warns peer

Lord Butler, a former Cabinet Secretary, said David Cameron would have a 'legitimate grievance' if peers block government policy<p>A top cross-bench peer has warned the House of Lords would be getting "too big for its un-elected boots" it if blocks a government motion on tax credits next week.<p>Lord …

Hurricane Patricia weakens, but still 'extremely dangerous'

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news update, 11:20 p.m. ET]</b><p>Hurricane Patricia weakened to a Category 4 storm Friday night with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, but remained "extremely dangerous" over southwestern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. Patricia made landfall hours earlier as a Category 5 …

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Germany Will Push for Compulsory E.U. Refugee Quotas

Muhammed Muheisen—AP<p>Zoltan Balogh—EPA<p>Filip Singer—EPA<p>Aris Messinis—AFP/Getty Images<p>Iakovos Hatzistavrou—AFP/Getty Images<p>Manu Brabo—AP<p>Manu …

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Putin accuses West of double standards over Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed criticism over his country’s air campaign in Syria, accusing Western governments of double standards in their support for the Syrian opposition.<p>Speaking on Thursday at a political conference in Sochi, Putin said the West is using some of the rebel …

Many universities 'breach consumer law', says Which?

<b>Three-quarters of UK universities surveyed breach consumer law by failing to provide vital information to students, Which? consumer group says</b><p>In September, researchers compared the websites of 50 universities offering psychology courses.<p>Of these, 38 did not give all the details required under …

Raid on U.S.-Mexico drug tunnel: 22 arrests, at least 12 tons of pot seized

U.S. and Mexican authorities have discovered a cross-border drug tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, the culmination of a six-month undercover investigation that resulted in the arrests of 22 suspected traffickers.<p>Mexican federal agents seized 10 tons of marijuana after a surprise …

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Refugees who changed the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are destitute, desperate but determined. Thousands of them flee their homes every year, risking their lives in unseaworthy boats or crammed in trucks.<p>Refugees struggling to find a new life in Europe have seized the world's attention. In some places, they have faced a backlash from …

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A traumatic final farewell for Korean families reunited after 60 years apart

On the third and last day of their all-too-brief, emotionally charged reunion in a North Korean mountain resort, the families were given a final two hours in the morning to say their goodbyes.<p>Some spent the time simply clinging to each other, while others sought to put a brave face on their …

Venomous false widow spiders thriving in mild weather are venturing indoors for mates

Homeowners who leave their bedroom windows open could be unwittingly welcoming false widow spiders into their properties, as the creatures venture …

White Christmas predicted as temperatures fall across Britain

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on a white Christmas in the UK, with freezing weather on the way already<p>A white Christmas could be a reality this year as forecasters warned of a chilly end to 2015, with snow arriving in some parts of the country as early as this week.<p>Arctic winds are expected to …

Plane dodges lightning bolt as Sydney is lashed by huge electrical storm

Sydney and surrounding areas have been lashed by thunder, lightning and torrential rain as a huge electrical storm passed over the city on Tuesday.<p>There were reports of two people being hit by lightning in Sydney’s inner west and a video has captured the moment that a Qantas jet narrowly avoided …

Prosecute Barack Obama

Based on the marked proliferation of press reports coming out of the world’s developed nations and the statements of government officials therein, it …

The Met Office has named the hurricanes for the coming year, and they're hilariously British

<b>Weather forecasters have unveiled a new list of storm names selected from a public poll and the results include the likes of "Barney", "Desmond",</b> …

Putin's aggression is baffling NATO

But the military display seemed faintly unreal while Russian warplanes were bombing Syrian rebels a few hundred kilometers to the east in a coordinated action with President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces and Iran's Revolutionary Guards.<p>NATO, which waged an air campaign to help Libyan rebels oust …

Top-rated schools 'failing to teach children basic skills', says charity

But the education watchdog says the accusations are "flawed"<p>More than a third of primary schools rated as “good” or “outstanding” by the education watchdog, Ofsted, are failing to teach pupils basic skills, according to a new damning report.<p>By the time they reach the end of primary school, 11 year …

Mexico arrests suspected organizers of 'El Chapo' jailbreak

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government on Wednesday announced the capture of six people believed responsible for the July prison break by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, including the elusive drug lord's brother-in-law and the suspected mastermind of the escape.<p>Attorney General Arely Gomez said the …

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Best Places to Travel in November

November marks the start of the holiday travel season, but don’t assume that any trip you take this month has to be either stressful or family-related (or both). It’s a terrific time to take an off-season jaunt to a few unexpected places—the best of which we’ve rounded up below. Don’t forget, too, …

17 food faux pas to avoid so that you don't embarrass yourself while traveling

It's important to understand the dining rules of each country you visit so that you can avoid insulting others or embarrassing yourself.<p>Luckily, we're here to help — here's a list of table manners you should be aware of when visiting 17 different countries around the world.

Slow Cooker Recipes For Fast-Paced People

We’re all about fall slow cooker recipes that don’t involve a lot of prep, pans or fuss. (Unless you want to leave the cleaning to us, then by all …

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No police confirmation that teen's death was due to parkour

1 / 2<p>Spectra secondary school<p>Spectra secondary school.<p>Press reports indicate that the 14-year-old girl from Spectra Secondary School who died from …

Corporate Pioneers Unite Around Climate Change

As the world awakens more every day to the urgent problem of climate change, some companies are stepping up in impressive ways to forge solutions.<p>Thirty-six of these companies have now made the ultimate commitment to this issue, pledging to transition to 100% renewable energy. The corporations – …

Smash Your Potatoes (Then Fry 'Em in Oil)

We never met a potato we didn't like. But we're seriously in love with these garlicky, crispy smashed spuds.<p><i>One of the best parts about our test kitchen manager Brad Leone's job is his weekly trip to the farmers' market. It's his responsibility to supply the kitchen with ripe produce, protein, and</i> …

500 Star Wars stormtroopers march on Great Wall of China in epic Disney event

Latest stunt for The Force Awakens proves to be on larger end of scale, as Disney pushes for release date in world’s second biggest film market<p>Related: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – new trailer features Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren<p>When the third and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was …

David Cameron visits Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Prime minister reveals British aid prevents thousands of migrants from arriving in Europe as he announces UK minister for Syrian refugees<p>Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been prevented from travelling to Europe by British aid money, David Cameron has said during his historic first trip …