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U.N. appeals for $500 million to get 1 million Syrian children in school

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations education envoy Gordon Brown appealed on Tuesday for $500 million to allow half the two million Syrian children who are refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan to go to school and offer their families an alternative to fleeing to Europe.<p>The former British …

North Africa

Supreme Court rules Florida death sentence case unconstitutional

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the process used to condemn a Florida death row inmate was unconstitutional because a judge rather than a jury was the final arbiter of fact in sentencing, opening the door to further challenges in death penalty cases in Florida and elsewhere.<p>The …

Crime

Turkey Blames Islamic State in Istanbul Attack

At least eight German tourists among the dead in attack on Sultanahmet Square<p>ISTANBUL—An Islamic State suicide bomber struck Istanbul’s historic district Tuesday, killing at least 10 people in a blow to Turkey’s vital tourism industry that comes as the U.S. and its allies are stepping up their …

Extremism

Obama warns against giving into election year cynicism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will herald a robust economy and push for bipartisan congressional action on immigration in Tuesday's State of the Union address.<p>The speech marks the ceremonial kickoff of Trump's second year in office and is traditionally a president's biggest platform to …

People are mocking the Oregon 'militia' on social media by calling them 'YallQaeda' and 'VanillaISIS'

It began on Saturday when the group took control of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southern Oregon to protest the jail sentences of two men who set fire to federal land.<p>The occupiers were led by Ammon Bundy, whose father, Cliven Bundy, made national headlines for a …

Social Media

Argentina Proposes Talks With Britain on the Future of the Falkland Islands

The British government has been invited by its Argentine counterpart to enter into diplomatic negotiations over the future of the Falkland Islands, …

Falkland Islands

Key things to know about the militia standoff in Oregon

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Armed protesters are occupying a building at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon and asking militia members around the country to join them. The protesters went to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday following a peaceful rally in support of two Oregon ranchers facing …

Forests

Bomb attacks damage three Sunni mosques in Iraq

Three Sunni mosques in Iraq have been bombed and partially destroyed while at least two people have been killed in suspected retaliation for the execution of a Shia leader in Saudi Arabia, officials and police say.<p>Groups of men wearing military uniforms detonated explosives at two mosques overnight …

Middle East

Denmark and Sweden Tighten Border Controls Amid Migrant Crisis

Denmark on Monday stepped up its border controls with Germany on the heels of Sweden’s move to tighten security due to an influx of …

North Africa

Hindu temples in southern India enforce western clothing ban

Madras high court has ordered temple authorities in Tamil Nadu to refuse entry to people in jeans, shorts and other garments<p>Hindu temples in southern India have begun turning away devotees wearing western clothes after a court order banning jeans and shorts as inappropriate for spiritual worship …

Tamil Nadu

India introduces car ban to battle Delhi smog

Indian capital kicks off sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks<p>More than a million private cars were banned from the streets of India’s capital New Delhi on Friday, as part of a drastic plan to reduce smog in the world’s …

State Department short of target on Clinton email release

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department opened the new year by falling short of a court-ordered goal from last year to have out by now 82 percent of Hillary Clinton's emails from her years as secretary of state.<p>The mountain of her correspondence in the public eye grew Thursday with the release of …

Government

At Least 265 Kids Involved in Unintentional Shootings in 2015

At least 265 children under the age of 18 picked up a firearm and unintentionally shot themselves or another child, according to a gun control …

Guns

China sends warning to Taiwan as it prepares to elect first woman president

Tsai Ing-wen, who studied in London and admires Margaret Thatcher, is favourite to become the first woman charged with guiding the republic's tricky relationship with China<p>As a British-educated admirer of Margaret Thatcher, the woman set to become leader of China’s fierce rival Taiwan was always …

Kabul restaurant hit by deadly suicide car bombing

Two killed and 15 injured in attack on Le Jardin, a cafe popular with western workers and wealthy Afghans<p>A Taliban suicide car-bomber struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent …

Afghanistan

As 2016 dawns, Europe braces for more waves of migrants

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say they are searching for a group of migrants who made an emergency call saying they were in danger while crossing a river marking the border between Greece and Turkey.<p>Police and fire department officials said Wednesday an unidentified person called …

Europe

Planned Parenthood Files Federal Lawsuit to Protect Abortion in Ohio

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit to protection abortion access in Ohio after state officials claimed that aborted fetuses from clinics …

Prenatal Development

UK should be granted opt-out reforms from EU laws, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson says EU leaders are ‘radically and dangerously misreading’ PM if they believe he wants Britain to remain tied to Brussels at any price<p>Britain should be granted an opt-out from European Union laws to allow the government to control migration, Boris Johnson has said.<p>EU leaders are …

United Kingdom

Spain arrests man known as 'The Nurse' for forced abortions on Colombia rebels

A former fighter with the Farc guerrilla group is accused of carrying out more than 500 forced abortions on female members of the group<p>Spanish police have arrested a man accused of performing more than 500 forced abortions on women fighters belonging to Colombia’s rebel guerrillas.<p>The man, known as …

FARC

350 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at California hospital

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three hundred and fifty infants were possibly exposed to tuberculosis at a California hospital by a hospital employee.<p>An additional 368 mothers or parents, and 308 employees were also potentially exposed, a spokeswoman told CNN.<p>The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose said it was …

Public Health

9 injured, 1 fatally, in shootings since Sunday morning

One man is dead and eight others were injured in shootings since Sunday morning, Chicago police said.<p>A 26-year-old man, who was shot Sunday at 10:10 a.m. in the 7200 block of South May Street in the Englewood neighborhood, has died, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman.<p>The man, …

Corruption

Pro-gun group stages fake shooting in Texas to push firearm rights

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Pro-gun advocates doused fake victims with fake blood outside the University of Texas on Saturday in what they called a theatrical event to show the need for firearms on campus.<p>A pro-gun advocate walks down the street outside the University of Texas ahead of a 'mock mass …

Guns

FBI ends search of lake as part of terrorism investigation

Terrorism investigators have completed for now their recovery effort at a lake where officials believe the San Bernardino shooters may have dumped electronics and other evidence.<p>Law enforcement sources said divers found some items Friday during the search of Seccombe Lake but it's unclear what they …

25 Dead, 70 Injured as Blast Hits Pakistan Wool Market

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least 25 people were killed and 70 injured when a blast hit a market in a tribal region of Pakistan on Sunday, government officials said.<p>The blast took place in a market in Parachinar city, the capital of the sectarian-plagued Kurram tribal region.<p>The top government official …

Pakistan

No threat found on both diverted flights from US to Paris

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities cleared both Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. that were diverted because of anonymous threats phoned in after they had taken off.<p>Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was diverted to Salt …

Salt Lake City