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South Africa in midst of 'epic drought'

South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1982, with more than 2.7 million households facing water shortages across the country, the government has said.<p>Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the local government department in KwaZulu-Natal, told Al Jazeera that the drought, concentrated in provinces …

South Africa

Woman stoned to death in Afghanistan over accusation of adultery

<b>(CNN) —</b> The men surround the woman as she stands in a hole dug into the stony ground, only her head pokes above the surface. Then they begin to pick up rocks and hurl them at her again and again from close range.<p>Her agonized cries grow louder as the barrage of stones intensifies.<p>The barbaric …

Afghanistan

France to lift blood donation ban on gay men

France to roll phase out ban on blood donations for gay men who have had sexual relations with men more than 12 months previously<p>France is to lift a ban on gay men donating blood, introduced in the 1980s to prevent the spread of Aids.<p>In place since 1983, the ban has long been criticised by rights …

Volcano eruption grounds flights, strands thousands in Bali

The eruption of a volcano has forced the closure of several Indonesian airports, including the one serving the popular resort island of Bali.<p>The eruption of Mount Rinjani sent ash and debris more than 11,000 feet into the air, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman, …

Flying

Happy Birthday ruled out of copyright

<b>The company collecting royalties for Happy Birthday To You does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled.</b><p>Warner/Chappell acquired the copyright - which was originally filed in 1935 - in 1988.<p>But judge George King ruled that the original copyright was only granted for …

The Syrian War Has Prompted the First Ever Withdrawal From the Doomsday Seed Vault

The devastating impact of the conflict in Syria has forced a doomsday seed vault buried deep in the Arctic to allow withdrawal of seed deposits for …

Grand mosque opens in Moscow - CNN Video

Russia's President Vladimir Putin opened what is believed to be one of the largest mosques in Europe. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Russia

Underpants flown over Czech presidential palace

Protesters have replaced the presidential flag, which flies over the palace in Prague, with a pair of giant red underpants.<p>The protest was aimed at Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic.<p>The Ztohoven group have played a number of pranks in the past, and apparently chose red to symbolise what …

Scientists seek permission to genetically modify embryos

<b>UK scientists are seeking permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.</b><p>Researchers at The Francis Crick Institute in London want to use a controversial genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.<p>The embryos would be destroyed after the research and not implanted …

Tsunami Advisory For Hawaii, Parts of California After Chile Quake

Hawaii and parts of California were on tsunami alert early Thursday after a huge 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of north Chile.<p>It prompted the U.S. Coastguard to urge the public in Hawaii to use “extreme caution” in waters around the main islands. People should prepare for "strong …

Natural Disasters

Chile earthquake: 7.9-magnitude quake strikes off coast

For more on the Chile earthquake, go to CNNEspanol.com.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news alert, posted at 12:13 a.m. ET Thursday]</b><p>At least five people were killed and 1 million evacuated from affected areas, when a powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck Chile Wednesday, the director of the National Office of …

Natural Disasters

At least 85 killed in South Sudan oil tanker blast

JUBA (Reuters) - More than 100 people were killed in South Sudan when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the road, a regional official said on Thursday, a day after the incident.<p>In addition to those killed in Wednesday’s blast, Charles …

Africa

Second Body Found in Aftermath of 'Butte Fire' in California

A third person has been found dead in the aftermath of a pair of destructive wildfires in California, officials said Wednesday.<p>The latest victim, Mark McCloud, was a 65-year-old disabled man who had refused orders to leave an area in the path of the Butte fire, NBC affiliate KCRA reported.<p>A …

Wildfires

Los Angeles, Beijing agree on plan to promote clean air as part of Obama-Xi deal

Mayors of a dozen cities in the U.S. and China are nailing down agreements to team up in the fight against climate change, starting with a plan forged over the weekend between the officials of Los Angeles and Beijing to collaborate in promoting clean air in their cities.<p>The final deals will be …

Los Angeles

Ahmed Mohamed: No charges for boy, 14, arrested over clock

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1194000/1194079_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524694312_c2745abeff4d0d7da03b32ebec674963<p><b>Texas police have decided not to charge a 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.</b><p>Officials at MacArthur High School …

US Muslim student arrested over 'hoax bomb' clock

A US high school student from Texas has been arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that police officers said resembled a "hoax bomb".<p>Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old ninth grader at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, said the clock caught the attention of one of his teachers who …

Extremism

New Delhi faces worst dengue outbreak in five years

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> India's capital is combating its worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years, with the tropical mosquito-borne disease posing a momentous challenge to the city's creaky health infrastructure.<p>State-run hospitals in New Delhi are overrun with feverish patients, municipal spokesman …

Public Health

Bigfoot hunters hampering search for suspects in $6.5 million Texas marijuana farm bust

DELTA COUNTY, Texas – Texas Game Wardens and local law enforcement busted a $6.5 million marijuana growing operation in Delta County, northeast of Dallas, this weekend.<p>According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Delta County deputies and game wardens recovered approximately 6,550 marijuana plants – some …

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