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Spy accused of being behind death of Argentina prosecutor called to testify

The recently deposed intelligence operative who Argentine President Fernández has suggested was involved in the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman is being called to testify in the case.<p>Antonio "Jaime" Stiuso has been called to speak with the lead investigator Viviana Fein Thursday …

Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion

President Barack Obama emphasized Thursday the importance of balancing the right to free speech with respect for religion, chastising groups who have committed acts of terror in the name of faith.<p>Obama called on those in attendance to "push back against those who would distort our religion for …

TransAsia pilots hailed as heroes after narrowly avoiding buildings

Stories of survival and heroism have emerged in the aftermath of the TransAsia Airways crash on Wednesday that left at least 32 people dead and 11 …

Heroism

Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, turns fury on Cameroonian civilians

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbours not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.<p>France's President warned that the world was not doing …

Africa

Jordan vows: 'This is just the beginning'

<b>Karak, Jordan (CNN) —</b> Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more.<p>Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath …

Baghdad's decade-old curfew to end on Saturday, Iraq's PM says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Baghdad’s decade-old curfew will end on Saturday and four neighborhoods will be “demilitarized”, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday, as he tries to normalize the capital.<p>A policeman scans a resident's car at a checkpoint in Baghdad February 5, 2015. …

Orthodox Church's power-play in crisis-stricken Russia | Russia

<b>Moscow, Russia -</b> "The Holiest" is the term one has to use when addressing Kirill, Russia's Orthodox Patriarch.<p>A namesake to the Byzantine monk who brought Christianity to Slavs, Kirill heads the Moscow Patriarchate, the most powerful of more than a dozen Orthodox Churches scattered from Egypt to …

U.S. Supreme Court halts Texas execution of convicted killer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold the execution by Texas of convicted murderer Lester Bower as it considers whether to hear his full appeal including the assertion that his three decades on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment.<p>Death row inmate Lester …

Senior al Qaeda cleric killed in Yemen drone strike, AQAP says

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> A senior cleric for al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen was killed along with three other people in a drone strike on their vehicle January 31 in Yemen, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said Thursday.<p>The cleric, Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, was killed in Yemen's south-central Shabwa …

Middle East

Obama Praises 'Good Friend' Dalai Lama, Despite Chinese Objections

Abbie Rowe—PhotoQuest/Getty Images<p>AP<p>Raveendran—AFP/Getty Images<p>Ron Edmonds—AP<p>Ron Edmonds—AP<p>Gerald Herbert—AP<p>Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images<p>Mandel …

Taiwan Crash Victims’ Families Mourn

Twelve People Are Still Missing From TransAsia Flight 235<p>By<p>Jenny W. Hsu<p>TAIPEI—Survivors of the plane that crashed Wednesday in a Taipei river recounted their experiences to relatives, and families of the dead mourned Thursday as recovery efforts at the site continued.<p>The cause of the crash of …

Li Ao

Jordanian jets 'pound Islamic State positions'

Jordanian fighter jets complete mission in show of strength as King Abdullah II visits home town of pilot murdered by Islamic State<p>Jordanian fighter jets flew over the hometown of a pilot killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and the capital Amman on Thursday after completing a …

King Abdullah

U.S. And NATO Seek New Ways To Help Secure Ukraine's Border

The U.S. and its allies are holding talks today in a new push to ensure Ukraine's borders amid heightened fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops. But a key question that's being debated is whether to supply weapons to Ukraine to counter the aggression.<p>"Clearly what we see is …

Russia

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

Artificial Intelligence

Measuring This Brain Region Could Predict Depression And Anxiety Years Before It Hits

We all encounter challenges and obstacles in life, such as divorce, death, illness and unemployment. But while some people are highly resilient and able to cope with these stresses, others struggle deeply, and may experience anxiety and depression as a result.<p>So why is it that some of us thrive in …

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …

ADP: Businesses added 213,000 jobs in January

The labor market cooled off a bit to begin 2015, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, as businesses added a still-solid 213,000 jobs in January.<p>Economists estimated the report would show 223,000 new private sector jobs. They expect 235,000 payroll gains in the Labor Department's closely watched …

Economy

GM Surprises With Strong 4th Quarter, Dividend Increase and $9,000 Bonus For Factory Workers

General Motors' pre-tax profit surged 27 percent in the fourth quarter to $2.41 billion, better than analysts expected, thanks to better pricing and strong sales of pickup trucks and SUVs in North America.<p>It was GM’s best fourth-quarter performance since the automaker emerged from bankruptcy in …

Jordanians rally in revulsion to killing of pilot

King Abdullah II of Jordan vowed Wednesday that his country would exact "relentless" retribution against Islamic State militants, as many in the Arab world united in revulsion after learning that a captive pilot had been burned alive in a metal cage.<p>"This terrorist organization does not just fight …

Middle East

Metro-North Crash: Feds Probe Fiery Collision of Train and SUV That Killed 6

U.S. news<p>Federal investigators headed to the New York suburbs on Wednesday to probe the fiery collision of a packed commuter train and an SUV. Authorities lowered the death toll to six.<p>The crash in the suburb of Valhalla, about 20 miles north of the city, was so powerful that the electrified third …

Trains

Shell hits hospital in Ukraine's Donetsk, dead feared: city mayor

VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels appeared to be in full control on Wednesday of one of the towns that has been a principal target of their advance, as they attempt to surround a nearby garrison of Ukrainian forces.<p>The apparent fall of the town of Vuhlehirsk would be a setback for …

Cute Killers? Gray Seals Maul, Suffocate Seals and Porpoises, Studies Say

Weird & Wild<p>Long thought to be fish-eaters, the big-eyed animals have been observed taking on bigger prey in the North Sea.<p>It seemed a heart-warming sight: two seals apparently frolicking in the sea before slipping below the waves off the German island of Helgoland (map) in 2013.<p>Then an ominous …

Porpoises