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Big solar storm hitting Earth

Will you be watching for the Northern Lights? Share your photos with CNN iReport.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Youvathana Sok looked up and saw more than just stars in the crisp, clear Maine night sky.<p>A colorful, spectacular showing of the aurora borealis greeted Sok, a CNN iReporter, and others at Cadillac Mountain in …

Boko Haram: Religious Paths Through the Tunnel

Nigeria is one of the world's most religiously active and diverse countries. It was long regarded as an admirable example of a dynamic society where different faiths lived in harmony, intermarriage was common, and a robust and open marketplace of religious beliefs and institutions represented …

Africa

Australia raises 'terror attack' threat level

Australia has raised its terror threat level to "high" from "medium", saying there is an increased likelihood of an attack at home, despite stressing it has no knowledge of a specific plan.<p>Australia has repeatedly raised the alarm about the number of its citizens believed to be fighting with armed …

Associated Press News

Dutch hope metal shards will lead them to missile that hit MH17

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Investigators trying to find out who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine have recovered 25 pieces of metal from baggage and bodies, which could lead them to the missile believed to have torn apart the airliner.<p>People stand near the remains of fuselage where …

Malala Yousafzai suspects arrested, Pakistan army says

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1107000/1107974_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534400363_faff192ffc32decf082f060d38426185<p><b>Militants suspected of shooting activist Malala Yousafzai have been arrested, Pakistan's army says.</b><p>The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen …

Pakistan

China urges faster prosecution of Xinjiang terror cases: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court sentenced three people to death and one to life in prison on Friday for an attack at a train station that triggered a sweeping crackdown on what Beijing calls militant violence.<p>Defendants are escorted by police officers at a courtroom in Kunming City during the …

Syrian forces win battle with rebels in Hama

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Friday it had taken control of a town northwest of Hama where the Nusra Front had been massing forces, dealing a blow to the al Qaeda-linked group that has been trying to open new fronts after losing ground to Islamic State.<p>Forces loyal to Syria's …

Nigeria says army repels militants outside northeast city

ABUJA, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s military beat back an attack by Islamist insurgents outside the Borno state capital Maiduguri on Friday and sent in reinforcements to stop any assault on the northeastern city, the government said.<p>Authorities were struggling to reassure frightened locals that the armed …

Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners — handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide.<p>Authorities …

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.<p>But if you're lucky — …

Zeus, The World's Tallest Dog Ever, Dies at Age Five

Zeus, the seven-foot-tall dog who in 2012 was declared the tallest dog ever in world history, has died. A five-year-old Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, Zeus earned the Guinness World Record in 2012 after measuring 44 inches from foot to withers. When standing on his hind legs, Zeus could be as …

Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to …

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to …

'Hooded Bandit' bank robbery suspect embezzled $122K from Postal Service: records

A man who the FBI says admitted to being the “Hooded Bandit,” responsible for eight northwest suburban bank robberies since 2011 served time in federal prison a decade ago for embezzling $122,000 from the U.S. Postal Service, according to records.<p>Edward G. Klich, 62, of Rolling Meadows, admitted to …

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three …

Palin family in Alaska brawl: 'Alcohol was believed to be a factor'

For once, there were no cameras rolling.<p>Since her ill-fated 2008 run for vice-president, Sarah Palin and her family have been a constant television presence, appearing in their own reality show and, more recently, on her very own Sarah Palin channel.<p>The most dramatic recent chapter in the Palin …

U.S. to train Liberian armed forces to help tackle Ebola crisis

MONROVIA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it would train Liberia’s security forces to assist in isolation operations to tackle an Ebola epidemic ravaging the West African nation, after a boy was killed when soldiers opened fire on a protest last month.<p>Liberian soldiers check …