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Latin America

Nine people choke to death eating mochi rice cakes in Japan

Traditional consumption of mochi rice cakes during New Year celebrations leaves 13 more people in serious condition<p>Japan’s habitual New Year killer has struck again, after nine people were reported to have died in recent days from choking on rice cakes.<p>Mochi – glutinous cakes of pounded rice – are …

Alan Dershowitz

Armed man continues standoff with police at West L.A. apartment

Los Angeles police were in a standoff outside a West Los Angeles apartment early Sunday with an armed man who apparently fired bullets recklessly near a street corner, authorities said.<p><b>UPDATE: Westside shooting suspect surrenders after overnight standoff, LAPD says</b><p>Police were evacuating residents …

Law Enforcement

Ebola 2015: US Health Care Worker, Possibly Exposed To Virus In Sierra Leone, Due In Omaha Hospital For Observation

<b>Update 3:20 p.m. EST:</b> An American health worker exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday for treatment in the …

China
Justice

Yemen report highlights turmoil's human cost

At least 7,000 people were killed in Yemen in 2014, including at least 1,200 civilians, three times the level of deaths from when the current turmoil began in 2011, according to a Yemeni think-tank's report.<p>It is now thought that Shia Houthi fighters are controlling about 70 percent of army's …

Ali Abdullah Saleh

7-year-old plane crash survivor may help probe

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash, walked a mile through the cold, dark woods to safety and then helped authorities locate the wreckage and remains of her family, may not be done helping investigators.<p>National Transportation Safety Board …

Airplanes

Desperation, dire conditions for migrants fleeing to Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Late on Friday night, the Sierra Leone-registered Ezadeen was towed into the port of Corigliano Calabro in southern Italy. Normally a livestock carrier, the vessel had just under 400 people on board, including more than 70 children. Most were from Syria, desperate to reach Europe -- …

North Africa

Obama: 'I Will Miss Stuart Scott'

President Barack Obama released a statement Sunday on the death of Stuart Scott, the longtime ESPN anchor who died of cancer at the age of 49.<p>The full statement:<p>I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For …

Law Enforcement

Sammy Almahri: police release new image as international manhunt continues

Detectives are looking into whether the pair met online, after Nadine Aburas' body was found in a Cardiff hotel<p>Police have released a new image of a "dangerous" murder suspect they are hunting after a woman was found dead in a hotel room, as detectives look into whether the pair met online.<p>The body …

Ebola survivors in west Africa to share stories via mobile app

Unicef-backed campaign aims to fight stigma around disease which has killed over 7,900 people in latest outbreak<p>Ebola survivors in the three west African countries worst hit by the epidemic will share their stories through a mobile application to be launched on Monday, in a Unicef-backed campaign …

Waukegan police investigate second killing in two days

Waukegan police have opened a homicide investigation into the death of a man whose body was found on a street in the north suburb early Saturday.<p>Gaylord Davis, 49, of the 2200 block of Marshall Parkway in Waukegan, was found by a passerby about 3 a.m. at 9th and Prescott streets.<p>The Lake County …

Report: Meth seizures at US-Mexico border soar in 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug's chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the U.S.<p>Meth seized by the U.S. Customs and …

Immigration

One Cuban Migrant Dead In Capsizing Off Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Reuters) - A Cuban migrant drowned after a makeshift vessel with four passengers overturned in rough seas off the Cayman …

Jewelry

Indian brothers arrested over alleged kidnap and rape of Japanese student

Tour guides Sajid and Jawed Khan accused of confining and repeatedly raping woman near Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya<p>Police in India have arrested two brothers and three other men over the kidnap and rape a Japanese student over three weeks near a Buddhist pilgrimage site.<p>The 22-year-old was held …

Prince Andrew prepares for grim year ahead as 'sex abuse' claims refuse to go away

Virginia Roberts claims she was paid £10,000 as a reward for having sex with the Duke of York and is now writing a memoir about her experiences<p>The Duke of York knows he could spend months and perhaps years fighting off allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was being kept as a “sex …

Prince Andrew
Criminal Justice

Kim Jong Un's Sister Marries Top Official's Son: Report

Kim Jong Un's younger sister, already a power player in North Korea, has reportedly married the son of a senior aide to the supreme leader.<p>Kim Yo Jong wed Choe Song in late 2014, South Korea's Yonhap news agency wrote Friday, citing two unnamed sources.<p>The news agency spotted Kim apparently wearing …

Spanish authorities rescue camels kept in cramped containers for Epiphany parades | Fox News

More than a dozen dromedary camels crammed into containers have been rescued in Spain's Canary Islands while the animals were being transported for use in Epiphany parades.<p>Police said Saturday they stopped two trucks carrying the dromedaries, released them into the care of an unspecified group and …

Latin America

Transgender Army Veteran Undergoes Sex Reassignment at 74

LGBTQI

2 Brothers Arrested In India For Alleged Rape Of 22-Year-Old Tourist

The tourist had been held hostage at gunpoint in a secluded underground room close to a pilgrimage site, according to a preliminary investigation.<p>"When her health condition deteriorated due to repeated rape and poor living conditions, she was brought to Gaya (district headquarters) for medical …

India

People Pets

It’s the mother-baby bond in action.<p>Visitors to the San Diego Zoo are in awe of the connection between mom Jessica and her new baby boy, a still-unnamed infant who was born Dec. 26 and is a joyous addition to the highly endangered western lowland gorilla population.<p>“Mom has been doing really …

Parenting

David Duke threatens to 'name names'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Steve Scalise may have attended a gathering of a white supremacist group, David Duke, the former Klu Klux Klan leader who founded the group said on CNN Saturday.<p>"I've got conflicting reports," Duke told CNN's Michael Smerconish. "One person said that he was a no-show, that …

Steve Scalise

Syrians fleeing war maimed by landmines

Syrians fleeing the war in their country are at risk of being killed or maimed by landmines placed along parts of Turkey’s border decades ago.<p>A Syrian teenager in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa told Al Jazeera how he lost both his legs and his brother when he and his family headed for the border …

Middle East

Argentina agrees to extradite US man charged with wife's murder

Kurt Sonnenfeld left US for south America in 2003, after death of wife Former Fema WTC cameraman published book entitled The Persecuted<p>Argentina’s supreme court has ruled that an American who took refuge and started a new life in the South American country can be extradited to face charges that he …

Crime
Latin America