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Filipino Peacekeepers Safely Escape Syrian Rebels in Golan Heights

MANILA, Philippines — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. …

The unstoppable march of the upward inflection?

<b>Whether it's called the upward inflection, high-rising terminal or simply "uptalk", the habit of making statements sound like questions is a genuine linguistic mystery, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.</b><p>The habit of ending statements with a stress that makes them sound a bit like questions is one that …

Russia 'to reopen Lourdes spy base in Cuba'

<b>Russia has made a deal with Cuba to reopen an electronic listening post on the Caribbean island that was used by the Soviets to spy on the US during the Cold War, Russian officials say.</b><p>The Lourdes base near Havana lies 250km (150 miles) from the US coast.<p>The agreement with Cuba came during a visit …

Russia

T. Boone Pickens on what Palin needs to do tonight

Oilman T. Boone Pickens spoke to CNN.<p><b>ST PAUL (CNN)</b> –- John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin needs to “portray herself as a leader” Wednesday night, if she does that, “she is going to be very popular,” Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens said in a CNN interview inside the Xcel Energy Center at the …

ISPs take legal action against GCHQ

<b>Seven internet service providers have filed a legal complaint against the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ.</b><p>ISPs from the US, UK, Netherlands and South Korea have joined forces with campaigners Privacy International to take the agency to task over alleged attacks on network infrastructure.<p>It is the …

Surveillance

Because they were Jews

To observers across the world, Israelis' reaction to the abduction and murder of three teenagers may seem a bit overwrought. Of course, the deaths of …

Separatists say ready to extend ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatist leaders voiced willingness to extend a shaky ceasefire in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east on Friday, after releasing four out of eight international observers captured over a month ago, in an apparent goodwill gesture.<p>The ceasefire between the …

Nigeria violence: Several dead in Bauchi blast

<b>At least 10 people have been killed and 14 injured in an explosion in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, police say.</b><p>Police spokesman Mohammed Haruna told AFP news agency the blast, which took place on Friday evening, occurred in a building widely known as a brothel.<p>The cause of the blast is not …

In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

LONDON(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that has killed hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels from the Horn of Africa, and could ban such imports until it knows more, the kingdom’s chief scientist told Reuters.<p>Camels are seen before being exported to Middle East countries, at …

Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) —</b> On the streets of Kathmandu, the sight of people begging for kidney treatment has become common.<p>The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.<p>The organ in …

Why China is land of opportunity for young Taiwanese

<b>Confident and fluent in English, 24-year-old Nelson Lai would have no trouble finding work in his native Taiwan.</b><p>But for his first "real job", he chose to go next door to mainland China.<p>"I will make $45,000 [US$1,500] a month and get free food and accommodation. The salary is much higher than what I …

Melissa McCarthy: Designers Wouldn't Make Oscars Dresses in My Size

Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest and most beloved comedic actresses in Hollywood.<p>But when it came to finding an elegant dress for award shows …

Why India's sanitation crisis kills women

Soutik Biswas<p><b>The gruesome rape and hanging of two teenage girls in the populous Uttar Pradesh state again proves how women have become the biggest victims of India's sanitation crisis.</b><p>The two girls were going to the fields to defecate when they went missing on Tuesday night.<p>Nearly half-a-billion …

Concerns grow over farm drugs used like 'sweets'

<b>The widespread use of antibiotics on farms without medical supervision has been condemned at a meeting of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).</b><p>There are particular concerns about the US where authorities say it contributes significantly to resistance.<p>There are also worries that a new …

Farm Animals

Google's new car: No driver, and no steering wheel

Google has revealed a prototype of its latest driverless car -- and this one doesn't even have a steering wheel.<p>The car will only have a stop and go button. No steering wheel. No pedals.<p>Unlike Google's previous self-driving vehicles, which have been based on conventional cars adapted to navigate …

Pakistan woman stoned by family outside Lahore court

<b>A Pakistani woman has been killed by her relatives outside Lahore High Court for marrying against their wishes.</b><p>Police said 30-year old Farzana Parveen died on the spot after being attacked with bricks and sticks.<p>Her father handed himself in, but police say her brothers and former fiance, who also …

India, Pakistan leaders meet, signal steps to rebuild trust

India's New Era<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p><b>NEW:</b> Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif says meeting with India's Narendra Modi was warm, constructive• <b><br>NEW:</b> The two prime ministers will try to overcome mistrust and work together, says Sharif• <b><br>NEW:</b> Sharif: "We agreed our meeting should be a historic opportunity for both our …

Dakar Biennale brings modern African art to the world stage

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>The 11th Dakar Biennale is currently underway<br>• Its main exhibition features 61 contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora<br>• Audiences can also visit 200 parallel exhibitions spread throughout Dakar and beyond<br>• The Dakar Biennale will remain open until June 8<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- The march music …

Five revelations from the 'twisted world' of a 'kissless virgin'

Elliot Rodger left behind a 107,000-word "story" of what the shooting suspect called his "twisted world." While he e-mailed it to his parents and a therapist the day he allegedly went on a terror rampage, investigators and journalists soon found it.<p>The central theme of "My Twisted World: The Story …