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U.S. 'reasonably certain' drone strike killed ISIS mouthpiece 'Jihadi John'

<b>(CNN) —</b> He hid his face, but "Jihadi John" was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. His twisted, videotaped taunts and acts of terrible cruelty -- beheading hostages who had gone to the Middle East to report stories and help others -- symbolized the Islamist militant group's depravity and …

After Obama apology, medical charity presses probe request

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A day after President Barack Obama apologized for a tragic U.S. airstrike that killed at least 22 people at a hospital run …

Migrants’ deaths bring scrutiny to European handling of refugees

BUDAPEST — The 71 people whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna last week may have died at the hands of smugglers. But critics are also blaming a broken European refugee system that is increasingly forcing desperate asylum-seekers into the arms …

Scientists suggest a way to lower your stroke risk: Shorten your workweek

Do you worry that your workaholic ways are killing you? A new study says you may be right.<p>In an analysis of more than half a million men and women from around the world, those who put in long hours at the office were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clocked out earlier. …

You Don't Need To Go Low-Carb To Burn Body Fat, Study Says

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably gotten drawn into the argument over whether it's better to cut carbs or fat from your diet. A new study doesn't completely resolve that question, but it does provide an important insight.<p>Some proponents of the low-carb diet insist that you must …

US-Cuba: diplomatic relations formally restored

After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations.<p>The hugely symbolic event has raised hopes and expectations in Havana: “For us, this is significant,” one man told reporters, “it’s important. I think it’s a decisive step towards normalising relations. As …

Cuba

China rushes to calm fears over plunging yuan

China's central bank is rushing to calm fears over the yuan's plunge in recent days.<p>The yuan lost ground again Thursday, extending the drop over the past three days to more than 3%, following a move earlier in the week by the People's Bank of China to allow market forces more influence over the …

DA: Authorities eyeing revenge motive in courthouse shooting

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — William A. Wells was a former firefighter who had never been in any more serious legal trouble than some traffic tickets— until …

Baltic states' advice to Greece: 'Do as we did'

The Baltic states are fairly new eurozone members. But after turning their economies around following deep recessions, many think Greeks should …

Europe

Pregnant Woman and Two Children Swept Away in Deadly Floods

As severe summer thunderstorms pounded much of the Eastern U.S. Saturday night and Sunday, a pregnant Ohio woman and two of her children were killed by floodwaters outside of Cincinnati.<p>Officials identified the woman as Victoria Kennerd, 32, of Ripley, NBC affiliate WLWT reported.<p>Kennerd, who was …

Eleven killed in ambush in northern Mexico - media reports | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Eleven men were killed and five others wounded in an ambush in a rural part of northern Mexico on Saturday evening, local media reported on Sunday.<p>The group had been traveling on a dirt road in the San Dimas municipality in the hills in Durango state when they were ambushed …

EPA ‘secret science’ under the microscope as GOP lawmakers seek ban

The Environmental Protection Agency for years has issued costly clean air rules based, in part, on two '90s-era studies linking air pollution with death.<p>But, critics say, the same agency has stymied efforts to access the data behind them. The transparency concerns have Republican lawmakers on a new …

Chattanooga shooting: New details emerge about the gunman

<b>Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) —</b> Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Abdulazeez told a friend that ISIS was "doing wrong" and "it was a stupid group and it was completely against Islam," the friend told CNN on Monday.<p>The friend, James Petty, also said that Abdulazeez taught him how to shoot an AR-15 assault …

Law Enforcement

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes …

Indian top court recognizes transgenders in landmark ruling

NEW DELHI, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India’s top court on Tuesday recognized the country’s long marginalized transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment.<p>Participants dance …

Education on the move: boosting learning in isolated communities - learning world

Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old …