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Kremlin encouraging attacks on Vladimir Putin's critics, activists say

Moscow (CNN) — Opposition activists in Russia are accusing the Kremlin of creating an "atmosphere of impunity" amid a growing row over a threatening video posted online.

The video, which appeared on the Instagram account of the pro-Kremlin Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, shows two prominent …

Vladimir Putin

Spacewalkers collect experiments, toss flash drive overboard

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking Russians gathered seeds and spores that have been stuck outside the International Space Station for months if not years and gave a ceremonial send-off Wednesday to a flash drive containing special messages for their motherland.

Cosmonaut Sergey Volkov waited …

Flash Drives

Lord Lucan, accused killer aristocrat, declared dead after 4 decades

London (CNN) — The disappearance in 1974 of Lord Lucan, just after he is believed to have killed his children's nanny by mistake, remains one of Britain's most enduring criminal mysteries

Speculation about Lucan is on a level with that in the United States over labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished …

Ireland Dissolves Parliament and Schedules Election

DUBLIN — Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, announced on Wednesday that Parliament would be dissolved and a general election held on Feb. 26.

Mr. Kenny had been fast approaching a legal deadline of March 9 to dissolve Parliament and call an election. His decision was signed by the president, …


David Cameron hints strongly at 23 June EU referendum date

David Cameron has strongly hinted he wants to hold his EU referendum on 23 June, despite objections from Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh politicians that it would come too soon after elections in their countries.

Speaking at prime minister’s questions, Cameron said he was prepared to rule out …

David Cameron

Palestinians kill Israeli officer before being shot dead

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Palestinians armed with automatic weapons, explosive devices and knives killed an Israeli security officer and seriously wounded another in Jerusalem on Wednesday before police shot and killed the attackers.

It was one the most brazen attacks in nearly five months of …

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Afghan insurgents kill 10-year-old boy who joined militia

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school, officials said Wednesday.

Wasil Ahmad, who had fought the Taliban alongside his uncle on many occasions, was killed Monday near his home …


U.S. says open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise "freedom of navigation" in the disputed waters.

China claims most of the South China Sea, …


Nicole Lovell apparently stabbed to death; 2 Virginia Tech students charged

Blacksburg, Virginia (CNN) — Middle-school student Nicole Lovell was stabbed to death the day she went missing from her home in Blacksburg, Virginia, according to preliminary findings released by investigators.

Authorities also announced a new charge in the case, but they left key questions …

Virginia Tech

Journalist Who Sought Refuge in Thailand Is Said to Return to China

BEIJING — A Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking refuge in Thailand told his wife by telephone on Wednesday that he had returned to China and was being held by the police, she said.

The 10-minute call was the first sign of life the journalist, Li Xin, had given to his wife, He Fangmei, …


Saudi Arabian court overturns Ashraf Fayadh's death sentence but upholds conviction

(CNN) — A Saudi Arabian court has overturned the death penalty for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, but upheld his guilty verdict on a charge of apostasy.

The court, instead, sentenced Fayadh to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, a statement from his lawyer said.

Fayadh was initially sentenced to …

Death Penalty

A night of terror in Paris leaves as many as 150 people dead - Quartz

Updated at 4:00am EST on Nov. 14

A series of shootings and explosions have rocked Paris in at least three separate attacks, with as many as 150 dead, according to some news reports. French president François Hollande declared a state of emergency after the “unprecedented” attacks, calling in the …


Rogers Place update: Headway being made on Edmonton’s downtown arena

EDMONTON – The scheduled opening of Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton is less than a year away and progress on the arena is steady.

The arena at 104th …


Carbon and Earth’s future climate on This Week @NASA – November 13, 2015

Watch live: Latest updates following Paris attacks

Watch live for latest updates from Paris following the confirmation of Abdelhamid Abaaoud's death during siege in Saint-Denis

The Islamic State jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris attacks was killed during a major police raid, prosecutors confirmed on Thursday, as French lawmakers voted to …


Diwali, The Festival of Lights: Pictures


Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Gives Only Muted Praise to the Apple Watch

Steve Jobs’ former partner discusses the Apple Watch, iPads, and medical marijuana.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a lukewarm endorsement to the latest gadget from the company he helped create: the Apple Watch.

On days he forgets to wear his Apple Watch, he said he sometimes fails to realize it. …

Steve Jobs

A Dead Disease Still Lives in Lab Freezers. What Else Does? – Phenomena: Germination

In the summer of 1977, an influenza epidemic began to spread through China; by fall, it was in Russia, and over the winter, it spread across the Northern Hemisphere. That was very normal, of course. Winter is flu season, and this was not a bad flu, as flu seasons go: It affected mostly people …


APNewsBreak: Medicare spending $9B on hepatitis C drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. That's raising insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease.

The price of drugs is …


Pictures of the Week 11.12.15

San Juan

Sleek Valkyrie Private Plane Lets You Fly in Style

So you're thinking about buying yourself a private plane — but who wants a dusty old Cessna or Mooney? Anyone who's anyone is getting a Valkyrie. This ultra-fancy new private plane from Cobalt looks more like a spaceship than a propeller-driven aircraft, and if it comes to a race, the Valkyrie …


Photos: Fatal Shootings, Explosions Rock Paris

Shootings and explosions in several locations in Paris have caused dozens of casualties, and at least 100 hostages have been taken at a theater in the city. There were explosions near the Stade de France stadium.



Strong governance provides the foundation for building a culture of ethical behavior and minimizing business risk. By acting with integrity, we gain …

Dubai Is Buying Jetpacks For Its Firefighters

Sky-high prices are no obstacle to sky-high rescue

The future is already here -- it’s just mostly in Dubai. This week, the city, part of the United Arab Emirates, signed a deal with real-life jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks for first responders. Why do rescue workers …

Russia plane crash: '11,000 tourists back' from Egypt

Russia says it has flown 11,000 tourists home from Egypt in the past 24 hours, and more will return on Sunday.

Moscow announced on Friday that it was suspending all flights to Egypt after a Russian plane crashed in Sinai - having initially urged caution towards claims a bomb may have brought down …


Smoke near Westside Pavilion leads to theater, mall evacuation

A movie theater and part of the Westside Pavilion mall was evacuated Sunday morning as authorities were trying to determine the cause of smoke coming out of a nearby underground power vault.

At about 9 a.m., officials received a report of smoke coming out of a sidewalk manhole near the intersection …

Deadly Taliban infighting erupts in Afghanistan

At least 50 dead in violent clashes in country's south as group split over appointment of new leader stokes tension.

Violent clashes between two rival Taliban groups in southern Afghanistan have resulted in the death of at least 50 fighters from both sides, a police chief told Al Jazeera.

On Sunday, …


Congress dodging war powers despite US mission in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the battle against the Islamic State group, members of Congress talk tough against extremism, but many want to run for cover when it comes to voting on new war powers to fight the militants, preferring to let the president own the battle.

They might not be able to run for …

Myanmar’s People Joyful in Voting, Even With Final Results Days Away

YANGON, Myanmar — Among the voters braving long lines at polling places across Myanmar on Sunday, there was a sense of jubilation at taking part in what many described as the first genuine elections in their lives.

“We’ve been suppressed for a very long time by the government,” said U Saan Maw, 63, …