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Koreas reach deal, easing military tensions after exchange of fire

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — North and South Korea have steered military tensions away from the threat of imminent confrontation, announcing an agreement over a series of recent flashpoints.

Landmine blasts, loudspeakers blaring propaganda, an exchange of artillery fire and threats of more hostilities …


ISIS Speeds Up Destruction of Antiquities in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamic State militants have razed a fifth-century Roman Catholic monastery and blown up one of the best-preserved first-century temples in Palmyra, the ancient Syrian city that is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, according to government officials and local …

U.S., Turkey to launch 'comprehensive' anti-Islamic State operation

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States will soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday.

Detailed talks between Washington and Ankara on the plans were …

Marking Independence Day, Ukraine's president vows to defeat rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Monday to deploy thousands more troops and hundreds of new armored vehicles, and warned Russia-backed separatists that they will be defeated in their quest to divide Ukraine from its Western allies.

At a military parade marking 24 years since Ukraine …

World Leaders

Four Britons confirmed dead after plane crashes during Quebec sightseeing flight

Four Britons were among six killed in a seaplane crash in a remote Canadian forest, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The five passengers and pilot died when their Beaver aircraft crashed in woodland inaccessible by road in Les Bergeronnes, Quebec.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has offered …

3 new charges against man accused of killing state trooper

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A man accused of killing a state trooper is now implicated in another shotgun death, Louisiana authorities said.

Kevin Daigle, 53, was booked Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of Blake Brewer, 54, of Moss Bluff, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said in a …

Kenya conservancy hopes IVF can save white rhino

Turkey: Erdogan calls for fresh parliamentary poll

Turkmenistan's president clinches easy victory – at motor racing championship

Such is Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s love of motor racing that a championship in the country is hardly worth running if the president himself is not competing – and winning.

And win he does: a government website has reported that car-loving Berdymukhamedov has once again been victorious, this time …

Motor Racing

South Korea Stops Propaganda Broadcasts After Reaching Deal With North Korea

After three days of talks, South Korea stopped airing its propaganda broadcasts into the North on Tuesday as part of a deal to defuse tensions.

South Korea stopped broadcasting propaganda messages over loudspeakers into North Korea on Tuesday as part of a deal to reduce rising tensions that was …


‘I’m Clean,’ Says Outgoing FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter

His organization faces a massive graft probe

FIFA’s soon-to-be-ex-president Sepp Blatter, embroiled in a massive investigation into corruption within the governing body of global soccer, said this week that he is “clean.”

“I have my conscience and I know I am an honest man,” he said in an interview …


U.K. says Iran sanctions may be lifted next spring

International sanctions on Iran could start to be lifted as early as spring next year, Britain’s foreign minister said on Monday, as Tehran and the West rebuild their ties and potentially open up billions of dollars of trade deals.

Six world powers agreed in July to lift sanctions in return for Iran …

Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.

The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees …


Puerto Ricans Seeking New Lives Put Stamp on Central Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When Manuel Hernandez, a teacher in Puerto Rico, looked at the reasons to stay home or to take a chance on joining the ever-growing Puerto Rican diaspora in Central Florida, it was not a hard call.

“I was fed up,” Mr. Hernandez said of his life in San Juan, “and my wife was fed up; …

Newly discovered reef is said to rival Great Barrier Reef

With its multitudes of marine animal and plant life, the Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and indisputably one of the wonders of the world.

But now it may have a rival — in the south of Australia.

According to officials from Parks Victoria, Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park …


Carbon credits undercut climate change actions says report

The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

The authors say that offsets created under a UN scheme "significantly undermined" efforts to tackle climate change.

The credits may have increased emissions by 600 …

Right-to-die group fined $30,000 in Minnesota woman's suicide

A national right-to-die group convicted of assisting in the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman was ordered Monday to pay a $30,000 fine — the maximum sentence allowed under state law.

Final Exit Network Inc. was convicted in May of assisting in the suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley …

UN calls Islamic State’s destruction of ancient Syrian temple a war crime

The destruction of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin by Islamic State militants erased a symbol of the once rich religious life of Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra and left residents, archaeologists and historians fearful that the extremists will destroy more of the rich site, …

Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science

It took over a century for a long-lost message in a bottle to wash up on shore, and it may be the oldest ever found. There was even a reward involved.

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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies of head injury

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Wilson, a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colorado, was hit in the head during …


Melbourne salmonella outbreak blamed on mayonnaise at Langham hotel

Raw egg mayonnaise has been blamed for a salmonella outbreak during high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel.

Mayonnaise from The Langham hotel kitchens tested positive for the same strain of salmonella that was found in 90 people who ate at the hotel on 11 and 12 July, Victoria’s acting chief health …


UN Security Council holds first meeting on LGBT rights

Attacks by ISIL on sexual minorities on the agenda as LGBT rights raised in the council for the first time in 70 years.

The United Nations Security Council has discussed attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on sexual minorities, in the first meeting by the organisation to be …

The Latest: Theater shooting's youngest victim remembered

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

4:42 p.m.

The grandfather of the youngest victim of the Colorado theater attack called on shooter James Holmes to "do the correct thing for once" and petition the court to be executed …

Attempted Murder

Adnan Syed: document casts doubt on case against Serial convict, lawyer says

A rediscovered document could undermine key cellphone evidence in the case against Adnan Syed, an attorney has claimed. Syed’s conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee was the subject of the popular podcast Serial.

In 2000, prosecutors used cellphone tower evidence to bolster testimony against Syed, …


Airplane-Style Security Highly Unlikely for Rail Travel, Experts Say

The aborted shooting attack on a European high-speed train provides a sobering reminder that no other form of transportation has the kind of security air travel does — a hard fact unlikely to change.

"The challenge of securing mass transit is one that will persist," says David Heyman, a former top …


Pennsylvania's attorney general is ordered to stand trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The state's attorney general on Monday was ordered to stand trial on charges she leaked secret grand jury information to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

Kathleen Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania attorney general, didn't speak as she left a …

Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

It's one of the greatest, and most disturbing, questions of the Fukushima disaster: What happened to the nuclear fuel inside the plant? Now physicists are trying to shed some light on the problem using particles from the edge of space.

The Fukushima accident was broadcast around the world. On March …


Alabama man with spoon killed by officer had a 'mental episode', police say

An Alabama police officer was wearing a body camera that was not turned on when he fatally shot a man who held a “large metal spoon in a threatening manner” as he approached the officer, according to Tuscaloosa County officials.

Police killed Jeffory Tevis, a 50-year-old white man, on Thursday …


Japanese Spacecraft Delivers Mice, Booze and More to ISS

A robotic Japanese cargo ship made a special delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, ending a four-day trek to ferry tons of food and supplies -- including some mice and (experimental) liquor -- to the orbiting lab.

The H-II Transfer Vehicle, called HTV-5, arrived at the space station …

Catholic priest sentenced to six months in prison for groping woman on flight

A Catholic priest convicted of groping a woman on a US airline flight was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday after the victim testified that she was still traumatized by the ordeal, prosecutors said.

Marcelo De Jesumaria, 46, was also sentenced to six months of home confinement by a …