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By ksiffledeen | A look at developments around the world

Starmus festival: enough brains and Brians to fill the multiverse

Brians Cox, Eno and May joined Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins in Tenerife to celebrate the synergy between astronomy and music, while astronaut Chris Hadfield, interviewed below, talked of our innate instinct to explore<p>Around the giant pool of the Mediterranean Palace hotel in Tenerife …

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

Russia

Spacewalkers collect experiment, 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.<p>Cosmonaut Sergey Volkov waited …

NASA

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

Crime

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.<p>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

Prime minister said he was prepared to rule out vote within six weeks of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections<p>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 …

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.<p>It was one the most brazen attacks in nearly five months of …

Middle East

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

Afghanistan

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

| MANILA<p>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.<p>China claims most of the South China Sea, through which …

South China Sea

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

<b>Blacksburg, Virginia (CNN) —</b> 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.<p>Authorities also announced a new charge in the case, but they left key questions …

Crime

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.<p>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.<p>The court, instead, sentenced Fayadh to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, a statement from his lawyer said.<p>Fayadh was initially sentenced to …

Death Penalty