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Arrivederci Rome: Venice Votes On Independence Referendum

ROME – While the referendum over Crimea’s secession from Ukraine continues to make headlines worldwide, a much lower-profile poll for independence is gaining momentum in Italy: the vote for the breakaway of Venice.<p>Residents of the northern Italian region of Veneto – Venice being its main city – are …

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Senators are asking the FDA to clarify how it regulates medical apps

As Google, Samsung, and soon Apple offer technologies for consumers to track health information on the go, a group of bipartisan senators are calling for more clearly defined regulation of those technologies by the US Food and Drug Administration. In a letter to the FDA today, Senators Michael …

Clinton campaign not a done deal, some advisers say

<b>New York (CNN) –</b> With more than 960 days still to go before the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton already finds herself the subject of almost-constant speculation.<p>As she increases her visibility on policy issues, addressing gender inequality and early childhood education through her …

Zuma's South African Nkandla home upgrade 'unethical'

South Africa's top corruption fighter has said President Jacob Zuma "benefited unduly" from using state money to improve his rural residence.<p>The changes to Mr Zuma's private home, including a pool and cattle enclosure, cost taxpayers about $23m (£13.8m).<p>In a report more than 400 pages long, Public …

Colorado River Delta To Get Colorado River Water For First Time In Years

U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed to release a little bit of water to restore some of the delta habitat.<p>"Dampen" is the right word for it. Later this month, officials plan to release water from the Colorado River into the river's delta. It will be the first time in decades that people have …

At Toronto City Hall, Yet Another Chaotic Scene Involving Rob Ford

If you thought things had calmed down in Toronto, you were wrong.<p>Today, a new round of court documents meant another chaotic day at Toronto city hall.<p>In truth, we didn't learn much more about the scandal involving Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. As the CBC reports, the court documents revealed …

Canadian Alberta Premier Alison Redford resigns

<b>The premier of the Canadian province of Alberta has announced she will resign her post following an expenses scandal and unrest within her political party.</b><p>Alison Redford, 49, leader of the ruling Progressive Conservative party, will step down on Sunday.<p>Recent reports allege lavish spending by Ms …

Broken lives of immigrants deported from US to Mexico

Almost two million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the US since Barack Obama entered the White House, more than under any previous president.<p>Under pressure from Hispanic politicians, Mr Obama last week announced a review of his administration's deportation policy, promising to …

Lebanese troops reopen road after protests

The Lebanese army has reopened a main road leading to the mainly Sunni town of Arsal after it was cut off by residents from the neighbouring Shia-dominated town of Labwe.<p>The closure of the road prompted fury among Sunnis in other parts ofthe country, with many taking to the streets in protest.<p>Al …

Chelsea Manning Requests Name Change

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Chelsea Manning, who last August announced that she identifies as a woman and wants to be called …

Captain Retracing Malaysia Flight Asks 'Pray for 370'

Retracing the flight of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is a quiet and eerie trip.<p>The half-full flight, a red-eye to Beijing, has been …

Malaysia Security Drags Grief-Stricken Woman from Presser

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Ukraine forces attacked by pro-Russia gunmen; navy facilities seized

MOSCOW — Ukrainian forces at two naval facilities in Crimea reported Wednesday that they were attacked by gunmen linked to Russia in violation of an earlier promise to give them until Friday to leave the breakaway region.<p>Later in the day, a Ukrainian official said that his government was making …

Clinton touts leadership on Iran

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton laid out a history of her record at the State Department on Wednesday night, portraying herself as a progenitor of sanctions that led to current nuclear-freeze discussions with Iran — while sounding a hawkish note about whether she thinks Tehran will ultimately make good …

Libya asks world to help it fight 'terrorism'

The Libyan government has called on the United Nations and international community to help fight what it called a war on terrorism as it struggles to stop the country sliding into widening chaos and instability.<p>The appeal came after a wave of bombings and assassinations in the eastern city of …

George R.R. Martin Says a 'Game of Thrones' Movie Could "Tie Things Up" – /Film

With the fourth season of <b>Game of Thrones</b> about to premiere on HBO, talk about the end of the series is revving up once more. Story creator <b>George R.R.</b> …

STAR WARS LEGO Prank - One Puts it Together the Other Takes it Apart

HBO’s “Doll & Em”: Female Frenemies in a Hollywood Satire

HBO's "Doll & Em": Female Frenemies in a Hollywood Satire<p>Although some critics have speculated HBO scheduling “Doll & Em,” starring Emily Mortimer …

CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Stylized IMAX Poster and New Photos

New teen heroine emerges from 'Divergent' take on dystopia | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A futuristic utopia is divided into five communities, each defined entirely by one personality trait - wisdom, honesty, selflessness, kindness and bravery. But can humans be defined by just one?<p>Cast members Shailene Woodley and Theo James pose at the premiere of "Divergent" …

Arnold Schwarzenegger Doesn't Give A Damn About The Facebook Campus Rules

Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to pay a visit to the Facebook campus, perhaps as part of a promotional campaign for his new action thriller <i>Sabotage</i> or maybe because he just felt like running some social media sh*t over in his tank, but either way he was just Arnold being Arnold. He shared the above …

Superhero Bits: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Sinister Six, Captain America 3, Batman vs. Superman, Punisher – /Film

Where can you see an official <b>Marvel</b> themed art show? What does the <b>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</b> IMAX poster look like? How is <b>Marc Webb</b> dealing …

A Few Iron Man "Buster" Suits Less Successful Than the Hulk Buster

9 Awesome New Images From Marvel's Next 3 Movies

If you didn't tune in, the highlight came from new images shown in the final few minutes.<p>Viewers saw a bunch of concept art for future Marvel movies ranging from "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Ant-Man," and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."<p>Marvel since released many of the images online.<p>If you missed the …

Doug Liman to Direct Tom Hardy in SPLINTER CELL

Maleficent - Trailer 2

From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.”