Michele Gray Halahan

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Five-year-old girl shot dead by playmate

Noelle Aston Shawver - described by family as a "bright and loving girl" - killed by five-year-old boy as playdate goes tragically wrong<p>A five-year-old girl has been shot dead by a young boy while they were playing together.<p>Adults were in another room in the house at the time of the accidental …

Indian parliament hires monkey impersonators to restore order

Simian scarers deployed in government buildings to police primates who harass bureaucrats by stealing files and food<p>India's new government won an overwhelming mandate in the recent elections, and now it has taken on another parliamentary foe: marauding monkeys.<p>India's housing and urban development …

The village devastated by a deadly landslide in India

Authorities in the western state of Maharashtra say the chances of finding anyone alive in the debris caused by a landslide on Wednesday morning are slim.<p>The death roll has risen to 64 and it is feared it will rise even further as scores are still buried in the mud.<p>Zubair Ahmed reports from Malin …

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Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.<p>Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone …

Israel bombards Rafah after soldier disappears amid Gaza ceasefire collapse

• More than 50 Palestinians killed following truce-breaking tunnel clash with Hamas •Fate of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin unclear as Hamas military says it does not know his whereabouts<p>• Follow the latest developments in our live blog<p>Fighting broke out with renewed ferocity in Gaza on Friday as Israeli …

Israeli officer's capture in Gaza could prove to be a pyrrhic victory for Hamas

Palestinian groups see captures as a strategic weapon to help redress military imbalance, but latest is likely to prolong fighting<p>It looked like a significant gain for Hamas when a senior official claimed that fighters had captured an Israeli officer near the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, in an …

Rescuers in Indian landslide say hopes for survivors 'bleak'

MALIN India (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors in India from a landslide that swallowed up more than 100 people faded on Friday as rescuers dug through mud and debris following heavy rains, with the death toll rising to 52.<p>Finding people alive would be extremely unlikely, said Gautam Sarkar, a …

Gaza militants 'seize Israeli soldier' as ceasefire ends

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1097000/1097958_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671414_80c66e4b8f0ab4a3e4b0fd38dca9559d<p><b>Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza collapsed just hours after it had begun.</b><p>The …

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