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China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of “militarizing” the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week.<p>Chinese dredging vessels are …

China

Debris Possibly from MH370 Found: Pictures

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills four civilians, soldier

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of shelling civilian areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, with four civilians and one soldier killed.<p>A Ukrainian military spokesman told a news briefing that two …

Russia

FBI: Child Abuse 'Almost at an Epidemic Level' in U.S.

Tens of thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year in the U.S., according to an investigation by the BBC.<p>Despite rescuing 600 …

Child Abuse

Preliminary hearing for Ukrainian pilot accused over Russian deaths

A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian pilot charged in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists has started in Russia’s south.<p>Helicopter navigator Nadiya Savchenko, 34, faces up to 25 years in prison for her alleged involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists in …

Greek PM suggests party referendum to overcome split in Syriza

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for his Syriza party to hold an emergency congress next month to overcome divisions but said a snap party referendum would be acceptable if leftist dissenters wanted a quicker solution.<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras …

Europe

Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday.<p>Pro-Houthi activists finish painting graffiti depicting …

Middle East

New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram …

Russia vetoes U.N. tribunal to investigate MH17 crash in Ukraine

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia has blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.<p>Russia was alone in the 15-member council in voting Wednesday in New York against the …

Airplanes

3,000-acre wildfire north of Napa Valley prompts evacuations

A destructive wildfire burning north of Napa Valley has scorched 8,300 acres, damaged multiple outbuildings and forced 650 people to flee their neighborhoods, officials said Thursday.<p>Water-dropping aircraft and firefighters on the ground are working around the clock to douse fast-moving flames and …

Man stabs people at gay pride march in Jerusalem for second time

Six revellers attacked by Yishai Schlissel, recently released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing three people at gay pride parade in 2005<p>A religious protester armed with a knife has run amok during Jerusalem’s gay pride march, stabbing six people – one woman seriously – in the worst …

Chileans spooked by crime, demand government action

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods on Wednesday night, clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is an explosion in crime in one of South America’s safest nations.<p>A silhouette of a man is projected on a flag next …

London School of Economics

911 dispatcher hangs up, victim dies

Breaking News<p>U.S. Edition+<p>U.S.<p>International<p>Arabic<p>Español<p>U.S. Edition+<p>U.S.<p>International<p>Arabic<p>Español<p>Español<p>Arabic<p>Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.<p>JUST WATCHED<p>911 dispatcher hangs up, victim dies<p>MUST WATCH<p>A 911 dispatcher hung up on a caller who …

Hung Up

US to deliver F-16 aircraft to Egypt

The United States will deliver eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, the US embassy in Cairo said in a statement, part of a military package that had been unfrozen earlier this year.<p>The statement released on Thursday said Washington would deliver four more F-16s to Egypt …

John H. Gibbons, science adviser to Congress and Clinton, dies at 86

John H. Gibbons, a physicist who was the chief White House science adviser to President Bill Clinton and who was a leading authority on using science to conserve energy, died July 17 at a retirement facility in Crozet, Va. He was 86.<p>He had complications from a stroke, his wife, Mary Ann Gibbons, …

Former Illinois congressman pleads not guilty to tax charges in latest case

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mel Reynolds, a former Illinois congressman who has faced numerous legal troubles over the years, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said.<p>Former U.S. congressman Mel Reynolds …

Corruption

Spain cracks down on brothel's donations to police force

Minister intervenes after anti-corruption group complains about bordello funding Guardia Civil’s celebration of its patron saint<p>Spain’s Guardia Civil police force will no longer accept donations from a brothel in Navarra, even if the money is put towards a good cause, the country’s minister of the …

New Study Blames Chinese Grandparents For Obese Kids

Chinese children raised by their grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the</i> …

Diabetes

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.<p>Almost half of the world's known salamander species live in North America, and many are already …

Chinese general Guo Boxiong accused of corruption

<b>Former high-ranking Chinese army figure Guo Boxiong has been expelled from the Communist Party in a corruption probe.</b><p>Action against Gen Guo had been expected for several months, following the downfall of two other senior military figures with whom he served.<p>Gen Guo is accused of using his influence …

FBI Struggling to Hire Cyber Experts Due to Low Pay: Watchdog

The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had …

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an …

California Beats Water Conservation Goal Despite Hottest June Ever

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday.<p>Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.<p>Brown …

Jury finds deputy U.S. marshal guilty of obstruction in 2008 shooting

A federal jury on Thursday found an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal guilty of obstruction of justice for making misleading statements to police after he shot and killed a man during a confrontation in a Fairfax-area alley in 2008.<p>Federal prosecutors argued that Matthew Itkowitz lied about what …

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which …

Tennessee man arrested near Capitol faces gun charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Tennessee man driving a truck loaded with guns, ammunition and a propane tank faces charges in the U.S. capital after asking police for directions to the White House, according to court documents.<p>Steve Randall Oney, 59, of Sevierville, was arrested near the U.S. Capitol at …

The White House

Cecil the lion: US Fish and Wildlife service appeal to Walter Palmer to make contact

Officials confirm investigation into killing of collared lion by Minnesota dentist as White House says it will review the public petition which has had more than 100,000 signatures<p>Federal officials have appealed to Walter Palmer to contact them as they embark on an inquiry into the circumstances …