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

China
Aeronautics

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 …

Preliminary hearing for Ukrainian pilot accused over Russian deaths

Prosecutors accuse Nadiya Savchenko of involvement in the deaths of two journalists from public broadcaster VGTRK, but Ukraine says she has been kidnapped by Russia<p>A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian pilot charged in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists has started in …

Greek PM suggests party referendum to overcome split in Syriza

Europe

Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials

Middle East
Africa

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 …

Forests

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 …

London School of Economics

911 dispatcher hangs up, victim dies

A 911 dispatcher hung up on a caller who was reporting that her friend was shot -- an action that the Albuquerque fire chief called "unforgivable." The shooting victim eventually died. CNN affiliate KOAT reports.

Crime
Mohamed Morsi
Genetic Engineering
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> …

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 …

Biodiversity

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 …

China

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 …

FBI
Rowing
Geophysics

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 …

Crime
Space
Guns