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At least six civilians killed in shelling attack in Donetsk: Reuters witness

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his troops were holding the line against separatists and Russian forces after a sharp increase in attacks and the withdrawal of government defenders from Donetsk airport.<p>Poroshenko, who told the World Economic Forum on Wednesday …

Russia

Ebola wipes out every mother in Liberian village

In Joeblow, Liberia, every mother has been killed by Ebola leaving a village full of confused and devastated children<p>For 11-year-old Montgomery Philip, childhood is over. Six months ago he would have been playing football with his schoolmates, but now his job is to care for his 10-monthold baby …

Isil hostage John Cantlie releases new propaganda video

British hostage, held by Jihadists, publishes 'travelogue' of life in in Mosul produced in the the style of a television programme<p>John Cantlie, the British journalist held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has produced another propaganda video.<p>Intended to show that life is carrying on as …

Mosul

Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal …

U.S. leads 20 more air strikes against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition launched 20 more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and Monday, targeting fighters for the militant group and hitting its crude oil operations, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations.<p>In a statement …

Middle East

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution is to read a book every other week.</b> He's going to be running a virtual book club on Facebook.<p><b>2. Uber had a huge New Year's Eve.</b> At the evening's peak, there were more than 58 trips per second.<p><b>3. The US will impose sanctions on North Korea over the Sony</b> …

British and Dutch researchers develop new form of lie-detector test

Polygraph replacement could be in use in police stations around the world within a decade.<p>Police and intelligence agencies around the world have for almost 100 years relied on lie detectors to help convict criminals or unearth spies and traitors.<p>The polygraph is beloved of the movies, with …

Cambridge University

5 Things to Know About the Ferguson Decision

The grand jury in Clayton, Mo., has returned its decision: It won’t indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Here are five things you need to know about the ruling.

Pope: I would be willing to talk to Islamic State

Pontiff says 'doors are always open' to dialogue adding Christians had been victims of 'barbaric acts of violence' at the hands of extremists<p>Pope Francis would be prepared to talk to the extremists of Islamic State (Isil) if he thought it would help bring peace to Syria and Iraq, he said.<p>The Pope …

The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails

Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administration that outline their plans to delete years' …

Dysfunction Washington can agree on

Firing Hagel won’t fix Obama’s foreign policy team.<p>It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a …

Syria airstrikes kill 95 in ISIS stronghold, report says

At least 95 people have been killed and 120 injured in airstrikes by Syrian government forces on the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold for the extremist group ISIS, a monitoring group said Wednesday.<p>The death toll from Tuesday's airstrikes is expected to rise because many people are critically …

Ferguson protests spread coast to coast - CNN.com

<i>Are protests taking place near you? Please share photos, videos and thoughts with CNN iReport if you can do so safely.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- The sparks of outrage that started in Ferguson, Missouri, have ignited a firestorm of protests across the country and beyond.<p>But the furor isn't just about one grand jury's …

Dutch mum rescues daughter from Islamic State in Syria

<b>A Dutch mother has returned to the Netherlands with her daughter after going to Syria to bring her back from the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.</b><p>The daughter, Aicha, was arrested when she returned to her home city of Maastricht, her lawyer told the BBC.<p>Her mother, Monique, made the hazardous …

Austria is trying to cut down on its increasing number of 'jihadi brides'

Following several cases of Austrian teens joining ISIS, middle schools and high schools have become the front lines in Vienna’s battle against terrorism.<p>At the start of the school day, hundreds of students file into the capital’s higher commercial vocational school. Most wear sneakers and hoodies. …

Congress must debate the wisdom, or folly, of using force against the Islamic State

When President Obama declared in September that the United States would be part of an international effort to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State, he said vaguely that he welcomed congressional support but insisted that he already had the necessary legal authority to act. It soon emerged …

French Isis fighters filmed burning passports and calling for terror at home

A film released by Islamic State (Isis) shows jihadi fighters burning French passports and calling on others to bring terror to the streets of the European country.<p>Released by one of Isis’s main media outlets, Al Hayat, the video shows four men who purport to be from France, including three who …

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.<p>The site features live feeds from households and businesses across the world, including a gym in Manchester, a bedroom in …

Millionaire with seven dead partners arrested in Japan over suspicion of poison murder

A 67-year-old millionaire was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six of her former partners had also died in what appears to be Japan’s latest “black widow” case.<p>Chisako Kakehi has been the beneficiary of 800m yen ($6.8m) over the past two decades, …

Virginia mom will stay in jail until trial on ISIS-related charges

A 29-year-old Virginia woman charged with lying to the FBI about alleged connections to the terror group ISIS will remain in jail until her trial.<p>Heather Coffman of Henrico County, Virginia, stood quietly in federal court in Richmond on Wednesday, where she waived her right to a detention hearing …

Colombian girl in critical condition after father reportedly forced her to swallow cocaine

An 11-year-old Colombian girl narrowly escaped death after her father apparently made her swallow more than 100 cocaine-filled capsules to smuggle the drugs into Europe.<p>The girl was in critical condition Wednesday after doctors removed 104 capsules with a total of about half a kilogram of …

Chris Hemsworth and People magazine's boring idea of what's sexy

He woke up like this: sexiest. (Sorry.)<p>In a pretty safe move, Chris Hemsworth has dethroned Adam Levine to become People magazine’s sexiest man alive for 2014. The Australian actor (who plays Thor in the Marvel franchise, and stars in the upcoming Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea) was crowned …

Indonesia's 'discriminatory, cruel and degrading' test for female police recruits

The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed.<p>A manual examination is used to physically check for an intact hymen in the recruits, the report alleges.<p>It is, according to the report, a …

ISIS comes to Libya

<b>(CNN) —</b> The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group's insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya.<p>Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are …

7 Dead-Serious Uber Controversies That Somehow Didn't Sink the Company

Uber is no stranger to confrontation. The ride-sharing firm is known for aggressive tactics that have helped fuel its explosive growth. Its very …

Crime

Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory

<b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that executive action by President Ronald Reagan allowed both the spouses and children of people legalized under the 1986 immigration law to remain in the country. Reagan’s executive action in 1987 covered only the children of the …

A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage

The extremists didn’t show her off in their latest snuff film. And her family doesn’t want her name released. But what is known about ISIS’s …