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At 117, Jamaican woman Violet Brown likely just became world’s oldest living person

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month.<p>On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world's oldest living person following the …

Abu Sayyaf Militants Behead Hostage, Philippine Forces Say

MANILA — The Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf has beheaded a Filipino hostage, the country’s armed forces announced Monday, just days after a clash in the central Philippines left five militants and four members of the security forces dead.<p>The military identified the victim as Noel Besconde, a …

Two men may get 100 lashes after gay sex in Indonesia

Two men may be in line for up to 100 lashes of the cane after being caught having sex in Indonesia's Shariah-ruled province of Aceh. The province is …

Truck attack angers Swedes, raises questions about policies

STOCKHOLM (AP) — One brutal attack by a man who drove a stolen truck into shoppers in Stockholm has brought Sweden's open-door immigration policies under increased scrutiny — and raised the question if Swedish society, considered democratic and egalitarian, has failed to integrate its newcomers.<p>The …

Stockholm truck attack kills 4; suspect held on suspicion of terror

<b>Stockholm (CNN) —</b> A suspect arrested on Friday after a stolen truck barreled into pedestrians on a busy Stockholm street -- leaving at least four people dead -- is being held of suspicion of perpetrating a terror attack, a government official has said.<p>The man in custody, whose appearance matches …

Ban the Koran in the Netherlands, says far-right leader Wilders

As campaigning starts to reach a climax in the Netherlands ahead of elections on March the 15th, the far-right Freedom party looks set to double its number of parliamentary seats.<p>On one policy, leader Geert Wilders told Euronews he thinks the Koran should be forbidden in the Netherlands, just like …

Is Marijuana Legal In Israel? Recreational Marijuana Use Decriminalized, But Users Will Be Fined

The Israeli government approved the proposal of the Public Security and Justice ministries Sunday, to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana …

Pro-Trump rally in Berkeley turns violent as protesters clash with the president’s supporters

Supporters of the president and anti-Trump protesters clashed violently Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., on a day that numerous pro-Trump rallies took place across the country.<p>A planned “March 4 Trump” demonstration held at the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park — several blocks from the …

Rights & Freedoms

Mexican politician stages anti-Trump wall stunt

A Mexican politician has filmed himself climbing a section of the existing border wall between his country and the US.<p>Braulio Guerra said it showed the uselessness of Donald Trump's plans to build a border-long barrier between the two countries.

Mexico

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism

<b>Toledo, Spain (CNN) —</b> The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear.<p>That's because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn't want …

Palestinian gunman wounds 6 Israelis in attack near market

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver near a busy open air market in central Israel on Thursday, …

Israel

Isis claims responsibility for multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Islamic State said it fired six rockets, while Israel said only four were fired, of which three were shot down.<p>Islamic State (Isis) on Thursday (9 …

Hundreds of bison sent to slaughter over tribes' objections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday started shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control, as a …

Wildlife

Congressional Group Urges Visa Ban for Venezuelan Officials

If President Donald Trump wants to impose visa bans, members of Congress say he should do so against members of Venezuela’s regime who are profiting from the country’s dire circumstances.<p>A bipartisan group of 32 congressional members asked Trump in a letter to take action against Venezuelan …

Peter Thiel Says Immigration Order Does Not Constitute A 'Religious Test'

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who is Donald Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley backer, weighed in on the refugee ban by stating that the move does not constitute a religious test.<p>“Peter doesn’t support a religious test, and the administration has not imposed one,” said Jeremiah …

This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

A tiny self-propelled drug-delivery device might someday make taking antibiotics safer and more efficient. Think of it as a tiny submarine scooting around inside your stomach, fueled by the acid there.<p>Oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed life-saving drugs. Once an antibiotic is swallowed, it …

The Latest: Prominent US basketball coach criticizes order

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions (all times local):<p>…

Immigration

Lawyer for Myanmar's Ruling Party Assassinated at Airport

YANGON, Myanmar — A legal adviser for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy was assassinated at a Myanmar airport Sunday after returning from a trip overseas, the government said.<p>Supreme Court advocate Ko Ni was a longstanding adviser to the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi.<p>The Ministry …

Barcelona marches to curb negative effects of tourism boom

Community groups join forces to protest over soaring level of rents fuelled by a big rise in visitor numbers<p>Behind banners reading “Barcelona is not for sale” and “We will not be driven out”, some 2,000 people staged an “occupation” of the Rambla, the city’s famed boulevard, on Saturday.<p>The protest …

Barcelona

NASA can't explain these giant 8,000-year-old formations in Kazakhstan

Land Art

Knife crime in UK cities 'turning people into monsters'

A BBC investigation has revealed the extent of knife crime across the UK.<p>Figures show that a knife or blade was used in a crime every 16 minutes on average last year.<p>The number of incidents involving machetes has risen by more than 60% over the last three years in England and Wales - that is …

Crime

Islamist factions in Syria join forces with al Qaeda affiliate

Several Islamist factions in Syria have announced the formation of a new rebel group. The move comes amid infighting between hard-line and moderate …

Trump signs memorandum to defeat ISIS, executive order to curtail ex-officials from lobbying

President Trump on Saturday signed one executive order and two memoranda -- to lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists and two related to national security, particularly strengthening efforts to defeat the Islamic State terror group.<p>The order on the lobbying ban extends …

World Leaders React To The Reality Of A Trump Presidency

Many of the presidential memorandums and executive decisions will fundamentally affect countries around the globe.<p>In his first week in office, President Donald Trump announced a multitude of plans and decisions that will have dramatic consequences for people in the United States. Many of the …

Donald Trump

Trump signs executive actions on lobbying, ISIS, NSC

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump signed three executive actions Saturday, imposing a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials, reorganizing the National Security Council's structure and calling for a plan to be delivered to him within 30 days on how to defeat ISIS.<p>Trump signed …

Giant wolf-sized otters used to roam the earth 6 million years ago

Giant otters the size of wolves lived in rivers and lakes in south-western China some 6.2 million years ago, scientists have discovered.<p>The otter, …

China will make it rain over an area 1.7 times the size of France

China is creating rain in an area 1.7 times the size of France.<p>The massive Asian country will spend 1.15 million yuan ($168 million) to modify …

The urban future is grim, according to this U.S. military training video

The Pentagon warns against the rise of chaotic, labyrinthine megacities<p>It’s as if the cities of the future were designed by dystopian novelists: Imagine roving bands of child marauders, mazes of squalor extending from high-rises to subterranean networks, and underground slumlords governing from the …