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Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Mursi defiant at trial

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamist militant gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in Cairo on Tuesday in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.<p>General Mohamed Saeed, head of the ministry’s technical office, was …

Exposed: The World's 'Biggest' Slaughter of an Endangered Species

Conservationists in Hong Kong have released photos of a massive shark slaughterhouse in Puqi, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, calling it the …

Karzai reportedly suspects US hand in recent Afghanistan attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai reportedly believes that the U.S. government and military have been a hidden force behind recent insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, such as an attack earlier this month that killed 21 people, including three Americans, in Kabul.<p>The Washington Post, citing an Afghan …

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Mohamed Morsi defiant in face of jailbreak and conspiracy charges

The former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been charged with breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising and conspiring with foreign groups, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, to spread violent chaos throughout Egypt.<p>Elsewhere in Cairo on Tuesday, turmoil continued with the murder of a police …

Mikaeel Kular: 'Criminal act' a possibility in case

<b>Police are investigating the possibility that three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing following "a criminal act", a senior officer confirmed.</b><p>But it was also "entirely possible" the boy had left home of his own accord, a senior officer said.<p>Police Scotland had earlier revealed there had been a …

Bone fragment 'could be King Alfred or son Edward'

<b>A fragment of pelvis bone unearthed in Winchester in 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder, academics have said.</b><p>It was found at a previous dig at Hyde Abbey and has been dated to 895-1017 - the era the king died.<p>Experts were originally testing remains exhumed last …

Obama bans spying on leaders of U.S. allies, scales back NSA program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday and began reining in the vast collection of Americans’ phone data in a series of limited reforms triggered by Edward Snowden’s revelations.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama is seen …

American PoW alive in Taliban captivity

A video of America's only current prisoner of war has been handed to the US government, showing he is still alive more than four years after he went missing, according to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.<p>The video footage, which reportedly shows a frail Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl referencing …

Dutch scheme aims to reintegrate alcoholics by giving them beer

The men streaming in and out of a small clubhouse in east Amsterdam could almost be construction workers at the end of a hard day, taking off their orange reflective vests and cracking jokes as they suck down a few Heinekens, waiting for their pay cheques.<p>But it's only noon, the men are alcoholics …

Elkhart, Indiana, grocery store shooting leaves two women and gunman dead

A man fatally shot two women in a northern Indiana grocery store Wednesday night and was lining up to shoot a third person when police officers tracked him down and killed him, authorities said.<p>Elkhart police received a call about a gunman at Martin's Super Market about 10pm Wednesday, Indiana …

Iraqis go about their lives at mercy of nameless bombers

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The day after one of Iraq’s bloodiest days for months, shoppers and drivers packed the streets of Baghdad on Thursday, grimly aware that death can strike anywhere, any time.<p>People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad<p>At least …

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Suicide car bomb kills three in Hezbollah stronghold near Syria

HERMEL, Lebanon (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed three people in a Hezbollah stronghold on Lebanon’s northern border with Syria on Thursday, the latest sign of the Syrian civil war’s creeping impact on its small Mediterranean neighbor.<p>The blast came as a court at The Hague began hearings on …

Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law

KIEV (Reuters) - Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich rammed a sweeping law through parliament on Thursday in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.<p>Pro-European integration supporters take part in a …

NSA Reformers Brace For Disappointment From Obama's Speech

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is set to announce his vision of surveillance reforms in a speech on Friday, and National Security Agency critics in Congress are bracing for disappointment.<p>The New York Times reported Wednesday that Obama was likely to accept a limited set of incremental …

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

In a report signed off on by Democrats and Republicans, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, "were likely preventable."<p>The panel finds fault with both the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies for …

Pope Francis’ Vatican to Be Grilled by U.N. on Child Sex Abuse

Pope Francis has won over many critics in his brief time as head of the Catholic Church by presenting a more humane and empathetic face of the …

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Beirut watches Hariri murder trial at The Hague

In Beirut opinions on the trial at The Hague of four men accused of the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri are clearly divided.<p>For some the proceeding has been eagerly awaited and is seen as an opportunity to get to the truth behind the assassination. But others believe it …

Mexico vigilantes clash with Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan

<b>A group of vigilantes in Mexico has seized the small town of Nueva Italia after clashing with alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.</b><p>More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police.<p>There were exchanges of fire with alleged gang …

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Iraqi Deputy PM Asks Obama for Election Monitors

Iraq’s second-highest ranking Sunni Arab politician is in D.C. to ask Obama to send election monitors. He believes that free and fair elections will …

Breathtaking Photos of Matterhorn From All Hours of the Day

On the border of Switzerland and Italy lies Matterhorn (aka Monte Cervino), Europe's 14,692-foot-high mountain. With one of the highest peaks of the iconic Swiss Alps, Matterhorn is an attraction for both climbers and photographers. Since the 19th century, many people have approached the mountain …

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