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China Ties Officials' Promotions to Saving the Environment

For decades, Chinese officials’ job prospects have depended on one factor above all others: economic growth. The incentive structure seemed to make …

China

No astronauts, just dummy, aboard SpaceX crew capsule for 1st major launch escape test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is about to conduct the first major test of its brand new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.<p>No humans are on board the mock-up capsule for Wednesday's 90-second flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, just a dummy. The Dragon capsule will be fired …

Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.<p>The 98 migrants, a third of them …

Refugees

Report: Civilians hit by Syrian barrel bombs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Syrian government forces have caused death and devastating injuries to civilians by dropping barrel bombs on schools, hospitals, mosques and crowded markets in opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, rights group Amnesty International has alleged in a new report.<p>Attacks using barrel bombs -- …

Syria

Greece lobbies creditors for loan payout, cites progress

BRUSSELS (AP) — With Greek ministers dispatched across Europe on a whirlwind goodwill tour on Tuesday, top officials said they were making progress on finding a way to keep the country afloat and in the 19-nation eurozone.<p>A lasting deal to give Greece more cash, however, wasn't expected by May 11, …

Greece

Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.<p>Today, Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the …

Nigeria

John Kerry Lands in Somalia, First-Ever U.S. Secretary of State to Visit

John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Somalia on Tuesday — the first U.S. secretary of state ever to travel to the country riven by decades of war and grappling with an Islamist insurgency.<p>Kerry was greeted upon arrival in Mogadishu by Somalia's President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who called the …

Slain NYPD officer remembered for his 'courage'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> New York mourned another fallen police officer Tuesday as authorities sought a first-degree murder charge against a man accused of killing Officer Brian Moore.<p>Moore, 25, had been in critical condition since Saturday when he and a fellow officer were shot at while trying to question …

Crime

Report: ISIL claims responsibility for Texas attack

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack outside a Texas art show showcasing cartoon depictions of the prophet Mohammed, but it was not clear how much involvement the group actually had.<p>A statement read on the group's Al Bayan radio station said that "two soldiers of the …

Terrorism

Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.<p>The 511 elephant tusks worth $6 million, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival Saturday at a …

Wildlife

Burundi protests continue against President Nkurunziza

• Police break up a march in Cibitoke, in the north of the capital Bujumbura<p>• Two protesters shot dead during clashes with police on Sunday<p>• Country’s president has been in power since 2005, and is seeking a third term<p>Opposition activists in Burundi have held their second day of protests against a …

World News

Israeli airstrikes target alleged militants on border

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> The Israeli military conducted airstrikes Sunday night in the area between Israel and Syria, targeting a group of militants allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the Israeli border.<p>The Israel Defense Forces said the airstrikes were carried out in the occupied Golan Heights against …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Nepal earthquake death toll tops 3,600

Terrifying aftershocks continued to roil Nepal on Sunday, sending people screaming into the driving rain and complicating efforts to rescue survivors after a massive earthquake killed more than 3,700 people in the impoverished mountain nation and surrounding countries.<p>In Katmandu, Nepal’s capital, …

Earthquakes

Armenia marks centenary of 'mass killings' by Ottoman Turks

Mediterranean migrant deaths spur EU leaders to act

Migration

New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.<p>The military coalition has declared an end to the first phase of its operations against the Huthi Shiite rebels …

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber's trial

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>BOSTON (AP) -- Bostonians are marking the fourth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks.<p>Quiet remembrances have been planned Saturday to remember the victims. Three spectators were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two bombs planted near the finish line …

Obama regrets drone strike that killed hostages but hails US for transparency

US counter-terrorism operation in January killed two hostages – American contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian citizen Giovanni Lo Porto<p>The White House was forced to concede on Thursday that it killed two innocent hostages – one American, one Italian – in a drone strike that targeted an al-Qaida …

Terrorism

Airstrike in Yemen apparently targeting missile depot kills 30

Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia’s government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sana, the capital.<p>The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks …

Middle East
Middle East

In pictures: Southern California wildfire

Wildfires have threatened hundreds of homes in drought-stricken Southern California over the weekend. Here is selection of photos that readers have sent in.

Ebola outbreak: we simply could not cope, admits World Health Organisation

WHO admits its response was ‘slow and insuffcient’ and plans a to set up a 1,000-strong response team to deal with future emergencies<p>The World Health Organisation has admitted it “simply could not cope” with the Ebola crisis and pledged reforms to help it tackle a future outbreak.<p>“We have learned …

Disease

Mediterranean migrant deaths: EU faces renewed pressure

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Middle East

Deaths of 100 dolphins in Japan triggers speculation of earthquake

Expert plays down link between beached dolphins and earthquake after a similar incident in 2011, when 50 whales beached themselves on a nearby coast just six days before an earthquake<p>Virtually all the <b>156 dolphins that beached themselves</b>over the weekend on the coast of north-east <b>Japan</b> have died, …

Earthquakes

Passenger killed when Lamborghini crashes at Walt Disney World Speedway

<b>(CNN) —</b> What was supposed to be a fantasy sports car ride at Walt Disney World Speedway turned deadly when a Lamborghini crashed into a guardrail.<p>The crash took place Sunday at the Exotic Driving Experience, which bills itself as a chance to drive your dream car on a racetrack.<p>The Lamborghini's …

Walt Disney Company