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Chicago Shootings and Murders Surged in 2015

The Chicago Police Department announced Friday that murders and shootings rose significantly in 2015 as other violent crimes continued to decline.<p>The …

Crime

UK floods: PM pledges £40m to fix defences

<b>Flood defences "overwhelmed" by recent record rainfall will be fixed and bolstered in a £40m package of spending, the prime minister has said.</b><p>Thousands of homes across northern England were affected after Storm Eva hit on Boxing Day.<p>The £40m package for Yorkshire comes on top of £50m funding to …

United Kingdom

Postal service honors Pluto mission, 'Star Trek' in new space-themed stamp collections

The U.S. Postal Service is looking to the cosmos for inspiration in its latest collections of stamps.<p>The agency's lineup of stamps for the new year …

Vietnam-China row over South China Sea plane landing

<b>Vietnam has accused China of violating its sovereignty by landing a plane on an artificial island it has built in a contested part of the South China Sea.</b><p>The Vietnamese foreign ministry said the airfield was built illegally on a part of the Spratly archipelago that lies within its territory.<p>China …

China

Missouri Floods Slowly Recede, Shifting Focus to Cleanup

Floodwaters in the St. Louis area began receding Saturday, but officials warned of a massive cleanup in regions inundated after heavy rains swelled rivers in some areas to levels not seen since a devastating flood in 1993.<p>Most of emergency personnel, including the National Guard, were involved in …

Weather
Mexico

3 killed in attack on India air base; all 5 attackers dead, official says

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> Five suspected militants attacked an Indian air base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday, leaving two security force members and a civilian dead before they were killed, according to government officials.<p>Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Twitter that all five …

Extremism

Texas marks New Year with law allowing one million people to openly carry handguns

Supporters say return to 19th century right makes state safer while Barack Obama considers using executive powers to impose tighter regulation<p>It was perhaps the most Texan of New Year's Day festivities.<p>More than 100 gun supporters gathered on the steps of the state capitol building on New Year's …

TRUMP: 'Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama'

"I'm pretty good at signals, and I see a lot of things happening," Trump said at a campaign stop in Biloxi, Mississippi.<p>The Republican presidential front-runner pointed to Iranian protesters ransacking the Saudi Embassy in Tehran earlier in the day, after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite …

Government

Toddler becomes Europe's first refugee casualty of 2016

A drowned two-year-old boy became the first known refugee casualty of the year after the crowded dinghy he was travelling in hit rocks off a Greek island<p>A drowned two-year-old boy has became the first known refugee casualty of the year after the crowded dinghy he was travelling in slammed into …

North Africa

Iranian Protesters Damage Saudi Embassy in Tehran After Execution

Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday, setting fires and throwing papers from the roof, Iranian media reported.<p>The semiofficial ISNA news agency said the country's top police official, Gen. …

South Asia
Hong Kong

Briton Alan Henning 'killed by IS'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1113000/1113299_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524561066_843807bbbae20c454eeb5d0e234bcef4<p><b>A video purporting to show UK hostage Alan Henning being beheaded has been released by Islamic State militants.</b><p>The Salford taxi driver was delivering aid …

Downing Street

Iraq uncovers 'US and Paris plots'

<b>US officials have said they have seen no evidence Islamic State militants were plotting to attack underground rail networks in the US and Paris.</b><p>Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said his intelligence officials had uncovered plans for such an attack.<p>Speaking on the sidelines of the United …

UN Security Council

UK police arrest 9, allege terror offenses

Nine men have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terror offenses, London's Metropolitan Police said Thursday.<p>The men, ages 22 to 51, were detained Thursday morning in London on suspicion of being members of a banned organization, supporting a banned organization and encouraging …

How far does ISIS' global reach extend?

ISIS militants have brought their hardline version of Islam to wide areas of Syria and Iraq, imposing brutal laws and killing people who they deem "unbelievers."<p>Their bloodthirsty advances have sent hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming across the borders into neighboring countries, like …

US aims to wipe out Isis funding with air strikes on oil wells in Syria

Groups control an oil field for a few weeks until another leader seizes it while the engineers who serviced the wells have fled<p>The latest US air strikes in Syria targeted oil facilities controlled by Islamic State (Isis) in a deliberate attempt to wipe out a lucrative source of income for the …

Ukraine-Russia clash sparks global rush for safety of bonds and gold

Shares dumped in flight to safe haven bonds and gold on reports of Ukraine attack on Russian convoy<p>Stocks are down and safe-haven gold is climbing as investors took fright at escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.<p>Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko earlier said artillery destroyed a …

Stock Markets

34 dead in raid on alleged Iraq brothel

An attack on apartments that neighbors say were used as a brothel in Baghdad has killed at least 28 women and six men, security officials told CNN.<p>Unidentified militants wearing military uniforms and street clothes stormed apartments Saturday in the Zayona residential complexes in eastern Baghdad, …

Associated Press News

Bashar al-Assad is west's ally against Isis extremists, says Syria

Backing rebel groups in Syrian conflict has backfired on Europe, claims Syria's vice foreign minister<p>Syria is determined to "eliminate" the Sunni extremist group Isis, according to a senior minister, who urged western countries to recognise "new realities" by joining the battle against terrorism …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Riot police, fans clash after World Cup celebration in Argentina turns violent

Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of hand, state news agency Telam reported.<p>Fans had gathered to celebrate Argentina's best performance in the World Cup in almost a quarter century.<p>The celebrations went on …