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Humans aren't the only creatures on Earth that have learned to use fire as a tool. Two species of birds may be purposely starting wildfires in Australia to force their prey out of hiding.

FIFA presidential battle lands in Miami

The battle for the top job in world football arrived in the United States on Thursday with FIFA presidential contenders hoping to secure crucial votes from the scandal-tainted governing body for soccer in the region.

South Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze

South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man

A jury has found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics.

California gas leak under control

A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said.

Clinton slams unrealistic Sanders 'promises' in debate

Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sought to regain the upper hand against her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in Thursday's debate, denouncing the senator's proposals as unrealistic and costly.

Last protesters surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge

The last four protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered without a shot Thursday, ending a 41-day occupation that attracted national attention but did not spark outrage over federal land policies that militants hoped for.

Op-Ed: British military planes are already flying sorties over Libya

The Royal Air Force(RAF) is reportedly already flying missions over Libya even prior to any invitation from the Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA) whose term has not even started.

After 16 weeks of uncertainty, Massive gas leak in Calif. plugged

A massive gas leak at a natural gas storage well in Southern California that has gushed uncontrollably since October 23 has finally been plugged, according to the utility company.

World powers agree 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria within a week and dramatically ramp up humanitarian access at talks in Munich aimed at reviving the struggling peace process.

Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

A second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia, officials said Friday, adding that the disease was acquired overseas and there was no public health risk.

Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika: Maduro

Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said -- the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus.

Review: Alyson Stoner and Blake Lewis charm on a cappella tribute video Special

Former Disney actress Alyson Stoner collaborates with American Idol alumnus Blake Lewis on an original Grammy tribute video.

Ministers agree to 'full cessation of hostilities' in Syria within week: Kerry

Ministers meeting for Syria crisis talks agreed to seek a full cessation of hostilities within one week's time, US Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday.

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported.

Colombia lawmakers to meet over FARC disarmament zones

Colombian lawmakers will meet beginning Tuesday to create zones where FARC rebels can turn over their arms, in anticipation of a peace deal that would end a half-century of conflict, sources said.

Einstein's theory confirmed as gravitational waves detected

After decades of effort, scientists in the United States have opened a new era of discovery by detecting gravitational waves 100 years after famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein first predicted their existence in his general theory of relativity.

Kelsea Ballerini scores Top 5 country hit single with 'Dibs'

Country darling Kelsea Ballerini has another Top 5 hit song to add to her resume, with her latest country single "Dibs."

NASA's Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first big mission

NASA's Orion crew module pressure vessel has arrived and is now ensconced in an upgraded version of a test stand called the "birdcage" inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O and C) Building high bay at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Airports boost efforts to stop spread of Zika: UN agency

Airports are stepping up efforts to reduce populations of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in order to prevent its spread, the UN aviation agency said Thursday.

Lab-on-chip technology to repair heart cells

Researchers have developed a "Muscle On-A-Chip" method to examine the best methods to repair damaged heart cells. A clearer understanding has been obtained for stem-cell derived treatment.

Cotton candy machine could produce artificial livers

Scientists are using a bizarre device for a key step in the process to produce artificial livers and kidneys: a cotton candy machine.

Medvedev lambasts 'stupid' Merkel migrant policy

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal policy on migrants as "quite simply stupid", in an interview due to appear this weekend.

Op-Ed: Louisiana's Democrat governor hard sells tax hike

Newly elected Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana hasn’t had time to change the drapes in the mansion but he intends to push legislators to raise taxes in that state immediately.

Police raid Spanish ruling party offices in graft probe

Spanish police on Thursday raided the offices of the Popular Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and of industrial group Villar Mir in a corruption probe, a judicial source said.

Russian patriarch in Cuba before pope meeting

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill arrived on Thursday in Cuba, where he will sit down with Pope Francis in the first meeting of its kind since the historic 11th-century church schism.

Liberals will honor Conservative military contract with Saudis

In 2014 the Conservative government of Stephen Harper inked a huge $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The deal was controversial because of the wretched human rights record of the Saudis.

Greek Cypriot leader says time for 'sobriety' on UN peace process

President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament Thursday to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Chris Wells, editor of 'Echoes' Magazine Special

'Echoes,' Britain's longest running magazine for black music, began as the weekly publication 'Black Echoes' in 1976. This month, they celebrate their 40th anniversary, an impressive feat editor Chris Wells discussed with Digital Journal.

Hollande calls for Russia to halt action that supports Assad

French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Russia to halt its military action in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Brain shrinkage accelerates without exercise

Scientists have long been aware that couch potatoes develop a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even cancer later in life - now add brain shrinkage, memory loss and Alzheimer's.

New HIV organ donation program to begin

During the 1980s, a ban was put in place in the U.S., barring HIV positive people from donating or receiving organs. A recent study has concluded that organs from those with HIV can be safely donated.

Brazil confirms third Zika-linked death

Health authorities said Thursday they have identified a third death in Brazil linked to the Zika virus, but it is not clear if the disease was the sole cause.

Last four holdouts in Oregon standoff surrender

The last four armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered to authorities Thursday, ending a tense 41-day standoff over grazing rights on federal land that left one dead.

Irish journalists threatened amid 'gang war'

Irish police on Thursday warned journalists working for some of the country's top newspapers that they were under threat from organised crime gangs following a spate of shootings.

Evidence grows for Zika role in brain damage

Evidence piled up Thursday implicating the Zika virus in a surge of brain damaged babies in Latin America, with two reports of the disease found in the neural tissue of affected infants.

GE-salmon imports blocked until FDA decides on labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently it was putting a hold on the import of Aqua Bounty's recently approved genetically-engineered salmon until the agency could figure out how to label the product.

Dominican court upholds 20-year sentences for French pilots

An appeals court in the Dominican Republic upheld 20 year prison sentences for two French pilots who fled the country last year after being snared in a cocaine smuggling case.

Tamir Rice's family billed $500 by Cleveland for ambulance ride

The city of Cleveland, Ohio has sparked widespread outrage after billing the family of Tamir Rice, the unarmed 12-year-old shot and mortally wounded by police in November 2014, for the ambulance ride that transported him to the hospital where he died.

Russian protest leader sues Putin over 'corruption'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law.

Clinton seeks rebound against Sanders at debate and beyond

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash on the national stage Thursday as they woo minority voters, while Republican Jeb Bush is enlisting his presidential brother as he grasps for a campaign boost.