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A Senate Committee has approved measures to declassify information related to torture during the previous Bush administration.

UN says Iraq jihadists order female genital mutilation, experts doubtful

The United Nations said on Thursday that jihadists in Iraq have ordered all women between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation, but experts quickly cast doubt on the claim.

Women strip their clothes on Facebook to show support for IDF

A Facebook page is giving new meaning to Gaza Strip as Israeli women post nearly naked photos of themselves to boost the morale of their fighting men.

Gaza death toll nears 800 as Israel bombs UN school, killing 17

Nearly 800 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's 16-day war on Gaza. In one of the latest attacks, at least 17 people sheltering in a United Nations school in northern Gaza were killed by Israeli shelling.

UN urges Europe to bolster Mediterranean plan as migrant toll hits 800

UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged European governments to step up efforts to rescue and host migrants who cross the Mediterranean, as this year's death toll reached 800.

Russian protest leader Udaltsov jailed for 4.5 years for 'mass riots'

A Russian court on Thursday jailed opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov for four and a half years for organising "mass riots" ahead of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012.

Boy has 232 teeth removed in one day

A 17 year old boy from India endured a seven hour surgery to remove 232 teeth. The rare condition was caused by a complex composite odontoma.

Gaza toll hits 788 as 15 killed at UN school

Fifteen people were killed Thursday when Israeli fire hit a UN-run school in Gaza, as the Palestinian toll on the 17th day of the conflict rose to 788, medics said.

Ted Nugent: Indian tribe 'unclean vermin' for canceling concert

Ted Nugent was fired by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe for an upcoming Aug 4 concert performance in the northwest Idaho city of Worley at its casino. The reason given for the firing was the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks" directed at President Obama.

Girl who sued parents accuses boyfriend of domestic violence

Rachel Canning, 18, took her boyfriend Lucas Kitzmiller, also 18, to court accusing him of choking her. Authorities are taking note that this is the same boyfriend her parents were asking Canning to dump.

Nigeria fears as man falls ill with Ebola-like symptoms

A Liberian man has been hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms, but it is not yet clear if he is infected with the killer virus, Nigerian officials said Thursday.

Ancient Viking sword to go under the hammer

A very rare Viking sword from the 11th Century that could have been at both the Battle of Stamford Bridge and at Bannockburn is to go on auction at Christie’s in London.

Missing Air Algerian plane AH5017 reportedly crashed in Sahara

An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people onboard reportedly crashed July 24 en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.

ISIS orders genital mutilation of women and girls in Mosul, Iraq

The UN has reported that militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all girls and women, aged 11 to 46 and living in and around the city of Mosul, to undergo female genital mutilation. The potential number of victims was quoted as approximately 4 million.

Ted Cruz claims FAA flight ban is 'economic boycott of Israel'

Texas Republican Ted Cruz attacked the Obama administration on Wednesday, claiming the FAA flight ban to Israel was politically motivated.

15 dead as Israeli shell hits school sheltering Gazans

Fifteen Palestinians were killed Thursday when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire.

ISIS leader demands female genital mutilation of 2 million girls

A Jihadist leader associated with the militant Islamist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — has ordered that all women aged from 11 to 46 years in Iraq undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN spokeswoman.

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 reportedly crashes with 110 passengers, 6 crew

Air Algerie Flight AH5017, which had 116 people on board, has crashed, according to airline officials. The flight lost radio contact en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

SF judge denies bail for bomb suspect

A San Francisco political consultant jailed after authorities found alleged bomb-making materials in his home will not be transferred to a mental hospital for treatment before trial, a federal judge ruled July 22.

Quinnipiac: Florida poll shows Hillary romps; Rubio and Bush down

Quinnipiac University released its latest poll from the swing state of Florida, which has been in focus on the national political scene since the 2000 presidential debacle. The survey shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton far ahead of Democrats.

Norway on alert over feared terrorist attack

Norway is stepping up security amid intelligence reports of a possible imminent "terrorist attack" by militants who have fought in Syria, the country's security officials said Thursday.

Meet Erotic Baking: The company specializing in adult cakes

There are many designer cake companies around but some really stand out from the crowd. Today, we look at Erotic Baking who aim to be your "premier source for delicious, adult themed cakes."

European court condemns Poland for hosting secret CIA prisons

Europe's top human rights court condemned Poland on Thursday for hosting secret CIA prisons on its territory, saying Warsaw knowingly abetted unlawful imprisonment and torture of Guantanamo-bound detainees.

Gunmen kill two Finnish women in western Afghanistan

Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unknown gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners.

Father and son hoping to fly the world crash in American Samoa

Babar and Haris Suleman took off from Indiana last month, attempting to fly around the world in 30 days in a single-engine plane, all in aid of charity. Tragedy has struck close to the end, as they crashed near an airport in American Samoa.

Air Algerie plane with over 110 on board missing over Mali

An Air Algerie plane with more than 110 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, company sources and officials said.

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN

More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.

John Barrowman at the Commonwealth Games (Vine video)

At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Scottish actor and singer John Barrowman has delivered a rebuke to the 42 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality still remains illegal, by kissing a man in full view of everyone.

Warning of 'imminent' terror attack in Norway

Norwegians were warned Thursday of the concrete possibility of a terror attack occurring in that country at the hands of people with connections to an extremist group in Syria.

'World's Saddest Bear' to remain in sweltering hot Argentine Zoo

Despite worldwide criticism from animal rights activist and constant pleas for his release, the "world's saddest polar bear" will not be moved to a Canadian zoo.

Calgary man gets much-loved stolen red corvette 'Betsy' back

Kenneth Jelley, a 74-year-old Calgary man, was extremely upset when his 1962 red Chevrolet convertible corvette Betsy was stolen from him two weeks ago. He didn't think he'd lay eyes on Betsy again but he was wrong, thanks to the public and police.

India train rams school bus killing 20, mostly children

A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday killing 20 people, mostly young children, officials said in the latest fatal accident on the country's rail network.

Driver, schoolchildren die after bus is struck, dragged by train

More than two dozen school children and one adult are feared dead after their school bus was struck by a passenger train.

India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead

A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could rise further, officials said.

Pakistani jet fighters pound hideouts in Shawal Valley killing 20 Special

Pakistani fighter jets pounded and destroyed four terrorist hideouts, killing at least 20 terrorist in an early morning attack in the Shawal Valley (Shawal Tehsil) in North Waziristan during day 39 of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

China's ageing millions look forward to bleak future

As she nears retirement along with millions of other Chinese, He Xiangying is too busy sending her son money and raising a stranger's child to worry about who will eventually look after her.

Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone.

FAA Lifts ban on Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has just lifted its two day ban on all U.S. owned airlines from flying to and Ben Gurion International airport. The cancellation was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT.

Arizona inmate 'gulps like fish' during botched 2-hr execution

Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood, who fought an unsuccessful court battle seeking disclosure of the untested drugs to be used in his execution, took two hours to die after those drugs were injected into him on Wednesday afternoon.

Children suffering in Australian asylum-seeker camp

Australia's human rights commissioner on Thursday said conditions at an asylum-seeker camp on Christmas Island have "significantly deteriorated" with children plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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