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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro replaced Rafael Ramirez as head of the country's state oil giant PDVSA and appointed him as foreign minister.

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Australia to play enhanced NATO role

Australia will accept an invitation to boost its role within NATO at the group's summit in Wales, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, saying it was in the country's national interest.

Macau mother takes on world's richest for casino workers rights

Macau casino worker Cloee Chau has led casino workers in protests seven times this year, seeking to secure better working conditions and higher pay.

Congealed fat the length of a 747 clogging London sewer

The length of a Boeing 747 is roughly 232 feet. That's a pretty long clog for a sewer. And yet the backup facing the London sewer authority, Thames Water, was even longer.

Australia bans uranium sales to Russia

Australia on Wednesday banned uranium sales to Russia over its actions in Ukraine while announcing it will set up an embassy in Kiev and may offer military assistance.

Somali rebel leader's fate unclear after US air strike

US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said.

Two S. Korean soldiers die during training

Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said Wednesday, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army.

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Russia declared NATO a major "threat" after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi father

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled out of the country by her father arrived home with the two-year-old girl on Wednesday after they were reunited earlier in Turkey.

'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

"Islamic State" jihadists have murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

Economic growth kills minority languages: Study

Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.

Op-Ed: The media and journalists should boycott killers Special

No story is worth a journalist’s life. We are not Navy Seals who can burst into a room and stop a massacre. Writing about genocide has won many awards, but rarely stopped killings.

Obama orders 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad: White House

President Barack Obama ordered about 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

Former U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) heads for Wall Street

Former GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is heading to Wall Street as he joins the banking firm called Moelis & Co. But, he plans to stay in Virginia and open a District office for the bank.

NASA studying extent of Arctic ice loss

The project is called ARISE (Arctic Radiation-IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment), and is NASA's first large-scale campaign to study in-depth the summer sea ice retreat on the Arctic's climate. The mission started on Aug. 28 and will end Oct. 1, 2014.

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola, says MSF

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Labour Day events support workers, call for the rights of TFWs Special

Labour Day in Edmonton was marked with several events supporting and celebrating marginalized workers in a variety of ways.

In Afghanistan, power-sharing talks break down

As Hamid Karzai was scheduled to step down today, September 2, as president of Afghanistan there is still no president to take his place. NATO is slated to discuss Afghanistan at a summit in Wales in two days time with no new Afghan president to attend.

U.S. backs democracy for Hong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists admitted Tuesday they are powerless to overturn Beijing's refusal to grant them full voting rights, but the United States threw its weight behind the protesters, courting China's wrath.

Nicaragua abandons search for trapped miners

Rescue teams on Tuesday called off painstaking efforts to reach seven gold miners trapped underground in Nicaragua for nearly a week after new landslides made the work too dangerous.

Mexico leader touts reforms amid falling popularity

Facing sagging popularity, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his second state of the nation speech Tuesday to tout a drop in drug-related violence and defend his economic reforms.

San Francisco begins offering tax breaks to urban farms

Farms, in San Francisco? Moo! Not only are there farms operating and producing now, there will likely be many more in the next five years as a new state property tax break kicks in.

VIDEO: 3 dead, 9 injured after war plane crashes in Libya

Shocking video has shown what appears to be a Libyan war plane crashing in a residential area of Tobruk, an eastern Libyan city.

Op-Ed: Obama lacks strategy; Democrats lack political compass

From Estonia, Mr. Obama is expected to send yet another “stern message” to Russia over the crisis in Ukraine; let's hope he spent more time Developing an east European strategy than he did on a strategy to contain ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Op-Ed: What's very telling about Syria's arrest of pro-regime activists

The Syrian regime recently arrested pro-Assad activists who had criticized the military for its recent losses against Islamic State (IS) forces who have taken over large swaths of the country's east.

Rousseff goes for jugular as Brazil poll race heats up

Brazil's presidential race is rapidly shifting gears with a surge in support for environmentalist Marina Silva sending a threatened Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent, into attack mode.

'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

World's ice caps melting at accelerated rate

German researchers have been able to map the heights of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with far greater precision than ever before. Observations and data show the ice caps are melting much faster than previously thought.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi husband

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled by her father out of the country and possibly to Syria was reunited with the two-year-old in Turkey, a source close to the French interior minister said Tuesday.

New York City's subway system is facing an unprecedented bedbug problem

A terrifying report from the New York Daily News claims that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's subway bedbug issue is more widespread than officials are willing to admit.

Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

Radioactive material goes missing in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said Tuesday.

California legislature OK's first statewide plastic bag ban

California is poised to become the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags under a bill approved by the legislature in August.

Dutch foreign minister named for EU Commission job

The Netherlands has named Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans as its candidate to be a commissioner in the new administration of EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

Turkey hosts Internet forum despite 'abysmal' web freedom record

Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its "abysmal" record for limiting Internet rights.

Wild boars in German forests still suffering effects of Chernobyl

It has been almost 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany. Many wild boars roaming the bucolic countryside of Saxony, some 700 miles away from Chernobyl are still radioactive.

Reclining seat argument causes yet another flight diversion

It's been a busy week for police and airline employees as a Delta Airlines flight was diverted due to an argument over a reclining seat. This marks the third reclining-seat incident in a week.

Russia repeating Georgia and Moldova formula in Ukraine: analysts

Russia aims to employ the well-tested strategy it used to destabilise its neighbours Georgia and Moldova, and with separatists gaining ground it looks like Moscow will succeed again, analysts said.

Op-Ed: Putin’s mouth gets him in trouble again

Even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has a stranglehold on the nation’s media, his ill tempered remarks have made him the laughing stock of the world, or worse.

Romance blossoms between German, French leaders in TV film

Imagine the president of France bringing the German chancellor croissants for breakfast after an all-night summit between the sheets.
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