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Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in December 1980, is denied parole for an eighth time by authorities in New York.

Indian government aims to clean river Ganga in three years

India's newly-elected Narendra Modi-led government had made a poll promise of cleaning the polluted holy river, Ganga. It has now set a deadline of three years to clean up the river, according to water resources minister Uma Bharti.

Israel strike kills family of 5 in Gaza

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians from the same family, two of them children, as the war between Israel and Hamas entered a 47th day.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack.

Officer charged after police dog dies in hot car

A police officer in Wyoming pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge amidst allegations that a police dog perished after he left it in a hot patrol car for hours.

Op-Ed: We need more bike lanes to prevent accidents Special

Wearing a bicycle helmet is required in many cities across the United States and Canada, but that might not be enough to prevent bicycle safety.

Philippines to repatriate UN troops in Golan, Liberia

The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.

Two Pakistani civilians die in Indian border fire: officials

Pakistani officials on Saturday accused Indian troops of killing two civilians in "unprovoked firing" across the border in its eastern province of Punjab.India and Pakistan often accuse each other of violating a 2003 ceasefire agreement.

Police officer brands Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he used Facebook to lash out at protesters condemning the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

Thailand vows 'leniency' in surrogacy cases

Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

Tensions over Russian aid convoy as Merkel heads to Kiev

Parts of a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow on Saturday crossed back from rebel-held east Ukraine to Russian territory, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel jetted into Kiev for crisis talks.

US brands Foley beheading 'terrorist attack'

Washington branded the beheading of a US journalist a "terrorist attack", upping the stakes in its confrontation with jihadists, as Shiite militiamen killed 70 people at a Sunni mosque in Iraq.

'Black little perverts' video results in officer being suspended

Many viewers saw officer Dan Page threaten to arrest CNN anchor Don Lemon earlier this week, and Mr. Lemon should count himself lucky it was just a threat. The Ferguson officer has been relieved of duty after an incriminating video surfaced on YouTube.

Stop-start talks fail to end Pakistan political impasse

Pakistan's government and opposition groups made little headway in overnight talks aimed at dispersing protesters seeking the fall of the prime minister, as their negotiations entered a fourth day on Saturday.

Kinky cuisine gets a lesson in table manners

A menu change at a restaurant in Taiwan dumps their popular 'Long Live Nazis' dish from list, prompted by local TV station feature.

No surrender: Ukraine rebels confident despite losses

Ukrainian forces may be pummelling them daily and key leaders might have just quit but defiant pro-Russian rebels say any talk of them being on the back foot is just crude propaganda from Kiev.

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West playing for U.S. LLWS championship Special

Jackie Robinson West, a Little League baseball team from Chicago's Morgan Park community, will be playing in the Little League World Series U.S. championship tomorrow. Against all odds, this team has embarked on an improbable championship journey.

Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

'Chilean Schindler's List' saved leftists from regime

During the darkest days of Chile's dictatorship, a man named Jorge Schindler saved dozens of leftist militants by employing them undercover at his pharmacies, risking his own life like a different Schindler during another of history's nightmares.

Man proposed to woman using 1,001 hot dogs

Forget a candlelight dinner. Why use a dozen red roses--after all, that's been done before? Who wants to use a pilot to write the words in the sky? A man from China decided to propose to his girlfriend by using 1,001 hot dogs to spell out a message.

Elephant poaching continues at a 'rapid pace'

A new, disturbing report shows that tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years.

Chilean students take to the streets again in Santiago

Students in Chile are out in force again protesting the slow pace of education reform as thousands of peaceful protesters marched through the capital Santiago yesterday, August 21.

Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph

President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory this month has left Turkey's opposition party riven by a revolt over its future with little prospect of a radical change in strategy.

Op-Ed: Western military coalition AWOL as Russia invades Ukraine

As Western Europe and the U.S. confront Russia with layers of economic sanctions, Russian troops have crossed into Ukraine deploying artillery units to fire on Ukrainian forces, NATO said Friday.

Central Africa unveils new government after deadly clashes

The Central African Republic unveiled its new government on Friday, a broad coalition including representatives from rival armed groups, after fresh fighting between warring militias killed at least eight.

Stop-start talks fail to end Pakistan political impasse

Pakistan's government and opposition groups made little headway in overnight talks aimed at dispersing protesters seeking the fall of the prime minister, as their negotiations entered a fourth day on Saturday.

170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli, with 170 people still missing.

NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis'

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday as a "blatant breach" of international commitments that "only deepens the crisis".

Hamas executes 'collaborators', Israeli boy killed

Hamas executed 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza City on Friday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed harsh retribution for the killing of a four-year-old boy by Palestinian mortar fire.

Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack.

Yellen takes dead aim at a GOP movement to rein in the federal reserve

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen doesn't want to follow anyone's rules. On Friday at the Jackson Hole economic symposium, Yellen spoke on the state of the labor market and how these dynamics effect monetary policy.

Man who called 911 to complain stripper refused sex is arrested

A man in Butte, Montana hired a lap dancer but somewhere along the way he expected her to have sex with him. She refused and he got a little hot under the collar. He decided to call 911 to complain about it, naturally.

Aspiring singer fakes kidnapping to finance CD

A 22-year-old woman from Barcelona, Spain was arrested Thursday after allegedly faking her own kidnapping in the Dominican Republic. Apparently she needed to raise money to record a CD and hoped her father would hand over the necessary cash as a ransom.

Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.

Gulp! Hungry grouper eats shark in one bite

Most people likely believe that sharks are the most dangerous fish in the ocean. Apparently the goliath grouper featured in this video didn't get this memo.

Syria war toll tops 191,000 says UN

The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, criticising "international paralysis" on the conflict where jihadists have established a foothold.

Kiev, West slam Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine

The West rebuked Russia for sending scores of trucks Friday from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion.

Teacher raises more than $150,000 to feed Ferguson students

The turmoil in Ferguson has forced schools in the local school district to stay closed until August 25, and this means that low-income students who rely on reduced-price or free lunches may not be getting the food that they need.

What has happened to global warming?

There has been an apparent hiatus in global warming, much to the delight of the climate-change naysayers. Climate scientists are perplexed over the slowdown in rising surface temperatures, even though atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to increase.
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