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Interpol issued a global alert Friday for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour snatched from hospital by his family, as authorities said only hours remained to save his life.

U.S. steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

S. Africa convicts 4 of plot to kill Rwandan ex-general

A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's president, Paul Kagame.

Wasps' nest built in womans' spare room contained 5000 wasps

A spare room in Winchester, Hampshire, was found to contain a wasps' nest that had been built over several months after the homeowner forgot to close the window.

Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

Britain raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" on Friday because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be "highly likely".

Study: Marijuana reduces rates of domestic violence in couples

A recent study from the University of Buffalo demonstrates significantly lower rates of domestic violence in couples who use marijuana over their first nine years of marriage.

Ukrainian ambassador to Canada asks country to help fight Russia

Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, asked Canada and her allies on Thursday to help his country fight Russia, even including troops as a part of the aid. Mr. Prystaiko made the remarks to the Canadian newspaper, 'The Ottawa Citizen.'

'Skateboard Cop' turns heads, bridges gap between communty, cops

A Green Bay police officer is turning heads and gaining stares as he patrols neighborhoods in a rather unique manner, riding a skateboard equiped with emergency lights.

Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce

Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky.

Turkey unveils new cabinet of Erdogan allies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he became head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister.

Op-Ed: Open season for terrorism as ISIS fix still a work in progress

The crisis in Syria and Iraq has seen "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with one in every two Syrians forced to run from their homes and towns. That is over three million people.

Captain blames company for South Korean ferry disaster

The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry Friday pinned the blame on the ship's operator for one of the nation's worst maritime disasters, saying it was standard practice to overload the vessel and overlook safety checks.

No option but army role to end Pakistan crisis, says minister

Pakistan's interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation.

Wild ginseng poacher heads to jail as Feds crack down

Billy Joe Hurley, 46, of Bryson City, North Carolina was broke and quite simply just trying to make a living. Unfortunately he chose to continue to illegally poach wild ginseng, putting the species at risk, despite several arrests and warnings.

NATO warns Russia over 'blatant violations' in Ukraine conflict

NATO warned Russia on Friday over what it described as a "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty after the West accused Moscow of direct involvement in the escalating conflict.

Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters.

Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in survival bid

Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced Friday to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.

Japan defence ministry asks for record budget

Japan's defence ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China's expanding naval reach. The ministry wants 5.05 trillion yen ($48.

Armoured China vehicles cause alarm in Hong Kong

Hong Kong democracy advocates expressed alarm Friday after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what they condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

Airspace over Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano reopens

Iceland reopened the airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano system Friday afternoon, lowering a red alert declared earlier following a small overnight eruption.

U.S. brother and sister jailed for having sex together in tractor

A brother and sister in Savannah, Georgia have been charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and prowling. Police there say the two admitted to having sex with one another in a tractor trailer parked in a Effingham County church parking lot.

Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'

Seventy-five Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves, their commander in Manila said Friday.

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

UN chief slams 'brutal' IS killings in Iraq

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "brutal killings of civilians" by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

Op-Ed: Lack of responsibility leads to death of shooting instructor

A 9-year-old girl in Arizona killed her shooting instructor Monday when she accidentally shot him with the Uzi submachine gun she was learning to fire.

Two Illinois women arrested for hiding meth lab in church

If there's one place you wouldn't associate with meth labs, that place would be church. Perhaps this is what to women in Illinois thought when they allegedly cooked up a batch in a local church.

Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials

A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed, officials said.

Support for Scottish independence growing, poll shows

Support for Scottish independence is increasing three weeks ahead of a referendum, a poll published Friday showed, amid attempts by British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the business case for retaining the union.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked t...

Op-Ed: Bad news piles up for Joni Ernst embracing Koch Brothers tenets

Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, credits the infamous Koch Brothers for her quick "trajectory" in Iowa politics. The liberal advocacy group is spending "five-figures" on the message she is in the billionaire brothers pockets.

Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemalan village

A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries Thursday began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

Op-Ed: Rwanda, in crisis, uses coercive force to achieve justice

What happens when moral law is absent and the arbitrary exercise of power becomes the only means of delivering justice? Tyranny ensues.

Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

Op-Ed: President Obama says he has 'no strategy yet to deal with ISIL'

Those who thought Pres. Barack Obama’s chat from the White House briefing room on Thursday was going to be more substantive are sure to be disappointed.

France returns skull of New Caledonian chief, 135 years on

France returned the skull of a New Caledonian rebel chief on Thursday, 135 years after it was cut off in a battle between the people of the South Pacific island and their French colonisers.

Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

U.S. rebukes Russia: 'Stop lying about Ukraine'

Washington's envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council Thursday that Russia "must stop lying," accusing Moscow of sending soldiers, tanks and weaponry to support separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian troops cross border into Ukraine to aid rebel fighters

As many as 1,000 Russian soldiers in tanks and armored personnel carriers swept into southern Ukraine on Thursday in what a top Kiev official called a "full-scale invasion" in support of anti-government rebels.
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