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Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday with a brief to use his populist touch to rebuild bridges with the Islamic world that were damaged by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

Statement of Retraction - Marineland of Canada

Digital Journal published an on-line article on July 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Batt, “Killer whale at Marineland appears to be ailing” in which Ms. Batt reported allegations about Kiska, the Killer Whale.

Hollande embarks on trip to Ebola-hit Guinea

French President Francois Hollande on Friday begins a visit to Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

Pele says he's 'doing fine' in hospital

Brazil football legend Pele, who has been hospitalized for three days suffering from a urinary infection, reached out to his fans via social media Thursday to say he's "doing fine.

Most of world's poorest nations stuck in a structural rut: UN

The planet's poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, the UN warned.

Pele condition 'improves', says hospital

The health of Brazil football legend Pele "improved" Thursday but he remained in a special care unit at the Sao Paulo hospital where he had been admitted three days ago suffering from a urinary infection.

One dead, three missing in French floods

A woman died on Thursday and three other people were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, the government said.

New treatment against wheat viruses

A technology has helped wheat become resistant to viruses. The technology involves genetic engineering, although more environmentally sustainable options are possible in the longer-term..

Twenty-five years on, Colombia mourns Escobar plane bombing

Twenty-five years after late Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar ordered the bombing of a Boeing 727 to kill an enemy who turned out not to be on board, victims' families are still demanding justice.

Op-Ed: Putin may be losing his Russian roulette game

With prominent Russians falling from a Moscow skyscraper and drowning in an OPEC country it may just be a coincidence or appeared President Vladimir Putin’s economy is dangerously threatened by a growing glut of oil.

U.S. forces involved in Yemen rescue raid

Yemen security officials announced that eight hostages had been freed from the custody of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP). The operation was in Hadrawmut province.

Op-Ed: On taking no pleasure in watching once mighty Jian Ghomeshi fall

There is a phrase that almost came to mind as I watched the news last night and saw a tight-lipped Jian Ghomeshi being lead from the courtroom by his lawyer. I can't quite remember it though but the gist of it is that we like to watch the mighty fall.

Sunni tried for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

A Moroccan man admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria when he went on trial Thursday for the attack that killed the imam.

Militant preacher/legislator loses appeal of Navy Discharge

An ex-Navy chaplain who was elected as a Colorado state legislator despite believing President Obama is possessed by demons has lost an appeal of his discharge from the Navy.

Sheep vs. wolves: Protests erupt in France

Under leaden skies, over 300 sheep munched on the lush grass surrounding France's iconic Eiffel Tower on Thursday. French farmers had brought their sheep to Paris to express their mounting frustration over the rising number of attacks by wolves.

EU parliament urges Serbia to crack down on war crimes suspect

The European Parliament on Thursday urged Belgrade, a candidate for EU membership, to crack down on Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj who was released by a UN war crimes court for cancer treatment.

Europeans and Africans promise new approach on migration

Ministers from 58 European and African states on Thursday pledged to adopt a new coordinated approach to migration that goes beyond the single issue of policing borders.

700 migrants begin disembarking on Crete

Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

Captive Colombia general's release delayed to Sunday

Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

Canadian man charged with assaulting women's feet

York Regional Police in Toronto have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a series of assaults on women and their feet. The alleged assaults have all taken place in the past eight days.

Mexico president seeks to dissolve local police forces

Mexico's embattled president unveiled sweeping reforms Thursday to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide amid an outcry over the role of gang-affiliated authorities in the presumed slaughter of 43 students.

Over half of population feel unsafe living in South Korea

A biennial survey released on Thursday in South Korea revealed that over half the population does not feel safe living in their own country. The most cited reason given for people's feelings of insecurity was man-made disasters.

Eleven beheaded bodies found in troubled Mexican state

Eleven beheaded bodies were found Thursday in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero, a region still reeling from the apparent massacre of 43 students.

Artist draws picture of her sleep paralysis demon

A sleep paralysis-plagued artist has attempted to overcome her intense nighttime hallucinations by controlling the terror and drawing the demon that stalks her mind.

Op-Ed: Even UN worried about Tripoli air attacks

UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has been trying his best to persuade the parties in conflict to stop fighting and engage in dialogue. He has stressed that there can only be a political solution to the Libyan conflict.

Thousands in Greek anti-austerity protests as reform talks stall

Thousands of Greeks demonstrated against a new bout of austerity on Thursday in a general strike as the government failed to break a deadlock with the country's international creditors.

Bum cam catches people gawking at womens' butts as they walk by

A hidden "bum cam" captured dozens of men and women staring at three womens' behinds as they walked through the streets of New York City.

Hunger-striking inmates die of poisoning in Venezuela

As many as 25 Venezuelan hunger striking inmates have died, a rights group said Thursday, after they drank what prison authorities said was a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol.

Ukraine confirms pro-Western PM with mammoth tasks ahead

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk as premier to lead a new coalition government, while fresh attacks in the east provided a reminder of the steep challenges ahead.

Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse and British embassy car

Taliban militants attacked a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul on Thursday, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people, triggering fears of spiralling unrest.

Iran supreme leader backs nuclear talks extension

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday he supported the decision to extend talks with world powers in search of a nuclear agreement, after a missed deadline for a deal.

Fart pills can make your farts smell like roses and chocolate

Christian Poinchevalhas, from France, created a pill that he says is designed to make your farts smell like roses and chocolate.

HIV infections double in Russia, ex-Soviet states

HIV infections have doubled in ten years in Russia and former Soviet states, due mainly to unprotected sex and injecting drugs, a report said Thursday.

China says in talks with Russia over 2015 military drills

China's defence ministry said Thursday that it was in talks with Russian counterparts about joint military exercises next year, after Moscow announced drills were planned for the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Op-Ed: Gandhi was imperfect, Martin Luther wasn’t perfect

It is healthy to refuse to believe everything you read. Lies and half-truths have a way of toying with the mind into easy manipulation. Is there an excuse in showing Mahatma Gandhi was a perfect human? In a perfect world, to err wouldn’t be human.

War in Syria forces Aleppo merchants from souk to street

Once-proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live on a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

Crime spree unfolds while police tied up with Ferguson protesters

Police across America are at a breaking point trying to keep law and order while monitoring large scale demonstrations and anti-establishment protests in several cities in the U.S.

Sarkozy tipped to lead party in first step back to presidency

First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.

Archbishop of Constantinople keeps Byzantium alive in Turkey

Down a narrow side street, in a district of Istanbul on the Golden Horn well off the beaten tourist track, sit the relatively modest headquarters of the "first among equals" of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox Christian believers.

Officials trying to find out why city smells like cat urine

Residents of New Castle, Pennsylvania, hope that some air sample tests will reveal why their city smells like cat urine.

Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy

Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled Thursday by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.
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