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Laser research reveals the fate of the Franklin expedition's crew

Scientists using the latest technology have shed new light into the one of Canada's most enduring mysteries, the fate of the crew on the doomed 19th century Franklin Expedition.

An expanding army of insects is eating away at U.S. forests

Insects, both native and those brought into the country, are draining the life out of the nation's forests. Global trade, a warming climate, and drought-damaged trees have helped insects to become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S.

No breakthrough in Kerry-Lavrov talks on Aleppo

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday but no breakthrough emerged on efforts to halt the fighting in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.

Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, despite a rash of headline-grabbing cases.

Report: Future Intel processors could feature AMD graphics

Intel has struck an unusual deal with rival AMD, according to reports circulating online. The company may be planning to integrate AMD's superior graphics technology into its own processors. If true, the arrangement could prove to be mutually beneficial.

Two teenagers charged with arson in deadly Gatlinburg wildfire

Gatlinburg - Sevier County and Tennessee Bureau of investigation officials announced on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, that two juveniles are in custody in connection with the fires that resulted in 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area and damaged over 1,700 structures.

Around 1,500 European jihadists return from Mideast: report

Brussels - Around a third of the estimated 5,000 European jihadists who went to Syria and Iraq have returned to Europe, and some may have orders to attack, an EU report warned Wednesday.

Married under 'caliphate', Iraq couples say 'I do' again

- In Qayyarah, Iraqis are thronging a civil court to get married a second time, register births and replace the documents they were delivered during two years of jihadist administration."Do you take Ahmad as your lawful husband?

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Vatican City - A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.

Apple reveals the most popular apps, games and movies of 2016

Apple has announced its "Best of 2016" lists covering content available from the App Store and iTunes. The company has detailed the most popular and best-selling apps, music, movies, TV, books and podcasts to reveal the most successful content in 2016.

Dionne Warwick set to perform at charity awards show in Georgia Special

Atlanta-based charity the Not Alone Foundation recently announced its fifth annual Diamond Awards, featuring a special live performance by the legendary Dionne Warwick. Digital Journal spoke to her.

150 Turkish officers leave NATO command after coup bid

Brussels - Around 150 Turkish officers have left NATO's command structure following the attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the alliance's head of forces in Europe said on Wednesday.

Fitbit buying Pebble, existing watches could stop working

Pebble has confirmed that it is shutting down and selling its assets to rival wearable manufacturer Fitbit. The announcement comes a week after initial rumours about the deal began to circulate. Pebble will not launch any new hardware products.

Interview: Country singer Alex Smith talks 'Load It Up' single Special

Country singer Alex Smith chatted with Digital Journal about his single "Load It Up." He also revealed his Top 3 dream female country duet picks.

Deadly strike in western Iraq, fierce battles in Mosul

Al Hamdaniyah - An air strike in Iraq has killed dozens of civilians in an area near the Syrian border still controlled by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Time is running out for Expo Tim Raines to make the Hall of Fame

Time is running out for Montreal Expos hero Tim Raines. The stellar leadoff hitter is in the last year of his eligibility for election to the Hall of Fame.

Thousands of geese die after landing in toxic waters of pit mine

Butte - Thousands of late-migrating snow geese caught in a snow storm that froze their usual landing sites are dead after hazing measures failed to keep them from landing in a toxic lake called the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana.

Canadian kidnapped in Libya glad to be safe back home in Montreal

Montreal - Frank Poccia, a 52-year old Canadian man was abducted by armed and masked gunmen on September 19th along with 2 Italians in the southwestern Libyan city of Ghat.

British lawmakers vote to back PM's Brexit timetable

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.

Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.
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