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Top News: World

Russia scraps US exchange scheme, says teen put in gay couple's care

Moscow - Russia has pulled out of a long-running US-funded student exchange programme, accusing the organisers of letting a teenager stay behind in the United States in the care of a gay couple.

Russia to develop cyberspace 'security' without 'total control'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia must increase its cybersecurity but pledged not to impose total control over the Internet, amid fears Moscow is mulling whether to limit access to the worldwide Web.

Michelle Obama urges calls for gender equality in education

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, spoke out about the inequalities that women and girls must face while giving the keynote speech at a global forum on education.

Fears over fate of 43 missing Mexican students

Iguala De La Independencia - The fate of 43 missing Mexican students remains a mystery days after they vanished amid a police shooting: A survivor saw dozens bundled into patrol cars but authorities say they may be hiding.

World's oldest clown has passed away at 98 (Video)

Billings - Officially the world’s oldest performing clown according to the Guinness World Book of Records, Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, of Billings, Montana has died at the age of 98.

School bombing kills 41 children in Syria: monitor

Homs - At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said.

Turkey pushes for more than 'dropping tons of bombs' on IS

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the West on Wednesday to find a long-term solution to the crises in Syria and Iraq, saying dropping "tons of bombs" on Islamic State militants would only provide temporary respite.

U.S. campaign against Islamic State to likely reach $1 billion

A recent report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, based in Washington D.C., says the campaign against the Islamic State is going likely cost the United States at least $1 billion.

De Blasio tries to squash new 9/11 investigation, City Hall fraud Special

For the second time in five years, petitioners working with 9/11 families have gathered over twice the 45,000 signatures needed to place an initiative requiring a new 9/11-related investigation on the New York City ballot.

Ten killed in Ukraine's Donetsk on first day of school

Donetsk - Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was shaken by violence Wednesday as 10 people were killed, some of them teachers and parents showing up for the first day of school.

Grenade attack 'kills three, wounds 10 in SW Pakistan'

Quetta - A hand grenade exploded in a crowded barbershop in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 10 others in what police said was probably an ethnically-targeted attack.

China detains activists for supporting HK protests: rights groups

Beijing - Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.

'I was true friend to Muslims,' Karadzic tells war crimes court

Den Haag - A defiant Radovan Karadzic on Wednesday told the Yugoslav war crimes court he was "a true friend" to Bosnia's Muslims, against whom he is accused of committing some of Europe's worst atrocities since World War II.

Natural beauty of fall in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - Autumn is my favourite day of the year. I am only partly joking. Edmonton's weather makes fall seem fleeting in some years.

Hong Kong protesters renew fight on China's National Day

Hong Kong - Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing Wednesday at the city's Golden Bauhinia Square as China's National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa

Washington - The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said, pledging to contain the virus that has killed more than 3,000.

White House breach 'unacceptable': Secret Service chief

Washington - The head of the US Secret Service pledged to revamp her elite agency Tuesday as she was subjected to withering criticism from angry lawmakers outraged over White House security breaches.

US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa

Washington - The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said Tuesday, pledging to contain the virus that has killed more than 3,000.
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