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Targeted Israeli cargo ship quietly unloaded in SF Bay Area

Oakland - A cargo ship targeted by protesters upset over Israel's actions in Gaza was quietly unloaded in Oakland overnight and headed out of the bay early Wednesday.

BP refinery explosion rattles Whiting Indiana residents

Whiting - Officials are confirming that fire crews are responding to reports of an explosion at the British Petroleum (BP) oil refinery in Whiting Indiana.

Thai court drops murder charge against ex-PM Abhisit

Bangkok - A Thai court on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody crackdown on opposition protests in 2010.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Erdogan to be sworn in as Turkey's new president

Ankara - Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Thursday to be sworn in as president to extend his more than decade-long domination of the country.

WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Berlin - A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.

Op-Ed: Feds creating database to identify and isolate 'hate speech'

Taking a page straight out of George Orwell and bringing it to life, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is paying Indiana University to develop, and bring on-line, software which will flag "misinformation" and "hate speech" on Twitter.

Zara withdraws 'Holocaust' shirt for kids from stock

Zara, the large Spanish clothing manufacturer, was called to task for selling a navy-and-white striped shirt for children featuring a gold, six-pointed star on the front, strongly resembling the uniforms worn in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

Death toll soars from fighting in Ukraine: UN report

New York - Fierce fighting in east Ukraine over the past month has sent the death toll soaring, with at least 36 people killed every day, according to a UN rights report.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Op-Ed: Red-handed — Why did Obama lie about Foley video authenticity?

Followers of the latest imbroglio over the video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley have one question yet to be answered.

Japan PM sends support message to war criminals service

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said Wednesday, in a move that could prompt anger from Asian neighbours.

Israel closes Golan area as Syria rebels seize crossing

Jerusalem - Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels seized control of the crossing.

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

- Rebels in east Ukraine on Wednesday appeared to have seized swathes of territory from retreating government forces, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

Toxic chemicals hit North Korean workers in joint Kaesong complex

Seoul - Scores of North Korean workers employed by South Korean factories at a joint industrial complex have fallen sick after possible exposure to toxic chemicals, sparking criticism from Pyongyang, Seoul officials said Wednesday.
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