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Tropical storm kills at least 12 in 'badly beaten' Dominica

Roseau - Tropical Storm Erika killed at least 12 people as it swept over the small island of Dominica, its prime minister said Friday, noting his country had been "badly beaten.

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Oslo - Edward Snowden will be represented by an empty chair next week when he is honoured with a freedom of expression prize in Norway, as he fears extradition to the US, organisers said Friday.

Ashley Madison boss steps down after data breach

Ottawa - The chief executive of dating-for-adulterers website Ashley Madison stepped down on Friday after hackers leaked its membership list online.

U.S. envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push

Moscow - Russia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country.

Student shot dead at U.S. university

Washington - A student died early Friday after being shot at a US university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus.

China, U.S. officials hint at underlying tensions in talks

Bejing - US President Barack Obama's key national security aide and China's top foreign policy official hinted at tensions that divide them on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Stiffer U.S. gun control? Not any time soon, say experts

Chicago - With mass shootings seemingly on a daily basis, it appears no place in the United States is safe from carnage: not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast.

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Los Angeles - Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California's historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said.

Journalist killings revive US gun control debate

Roanoke - The brazen killing of two US journalists during a live television broadcast by a former reporter fired by the station reignited calls Thursday for tougher gun control in America -- though there was little hope for change.

U.S. 'to deploy heavy weapons to Poland in 2016'

Varsovia - Poland's defence minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.

IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Baghdad - A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

U.S. shooting video shocks Internet in 'new frontier'

San Francisco - It almost looked like a first-person shooter video game: A handgun in a man's grasp comes into view. A woman appears in the gunman's sights. Shots are fired. But this was no game.

Man 'kills two in shooting, stabbing in Louisiana'

Los Angeles - A man shot and killed a police officer in Louisiana and stabbed three women, one of them fatally on Wednesday, local media reported.

Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold

Aden - An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.

Trash talk trumps civility on 2016 campaign trail

Washington - Five months before early primary voting, America's presidential race has devolved into mudslinging, with Republican Donald Trump leading the charge to the bottom by lambasting his many rivals, some of whom are taking the bait and responding in kind.

Shock, tears as TV station grapples with on-air murders

Roanoke - On any other day, Nadine Maeser would have been out and about, doing her job, covering the darker side of southern Virginia for WDBJ television.

New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina

New Orleans - The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

'Get out': Life sentences for U.S. cinema shooter

Centennial - James Holmes was ordered out of a Colorado courtroom in shackles to begin serving consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for shooting dead 12 people in a packed "Batman" movie premiere.

Obama lauds 'inspirational' New Orleans, decade after Katrina

New Orleans - President Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans and its people after seeing first-hand Thursday how far the "Big Easy" has come, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to swathes of one of America's most famous cities.

FARC rebel pleas guilty to taking U.S. hostages in 2003

Washington - A former FARC rebel pleaded guilty Wednesday in US court to taking three US citizens hostage in Colombia in 2003.

More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers mount exercise in Germany

Berlin - More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany Wednesday in one of the alliance's largest airborne training exercise in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said.

Two US journalists shot dead on live TV

Roanoke - A former reporter fired by a Virginia television station shot dead two of its journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday and posted chilling footage of the crime online before fatally shooting himself.

Two U.S. journalists killed during live TV broadcast

Washington - Two journalists for a local CBS affiliate in Virginia were shot dead Wednesday during a live broadcast, with chilling television footage capturing a fuzzy image of the gunman, who was still at large.

Saudi suspect in 1996 anti-US bombing arrested: report

Riyadh - A key suspect in the bombing of a housing complex in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US airmen almost two decades ago has been captured, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Military may have skewed IS analysis: Report

Washington - The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Mega-donors extend 'shelf life' of struggling 2016 hopefuls

Washington - Chris Christie and Rick Perry may have stalled in the US presidential race but they could struggle on to the first primary votes, thanks to the mega-donors keeping their campaigns afloat.

Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying

Toukyo - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said.

Smartphone growth creating etiquette challenges

Washington - It's OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation. But not at a family dinner. And definitely not in church.

Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion

Montegut - Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly. But it's not moving slowly enough to save a community of Native Americans living on a strip of an island that is being swallowed by the sea.

French train hero to earn U.S. Army's top non-combat award

Washington - One of the American servicemen who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed French train last week will receive the US Army's highest honor for non-combat activities.
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