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Lighting strikes twice on San Francisco Bay bridge

San Francisco - Funding has been found to turn 25,000 temporary flashing lights on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into a permanent art installation, the nonprofit arts group behind the project said this week.

U.S. issues worldwide travel alert

Washington - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert, warning Americans to be vigilant during the holiday period, especially in the wake of a deadly siege in Australia.

Pope leads global praise for 'historic' U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

Paris - Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Taliban attack on Pakistan school draws global revulsion

Washington - World leaders Tuesday condemned the Taliban massacre of Pakistani schoolchildren as "heinous" and "an act of horror" in an outpouring of global revulsion at the attack which killed 141 people.

Campaigners winning war to wipe out landmines

Washington - Global efforts to eradicate landmines are bearing fruit, campaigners said Wednesday, noting that the number of victims injured by the deadly weapons have fallen to the lowest level in 14 years.

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency Int'l

Berlin - Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world's banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering.

Alarm sounded over attacks on defenders of land rights

Paris - As populations grow and land becomes scarcer, attacks on those trying to defend their land are becoming increasingly frequent, a top rights group warned Tuesday, citing Latin America and Asia as the main problem areas.

World's longest train journey — China to Spain opens

China has inaugurated the world's longest train journey, traversing the whole of Central Asia and Europe. Dubbed the new Silk Road, it is expected to give a major economic boost to trade between China and the EU.

Global October temperatures record high for month

Washington - Global temperatures in October, as well as for the entire calendar year so far, were the hottest on average since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said Thursday.

Modern slavery 'traps 35.8 million people'

Paris - Forced to pick cotton, grow cannabis, prostitute themselves, fight wars or clean up after the wealthy -- some 35.8 million people are currently trapped in modern-day slavery, a new report said Monday.

The Barr Brothers jump into sonic adventures Special

With a mix of soul, folk, and desert blues going into their brand of rock and roll, the Barr Brothers are creating a space for their music that soars past tidy categorizations.

European stocks shaken by fears of return to crisis

London - European stocks closed mixed on Thursday, with German shares staging a late comeback after fears the eurozone could be heading toward a fresh crisis spread turmoil through markets for much of the day.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index ended down 0.

Ebola and the threat to world security

Geneva - The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council has declared the Ebola crisis in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security.” The U.N. calls for greater resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

Washington - Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

Top airlines shun Israel for second day

Washington - Major airlines shunned Israel for a second day on Wednesday while Washington renewed a ban on US flights to Tel Aviv due to the Gaza conflict.

Fears of extremism rise in Muslim nations

Washington - Fears about Islamic extremism are rising in nations with large Muslim populations from the Middle East to South Asia and support for radical groups is on the slide, according to a poll released Tuesday.

'We don't do finesse' says Israeli Spokesman Yigal Palmor

Yigor Palmor works as a major spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs but has many problems with how they conduct their affairs. He claims a lack of finesse and a tendency to push their agenda hurts the foreign image of Israel.

World Cup 2014: How far will the Italian team spirit take them?

Manaus - England lost to Italy in Brazil's Amazon on Saturday after the Azzurri team won 2-1 in their first Group D match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just how far will the Italian team spirit take Italy in this year's World Cup matches?

Man from Halifax sails around the world in 898 days

Halifax - Sergei Morozov and his two cats are back in Halifax, Canada, after completing an around the world trip in a 36-foot long sailboat.

Op-Ed: Pope John Paul II's canonization and rainbows that circle the sun

Pope Francis has declared Pope John Paul II a Roman Catholic Saint. Having been a local witness to this event, I recalled seeing Pope John Paul II in action when I was a youth participant of the 1993 8th World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, USA.

World's Toughest Job: How does your job compare?

After placing job advertisements for the role, referred to as 'Director of Operations', 24 people applied and interviewed for the world's toughest job which required 135 hour work weeks and no vacations.

Chinese gold demand may rise 20% by 2017: industry body

London - China's annual demand for gold could jump around 20 percent by 2017 as more of its increasingly wealthy population seek new ways to make money, the World Gold Council predicted on Tuesday.

Global military spending drops, led by US: SIPRI

Stockholm - World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.The 1.9 percent global decline followed a 0.

Crimea clouds oil market outlook: IEA

Paris - The global oil market is returning to a rough balance but Russia's annexation of Crimea has clouded the outlook with both supply and demand growth to slow, the International Energy Agency said Friday.

IMF cuts world growth outlook amid Ukraine worries

Washington - The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the global economy Tuesday, pointing to the threat from the Ukraine crisis and the slowdown in major emerging economies.

IMF cuts world growth outlook amid Ukraine worries

Washington - The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the global economy Tuesday, pointing to the threat from the Ukraine crisis and the slowdown in major emerging economies.

T20 winners Sri Lanka brace for biggest party after war

Colombo - Sri Lanka was preparing to throw its biggest party since the end of the country's ethnic war Monday after beating India in the final of cricket's World T20 tournament.

S.Lanka to field against India in World T20 final

Dhaka - Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Lasith Malinga won the toss in the World Twenty20 final in Dhaka on Sunday and sent India in to bat.

Australia bag hat-trick of women's World T20 titles

Dhaka - Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title in the women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.

India, Sri Lanka set for intriguing World T20 final

Dhaka - Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves by a dominant India in Sunday's all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams.
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