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The number of people in the Canadian city of Vancouver who are homeless has more than tripled since 2011, a recent count of the homeless shows, and the city's mayor says officials must "redouble" their effort to prevent homelessness.

Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity, killing three Americans in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.

U.S. professor preparing to engage in hunger strike ‘until death’ Special

Activists are rallying around a California man who will begin a hunger strike on May 13th in the hopes of forcing the government to begin dialogue about police brutality, releasing political prisoners, and its treatment of immigrants.

Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial Thursday in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.

F1 boss Ecclestone's bribery trial starts in Germany

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany Thursday accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton who has controlled the motor sport for four decades.

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Israel mulls reprisals for Palestinian unity deal

Israel's security cabinet met on Thursday to weigh its retaliation to a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

Op-Ed: Will SWAT teams arrest bankers who owe $3 trillion for bailouts?

As the passions around the Cliven Bundy situation in Nevada swirl and kick into warp drive, the battle to define the real issues rages on.

Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest

The Nepal government held talks with grieving and angry sherpas on Mount Everest Thursday to try to end a deepening crisis on the world's highest peak after an avalanche killed 16 of their colleagues.

Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised to pay back billions of dollars in government debt to disgruntled importers, after widespread shortages of basic goods helped fuel months of deadly anti-government protests.

Sudan seeks probe into killing of nationals in S.Sudan

Sudan called on Thursday for an investigation into the "assassination" of its nationals in a South Sudan oil town, where the UN has accused rebels of killing hundreds of civilians.

Anger boils over as relatives of S. Korea ferry victims attack official

Furious relatives of missing victims from South Korea's ferry disaster attacked a top coastguard official on Thursday, accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged vessel.

Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its "dangerous" nuclear programme.

U.S. states of Missouri, Florida execute two couple-killers

Two Americans were executed, one in the state of Missouri and the other in Florida, each for the murder of a couple.

Aspirin halves colon cancer risk -- if you have certain gene

Aspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half, but only in people who carry high levels of a specific type of gene, a study released Wednesday found.

Aid access in Syria not improving: UN chief

Access for foreign aid for millions of Syrians desperately in need has not improved, violating a Security Council resolution passed two months ago, the UN chief said in a report Wednesday.

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row

China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after its owner paid $28 million in compensation, a court said, in a business dispute dating to the 1930s which underlines tensions between the countries.

United States is no longer home to world's richest middle class

The US middle class, long a symbol of the nation's economic might and proof that the "American Dream" was more than just a dream, is no longer the world's wealthiest.

MH 370 Search: Debris on Australian shore not from plane

Metal objects found washed up on shore of the Australian coast have turned out not to be from missing Malaysian Flight MH370, officials said Thursday. Examining photos of the objects, metal with "rivets," convinced officials they aren't from the plane.

Reluctant Kosovo approves war crimes court

Kosovo's parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.

Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ruled out Thursday any link between material found on a beach in southwestern Australia and the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Retailers 'failing victims' a year after Bangladesh disaster

Western fashion brands faced pressure Thursday to increase help for victims of the world's worst garment factory accident, as mass protests marked the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh disaster that cost 1,138 lives.

'Unidentified material' under investigation for MH370 link

Authorities are investigating whether "unidentified material" washed up on the southwest coast of Australia has any link to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said Wednesday.

Master Spanish chocolatier arrested for spiked candy

For those chocolate addicts out there, this particular treat would have been an even bigger high. A master "turronero," or nougat-maker, in Spain has been arrested for making chocolates spiked with the main ingredients of magic mushrooms and marijuana.

Op-Ed: U.S. increases involvement in Yemen with Navy Seals and drones

Local officials claim that a U.S. and Yemeni air campaign killed at least 68 Al Qaeda militants in a bid to head off more attacks by the group.

West should work with Russia against radical Islam: Blair

Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.

Vending machines in Tokyo shut down for President Obama's visit

Just before the arrival of United States President Barack Obama, a number of ice cream and beverage vending machines were shut down in Tokyo. Reportedly, Japan is normally known as the kingdom of vending machines.

France, U.S. back sanctions against S.Sudan

France and the United States called for the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against South Sudan over spiraling violence in the country's civil war, diplomats said.

Rio ramps up security after deadly unrest

Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach.

Russia accuses U.S. of 'running the show' in Kiev

Russia on Wednesday accused the United States of controlling the actions of the pro-West Ukrainian government, saying that Washington was now "running the show" in Kiev.

Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

DR Congo train accident death toll rises to 57

At least 57 people died when an overloaded passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government spokesman said Wednesday, raising the official toll.

Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger

A communist lawmaker has registered as the first challenger for the Syrian presidency in an upcoming election expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power, the speaker of parliament said Wednesday.

From soap factory to commanding a rebel town in Ukraine

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov says he was running a soap factory when pro-Moscow separatists tapped him to lead them in the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk.

Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.

Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov

Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

S. Korea urges China to avert N. Korea nuclear test

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make "further efforts" to dissuade North Korea from conducting a fresh nuclear test, warning of serious repercussions for regional stability.

Bomb kills police general in Cairo

A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo within a week.

U.S. drones continue to kill civilians instead of al-Qaeda

A relentless U.S. drone offensive in the last 24 hours killed more than 50 suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen, including civilians.

Bomb kills police general in Cairo

A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt's capital within a week.

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.
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