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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station.

FARC warns army actions threaten general's release

FARC guerrillas warned Sunday that increased military activity was jeopardising the release of a Colombian general and other captives they have taken.

U.S. writer slams Brazil's 'monuments of poverty'

With its bold Oscar Niemeyer-designed monuments, the city of Brasilia symbolizes Brazil's frenetic modernization of recent decades.

Security stepped up ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Police stepped up security and erected barricades in St. Louis on Sunday, bracing for the worst with a grand jury to decide whether to indict a white officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager.

Housing is a right: Edmonton rally Special

The Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) organized a rally on November 21 to proclaim housing as a right.

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding replica gun

Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun, officials and reports said Sunday.

U.S. troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

Teenage cadets swear allegiance to Ukraine rebel state

Not long ago, the cadets at the military academy in east Ukraine's industrial hub of Donetsk swore allegiance to the Ukrainian flag.

No justice on 5 year anniversary of Maguindanao massacre

Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of a massacre where families have yet to see those responsible for the death of their lost ones, brought to justice. No prosecution, and no conviction has taken place in response to the mass murder in the Philippines

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.

Netanyahu warns of 'grave mistake' if France recognises Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France's parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

Around 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Israel's government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in French city

Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the centre of the French city of Rennes Sunday while a huge British bomb from World War II was defused.

Portuguese ex-PM returns before judge in tax fraud case

Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates returned before a magistrate on Sunday after spending a second night in custody following his shock arrest as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Putin mulling re-election bid in 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering running for a fourth Kremlin term in 2018, which would see him stay in power until 2024, the TASS news agency reported Sunday."Yes, the possibility exists of my standing as a candidate again.

Boko Haram slaughters 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram extremists ambushed and slaughtered 48 fish vendors near Nigeria's border with Chad, the head of their association said, the latest violence to hit the country's volatile northeast.

World powers, Iran to make 'last push' for nuclear deal: Britain

World powers and Iran will make a "last push" for a nuclear deal before a Monday midnight deadline even though the parties are far apart, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Death toll rises to four after China earthquake: Xinhua

The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers.

War of words after Bahrain vote, boycotted by opposition

A war of words over Bahrain's legislative election heightened Sunday, with the Sunni leadership and the Shiite opposition, which boycotted the polls, at odds over the turnout rate and trading accusations of malpractice.

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came.

Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured, hits popular ski resort

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday.

Tense Ferguson braces for U.S. grand jury decision

The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible.

N.Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

Burkina government set to be named after delay

The delayed announcement of Burkina Faso's interim government ministers is expected on Sunday, with the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (US$11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation Sunday aimed at strengthening ties in the region.

Tunisia presidential runoff likely after 'historic' vote

Both leading candidates in Tunisia's first free presidential election since the 2011 revolution sparked the Arab Spring predicted a runoff as each claimed to be ahead after Sunday's vote.

Iran, world powers seek elusive nuclear deal one day before deadline

Iran and world powers face an uphill struggle to break the deadlock in their high-stakes nuclear negotiations and secure a historic deal on the eve of a deadline.

Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat with temperatures forecast to rise.

Romania arrests organised crime chief prosecutor over corruption

Romania's chief prosecutor tasked with investigating organised crime and terrorism was on Saturday arrested on corruption charges over a real estate deal alleged to have cost the government over 60 million euros ($75 million), local media reported.

Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy, Libya

A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.

Brazil slams media 'manipulation' on Petrobras scandal

Brazilian authorities Saturday blasted a news magazine for media "manipulation" as the government of President Dilma Rousseff battles an escalating kickbacks scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Op-Ed: U.S. launches 500th drone strike in over a decade of the Third War

As Micah Zenko noted in an article in 2012, November 3 that year marked the tenth anniversary of the first drone attack by the U.S. No one took notice. The same will apply to the 500th confirmed U.S. drone attack today outside of combat zones.

New bird flu case in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Burkina waiting on new government announcement

The expected announcement of Burkina Faso's government was delayed Saturday, leaving the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Anti-foreigner protesters rally in German capital

About 500 protesters, among them neo-Nazis and angry local residents, protested in the German capital on Saturday against the construction of a centre for refugees seeking political asylum.

'I wanted to stay' says returned captive Matthew Miller

Earlier this month, James Clapper, the head of National Intelligence, went to North Korea and successfully returned with two Americans, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, who had been held captive. Now, the world has learned that Miller wanted to stay.

Ferguson on edge ahead of grand jury decision

The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions Saturday ahead of a grand jury decision on whether to indict the white officer responsible.

Hungary teachers protest against cuts, reforms

Thousands of Hungarian teachers demonstrated in Budapest on Saturday against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, demanding a stop to funding cuts and dialogue over controversial education reforms.


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