Australian finishes 126-km swim in Bahamas

Oct 23, 2014

Australian finishes 126-km swim in Bahamas

Dehydrated and exhausted, Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel successfully completed a 78-mile (126-km) swim Wednesday between two islands in the Bahamas. McCardel’s support team says the 42½ hour effort is the longest open-water solo, continuous marathon swim in history, though such claims come with complications. ...

Oct 23, 2014

U.N. urged to refer North Korea to war crimes court

A judge who led a ground-breaking inquiry of North Korea’s dismal rights record urged the United Nations Wednesday to seek war crimes prosecutions of the regime despite Pyongyang’s “charm offensive.” Australian Judge Michael Kirby said the U.N. Security Council should refer North Korea to ...

Oct 23, 2014

J&J to start testing Ebola vaccine in January

U.S. healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it would spend up to $200 million to speed up and expand its Ebola vaccine program, with testing slated to begin in January. Johnson & Johnson said its unit Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies was closely working with ...

Oct 23, 2014

Jihadists again besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday. The civilians, mostly members of the Yazidi religious minority, eventually escaped via Syria with the help of ...

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Oct 23, 2014

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men ...

Gunman killed after shooting in Canadian Parliament; Harper safe

Oct 23, 2014

Gunman killed after shooting in Canadian Parliament; Harper safe

At least one gunman entered the Canadian Parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but Parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses ...

Oct 23, 2014

WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths

Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and the spread of the lethal virus remains “persistent and widespread” in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new update, WHO also said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected and ...