Northern California wildfire shows explosive growth

Sep 19, 2014

Northern California wildfire shows explosive growth

An out-of-control wildfire that has forced nearly 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 sq. miles (287 sq. km), up ...

Sep 19, 2014

Malta turns away ship with suspected Ebola case on board

Malta has turned away a ship travelling from Guinea with a suspected Ebola case on board and seeking medical assistance, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday. The sick Filippino passenger was taken in by Italy, and an initial medical assessment suggested he has hepatitis, ...

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week and a new round of negotiations in October. A standoff between the United States and Japan, ...

Sep 19, 2014

Japan defiant as whaling meeting votes against Antarctic hunt

An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan’s highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway. A resolution adopted at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, said Japan should abide by the ...

Islamic State shows British hostage in new 'program' video

Sep 19, 2014

Islamic State shows British hostage in new 'program' video

he Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, the man identified himself as John Cantlie, ...

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

Sep 19, 2014

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

A team of BBC journalists was assaulted in southern Russia while researching a story about soldiers “being killed at the Ukraine border,” the company said Thursday after lodging a protest with Russian authorities. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan ...