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Protests flare after Missouri police killing of armed black teen

Protests flared into early Thursday in the St. Louis suburb where a white policeman fatally shot a black man who brandished a gun at a gas station on Tuesday night. A group of protesters marched onto Interstate 170 in the city of Berkeley, Missouri, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, blocking ...

Dec 26, 2014

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hacking fallout

Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang’s anger was “quite understandable.” Washington failed to offer any proof to back its claims of Pyongyang’s involvement in the ...

Dec 26, 2014

Refugees drown in river in attempted Sudanese smuggling

At least eight asylum-seekers have drowned trying to cross a river in Sudan during an attempt to smuggle them out of a refugee camp, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday. The accident happened as a group of from the Shegarab-1 camp in the eastern ...

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

Dec 26, 2014

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, as the country grapples with a political crisis caused by the rise of the extreme right. “Somebody threw an object through a closed window and afterwards a ...

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Dec 26, 2014

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A blizzard warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says up to 7 inches (18 cm) of snow ...

Queen Elizabeth II praises those involved in fight against Ebola

Dec 26, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II praises those involved in fight against Ebola

Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa. The queen said she has been “deeply touched” by the “selflessness” of doctors and nurses combating the Ebola outbreak. She said she ...

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

Dec 26, 2014

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

by Dmitry Zaks

The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try ending their eight-month conflict. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up ...

Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers

Dec 26, 2014

Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year’s holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis. Putin told a televised government session on Thursday that Cabinet ministers “cannot afford” to go on holiday. Russian company employees throughout the country are entitled to ...

Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

Dec 25, 2014

Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

Medical detective work will be the next big phase in the fight against Ebola when the United Nations deploys hundreds of health workers to identify chains of infection as the virus passes from person to person, top U.N. health workers said. The health teams ...

Ebola crisis could last through 2015: expert

Dec 25, 2014

Ebola crisis could last through 2015: expert

The Ebola crisis in West Africa, where the first victim died almost a year ago, is likely to last until the end of 2015, according to a scientist who helped to discover the virus. Two-year-old Emile Ouamouno died in the remote village of Meliandou ...

Dec 25, 2014

Scientists fine genes linked to developmental disorders

British scientists said Wednesday they have discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability. The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe undiagnosed disorders and their parents, ...

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Dec 25, 2014

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Cubans this year celebrated Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from U.S. President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing ...