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Giant Siberian crater in Russia's far north sparks mystery

A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as “the end of the world” is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists dispatched to investigate. The giant hole in the remote, energy-rich Yamalo-Nenetsky region first came to light in a video uploaded ...

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

Jul 26, 2014

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

New images reveal that the deep-space comet on which mankind plans to land a probe later this year, has an “extraordinarily irregular,” ducklike shape, the European Space Agency said on July 17. The icy body dubbed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is composed of two parts: one ...

'Creepy' U.S. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

Jul 26, 2014

'Creepy' U.S. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn’t mean any harm. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at ...

Jul 26, 2014

Human encroachment prompting giant anteaters to kill: research

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals’ loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a ...

Jul 26, 2014

EU sanctions Russia intel chiefs

The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Moscow revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban for allegedly undermining ...

Jul 26, 2014

Nigeria confirms first Ebola fatality

West Africa’s current Ebola outbreak has spread to a fourth country, after an ill Liberian man vomited, had diarrhea and a high fever on an airplane to Nigeria. As soon as the plane landed Tuesday, the 40-year-old Liberian was moved into an isolation ward ...

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

Jul 26, 2014

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

U.S. Sen. John McCain says he believes the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood ...

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

Jul 26, 2014

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates” to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the Islamic ...

Russia firing across border into Ukraine: U.S.

Jul 26, 2014

Russia firing across border into Ukraine: U.S.

Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and is preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and ...

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation “significantly.” Hours after ...