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NATO called threat in Russia doctrine

Russia identified NATO as the nation’s No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday. NATO flatly denied it is a threat to Russia, and accused Moscow ...

Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

Dec 27, 2014

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Co. plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to ...

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

Dec 26, 2014

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the spy agency’s official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency’s secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the ...

Dec 26, 2014

Russia gives its support to North after hacking

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 ...

Scientists use smell to re-create famous deaths

Dec 26, 2014

Scientists use smell to re-create famous deaths

by Nicolas Delaunay

Dutch scientists are re-creating the deaths of some of the world’s most famous personalities by reconstructing their last moments using scents and sounds. From the sweet smell of Jacqueline Kennedy’s perfume mingled with the scent of John F. Kennedy’s blood to Whitney Houston’s last ...

Mother insists child supermodel is sheltered from fame

Dec 26, 2014

Mother insists child supermodel is sheltered from fame

Kristina Pimenova has been dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world,” but her mother says the 8-year-old Russian supermodel is completely ignorant of her worldwide fame. On catwalks since the age of 3, Kristina, who models for Armani and Roberto Cavalli, is famed ...

In Liberia, Ebola steals Christmas

Dec 26, 2014

In Liberia, Ebola steals Christmas

The Ebola epidemic has cast a dark shadow over Christmas this year in Liberia, where small businesses are especially feeling the pinch. “This is the worst Christmas we have ever seen,” said Isaac G. Chea, a trader. “Because of the Ebola crisis … people ...

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Dec 26, 2014

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72

Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe. Vor said she was putting her kids ...

Dec 26, 2014

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read out ...