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Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Aug 31, 2015

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawmakers suggested the road to making them law will be rough. At a rowdy session, 265 ...

Aug 31, 2015

Islamic State burns four Iraqi Shiite fighters alive: video

The Islamic State group strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to footage posted online, the latest gruesome execution video from the jihadis. The victims — identified as fighters in the pro-government Popular Mobilization forces from southern Iraq ...

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

Aug 31, 2015

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin’s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt, track suit trousers and running shoes, ...

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

Aug 31, 2015

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn’t even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to ...

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Aug 31, 2015

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi — one of China’s few citizens of Russian descent — stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape. “My mother was too old, so it was mostly ...

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Aug 31, 2015

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76. In a statement, Craven’s family said that he died in ...

Neurologist Oliver Sacks of 'Awakenings' fame dies at 82

Aug 31, 2015

Neurologist Oliver Sacks of 'Awakenings' fame dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many ...

Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

Aug 31, 2015

Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration truck in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square meter (10 sq ft), police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated. A baby girl and three other children were ...