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Migrants' lives in peril as Italy  ends sea rescues

Nov 1, 2014

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues

Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a “surge of deaths” in the Mediterranean. Interior Minister ...

Nov 1, 2014

Antarctic marine reserve plans again fail to move ahead

Environmental groups said Saturday that Russia and China had blocked a plan to create the world’s largest marine reserve in a vast swath of ocean off the coast of Antarctica. The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finished a 10-day meeting late Friday ...

Nov 1, 2014

Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze over his attempts to extend his 27-year reign, one of Africa’s longest. Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff, told reporters that he would assume the ...

Inmate freed in landmark U.S. case

Oct 31, 2014

Inmate freed in landmark U.S. case

A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was ...

Oct 31, 2014

U.K. opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage

Britain has opened a National Sperm Bank to help meet rising demand for donors. The sperm bank is based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of London. Officials said Thursday it is designed to help single women, men with fertility ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Oct 31, 2014

German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail

A German court on Thursday sentenced a truck driver to 10½ years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles. In more than 700 such attacks from 2008 to 2013, the 58-year-old, dubbed the “Autobahn gunman” by German media, ...

Oct 31, 2014

Scientists call skin-eating Asian fungus a threat to amphibians

A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent’s native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say. An international research team said Thursday the ...