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Forest fire blazes in Chernobyl off-limits zone

Jun 30, 2015

Forest fire blazes in Chernobyl off-limits zone

Fire has engulfed a large section of the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, authorities said Tuesday. It was unclear if the blaze has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire, ...

Jun 30, 2015

South Sudan army raped, burned girls alive: U.N. human rights report

South Sudan’s army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity,” a U.N. rights report said Tuesday. Rights investigators from the U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warned of “widespread human rights abuses” ...

Jun 30, 2015

Afghan Taliban lose ground to IS loyalists

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State have seized substantial swaths of territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province ...

Jun 30, 2015

In first, Islamic State group beheads women in Syria

The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of “sorcery,” the first such execution of women in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday. “The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor ...

Jun 30, 2015

One year later, Islamic State's 'caliphate' extends its global reach

The Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate entered its second year Monday with the jihadis expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming to be behind attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. The extremist group headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced ...

Gloves off as Kurds gain ground near Turkey

Jun 30, 2015

Gloves off as Kurds gain ground near Turkey

As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish ...

Jun 30, 2015

WikiLeaks: NSA spied on top French finance officers

WikiLeaks released documents Monday night that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids for over a decade, in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond ...

Cruz's new book sparks squabble over elder Bush

Jun 30, 2015

Cruz's new book sparks squabble over elder Bush

Though it’s not even out yet, conservative firebrand and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s new book is already irking at least one key member of the GOP establishment: Karl Rove. The veteran Republican strategist is denying Cruz’s assertion in his forthcoming book that Rove ...

Jun 30, 2015

Man in prison for dismemberment joins dating site

A Canadian man sentenced to life in prison for killing and dismembering his lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties has joined a matchmaking website for inmates. Luka Magnotta’s profile was posted Sunday on Canadian Inmates Connect Inc., a website ...