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U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 30, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...

Aug 29, 2014

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

Egypt’s state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials. If the charges are referred to court, it would be the fourth case under way against Morsi, who ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Aug 29, 2014

Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks

Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by ...

Aug 29, 2014

Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country’s constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner ...