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Asia, Europe on alert as world Ebola fears grow

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew Wednesday, with European and Asian countries on alert. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will only get worse and warned there is no overarching strategy to handle the world’s worst ...

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

Aug 1, 2014

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out ...

Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Aug 1, 2014

Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime ...

Aug 1, 2014

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach

Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords. Paddy Power defended its four-year delay in ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. sees 'progress' in Gaza truce bid

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has “made some progress” in complicated talks to try to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, his department said Thursday. “We know we’re not there yet. But I think we have made some progress,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. government requests for Twitter info climb; Tokyo distant second

Twitter on Thursday released a new transparency report showing a steady rise in government requests for information from the globally popular one-to-many messaging service. The number of requests for information from governments climbed 46 percent from the second half of last year to 2,058, ...

Aug 1, 2014

Witness testifies in U.S. Congress about atrocities in Syria

Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed. Codenamed “Caesar,” the man appeared before the House Foreign Affairs ...

Aug 1, 2014

CIA apologizes for spying on U.S. Senate

The head of the CIA has apologized to U.S. lawmakers after an investigation confirmed claims that his officers had “improperly” accessed Senate computers, the agency said Thursday. In March, CIA Director John Brennan dismissed allegations the agency had spied on Senate Intelligence Committee investigators ...

Demoted worker shoots tech firm CEO, kills self in Chicago

Aug 1, 2014

Demoted worker shoots tech firm CEO, kills self in Chicago

A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago office building in the bustling financial district, police said. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said a worker at a technological company pulled a gun after entering ...

Aug 1, 2014

Security around MH17 site still 'very unstable': Dutch police

Dutch police heading up the international probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said Thursday that the situation around the crash site remains perilous despite a small team managing to access the scene. “The security situation is still very unstable,” Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, ...