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Wintry weather sparks Thanksgiving travel havoc in U.S.

Nov 27, 2014

Wintry weather sparks Thanksgiving travel havoc in U.S.

More than 3,000 flights were scrubbed or delayed Wednesday in the U.S. Northeast as a winter storm delivered freezing rain and snow ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the year’s biggest travel weekends. A wintry mix was falling in Boston, Philadelphia, New York ...

Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem

Nov 27, 2014

Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem

Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city’s worst wave of violence in nearly a decade. Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city’s eastern sector and Old City — the ...

Nov 27, 2014

Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak has killed at least ...

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet'

Nov 27, 2014

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet'

Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch on Wednesday executed a man it accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, in a summary killing mirroring those by the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said. Nusra Front militants shot dead the civilian, identified as Mohammad al-Mir, in the town ...

Nov 27, 2014

Turkish court bans reporting on corruption investigation of ex-ministers

A Turkish court has banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves. Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, has called the corruption scandal this year a plot ...

Justice Ginsburg, 81, gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Nov 27, 2014

Justice Ginsburg, 81, gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery, court officials said. The 81-year-old justice had the procedure at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after the blockage to her right coronary artery was discovered, court spokeswoman ...

Nov 27, 2014

Polish priest freed after being abducted in Central African Republic

A Polish missionary who was abducted by armed rebels in the Central African Republic last month has been freed and is doing well, Poland’s foreign ministry said Wednesday. “Father Mateusz Dziedzic has been released. His condition isn’t perfect but he’s feeling fine and there ...

Nov 27, 2014

Switzerland's wealthy expats braced for vote on tax break

Many of Switzerland’s foreign millionaires will be watching nervously on Sunday as voters decide whether to scrap one of the country’s biggest tax perks for expatriates. Switzerland’s system of charging foreign residents with no gainful activity in the country a lump sum based on ...

Russia ready for Ukraine incursion: NATO commander

Nov 27, 2014

Russia ready for Ukraine incursion: NATO commander

Russia still has enough troops along Ukraine’s border to mount a major incursion, NATO’s top commander said Wednesday, and Moscow is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine. U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove said a large number of Russian troops are also ...

Militia reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

Nov 26, 2014

Militia reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

State militia reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, a case that ...