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Sep 19, 2014

Disasters displaced far more than violent conflicts did in 2013: expert

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent group that focuses on emergency aid, released ...

Sep 19, 2014

Murder suspect wears 'Crime Pays' T-shirt to court

A Philadelphia judge wants to know why a murder suspect appeared in court in a T-shirt that read, “crime pays.” Jeremiah Jakson is charged with strangling an art school graduate staying in the same boarding house. Prosecutors believe Jakson killed 23-year-old Laura Araujo in ...

Sep 19, 2014

Swede acquitted of rape after 'sexsomnia' diagnosis

A Swede who had sex with a woman while he was asleep was acquitted of rape because he suffers from “sexsomnia,” according to a court ruling AFP obtained Thursday. The 26-year-old man did not have “the intention” to have sex, the Sundsvall appeal court ...

Sep 19, 2014

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion ...

Sep 19, 2014

Arson arrest over raging California wildfire

U.S. police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of starting a wildfire that doubled in size overnight and is threatening over 2,000 homes in northern California, officials said Thursday. Some 2,800 people have evacuated their homes in the face of the raging king fire, ...

Sep 19, 2014

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100: U.N. study

The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a U.N.-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean 2 billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birthrates in Africa, said ...

Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Sep 19, 2014

Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Lavishly frescoed rooms in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia opened for the first time to the public on Thursday after years of painstaking restoration. The buildings on Rome’s Palatine hill, where the emperor lived with his family, are ...

U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Congress on Thursday passed President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants. The Senate voted 78-22 to authorize the first step in Obama’s move to degrade ...