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For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Nov 28, 2014

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks. For more than 700 migrants, most of them fleeing the conflict ...

Nov 28, 2014

Stranded Kenyan workers demand evacuation after Islamist attack

Scores of teachers and civil servants were stranded at a remote Kenyan airstrip on Thursday, demanding evacuation and protection five days after Islamist gunmen killed 28 non-Muslim bus passengers in the surrounding border region near Somalia. Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack ...

British detective writer P. D. James dead at 94

Nov 28, 2014

British detective writer P. D. James dead at 94

British detective writer P. D. James, creator of the best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, died on Thursday at the age of 94. Faber and Faber, which published James since her first book in 1962, said she died peacefully at home in Oxford, ...

Nov 27, 2014

Merkel hits diplomatic dead end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the ...

Nov 27, 2014

Iran arrests beggar with thousands in pockets, more in bank

A beggar arrested in Iran on Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said. The unidentified 64-year-old, a former street vendor, was stopped by a police patrol cracking down ...

Russian passengers help push plane stuck in ice

Nov 27, 2014

Russian passengers help push plane stuck in ice

In most countries, you may be asked to help push a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers came out of an airliner into bitter Arctic cold to help move it to the runway. A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven ...

Nov 27, 2014

U.S. EPA seeks tighter ozone standards to cut pollution

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions. Industry groups said the move would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set the National Ambient ...

Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in northeast China

Nov 27, 2014

Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in northeast China

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the animal, named Ustin, killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and ...