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  • Islamist fighters move 12 abducted Syrian nuns from Maaloula to rebel-held town

    December 3, 2013 8:34 PM 36

    Islamist fighters have moved the nuns abducted from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula to a nearby town held by rebels. The leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch has called on the international community to help save them. Vatican envoy to Syria, Mario Zenari, said on Tuesday that 12 nuns including the convent’s mother superior

  • Student may have set himself on fire for Internet to watch

    December 2, 2013 4:41 PM 39

    4chan user 'Stephen' set himself ablaze on Saturday night, but reports concerning the fire’s location and the young man’s condition conflict. A troubled young student tried to commit suicide for Internet glory by setting his room on fire as 200 people watched online, startling video shows. The 20-year-old, known on the anonymous 4chan forums as “Stephen

  • Man Survives Being Underwater for Nearly 3 Days

    December 2, 2013 2:50 PM 37

    A story of survival that's almost too miraculous to be real captured in newly-released video of a man being pulled from underwater after he was trapped beneath the ocean for nearly 3 days! The story reads like a Blockbuster thriller. In May, a tug boat carrying a 12-person crew capsized in the Atlantic off the coast of Nigeria. Two divers were sent to recover

  • U.S. calls on North Korea to release war veteran

    December 2, 2013 2:01 PM 43

    The United States called on North Korea on Saturday to release an elderly U.S. military veteran held in custody since last month and who Pyongyang has accused of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago. Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year old former special forces officer, is in good health, his family said in a statement after getting an update

  • Sacred Shrines Become 'Ticking Time Bomb'

    December 1, 2013 9:46 AM 179

    The chief cleric at one of the world's holiest mosques tells Sky News that acts of Jewish prayer could spark a regional war. The supreme leader of the Palestinian Muslims and guardian of Islam's most sacred shrine in the Old City of Jerusalem has warned of an uprising and regional war if Jews attempt to take greater control of the al Aqsa Mosque complex

  • For Egypt’s New Rulers, Familiar Scapegoats

    November 30, 2013 8:51 AM 72

    This week, when Egypt’s military-backed government issued arrest warrants for Alaa Abd El Fattah and Ahmed Maher — two activist bloggers who helped drive the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011 only to find themselves blamed for inciting unrest by each successive government — the same thought occurred to several readers of their popular

  • Fawning over Egyptian strongman Sisi goes over the top with PJs

    November 30, 2013 2:31 AM 26

    A cult of personality around Egypt's defense minister and de facto leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, has gone from fad to farcical with a social media campaign promoting women's pajamas bearing the strongman's image in beribboned uniform and sunglasses. Since the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist government in July, Sisi has been lauded

  • Syrian chemical weapons set to be destroyed at sea

    November 29, 2013 8:33 PM 32

    A plan has been hatched to destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea using US Navy auxiliary vessel MV Cape Ray. Industry sources told BBC Newsnight the plan will put a mobile destruction plant aboard that uses water to dilute the chemicals to safer levels. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set 31 December as its deadline

  • France debates controversial bill that would make hiring a prostitute illegal

    November 29, 2013 2:18 PM 29

    FRENCH lawmakers are debating a bill that would punish those who use prostitutes and has sparked fierce debate in a country famed for its liberal attitudes to sex. Prostitution itself is allowed in France, but soliciting, pimping, and the sale of sex by minors are prohibited. The government says the bill is aimed at preventing violence against women

  • Activity may indicate North Korean reactor restart effort: IAEA

    November 28, 2013 2:35 PM 34

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Activity has been observed at a North Korean nuclear site that is consistent with an effort to restart a reactor, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said on Thursday. North Korea announced in April that it would revive its aged research reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex - which experts say is capable of producing