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  • Fatah refuses to recognize Jewish state

    March 11, 2014 4:20 AM 93

    Lawmakers unanimously endorse the stance of PA president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the party’s Revolutionary Council RAMALLAH — The Revolutionary Council of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday unanimously endorsed his rejection of demands to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, officials at the meeting told AFP. “President Abbas

  • Wallabies escape from private land in Clough, County Down

    March 10, 2014 8:13 PM 45

    Two wallabies have escaped from privately-owned land in County Down and police have warned the public not to approach the animals. The adult female wallaby and her joey have been missing since Friday but police were notified on Monday. The animals escaped from land on the Knocksticken Road outside the village of Clough. The mother is described as just over two feet in height

  • Vanished plane: passports probed

    March 10, 2014 7:05 PM 82

    March 10 2014 at 09:16pm By THANAYARAT DOKSONE and JIM GOMEZ Pattaya, Thailand - Authorities questioned travel agents Monday at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation into what they were doing on the flight. Nearly three days after

  • 6.9 Earthquake Off Northern California Coast

    March 10, 2014 5:49 PM 71

    Written by Steve Herman on March 10, 2014 EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka

  • Powerful earthquake shakes Northern California

    March 10, 2014 12:44 PM 66

    EUREKA, Calif. -- A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damages. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck at 10:18 p.m. local time Sunday and was centred 80 kilometres west of Eureka and about six kilometres beneath the Pacific

  • Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes off Northern California: USGS

    March 10, 2014 8:11 AM 58

    USGS says there is 90% chance of strong afters­hock of magnit­ude five or more in next seven days. WASHINGTON: A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of northern California, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami threat. The quake struck at 0518 GMT with an epicenter located

  • EU says there's no guaranteed success in Iran deal

    March 10, 2014 1:20 AM 64

    Published: 2:19PM Monday March 10, 2014 Source: AP The European Union's foreign policy chief said today that there is "no guarantee" that Iran and world powers will reach a final deal over the country's nuclear program. Catherine Ashton was in Tehran for meetings with Iranian officials on ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, as well as the civil

  • Ukraine crisis: Kiev tightens grip on Donetsk in east

    March 9, 2014 7:06 PM 51

    On Artema Street in central Donetsk, commuters outnumber protesters. In the morning, the number two bus is full of people heading to work and passengers diligently stamp their tiny paper tickets to avoid getting a fine. Nataliya Todorova, an academic at Donetsk National Technical University, points out her office as the bus drives along. She believes

  • Russia has miscalculated over Crimea incursion, says Hague

    March 9, 2014 10:55 AM 58

    Russia has made a "big miscalculation" in entering Crimea, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned. He told the BBC that Western countries could impose "far-reaching" economic sanctions if no diplomatic solution was reached between Russia and Ukraine. Mr Hague also said European countries could move away from Russian gas supplies and import more from the US. He ruled

  • Thousands of bees attack woman in California

    March 9, 2014 7:04 AM 53

    Best news photos of the week A bee removal specialist told the Riverside Press-Enterprise ( ) that up to 80,000 Africanized honey bees found in an underground electrical vault stung a Verizon employee who opened the vault. Lance Davis said the bees then attacked the woman, who had just gotten out of a car nearby. Copyright 2014 The Associated