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  • Nelson Mandela death: Public bodies lower flags in tribute

    December 7, 2013 1:28 AM 108

    Flags are being flown at half mast across north Wales as a mark of respect to former South African president Nelson Mandela. Wrexham was flying the Welsh flag and Union Jack at half mast outside the town's guildhall. Conwy council also flew flags at half mast outside its Bodlondeb headquarters in Conwy. Mr Mandela, South Africa's first black president

  • Snowden to appear, via video, at European Parliament hearings

    December 6, 2013 6:21 PM 119

    Dec. 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM   |   0 comments Jan Phillip Albrecht said Snowden, who currently resides in Russia, will provide answers to pre-submitted questions in a video appearance to be presented at the European Parliament's civil liberties committee in Brussels on Dec. 18, noting the procedure will be followed to avoid revealing Snowden's exact location

  • Death toll in Europe storm rises to 6 as winds blast Poland

    December 6, 2013 1:02 PM 134

    WARSAW (Reuters) - The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to six on Friday when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killing three people, local emergency services said. Xaver blasted into northern Europe late Thursday after disrupting transport and power in northern Britain and flooding east coast

  • Kerry says prospects good for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    December 6, 2013 12:40 PM 121

    Kerry also reassured Israelis that tough sanctions on Iran will remain in place during negotiations toward an international deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful purposes. “We will approach this final negotiation with an absolute view about Israel’s security,” as well as the safety of the wider Middle East, Kerry said as he ended two days of talks

  • Russian Feminist Punk Rocker Doc Makes Oscar Shortlist

    December 4, 2013 8:23 AM 105

    MOSCOW, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – A feature documentary about a group of anti-Kremlin feminist punk rockers jailed after mounting a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral has been shortlisted for an Oscar award. The film is among 15 features picked in the documentary category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The movie, which was included

  • Teens in Asian nations dominate international test

    December 3, 2013 10:59 PM 124

    WASHINGTON -- Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.. Students in Shanghai, China's largest city, had the top scores in all subjects, and Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong students

  • No Obama plans to visit Iran

    December 3, 2013 10:15 PM 143

    The White House is denying a report out of the Middle East that President Obama is trying to arrange a visit to Tehran, Iran. Al-Jarida, a news outlet in Kuwait, reported that Obama would like to visit Tehran in the middle of next year. "There is no truth to this report," said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council. Last month

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

    December 3, 2013 8:34 PM 130

    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 127

    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 128

    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