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Updated : 2014.12.21 21:19

Russia calls new sanctions roadblock

KIEV (AFP) ― Russia accused the West on Saturday of stoking unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospect of peace talks to end the separatist war.A Ukrainian c...

Updated : 2014.12.21 21:18

[Newsmaker] Attack could cost Sony $500m: experts

LOS ANGELES ― The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures could see the Hollywood studio lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and incur massive recovery costs, experts say.The cancellatio...

Updated : 2014.12.21 21:08

Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces

BEIJING (AP) ― Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following t...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:55

Egypt supports Palestinian U.N. resolution

CAIRO (AFP) ― Egypt said on Saturday it supports a draft resolution submitted by the Palestinians to the U.N. Security Council setting out terms for a final peace deal with Israel.The Palestinians on Wednesday presented the resolution setting a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiatio...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:53

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) ― Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist g...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:53

IS executes 100 foreigners trying to quit: report

LONDON (AFP) ― The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times said Saturday.An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well ...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:53

Castro hails U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

HAVANA (AFP) ― Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect any major political cha...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:52

Two N.Y. police officers killed in ambush shooting

NEW YORK (AP) ― The two New York City police officers who were ambushed and shot to death in their vehicle on Saturday were “quite simply, assassinated,” and the suspect had made Instagram posts that were very antipolice, the police commissioner said.William Bratton said the officers, L...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:52

Australian woman arrested in deaths of eight children

SYDNEY (AP) ― An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman’s home.The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was u...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:51

Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

Kuujjuarapik, Canada (AFP) ― Word spread quickly: a polar bear, then two, were spotted near this remote Inuit village on the shores of Hudson Bay, about 1,800 kilometers north of Montreal.Children we...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:08

Japan scientists develop microfine adhesive sensors

TOKYO (AFP) ― Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close ...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:06

Once-threatened wolves, bears and lynx plentiful in Europe

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― After nearing extinction in Europe in the early 20th century because of hunting and shrinking habitats, large carnivores like the gray wolf, brown bear, lynx and wolverine are thriving once more.So say the results of a study carried out across the continent, except Russ...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:03

Uphill battle against Indonesian shark fishing

TANJUNG LUAR, Indonesia (AFP) ― Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fisherm...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:41

Colombian village’s ‘curse’ could hold Alzheimer’s cure

YARUMAL, Colombia (AFP) ― When John Jairo, a meticulous night watchman, lost his job for leaving all of his employer’s doors open, his family knew they were hit by the “Yarumal curse.”Yarumal, a C...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:39