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Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse

The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.The often dark, blurry and grainy pictures are mainly of detainees' arms and legs, revealing bruises and cuts,...

Updated : 2016.02.06 11:56

Three dead after Taiwan quake topples buildings

A 10-month old baby was among three dead after a 16-storey tower block was toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan Saturday, with rescuers battling to free residents still trapped inside.Officials said four buildings collapsed in the quake which struck the island in the ea...

Updated : 2016.02.06 11:12

[Newsmaker]World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Leaders and diplomats from 70...

Updated : 2016.02.05 17:24

Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.   The lack of data is forc...

Updated : 2016.02.04 20:38

Egypt official: Signs of torture on body of Italian student

The body of a missing Italian student was found with signs of torture, including multiple stab wounds and cigarette burns, by the side of a highway on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, an investigating prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday.   Giulio Regeni, A 28-year-old ...

Updated : 2016.02.04 20:31

[Newsmaker] Pacific Rim nations sign giant trade deal amid protests

The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest trade deals in history, was signed in New Zealand on Thursday as protestors demonstrated over fears for jobs and sovereignty.   The ambitious...

Updated : 2016.02.04 19:58

Jimmy Carter says scans show no signs of cancer

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that a scan of his torso conducted last week found no signs of melanoma, the serious form of cancer that doctors discovered last summer in his liver and brain, but he will continue treatment on February 9th. A previous brain scan found that four can...

Updated : 2016.02.03 21:33

[Newsmaker] White House race wide open as upstarts rattle Trump, Clinton

DES MOINES, Iowa - The US presidential race looked suddenly wide open Tuesday after frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton suffered chastening evenings in Iowa, the first step on the long road ...

Updated : 2016.02.03 19:27

Cruz upsets Trump in Iowa, Clinton escapes with narrow win

U.S. presidential hopefuls trained their sights on New Hampshire and beyond Tuesday, with conservative Ted Cruz keen to build on his dramatic Iowa victory over Donald Trump, and Democrat Hillary Clint...

Updated : 2016.02.02 20:15

[Graphic News] Caracas named as the world‘s most violent city

The list of the world’s 50 deadliest cities, published by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security, features 41 in South America, including 21 in Brazil, which is scheduled to host the Summer ...

Updated : 2016.02.01 18:34

Islamic State group claims bombings near Syria Shiite shrine

BEIRUT (AFP) -- The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for bombings near a revered Shiite shrine outside the Syrian capital Damascus that killed at least 45 people.In a statement circulated on social media, the jihadist group said two of its members had detonated suicide ...

Updated : 2016.01.31 22:12

For Zika-threatened people, vaccines may not come soon enough

Even if the world’s largest drugmakers were to mobilize as fast as they could, and even if the science were straightforward, it’s unlikely a Zika vaccine could be developed quickly enough to address the expanding outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that may cause birth defects when preg...

Updated : 2016.01.31 22:09

Nobel laureate Pamuk chides EU for ignoring Turkey's rights record

ANKARA (AFP) -- Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported on Sunday."They have forgotten all their values," Pamuk to...

Updated : 2016.01.31 22:06

Millions in Ethiopia facing worst drought for decades: U.N.

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) -- Ethiopia is struggling with its worst drought for 30 years, with millions in dire need of life-saving aid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday.At least 10.2 million people need food aid in Ethiopia, a figure the U.N. has warned could  double within months...

Updated : 2016.01.31 22:04

Bombs kill 45, wound 110 near Syria Shiite shrine: state media

DAMASCUS (AFP) -- At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday in three bomb blasts near the revered Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab outside the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.State news agency SANA said the first blast was caused by a car bomb that detonated at a bu...

Updated : 2016.01.31 21:54