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German aid worker kidnapped by ISIS last year released unharmed

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Quoting “investigating sources”, the newspaper said that a “substantial consideration” was made to secure his release. The newspaper quoted the foreign ministry as…

Worst Ebola outbreak ever takes heavy toll on west African economies

The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is taking a heavy toll on west Africa’s economy as crops rot in the fields, mines are abandoned and goods cannot get to market. The epidemic has ravaged the region since it erupted in the forests in the south of Guinea earlier this…

British national in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

A British national in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the Department of Health in London said Saturday, the first person from the country to have contracted the virus in a recent, devastating outbreak. Officials in London added that they were providing consular assistance to the person, who has…

China executes eight for ‘terrorist attacks’

China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks”, including three it described as “masterminding” a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media announced. The official Xinhua news agency said early Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases connected to the northwestern region of Xinjiang,…

6.6-magnitude earthquake jolts central Chile

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted central Chile on Saturday, US geologists said, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities or serious damage. The quake struck at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) about 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, at a depth of 32 kilometers. The national emergency…

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has erupted

Iceland raised its alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red on Saturday, banning all air traffic in the area, after detecting a small eruption. A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago, creating…

Tensions over massive Russian aid convoy to Ukraine as Merkel heads to Kiev

Parts of a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow on Saturday crossed back from rebel-held east Ukraine to Russian territory, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel jetted into Kiev for crisis talks. The West had demanded that Russia withdraw its disputed trucks after the Kremlin unilaterally sent them to the insurgent stronghold…

Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months. After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed…

Puerto Ricans flock to U.S. mainland as island’s political and economic crisis worsens

The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island’s economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs. Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in…

Amazon readying an attack on Google’s ad business

US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google (Xetra: A0B7FY – news) in one of its core businesses, Internet advertising, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources familiar with the matter. Amazon is developing its own program to target ads using the information it gathers about the preferences…

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