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42 dead after swarms of ‘killer hornets’ invade Chinese cities

Swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in northwestern China in recent months, state media said Thursday, as temperatures rise and development drives the stinging insects into cities. The terrifying attacks started in July, the official Xinhua news agency said Thursday, with 1,640 people having been stung. Of those, 206…

BP wins reprieve over compensation for oil spill

A U.S. court has given BP a boost in its fight to limit how much it must pay in compensation for the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. An appeals court in New Orleans ruled on Wednesday that payments to some companies with disputed loss claims arising…

Thousands march to mark anniversary of infamous Mexico City protest

Protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City, leaving dozens injured as thousands of people marched to mark the anniversary of the 1968 massacre of students. The Red Cross said at least 50 people were injured as a group of protesters threw rocks and firebombs at police who responded with…

Washington paralysis sends dollar to 8-month low

Washington’s budget paralysis and worries it will lock up talks on increasing the US debt ceiling sent the dollar to an eight-month low against the euro Wednesday. The second day of a government shutdown, because Democrats and Republicans have not agreed a budget for the fiscal year that began October…

Venezuela warns U.S.: We could throw all of your diplomats out

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the United States anew Wednesday, warning after he expelled three US diplomats in Caracas that the rest could be next. “First, I threw out their advance team working to destabilize the nation. Now if they push it with funny stuff, I will throw…

‘Exasperated’ Obama warns Wall Street over shutdown’s financial implications

US President Barack Obama sent Wall Street a blunt warning Wednesday that it should be very worried about a political crisis that has shut down the government and could trigger a US debt default. Obama said he was “exasperated” by the budget impasse in Congress, in an interview with CNBC…

Researchers: Brain inflammation ‘very common’ after intensive care treatment

Many people hospitalized in intensive care for conditions like a heart attack face lasting mental deficits similar to traumatic brain injury, US researchers said Wednesday, urging families to push for minimal sedation. The problem is “very common,” with a condition known as delirium affecting about three-quarters of those treated in…

Video reveals final design for Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

It has been under construction for more than 130 years and there is another 13 to go, but the world has been given a glimpse of what Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia will look like when finally completed. A 3D video has been released by the Sagrada Familia Foundation, the body responsible…

Justice Department rejects tech industry’s call for transparency

A request by major technology firms to disclose more about US intelligence services’ data requests would “cause serious harm to national security,” the government said in a court filing Wednesday. The Justice Department, responding to petitions from major US Internet firms, said it opposes the move for more transparency in…

Guatemalan gangs recruiting kids as young as 6 years old

Guatemala’s gangs are using children as young as six to transport drugs and weapons among other crimes, a senior official said in an interview published Wednesday. Government data shows that gangs also sometimes tap children as young as 11 — and routinely recruit teenagers — to commit murder, Deputy Minister…

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