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South Korean troops kill man trying to swim North

South Korean troops shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into North Korea on Monday after he ignored repeated warnings to turn back, the defence ministry said. A mistry spokesman said he was carrying a South Korean passport that identified him as Nam Yong-Ho, 47. According…

’12 Years A Slave’ wins best picture in Toronto

British filmmaker Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” won the audience prize for best picture at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, already generating Oscars buzz, is based on a firsthand account of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and…

Obama pleased Putin takes responsibility for ‘client’ Assad

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was pleased that Russian President Vladimir Putin had taken responsibility for his “client,” — Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Obama also denied in an interview on ABC News that he had been outfoxed by Putin in accepting a deal…

Hurricane Ingrid-Tropical Storm Manuel combo kills 20 in Mexico

Tropical Storm Manuel blasted Mexico’s Pacific coast while Hurricane Ingrid crept towards the eastern states, triggering rain, landslides and floods that killed at least 20 people. Thousands of people were evacuated as the two storms flanked Mexico on the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, causing rivers to overflow, flooding streets…

Chinese hospital seeks virgins’ blood for medical research

A Chinese hospital’s request for blood from healthy female virgins for use in medical research has been condemned as insulting to women, state-run media reported Monday. The Peking University Cancer Hospital said it needed the blood of 100 female virgins aged from 18 to 24 years old for studies on…

Former CIA official describes the ‘difficult balance to strike’ in Syria negotiations

Mike Morell, after 33 years in the CIA, may have more experience briefing the president on classified intelligence than almost anyone. Morell retired from the CIA six days before the chemical weapons attack in Syria. Morell talked to 60 Minutes for a Sunday piece, “The Briefer,” describing what it’s like…

Colorado pot dispensaries fight the feds

“This is called Jack Frost, but it’s a triple A: alert, awake, and aware,” the “budtender” Carrie tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes. “If you needed to medicate in the a.m. before going to work, no one would ever be able to detect that you took any medicine, just as…

Outrage grows in Pakistan over rape of 5-year-old

AFP – Rights campaigners staged protest rallies across Pakistan on Sunday against the rape of a five-year-old girl in the eastern city of Lahore whose condition was now relatively stable. Police still have no clue who carried out the attack despite detaining several suspects and releasing most of them after…

Report: Half of Syrian rebels are hardline jihadists or Al-Qaeda operatives

AFP – Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane’s, due to be published in full later this week,…

At least 350 people still missing in Colorado flooding; five dead

Emergency workers are undertaking a massive effort to rescue stranded residents of Colorado, where devastating flooding has left hundreds unaccounted for. Raging flood waters in the city of Boulder, already confirmed to have killed at least four people, apparently claimed the life of a fifth on Saturday — a 60-year-old…

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