Quantcast
Home » Archives » Latest Headlines (Page 1479)

Anxiety mounts over deadly hostage raid in Algeria

Western governments voiced alarm over the fate of dozens of foreigners seized by Islamists at a gas plant in the Algerian desert after several hostages were killed in a dramatic rescue operation. The Algerian military assault left “several people” killed or wounded but freed a “large number” of hostages, according…

Factory smoke clouds China pollution pledges

Clouds of smoke billow from the chimneys at a Chinese chemical plant rumbling with activity, more than a year after authorities closed it following protests by thousands of people. The factory in Dalian was ordered to halt work and relocate 17 months ago after local residents took to the streets,…

Natalie Wood’s husband snubs new death probe

Hollywood icon Natalie Wood’s husband has declined to talk to detectives who have re-opened a probe into his wife’s mystery 1981 death, saying he has already answered all questions. A lawyer for 82-year-old actor Robert Wagner said those seeking to challenge the original finding of accidental death by drowning were…

Some children outgrow autism: study

Some children diagnosed as autistic at a young age see their symptoms completely disappear when they get older, new research shows. The small-scale study — published in the “Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry” — included 34 subjects who were diagnosed very early on with the disorder but who, by…

Peace talks with Taliban haven’t begun, says U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan

There are no significant peace talks under way with the Taliban, the US ambassador to Afghanistan has said, despite years of western and Afghan government efforts to broker a political end to the decade-long war in the country, and some recent signs of progress. James Cunningham, the US Ambassador in…

Lance Armstrong admits taking performance enhancing drugs

Shamed former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong admitted taking several banned performance enhancing substances, in a television interview broadcast Thursday. Armstrong told US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had used blood transfusions and taken EPO, testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone in all seven of his Tour victories…

Black conservatives launch effort to scrap part of Voting Rights Act

A group of prominent black conservatives is trying to help scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights-era legislation that enshrined the right of black Americans to have equal treatment at the ballot box. The law was signed in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson in…

Boy brings handgun to school in New York

A seven-year-old boy brought a gun to school in his book bag Thursday, New York police said. The find — a .22 caliber handgun — caused police to place the Wave Preparatory Elementary School in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens on lockdown for about an hour. The student has…

Geithner sees too much economic pessimism: report

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned against too much pessimism about the US economy, in an interview published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. “I think people are too dark about the economy now, in part because of the shadow of pessimism, skepticism about our political system today,” said Geithner,…

Authoritarian regimes use Silicon Valley software to censor Internet: report

Authoritarian regimes around the world are using technology from a Silicon Valley firm for Internet surveillance, filtering and censorship, according to a report by Canadian researchers. The report this week from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said devices from California-based security firm Blue Coat Systems were being used in…

Google+