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Rep. Mike Rogers: Hundreds of US foreign fighters in Syria pose ‘very serious threat’ to US

Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a “very serious threat” to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged…

Libyan Islamist militiamen take possession of evacuated US embassy

Islamist militiamen have moved in to the American embassy compound in the Libyan capital after it was evacuated last month, an AFP photographer said on Sunday. Members of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) group said they had gone in to secure the complex of several villas in southern Tripoli to…

Elderly couple and their two disabled adult children found shot to death in Chicago suburb

Four members of one family were found shot to death at their home in a Chicago suburb, police said on Sunday. Local media said the victims were an elderly couple and their two severely disabled adult children. Police said they were investigating the incident in Elmhurst, about 18 miles west…

Number of dead health workers climbs as Ebola epidemic continues to spread

Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in West Africa hit by the epidemic. The woman’s husband was also a doctor and died in the city of Port Harcourt on August…

Penn. man sentenced for suffocating girlfriend after failing to kill her in 115 mph car crash

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 28 to 56 years in prison for suffocating the girlfriend he failed to kill in a deliberate 115 mile per hour automobile accident, Lancaster Online reports. According to prosecutors, Benjamin Klinger was driving with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Samantha “Sammi” Heller on December 4,…

Aftershocks still shake California’s Napa Valley a week after 6.0 magnitude quake

California’s Napa Valley, the site of a strong and damaging earthquake a week ago, was shaken by a small aftershock early on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, measuring magnitude 3.2, occurred five miles southwest of Napa. There were no immediate reports of damage. It was one of…

Iceland issues red alert after new eruption on island’s largest volcano

Iceland on Sunday raised the aviation alert at its largest volcano, Bardarbunga, to maximum level red following a new eruption in a lava field nearby. The alert entails a ban on all flights below 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometres) within a radius of 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometres, 11.5 miles) of…

Protest at controversial dolphin hunt leads to arrest of animal rights activists

Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation said Sunday. The activists were detained Saturday when attempting to save a pod of 33 pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, as…

California sex offender impersonating cop ‘arrests’ and rapes exotic dancer

A California exotic dancer who was raped by a convicted sex offender impersonating a police officer spoke about her ordeal to Fox 11 on Saturday. Desiree Patton said that her assailant, Guy Dietz, found her through online advertisements placed by the exotic dancing agency she works for. She said that…

Are emojis the world’s first universal language?

I sent one this morning. My pal texted to say that she was in that most invidious of contemporary social tangles: someone was offering her a Kate Bush spare but she had already committed herself elsewhere. Me, I was busy thinking about emoji. I didn’t have time to deal with…

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