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US accuses Israel of targeting relatives of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian 16-year-old

The United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son was kidnapped and killed in July along with two cousins, who are US citizens. Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old…

Ancient scourge? Myanmar still sees 3,000 new leprosy cases a year

High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country’s battle with the ancient disease is far from over. It took six days by plane, boat, motorcycle, bus — and an arduous…

Liberia’s Ebola clampdown turns violent as local official and her family are evacuated

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia’s West Point slum which has been contained as part…

Three top Hamas commanders and four children among 15 dead in Israeli strike on Gaza

Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the bloody conflict. The leaders in the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades were among at least seven people killed when Israeli missiles totally destroyed a…

Report: Bank of America expected to pay $17 billion in mortgage settlement

Bank of America is expected to pay $17 billion to settle charges it misled investors on mortgage-linked securities in a deal that could come this week, U.S. media reported Wednesday. The agreement, the largest U.S. settlement with a single company, could come as soon as Thursday, reported the Wall Street…

Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues Satanist group for stealing wafers to use in ‘black mass’

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court…

WATCH LIVE: Protests continue in Ferguson despite rainy weather conditions

Demonstrations appeared to be continuing in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night despite rainfall pelting the area. Argus Radio, which has been livestreaming protests for most of the past week, reported that demonstrators were taking shelter under storefront awnings during the evening. Buzzfeed posted a picture of the storm as it…

Georgia aquarium sues federal officials in bid to import 18 beluga whales from Russia

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries service in September for the right to acquire…

Pakistani lawmakers meet with protestors pushing to force PM Sharif from office

Islamabad (AFP) – Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have…

New York man awarded $10 million after being wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi

New York (AFP) – A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said. Jabbar Collins, now 42, was convicted and sent to prison for the February 1994 murder of Abraham Pollack, an Orthodox rabbi who…

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