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Parents of British brain tumor boy to go before Spanish judge

The arrested parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain will appear before a Spanish judge on Tuesday, police said. Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, will appear in a Madrid court following their arrest…

Ukrainian rebels prepare for renewed offensive as EU threatens Russia with sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists were preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as EU leaders gave Moscow one week to curb its support for the rebels or face new sanctions. A ragtag mix of volunteer battalions and local residents were bracing for a desperate defence…

Liberia bans sailors from disembarking from ships at seaports due to Ebola fears

Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country’s four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. Sailors on commercial ships can normally ask for a “shore pass” allowing them to get off the vessel and access…

Kidnapped child with brain tumor found in Spain with his parents

Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said. “Ashya King was found in a hotel 3 km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was…

Ultra-Orthodox Jews expelled from Guatemalan village after conflict with locals

A group of ultra-orthodox Jews who moved from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala a few months ago to find religious freedom have now been forced to leave their homes after conflict arose with local villagers there. The Lev Tahor settlement in the San Juan la Laguna, which is…

Dozens of Yazidi women ‘sold into marriage’ by ISIS: NGO

Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had…

Ecuador’s women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing — and found herself surrounded by other Ecuadoran women using their fists for protection in a country torn by sexual violence. Statistics paint a disturbing picture of the threats women face in the South American country: six out of…

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warns West will be jihadists’ next target

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in…

Cuban immigrants head back to sea after being turned away from Cayman Islands

By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) – Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman have resumed their voyage in a small, homemade aluminum boat after local officials turned them away, citing a migration agreement with Cuba. The 20-foot (6-meter) boat, a patchwork of fiberglass and metal…

Frantic search underway in Nicaragua after mine collapse traps at least 20 workers

Managua (AFP) – Rescue teams in Nicaragua were scrambling frantically Friday to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine. Two workers buried near the surface managed to dig their way out after the collapse early Thursday…

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