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Abducted US journalist freed in east Ukraine, he tells AFP

Kiev - A US journalist abducted and held by pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine this week told AFP he was freed Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. professor preparing to engage in hunger strike ‘until death’ Special

San Francisco - Activists are rallying around a California man who will begin a hunger strike on May 13th in the hopes of forcing the government to begin dialogue about police brutality, releasing political prisoners, and its treatment of immigrants.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King - 10 comments

Syria raid kills 27, as chemical arms destruction nears end

Damascus - Syrian warplanes killed 27 civilians in a raid on a village market Thursday, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime nearly completed the surrender of its chemical weapons stockpile.
In the Media by AFP

UN Council threatens sanctions over S.Sudan violence

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday brandished the threat of sanctions against South Sudan government forces and rebels responsible for escalating abuses in a worsening civil war.
In the Media by André Viollaz (AFP)

Pope Francis in hot water over 'personal' phone calls

- Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Number of homeless in Vancouver triples in 3 years, mayor alarmed

The number of people in the Canadian city of Vancouver who are homeless has more than tripled since 2011, a recent count of the homeless shows, and the city's mayor says officials must "redouble" their effort to prevent homelessness.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 5 comments

Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

Kabul - An Afghan policeman opened fire at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity on Thursday, killing three Americans including a doctor, in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.
In the Media by Usman Sharafi (AFP) - 1 comment

Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that U.S. runs it

Braz - The Google executive considered to be one of the fathers of the Internet on Thursday debunked what he called the "myth" that it is controlled by the United States.
In the Media by Natalia Ramos (AFP)

Separatists brace for assault as Ukrainian tanks roll in

- Pungent fumes rose Thursday from the burning tyres and sandbags piled across one of the main roads leading to Slavyansk, the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian town controlled by rebels, where insurgents had just faced down the first challenge from Ukrainian...
In the Media by Bertrand De Saisset (AFP)

Mafia killer builds appeal case on Mourinho alibi

Rome - A mafia gangster is basing his appeal against a conviction for murdering a fellow mobster on photographs which show his associate was with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho at the time.
In the Media by AFP

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Will SWAT teams arrest bankers who owe $3 trillion for bailouts?

As the passions around the Cliven Bundy situation in Nevada swirl and kick into warp drive, the battle to define the real issues rages on.
In the Media by Ralph Lopez - 5 comments

F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

Munich - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying bribery charges that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail.
In the Media by Ryland James (AFP) - 1 comment

Sun and terror suspects: Welcome to Guantanamo Bay

Santiago De Cuba - Under the searing Caribbean sun, iguanas lounge and the golf course is parched. "RoboCop" plays at an open-air movie theater and Big Macs are on sale at McDonald's.But this is no vacation hotspot.
In the Media by Chantal Valery (AFP)

Putin enemy escapes immediate threat of jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny escaped Thursday the imminent threat of jail when a court extended his arrest, but did not put the top critic of President Vladimir Putin in pre-trial detention.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko , Anais Llobet (AFP)

Man crushed by giant John Paul II crucifix in Italy

Rome - An Italian man was crushed to death on Wednesday by a giant crucifix honouring John Paul II that collapsed during a ceremony ahead of the late pope's canonisation.
In the Media by AFP

Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

Paris - Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir.
In the Media by Mariette Le Roux, Véronique Martinache (AFP)

Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

Moscow - Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial Thursday in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko (AFP) - 1 comment

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

Dhamrai - She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.
In the Media by AFP
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