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  • Mayor Lowers Death Toll to 2 in Mexico City Gas Explosion at Children's Hospital

    A gas tank truck explosion collapsed large parts of a Mexico City maternity and children's hospital today, leaving two dead and dozens injured. Earlier, officials including Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera and Fausto Lugo, the head of Mexico City Civil Protection, reported that seven people…

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  • Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House

    Semantics aside, the Taliban is suspected in multiple attacks over just the last 48 hours that have killed more than 30 people, including a suicide bombing attack on a funeral in Afghanistan today that killed 16 and wounded 39. The issue has come up because the White House insisted on Wednesday…

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  • Senator John McCain Calls Out Protesters Who Swarmed Henry Kissinger

    Protesters from the group CodePink swarmed behind Kissinger as he arrived alongside two other former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and George Shultz, for a hearing on U.S. national security strategy. They held up signs calling Kissinger a criminal and chanted “arrest Henry Kissinger for…

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  • Russian ‘Spy’ Arrested in NYC Denies Charges, Report Says

    Evgeny Buryakov, who worked at the Russian bank Vnesheconombank, was arrested Monday and accused of being a “non-official cover” agent of the Russian foreign intelligence outfit SVR. The Russian outlet TASS reported today that Russian officials had been granted a consular visit to Buryakov in…

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  • Senators Introduce Legislation to Lift Cuba Travel Ban

    A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation today that would end the travel ban between the U.S. and Cuba -– the first legislation to be introduced this year following President Obama’s executive action to start opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. The legislation, titled “The Freedom…

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  • YouTube: The Tremendous Task of Policing Content

    The seemingly impossible challenge YouTube faces to swiftly block all terrorist propaganda and hostage videos was highlighted this week during a meeting of the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking to lawmakers, Verity Harding, the public policy manager for Google, which owns the video…

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  • ISIS Appears to Arrange Prisoner Swap in New Hostage Recording

    In a new message uploaded online today, a Japanese hostage of the terror group ISIS purportedly arranges a prisoner swap in which he would go free in exchange for a convicted terrorist held by Jordan -– or a Jordanian pilot held by ISIS will be killed. In an audio recording, allegedly made by…

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  • 5-Year-Old Girl Dies After Catching the Flu, Even After Getting Vaccine

    Kiera Driscoll, 5, had a slight fever on Sunday morning, but she seemed to be feeling better after taking some children's ibuprofen, said her father, Patrick Driscoll. "In fact, she was playing outside that afternoon with my wife and even made a comment that it was 'the most fun time ever,'"…

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  • American Among Dead in Tripoli, Libya, Hotel Attack

    Several gunmen wearing ski masks stormed the Corinthia Hotel, a hotel popular with western diplomats and journalists in Libya’s capitol, Tripoli, taking a number of hostages and leaving at least eight dead, including an American, four other foreigners and three security guards. A Libyan government…

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  • Astronomers Discover Ancient Solar System With 5 Earth-Like Planets

    The discovery of a solar system as old as the Milky Way and with five Earth-like planets could shed new light on the possibility of ancient life forms in the galaxy. The planets orbit around Kepler 444, which at 11.2 billion years old, is more than twice as old as the sun, according to researchers…

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  • ISIS Hostage Says He'll Be Killed Within 24 Hours

    In a chilling new video from the terror group ISIS, the Japanese journalist held hostage allegedly says that he and another captive have been given 24 hours or less to live unless a convicted terrorist is freed from prison. "It is me for her," he says, referring to Sajida al-Rishawi, a female…

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  • Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet Muhammad

    The state-run Anadolu Agency reported the ruling was handed down late Sunday by a court in Ankara. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • US Races to Aid Japan After ISIS 'Kills' One Hostage

    U.S. intelligence is focusing its efforts today on helping to find and potentially rescue the surviving Japanese ISIS hostage, who in a new video released over the weekend was forced to hold what appeared to be a photograph of his fellow hostage beheaded. In the new video, journalist Kenji Goto…

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  • My Bro Modi: President Obama’s Unlikely Friendship With a Right-Wing Hindu

    If there’s an Indian equivalent of President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narenda Modi just might be it. And it comes in spite of the fact that Modi is a right-wing Hindu extremist. They have views about India being a country only for Hindus,” said Milan Vaishnav, a leading India analyst with the…

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  • At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

    The first conservative showcase of the 2016 cycle is taking place in Iowa today, marking the unofficial start of the presidential cycle. Most of the jabs have been focused directly at President Obama and a Democrat they may be running against -- Hillary Clinton. "You can't have Bush," Trump said,…

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  • State Dinner for Obama: an Indian Food Lover's Dream

    The Obamas dined with the president and prime minister of India inside the ornate Rashtrapati Bhavan, lit up by festive lights in honor of Republic Day. Dozens of Indian dancers also performed, wearing intricate and colorful traditional costumes and showcasing five styles of dance for the Obamas. …

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Thinks He Could 'Certainly' Win Iowa

    Christie spoke exclusively with ABC News following his speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the first major event of the year to bring together a dozen potential presidential candidates in Iowa. “I’m being deliberative about it and I’m not going to let anybody else rush me,” he said.

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