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  • IS confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

    The Islamic State group confirmed Sunday its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage, following the release of a video announcing his death. "The Islamic State has carried out its threat... it has executed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after the…

    AFP
  • How an ISIS Beheading Might Change Japan

    A video released on Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts show the apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old Japanese citizen who had been held captive by ISIS forces since last August. Yukawa's death hasn't been independently verified, but the Japanese government said it believes the…

    The Atlantic
  • Qatar court tells US family to decide on execution

    A Qatari court ruled Sunday that the parents of an American teacher murdered in the Gulf state should decide whether her alleged killer is executed. The Pennsylvania-based family of Jennifer Brown can choose between the death penalty, compensation -- "blood money" under Islam law -- or a pardon for…

    AFP42 mins ago
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    Ghosts of Auschwitz (19 photos)

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. The Germans built the Auschwitz camp in 1940 as a place of incarceration for the Poles. From 1942, it became the…

    Yahoo News58 mins ago
  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

    By Douglas Busvine and Alessandra Prentice NEW DELHI/KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five…

    Reuters34 mins ago
  • Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

    Associated Press
  • Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll

    A search is under way on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. A group of researchers travelled Sunday to Mili Atoll where a small aluminium cover plate and part of a landing-gear wheel assembly, believed to be from…

    AFP
  • America Isn’t No. 1 Anymore: Here Are the Most Obese—and Slimmest—Countries in the World

    Obesity rates are increasing everywhere. Worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980, according to the Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization this week. More recently, the U.K.’s Clinic Compare created a map (above) based on international obesity statistics by the CIA, which…

    Takepart.com
  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.

    Associated Press
  • NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

    Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet. The first mission to Pluto began in January 2006 when an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida and hauled…

    AFP31 mins ago
  • Not by bread alone: Russians urged to go without for Putin

    Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God. These and other tips are being offered to Russians by lawmakers, top policy makers and the Russian Orthodox Church as the gravity of the economic crisis…

    AFP
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    Historical images of New York City Subway (62 photos)

    The first subway line in New York City opened about 35 years after the first elevated train line in NYC, October 27, 1904. The subway lines opened in 1904 were owned and run by privately owned companies. They also started some elevated train lines in Brooklyn. In 1913 New York City built and…

    Yahoo News59 mins ago
  • 'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

    BOSTON (AP) — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

    Associated Press
  • US Muslims threatened after 'American Sniper'

    Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie "American Sniper," an American-Arab organization said in letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. In the open letters released earlier this week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination…

    AFP
  • ISIS video: Is this Japanese beheading real or fake?

    In the video, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holds up a photo that purportedly shows the beheaded body of his companion, security contractor Haruna Yukawa. In both cases, questions have been raised about their authenticity.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Wagner is boasting that the American women can win medals at the world championships.

    Associated Press