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  • Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting
    Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

    By Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province north of Baghdad said 68 people had been killed in the sectarian attack staged on the Muslim day of prayer. Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

  • High school senior says she was suspended for saying 'bless you'
    High school senior says she was suspended for saying 'bless you'

    A high school senior in Tennessee says she was given an in-school suspension for saying "bless you" to classmate who had sneezed.

  • Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season
    Harvick wins Bristol pole; 5th of this season

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.

  • Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy
    Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. Shortly after his remarks, Palestinian officials said Israel had flattened a house in a Gaza City air strike, wounding at least 40 people. Israel's military spokesman said another ground war was possible if necessary to stop the rocket fire.

  • Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome
    Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome

    Scientist Richard Dawkins apologised on Thursday for causing a "feeding frenzy" on Twitter after he said it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with Down's Syndrome. Dawkins, who has been at the centre of a series of controversies on social media, responded to a user who said they would face a "real ethical dilemma" if they discovered they were expecting a baby with Down's Syndrome.

  • Jury rejects oil spill claim against Enbridge

    A Michigan jury on Thursday rejected two men's claims that Enbridge Inc. should compensate them for what they say are losses because of a 2010 oil pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River system. The Calhoun ...

  • ACLU: Ferguson police report on Michael Brown's death violates law
    ACLU: Ferguson police report on Michael Brown's death violates law

    A barebones police report on the death of Michael Brown, released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, violates Missouri open records laws, an ACLU attorney told Yahoo News Friday.

  • NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen
    NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday the alliance had observed an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine. "We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery to separatist groups in eastern Ukraine," Rasmussen said in a statement. Rasmussen said Russia continued to escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine and that this could lead to further isolation of Moscow. (Reporting by Martin Santa and Julia Fioretti; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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