Google vice president jumps from stratosphere beating world record

Google's vice president Alan Eustace safely jumps from the stratosphere over New Mexico beating the previous skydiving world record. … [Read more...]

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Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

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Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a European Union summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 24, 2014 David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The prime minister hijacked a meeting that was meant to be focused on Europe's stalling economy, saying the "unacceptable" bill was a surprise and that Britain was being punished for running … [Read more...]

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

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Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the … [Read more...]

Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

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Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, and a female companion, who were described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as armed and dangerous, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered … [Read more...]

A march against Ebola and ignorance in New York

Demonstrators march across Manhattan to the United Nations to call for action against Ebola and an end to the stigmatization of African immigrants. … [Read more...]

Fight for Kobani stirs old vendetta among Turkey’s Kurds

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Kurdish protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 8, 2014. The war between Kurds and Islamists in Syria has rekindled a decades-old vendetta in southeast Turkey, where a sequence of lynchings and assassinations is reminiscent of a bloody past. In the early 1990s, Kurdish nationalists accused Turkey's authorities of using local Islamist groups to conduct a campaign of extra-judicial killings, a charge that successive governments denied. Street battles between the … [Read more...]

Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16: Xinhua

Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country. The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials. Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added. The report did not identify the name of the coal mine and … [Read more...]

Mali isolates dozens amid alarm after first Ebola case

Dozens of people who came into contact with Mali's first confirmed Ebola patient are isolated, as concerns mount that the epidemic hitting neighboring states could take hold in the war-ravaged country. … [Read more...]

Putin accuses U.S. of damaging world order

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses the U.S. of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat" in international diplomacy. … [Read more...]

Gas and conflict dominate Ukraine vote

President Poroshenko's bloc holds a lead ahead of Ukraine's election, according to opinion polls, with a rising populist party set to take second place. Ukraine's prime minister says he fears Russia might disrupt the vote, but a row over gas supplies does appear to be easing. … [Read more...]