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Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency and got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.



Tillerson Travels To U.N. To Discuss Issues Involving North Korea

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:36:00 -0500

The secretary of state goes to the U.N. on Friday, just days after he offered to talk to North Korea with no preconditions. That would represent a change in approach for the Trump administration.



Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:18:00 -0500

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.



Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.



Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:00 -0500

British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the Kremlin's improved naval capabilities pose a risk to communications and Internet cables that would be an economic catastrophe if severed.



Talks On Future Trade Relations Are A Pivotal Moment In Brexit Process

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The tortuous process of Britain leaving the European Union reaches a crucial stage on Friday when EU leaders decide if they are ready to talk about the future relationship of the two sides.



News Brief: Tax Overhaul Progresses, Tillerson On North Korea

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Tax overhaul would be a legislative victory for Republicans, but they can only afford to loose 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Secretary of State Tillerson heads to the U.N. to talk about North Korea.



Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:52:00 -0500

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.



Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:38:09 -0500

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.



Four Children Killed In School Bus And Train Collision In France

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:19 -0500

The interior minister said he was "overwhelmed by the tragedy." The bus was filled with adolescents. Many were injured.



Putin Says He Hopes For Better U.S.-Russia Relations

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

The Russian president made the comments during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday — but the nearly four-hour speech was dominated by domestic issues, ahead of next year's election.



European Union Leaders To Review Britain's Brexit Progress

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

European Union Leaders will meet in Brussels on Friday to decide if Britain has made sufficient progress in its attempts to leave the EU. If Britain has mad enough progress, the two sides can start talking about their future relationship.



Flight Team Spruces Up Route Over Germany In Shape Of Giant Christmas Tree

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:29:34 -0500

The Airbus A380 team took advantage of a test flight to render the sky-high tidings on Wednesday.



'Why Do You Have This Spy Hysteria?' Putin Asks At Annual News Conference

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:46:00 -0500

"They undermine their own nation," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of President Trump's American critics. The news conference went on for nearly four hours.



At Least 6,700 Myanmar Rohingya Killed In Single Month, Aid Group Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Doctors Without Borders conducted field studies in neighboring Bangladesh, where Rohingya Muslims have fled since the beginning of what the U.N. describes as "ethnic cleansing."