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Facebook challenged over drinking game deaths

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:37:23 GMT

Facebook was under pressure from lawmakers Tuesday to curb an online drinking game known as "Neknomination" after the phenomenon was linked to the recent deaths of two young men in Ireland.



Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage

Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:21:58 GMT




Outcry over the fate of Sochi's stray dogs

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:12:05 GMT

An outcry over the fate of stray animals being rounded up in Sochi is the latest problem to dog Russia's preparations for the Winter Olympics.



Women accused of smuggling rare iguanas in socksCustoms officers at Britain’s Heathrow Airport got a slippery surprise when they discovered 13 “incredibly rare” iguanas wrapped in socks, officials said Tuesday.

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:53:41 GMT

(image) Customs officers at Britain’s Heathrow Airport got a slippery surprise when they discovered 13 “incredibly rare” iguanas wrapped in socks, officials said Tuesday.


Customs officers at Britain’s Heathrow Airport got a slippery surprise when they discovered 13 “incredibly rare” iguanas wrapped in socks, officials said Tuesday.



Report: Austrian athletes receive Sochi kidnap threat

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:23:39 GMT

VIENNA - Austria's Olympic Committee has received a letter threatening to kidnap skier Marlies Schild and skeleton racer Janine Flock at the Sochi Winter Games that begin this week in Russia, Austrian media reported Tuesday.



U.S. ambassador to Russia to quit after Sochi

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:58:50 GMT

The United States ambassador to Russia announced Tuesday he would be leaving his post after the Sochi Winter Olympics.



Amanda Knox judge faces investigation for commentsItaly's justice department said Tuesday it was investigating comments by one of the judges who reinstated the murder conviction for Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:06:59 GMT

(image) Italy's justice department said Tuesday it was investigating comments by one of the judges who reinstated the murder conviction for Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.


Italy's justice department said Tuesday it was investigating comments by one of the judges who reinstated the murder conviction for Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.



Olympic construction leaves Sochi residents in the coldOn a small mountain ridge just outside Sochi, 73-year-old Nadezhda Kuharenko’s house is crumbling. Ever since construction for the Olympics began in 2009, trucks with heavy equipment have rumbled past, leading to cracks and a leaky roof.

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:51:29 GMT

(image) On a small mountain ridge just outside Sochi, 73-year-old Nadezhda Kuharenko’s house is crumbling. Ever since construction for the Olympics began in 2009, trucks with heavy equipment have rumbled past, leading to cracks and a leaky roof.


On a small mountain ridge just outside Sochi, 73-year-old Nadezhda Kuharenko’s house is crumbling. Ever since construction for the Olympics began in 2009, trucks with heavy equipment have rumbled past, leading to cracks and a leaky roof.



Gay-rights groups to steer clear of Sochi OlympicsThe Sochi Olympics present a unique chance for gay-rights organizations to call attention to anti-gay laws passed under President Vladimir Putin, most notably one that criminalized the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations.

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:45:07 GMT

(image) The Sochi Olympics present a unique chance for gay-rights organizations to call attention to anti-gay laws passed under President Vladimir Putin, most notably one that criminalized the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations.


The Sochi Olympics present a unique chance for gay-rights organizations to call attention to anti-gay laws passed under President Vladimir Putin, most notably one that criminalized the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations.



Student kills 2, takes 20 hostage in Moscow schoolA teenager stormed his school in Moscow on Monday, shooting dead a teacher and a police officer and taking 20 of his classmates hostage, officials said.

Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:14:24 GMT

(image) A teenager stormed his school in Moscow on Monday, shooting dead a teacher and a police officer and taking 20 of his classmates hostage, officials said.


A teenager stormed his school in Moscow on Monday, shooting dead a teacher and a police officer and taking 20 of his classmates hostage, officials said.



Four weddings and a revolution in UkraineThe protest barricades in Kiev have become an unlikely location for declarations of love.

Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:20:38 GMT

(image) The protest barricades in Kiev have become an unlikely location for declarations of love.


The protest barricades in Kiev have become an unlikely location for declarations of love.



Olympic Loo-Loo: Another twin toilet found in Sochi SOCHI, Russia — Twin Toilets, No. 2. Side-by-side toilets in a men's bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon venue for the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia.

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:43:21 GMT

(image) SOCHI, Russia — Twin Toilets, No. 2. Side-by-side toilets in a men's bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon venue for the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia.


SOCHI, Russia — Twin Toilets, No. 2. Side-by-side toilets in a men's bathroom caused a social media sensation last month when they were discovered at the biathlon venue for the Sochi Olympics, swiftly becoming a national joke in Russia.



Europe, US to offer aid to Ukraine: EU official

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:08:45 GMT

The European Union and the United States are working on a plan for significant short-term financial assistance for Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was quoted on Sunday as saying.



Diver killed working on Costa Concordia shipwreck

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 03:25:07 GMT

A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said.



West, Russia accuse each other of 'coercing' UkraineMUNICH - The United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia on Saturday in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with U.S., E.U. and NATO leaders saying Moscow must not strong-arm Kiev into an unpopular alliance.

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:43:11 GMT

(image) MUNICH - The United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia on Saturday in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with U.S., E.U. and NATO leaders saying Moscow must not strong-arm Kiev into an unpopular alliance.


MUNICH - The United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia on Saturday in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with U.S., E.U. and NATO leaders saying Moscow must not strong-arm Kiev into an unpopular alliance.



If appeal fails, Amanda Knox likely to be extraditedIf Italy asks the United States to extradite Amanda Knox, the decision will probably come down to Secretary of State John Kerry — and legal experts say it would be difficult for him to refuse the request.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:07:20 GMT

(image) If Italy asks the United States to extradite Amanda Knox, the decision will probably come down to Secretary of State John Kerry — and legal experts say it would be difficult for him to refuse the request.


If Italy asks the United States to extradite Amanda Knox, the decision will probably come down to Secretary of State John Kerry — and legal experts say it would be difficult for him to refuse the request.



Judge in Amanda Knox case speaks out

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:15:50 GMT

The judge who presided over Amanda Knox's second murder conviction says he suffered over the verdict but that he and the jury agreed about her guilt in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.



Stolen blood of Pope John Paul II found by policeItalian police on Friday recovered a piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the gold and glass case that once contained the relic.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:51:55 GMT

(image) Italian police on Friday recovered a piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the gold and glass case that once contained the relic.


Italian police on Friday recovered a piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the gold and glass case that once contained the relic.



Ukraine activist: Kidnappers cut off part of my earA Ukrainian opposition activist said he was held captive for more than a week and tortured, in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis that police are investigating.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:54:45 GMT

(image) A Ukrainian opposition activist said he was held captive for more than a week and tortured, in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis that police are investigating.


A Ukrainian opposition activist said he was held captive for more than a week and tortured, in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis that police are investigating.



Knox's ex-boyfriend: I wasn't trying to fleeAmanda Knox's ex-boyfriend said Friday that he was out of Italy when he got the stunning news that they had been re-convicted of her roommate's brutal murder and he immediately returned with the intent to surrender his passport.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:43:56 GMT

(image) Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend said Friday that he was out of Italy when he got the stunning news that they had been re-convicted of her roommate's brutal murder and he immediately returned with the intent to surrender his passport.


Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend said Friday that he was out of Italy when he got the stunning news that they had been re-convicted of her roommate's brutal murder and he immediately returned with the intent to surrender his passport.



Radiation forces U.K. nuclear workers to stay home

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:11:56 GMT

A nuclear facility in north-west England ordered some workers to stay at home Friday after increased levels of radioactivity were recorded, its operator said.



Italian appeals court finds Amanda Knox guilty in third murder trial

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:06:57 GMT

American student Amanda Knox, who spent four years in prison before her murder verdict was overturned, was re-convicted Thursday of stabbing to death her roommate when they were students in Italy in 2007.



Ukraine president on sick leave as protests continue

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:22:17 GMT

Almost two months into an increasingly violent stalemate with protesters, Ukraine's embattled president announced Thursday he was taking sick leave on Thursday.



Tot's Mafia shooting, burning death shocks Italy

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:36:36 GMT

ROME – “Don’t kill women and children” used to be part of the mafia code of honor. That’s why the recent shooting death of a 3-year-old, whose body was burned virtually beyond recognition, has shocked this nation long used to gruesome mob killings.



Far-flung Sochi Olympic protest park an 'insult'

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:10:47 GMT

SOCHI, Russia - Trains rumbled by, cars sped along the highway overpass above, and only few pedestrians strolled through this public park on a recent gray day in Khosta, a beachside part of Greater Sochi, declared as the official protest zone during the Olympic Winter Games.



Are far-right militants taking over Ukraine's liberal protest?Ukraine's nationalist groups have been playing an increasingly dominant role since the protests have turned violent.

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:41:32 GMT

(image) Ukraine's nationalist groups have been playing an increasingly dominant role since the protests have turned violent.


Ukraine's nationalist groups have been playing an increasingly dominant role since the protests have turned violent.



Street painting likens Pope Francis to SupermanROME -- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s “Superpope.”

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:58:32 GMT

(image) ROME -- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s “Superpope.”


ROME -- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s “Superpope.”



What you need to know about the Ukraine

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:09:39 GMT

The government of Ukraine offered two big concessions Tuesday in hopes of calming a violent uprising that has gripped the capital city and begun to spread through the rest of the country.



'Bond' star hacked, PM's ex-aide knew: witness

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:00:53 GMT

LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director demanded to hear a hacked voicemail message revealing an affair between "James Bond" star Daniel Craig and actress Sienna Miller, a court heard Tuesday.



Ex-Bosnian Serb army boss refuses to testify for old ally

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:18:27 GMT

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic refused to testify in support of his one-time political ally Radovan Karadzic who called him as a defense witness at his war crimes trial at The Hague on Tuesday.



CSI Vatican: Scene of Pope blood heist revealedItalian police have revealed the crime scene where thieves stole a vial of the late Pope John Paul II's blood.

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:50:51 GMT

(image) Italian police have revealed the crime scene where thieves stole a vial of the late Pope John Paul II's blood.


Italian police have revealed the crime scene where thieves stole a vial of the late Pope John Paul II's blood.



Ukraine anti-protest laws repealed; PM resigns

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:34:11 GMT

Ukraine’s prime minister resigned Tuesday, just hours before the country's parliament voted in favor of repealing a set of anti-protest laws which had triggered violent unrest in Kiev.



Queen Elizabeth down to last $1.6M in reservesLONDON --  Britain's Queen Elizabeth has just £1 million ($1.6 million) left in financial reserves after the Royal Household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report by British lawmakers released Tuesday.

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:12:56 GMT

(image) LONDON --  Britain's Queen Elizabeth has just £1 million ($1.6 million) left in financial reserves after the Royal Household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report by British lawmakers released Tuesday.


LONDON --  Britain's Queen Elizabeth has just £1 million ($1.6 million) left in financial reserves after the Royal Household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report by British lawmakers released Tuesday.



Tight security welcomes Olympic torch to Dagestan

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:05:25 GMT

The Olympic torch arrived in Russia's volatile Dagestan region amid heightened security Monday as terrorism concerns continued to dominate the run-up to next month's Winter Olympics.



Spacewalkers repeat camera job, with mixed successTwo Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left undone last month, but ran into new trouble.

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:32:47 GMT

(image) Two Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left undone last month, but ran into new trouble.


Two Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left undone last month, but ran into new trouble.



Ukraine president will scrap anti-protest laws

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:00:31 GMT

Ukraine's beleaguered president on Monday agreed to scrap harsh anti-protest laws that set off a wave of clashes between protesters and police over the past week.



Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:02:17 GMT

ROME -- A relic containing drops of late Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen, Italian authorities said Monday. The vial was stolen from the Church of San Pietro della Leuca in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy on Saturdday.



Snowden says NSA engages in industrial espionage

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:34:31 GMT

BERLIN — The U.S. National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a German TV network.



Militants tell Russia: Rebel against Putin, or else

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:24:07 GMT

Militants who claimed responsibility for last month's suicide bombings that killed at least 34 people in the city of Volgograd have warned Russians that they faced more attacks if they didn’t rebel against President Vladimir Putin.



Angry birds attack peace doves released by popeThat gull has some gall.  Showing no respect for the Holy See at all, a group of other birds swept in and attacked two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis on Sunday.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:13:39 GMT

(image) That gull has some gall.  Showing no respect for the Holy See at all, a group of other birds swept in and attacked two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis on Sunday.


That gull has some gall.  Showing no respect for the Holy See at all, a group of other birds swept in and attacked two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis on Sunday.