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Al Qaida inspired group claims suicide bombing attack against Lebanese soldiers that killed 3

BEIRUT – An al-Qaida linked group is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing against Lebanese soldiers that killed at least three people, the latest attack linked to the neighbouring Syrian war. The Nusra Front in Lebanon said in a statement on Twitter late Saturday that one of their followers blew himself up at an army …

9 attackers dead after assault on Somalia presidential palace; Army weapons sold to militants

  MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Canadian was identified as one of those killed in a terrorist attack on Somalia’s presidential palace on Friday. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed that Mohamud Hersi Abdulle, a former intelligence commander and an aide to the prime minister, died in the attack by nine members of the terrorist group …

Student protest over campus rape attempt lit fuse behind Venezuelan unrest

  SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela – Major Venezuelan cities have been roiled by violent protests in recent days but the unrest actually began far from the capital with a little-known incident on a college campus in a city that now seems under siege. Just over a week before the co-ordinated Feb. 12 opposition rallies across the …

Venezuelan beauty queen slain in protest mourned as victim of political violence

  Genesis Carmona: Photos from  Génesis Carmona Facebook page (Selfie taken by the beauty queen; Genesis, being taken to hospital by a friend, after an assassin’s bullet at a protest rally caused a fatal head wound; funeral procession of Genesis Carmona.)   VALENCIA, Venezuela – A university student beauty queen was mourned Friday in the …

Police: Oregon teenagers wrote plan to lure student to shed, cut swastika into his forehead

  PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities say four Oregon teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead had spent an evening sketching out ideas for torturing him. According to an affidavit filed Tuesday, the Feb. 10 attack went as planned, until they released the …

3 Mexicans, 6 Guatemalans sentenced to 106 years in drug massacre of 27

GUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemalan court has convicted three Mexican men and six Guatemalans on murder and kidnapping charges for the 2011 massacre of 27 farm workers. It sentenced each of them to 106 years in prison. Judge Jeannette Valdez Rodas said Friday in announcing the verdict that the evidence showed “a scene of terror” …

UN says civilians bore brunt of ethnic violence that likely killed thousands in South Sudan

The United Nations says in its first report on human rights abuses during the conflict in South Sudan that civilians bore the brunt of ethnic violence that likely killed thousands. The report says thousands more were subjected to rape, arbitrary arrest, torture and the looting and burning of their homes. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in …

Proposal to divide California into 6 states moves closer to voter consideration

  LOS ANGELES – California has reached the breaking point, says a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is pushing a proposal to divide the nation’s most populous state into six separate states. California has grown so big, so inefficient, it’s essentially ungovernable, according to a ballot initiative that could reach voters as early as November. …

Obama to host Dalai Lama on Friday at White House; US urges China to talk with Tibetan leader

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will meet with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday at the White House. The White House says Obama is hosting the Dalai Lama in his capacity as a respected religious and cultural leader. The Nobel laureate is famed for his peaceful struggle for greater Tibetan autonomy …

8 US school wrestlers kicked out of tournament after lynching photo appears online

    TRENTON, N.J. -An attorney for eight young U.S. wrestlers kicked out of a tournament after a photo surfaced of team members apparently simulating a lynching says the boys only intended to show school spirit. Scott Wilhelm said in a prepared statement that the New Jersey students didn’t think what they were doing could …

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