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Sheriffs never saw videos before rampage

Sheriffs never saw videos before rampage

Goleta, California – Sheriff’s deputies who showed up at Elliot Rodger’s doorstep last month to check on his mental health hadn’t seen online videos in which he threatens suicide and violence even though those recordings were what prompted his parents to call authorities. By the time law enforcement did see the videos, it was too […]

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Tycoon Poroshenko winning Ukraine vote – early returns

Tycoon Poroshenko winning Ukraine vote – early returns

Kiev, Ukraine – Early returns Monday suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine in the first round of balloting. In taking on the leadership of the bitterly divided country, he vowed to “put an end to war, chaos, crime, and bring peace to the Ukrainian land.’’ The 48-year-old billionaire, who claimed victory […]

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23 terror, extremist groups busted

Beijing – So far this month, police in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror and religious extremism groups and caught over 200 suspects, state media reported yesterday. It was the first announcement of a large number of arrests since an attack last week in the region’s capital killed at least […]

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Obama invokes 9/11 as latest Afghan troop mission pondered

Obama invokes 9/11 as latest Afghan troop mission pondered

Bagram, Afghanistan – As he ponders leaving some troops in Afghanistan after the longest US war, Barack Obama harkens back to the September 11, 2001 attacks to justify more than a decade of sacrifice. Whether the US president is also using that imagery to justify longer US military involvement in Afghanistan, senior political aides will […]

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Nationalist Modi set as India’s PM

New Delhi – Narendra Modi, the former teaboy set to become India’s prime minister, swept to power promising to jolt the country from the economic doldrums but he still faces a challenge to win over suspicious religious minorities. The 63-year-old son of low-caste parents from the western state of Gujarat will be sworn in on […]

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World Newsbits for May 27, 2014

Haunted by ghosts Taipei (AFP) – A quarter of a century after Communist authorities crushed the Tiananmen Square demonstrators and their hopes of reform, protest leader Wu’er Kaixi still lies awake at night, haunted by the dead and their unrealized dreams. Students rallying for democracy and freedom had filled the symbolic heart of Chinese power […]

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Pope to Muslims, Jews: Let’s work together for peace

Pope to Muslims, Jews: Let’s work together for peace

Jerusalem – Pope Francis yesterday called on Christians, Jews, and Muslims to “work together” for justice and peace on a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. “May we work together for justice and peace,” he said at the sprawling plaza, which is also considered sacred by Jews because it […]

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Thai coup leader threatens crackdown if protests resume

Thai coup leader threatens crackdown if protests resume

Bangkok – Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally endorsed by the king as head of a military council that will run the country, and warned he would use force if political protests flared up again. Prayuth seized power on May 22, saying the army would restore order after […]

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Pope navigates minefield of symbols in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Pope navigates minefield of symbols in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jerusalem - Pope Francis, at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visited on Monday Israel’s “Memorial to the Victims of Terror”, a day after praying at an Israeli security wall abhorred by Palestinians. The impromptu visit to the monument appeared to be an attempt to appease his Israeli hosts following the surprise stop at the […]

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Top CIA officer in Afghanistan mistakenly named by White House: report

Top CIA officer in Afghanistan mistakenly named by White House: report

Washington - The White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters on Sunday, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper said the official, identified as “Chief of Station” in Kabul, was named as being among those at a […]

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