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The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.

Ted Cruz ends White House bid

2016-05-04 08:42

Ted Cruz has dropped out of the White House race after suffering a crushing defeat in Indiana's primary, leaving the road wide open for Donald Trump to seize the Republican nomination.

Good Samaritan killed trying to help wounded Texas woman

2016-05-04 05:53

Authorities say a father of three was killed when he tried to help a woman who had been shot by her husband outside the Dallas-area store where she works.

Takata saga: 35-million more cars to be recalled?

2016-05-04 08:15

Takata is preparing to recall at least another 35-million airbags in the US to address a defect linked to 11 fatalities, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Former NY top political powerbroker gets 12yrs'

2016-05-03 23:15

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a prosecution that exposed corruption at the highest levels of state government.

 
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Belgian court jails jihadist recruiters for Syria

2016-05-04 05:53

A Brussels court has handed jail terms of up to seven years to 26 members of a group that recruited fighters for Syria and had included one of the suicide bombers responsible for the March 22 attacks in the Belgian capital.

Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination

2016-05-04 06:50

Donald Trump has all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a victory in Indiana, clearing his path to a likely face-off with Hillary Clinton in November for the White House.

Man in wheelchair, left in sun at Florida nursing home, dies

2016-05-03 23:15

A Florida nursing home is under investigation after police say a 65-year-old man who was left in the sun, died after suffering second-degree burns and symptoms of dehydration.

Officials: Candles possible cause of NY church fire

2016-05-03 23:10

Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation, but it could have been candles.

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ISIS may be making chemical weapons - watchdog

2016-05-03 22:34

There are "extremely worrying" signs that the Islamic State group may be making its own chemical weapons and may have used them already in Iraq and Syria, a global watchdog says.

Philippine militants threaten hostages in video warning

2016-05-03 22:34

Islamic militants in the Philippines have issued a fresh warning threatening to harm three hostages, just over a week after they beheaded a captive.

'Carlos the Jackal' must face trial for 1974 attack

2016-05-03 21:57

Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted militants, must face trial for a deadly 1974 grenade attack in Paris, France's highest appeals court has ruled.

Life sentence for Israeli ringleader in burning alive of Palestinian teen

2016-05-03 21:57

An Israeli court has handed down a life sentence to the ringleader of a Jewish gang who kidnapped, beat and burned alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014.

French 'zombie' worker sues boss over 'bore-out'

2016-05-03 21:00

A Frenchman is suing his former boss over the crushing boredom he suffered in a job he claims turned him into a "professional zombie".

UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

2016-05-03 20:28

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding that all parties to conflicts protect medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities against violence and attacks.

German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers

2016-05-03 17:16

Germany's Jews are divided over whether to welcome or oppose an unprecedented wave of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel.

Gang rape, murder of Indonesian girl sparks call for reform

2016-05-03 17:16

The rape and murder of a teenage girl by 14 men has reignited calls in Indonesia for a sexual violence law that is languishing in Parliament to be enacted.

German jihadist goes on trial for war crimes in Syria

2016-05-03 16:23

A 21-year-old German jihadist has gone on trial for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs next to the severed heads of two victims of the conflict.

Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

2016-05-03 14:30

A major fire has damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.

Indian police hunt man who sexually mutilated and murdered student

2016-05-03 13:32

India police have been hunting a man who sexually mutilated and murdered a student, an officer says, an attack which echoes the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a Delhi student that sparked mass protests.

French parliament debates labour law after violent protests

2016-05-03 12:13

After a month of often violent protests, French legislators are starting to debate a hotly contested labour bill that would make it easier to fire workers and weaken some union powers.

Two severed heads found in Mexico City

2016-05-03 10:46

Two severed human heads were found in Mexico City over the weekend, authorities say - gruesome discoveries that are more common in other regions of the country.

Obama's wish about bin Laden's last moments

2016-05-03 09:44

Five years after US special forces killed Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama shared his wish about bin Laden's final moments.

N Korea says tricked waitresses 'abducted' to South

2016-05-03 08:34

North Korea has stepped up its calls for South Korea to return 12 waitresses whom Pyongyang says Seoul abducted from a restaurant in China.

Judge grants request to move hot SUV death trial

2016-05-03 05:15

The judge in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die has granted a defence request to move the trial.

Palestinian rams three Israelis with car, shot dead

2016-05-03 22:34

A Palestinian has rammed his car into a group of Israelis in the occupied West Bank, injuring three people before being shot dead, the Israeli army says.

US accuses Russia of 'nuclear sabre-rattling'

2016-05-03 22:34

Defence Secretary Ash Carter has used a US military changing-of-the-guard ceremony to blast Russian aggression in Europe.

Air raids on ISIS Syria bastion kill 19 civilians

2016-05-03 21:57

Heavy air strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State group's de facto Syria capital Raqa have killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists, a monitor says.

Italian navy to resume recovery of boat full of dead migrants

2016-05-03 21:00

Improved sea conditions are permitting the Italian navy to resume a complex operation to recover a sunken fishing boat with the bodies of hundreds of migrants inside.

US rabbi accused of raping, molesting teen '100s of times'

2016-05-03 21:00

A Connecticut rabbi is being sued on allegations he raped and molested a teenage boy hundreds of times when the boy was a student at a Jewish board school in New Haven from 2001 to 2005.

Lawmakers hurt in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka parly

2016-05-03 20:28

Several lawmakers have been injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka's parliament after a protest over the removal of military security for former President Mahinda Rajapakasa.

Solitary confinement doubles in Israeli jails: UN panel

2016-05-03 19:29

The use of solitary confinement in Israeli jails nearly doubled between 2012 and 2014, a UN panel investigating the Jewish state over a raft of alleged violations of prisoners' rights says.

EU to move on ending visas for Turkish citizens

2016-05-03 19:29

The EU is set to move on lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens, part of a widely criticised deal to get Turkey to stop migrants trying to enter Greece.

UN fears operation near Mosul will displace 30 000 more Iraqis

2016-05-03 18:24

An ongoing joint Iraqi operation against the Islamic State group south of the city of Mosul could displace 30 000 civilians in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency has warned.

German 'house of horrors' couple tortured, killed 2 women

2016-05-03 18:24

A German couple lured women to their village home with personal contact ads, then trapped, tortured and killed at least two of them, authorities say.

Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death

2016-05-03 17:16

A special war crimes court in Bangladesh has sentenced four men to death for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

3 dead, 17 wounded by rebel fire on hospital in Syria's Aleppo

2016-05-03 16:23

Rebel fire on a hospital in a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria's second city Aleppo killed three women and wounded another 17 people, state media reported.

Stealing food by the hungry and poor not a crime, Italy says

2016-05-03 14:31

Italy's highest court has acquitted a homeless man of stealing cheese and sausages, ruling that the theft of small amounts of food by the hungry poor is not a crime.

Rebel rocket fire kills 4 civilians in Syria's Aleppo

2016-05-03 14:01

Rebel rocket fire on government-held districts of Syria's Aleppo has killed at least four civilians but an AFP correspondent reported no regime air strikes on rebel areas as ceasefire efforts intensify.

Tens of thousands flock to Baghdad shrine braving bomb threat

2016-05-03 12:57

Tens of thousands of Shiite faithful have converged on a north Baghdad shrine for the peak of an annual pilgrimage, braving the threat of attack after two jihadist bombings.

Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast

2016-05-03 12:13

A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, 30% of people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.

Refugee sets herself alight at Australian camp

2016-05-03 09:44

A refugee who set herself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru after being sent there by Australia was in a critical condition, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act of self-harm.

Indonesian villagers 'mistook sex toy for angel'

2016-05-03 08:38

Indonesian villagers thought they had been blessed when a beautiful doll turned up on a beach, believing it to be an angel fallen from heaven, only to discover it was an inflatable sex toy.

Trump eyes knockout blow against Cruz in Indiana

2016-05-03 05:48

Donald Trump is aiming for a thumping victory against Ted Cruz as Indiana republicans vote on their candidate for Republican presidential nominee, in what could signal the end of the race.

German intel chief: Terrorism threat 'complex'

2016-05-02 22:42

The head of Germany's intelligence agency says attacks in Paris and Brussels show the "highly complex" nature of the terrorism threat.

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