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world 'Teen terror' and 'Xmas costs less' - the papers

The West's struggle to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State militants features in some papers, while others are gearing up for Christmas festivities.

22 minutes ago // Reuters

world Special Report: Depleted oil field is window into China's corruption crackdown

LIMAU, Indonesia Reuters - In a muddy clearing in southern Sumatra, a portable diesel power plant hammers away alongside a wellhead, struggling to extract crude from a depleted reservoir that lies below farmland and rubber plantations.

24 minutes ago // VOA

world US Racial Justice Quest Comes Full Circle in 'Selma'

When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr. movie "Selma," she was nervous about whether 21-century Americans would see relevance in a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights. She needn't have worried. "Selma," the first U.S. feature film to focus on the iconic civil rights leader, arrives in theaters next week, after nationwide protests over the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers that have put race relations back on top of the political agenda.

26 minutes ago // BBC

world Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

27 minutes ago // BBC

world Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

27 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Celtics to trade All-Star Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks, reports say

The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have finalized a trade that will send All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Western Conference, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 'The Snow Queen' is among the Troubies' best holiday shows

The Troubadour Theater Company, that inimitable local treasure founded and led by clown extraordinaire Matt Walker, has never done a bad show. Even the groups lesser efforts have been reliably hilarious.

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world A curious look

While photographing a young girl at a cafe in Venice, Rinzi Ruiz was left with a simple, yet powerful message: Stay curious.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world EU 'needs united strategy' on Russia

The European Union needs a "united strategy" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

34 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Last will or not: No dog should be killed to be buried with its owner

An Indiana woman who died in her home in late November left behind a will and her beloved 9-year old male German Shepherd named Bela. Connie Leys death is sad, but whats mortifying was her will it stipulates that her dog be euthanized if a specific friend or animal...

39 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki show support for Kobe Bryant

The accolades keep coming for Kobe Bryant, and it has nothing to do with stats.

40 minutes ago // ABC

world Watch: North Korea Backed Cyberattack; US-Cuba Resume Diplomatic Relations; Boston Bomber in Court

North Korea behind Sony cyber attack; The U.S. and Cuba to resume normal diplomatic relations; Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev makes first public appearance since attack

40 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world U.S. joins lawsuit to force reforms at New York's Rikers Island jail

Inmate A was kicked in the face and ribs and had Mace spritzed in his eyes. Inmate B was pummeled in the head. Inmate C suffered a broken nose, and Inmate D sustained a skull fracture.

44 minutes ago // NPR

world 'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

46 minutes ago // VOA

world Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame. Scientists said on Thursday that little songbirds known as golden-winged warblers fled their nesting grounds in Tennessee up to two days before the arrival of a fierce storm system that unleashed 84 tornadoes in southern U.S. states in April. The researchers said the birds were apparently alerted to the danger by sounds at frequencies below the ran

46 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Guardian Australias awards of the year: winners and losers of 2014

Bill Shorten added linguistic zing, Redfoo didnt. The Bachelor kept a straight face, while Sam Burgess bashed his into putty. Abbott did his bit for humanity, via the coal industry, while Hockey took off his smoking jacket long enough to think about the poor. We give you those who shone, or otherwise, in 2014Before she started talking about burqas and left the Palmer United party, Jacqui Lambies most memorable moment of 2014 came when she

49 minutes ago // Reuters

world Dutch PM agrees to change health bill to avoid government collapse

AMSTERDAM Reuters - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to parliament late Thursday that his party would revise a health bill that was blocked in the senate, potentially staving off the collapse of his fragile center-right coalition government.

50 minutes ago // VOA

world Brazil's Rousseff Pledges to Tighten Operations at Petrobras

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed Thursday to help implement tough corporate governance standards at state-controlled oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which is grappling with the worst corruption scandal in its history. At a speech in Brasilia, Rousseff urged Brazilians not to lose faith in the company, commonly known as Petrobras and for years the nation's flagship firm. She called on the nation to engage in a "pact to fight corruption," which should lead to a broad reform of Brazi

50 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world WorldViews: What Iranians are saying about the U.S.-Cuba deal

Thedeal hatched between the Obama administration and Raul Castro's government is big and historic. It opens the way for the revival of formalties between the United States and Cuba and a deeper rapprochement after a 53-year-long Cold War freeze. And it raises parallels to other thornydiplomatic imbrogliospitting the United Statesagainst a longstanding foe.

51 minutes ago // BBC

world Hint of breakthrough in NI talks

There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.

52 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Ashlee Simpson, new husband Evan Ross having a baby

New husband, new baby! Ashlee Simpson is pregnant with her second child.

54 minutes ago // Reuters

world Tribal chief of Mali's Tuaregs dies amid stalled peace talks

DAKAR Reuters - The chief of the most powerful Tuareg tribe in northern Mali died on Thursday, signaling a change of leadership as Tuareg separatists are locked in peace talks with the government.

55 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Kurds 'retake ground' from ISIL in Iraq

Top US commander says Peshmerga forces backed by US-led air strikes recapture large area near Sinjar Mountains.

55 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Transgender workers get civil rights protections, Justice Department says

Employment discrimination based on gender identity is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, announcing a change in the way it will litigate claims.

58 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world California drought weakens, forecasters have 'cautious optimism' for future

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity

Up to 10,000 boys and girls are now fighting in sectarian conflict, according to Save the ChildrenThe number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic CAR has more than doubled and possibly quadrupled since sectarian conflict erupted last year, putting them at risk of long-term psychological damage, Save the Children warns.An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 boys and girls are currently members of armed groups, compared wit

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited

The US government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film "The Interview."

1 hour ago // VOA

world Cyberattacks Are Here to Stay, Experts Say

Cyber attacks similar to the recent major breach of Sony Pictures' computer networks, with which North Korea was allegedly involved, may be expected in future, computer security experts say. Sonys comedy The Interview makes fun of a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Koreas Kim Jong Un, using two bumbling American reporters who were granted a rare interview with the reclusive dictator. North Korean officials complained about the film to the United Nations in July, but t

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says

Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kings and Ducks' TV ratings on the rise

The on-ice success of the Kings and the Ducks has translated into increased Nielsen TV ratings for both teams this season.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

RussianPresident Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Officials OK $1.25-billion midfield terminal and transit links at LAX

The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step Thursday when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel.

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Kurds 'retake ground' from ISIL in Iraq

Top US commander says Kurdish forces backed by US-led warplanes recapture large area in Iraq near the Syrian border.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world State Sen. Ben Hueso avoids jail time in plea bargain

State Sen. Ben Hueso D-San Diego on Thursday entered a plea bargain in which prosecutors lowered charges of drunk driving to a lesser misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid any possibility of jail time.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world EU needs united approach to Russia for a solution to Ukraine conflict

BRUSSELS Reuters - The European Union must be united in its approach toward Russia if it wants to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

1 hour ago // The Independent

world Video shows 'thief fake heart attack' while friend 'steals toys' from Wal-Mart

A man dramatically faked a heart attack at a store in Florida as a distraction so his friend could steal toys, according to thepolice.