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world Heath investigated by five forces

Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is being investigated by five police forces as part of their inquiries into allegations of historical child abuse.

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world Mayweather to face Berto in September

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather will attempt to match Rocky Marciano's record of 49 victories without defeat against Andre Berto.

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world The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

16 minutes ago // CBS

world One Direction star Zayn Malik calls off engagement

E! reports Malik and ex-fiance Perrie Edwards are calling it quits

16 minutes ago // CBS

world Brad Paisley joins "The Voice" as mentor

Paisley joins the NBC show to help his buddy Blake Shelton on Team Blake when the singing competition show begins again this fall

19 minutes ago // ABC

world 16 Police Officers Killed in Colombia Helicopter Crash

Black Hawk helicopter crashes in jungle of northwest Colombia, killing 16 police officers

24 minutes ago // VOA

world Primordial Landscapes Echo Natures Power

Iceland is a tiny windswept nation on the edge of the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic. Its raw beauty is the subject of a new photo exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. VOAs Rosanne Skirble takes us on a behind the scenes journey to explore how the country formed and continues to evolve.

24 minutes ago // ABC

world Brazil Mining Company Dumps Sand and Clay Into River

Brazil suspends mining company's operation after sand and clay spilled into unpolluted river

27 minutes ago // ABC

world Mexico Prosecutor: Video Has Suspects in Journalist Killing

Mexico City prosecutor: Video shows 3 suspects at scene of killing of journalist, 4 others

27 minutes ago // NPR

world Idaho Judge Strikes Down 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

27 minutes ago // NPR

world Idaho Strikes Down 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

29 minutes ago // New York Times

world German Justice Minister Seeks Dismissal of Prosecutor Who Opened Treason Inquiry

The minister, Heiko Maas, called for the removal of a federal prosecutor who opened a treason investigation of two journalists.

30 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Wilmington 10: no compensation for four families, North Carolina court rules

Only relatives of those who are still alive are entitled to share $1.1m, court saysTen men and women wrongfully convicted in 1970s firebombing case A North Carolina court ruled on Tuesday that the relatives of four of the 10 people wrongfully convicted in a notorious 1970s firebombing case arent entitled to state compensation. Relatives of four of the so-called Wilmington 10 who were posthumously pardoned had sought compensation after the six survivin

30 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Wilmington 10: no compensation for four families, North Carolina court rules

Only relatives of those who are still alive are entitled to share $1.1m, court saysTen men and women wrongfully convicted in 1970s firebombing case A North Carolina court ruled Tuesday that the relatives of four of the 10 people wrongfully convicted in a notorious 1970s firebombing case arent entitled to state compensation. Relatives of four of the so-called Wilmington 10 who were posthumously pardoned had sought compensation after the six surviving m

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world The NBA's first Palestinian? Sani Sakakini's remarkable basketball odyssey Sport The Guardian

Outside of a gym on the edge of the glowing city, the Palestine’s first professional basketball player is talking about about a dream. “I am trying to prove to people in my country that I am trying to build something from nothing,” Sani Sakakini says. That S …

33 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Naplan results: primary school students have made few gains

Pupils achievement has stalled nationally since the literacy and numeracy tests were introduced seven years agoThe literacy and numeracy skills of Australian primary school students have shown little improvement over the past seven years.Naplan results released on Wednesday show student achievement has stalled nationally since 2008 when the tests were introduced, although there were some significant gains in Queensland and Western Australia.

33 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Naplan results: primary school students have made few gains

Pupils achievement has stalled nationally since the literacy and numeracy tests were introduced seven years agoThe literacy and numeracy skills of Australian primary school students have shown little improvement over the past seven years.Naplan results released on Wednesday show student achievement has stalled nationally since 2008 when the tests were introduced.

42 minutes ago // Reuters

world First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

JERUSALEM Reuters - Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home.

43 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Controversial Isis-related play cancelled two weeks before opening night

Creators of Homegrown, about radicalisation of young people, claim to have been given no prior warning and that external pressure was applied for decisionA controversial play exploring the motives behind radicalised young people joining Islamic State has been cancelled less than a fortnight before its opening night, with the creators claiming the voices of the young cast have been silenced. The National Youth Theatre NYT production was closed down last Thursday, with the

44 minutes ago // BBC

world Bus hits man on Kingsway, Swansea

Man, 35, suffers non life-threatening injuries after being hit by a bus on The Kingsway in Swansea city centre.

49 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Shots fired by two suspected gunmen at US military base in Mississippi

No injuries reported in incident at Camp Shelby in HattiesburgPolice hunt two white men who allegedly fled from red Ford RangerShots were fired at the Camp Shelby military post in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Tuesday afternoon, according to local media.Perry county deputies were searching for two suspects who had allegedly fired at a group of soldiers training in the area, the WDAM television station

53 minutes ago // BBC

world Burnham 'would nationalise railways'

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham promises to renationalise Britain's railways "line by line" if he becomes prime minister.

53 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Iraq inquiry: Cameron to demand Chilcot names a publication date

The prime minister, who is losing patience with report delays, will tell Sir John Chilcot he must set out a timetable for its completionAn impatient David Cameron will demand Sir John Chilcot names the date by which his report into the British invasion of Iraq will be ready for publication.The prime minister is expected to tell Chilcot he wants to see the report as soon as possible. Right now I want a timetable, he told journalists.

54 minutes ago // UPI

world Britain extends service of Tornado fighter bomber in Iraq until 2017

Fred LambertBAGHDAD, Aug. 4 UPI -- Britain is extending by more than a year the service of the GR4 Tornado fighter bomber in operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

57 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Milwaukee archdiocese will pay $21m to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse

The settlement was reached after three days of negotiations between the archdiocese, the creditors committee and attorneys for abuse survivorsThe Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said on Tuesday that it will pay $21m to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding.The proposed deal, which will be part of a reorganization plan submitted to a bankruptcy court later this month, was to be reviewed by a judge oversee

58 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world From Addis Abada to Calais, one woman's story

Watch this emotional video from one woman in Calais who is trying to get into the Eurostar Tunnel

59 minutes ago // CBS

world Dangerous giant hogweed found in Michigan

Toxic sap from the plant can cause skin blistering or even blindness, officials warn

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Pennsylvania doctor accused of illegally hunting lion says he followed protocols

Jan Seskis lawyer says doctors Zimbabwe hunt was conducted within lawsCarnegie museum reviewing his donations of two crocodiles and an alligatorAn American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said on Tuesday that he had complied with all rules and regulations, filled out all the necessary paperwork and obtained the correct permits. The Zimbabwe government said Sunday that Dr Jan Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania,

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Pennsylvania doctor accused of illegally hunting lion says he followed protocols

Jan Seskis lawyer says doctors Zimbabwe hunt was conducted within lawsCarnegie museum reviewing his donations of two crocodiles and an alligatorAn American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he had complied with all rules and regulations, filled out all the necessary paperwork and obtained the correct permits. The Zimbabwe government said Sunday that Dr Jan Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, use

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Survivor of Deadly Circus Tent Collapse Recalls Horror

Meagan Marion said she saw her mom injured and a little girl die as she fled a collapsing circus tent during violent storms Monday night.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Aaron Hernandez lawyers ask judge to toss out evidence in double killing

Former Patriots star, who was convicted in April of the murder of Odin Lloyd, faces trial in December over the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to toss out evidence seized from an SUV authorities allege that Hernandez was in when he fatally shot two men over a spilled drink.Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012 after a chance encounter at a Boston n

1 hour ago // NPR

world Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Guards sacked over Facebook posts

Two prison guards are sacked for posting offensive messages about a Welsh prisoner who died in jail.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Wanted: Chefs in Uganda

As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so, too, do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. The owners of these establishments, however, have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, because there has been a shortage of well-trained kitchen personnel in Uganda. Slowly but surely, this is changing. Its a problem that is not immediately associated with a low-income country such as Uganda, but theres a shortage of Ug

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Flooding in Burma likely to spread south - video

Flooding in Burma is likely to spread further south, the UN announced on Tuesday. Over 200,000 people have been affected, and 46 killed, by the heavy monsoon rain which has caused flashfloods and landslides in central and northern areas of the country. Infrastructure has also been badly hit, with roads and rail lines cut in many places and telecommunication links broken Continue reading

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Kentucky sheriff 'steadfastly' defends officer who handcuffed 8-year-old

Sheriff says officer Kevin Sumner did what he is sworn to do ACLU says officer Sumner violated federal and state laws in lawsuitThe sheriffs office in Kenton County, Kentucky, has issued an unapologetic defense of a police officer who was caught on camera handcuffing an eight-year-old boy for 15 minutes in an attempt to restrain the child.Charles Korzenborn, the sheriff in Covington, Kentucky, a small city bordering Ohio, robustly defended