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world Iraq moves against IS in Tikrit

Iraq launches a military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State.

16 minutes ago // BBC

world Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees

Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.

17 minutes ago // Reuters

world Ukraine's military says one Ukrainian serviceman killed in past 24 hours

KIEV Reuters - Ukraine's military said on Monday one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and four wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, underscoring the fragility of a two-week-old ceasefire deal.

17 minutes ago // BBC

world Director general warns of BBC decay

A BBC "reduced in impact and reach" will leave Britain "diminished", the corporation's director general Tony Hall warns in a speech.

23 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Bangladesh authorities arrest man over atheist blogger's murder

Police say Islamist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman is the prime suspect in the death of US man Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death with a machete in Dhaka Continue reading...

24 minutes ago // New York Times

world Op-Ed Contributor: Against ISIS, Try Patience

We should remember that the threat posed to us by radical Islam, while real, is not an existential one.

24 minutes ago // ABC

world Russia's FM: Killing of Nemtsov 'Heinous,' Will Be Probed

Russia's FM calls killing of opposition leader Nemtsov was 'heinous,' says it will be probed

24 minutes ago // New York Times

world U.N. Report Faults Russia for Escalating Conflict in Ukraine

An influx of troops and heavy weapons were cited as undermining prospects for peace and causing a significant rise in casualties.

25 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Skydiver Survives Midair Seizure, Unconscious Free Fall

A man who survived a seizure while skydiving from 12,000 feet said he spent 30 seconds unconscious in free fall before his instructor saved him.

26 minutes ago // VOA

world UN, Malaysia Civic Groups Seeking to Repeal Fatwa Requiring FGM

In 2009, Malaysia's National Fatwa Committee, the nation's top Islamic council, required all Muslim women in the country to undergo female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. A recent study indicated that nearly all Muslim women in the country have had the procedure. But now the United Nations is working with the Committee to repeal ruling that made it mandatory. Government health officials who are in negotiations with Malaysia's National Fatwa Committee say the ruling

28 minutes ago // Reuters

world Thai junta panel moves to allay fears over draft charter

BANGKOK Reuters - The panel appointed by Thailand's military government to draft a new constitution after the previous one was torn up following a May coup sought to allay growing criticism on Monday amid calls for more public involvement.

29 minutes ago // ABC

world Israel Says It Foiled Gaza Smuggling Ring Helping Hamas

Israel says it foiled Gaza smuggling ring that helped Hamas rebuild after war

29 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Dramatic Video Shows Fatal Police Shooting on Skid Row

A police shooting that was caught on cellphone video left one person dead in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row.

31 minutes ago // ABC

world Ukraine's Leader Urges Peacekeeping Mission for the East

Ukraine's leader pushes for intl peacekeeping mission to ensure cease-fire in war-torn east

31 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Boris Nemtsov's murder in Moscow captured on CCTV video

Grainy night-time CCTV cameras capture the shooting of Russia's opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. The former deputy prime minister was shot dead on Friday night while walking home from a nearby restaurant with his girlfriend near the Kremlin in Moscow. The actual shooting appears to be obscured by a snow-clearing truck moving along the bridge Continue reading...

31 minutes ago // ABC

world Child Porn Court Case Closed Against German Ex-Lawmaker

Court case closed against German ex-lawmaker standing trial for child porn possession

32 minutes ago // BBC

world Queen's new coin portrait unveiled

A new coinage portrait of the Queen is unveiled, but the image will only appear on coins later this year.

34 minutes ago // Reuters

world Outgoing Namibian president wins $5 million Africa leadership prize

NAIROBI Reuters - Namibia's outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's $5 million African leadership prize, an award meant to recognize good governance that has been presented only three times in eight years.

35 minutes ago // BBC

world More time to question Becky suspects

Police are granted more time to question two people who were arrested in the investigation into a girl missing for more than a week.

36 minutes ago // Reuters

world China says Sri Lanka loans made 'based on consensus'

BEIJING Reuters - China's loans to Sri Lanka were made based on consensus through talks between the two countries and at Sri Lanka's request, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after Sri Lanka's foreign minister expressed concern about the loans.

39 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran investigation can't go on forever

VIENNA Reuters - The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Monday its investigation into Iran's atomic program could not continue indefinitely and Iran had still not provided key information.

43 minutes ago // ABC

world US Army Head Warns of Defense Cutbacks in Britain

US Army head warns defense cutbacks in Britain undermine ability to be effective ally

43 minutes ago // VOA

world Namibia's Pohamba First Ibrahim Prize Winner Since 2011

For the first time since 2011, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Monday gave out its award for excellence in African leadership, highlighting the work of outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba with a $5 million prize. Pohamba has led Namibia since 2005 and won a second term in 2009 as the country enjoyed political stability. The prize committee praised the president for "wise and sound leadership" and the promotion of democracy during his tenure. "Namibia's reputation has been cement

44 minutes ago // BBC

world Bangladesh arrest over writer murder

Police in Bangladesh arrest a radical Islamist for alleged involvement in the murder of atheist writer Avijit Roy.

47 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Death toll in Afghanistan avalanches reaches 285; rescuers continue search

The death toll from a series of avalanches and flash floods across northern Afghanistan has reached 285, officials said Monday.

52 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Key Suspect Nabbed in U.S. Blogger's Hacking Death: Cops

The main suspect in the killing of a U.S. blogger and critic of religious extremism who was hacked to death last week was arrested, officials said.

52 minutes ago // Reuters

world China says probing son of former top military officer

BEIJING Reuters - China is investigating 14 of its senior military officers, including the son of one of its former top generals, for suspected corruption, state media said on Monday, the latest wave of Beijing's intensifying anti-graft campaign in the army.

54 minutes ago // BBC

world Brown: 'State could own oil fields'

Former prime minister and Scottish MP Gordon Brown believes under threat North Sea oil fields could be part owned by the UK government.

57 minutes ago // BBC

world Namibia president wins $5m award

Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

59 minutes ago // VOA

world China Boosting Aid to South Pacific

The first comprehensive study of China's growing aid program in the South Pacific has found that Beijing provided financial assistance worth more than a billion dollars in the past decade. China is poised to overtake Japan as the region's third-biggest donor after Australia and the United States, according to the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy. The Lowy Institute considers Chinas aid to the South Pacific mostly to be a good deed by a responsible global citizen. The fin

1 hour ago // BBC

world Images of bus sex attacks suspect

Police release CCTV images of a man they want to trace in relation to a series of sex attacks on Glasgow buses.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Nurse Treated For Ebola To Sue Texas Hospital

Nina Pham, 26, who contracted Ebola after caring for a patient, tells the Dallas Morning News that she will file a lawsuit Monday charging the hospital in Dallas lacked proper training and equipment.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Bangladesh Arrests Main Suspect in US Blogger's Killing

Bangladesh's anti-terrorism unit has arrested what it called the prime suspect in the killing of Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger who wrote against religious fundamentalism. He was hacked to death in Dhaka last week. The Rapid Action Battalion arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman in the capital Monday morning. An RAB spokesman told the French new agency AFP that Farabi is a "fundamentalist blogger" who had threatened Roy through comments on Facebook and Twitter. Banglad

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Skydiver Survives Midair Seizure, Unconscious Free Fall

"Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4,000 feet. I become conscious at 3,000 feet and land safely back to the ground," he wrote.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Power restored to most homes - NIE

Power has been restored to most homes in County Antrim that were without supply on Monday morning, Northern Ireland Electricity says.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Caught on Camera: 7 Hunted After Brawl in Bronx Deli

Authorities say the suspects took $56 in cash and two cell phones.