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world Police missed chances over Savile

Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".

13 minutes ago // New York Times

world South Koreans Take Up Cause of Japanese in Nobel Quest

Prominent South Koreans started an effort on Thursday backing Japanese supporters of a constitutional provision that renounces war.

16 minutes ago // VOA

world India Launches its Largest Rocket into Space

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK III blasted off from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh early Thursday. The new rocket will be able to carry heavier satellites into space. India has successfully launched lighter satellites in recent years, but has faced problems sending up heavier payloads. In September, India's Mars Orbiter Mission entered th

21 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Castro urges US to lift embargo on Cuba

Cuban leader says Obama's decision to renew ties deserves respect, but urges US to dissolve embargo against his country.

23 minutes ago // NPR

world Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Drivers Licenses For "Dreamers"

Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.

23 minutes ago // CBS

world Will the U.S.-Cuba policy shift mean access to Cuban cigars?

Wednesday's move to normalize relations with the island means Americans may soon have access to the banned stogies

38 minutes ago // Reuters

world Support for Swedish coalition rises after call for snap vote: poll

STOCKHOLM Reuters - Support for Sweden's Social Democrat-Green ruling coalition has grown after the government earlier in December said it planned to call a snap election, a poll published in daily Dagens Nyheter showed on Thursday.

39 minutes ago // CBS

world "Survivor" contestants talk weight loss and recovery

CBS News caught up with some of this seasons favorite contestants from "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" to hear how theyve been recovering since returning from the island.

39 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: 'Ice pancakes' form on River Dee

Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

43 minutes ago // BBC

world US Fed 'patient' over rate rises

US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

44 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Bowl games gift guide

For college football players, it's the most wonderful time of the year: They're going shopping this bowl season. Gift suites, which allow players to browse for their favorite items, are prevalent this postseason and wares are set to be handed out by numerous bowl committees, according to a list...

45 minutes ago // BBC

world Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro

New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.

48 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Car bomb kills police officer in Kabul

A suicide car bombing Thursday morning killed one police officer and injured three others in east Kabul in the latest deadly attack in the Afghan capital.

55 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Some babies born to asylum seekers in Australia may be allowed to stay

As part of a one-off deal with Ricky Muir, Scott Morrison announces 31 children born before 4 December to asylum seekers previously held on Nauru will have their protection claims assessed in Australia A small group of babies born to asylum seekers previously held on Nauru may be allowed to stay in Australia with their families, the immigration minister says.Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that 31 babies born in Australia to asylum seekers who were transferred before

1 hour ago // BBC

world Putin to speak amid economic crisis

President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his annual end-of-year news conference, amid a growing economic crisis in Russia.

1 hour ago // BBC

world School minibus death inquest to open

An inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being hit by a school minibus is set to be opened on Thursday.

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Alarm over surge in HIV cases in Cambodia

Police questioning unlicensed doctor after more than 100 cases of HIV reported in Battambang community in one week.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world DeAndre Jordan helps at the line in 102-100 win over Pacers

The Clippers played Wednesday night as if showing up was an imposition on their holiday schedule.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

KABUL Reuters - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market

NEW DELHI Reuters - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Royal Mail sale '180m underpriced'

The government made 180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Welfare recipients face bleak Christmas, charities warn Abbott government

A community service sector survey shows it is in crisis as 80% of organisations say they lack the resources to meet demand, which is rising due to budget cutsWelfare recipients face a bleak Christmas, as overstretched community service providers struggle to meet the increased demands of the holiday period.A survey of welfare organisations recently released by the Australian council of social service A

1 hour ago // CBS

world Marvel editor on black Captain America, other diverse characters

Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks with CBSN about some of the ways the company is transforming its iconic superheroes

1 hour ago // CBS

world Marvel editor on black Captain America, other diverse characters

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks with CBSN about some of the ways the company is transforming its iconic superheroes

1 hour ago // CBS

world Marvel editor-in-chief: Diverse superheroes brings interesting debate

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks with CBSN about some of the ways the company is transforming its iconic superheroes

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister tells newspaper

MOSCOW Reuters - Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.

1 hour ago // Time

world Venezuelan President Calls Obamas Outreach to Cuba Courageous

Cubas staunch Latin American ally approves of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the old foes

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Cuban cigars to be allowed back into the US

Barack Obama's deal with Cuba means Cohibas and Montecristos will be allowed into America for the first time John F Kennedy banned them

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world Who was the unnamed spy released as part of Barack Obama's Cuba deal?

The shadowy figure was handed over to the US after nearly 20 years languishing in a Communist prison

1 hour ago // BBC

world Third of uni research 'world class'

Nearly a third of the research by Welsh universities is of "world-leading" quality, says the body which compares work by every university in the UK.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills 1

Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle, killing one police officer and wounding at least two more on the outskirts the capital, Kabul. Afghan security officials said the police were following the bomber's car to prevent him from entering the capital Thursday. In recent weeks, Afghanistan has seen waves of suicide bombings - 12 in Kabul in the past month alone - and commando-style assaults by the Islamist insurgents, who are seeking to make territorial gains and to sp

1 hour ago // Time

world Pakistani Military Strikes Back at Taliban Following Peshawar Massacre

Spokesperson says more than a dozen operations have been carried out since Tuesday

1 hour ago // VOA

world China Police Chief Who Let Off Drunk Son Charged With Graft

The former police chief of a major city in northern China has been charged with corruption, state media said on Thursday, after he was sacked for allowing his drunk son to be set free despite having attacked a policeman. Li Yali was the top police officer in Taiyuan, which lies about 300 miles southwest of Beijing, until last year, when footage of his son's drunken violence went viral on the Internet. His son, Li Zhengyuan, was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence in October 2

1 hour ago // CBS

world Southern California hit with intense storms

Lightning, snow, heavy downpours and mudslides were all part of the fierce weather people in Los Angeles and nearby counties dealt with

1 hour ago // CBS

world Southern California hit with intense series of storms

Lightning, snow, heavy downpours and mudslides were all part of the fierce weather people in Los Angeles and nearby counties dealt with

1 hour ago // ABC

world Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills Policeman

Police officer killed while pursuing suicide car bomber on outskirts of Afghan capital