Richard von Weizsäcker, former President of Germany,...
Richard von Weizsäcker, the President who oversaw German reunification in 1990, was announced to have died yesterday. H...
Fire ravages large academic library in Moscow
A fire Friday night and Saturday morning caused major damage to the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Scien...

South African apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock gran...
South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha yesterday announced he is granting parole to Eugene de Kock, an apartheid-era assassin who has spent twenty years in prison. After South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 de Kock was arrested and subsequently detailed his actions to the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of a ...

Gas explosion flattens Mexico City maternity hospital
An explosion on Thursday morning destroyed a state maternity hospital in Mexico City, Mexico. A nurse and two babies are dead. Initially reports placed the fatalities at seven. Local officials including Mexico City Health Secretary Armando Ahued and Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera have since revised the figure downwards. Over 70 people including 20 infants are w...

President Martelly, seen here in 2012, is ruling by decree after the collapse of parliament. (Image: World Economic Forum.)UN Security Council heads to Haiti amid political in...
Representatives of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) fifteen member states flew to Haiti yesterday. The nation is moving to hold new elections with President Michel Martelly presently ruling by decree. Martelly swore in a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of nine members yesterday. It is Martelly's fifth CEP in four years. Last month a pres...

Greg Abbott in 2012. (Image: Gage Skidmore.)Perry out, Abbott in: Texas gets new governor
Thursday, January 22, 2015  Greg Abbott was sworn in on Tuesday as the first new governor for the state of Texas in fourteen years. Abbott replaces Rick Perry, who was elected in three consecutive elections as the state's Governor. Although Perry was not, Abbott is an attorney and recently served as the state's Attorney General. Greg Abbott in 2012. Imag...

Ukrainians rally in memory of Donbass dead
Thousands of Ukrainians in Kiev took part on Sunday in marches in memory of reported victims of Donetsk People's Republic militants in a tragedy on January 13 near Volnovakha in Donetsk Oblast. On that day reportedly thirteen people on a bus were killed and sixteen wounded when separatists struck the bus with a Grad missile launcher near a Ukrainian checkpoint...

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus. (Image: Centers for Disease Control / Dr. Frederick Murphy.)Priests beaten in Forecariah, Guinea over Ebola fears
Three Baptist priests in Guinea were assaulted and held hostage yesterday by local villagers after being mistaken for campaigners promoting awareness about Ebola, the BBC has reported. They were visiting Kabac, a village in the sub-prefecture of Forécariah, to spray insecticide for the treatment of wells and pit latrines. Locals reportedly thought they were br...

Tom Wolf, 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, was inaugurated yesterday. (Image: Tom Wolf for Governor.)Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor
Democrat Tom Wolf was inaugurated yesterday as the 47th Governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He succeeds Republican Tom Corbett, whom he defeated in the election last November. The inauguration took place in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Wolf, 66, and his running mate, newly sworn-in Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, defea...

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus, from file. (Image: Centers for Disease Control / Dr. Frederick Murphy.)US soldier who died after serving in Liberia tests n...
Tests yesterday proved negative for Ebola on the remains of a US soldier who died in Texas after deployment to Liberia. The 24-year-old had been monitoring potential symptoms of the disease. An initial screen was clear yesterday but a more conclusive test, mandated by the Center for Disease Control, was required. That also proved negative and state and nati...

A goshawk in Croatia in 2013, from file. (Image: Krzysztof Wiśniewski.)Scottish gamekeeper jailed for bird crime in nationa...
A Sheriff in Aberdeen yesterday jailed gamekeeper George Mutch for crimes against birds of prey. It is believed to be the first time anybody has been imprisoned for raptor persecution in Scotland. Wildlife criminals must expect no sympathy from now on —RSPB Mutch, 48, killed a protected goshawk, and used illegal traps to capture a buzzard and a second go...

Marchers in Paris. (Image: Yann Caradec.)Millions march in France and around the world in sup...
Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France. 44 world leaders attended the Pari...

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Image: Estonian Foreign Ministry/Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka.)Sri Lanka to investigate alleged coup attempt by out...
The government of Sri Lanka are to investigate claims of an alleged coup by the outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa following his defeat in the recent presidential election by Maithripala Sirisena. Mangala Samaraweera, aide to the new president, said yesterday at a press conference: "People think it was a peaceful transition. It was anything but". He went on...

Official portrait of Rep. John Boehner. (Image: US House of Representatives.)John Boehner re-elected as US House Speaker despite ...
Representative John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday despite a right-wing rebellion of 25 members. Boehner's appointment as Speaker passed with 216 of the 408 votes. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell was also sworn in on Tuesday as the Senate majority leader, marking the first time in eight years when Republicans...

FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Col...
An explosion that took place in a barber shop next door to the Colorado Springs, Colorado office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) yesterday is currently being investigated by the FBI, specifically agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials sa...

Twelve dead in shooting at offices of French satiric...
At least twelve people have been killed today in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Three men in hoods armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the magazine's office in the 11th arrondissement and shot dead ten journalists and two police officers before making a getaway in a car driven by a fourth collaborator. ...

Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (Image: United States Congress.)Jim Webb campaign addresses first 2016 presidential ...
Yesterday, a spokesperson for former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, attacked the Business Insider for its report Monday that Webb's Political Action Committee (PAC) paid nearly US$100,000 (about €80,000) to Webb's wife and daughter over the course of the past six years. Ashleigh Owens, who represents Webb's Bor...

The crashed aircraft, photographed in April. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)AirAsia disaster: Bodies, wreckage found
Search and rescue teams today began recovering bodies after debris from Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 was spotted in the sea near Borneo. The flight from Surabaya to Singapore vanished from radar screens early on Sunday morning over the Java Sea. 155 passengers and seven crew were on board. Most were Indonesians, with three South Koreans, one Malaysian, one...

The missing aircraft, photographed in April. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)AirAsia jet vanishes over Indonesia, 162 missing
An AirAsia Indonesia jet vanished over the Kumai region today. The flight is reportedly carrying 162 people. Among the 155 passengers and seven crew flying from Surabaya to Singapore are three Koreans, one Malaysian, and one person variously reported as a French or UK national. The rest are Indonesians. There are sixteen children and an infant. The plane wa...

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. (Image: United States Congress.)U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to announce presidential...
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, revealed through the Associated Press (AP) yesterday that he plans to announce by March whether to run for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Sanders, a self-identified Socialist who champions against income inequality, says he will make a "gut decision" about...

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