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Study: Cancer up at meltdown sites

posted: 10/09/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO -- A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.

Kosovo opposition disrupts parliament

posted: 10/09/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo disrupted the parliament’s session Thursday, using tear gas and whistles to protest the government’s recent European Union-sponsored deal with Serbia giving the country’s Serb-majority areas greater powers.

Taliban said open to peace talks

posted: 10/09/2015 3:25 a.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Thursday estimated that more than half of Taliban insurgents are open to peace talks with the Afghan government, but that negotiations probably won't resume for months.

Charity pursues probe of strike on hospital

updated: 10/09/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A day after President Barack Obama apologized for a U.S. airstrike that killed at least 22 people at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in northern Afghanistan, the medical charity said Thursday that it is continuing to press its demand for an independent investigation of the attack.

EU shores up migrant policy

posted: 10/09/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

LUXEMBOURG -- The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant-return program in an attempt to build a refugee policy that continues to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punishes those seeking economic gain.

To mark 70 years, North Korea plans lavish celebration

posted: 10/09/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- With the international media, foreign guests and ethnic Koreans from around the region descending on their capital, North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to put the finishing touches on one of the few things their country wants the whole world to see -- a lavish celebration and military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation's ruling party.

Talks in Libya yield a unity government

posted: 10/09/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

SKHIRAT, Morocco -- The United Nations envoy for Libya has announced a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the North African country's two rival governments.

The World in Brief

posted: 10/09/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

U.S. sail-by of isle worrying to China

In the news

updated: 10/09/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Erin Brinkley-Burgardt, owner of Hog Haven Farm, a sanctuary for abandoned pigs, is the new owner of Lucky, a 650-pound boar that fell off a trailer traveling on Interstate 25 in Colorado, after Weld County deputies couldn't find the 3-year-old pig's owner.

Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive

posted: 10/08/2015 11:10 a.m. Discuss

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government forces launch a "wide-ranging" offensive in central and northwestern Syria, where al-Qaida's affiliate as well as other insurgents had advanced toward key government strongholds in recent months.

Russia fires missiles from ships into Syria

updated: 10/08/2015 4:04 a.m. Comment 1

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops began a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air and ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Obama offers charity apology, pledges probe

updated: 10/08/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the U.S. air attack that killed at least 22 people at a medical clinic in Afghanistan and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for ways to prevent such occurrences.

EPA exec: VW misled regulators

updated: 10/08/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

After California and federal officials discovered that Volkswagen diesel vehicles were spewing illegal amounts of pollution, the company initially concealed that it had installed devices to trick emissions tests, according to a top Environmental Protection Agency official.

Crawford floats Cuba trade bill

posted: 10/08/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday aimed at making it easier to export American agricultural goods to Cuba.

EU near deal on migrant returns

updated: 10/08/2015 3:43 a.m. Discuss

European Union countries are nearing an agreement to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be sent home swiftly.




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