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Official: Woman who killed American in UAE committed 'personal terrorist act'

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A woman who allegedly stabbed a U.S. teacher at a mall in the United Arab Emirates committed a "personal terrorist act," an official said.
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47-year-old American teacher Ibolya Ryan was killed in a mall in the UAE allegedly by a Muslim woman in the women's restroom. The attack was a "personal terrorist attack." The teacher's ex-husband does not feel threatened still living in the UAE, and the kids are being granted scholarships for their entire education by the gvernment as repayment.

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Ukraine crisis: Kerry has 'frank' meeting with Putin - BBC News

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has a "frank meeting" with President Vladimir Putin on his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began.
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Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting with Putin in Russia. This is the first visit to Russia since the crisis in Ukraine began in 2014. Kerry met with both Putin and the Russian foreign minister, and offiials say Putin is ready to discuss matters with Kerry about the "conflict zones" but the sanctions are not likely to be brought up by Putin.

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UK election results: David Cameron pledges a 'greater Britain' - BBC News

UK election results: David Cameron pledges a 'greater Britain' - BBC News | World News GIS | Scoop.it
David Cameron pledges to lead a "one nation" government as he returns to Downing Street as prime minister and reappoints four ministers, while rival leaders Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage quit.
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In the recent election in the UK the Conservatives won 331 of the seats in the House of Commons, meaning the party now has a majority in Parliament. Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, and Nigel Farage have resigned as a result of the loss to the Conservatives. Now that they have a majority, there is no need to have a coalition government and the Conservatives can now govern freely. 

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Royal princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - BBC News

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace says.
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Kate and William's new daughter, born this Saturday, was named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. After being at the hospital for about 12 hours, the couple went back to Kensington Palace to relax for A few days. The name Charlotte has historical background, but many people believe they chose the name because they liked it. 

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North Korea 'may have restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor' - BBC News

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Satellite pictures taken earlier this year suggest that North Korea may have restarted one of its nuclear reactors, a US think-tank says.
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Satellite imagery shows that North Korea may have restarted the Yongbyon nuclear recator. Images show snow melting near the reactor, a possible sign of a restart. There is also a flow of warm water coming from the plant. Previously North Korea left during talks with six nations about denuclearization, including the US, Russia, and China. Chinese estimates say that North Korea may have 20 warheads and the capability to double it, while US estimates are much smaller.

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Baltimore riots: Troops deployed as cleanup begins - BBC News

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Thousands of troops and police officers are deployed to the US city of Baltimore, after riots linked to the death of a black man in police custody.
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Riots in Baltimore over the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a black man in Baltimore, have triggered the sending of thousands of police officere and now the National Guard. Maryland Mayor Larry Hogan has declared the city in a state of emergency. officials say there is a difference between those participating on peaceful protests and those wishing to incite violence. Setting fire and robbery is definitely not the way to fix any racial problems, whether they exist or not.

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Pakistani activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi - BBC News

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A leading Pakistani activist is shot dead, and her mother left seriously injured, after leaving a seminar on torture in Karachi.
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Sabeen Mehmoud, a Pakistani human rights activist, was shot dead in a drive by and her mother is in critical condition. She was leaving the seminar she had just given on torture in Karachi when the shooting took place. While no group has admitted to the killing, she was believed to have received death threats from the Taliban previously. Many are mourning the loss of this outspoken woman, a rarity in Pakistan. 

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FBI warns on airline hacking threat following tweet - BBC News

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The FBI issues guidelines on how airlines should protect their wi-fi systems from hack attacks.
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Security expert Chris Roberts tweeted that he could hack into avionic systems from connecting to the wifi on a US Airlines flight. A few days later he was blocked from boarding a US Airlines flight in California, and the airline has banned him from their flights. Authorities are now investigating the ability of hackers to break into the airplane's control systems and testing security settings.

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Spain pupil with crossbow kills teacher in Barcelona

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A student armed with a makeshift crossbow and a knife kills a teacher at a school in Barcelona, Spain.
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A suspected 13 year old boy in Barcelona, Spain killed a teacher and wounded two teachers and two pupils at school with a knife and makeshift crossbow. He had spoken of killing teachers and made a list of 25, but other students had thought it was a joke. If heis proven to be 13 he will not face any charges because the age in Madrid for being charged is 14. That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, he killed someone consciously and willingly, he knew what he was doing and should be charged for it. If he gets away with it now he can just keep killing anyone he pleases until he turns 14. The rule should not set a specific age, it should be concerned with whether or not the person knew what they were doing.

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Putin condemns Kiev over 'blockade' of east Ukraine

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Russia's President Putin tells a live TV audience that Ukraine's government is deliberately cutting off rebel-held areas in the east of the country.
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Vladimir Putin gave his 13th marathon annual phone address to the Russian public, addressing many current issues in Russia. He mentioned that rebel-controlled parts of Ukraine are being cut off from the country and are surviving on Russian humanitarian aid. He also stated the sanctions imposed upon Russia are not likely to be lifted soon. He also mentioned that Russia is able to send S-300 missiles to Iran, as it is not one of the banned products part of the nuclear deal. This export seems highly suspicious and should be rxamined further by Western nations.

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Ukraine conflict: Soldiers killed despite truce talks

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A number of people have been killed in a surge of fighting in east Ukraine, despite renewed diplomatic efforts to enforce a truce.
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East Ukrine is still experiencing fighting despite the truce talks and dilomatic efforts. A BBC team went in to monitor the current situation and as they were being led by a pro-Russian rebel, the town experienced loud explosions. One Russian journalist was severely injured in the process. Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France have asked for equipment to be pulled from the front lines, and mortars are supposedly being banned. Russia still denies that the Russian supporters lf the rebels are part of the army, claiming they are "volunteers."

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Obama set for key Castro meeting in Panama

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Former foes Barack Obama and Raul Castro prepare to meet at the Summit of the Americas in Panama - their first encounter since a recent thaw in relations.
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Barack Obama and Raul Castro are preparing to meet at the Summit of the Americas in Panama. This is the first tme they will meet since the release of tension in relations, and their handshake will be thoroughly analyzed for signs about their current relation. The US State Department is suggesting that Cuba be taken off the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, and President Obama is awaiting the answer from his advisors. The meeting of Obama and Venezuelan Maduro will likely not be good in light of Obama's recent executive order for sanctions on certain Venezuelan officials who he believes violated human rights.

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Diverse thumbs up! Emojis with different skin tones finally here

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Diverse emojis are finally here and this is Newsbeat's guide to how you find them.
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The new iOS 8 update has added diversity to its emoji keyboard. If the user updates to the latest version and holds down the emoji, it will bring up a list of five different skin tones. There has also been an addition of many new country flags outside of the existing China, US, and Europe flags. Also there was the addition of a family with same-sex parents. This new update is Apple's way of confotming to new world views on popular topics (i.e. Racism and gay rights).

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China considering one-child policy changes: premier

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China is considering further changes to its family planning laws, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, after a relaxation in the "one child policy" failed to see significantly more babies being born. The ruling Communist Party imposed strict rules in the late 1970s to limit population growth, with most urban couples restricted to a single offspring. The often brutally enforced policy has been hugely controversial, but officials say it has been a key factor in China's rising prosperity. Li told reporters that Beijing would assess the reform along with "China's economic and social development situation" before any possible change in regulations.
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After relaxing the one child policy, China failed to see the desired increase in babies being born and is considering another change. In 2013 the strictly enforced policy of the Communist 1970s was relaxed to allow families in which one parent was an only child to have two children instead of just one. Beijing is going to assess the reform as well as the economic and social situation.

If the restriction is completely dropped, this could cause a sudden increase in births, which would create a problem with resources and an increase in poverty.

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Drug-resistant typhoid 'concerning' - BBC News

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Antibiotic-resistant typhoid is spreading across Africa and Asia and poses a major global health threat, warn experts.
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A new strain of antibiotic-resistant typhoid is posing a spreading threat in both Africa and Asia. Experts say it is due to overuse of antibiotics against the disease, resulting in an increase in genetic resistance. Of the 63 countries the Wellcome Trust organization tested, over half showed evidence of the resistant strain.

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Sweeping California water cuts begin - BBC News

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California's water board has passed sweeping mandatory drought restrictions for the summer in the drought-hit US state.
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The governor of California has issued mandatory restrictions on water usage. The state has been struck by a four year drought, estimated to be the worst in the past 1,200 years. Cutting water use now will save even more painful cuts if the drought continues.

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Ladysmith and Salif Keita release anti-xenophobia song - BBC News

Ladysmith and Salif Keita release anti-xenophobia song - BBC News | World News GIS | Scoop.it
African music giants Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Salif Keita release a song in response to xenophobic violence in South Africa.
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Salif Keita, both prominent African musicians,have released a song against xenophobia in South Africa. The song, called United We Stand, features lyrics such as "Africa is our home, make it a better place." Over the past month seven people have died in attacks against foreigners and foreign-owned property in South Africa. The singers want that if there are problems, people should talk, and that Africa should be for everyone.

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Maersk Tigris: Iran says ship seized over legal dispute - BBC News

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The detention of a Danish cargo ship by the Iranian navy is linked to a long-running legal dispute, Iran's foreign minister has said.
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A Danish shipping vessel for the Maersk shipping company was seized by the Iranian navy, and the US sent vessels to monitor the situation. The crew of 24 contained mostly Eastern Euroeans, Asians, and one British man, and the group is reportedly in "good spirits." The ship was reported to be in international shipping lanes according to Maersk but was in Iranian waters according to Iran. This dispute was supposedly not linked to US involvement in Yemen.

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Nepal earthquake: 'Nine out of 10 soldiers' in rescue mission - BBC News

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Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are reportedly taking part in search and rescue operations after a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people.
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A massive earthquake in Neoal has caused injury to over 7,000 people and killed 4,000. Nepal is in desparate need of medical, rescue, and humanitarian aid, and China, Australia, India, the US, and Britain as well as international organizations have been sending supplies. So many countries have responded that the airport is flooded and many flights have to wait for landing permission and others have been forced to turn back. As more survivors are found, the need for doctors will increase even more.

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US admits two hostages killed in al-Qaeda raid - BBC News

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The White House says a US counterterrorism operation in January killed two hostages held by al-Qaeda in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.
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Two US hostages held by al-Qaeda were killed in a US counterterrorism strike in January. The White has admitted this mistake as a painful time. The attack was a CIA drone strike, and succeeded in killing an al-Qaeda leader and the spokeperson for the militant group. The loss of the Americans was deeply regretted by Predient Obama.
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Yemen bombing campaign to end, Saudi Arabia says - CNN.com

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A Saudi-led coalition will end "Operation Decisive Storm," the airstrike campaign in Yemen, by the end of Tuesday, Saudi state-run TV reported.
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Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi Arabian plan for air strikes in Yemen, is set to end on Tuesday. These month-long attacks have been targeting Houthi bases backed by Iranian rebels who had taken over the Yemeni government. The Yemeni government was essential in the fight against al-Qaeda, which is why Saudi Arabia is attempting to restore it. This plan is being replaced by Operation Raising Hope, which has not been immediately elaborated upon.

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Obama on Loretta Lynch delay: Embarrassing - CNN.com

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President Barack Obama blasted the Senate Friday for stalling on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general.
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President Obama reprimanded the Senate for its delay of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. The president nominated her on November 8th, making this delay the longest since the Reagan administration. Majority Senate Leader Mitchell McConnell is stalling the appointment as leverage to push Democrats to accept an unrelated anti-human trafficking bill involving abortion. Obama stated that this dysfunction was an embarrassment, a statement I most definitely agree with.

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Shift in Cuba politics boosts Obama, challenges Rubio - CNN.com

Shift in Cuba politics boosts Obama, challenges Rubio - CNN.com | World News GIS | Scoop.it
The oppression felt by many under the Castro regime still looms large at the epicenter of Cuban America: Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
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Many Cuban Americans in Miami have refused to comment on President Obama's new relationship with Cuba, as he recently recommended that Cuba be taken off the terror-sponsoring state list. This is mainly because they feel that their comments could make their way to Cuba and harm their families, who are still in Cuba. Helena Jiminez, a reporter who immigrated from Cuba, feels that these new open relations will lead to Castro's demise when he still cannot improve the country.

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U.S.: ISIS problem 'off the charts historically' - CNN.com

U.S.: ISIS problem 'off the charts historically' - CNN.com | World News GIS | Scoop.it
ISIS poses a threat that is "off the charts historically" and has sent the U.S. into "uncharted territory," an administration official says.
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State Department official Brett McGurk has labeled ISIS as "uncharted territory" and a threat that is "off the charts historically." They are targeting antiquities, and more military is involved than was with the Soviets in Afghanistan. They have expanded from Iraq and Syria to Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Many of the new recruits being drawn in by ISIS proaganda are realizing the likelihood of dying rather than receiving the glorified version, which could slow the number of recruits.

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Iran: No nuclear deal without lifting of sanctions - CNN.com

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Iran said it won't sign a final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions are removed on the first day of its implementation, state media reported.
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Iran is negotiating with six other countries, including the US, for final nuclear deal. Currently Iran is refusing to sign any deal unless the sanctions against it are lifted when the agreement is put into effect. Ayatollah Khamenei has no stance on the current plan, except to say that he will not accept any deal that compromises the Iranian interests. This is a hard country to have negotiations with as they are extremely set on a deal with the retraction of all sanctions.

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D.C. hit by power outage - CNN.com

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Widespread power outages hit across Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, affecting government and privately-owned buildings and the city's public transit rail system intermittently early in the afternoon.
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A small fire from a Pepco transformer erupted at the Charles County SMECO station, causing widespread power outages.southern Maryland up to DC was all affected, including government buildings and public transit as well as private buildings. As far as officials know it was an accident and not of malicious intent or a terror act.

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