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01/27/2015 03:02 AM
Obama wraps India visit with pleas on climate, religion

US President Barack Obama (L) greets the crowd after speaking on US-India relations, during a townhall event at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, on January 27, 2015President Barack Obama said the United States could be India's "best partner" Tuesday but urged his hosts to do more in the battle against climate change as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi. Speaking to an audience of mainly young people, the US president said their countries could forge "one of the defining partnerships of this century" but warned the war against climate change would not "stand a chance" without India and also fired a warning about religious tolerance. The speech was the finale of a packed visit which has seen a dramatic upturn in an often troubled relationship, including the signing of a new "friendship" pact between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "India and the United States are not just natural partners -- I believe that America can be India's best partner," said Obama after receiving a rapturous welcome from a group of around 1,500 people.

01/27/2015 02:58 AM
Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

File-This April 9, 2012, file photo shows Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone in New York. Social media websites Facebook and Instagram have stopped working Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The problem is affecting users in Australia but also in other countries including the United States. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users worldwide.

01/27/2015 02:56 AM
Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, had been killed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

01/27/2015 02:52 AM
Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo Paula Lebovics, an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor points to a photo showing herself as a child and other children at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp pictured after the camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army, at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. Lebovics was 11 at that time. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.

01/27/2015 02:51 AM
The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

Workers attach snow plows to trucks at a New Jersey Dept. of Transportation maintenance yard, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Newark, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency saying NJ Transit will shut down late Monday as a winter storm threatens to dump as much as two feet of snow over parts of the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)MIDNIGHT

01/27/2015 02:50 AM
Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security: TRFN

A vegetable vendor waits for customers at his shop in KhartoumBy Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

01/27/2015 02:50 AM
Oil gives up early gains on firm dollar, shrugs off OPEC comments

A man fills up his car at a petrol station in RomeBy Florence Tan and Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil gave up early gains with Brent futures slipping below $48 on Tuesday as a stronger dollar weighed, offsetting comments from producer group OPEC that prices may have found a floor. The Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Abdullah al-Badri, said oil prices may have bottomed out and warned of a risk of a future jump to $200 a barrel if investment in new supplies was too low. "Crude oil markets continue to consolidate near term," ANZ analysts said, adding that Brent traded in the range of $48-$50 last week and showed little direction. "OPEC's Secretary General commented yesterday that prices may have bottomed, but there was no imminent prospect of OPEC producers sitting down to discuss cutbacks until mid-year." Brent fell 20 cents to $47.96 a barrel by 0700 GMT, after climbing to $48.38 earlier.

01/27/2015 02:48 AM
Siemens quarterly profit slips 25 pct on slow power business
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says net profit fell 25 percent in its most recent quarter as revalued financial derivatives and lower earnings at its key power and gas business weighed on the bottom line.

01/27/2015 02:46 AM
Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed, 29 wounded in past 24 hours

Members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe look at the remains of a shell on a street after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern UkraineKIEV (Reuters) - Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 29 wounded in fighting in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, Kiev military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Tuesday. Fighting in eastern Ukraine is at its worst level since a ceasefire was agreed last September. Seleznyov said the fighting was the most intense near the strategic small town of Debaltseve, north-east of rebel-held Donetsk. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

01/27/2015 02:35 AM
Sundance flick exposes 'Wild West' of teen porn

Filmmakers Ronna Gradus (L) and Jill Bauer pictured after the premiere of their documentary "Hot Girls Wanted" at the Sunance Film Festival on January 25, 2015The grim world of teen porn, in which thousands of 18- and 19-year-old girls have sex on camera for money, is exposed in a disturbing documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "It's the Wild West," director Jill Bauer told AFP after the movie was screened at the independent film showcase festival in the Utah mountain resort of Park City. Bauer, a former Miami Herald journalist, already made a film on a similar theme: "Sexy Baby" (2012) used a 12-year-old girl's story to explore the growing sexualization of youth and popular culture via social media. At first, she and co-director Ronna Gradus had planned their new film to focus on boys on college campuses who consume porn online -- coincidentally, the exact subject of another film at Sundance, "The Hunting Ground".

01/27/2015 02:34 AM
'Life-threatening' blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

Mid-town Manhattan is pictured from the top of the United Nations building in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A life-threatening blizzard barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains. With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies. The National Weather Service warned of a "life-threatening blizzard" that could dump as much as 30 inches (76 cm) of snow on parts of the region at rates up to four inches an hour. Winds might gust up to 55 mph (80 kph) around New York City.

01/27/2015 02:32 AM
Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

Rafael Nadal of Spain gestures during a press conference after his quarterfinal loss to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two rounds after Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines.

01/27/2015 02:31 AM
Millions hunker down as Northeast storm totals downgraded

Snow falls around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York. Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen.

01/27/2015 02:29 AM
Philips' net profit slumps in 4th quarter, sales edge lower
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Philips NV, the world's biggest lighting maker, says its net profit slumped in 2014's fourth quarter to 134 million euros ($ 151 million) from 412 million euros a year earlier as sales declined and restructuring costs hit earnings.

01/27/2015 02:28 AM
Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel

This undated photo from a wanted poster released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Pedro Flores, left, and his twin brother, Margarito Flores. The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015, at federal court in Chicago on drug trafficking charges. The Flores twins cut deals to buy tons of narcotics from Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in the 2000s, and later cooperated with U.S. investigators. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)CHICAGO (AP) — Twin Chicago brothers reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent history are set to be sentenced in a federal courthouse in their hometown amid tight security.

01/27/2015 02:26 AM
Hundreds testify in Idaho Capitol for 'Add the Words' bill

Hundreds of people line up to attend or testify at the House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts on how to respond to the question he had just been handed in front of religious freedom supporters and hundreds of gay rights advocates.

01/27/2015 02:23 AM
'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay (L) and lead actor David Oyelowo at the AFI FEST 2014 in Hollywood on November 11, 2014Ava DuVernay, the director of the Martin Luther King historical movie "Selma", is set to again team up with the film's star David Oyelowo for a new project about Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay and Oyelowo, who were both finalists at this year's Golden Globes, will "develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina," Participant Media said Monday. The project will mark the pair's third collaboration after "Middle of Nowhere" and "Selma", which has been nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture. "Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," said one of the new film's producers, Jonathan King.

01/27/2015 02:20 AM
Aer Lingus board backs takeover bid by British Airways parent, needs Irish government support
DUBLIN (AP) — Aer Lingus board backs takeover bid by British Airways parent, needs Irish government support.

01/27/2015 02:18 AM
Ex-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial

This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law, File)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a Taco Bell when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial.

01/27/2015 02:11 AM
Niger lifts refugee camp ban as record numbers flee Boko Haram: TRFN

Women who have fled violence in Nigeria queue for food at a refugee welcoming center in NgoubouaBy Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Niger government has lifted a ban on refugee camps in the south of the country as record numbers flee Boko Haram attacks in neighbouring Nigeria. The government had banned the camps fearing Boko Haram fighters might use them as bases to launch attacks in Niger and Nigeria as part of their drive to carve out an Islamic caliphate.

01/27/2015 02:03 AM
Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

Man walks past screens displaying TV news program showing image of Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in TokyoJapan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took power in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's global security role. Abe on Sunday condemned the killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the militants as "outrageous" and called for the release of veteran correspondent Kenji Goto, captured by Islamic State militants in Syria. "We would like to work together with the Jordanian government to secure the release of Goto," Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, told reporters in Jordan late on Monday.

01/27/2015 01:58 AM
Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.

01/27/2015 01:55 AM
Federal government failing to protect children, report says
The federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.

01/27/2015 01:46 AM
Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition

Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanised opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year. Kabila took power in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, and won disputed elections in 2006 and 2011 in Africa's largest copper producer. A government bill to require a national census before the vote, which the opposition said would have delayed it by years, led to four days of street protests last week, in which rights groups said more than 40 people were killed by security forces. For Philippe Biyoya, politics professor at the University of Kinshasa, the most significant outcome of the showdown was the gaping divisions exposed within the president's governing coalition.

01/27/2015 01:42 AM
Corruption protest in Kenya's Maasai Mara region turns deadly

Riot policemen disperse demonstrators during protests to oust Narok county Governor Samuel Tunai in Narok, KenyaBy Njuwa Maina NAROK, Kenya (Reuters) - One person was killed and several injured on Monday when Kenyan police clashed with Maasais protesting against a local governor they accuse of misappropriating tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve, an official said. Police fired shots and teargas as thousands of people from the Maasai ethnic group, clad in traditional red cloaks, marched to the governor's office in Narok town, the administrative centre of the sprawling Maasai Mara park, witnesses said. Narok County Commissioner Kassim Farah, an official appointed by the president, said: "Only one protestor was killed by a bullet. "We regret it but the organisers of the demonstration should be held responsible, not the police." Kenya Red Cross said seven people injured in the clashes were taken to a nearby hospital.

01/27/2015 01:38 AM
Top Malian army officer survives assassination attempt in capital -sources
One of Mali's most senior military officers survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Bamako, on Monday, three sources told Reuters. General Mohamed Ould Meydou, adviser to the chief of staff of Mali's army and the most senior Arab officer in the military, was shot by unknown gunmen, but was only lightly wounded in the incident, two of the sources said. One of the sources, a medic at the Gabriel Toure hospital in Bamako, said Ould Meydou was well enough to leave hospital after receiving treatment on Monday evening. Taureg-led separatists and a mix of Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda occupied northern Mali for most of 2012 until a French intervention in early 2013 scattered them into the desert.

01/27/2015 01:37 AM
Post-Ebola plan needed to avert "double disaster" in West Africa - Oxfam: TRFN
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The three West African countries worst hit by Ebola risk a "double disaster" unless a multi-million dollar plan is put in place to help their economies recover, Oxfam said on Tuesday. In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone people were struggling to make ends meet having seen their incomes plummet, the aid agency said. "The world was late in waking up to the Ebola crisis, there can be no excuses for not helping to put these economies and lives back together," Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, said during a visit to Liberia.

01/27/2015 01:35 AM
UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF MOSB114 - Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, victim of Saturday shelling pour soil at his grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday Jan. 26, 2015. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April 2014, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September. Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Black Sea still controlled by Ukrainian forces, has been a symbolic bulwark against the separatist advance that if captured by the rebels would give them a land corridor to Russia-controlled Crimea. The city had been relatively quiet for months before Saturday's attack.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.

01/27/2015 01:35 AM
In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiBy Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain. Obama made no direct reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose rise to power last year has emboldened some Hindu groups to assert themselves in a country with a history of religious strife. "Your Article 25 (of the constitution) says that all people are 'equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion'," Obama told a townhall address to mostly young Indians in New Delhi. "In both our countries, in all countries, upholding this fundamental freedom is the responsibility of government, but it's also the responsibility of every person." Modi's rise to power has emboldened right-wing activists to openly declare India a nation of Hindus, posing a challenge to its multi-faith constitutional commitment.

01/27/2015 01:34 AM
Nadal crushed at Australian Open as Sharapova slaps down Bouchard

Maria Sharapova during her Australian Open match against Eugenie Bouchard in Melbourne on January 27, 2015Rafael Nadal's Australian Open dream lay in tatters Tuesday with the third seed crushed by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, but Maria Sharapova showed who's boss by slapping down Eugenie Bouchard. The out-of-sorts Spaniard, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, was never in contention against a player he had beaten the last 17 times they met stretching back to 2006. "I started pretty well, but you are playing Rafa and you have to keep going until the last point." His upset win means he will face either Andy Murray or Nick Krygios for a place in the final. In contrast to Nadal's lacklustre performance, the experienced Sharapova dominated young Canadian pretender Bouchard to set up an all-Russian semi-final with dark horse Ekaterina Makarova.

01/27/2015 01:25 AM
Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2014 file photo, a photograph of Fidel Castro hangs under the Spanish word "Welcome" on the wall at a state-run food market in Havana, Cuba. On Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, after more than a month of silence, Castro made his first public comments about the news that the U.S. and his island nation will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.

01/27/2015 01:17 AM
Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union

Masoud Ganaim, 49, from the Islamic Movement and number two in the unified Arab list, speaks to the media in his office in the Arab city of Sakhnin, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) east of Acre, Israel, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Coping with new election laws that make it harder for smaller parties to enter Israel's parliament, the country’s Arab political parties for the first time are banding together under one ticket to boost their chances in upcoming national elections. Arab politicians say it will improve chronically low Arab voter turnout and help block Netanyahu from forming the next government. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

01/27/2015 01:14 AM
Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who oversaw sexual assault cases has been found guilty on rape and other charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg, military officials said Monday.

01/27/2015 01:13 AM
New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

Leader of radical leftist party Syriza Alexis Tsipras arrives at the Presidential Palace in Athens, on January 26, 2015Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government Tuesday, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe. Syriza are the first anti-austerity party to govern in Europe, but they fell two seats short of a 151-seat majority in parliament and were thus forced to forge a coalition with the small right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party. Analysts have described the coalition as "unnatural" and potentially short-lived, saying that that ANEL -- best-known for vitriolic attacks on Germany -- are unpredictable, while the two parties differ starkly on immigration policy. The IMF extended an olive branch to the new Greek government, saying it was prepared to continue its financial support to the country.

01/27/2015 01:10 AM
On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

File photo of Texas Governor Perry answering questions from the media after aerial tour over the fertilizer plant explosion site in West, TexasBy Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016. It was a greener message than the one he delivered ahead of his last presidential campaign, when he called climate change a "contrived phony mess," and it reflects an expectation among some in the party that voters in 2016 will want Republican candidates to develop a more sophisticated climate change message. "'I'm not a scientist' won't be a winner in the presidential field," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said of the now common response Republican lawmakers and candidates offer when asked about climate change.

01/27/2015 12:58 AM
China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

File photo of a Chinese giant salamander, lying in a glass enclosure during the China International Conservation festival in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan province, in 2005Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of Shenzhen, the Global Times said. The giant salamander is believed by some Chinese to have anti-ageing properties, but there is no orthodox evidence to back the claim. The species is classed as "critically endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, which says the population has "declined catastrophically over the last 30 years".

01/27/2015 12:58 AM
Record number of exonerations driven by Texas drug cases
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

01/27/2015 12:57 AM
Survivors return to Auschwitz, 70 years on, as leaders sound alarm

A watch tower stands along a barbed wire fence at the memorial site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland on January 26, 2015Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday to honour victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism. On the eve of the landmark event, which is expected to draw several heads of state, a leading Jewish organisation was echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg in highlighting violence against Jews in modern-day Europe. Europe is "close to" a new exodus of Jews, European Jewish Congress chief Moshe Kantor warned at a Holocaust forum in the Czech capital Prague.

01/27/2015 12:31 AM
Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago.

01/27/2015 12:28 AM
Gunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.



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