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Pakistan earthquake: Hundreds dead in Balochistan

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 208 people in Pakistan’s remote south-west province of Balochistan. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, the US Geological Survey said. Many houses were flattened and thousands of people have spent the night in the open. After the quake, a small island appeared off the coast near the port of Gwadar, witnesses reported. […]


JPMorgan fined $920 million in 'London Whale' trading loss

JPMorgan Chase agreed Thursday to pay about $920 million in fines to U.S. and U.K. regulators to settle charges related to the “London Whale” trading debacle. With the penalty, the bank is acknowledging that it violated banking rules by not properly overseeing its trading operations. In legal language, regulators said that the bank engaged in “unsafe and unsound practices.” As a result of those inadequate risk controls, a team of […]

Many missing in Russia hospital fire

More than 30 people are missing after a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital housing some 60 patients in north-western Russia, officials say. The blaze occurred in the village of Luka, in Novgorod region. There are unconfirmed reports of deaths. The fire broke out just before 03:00 local time (23:00 GMT Thursday). It may have been started by one of the patients, reports say. Officials had previously tried to close […]

What are the odds of a U.S. strike against Syria? 15 key questions answered

When President Barack Obama said this weekend that bombing Syrian targets is the right thing to do, and then asked Congress to approve it, the international crisis took a turn toward a fierce domestic battle. There are so many moving parts to this complicated story that it can become quite difficult to keep up. Let this Q&A bring you up to speed on the dizzying developments. Is the U.S. going […]

Reports: Teen Daniel Perry commits suicide over Skype blackmail scam

Reports that a Scottish teenager took his own life after becoming the victim of an alleged Internet blackmail scam have heightened concerns in Britain over online abuse. Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, was reportedly the victim of blackmailers who recorded his interactions via Skype with a person he believed was an American girl his own age. They then threatened to show his family the footage unless he paid up, UK media […]

'Take Your Portion': A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse from either weakness or morphine. Six months earlier, she was paralyzed when a regime soldier struck her in the neck with […]

Kolkata's Park Street rape survivor reveals her identity

Kolkatta: One year and four months after she was raped and came to be known as the “Park Street rape survivor,” the woman has come forward and revealed her name and identity. Suzette Jordan is 38-year-old single mother of two girls and caregiver of her ailing mother as well. It is an unusually brave decision. Rape survivors usually don’t want to reveal their identity fearing “Why should I hide my […]


Woolwich Attacker Video? Footage Shows Man With Bloody Hands Defending Assault (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS DISTURBING FOOTAGE   In a disturbing twist to the “sickening and barbaric attack” on a man in London’s Woolwich neighborhood, video has emerged of a man defending the assault. The video appears to show the man proselytizing with a knife and meat cleaver in his bloody hands. The alleged attacker tells the camera, “I apologize women had to witness this today. But in our land, our women […]

Oklahoma tornado tears massive path of death, destruction

Moore, Oklahoma (CNN) — Rescue workers raced against time and darkness Monday night looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and leaving at least 51 people dead. At least 20 of the dead were children, including at least seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind. Seventy-five students […]