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Ballot count underway in landmark Central African Republic election

As ballot counting got underway in the Central African Republic, voters and the international community await the results of the landmark election, seen as a key step towards stability after years of deadly violence. Central Africans waited in long lines at polling stations throughout the country Wednesday to elect their next president and members of the National Assembly, as international ...

ISIS leader rallies followers as group faces setbacks

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finds itself under growing pressure on several fronts, facing battlefield setbacks in both countries. In a new audio message Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, has warned of difficult times ahead, saying “the whole world” is united against the Islamic State. Al-Baghdadi’s 24-minute message — his first since ...

Munich train stations evacuated over concerns of possible terror plans

Two train stations in Munich, Germany, were evacuated and train service stopped on New Year’s Eve, a spokesman for the Munich police said, citing concerns of a possible terror plot. Police have received “concrete information that strongly indicates that there are possible plans for terror attacks in Munich, specifically against the main train station and the railway station in (the ...

Fire engulfs downtown Dubai’s high-rise Address hotel

Firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed a luxury hotel in Dubai Thursday night while a spectacular New Year’s fireworks display lit up the night sky nearby. Orange tentacles of flames engulfed a large section of the high-end Address hotel soon after the fire started around 9:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). Witnesses said they heard explosions as the fire raged. Hours ...

Christians are disappearing from the Middle East

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Christains in Iraq were 1.5 million,but now, they are least than that by far.Why? because of persecution that is directed against Christians by ISIS. Perfumed smoke fills the aisle as the priest swings incense back and forth in the thurible, a small metal canister suspended from chains that holds the pungent smoke. It is something priest ...

Kuwait Airways scraps London-New York flight after dispute over Israeli passengers

Did Kuwait Airways just scrap an entire flight service to avoid carrying Israeli passengers? The airline has this week pulled its connection between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow after U.S. authorities threatened legal action over alleged discrimination. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in September warned the Kuwaiti carrier that it had “unlawfully discriminated” against a passenger using ...

2 killed in latest Chicago police officer-involved shooting

Chicago police — under intense scrutiny in recent months over officer-involved shootings — were involved in another on Saturday morning, an incident that left two people dead, police said. The latest officer-involved shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET) Saturday near West Garfield Park, Chicago police spokeswoman Ana Pacheco said. In a later press release, police explained that officers ...

14 killed as tornadoes, storms pound Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas

The calendar says it’s nearly Christmas, but the damage looks more like spring. A powerful storm system roared across parts of the South, claiming at least 14 lives in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas and injuring scores more. The Storm Prediction Center said at least 14 tornadoes hit Mississippi on Wednesday, but a single twister did most of the damage. It ...

Outrage, but not surprise over ‘affluenza’ teen on the lam

Disgusted, yes. Shocked, no. That’s what Kevin McConnell feels after learning that Ethan Couch — the teenager who killed four people and injured several others, including McConnell’s then 12-year-old son Lucas, while driving drunk on a Texas road — is on the lam. In the McConnells’ view, Couch was never held accountable. Not meeting with his probation officer and fleeing ...

Two charged over planned terror attacks in Australia

Two men arrested by Australian anti-terror police in Sydney have been charged with plotting attacks on targets including a navy base, according to New South Wales Police. The men were apprehended Wednesday during dawn raids on their homes by officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT), as part of their ongoing anti-terror campaign known as “Operation Appleby.” A 24-year-old ...