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The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State in northeastern Syria has risen to more than 250, activists said on Thursday.
The top US intelligence official confirmed for the first time that Iran was behind a cyber attack against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. last year.
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Michael Roddy 11:44 AM The eminent but anonymous British artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his wesite showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end of the war there.
David Blair 11:26 AM Rebuilding the Gaza Strip after last year's 50-day war with Israel will take at least a century at current rates of progress, Oxfam has warned.
Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley 11:04 AM These are perilous days for independent civic groups in China, especially those that take on politically contentious causes like workers' rights, legal advocacy and discrimination against people with AIDS.
Nick Miller 10:51 AM New York fashion designer Diane Pernet wants to bottle her desire to embrace koalas and market it as a perfume.
Josephine Tovey 10:50 AM On what has been described as a "red letter day for internet freedom", the communications authority in the United States has agreed to new rules that guarantee an open internet in line with the concept known as "net neutrality".
10:49 AM A US blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death in Dhaka by unidentified assailants, police say, with his family saying the writer had received numerous threats from Islamist militants.
Martin Evans 10:43 AM Victims label report a 'whitewash' after it finds disc jockey Jimmy Savile abused 63 patients at a British hospital but fails to hold any senior managers responsible.
8:10 AM The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought.
Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed 8:08 AM Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.
7:59 AM A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, US scientists said.
Elizabeth Warren 7:55 AM The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?
Ali M. Latifi 7:50 AM Rescue helicopters and trucks loaded with relief supplies struggle to reach victims in snow-logged mountain terrain.
Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman 7:05 AM The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.
Noah Bierman 1:52 AM The city that brought America government shutdowns and all-night filibusters, the nation's capital - Washington DC, made pot legal at 12.01am on Thursday.
1:51 AM Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education.
Rob Crilly 1:51 AM Al-Qaeda documents recovered from the home of Osama bin Laden tie a Pakistani student to an international plot against Western targets, according to American prosecutors
Tom Allard 1:50 AM An Australian journalist is facing possible deportation from Indonesia after being caught working on the Bali nine executions story while on a tourist visa.
Julfikar Ali Manik 1:30 AM An arrest warrant has been issued for Bangladesh's opposition leader after she failed to appear at a hearing on embezzlement charges.
Anemona Hartocollis 1:26 AM Dr. Craig Spencer, New York's first and to date only Ebola patient, said in an essay published on Wednesday that he was falsely accused of putting the public at risk and was superficially depicted as "a fraud, a hipster and a hero" after he was hospitalised in October.
Jessica Donati 1:25 AM A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to NATO's top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person, Turkish officials said.
Peter Holley 1:09 AM Random acts of kindness typically maintain their randomness. But occasionally, an act of benevolence goes viral and leads to the internet's version of a winning lottery ticket.
12:54 AM South Korea's Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.