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U.S. Researcher Killed By Rock-Throwing Protesters In Ethiopia

Sharon GrayThe California university researcher killed in Ethiopia protests was a brilliant scientist with an infectious smile who was studying the effects of climate change at the time of her death, the colleague who was traveling with her said on Thursday.

Sharon Gray, a 31-year-old postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Davis, was riding through Addis Ababa with her co-researcher Siobahn Brady when their car was attacked by demonstrators hurling rocks.


Colombian president Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President SantosColombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a five-decades-long civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people in the South American country.

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about, and Nobel authorities conspicuously left out his counterpart, Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the honor.


Afghanistan: Taliban fire forces doctors to flee Kunduz

Doctors flee Afghan cityFighting in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz has forced many hospital staff to flee, officials said on Thursday, further jeopardising medical care for hundreds of people.

Street-to-street gun battles have continued for four days after Taliban fighters slipped past the city's defences on Monday.

The fighting has forced as many as 10,000 people from their homes in Kunduz, the United Nations reported, with those who remain facing serious water, food and electricity shortages, as well as threats from the fighting.



Obama administration blasts Israel for new settlement project

Obama administration blasts new Israeli settlement projectThe Obama administration is in yet another public spat with Israel -- and is all but calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government a bunch of liars.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Israel’s announcement of a new settlement located deep in the West Bank goes against promises made by the Jewish state.

“Well we did receive public assurances from the Israeli government that contradict this announcement,” Earnest said at his daily press briefing on Wednesday. “I guess when we’re talking about how good friends treat one another, that’s a source of serious concern as well.”


Antonio Guterres Chosen as New UN Secretary-General

New UN Sec. GeneralPortugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next UN secretary general, UN diplomats say.

Mr Guterres, 66, was the "clear favourite", Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin announced on Wednesday.

A formal vote will take place in the UN Security Council on Thursday to confirm the choice of nominee.


Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States

PutinRussia said on Wednesday it was suspending its nuclear and energy research agreement with the United States as a countermeasure against Washington for imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

The government also said it was terminating for the same reasons an agreement between its nuclear corporation Rosatom and the U.S. Department of Energy on feasibility studies into conversion of Russian research reactors to low enriched uranium.


NATO jets intercept two Russian bombers

NATO jetsFighter jets from Norway, Britain, France and Spain intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers when they flew from Norway to northern Spain and returned, officials said.

The incident involving NATO allies occurred on Sept. 22 but details weren't revealed until a statement by the French Ministry of Defense. The planes skirted the nations' airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the coasts.


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