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At least 40 migrants dead at sea, 320 others rescued

Immigrants die on shipAt least 40 migrants died Saturday in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, apparently killed by fuel fumes, and some 320 others on the same boat were saved by the Italian navy, the rescue ship's commander said.

Migrants by the tens of thousands are braving the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, hoping to reach Europe and be granted asylum. They are fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals - Ex-employees

kasperskyBeginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), AVG Technologies NV (AVG.N), Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers' PCs.


Paraguayan 11-year-old 'rape victim' gives birth

11 year old gives birth after rapeAn 11-year old girl in Paraguay who was allegedly raped by her stepfather has given birth to a baby girl after being denied an abortion.

Doctors say the girl and her baby, who was delivered by Caesarean section, are doing well.  Paraguay, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation, only allows abortion when the mother's health is in danger.

Earlier this year, the health ministry said that was not so in this case and rejected a request for an abortion.


US flag rasied in Havana as Kerry lauds 'historic moment' of healing

Kerry in HavanaCheers rang out as the American flag was unfurled and raised above the glass-and-concrete U.S. Embassy building on Havana's seafront Malecon Boulevard for the first time since Jan. 3, 1961, the day the U.S. severed ties with Cuba at the height of the Cold War.

"This is truly a memorable occassion — a day for pushing aside old barriers and exploring new possibilities," Secretary of State JohnKerry said in his remarks just before the flag was raised, a symbolic capstone on Washington’s historic rapprochement with Havana after 54 years of hostility.


Death toll soars as debris combed for bodies after huge China blasts

China blastHuge, fiery blasts at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals killed at least 50 people and turned nearby buildings into skeletal shells in the Chinese port of Tianjin, raising questions Thursday about whether the materials had been properly stored.

Hundreds of people were injured in the explosions shortly before midnight Wednesday, which sent out massive fireballs that turned the night sky into day and shattered windows several miles away. Twelve of the dead were from among the more than 1,000 firefighters sent to the mostly industrial zone to fight the ensuing blaze.


Islamic State truck bombing at Baghdad market kills 67

Baghdad blastA truck bomb ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood early on Thursday morning, killing at least 67 people, police officials said, in one of the deadliest single blasts in the Iraqi capital in years.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the explosion, saying it targeted a gathering place of Shiites and vowed more such attacks.


The Growing Danger of Israeli Teens Waging Jewish Jihad

eish jihadRaphael Morris, a 20-year-old religious settler from the outpost of Ahiya, has for years engaged in a “holy war,” he tells The Daily Beast. He’s battling to rid Israel of its non-Jewish elements and expand the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria—the biblical term for the land on the West Bank of the Jordan River that once belonged to the ancient kingdom of Israel.

Six years ago, Morris arrived at a nearby outpost with 10 other teenagers and learned to work the vineyard, build houses, and “in a number of instances” created a line of defense against the surrounding Palestinian villages. “The Arabs knew not to mess with us,” he says.


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