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U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

The U.S. Department of State has placed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of Venezuelan officials in response to alleged human rights abuses.
JC Finley
American in North Korea prison says he feels abandoned

American in North Korea prison says he feels abandoned

Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea, told a Japanese newspaper he feels abandoned by the U.S. government.
Ed Adamczyk
Argentina defaults on bonds, blames U.S. mediator

Argentina defaults on bonds, blames U.S. mediator

Argentina defaulted on its bond debt Thursday after last-minute negotiations in New York with bondholders failed.
Ed Adamczyk
Police operation targeting Italian mafia nets several arrests

Police operation targeting Italian mafia nets several arrests

An Italian police investigation targeting the mafia has resulted in the detention of 16 mafia members across Europe and netted several arrests.
JC Finley
Arab states offer little help to Hamas

Arab states offer little help to Hamas

A coalition of Arab states has deliberately not taken sides in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the governing body of Gaza.
Ed Adamczyk
Pentagon: North Korea should spend money on food, not missiles

Pentagon: North Korea should spend money on food, not missiles

U.S. Department of Defense officials acknowledged they were aware of North Korea's recent missile launches toward the Sea of Japan.
JC Finley
Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

On Wednesday, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma declared the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus a public health emergency.
JC Finley
Investigators reach Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site

Investigators reach Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site

International investigators regained access to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site on Thursday, after nearly a week of rebel fighting in the area.
JC Finley
North Korea fires projectiles toward Sea of Japan

North Korea fires projectiles toward Sea of Japan

On Wednesday, North Korea reportedly launched four projectiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.
JC Finley
Amazon tribal leader seeks police protection following death threats

Amazon tribal leader seeks police protection following death threats

Davi Kopenawa, a prominent leader of the Amazon's Yanomami tribe, fears for his life and has requested police protection.
JC Finley
Liberia shutters schools in response to Ebola outbreak

Liberia shutters schools in response to Ebola outbreak

Liberia announced Wednesday it will close all schools and place non-essential government employees on mandatory leave to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.
JC Finley
Ebola outbreak prompts Peace Corps withdrawal from West Africa

Ebola outbreak prompts Peace Corps withdrawal from West Africa

The Peace Corps announced Wednesday the evacuation of 340 volunteers from the three West African countries most affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.
JC Finley
U.N. aviation agency acknowledges complexity of ensuring flight safety over conflict zones

U.N. aviation agency acknowledges complexity of ensuring flight safety over conflict zones

The U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization met Tuesday to discuss the risks posed to civilian aircraft flying over conflict zones.
JC Finley
Turkish Deputy PM doesn't want women laughing in public

Turkish Deputy PM doesn't want women laughing in public

Turkish Deputy PM Bülent Arınç faced some backlash on social media Wednesday after he said women should not laugh in public to protect their chastity.
Aileen Graef
Iran rejects State Dept.'s Religious Freedom Report

Iran rejects State Dept.'s Religious Freedom Report

The Iranian government has denounced the U.S. Department of State's findings in its just-released 'International Religious Freedom Report for 2013.'
JC Finley
Genocide trial for Khmer Rouge leaders begins

Genocide trial for Khmer Rouge leaders begins

Two surviving members of the Khmer Rouge went on trial for genocide in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday.
Ed Adamczyk
G7 urges Russia de-escalate crisis with Ukraine or face 'intensified' costs

G7 urges Russia de-escalate crisis with Ukraine or face 'intensified' costs

In a joint statement issued Wednesday, G7 members expressed their "grave concern" about Russian aggression toward neighboring Ukraine.
JC Finley
Fire destroys England's Eastbourne Pier

Fire destroys England's Eastbourne Pier

Eastboune Pier, a popular resort in East Sussex, England, burned Wednesday in a spectacular fire that destroyed the iconic Victorian landmark.
Ed Adamczyk
Ban Ki-moon: 'Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children'

Ban Ki-moon: 'Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children'

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced the Israeli bombing of a second U.N. school in Gaza Wednesday, saying there is "nothing more shameful."
Aileen Graef
Prominent Uighur scholar charged in China with 'separatism'

Prominent Uighur scholar charged in China with 'separatism'

Chinese authorities have formally charged Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur academic and economics professor at Beijing's Minzu University, with "separatism."
JC Finley
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