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800-Pound Man Determined to Slim Down

4 hours 40 min ago
A Rhode Island man who weighs nearly 800 pounds (about 363 Kg) says he's determined to slim down and he dreams of becoming an actor one day. Steven Assanti, of Cranston, refers to himself now as a monster. He wants to eventually inspire others who struggle with their weight. The 33-year-old said he's addicted to pizza, as long as it's not topped with anchovies. 'Always loved to eat' “I love food. I always loved to eat,” he told The Associated Press on Monday....

Dutch Investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

5 hours 34 sec ago
Investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight mh17

Assisted-Suicide Advocate Kevorkian's Papers Open to Public

5 hours 6 min ago
A University of Michigan library has acquired the papers of assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian and is making them publicly available. The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday that Ava Janus, Kevorkian's niece and sole heir, donated the collection, which spans from 1911 to 2014. Terrence McDonald, director of the Bentley Historical Library, says in a statement that the papers "will allow scholars and students to understand the context of and driving forces in an interesting...

Permits Canceled for New US Airbase on Japan's Okinawa Island

5 hours 28 min ago
The governor of Japan's southern island of Okinawa has followed through with a promise to revoke permits for construction of a new U.S. air base on the island, setting up a possible legal showdown with the central government in Tokyo. Takeshi Onaga announced the move Tuesday, a month after he said his government would take the action after discovering "defects" in the original permits issued by his predecessor. Onaga was elected late last year on a campaign pledge to...

Comfort and Compassion at Tiburtino Station

6 hours 4 min ago
The Italian Red Cross center behind the Tiburtino railway station in Rome does what it can to bring some sense of normalcy to migrants while they are in Rome.

US, Afghan Forces Raid al-Qaida Camp

6 hours 15 min ago
The United States military said Tuesday it conducted a major air and ground operation with Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan, killing "numerous" al-Qaida militants. Based on months of intelligence gathering and planning, the operation was launched October 7 in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province and concluded Sunday, a U.S. military statement said. More than 200 American and Afghan forces took part in the offensive, which involved 63 U.S. precision airstrikes while...

Syrian Kurds Accused of Human Rights Abuses Against Arabs

6 hours 19 min ago
Kurdish forces in northern Syria, one of the few armed groups in the multi-layered civil war trusted by the U.S.-led coalition to battle Islamic State extremists, are said to have carried out forced displacement of Arabs and Turkmen and mass house demolitions of villages in territory they have captured. Amnesty International says the Popular Protection Units, the YPG, an offshoot of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK, razed entire villages captured from Islamic State...

Japan Threatens to End UNESCO Funding Over Nanjing Massacre Files

6 hours 31 min ago
Japan is threatening to cut funding for the United Nations' cultural body after it agreed to include documents related to the 1937 massacre carried out by Japanese colonial forces in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the decision by UNESCO to accept the documents from Beijing for its Memory of the World register was "problematic," considering Tokyo and Beijing have conflicting views of on the matter. Suga said Japan was...

Turkey Bans Activists' Rally to Mourn Bomb Victims

6 hours 45 min ago
Turkish authorities on Tuesday banned a protest rally and march by trade union and civic society activists who lost friends and colleagues in Turkey's bloodiest terror attack, but hundreds of people defiantly gathered for the protest. The two suicide bombings on Saturday came amid political uncertainty in the country -- just weeks before Turkey's November 1 election which is in effect a re-run of an inconclusive June election. The bombings raised fears that the NATO country, a...

Blast Rocks Chinese Port 2 months After Fatal Explosions

6 hours 48 min ago
The port city of Tianjin in northern China was rocked by a warehouse blast, police said Tuesday, two months after massive explosions in the city left 173 people dead or missing. The blast hit a warehouse for alcohol materials in the city Monday night and started a fire, but no casualties were reported, local police said. Tianjin had been ordered after the August blasts to perform thorough checks to eliminate workplace hazards, with a special focus on warehouses storing chemicals. The...

Report: China Completes Tibet's Biggest Hydropower Plant

7 hours 30 min ago
China has completed the construction of the Zangmu hydropower facility in Tibet, the largest so far to be built in the region, the company in charge of building the project said on Tuesday. The project on the Yarlung Zangbo river, the upstream section of the transboundary Brahmaputra, is located around 140 kilometres from the regional capital of Lhasa and cost 9.6 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) to build, said Gezhouba Group, one of China's biggest state dam builders, on its...

VW to Change Diesel Technology, Cut Investments

7 hours 31 min ago
Volkswagen's flagship brand will switch to new diesel emissions control technology in Europe and North America as well as cut a billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual investment spending. VW brand head Herbert Diess made the announcement Tuesday as the company struggles to overcome a scandal over the fact that some of its cars are equipped with computer software that let them evade U.S. emissions tests. Diess said the company would change its diesel technology in Europe and North...

Clinton Hounded by Email Scandal

7 hours 54 min ago
While Hillary Clinton continues to be seen as the frontrunner to become the Democratic Party's nominee for president, her campaign has been dogged by a months-long scandal involving her use of email during her time as secretary of state. The controversy centers on Clinton's decision to use a personal email account on a privately maintained server rather than a State Department-issued system, which theoretically would have allowed for more thorough documentation of her official...

Myanmar May Delay Next Month's Election

8 hours 55 min ago
Myanmar’s election oversight body on Tuesday pressed the nation’s major political parties to agree to postpone national polls scheduled for Nov. 8, citing recent natural disasters. The National League of Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi was the only party present which objected during an emergency meeting of the Union Election Commission held in the capital Naypyidaw, according to party officials. "I responded to the UEC that the 2008 constitutional referendum was even...

Rocket Attack Hits Russian Embassy in Syria

9 hours 24 min ago
Insurgents fired rockets at Russia's embassy in Damascus in what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called an act or terror meant to intimidate those who support the fight against Islamic State militants. The two rockets struck the embassy compound Tuesday as hundreds of people rallied outside in support of Russia's two week-old military campaign in Syria. There was no immediate report of casualties. In an audio recording released late Monday, the head of Syria's...

Chinese Tourist Dies While Zip-lining in Thailand

9 hours 30 min ago
A Chinese tourist broke her neck and died while sliding on a zip-line in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, police said Tuesday. The 32-year-old woman was sliding down a 600-meter (2,000-feet) zip-line on Sunday when a worker failed to grab her during a maneuver to stop her from traveling further, police Col. Adun Somnuk said. She then hit another person in front, he said. The staff rushed her to a hospital where they told doctors only that she had passed out while zip-lining, Adun...

African Migrants Endure Smuggler's Abuses

10 hours 12 min ago
African migrants traveling through the Sahara Desert, hoping to ultimately reach Europe, provide overwhelming evidence of smugglers abusing them.

Stabbing Attacks Kill 3 in Israel

10 hours 24 min ago
Israeli police said the death toll from a pair of separate stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem has risen to three. Authorities said one attack involved two people shooting and stabbing passengers on a bus in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding at least three others. The Israeli Defense Forces said both attackers were "shot on site." In another part of Jerusalem, a man crashed a car into people at a bus stop, then got out of the vehicle and started stabbing...

Main Opposition Leader Accuses Ugandan Police of Brutality

10 hours 57 min ago
Uganda’s main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, has accused President Yoweri Museveni of instigating violence against the opposition ahead of the 2016 presidential election. This comes after Ugandan police over the weekend manhandled Dr. Besigye and his entourage while they were en route to Rukungiri District, about 400 kilometers from Kampala for a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) rally. A female member of Dr. Besigye’s entourage who is shadow secretary for environment was stripped...

Another Month of Losses for Chinese Imports

11 hours 55 sec ago
China says imports plunged by double digits in September, signaling further economic weakness in the world's second-largest economy. The Customs Department said Tuesday that imports dropped just over 20 percent last month compared to the same period a year ago, marking the 11th consecutive month of losses.  Exports fell nearly four percent last month, leaving China with a $60.34 billion global trade surplus for September.  Analysts had expected a decline in imports of...

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