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  • Leeds human trafficking victims rescued

    November 29, 2013 4:40 PM 48

    Continue reading the main story Seventeen people, including children, have been "rescued" as part of a human trafficking investigation. West Yorkshire Police said the people, mostly from Slovakia, were taken from 25 different addresses in south and west Leeds. The force said the three-day-operation was part of an investigation into an "organised criminal

  • Man slashed in Virginia parking spot fight on eve of Black Friday

    November 29, 2013 12:18 PM 68

    The eve of Black Friday saw some American shoppers fighting over televisions and parking spots. A man in Claypool Hill, Va., had his arm slashed to the bone over a fight for a parking spot, police told the local NBC affiliate. Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, two men were trying to park in the same spot. They both got out of their vehicles and 61-year-old

  • Pope Francis revamps centuries-old charity office

    November 29, 2013 10:55 AM 65

    VATICAN CITY -- When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them know someone cared. That's not so easy to do now that he's pope. But Francis is still providing one-on-one

  • Iran's Arab neighbors want assurances nuclear deal not against them

    November 29, 2013 3:48 AM 50

    MANAMA (Reuters) - Iran's Arab neighbors, deeply worried about Iran's nuclear program, want assurances that Tehran's deal with world powers will indeed enhance regional security, Bahrain's interior minister said on Thursday. U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states, led by top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, have cautiously welcomed the November 24 interim accord as a step towards

  • Pope names private secretary to supervise Vatican bank

    November 28, 2013 6:02 PM 53

    ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis named his personal secretary to supervise the activities of the Vatican bank on Thursday, in a sign the pontiff wants to keep a tight grip on the drive to clean up its operations and image. Alfred Xuereb, a 55-year-old Maltese prelate, will be responsible for overseeing two commissions created by the pope to supervise the bank itself

  • Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

    November 28, 2013 1:24 PM 93

    President Bashar Assad’s forces launched the push into the rugged Qalamoun region along the border in order to cut off rebel supply routes and stem the flow of fighters. The fighting has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to neighboring Lebanon. Militants from Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group openly joined the war on the side of government forces

  • IAEA to visit nuclear-linked Iran site under new accord

    November 28, 2013 11:46 AM 62

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has invited U.N. inspectors to visit its Arak heavy-water production plant on December 8, the first concrete step under a new cooperation pact aimed at clarifying concerns about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. U.N. nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano also said it would take some time to look into how Sunday's separate, landmark

  • Thanksgiving: A Very Brief Political History

    November 28, 2013 10:58 AM 59

    Of all the things Americans traditionally associate with Thanksgiving — turkey, family, football — politics doesn't rate high on the list. But the national holiday and the political world have intersected at times and generated some headlines to remember. But in 1939, when Thanksgiving was set to fall on Nov. 30, President Franklin Roosevelt moved it to the second-to-last

  • Iran says to produce more low-enriched uranium

    November 28, 2013 8:31 AM 52

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran plans to increase its production of uranium enriched at a low level, its official news agency reported Thursday. IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear department, as saying machines which were earlier producing 20 per cent enriched uranium will be engaged in producing low-level enriched uranium. “Hence, the production

  • UN to send envoy to Bangladesh amid rising violence

    November 28, 2013 8:29 AM 203

    Source­s say envoy would carry 'strong messag­e' from the UN chief to hold 'free, fair, credib­le and inclus­ive' polls. DHAKA: A United Nations envoy will visit Bangladesh to hold talks with political parties about ending an election standoff that has sparked deadly violence, an official said Thursday. UN assistant secretary general for political Affairs