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(LONDON) -- J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has donated almost $20 million (£15.3m) to support research into neurological conditions in honor of her late mother.The latest philanthropic act from the woman behind the fantasy empire will help create new facilities and support research at the University…... Read More

French investigators interview possible Jeffrey Epstein accusers

(PARIS) -- Three possible victims of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sexual abuse have come forward in France after police there launched an inquiry into the conduct of the New York-based financier. Epstein died by suicide in his New York jail cell last month while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges…... Read More

Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was as powerful as 10 billion atomic bombs, new research finds

(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have found hard evidence in massive chunks of rocks that the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs was powerful enough to trigger wildfires, tsunamis and blast so much dust into the atmosphere that it blocked out the sun -- and they estimate the impact was as powerful…... Read More

New Zealand firefighters perform haka in powerful tribute to 9/11 first responders

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Firefighters in New Zealand paid tribute to the first responders who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.In remembrance of those first responders as well as those who have died in the line of duty in New Zealand, firefighters performed a traditional haka…... Read More

Brexit crisis: Scottish court says Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament is unlawful

(EDINBURGH, Scotland) -- Scotland's highest court dealt British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a new setback Wednesday when it ruled his five-week suspension of Parliament, known as prorogation, unlawful.Agreeing with observers and critics that prorogation was an effort to avoid scrutiny of his plan for a no-deal Brexit, the court unanimously…... Read More

32-year-old man in India pretends to be 81 to get into the US

(NEW DELHI) -- A 32-year-old man has been arrested at an Indian airport for pretending to be 81 in order to get into the USA.Jayesh Patel was stopped as he was trying to board a flight to New York at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by the…... Read More

Russian media claim to identify alleged top CIA spy

(WASHINGTON) -- Some Russian media outlets said Tuesday they believed they had identified the CIA spy who American news reports this week alleged had been at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s government, setting off frantic speculation in Russia over who the mole could be.The Kremlin confirmed that a former Russian…... Read More

Newly released transcripts tell gruesome moments of Saudi columnist killed in embassy

(WASHINGTON) -- Newly released transcripts provide insight into the final moments of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed by Saudi agents inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.The authenticity of the transcripts, which were published Tuesday in the Turkish media for the first time,…... Read More

US-led coalition hits ISIS 'infested' island in Iraq with 80,000 pounds of munitions

(BAGHDAD) -- The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State "infested" island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve.U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, located in…... Read More

An Iranian female soccer fan caught trying to enter stadium set herself on fire and died

(TEHRAN, Iran) — A female Iranian soccer fan who had been caught trying to enter the country's Azadi Stadium has died after setting herself on fire to protest her arrest.Sahar Khodayari, 30, had disguised herself as a man so she could watch Esteghlal, an Iranian soccer team, play against the…... Read More

French court rules employer responsible for worker’s death after sex

(PARIS) -- The Paris Court of Appeal made a ruling that during a business trip, an employer is liable for any employee accidents -- or an employee's death -- in just about any circumstance.Xavier, a railway construction technician, died of a heart attack while on a business trip in the…... Read More

Nigeria to evacuate citizens from South Africa after xenophobic attacks

(LONDON) — Nigeria will evacuate hundreds of its citizens from South Africa following a recent spate of violent attacks on foreign nationals living there, officials said.Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday afternoon that his government has "made arrangements for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians in South Africa who…... Read More

'We have to be very careful,' Trump says of allowing Dorian evacuees into US

(WASHINGTON) -- The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied on Monday that people fleeing the devastation in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have been turned away from the United States by his agency because they did not have proper documentation. "We will accept anyone…... Read More

President Trump declares peace talks with the Taliban 'dead'

(WASHINGTON) -- After calling off a secret meeting with the Taliban at Camp David this weekend, President Donald Trump declared that Afghanistan peace talks are officially dead. "They are dead, they are dead," Trump told reporters on the White House south lawn. "As far as I'm concerned, they are dead."On…... Read More