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Baltimore Protests

Baltimore Mayor Denies Stand Down Order

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake denied on Wednesday that she issued a stand-down directive to police officers, which is raising questions if the alleged order was the reason behind the violence and looting on Monday.

Rishi Khanal

Nepal Survivor Buried For 82 Hours Drank Own Urine To Live

A 28-year-old survivor of Nepal's devastating earthquake was rescued on Tuesday. Rishi Khanal was trapped for 82 hours under the collapsed Kathmandu Hotel.

shark attack

Shark Attacks And Kills Woman In Maui

Maui rescuers found on Wednesday morning a 65-year-old woman with injuries on her torso, indicating she was the victim of a shark attack. The unresponsive woman was taken from the water of a popular surfing destination, the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, located south of Big Beach at Makena State Park.

King Salman

Saudi Royal Succession Line Undergoes Change

If current Saudi Arabian King Salman would pass away, his successor will be his nephew, 55-year-old Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef. He made the change on Wednesday, signaling a major power shift.

World War II comfort women

No Apology For World War II Sex Slaves In Abe’s U.S. Congress Address

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did actually apologize for the thousands of comfort women that Japanese soldiers used as sex slaves during World War II. However, he did not make it during his Wednesday address before the U.S. Congress but during a Tuesday press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama.


Chinese Meteorological Administration Bans Unofficial Weather Reports

Beginning May 1, Chinese amateur forecasters are prohibited by the Chinese Meteorological Administration from publishing their weather reports. Violators of the ban could face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan or $8,000.

Everest Sherpas

Nepal Earthquake Ends Everest Climbing Season Abruptly

Even if there were no injured climbers during the powerful Saturday Nepal earthquake that shook and devastated Nepal, China abruptly ended the climbing season for Mount Everest. That means spring climbing the world's tallest peak from China's side is over.

Microblogging Site Victim Of Twitter Leak

Twitter is blaming science firm Selerity and NASDAQ for the 18 percent drop in the shareprice of the popular microblogging site on Tuesday because of the leak of Twitter's quarterly result on - where else, but Twitter.

Nepal Rescue Mission

Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Could Go Up To 10,000

As rescuers dig more dead bodies from earthquake-ravaged area in Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala hints that the death toll from the April 25 magnitude-7.9 tremor could rise to 10,000 from the current 5,000 plus.

Same-Sex Couple

Same-Sex Marriage Discussions Divide Supreme Court; Kennedy Could Be The Swing Vote

Like the rest of the United States, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court were divided on the issue of same-sex marriage on the first day of discussions on Tuesday.

Baltimore Protesters Defy Curfew

Despite the deployment of 2,000 National Guards to Baltimore, protests were still held on Tuesday night as 200 people defied the curfew and even fought back the guardsmen and police.

Rally for Mary Jane Veloso

Indonesia Executes 8 Drug Smugglers By Firing Squad, Spares Filipina At Last Minute

Indonesia stood by its stand that drug smugglers don't deserve to live. At 12:25 a.m. of Wednesday, it executed by firing squad eight convicted drug smugglers, including Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of Australia.

Obama at Chipotle

Chipotle: No More GMO Food

The Mexican fast food chain that is drawing crowds, Chipotle, made dining history on Monday by announcing it would no longer serve genetically modified food. The move is in response to a growing public clamor against GMO food.


Communist Party Detains Sinopec President On Suspicion Of Corruption

Another tiger has been caught in Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive launched in late 2012. He is Wang Tiangpu, the president of state-owned Sinopec Group.

Lesbian Wedding

U.S. Supreme Court Starts Gay Marriage Case Deliberations

Gays throughout the United States are awaiting how the U.S. Supreme Court would tackle the challenge raised by lesbian Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. A landmark decision by the high court could possibly make same-sex marriages legal not only in Michigan but also in the remaining 49 states.

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