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Runaway Teen Survives 5-Hour Flight to Hawaii in Plane’s Wheel Well

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A 16-year-old boy somehow survived a five and a half hour flight halfway across the Pacific Ocean—from San Jose to Maui—while stowed away in a passenger jet’s wheel well.Read more…

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Teen hitches ride to Hawaii in freezing flight inside jet’s wheel well

Teen lost consciousness during five-hour flight in freezing conditions, and it’s ‘an apparent miracle’ he survived, FBI says

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Thai officers cleared of killing in Saudi ‘blue diamond’ affair

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A Thai court yesterday dismissed a case against five former policemen accused of killing a Saudi businessman over a haul of precious gems 24 years ago, a case that marred relations between the two countries. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert faces jail after graft conviction

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It is the first time a former Israeli premier has been convicted of bribery in what has been called one of the worst corruption scandals in the country’s history. Sentencing will take place later, but legal experts say such a conviction will almost certainly entail time in prison for Olmert. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Fears rise of bigger quake hitting Puente Hills fault in Los Angeles

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave southern California a moderate shake a few days ago could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded “big one” from the more famous San Andreas fault. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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London Crossrail tunnel dig gives insight into Black Plague victims

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A lot can be learned from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed during work on a London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death – and its victims. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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UN climate panel warns that global warming will complicate security issues

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying climate change will complicate and worsen global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cool Pope Francis confesses his sins in full view of cameras and attendant churchgoers.

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Cool Pope Francis confesses his sins in full view of cameras and attendant churchgoers. “At one point, the priest hearing his confession appeared to chuckle,” the Associated Press reports. “Francis, solemn-faced, then rose and started hearing confessions himself.” Image via AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano.Read more…

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Warmer temperatures can lead to warmer tempers, UN report to say

Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems

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New Los Angeles earthquake on same fault could be deadlier than ‘Big One’

Seismologists warn of danger of Puente Hills thrust fault 4.8 earthquake hits Yellowstone National Park

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Egypt’s presidential election to be held in late May

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Date set for crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief, Abdel Fattah al-SisiEgypt’s presidential election will be held in late May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, finally setting dates for the crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief who ousted an elected president last year.The election commission said the results are expected by 5 June, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month, with results announced no later than 26 June.

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Search for Flight 370 Continues as Plane’s Blackbox Battery Life Dwindles

It’s been over three weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean and investigators have yet to locate any wreckage from the aircraft. On Saturday, Chinese and Australian ships picked up a few white, red and orange “objects in the ocean” that had been … More »

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Brazilian security forces prepare to ‘pacify’ new Rio slum district

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Locals uneasy as 1,400 police and marines descend on Mare complex as part of effort to neutralise gangs before World CupMore than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport before dawn on Sundayin the latest security push ahead of this year’s World Cup.The Mare complex of 15 slums became the latest impoverished area to see security forces move in to take control and try to push out heavily armed drug gangs that have ruled Rio’s shantytowns for decades.

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Vatican bank fraud foiled after suspects stopped with 1.2bn of forged bonds

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Would-be swindlers were carrying a case of forged bearer bonds as they tried to enter the Vatican gates ‘to meet cardinals’The papal gendarmerie and Italian police have foiled a massive potential fraud at the Vatican bank after two men stopped at the gates to the Vatican were found to be carrying a case containing large amounts of forged bearer bonds, Italian police say.Lt Col Davide Cardia of the financial police said the would-be swindlers, who were wearing business suits, tried to convince Swiss Guards at a Vatican City gate this month that cardinals were expecting them.

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Republican governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker court Jewish donors

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Big hitters stress Israel backing to Republican Jewish Coalition Billionaire Sheldon Adelson donated more than $90m in 2012 Two of the highest-profile Republican state governors on Saturday called for more aggressive leadership on America’s challenges abroad, emphasising their support for Israel as they courted powerful Jewish donors.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also stoked speculation about their own presidential ambitions as they discussed how to reclaim the White House in 2016.

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Syrian Group Frees Kidnapped Spanish Journalists

After six months of being held captive by a rogue Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa (a reporter), and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (a photographer) have been released. The two men called their employer, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, on Saturday to say they were in the care of … More »

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Senator calls for improved security at World Trade Centre in New York

Charles Schumer to outline proposals for iconic site Skydivers and climber have recently scaled towerSenator Charles Schumer is calling for security improvements at the One World Trade Centre site after authorities said a series of daredevils sneaked into the nation’s tallest skyscraper in recent months.Schumer has arranged a news conference on Sunday to detail the specifics of what he is requesting.

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