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49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

rkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center right, stands with freed hostages at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. AP

Forty-nine Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence

No supporters for the Scottish independence referendum celebrate the overall result at a No campaign event at an hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.  The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Scottish voters have rejected independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, official results showed on Friday, by a margin of almost 10 percentage points.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Survivors of Europe’s deadliest migrant shipwreck recount 3 days at sea


After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Mayon spews lava, evacuations rushed

A photo of Mayon Volcano captured at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, shows lava cascading from its crater, as viewed from Barangay Rawis, Legazpi City. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised alert level three over the volcano, after observing a “noticeable escalation of unrest recorded by the Mayon Volcano monitoring network.” 

Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

7.1-magnitude quake strikes off Guam: USGS


A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the Pacific island of Guam Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no tsunami warning was issued as the tremor was too deep.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »