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Thai junta leader stacks Cabinet with military men

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha AP FILE PHOTO

The general who transitioned from Thailand’s junta leader to prime minister has awarded key Cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces, the latest in a series of moves that critics say will prolong the military’s grip on power.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

This is a Aug. 19, 2014 file image taken from video of a sign is posted on the road next to Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier. Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. Iceland's Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday Aug. 27 2014. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight. (AP Photo/Courtesy Channel 2 Iceland, File) ICELAND OUT

Iceland’s authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

A handout picture made available by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on February 24, 2014 shows US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talking to a young Syrian refugee on February 23, 2014 at a refugee camp near the Lebanese village of Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Jolie was on a trhee-day visit to Lebanon. AFP PHOTO /HO /UNHCR/A.MCCONEELL

The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie called Friday for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilizing the whole region and bringing misery to millions.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Russia closes 12 McDonald’s branches, inspects 100

People walk past the oldest of Moscow's McDonald's outlets which was opened on Jan. 31, 1990, and closed on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia has temporarily closed 12 branches of McDonald’s on health grounds and is carrying out more than 100 inspections, the US fast food chain said Friday.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Iceland raises volcano alert to red after eruption

In an in an image from an Aug. 19, 2014 video, a sign is posted on the road next to Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier. On Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, Iceland closed airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano on Saturday after the Meteorological Office said an eruption had begun under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier. The English portion of the sign reads, ""Uncertainty phase due to unrest in Bardarbunga". (AP Photo/Courtesy Channel 2 Iceland)

Iceland raised its aviation alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red on Friday, after the Bardarbunga peak began erupting overnight.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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