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Salvation Army in UK reports soaring number of slavery victims seeking help

By Magdalena Mis, Reuters on Aug. 22, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The number of victims of trafficking and modern slavery helped by the Salvation Army in England and Wales has increased nearly fivefold since 2012.

Iraq hangs 36 Islamic State fighters sentenced to death for 2014 massacre

By Reuters on Aug. 21, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
The militants were sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shiite soldiers at a military camp north of Baghdad two years ago.
Women mourn as they wait in front of a hospital morgue in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, after a suspected bomber targeted a wedding celebration in the city, Turkey, Aug. 21, 2016.

At least 51 dead after teenage suicide bomber attacks wedding party in Turkey

By Osman Orsal and Umit Ozdal, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
Islamic State has been blamed for other attacks in Turkey, often targeting Kurdish gatherings in an effort to inflame ethnic tensions.
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North Korea brands high-level diplomat who defected ‘human scum’

By Reuters on Aug. 20, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
The diplomat to North Korea’s embassy in London is the highest-level diplomat to defect from isolated nation.

As people flee disasters, is this what climate change looks like?

By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
In San Bernardino County, California, 82,000 people were ordered to leave their homes Wednesday as an explosive wildfire “hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” as one fire official said, and surged across 30,000 acres. It followed dramatic flooding in Louisiana that the Red Cross termed our “worst …
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Ryan Lochte of USA reacts during the men's 200m Individual Medley Final at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 11.

Brazil police consider charges against U.S. Olympic swimmers

By Rodrigo Viga and Jeb Blount, Reuters on Aug. 18, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about a gunpoint robbery earlier this week and was actually involved in a scuffle at a gas station, Brazilian police officials told the Associated Press on Thursday.

WHO appoints former NY mayor Bloomberg as global health ambassador

By Reuters on Aug. 17, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday appointed the philanthropist and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a global health ambassador to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease.

Portland doctor describes telling government his brother had become radicalized

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks in his Portland office on Tuesday about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother Adnan had become radicalized in his Islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

By Andrew Osborn, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2016, at 9:13 p.m.
MOSCOW — Russia used Iran on Tuesday for the first time as a base from which to launch airstrikes against Syrian militants, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East. In a move underscoring Moscow’s increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers …

Woman dies after knife attack on Swiss train

By Reuters on Aug. 14, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
One woman died and two girls were in serious condition a day after being attacked on a Swiss train by a man armed with a knife and flammable fluid.

Petrol bombs thrown at police ahead of Northern Ireland parade

By Reuters on Aug. 13, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
Pro-British Protestants march every summer to commemorate historical events, sometimes triggering a violent response from mainly Catholic Irish Republicans.
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Actor Robert De Niro talks to reporters and film professionals during a "Coffee with..." event during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Aug. 13, 2016.

Donald Trump is ‘totally nuts,’ says Robert de Niro

By Reuters on Aug. 13, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
Actor and producer Robert De Niro said Saturday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should not run for president because he was “totally nuts.”

New rules require fish imports to meet US standards

By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times on Aug. 12, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.
Nations selling seafood to the U.S. must maintain higher standards for protecting whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
Water turns green in the diving and in the water polo pools in the Aquatics Centre.

The Olympic diving pool is closed because of its green water

By Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
Officials in Rio closed the Olympic diving pool on Friday morning, three days after the water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center turned green.
A Greenland shark swims near the surface after its release from the research vessel Sanna in northern Greenland, in this undated handout picture from Julius Nielsen.

Long in the tooth: the Greenland shark may live four centuries

By Will Dunham, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Greenland shark, a big and slow-moving deep-ocean predator that prowls the frigid waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic, can claim the distinction of being the planet’s longest-living vertebrate, with a lifespan perhaps reaching about 400 years. Its extremely sluggish growth rate, about four-tenths of an inch …

Parents who insist on vegan diet for children may risk jail in Italy

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail.
A 15-centigrams gold bead is pictured in village of Yunatsite, Bulgaria, Aug. 8, 2016.

Tiny bead from Bulgaria may be world’s oldest gold artifact

By Angel Krasimirov, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
It may be just a tiny gold bead — 4 mm in diameter — but it is an enormous discovery for Bulgarian archaeologists who say they have found Europe’s — and probably the world’s — oldest gold artifact.

Germany’s Nazi hunter tracks down 8 concentration camp workers

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:17 p.m.
BERLIN — Germany’s top Nazi hunter has identified four men and four women suspected of serving as guards, secretaries and telephone operators at a concentration camp near Gdansk, and prosecutors will examine if they can be charged as accomplices to murder. Jens Rommel, the head of Germany’s Central Office for …

Putin, Erdogan move toward repairing ties amid tension with West

By Olesya Astakhova and Nick Tattersall, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:15 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG — Russia and Turkey took a big step toward normalizing relations Tuesday, with their leaders announcing an acceleration in trade and energy ties at a time when both countries have troubled economies and strains with the West. President Vladimir Putin received his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in a …

Norwegian Cruise cuts forecast on Brexit, Europe demand

By Crayton Harrison and Brooke Fox, Bloomberg on Aug. 09, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings cut its forecast for profit this year and next as the cruise industry continues to grapple with the effects of terrorism, the Zika virus and Brexit.