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7 Extremist Jews Indicted for Terror Plot Against Palestinians

Jewish terrorists indictedSeven members of an alleged extremist Jewish terror cell were indicted in an Israeli court.

The cell, including an Israeli soldier and two minors, are accused of setting Palestinian vehicles on fire, throwing firebombs at Palestinian homes and assaulting Palestinians. They also are charged with membership in an illegal organization and causing grave bodily harm. They were indicted Monday in Petah Tikvah District Court.


30 years later, Chernobyl disaster could trigger more cancer, deaths

Chernobyl 30 years laterThree decades after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded and sent a plume of radiation as far away as the United Kingdom, fears remain that the world's worst nuclear disaster could still trigger cancer, illness and more deaths.

The initial accident on April 26, 1986, killed at least 28 people when an explosion during a routine test destroyed reactor No. 4 at the plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, then part of the former Soviet Union. The reactor was later entombed in a sarcophagus of steel and concrete to contain the radiation, but it started leaking. A new cover for the reactor is due to be completed in 2017.


John Ridsdel: Hostage from Canada killed in Philippines

John Ridsel killed in PhilippinesA Canadian man held captive by Islamist militants for months in the Philippines has been killed.

John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort along with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September last year.

Confirming the death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it "an act of coldblooded murder".


Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive

Tom SteyerBillionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November's general election.

Steyer's NextGen Climate super PAC, a political group that raises funds to boost candidates with strong environmental platforms, said the campaign aims to boost turnout of millennials, who have become one of the largest potential voter groups.


Mexico hampered probe into apparent student massacre, panel says

Mexico hampered probe into student deathsA panel of international experts on Sunday accused Mexico's government of undermining their probe into the fate of 43 trainee teachers apparently massacred in 2014, the most notorious human rights case in Mexico in recent years.

The independent panel said the government's stonewalling stopped them from reaching the truth as they wrap up their work and prepare to leave Mexico.


Violent, destructive tornadoes target central U.S. Tuesday

Violent weather for TuesdayThe central U.S. is bracing for a big severe weather outbreak on Tuesday, with violent, destructive tornadoes possible in and around cities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas and Wichita, Kan.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed a swath from southern Nebraska to central Kansas and central Oklahoma in a "moderate risk" for severe storms Tuesday.

A moderate risk is the second highest of the five categories SPC uses to outlook areas of possible severe weather, according to


Car bomb in eastern Baghdad kills at least 11, sources say

Car bomb in IraqA car bomb exploded in a predominantly Shi'ite Muslim district of eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 39 others, security and medical sources said, the third such blast in four days in the capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast near a cinema in Baghdad al-Jadida but ultra-hardline Sunni Islamic State group, which claimed two attacks over the weekend, often target Shi'ite commercial and residential areas.


Koch brothers not going to Republican convention

Koch brothers not going to GOP conventionBillionaire and conservative/libertarian Charles Koch said the influential conservative network he helped found will not attend the potentially contested Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

During an ABC News interview, Koch said Freedom Partners will not be attending the convention, to be held July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.


Dozens killed after eating poisonous sweets in Pakistan

Nishtar HospitalAt least 24 people have been killed and dozens of others are ill after eating poisonous sweets in eastern Pakistan's Layyah district, officials said Monday.

Local police official Munir Ahmed added that 52 people were still being treated at various hospitals.

Umar Hayat, a resident of Layyah area, bought the baked confections on April 17 to distribute among friends and family after the birth of his grandson. The police official said the dead included the baby boy's father and seven of his uncles.


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