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Hurricane Sandra strengthens to Category 3 storm

Hurricane Sandra has strengthened to a powerful Category 3 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast, but there is no current threat to land.

Barack Obama pardons 2 turkeys as part of Thanksgiving tradition

U.S. President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition just ahead of American Thanksgiving.

Copper at 6-year low as demand from China wanes

Copper is trading at a six-year low as that reflects a decline in world demand even as production ramps up.

Pope Francis talks peace, sharing resource wealth on 1st trip to Africa

Pope Francis started his first visit to Africa by urging Kenyans to work for peace and to share the country's vast resource wealth in a speech at Nairobi's State House.

Ukraine-Russia gas dispute escalates with both sides saying they cut ties

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine said it will stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbour.

Captain America: Civil War trailer soars online

The voracious appetite for superhero movies continues unabated, with the trailer for the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War racking up more than three million views overnight and soaring on social media after debuting on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night.

10 sobering facts about violence against women

On the 15th annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, these 10 facts demonstrate that such violence is far from uncommon.

Why Paul Mason thinks capitalism is on its last legs

Paul Mason, an outspoken critic of neoliberalism, says the use of technology is driving a massive shift in the global economy, and 'if we can't create a sustainable global order and restore economic dynamism, the decades after 2050 will be chaos.'

There's lots we don't know about oil spills' impact, report finds

There are major research gaps when it comes to understanding the environmental impacts of oil spills in water, says a new report by the Royal Society of Canada.

Pope begins African tour in Kenya

Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya for his first-ever visit to the continent, a whirlwind pilgrimage to three African nations.

2015 will be hottest year on record — until 2016, WMO predicts

This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Nino weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization says.

Chicago braces for unrest after video of fatal police shooting released

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The video of the slaying has been release.

U.S. aircrew that bombed Doctors Without Borders Afghan hospital thought it was Taliban centre

The crew of a U.S. warplane that attacked a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban, according to an investigation report.

Climate laggards get a trade advantage when others cut carbon: Don Pittis

Adding the price of carbon to everything a country produces is disruptive and expensive. That means countries taking the lead to save the world from climate change could face a serious trade disadvantage.

Sending a message? Downing Russian jet part of Turkey's 'strange game' over Syria

By shooting down a Russian fighter jet that flew only briefly through its airspace, Turkey is sending a message to Vladimir Putin over Syria, strategists say.

Streisand, Spielberg among 17 to receive U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians and activists, including a Japanese-American

Brussels schools, metro reopen as Belgium remains on high alert

Students in Brussels have begun returning to class after a two-day shutdown over fears that a series of simultaneous attacks could be launched around the Belgian capital.

Russia says Syrian army rescued a bomber pilot, another killed by 'jihadists'

Russia's ambassador to France says a Russian military pilot shot down over Turkey is in the hands of the Syrian army.

NFL receiver Stedman Bailey critical but stable after shooting

Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in critical but stable condition after being shot Tuesday night, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Costco chicken salad linked to E. Coli cases in 7 states

The strain of E. Coli linked to Costco chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent foodborne illness that led to the closure of some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest