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Update: Tue, Aug 21 2018    

British woman who fell off a cruise ship rescued after spending 10 hours at sea

A British woman who fell off the back of a cruise ship has been rescued off the coast of Croatia after spending 10 hours adrift. The woman was plucked from the Adriatic Sea by a Croatian rescue ship Sunday morning after falling from the Norwegian Star late Saturday, Croatia's coast guard said.



Memorial unveiled to eight soldiers killed by 1988 IRA bombing

A new memorial has been unveiled during a 30th anniversary service for eight soldiers killed in the Ballygawley bus bombing in Northern Ireland. Poppy wreaths were laid by survivors and relatives of the dead while the British Legion provided standard bearers and a sense of military ceremony and a lone piper played.



In Pictures: Steam fans get set for Dorset festival

Steam enthusiasts are making their way to Blandford Forum in Dorset ahead of this year's Great Dorset Steam Fair. The event, which gets under way on Thursday, will showcase hundreds of period steam traction engines and heavy mechanical equipment from all eras, and is celebrating its 50th year.



US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a memo released last month in support of the administration's proposal to relax fuel mileage standards.



Briton on FBI's most wanted list over alleged precious metals 'fraud'

A British man accused of being involved in a precious metals fraud scheme in the United States has been placed on the FBI's "most wanted" list. James Ward, 65, from Scotland, allegedly defrauded investors out of around 400,000 US dollars under a scheme operating in Florida from September 2007 to March 2010.



Israel closing Gaza crossing after violence along frontier

Israel's defence minister says he's closing the country's main personnel crossing with Gaza in response to recent violence along the frontier. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 were wounded during violent protests Friday amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire.



What's the purpose of the hajj pilgrimage?

They will circle Islam's most sacred site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, and take part in a series of rituals intended to bring about greater humility and unity among Muslims. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform it once in their lifetime.



ICE agents detain man who was driving his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth

A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. Maria del Carmen Venegas said she and her husband, Joel Arrona Lara, were driving to the hospital Wednesday when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, just east of Los Angeles.



'Waterboarding' probe rocks Britain's Sandhurst military academy

Sandhurst Commander Brigadier Bill Wright said Saturday that he had ordered an investigation by the Royal Military Police into a "waterboarding" incident that allegedly took place on Aug. 7, the BBC reports. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is located in Berkshire, southwest of London.



Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

Seven former faculty members sexually abused students for decades while school administrators failed to take action, an independent investigation released by an elite Connecticut boarding school found. The report released late Friday by the Hotchkiss School near the New York state line found that 16 students were subjected to unwanted contact from male faculty, including intercourse and unnecessary gynecological exams.



Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan was remembered by Canadian politicians on Saturday as a friend of Canada and tireless advocate for peace around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Paul Martin were among the Canadians who added their voices to the tributes pouring from around the globe following the death of the Ghanian diplomat.



Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

Italian authorities have lowered the death to 38 from 39 in the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa. Genoa Prefec... .



Putin attends Austria wedding, to meet Merkel for gas talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Austria to attend the wedding Saturday of the country's foreign minister, before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities have imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near the southern town of Graz of Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who was nominated by the pro-Russia Austrian Freedom Party.



Facts and figures about the F-35 fighter jets

The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is setting sail to the US to carry out flight trials with the supersonic F-35B Lightning II. The jet measures 51.2ft in overall length, has a wingspan of 35ft and a height of 14.3ft .



Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaul

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised wages for the fifth time this year and said he wanted to peg prices to the nation's fledgling cryptocurrency as part of a package of measures that economists say is likely to accelerate hyperinflation. Maduro made the announcement in a televised address Friday night ahead of a previously announced monetary overhaul next week that will see five zeros lopped off from the nation's currency, the bolivar, in a bid to fight inflation forecast by the International Monetary Fund to top 1,000,000 percent this year.



6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck at 5:22 p.m. at a depth of about 12 miles .



Survivor of the Munich Olympics massacre accuses Corbyn of anti-Semitism

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of being an anti-Semite by Munich Olympics massacre survivor Professor Shaul Ladany An Israeli athlete who survived the Munich Olympics massacre has urged Jeremy Corbyn to "disappear" from politics, saying he had "no doubt" he was an anti-Semite. Professor Shaul Ladany, who competed in the 1972 Games as a race walker, strongly condemned the Labour leader's presence at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Palestinian Martyrs' Cemetery in Tunis in 2014.