China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people
Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China's largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspend classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country's first major air pollution crisis of the winter.
An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers, reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people.
A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.
Obama signs bill ending partial shutdown, raising debt ceiling
President Obama and his congressional allies succeeded overnight in winning a virtually condition-free increase in the debt ceiling, along with funding to end the partial government shutdown -- but in a deal that left America's debt crisis unaddressed and teed up another battle three months from now.
The president signed the short-term bill early Thursday morning. With his signature, furloughed federal employees will return to work for the first time since Sept. 30. The White House directed all federal agencies to promptly restore staffing to normal levels.
The bill cleared the House late Wednesday on a 285-144 vote, lifted over the finish line by a large chunk of Democrats. All House Democrats voted in favor of the bill and 87 Republicans did as well; 144 Republicans voted against it. The Senate, where the plan originated, earlier voted 81-18 for the bill.
Brazil's biggest drug cartel promises a 'World Cup of terror' as violent demonstrations take over the streets
Brazil's biggest drug cartel has promised a 'World Cup of terror' next year - in a reminder of the high level of violence that still marks the country.
The threat was issued by the First Capital Command in Sao Paulo, who last year was behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city's police officers.
And last night violent demonstrations exploded on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with protesters setting fire to cars and fighting pitched battles with police.
The protests were in support of a teachers' strike and were the latest in a long line of unrest that has seen millions take to the streets in Brazil to protest against the government.
For second time in two days, dry ice explosion reported at Los Angeles airport
For the second time in two days, dry ice placed in a container has exploded at Los Angeles International Airport.
The explosion happened just before 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport police said.
CNN affiliate KCAL said the blast took place in an employee restroom, inaccessible to nonemployees.
Three plastic bottles containing dry ice were found, but only one had exploded, Los Angeles police Detective Gus Villanueva told the affiliate.
'Extremely alarming': Iraq executes 42 people in two days
Iraq executed 42 people, including a woman, for mass killings and other "terrorism" offenses over the past week, the justice ministry and the United Nations said following a surge in sectarian violence.
The U.N. mission in Iraq said on Thursday it was concerned about the executions, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Amnesty International described the news as "extremely alarming."
Both urged Baghdad to immediately suspend the death penalty, which rights groups say has been used with increasing frequency by Iraqi authorities in recent years.
Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty.
Gunmen seize Libyan PM Ali Zeidan before dawn, free him hours later
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan appealed for calm Thursday in his first public comments since he was freed after being abducted by militia gunmen for several hours.
In remarks to a Cabinet meeting broadcast on Libyan state TV, Zeidan said he did not want to see the situation escalate and urged Libyans to show "wisdom."
Zeidan's abduction from a luxury hotel early Thursday highlighted the security threat posed by militias that have run rampant in Libya since the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi two years ago.
China to United States: Don’t Default, For Our Sake
One day after Republican House Speaker John Boehner promised to “stand and fight” over the budget, Chinese officials have pleaded with America’s deadlocked Congressmen to stand down. “The clock is ticking,” Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao warned on Monday. “We ask that the United States earnestly takes steps to resolve in a timely way the political issues around the debt ceiling.”
And what if the clock runs out? Then China, the U.S.’s biggest creditor, will be left holding the bag. Its government holds $1.3 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds and a whopping $3.5 trillion in dollar-denominated assets. It has racked up these holdings through an export-oriented trade policy, by which China sells goods and services to the U.S. and gets dollars in return. China then plows those dollars into the world’s safest investment, the U.S. Treasury bond.
North Korea puts army on alert, warns US of 'horrible disaster'
North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric directed against the United States and South Korea, who it accuses of instigating hostility.
Reclusive North Korea has often issued threats to attack the South and the United States but has rarely turned them into action. Such hostile rhetoric is widely seen as a means to perpetuate its domestic and international political agenda.
Al Qaeda leader seized in Libya was on FBI's 'most wanted' list
The man whisked off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, Saturday was among the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda, an elusive confidant of Osama bin Laden, as well as an alleged conspirator in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.
Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has over the years been reported as killed, captured or living in Iran.
But the U.S. has known he's been back in his native Libya for more than two years, the latest stop on a journey that has taken him from Tripoli to Sudan, where he met bin Laden, to England, Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran.
Police probe chaotic Capitol Hill car chase that ended with suspect shot dead
Authorities are investigating why a woman tried to ram a security barrier near the White House, setting off a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect being fatally shot near the U.S. Capitol and temporarily put the Hill on lockdown in what one witness described as "mass panic."
The chase and subsequent stand-off near the Capitol went down as lawmakers were debating under the dome about the partial government shutdown. Officials said it appears the incident had "no nexus to terrorism."
Police confirmed late Thursday that the suspect was killed after being struck by officers' gunfire.The Secret Service said she had a 1-year-old girl in the car, who was not injured.
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