Thursday, March 5, 2015

International

For guards ferrying load of gold bars, episode of carsickness leads to $4.8M roadside heist

WILSON, N.C. — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion-dollar heist.
Three days later, authorities said they were suspicious that Sunday’s roadside robbery might have been an inside job.

Attack that injured US ambassador is part of South Korea’s history of violent protests

SEOUL, South Korea — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.

Mourners line up to view body of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

MOSCOW — One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, spews lava, smoke; thousands are evacuated

SANTIAGO, Chile — One of South America’s most active volcanos erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

El-Sissi says Libya was ‘abandoned’ to militias, wants UN-backed coalition against extremists

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s president said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaking to France’s Europe 1 Radio, said Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defence.

Judge grants states’ request to temporarily block Obama’s executive action on immigration

HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

West Virginia train derailment sends tanker with crude oil into river; sparks house fire

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into a river, igniting at least 14 in all and sending a fireball hundreds of feet into the sky, officials and residents said.

Video purports to show Islamic State militants in Libya beheading Coptic hostages

CAIRO, Egypt — A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Police: Tractor-trailer driver arrested after 34-mile pursuit, items tossed at police units

BELLE VERNON, Pa. — A tractor-trailer driver threw items from his cab at police — including socks, shoes and a small refrigerator — as he led them on a 34-mile chase in western Pennsylvania, authorities said Sunday.

Fierce Ukraine battles persist despite peace deal and looming cease-fire deadline

LUHANSKE, Ukraine — Fierce fighting surged in east Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major and sustained new push Friday to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline.

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