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Former police colonel and apartheid arch-assasin Eugene de Kock on June 6, 2000 in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa Grants Parole to Apartheid Leader

The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths. De Kock was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison

Buzzkill: 3 Daily Alcoholic Drinks May Boost Stroke Risk

People in their 50s and 60s who down more than two alcoholic beverages daily have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to lighter drinkers — and are more apt to suffer a stroke five years earlier in life, according to a new study

George Zimmerman walks in handcuffs during a first appearance at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla., on Jan. 10, 2015.

Assault Charges Against George Zimmerman Dropped

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2012 of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, will not be formally charged with aggravated assault because his ex-girlfriend recanted her statement from the January incident

"Game Of Thrones" Season 4 New York Premiere

New 'Game of Thrones' Novel Will Not Publish in 2015

George R.R. Martin's The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in his 'A Song of Ice and Fire' saga that inspired the HBO series Game of Thrones, will not be published in 2015, his publisher said on Friday

Jay Z performs at The Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2013.

Jay Z to Buy Music Streaming Service

The hip-hop magnate is in the process of buying the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro, in a bid to challenge industry giants Spotify and Beats. Aspiro runs two music streaming services, both of which are ad-free

Kurdish Peshmerga forces take security measures against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the area of Mektep Halit, in Kirkuk, Iraq on Jan. 30, 2015.

Kurds Repel Major ISIS Offensive in Northern Iraq

At least 36 people, including a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters, were killed in a series of attacks carried out by Islamic State militants around the northern city of Kirkuk


Disneyland Measles Outbreak Likely Came From Overseas

An outbreak of measles that began in California’s Disneyland is likely to have come from overseas, health officials said on Thursday. Health professionals say the outbreak highlights the need for childhood vaccinations

Uber India Rape

Indian Woman Sues Uber in the U.S. Over Alleged Rape

An Indian woman who says she was raped by an Uber driver while she was traveling in his cab in December is suing the San Francisco–based online firm behind the service in a U.S. federal court in California, claiming it failed to put in place basic safety procedures

Barack Obama,

Obama to Request $1 Billion for Central America

President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday