Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Major Muslim, Jewish holidays coincide ]]> Lead story image

Major holidays for both Muslims and Jews are both being marked this Saturday across the Middle East, the first time this has happened since 1981. The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur coincide once every 33 years, as Judaism and Islam rely on lunar calendars. Yom Kippur is Judaism’s Day of Atonement, when devout Jews ask God to forgive them for their transgressions and refrain from eating and drinking, attending intense prayer services in synagogues. Businesses and airports in Israel shut down as television and radio stations go silent and highway stand empty. That … ]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies ]]>

Haiti — Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier has died of a heart attack. The ex-leader’s attorney Reynold Georges says he died at home of a heart attack on Saturday. … ]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:32:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia ]]>

NEW YORK — An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ India satellite orbits Mars ]]> Lead story image

NEW DELHI — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter’s engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:22:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ US: Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by mid-Jan. ]]> Lead story image

New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically — the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone — unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ 2 al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt ]]>

German authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab after they landed at Frankfurt airport. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:22:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism ]]> Lead story image

Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during his half-day visit to Tirana. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Yemen’s prime minister resigns: state media ]]>

Yemen’s prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes. The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:12:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ El-Sissi says he’s ready to back anti-Islamic State fight ]]> Lead story image

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a “comprehensive strategy” to tackle the roots of extremism across the region. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:07:29 -0600 <![CDATA[ Australian police: 15 detained as raids thwart Islamic State beheading plot ]]> Lead story image

Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though nine of those brought in were freed before the day was over. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:34:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence ]]> Lead story image

The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:37:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Scots reject independence in historic vote ]]> Lead story image

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:55:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Scientists’ colossal squid exam a kraken good show ]]> Lead story image

It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ King Richard III died painfully on battlefield ]]> Lead story image

The reviled king suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, but the fatal blows were probably only sustained after he had to abandon his horse, according to a new paper. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ World Health Organization: Nearly $1 billion needed to contain Ebola ]]> Lead story image

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:20:49 -0600