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This is the home of the Roma couple suspected of abducting the young girl found in their care in Greece. The pair were arrested when police found the girl during a routine check for illegal activities at a Roma settlement in Farsala. Their suspicions were raised because the child bore no physical resemblance to the couple who claimed to be her parents. DNA tests showed they were not her biological parents. An international police hunt is now on to trace the girl's real mother. But their other children and relatives who threw open the doors of their home on Monday say the youngster, referred to as Maria, arrived as a baby and was part of the family. They say she's been well looked-after. The couple's lawyer says they gave conflicting accounts of the child's origins because they adopted her illegally. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KOSTAS KATSAVOS, LAWYER, SAYING: "Our clients' claim is that 'we never abducted this child, we just adopted her in
From tech giants like Apple to old-line brands like General Mills, well over 300 of Fortune 500 companies now cover the medical expenses associated with transgender care, according to figures from rights group Human Rights Campaign. (Oct. 21)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
The worst bushfires the Australian state of New South Wales has seen in decades are defying all efforts to put them out. A state of emergency was declared on Sunday. Fire service chiefs say no mass evacuations have been ordered yet. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHANE FITZSIMMONS, NEW SOUTH WALES RURAL FIRE SERVICE COMMISSIONER, SAYING: "There hasn't been forced evacuations. We are seeing and continuing to see a very responsive, a very measured, a very considered community that's heeding advice and making decisions and, where appropriate, choosing to relocate and follow that advice." On Monday 58 fires were still burning, more than ten of them uncontained. One man's died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed since the fires took hold on October 17th.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why an out-of-service Bay Area Rapid Transit train performing routine maintenance Saturday struck and killed two transit workers. (Oct. 20)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Luxury department-store Lane Crawford is opening in Shanghai, its third location in China, and planning its fourth, in Chengdu. The WSJ's Wei Gu speaks with Lane Crawford President Andrew Keith about the retailer’s China strategy and office culture. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Nico Muhly's 'Two Boys,' opening Monday at the Metropolitan Opera, explores how identities can be faked online. The same topic is at the heart of the MTV show 'Catfish.' The Wall Street Journal spoke to Mr. Muhly and Nev Schulman, the host and executive producer of 'Catfish,' about how their ideas intersect. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Two convicted killers who used forged documents to escape their life sentences are being grilled by Florida law enforcement authorities who say they expect to make more arrests, after making their initial arrest Saturday night. (Oct. 20)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Dozens of protesters take to the streets in Bahrain, following the burial of a twenty-year-old fugitive. Hussain Mehdi Habib escaped a detention center in May, but he was found dead Friday morning. His death and the mysterious circumstances surrounding it has angered many here. Authorities say Habib was dead when he arrived at the hospital, but others speculate that he may have been killed in crossfire with police.
Banking giant JPMorgan Chase has tentatively agreed to a $13 billion dollar deal with the U.S. Justice Department. The tentative deal is to settle federal investigations into bad mortgage loans the bank sold before the financial crisis. It's the largest deal ever between a single company and the U.S. government. At issue was whether the biggest U.S. bank sold mortgages it knew were riskier than they appeared. The deal doesn't release the bank from criminal liability for some of the mortgages it packaged into bonds and sold to investors. So even with the deal finalized, JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon will have plenty of regulatory issues to deal with. A U.S. Senate subcommittee report in March detailed how Dimon demanded subordinates withhold data from one of the bank's regulators. In all, the bank faces more than a dozen probes around the globe … into everything from alleged bribery in China, to a possible role in manipulating benchmark i
For the third weekend a row, "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney rockets to the top of box office charts with $31 million in ticket sales. The 3-D Oscar hopeful has had overall ticket sales of more that $170 million. The movie about astronauts floating through zero-gravity space has wowed critics with its special effects. And for a second consecutive weekend, "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks, is at the helm of second place at the box office, with $17.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales. The movie, based on a true story, tells the tale of a cargo ship taken over by Somali pirates, and its American captain who was held hostage.
Two convicted killers were held without bond during a court appearance Sunday morning. They were freed from a Florida prison by phony documents but were taken into custody again Saturday night in a Panama City motel. (Oct. 20)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Syrian state television on Sunday showed the aftermath of an attack which left at least 31 dead and dozens more wounded, after a suicide bomber detonated driving a truck packed with 1.5 tons of explosives in the Syrian city of Hama. A man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of the city in central Syria, the SANA news agency said. It blamed "terrorists," the term it uses to describe rebel forces trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint but most of the dead were civilians. State TV also showed footage of some of the injured in hospital. Syria's 2-1/2-year-old conflict began as peaceful protests but has turned into civil war. More than 100,000 people have died, according to United Nations figures, in fighting that is now spread across most of the country.
REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Video posted on the Internet on Sunday appears to show masked Syrian fighters working to camouflage a vehicle loaded with explosives. The vehicle then moves along a track before a second video apparently shows the vehicle exploding in a white cloud of smoke near an army checkpoint at Tamico on the outskirts of Damascus. Audio on the second video appears to be of heavy fighting following the explosion. Rebels claim they seized the checkpoint and were now fighting to capture a second one down the road. The checkpoints, to the southeast of the capital, sit between the rebel-held suburb of Mleiha and the government-held suburb of Jaramana. Syrian military jets have pounded nearby rebel-held areas. Rebels hold several suburbs ringing the capital but have yet to make deep inroads into the capital, due to a sustain
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Montenegrins staged their first gay pride march on Sunday in the capital under heavy police guard, part of the Balkan state's efforts to bolster its application to join the European Union by showing its commitment to human rights. After a tense but incident-free march by around 150 people, guarded by almost 2,000 police, scuffles broke out in several places between police and people opposed to same sex rights. Police used tear gas to disperse them, a Reuters reporter said. The half-hour walk through the center of the capital Podgorica was the second attempt to hold a gay pride march in Montenegro, a mountainous country of 680,000 people which began EU accession talks last year. In July, protesters chanting "Kill the gays" clashed with police protecting about 40 marchers in the coastal town of Budva. This time streets were cordoned off and uniformed policemen were deployed on the roofs of nearby buildings while a police cho
The aftermath of a suicide truck bomb in Syria, broadcast on state TV. At least 30 people were killed here on Sunday, dozens more wounded. It happened on the outskirts of Syria's central city, Hama. State media blamed rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al Qaeda. The bombing comes the same day the Arab League announced dates for renewed peace talks in Geneva, aimed at ending the protracted civil war. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby speaking in Cairo on Sunday: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, NABIL ELARABY, SAYING: "It was decided that the Geneva meeting would take place on November 23 and arrangements are being made to prepare for this conference. There are many arrangements to be made and many difficulties which must be overcome to make this conference possible." But there is confusion over the final date for the
The government shutdown is over, but these political animals (including a cat mayor) are staying political, so to speak. See our newest mash-up of the cute and the bizarre. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Egyptian security forces fired bird shot and tear gas to prevent supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from marching on Sunday to the site of a protest camp near Cairo that was destroyed two months ago, a Reuters witness said. The crowd of about 500 people were students from Al-Azhar University, the historic seat of Sunni Muslim learning. A Reuters witness said he could smell teargas and could see students throwing rocks at riot police stationed outside the gates of the university, which is in the same Cairo suburb as the Rabaa al-Adaweya mosque, the scene of a former pro-Mursi protest camp. "Rabaa Square is completely off-limits," a security source said. "Protesters are not allowed to move inside it." He said four students had been arrested. Riot police were throwing stones back at the students. The students had been protesting on campus in support of Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was overthr
Highlights of this day in history: 'Saturday Night Massacre' takes place during Watergate scandal; Gen. Douglas MacArthur returns to Philippines; Jacqueline Kennedy weds Aristotle Onassis; Three Lynyrd Skynyrd members die in plane crash. (Oct. 20)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 1.5 tonnes of explosives killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens in Syria's central city of Hama on Sunday (October 20), state media reported. The man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of the city, the SANA agency said. It blamed the attack on "terrorists", the term it uses to describe rebel forces trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint. Syria's 2-1/2-year old conflict began as peaceful protests but has degenerated into civil war. Rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al Qaeda, and several groups have used suicide bombs to attack military and political targets.
The eleventh-hour cancellation of the Maldives' presidential election by police brought supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed onto the streets in protest. He urged them to shut down the capital, Male, by blocking roads. Nasheed's the leading contender in the re-run poll halted when police surrounded the Election Commission headquarters. He says the action amounts to a new coup and says current President Mohamed Waheed should quit. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MALDIVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER AND FORMER PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED SAYING: "We believe that the only prudent way forward and a possible solution to the situation would be today for Dr Waheed to resign and the speaker of parliament to take over the government until November 11th which is in a few weeks, and the elections to be held under his tenure and not under the unelected or the unrepresentative rule of Dr Waheed." Nasheed was ousted as president last year by mutinying police, military an