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Thai farmers hit by floods pan for gold

Nature regularly taunts the farmers of Thailand by flooding their fields, but this time she has tossed some of them a potential safety net: The chance to pan for gold. Crops in Bang Saphan District, a rural community 240km south of Bangkok, were decimated by heavyFULL STORY

Myanmar detains Kachin leaders

Myanmar’s army has detained two Kachin Baptist leaders for giving journalists information about a church allegedly hit by military airstrikes, accusing them of spying for insurgents. The two men, named by the army as Didi Naung Latt and Langyaw Gamsai, were arrested on Dec. 24 inFULL STORY

Marshalls back online after blackout

The Marshall Islands has restored Internet services after the Pacific nation endured a three-week blackout while its sole submarine fiber-optic cable was repaired. The cable service was cut late last month after a “power anomaly,” with telephone and Internet communications switched from landline to satellite, cuttingFULL STORY

Quake response hampered by snow

Rescuers vowed to keep looking for survivors of a devastating avalanche that buried an Italian mountain hotel as they begin a second day of searching. At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on WednesdayFULL STORY

‘Clock is ticking’ on second vote on Scotland split

The countdown to a second Scottish independence referendum appears to have begun after British Prime Minister Theresa May laid out the course toward a “hard” Brexit, but Scots are as divided as ever. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said another vote was “more likely” than everFULL STORY

Icelandic woman’s disappearance grips nation

A young woman vanishes in the Arctic night, elite police chase down a trawler at sea and three sailors are jailed: Iceland, with one of the world’s lowest crime rates, is fearing a tragic outcome to a rare crime. On this tranquil North Atlantic island, homeFULL STORY

Photomontages from Holocaust memorial go viral

A series of photomontages showing people striking poses, taking selfies and even juggling at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin before the background changes to show them posing amid piles of murdered victims of the Holocaust went viral on the Internet on Thursday. The creator, Shahak Shapira,FULL STORY

European Space Agency’s satellites hit by anomalies

The European Space Agency on Thursday opened an investigation into anomalies that have affected five of the first 18 Galileo satellites in orbit. The agency, which launched the navigation system last month, said that the failures are not affecting the satellites’ proper functioning. The Galileo system, namedFULL STORY

Brazilian judge killed in crash

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki has died in a plane crash just weeks before he was to rule on a major corruption case that could implicate high-ranking politicians in several Latin American nations. While the cause of Thursday’s crash off a popular Brazilian coastal townFULL STORY

Bin Laden vexed by Islamic State, documents show

Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Islamic State group’s impatient, violent tactics and the fading of al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA on Thursday showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the al-Qaeda chief’s secretFULL STORY

Suspect in cop’s slaying insults Orlando judge

Hours after a fugitive in the slaying of a police officer told a judge he was brutalized during his arrest, the Orlando police chief released a video of his surrender and described the suspect as “extremely violent, dangerous and very unpredictable.” The nighttime aerial video showsFULL STORY

David Nason being vetted for US Fed role, sources say

David Nason, a General Electric executive and former US Department of the Treasury official, is the frontrunner to become the Federal Reserve’s top Wall Street regulator under US President Donald Trump, sources familiar with the screening said on Thursday. Nason leads General Electric’s Energy Financial ServicesFULL STORY

US bombs Islamic State Libyan camps, killing more than 80

Two US Air Force B2 bombers attacked Islamic State group training camps in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 militants, including some who were involved in plotting terrorist attacks in Europe, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The attack, which also included strikes by armed reaper dronesFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED STATES Scientists begin Mars study Six carefully selected scientists have entered a dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars. The four men and twoFULL STORY

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