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Welker Returns To Practice Following Concussion

Wes Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in an Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Denver slot receiver ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media. Welker's concussion was his third in 10 months. Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs last season despite missing the last 3 1-2 games. He also had 18 grabs for 160 yards and a TD in the playoffs.

Paris Suburb Building Blast Death Toll Reaches 8

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble. Fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said the bodies were found Monday in Rosny-sous-Boisa, a northeastern suburb. Officials said there was no longer any danger in the neighborhood after the explosion sheared part of the building Sunday, scattering scraps of metal and household belongings.
West Indian Day Parade Kicks Off In New York

The annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The parade is the culmination of the West Indian American carnival , a multi-day event that celebrates Caribbean and South American heritage representing several countries including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize. The carnival has a long history in New York City, dating back to celebrations in Harlem in the 1920s.
UN Backs Inquiry Of IS Groups Alleged Crimes

The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. Diplomats agreed by unanimous consent to approve a nearly $1.2 million U.N. fact-finding mission at a daylong special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council about Iraq and the extremist group. Shortly before the vote, Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani said, "We are facing a terrorist monster," adding his country needs the world's support because the group "is not an Iraqi phenomenon, it is a transnational organization that is an imminent danger for all countries of the world."

Melting Ice Shelves Drive Rapid Antarctic Sea Level Rise

A study of almost 20 years' worth of satellite images shows Antarctic sea levels are on the rise as ice shelves continue to melt.
Al Qaeda In Yemen Executes Three spies For Guiding Drone Strikes

Al Qaeda militants in Yemen executed three local men in the easterly Hadramout province on Monday whom they suspected of assisting U.S. drone strikes, security sources told Reuters. In a statement posted online, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula acknowledged the threat it faced from air attacks by unmanned U.S. drones, which require on-the-ground intelligence to guide them in. AQAP said it had captured a group of spies, adding: "The greatest help they give to the crusaders against the holy warriors is the placing of trackers for American spy planes."

24 Musical Tattoos That Strike The Right Chord

Tattoos usually hold a deep meaning to those who decide to permanently plaster them on their skin. Unsurprisingly, people find music as a source of inspiration for their body art. From instruments, meaningful song lyrics, gear and portraits of their artists, music tattoos have occupied some serious real estate on people that are tatted up. But there are no treble clef or f-hole tattoos here. These original creations show people's true love for music and ink.

Americans Detained In North Korea Call For U.S. Help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face, or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day.

Battle-hit Ukraine Village Picks Up The Pieces

Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier, in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living. At least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere. Hrabske and the nearby strategic town of Ilovaysk have suffered badly from recent clashes, as separatist Russian forces relentlessly chip away at areas under government control. On Saturday, the government conceded inevitable defeat, as its armed forces were surrounded completely and came under relentless fire.

Pro-Russian Rebels Lower Demands In Peace Talks

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern--mainly Russian-speaking--region. It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern Ukraine.

North Koreas History Of Coercing Detainee Confessions

North Korea provided CNN with rare access to the three detainees currently held in the country. The men pleaded for the U.S. to help release them.
Why Is Gov. Pat Quinn Living Off Minimum Wage For A Week?

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced he'll live off minimum wage for the week. This comes ahead of a vote that could raise minimum wage to $10 an hour.
Major Shift: Germany To Arm Anti-ISIS Forces In Iraq

Germany announced it will arm Kurdish fighters battling ISIS extremists in Iraq, the first time it will send weapons into an ongoing conflict since the end of World War II. Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's decision on Monday, calling ISIS a major security threat to Germany and Europe as a whole. Germany shows that it wants to play an influential role on the world stage and no longer wants to stand on the sidelines.
China Anti-dissent Playbook May Fail In Hong Kong

China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different. Beijing is blaming radicals and foreigners and showing off its military might, all things unlikely to go down well in the freewheeling capitalist bastion where a sizeable middle class accustomed to freedom of speech and the rule of law plans to push back with acts of civil disobedience.

Libyan Government Says Has Lost Control Of Most Tripoli Ministries

Libya's government said it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital. Last month, senior officials and the elected parliament moved to the remote eastern city of Tobruk as an alliance of armed factions led by forces from the western city of Misrata took control of Tripoli, having expelled a rival group. Libya is descending into anarchy as former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 have turned their guns on each other as they seek to set the country's political agenda and control its vast oil reserves.

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