Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top headlines


Here's a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Feb. 4, 2015.

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Dozens killed in Taiwanese plane crash caught on camera

At least 31 people are dead following the crash of a TransAsia Airways flight over a road in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. The incident can be seen on dash-cam from the scene. Fifteen reportedly survived, while more are still missing.

[Read more from BBC News]

Jordan says retaliation against IS will be 'relentless'

King Abdullah of Jordan said his country's response to the Islamic State's murder of a captured pilot will be a "relentless war" against the militant group. Muadh al-Kasasbeh was reportedly burned alive by his IS captors earlier this week.

[Read more from The Guardian]

Chicago-area cop acquitted in death of WWII vet

A police officer in Park Forest, Illinois who shot a World War II vet with beanbag rounds was acquitted of reckless conduct for the July 2013 incident. The man reportedly refused to put down a filleting knife. He suffered significant internal injuries and died at the hospital.

[Read more from the Chicago Tribune]

Vermont man known for living frugal donates $8M after his death

Ronald Read was a man known for eschewing excess, living so simply that a fellow Vermont resident knit him a hat one winter, thinking he needed one. Read died last June at the age of 92 – and to the surprise of almost everyone who knew him, had a staggering $8 million saved up. He chose to donate the money, with $1.2 million going to the Brooks Memorial Library.

[Read more from the Brattleboro Reporter]

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