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  • UK: man in beheading video appears to be British

    UK: man in beheading video appears to be British

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:44:02 GMT
    UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British.More>>
    UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British.More>>
  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:33:55 GMT
    Saying "even the pope has a family," Pope Francis has expressed thanks for the prayers and condolences sent him after the death of a nephew's wife and her two young children in a car crash in the pontiff's...More>>
    Saying "even the pope has a family," Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the...More>>
  • Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

    Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:24:47 GMT
    A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.More>>
    Nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of a town neighboring the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday, as the government battled to gain control of a major railroad and...More>>
  • Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:24:28 GMT
    Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.More>>
    Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.More>>
  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:17 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:17:02 GMT
    An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.More>>
    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as...More>>
  • Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

    Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:16 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:16:50 GMT
    Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.More>>
    Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.More>>
  • Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

    Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:04:39 GMT
    Security forces are enforcing a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, where looters raided an Ebola screening center over the weekend and removed contaminated sheets and other items.More>>
    Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.More>>
  • Iran's parliament votes out moderate minister

    Iran's parliament votes out moderate minister

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:04:33 GMT
    Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.More>>
    Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.More>>
  • Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

    Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:45:10 GMT
    Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...More>>
    Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.More>>
  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:45:03 GMT
    Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.More>>
    Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.More>>
  • 111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

    111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:15:21 GMT
    A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.More>>
    A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.More>>
  • Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

    Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:15:05 GMT
    It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.More>>
    It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.More>>
  • French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote

    French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:34:06 GMT
    An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.More>>
    An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.More>>
  • Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

    Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:15:07 GMT
    Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the...More>>
    Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United...More>>
  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    Global cruise lines set sail for China

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:55 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:55:11 GMT
    Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high...More>>
    Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the...More>>
  • North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:44:28 GMT
    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."More>>
    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."More>>
  • 10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:44:40 GMT
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.More>>
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.More>>
  • Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:35:56 GMT
    When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.More>>
    When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.More>>
  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:07:30 GMT
    Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo are trying to hammer out a roadmap for the Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for the talks.More>>
    Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza...More>>
  • Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:05:57 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.More>>
    Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.More>>
  • Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:34:32 GMT
    Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital on Tuesday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up security measures...More>>
    Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime...More>>
  • WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:13:40 GMT
    Authorities have found an unexploded World War II bomb by a highway close to Frankfurt airport and an operation to defuse it may cause flight disruptions.More>>
    A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations.More>>
  • Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

    Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:45:44 GMT
    The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew.More>>
    Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said.More>>
  • Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

    Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:24:21 GMT
    A Saudi court has sentenced one man to death and 13 others to prison for their role in attacks on government buildings, residential compounds and planning an assault on the U.S. and British embassies.More>>
    Saudi Arabia's top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam's No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.More>>
  • S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

    S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:44:40 GMT
    The Committee to Protect Journalists says South Sudanese authorities shut a popular radio station in the capital, Juba.More>>
    Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.More>>
  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:24:38 GMT
    The U.N. health agency is urging Ebola-affected countries to start screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings.More>>
    Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday.More>>
  • Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

    Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:55:01 GMT
    Ukrainian officials and military commanders say the government has captured swathes of another town near the key rebel-held stronghold.More>>
    Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and...More>>
  • Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

    Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:34:48 GMT
    Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the...More>>
    Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the Somali...More>>
  • Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

    Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:27 GMT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted.More>>
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted.More>>
  • Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

    Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:53:50 GMT
    A spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital says the wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as a reason for burying her late husband in Oslo.More>>
    The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday.More>>
  • 2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

    2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:53:56 GMT
    Italian news reports say two Italian Tornado fighter jets have collided over eastern Italy during a training mission and crashed into a wooded area that caught fire.More>>
    Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.More>>
  • Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:34:44 GMT
    A local official and a resident say clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.More>>
    Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged...More>>
  • South Africa repatriates journalist's remains

    South Africa repatriates journalist's remains

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:25:05 GMT
    South Africa is repatriating the remains of a black anti-apartheid journalist who died in the United States in 1965 and was buried there until his recent exhumation.More>>
    South Africa's "native of nowhere" is finally home.More>>
  • Image of Asia: On the street in Old Delhi

    Image of Asia: On the street in Old Delhi

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:34:10 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Manish Swarup, a man checks his mobile phone as he walks on a crowded street in Old Delhi in the afternoon. Traffic on the streets in the ancient heart of...More>>
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Manish Swarup, a man checks his mobile phone as he walks on a crowded street in Old Delhi in the afternoon. Traffic on the streets in the ancient heart of...More>>
  • Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

    Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:27 GMT
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London soon - but did not say when or explain his decision.More>>
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse...More>>
  • Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

    Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:23 GMT
    Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?More>>
    Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?More>>
  • Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:18 GMT
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.More>>
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.More>>
  • Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash

    Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:03:40 GMT
    A family spokeswoman says Oscar Pistorius' brother has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries and going into respiratory failure following a car crash.More>>
    Oscar Pistorius' brother is recovering and has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries in a car crash and going into respiratory failure, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius...More>>
  • Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:54:15 GMT
    A Syrian opposition group says Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group.More>>
    Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday.More>>
  • Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

    Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:34:59 GMT
    Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you.More>>
    Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you.More>>
  • Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

    Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:33:33 GMT
    Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person...More>>
    Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person and...More>>
  • Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:33:25 GMT
    Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't...More>>
    Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only...More>>
  • Germany: Looted painting belongs to Jewish family

    Germany: Looted painting belongs to Jewish family

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:13 AM EDT2014-08-19 09:13:10 GMT
    Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.More>>
    Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.More>>
  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 08:54:08 GMT
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens...More>>
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...More>>
  • Thailand's military ruler dons a suit and tie

    Thailand's military ruler dons a suit and tie

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:55 AM EDT2014-08-19 06:55:13 GMT
    When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in full military regalia.More>>
    When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in full military regalia.More>>
  • Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

    Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-08-19 05:13:37 GMT
    Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.More>>
    Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.More>>
  • Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

    Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:16:09 GMT
    Russia's foreign minister says he expects the extensive humanitarian aid mission for eastern Ukraine to enter the country in the near future.More>>
    Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling...More>>
  • Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:15:56 GMT
    Iraq's army spokesman says security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country's largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago.More>>
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept...More>>
  • Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

    Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:05:55 GMT
    Israeli troops have demolished the homes of two militants suspected in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third.More>>
    Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war...More>>
  • Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:15:51 GMT
    Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.More>>
    Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.More>>
  • Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:54:25 GMT
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.More>>
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.More>>
  • 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:29:02 GMT
    A new study by some of the world's leading elephant experts estimates that poachers killed 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012.More>>
    Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and...More>>
  • Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

    Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:45:03 GMT
    After months of rebel occupation and weeks of Ukrainian liberation, the residents of this shell-shocked border town say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives - but fear that war could return to their...More>>
    Weeks after Ukrainian government forces recaptured Lysychansk from the rebels, the residents of this shell-shocked town near the Russian border say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives - but fear that war could...More>>
  • A buyer's market at gun bazaar in Kurdish town

    A buyer's market at gun bazaar in Kurdish town

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:35:36 GMT
    There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.More>>
    There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.More>>
  • Scotland's pro-independence leader vows victory

    Scotland's pro-independence leader vows victory

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:35:11 GMT
    Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory - one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.More>>
    Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory - one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.More>>
  • Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

    Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:07:02 GMT
    An official says some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center when it was looted in Liberia's capital are again under observation.More>>
    Authorities in Liberia urgently searched on Monday for 17 people who fled an Ebola medical center over the weekend when it was attacked by looters who stole blood-stained sheets and mattresses and took them into an...More>>
  • Pope confirms hopes for 3-city US trip in 2015

    Pope confirms hopes for 3-city US trip in 2015

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:06:46 GMT
    Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak...More>>
    Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the...More>>
  • McDonald's confronts its junk food image

    McDonald's confronts its junk food image

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:46:09 GMT
    At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.More>>
    At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.More>>
  • Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

    Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:33:54 GMT
    Armed robbers ambushed a car in a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy on its way to a Paris airport commonly used for private jets, raiding the Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle,...More>>
    Armed robbers ambushed a car in a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy on its way to a Paris airport commonly used for private jets, raiding the Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle, police and...More>>
  • Somali pirate leader arrested in Mogadishu

    Somali pirate leader arrested in Mogadishu

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:33:45 GMT
    A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.More>>
    A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.More>>
  • Rick Warren hopes to expand ministry in Africa

    Rick Warren hopes to expand ministry in Africa

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:25:03 GMT
    The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren says he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa.More>>
    The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda this week, told The Associated Press that he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa.More>>
  • Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:14:45 GMT
    Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombarded jihadi positions in the northern province of Raqqa as Muslim extremists close in on the last army base in the region.More>>
    The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday.More>>
  • Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

    Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:06:09 GMT
    Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" trying to...More>>
    Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans -from the North and the South - to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge...More>>
  • South Africa: 8 killed in building collapse

    South Africa: 8 killed in building collapse

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:46:18 GMT
    South African officials say one person died and another seven are presumed dead from the collapse of a building under renovation.More>>
    A building under renovation in an area southeast of Johannesburg collapsed on Monday, killing eight people, officials said.More>>
  • Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

    Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:35:48 GMT
    An international human rights group says there is strong evidence that the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.More>>
    There is strong evidence that the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, an international human rights group said Monday.More>>
  • Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo

    Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:24:13 GMT
    NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.More>>
    NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.More>>
  • UN sees some progress in Iran nuclear probe

    UN sees some progress in Iran nuclear probe

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:14:33 GMT
    The U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector says Iran now is showing some cooperation with a long-stalled probe of suspicions that It worked secretly on nuclear weapons.More>>
    Iran is now answering questions about suspicions that it worked secretly on nuclear weapons, The U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector said Monday, but he did not indicate whether he was happy with the responses.More>>
  • Iran says journalists held over 'security issues'

    Iran says journalists held over 'security issues'

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:54:53 GMT
    A Washington Post reporter and two other journalists detained last month are being held over "security issues," Iran's judiciary spokesman said Monday, offering the first official indication on why they are...More>>
    A Washington Post reporter and two other journalists detained last month are being held over "security issues," Iran's judiciary spokesman said Monday, offering the first official indication on why they are being held.More>>
  • Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:23:26 GMT
    A strong, magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.More>>
    A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.More>>
  • UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:04:28 GMT
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.More>>
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.More>>
  • Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

    Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:04:16 GMT
    The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.More>>
    The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.More>>
  • Image of Asia: Celebrating Krishna's birthday

    Image of Asia: Celebrating Krishna's birthday

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-08-18 13:14:37 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, youngsters in Mumbai form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to...More>>
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, youngsters in Mumbai form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark...More>>
  • Turkey calls German ambassador over spying claims

    Turkey calls German ambassador over spying claims

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-08-18 13:14:24 GMT
    Turkey on Monday summoned Germany's ambassador and demanded that Berlin provide a "formal and satisfactory explanation" over reports that said Germany's foreign intelligence agency had eavesdropped on...More>>
    Turkey on Monday summoned Germany's ambassador and demanded an explanation after an "unacceptable, inexcusable" report that Germany's foreign intelligence agency targeted NATO ally Turkey in addition to...More>>
  • Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

    Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:34:13 GMT
    In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show.More>>
    In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show.More>>
  • In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

    In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-18 10:33:29 GMT
    Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving...More>>
    Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving at a...More>>
  • Twin protests suspend life in Pakistani capital

    Twin protests suspend life in Pakistani capital

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:14 AM EDT2014-08-18 06:14:12 GMT
    Twin protests demanding the Pakistani government step down have wreaked havoc in the capital, Islamabad, where commuters must circumvent shipping containers and barbed wire to get to work, protesters knock on...More>>
    Twin protests demanding the Pakistani government step down have wreaked havoc in the capital, Islamabad, where commuters must circumvent shipping containers and barbed wire to get to work, protesters knock on people's...More>>
  • Novice matadors' hunger strike over bullfight ban

    Novice matadors' hunger strike over bullfight ban

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-18 04:12:49 GMT
    Two years after Bogota's leftist mayor suspended bullfights at the capital's history-steeped bullring, a clutch of apprentice matadors is pressing for their reinstatement with a hunger strike.More>>
    Two years after Bogota's leftist mayor suspended bullfights at the capital's history-steeped bullring, a clutch of apprentice matadors is pressing for their reinstatement with a hunger strike.More>>
  • Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

    Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

    Sunday, August 17 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-08-18 01:02:58 GMT
    Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during World War II.More>>
    Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during World War II.More>>
  • Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

    Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-17 23:03:12 GMT
    A Ukrainian military spokesman says separatist rebels in the east have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane.More>>
    Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday.More>>
  • Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

    Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

    Sunday, August 17 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-17 22:22:40 GMT
    When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring...More>>
    When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya.More>>
  • Polls show close race month before Scotland vote

    Polls show close race month before Scotland vote

    Sunday, August 17 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 20:52:18 GMT
    Two opinion polls show that Scotland's voters are narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom one month before a referendum.More>>
    Two opinion polls show that Scotland's voters are narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom one month before a referendum.More>>
  • Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

    Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

    Sunday, August 17 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-17 19:42:40 GMT
    An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country's largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.More>>
    Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said.More>>
  • Pakistan politician calls for civil disobedience

    Pakistan politician calls for civil disobedience

    Sunday, August 17 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-08-17 19:22:04 GMT
    A Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician has called upon protesters at an anti-government rally to practice civil disobedience.More>>
    A Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician on Sunday called on thousands of anti-government protesters to stop paying taxes and practice civil disobedience until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down, raising fears of...More>>
  • Palestinian divisions emerge in truce talks

    Palestinian divisions emerge in truce talks

    Sunday, August 17 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-08-17 17:44:49 GMT
    A Palestinian negotiator says his side is "less optimistic" on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza war as a deadline on a temporary cease-fire looms.More>>
    The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the...More>>
  • UN: Iran ready to cooperate on nuclear probe

    UN: Iran ready to cooperate on nuclear probe

    Sunday, August 17 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-08-17 17:11:57 GMT
    Iranian state television is reporting that the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog organization has arrived in Iran for talks with President Hassan Rouhani.More>>
    Iran's president has promised to back a United Nations probe into suspicions that the country secretly worked on nuclear arms, the U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector said Sunday after talks in Tehran.More>>
  • Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

    Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 16:52:50 GMT
    The Kenyan government says it will prevent entry into Kenya of passengers traveling from and through the Ebola-stricken West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.More>>
    Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.More>>
  • Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

    Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-08-17 16:42:57 GMT
    A Dubai nightclub that hoped to feature a man who holds the world record for having the most piercings says he was refused entry to the Gulf city because of security concerns.More>>
    A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub.More>>
  • Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 15:52:33 GMT
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.More>>
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.More>>
  • Ukrainian, Russian officials to meet in Berlin

    Ukrainian, Russian officials to meet in Berlin

    Sunday, August 17 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-08-17 13:22:03 GMT
    The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia are meeting in Berlin on Sunday to resume diplomatic talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.More>>
    The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia are meeting in Berlin on Sunday to resume diplomatic talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.More>>
  • John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    Sunday, August 17 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 10:52:24 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure...More>>
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace...More>>
  • S. Koreans express pride, surprise at pope visit

    S. Koreans express pride, surprise at pope visit

    Sunday, August 17 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-08-17 07:01:15 GMT
    They came from across South Korea to see Pope Francis or, if the crowds were too big to get close enough, to hear his voice emanate from speakers set up around a stage during a Mass to beatify 124 martyrs.More>>
    They came from across South Korea to see Pope Francis or, if the crowds were too big to get close enough, to hear his voice emanate from speakers set up around a stage during a Mass to beatify 124 martyrs.More>>
  • Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

    Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-08-17 04:31:49 GMT
    Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two...More>>
    Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take...More>>
  • AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea

    AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea

    Saturday, August 16 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-08-17 00:50:30 GMT
    By The Associated Press Pope Francis held an outdoor Mass on Saturday for huge crowds in Seoul as part of his five-day trip to South Korea. The Vatican estimated some 800,000 people turned out...More>>
    By The Associated Press Pope Francis held an outdoor Mass on Saturday for huge crowds in Seoul as part of his five-day trip to South Korea. The Vatican estimated some 800,000 people turned out for the...More>>
  • Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

    Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

    Saturday, August 16 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 23:10:26 GMT
    Authorities in Liberia are opening a new center to treat Ebola patients after the existing one in the capital became overwhelmed with patients.More>>
    Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra...More>>
  • 2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

    2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-08-16 22:49:52 GMT
    The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says one of its patrols was attacked, killing a peacekeeper and wounding five others.More>>
    The U.N. secretary-general says two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and seven wounded in a suicide attack in Mali.More>>
  • Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

    Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-16 22:30:39 GMT
    Officials in Iraq say that survivors of an attack on a northern village have told them that militants from the Islamic State group killed over 80 Yazidi men there.More>>
    Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials...More>>
  • Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

    Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:42:41 GMT
    Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy are waiting near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures drag on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian...More>>
    Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures dragged on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian...More>>
  • Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:09:40 GMT
    The main Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking...More>>
    Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a...More>>
  • Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

    Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

    Saturday, August 16 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-08-16 18:02:26 GMT
    A fiery anti-government cleric is leading a massive really in Pakistan's capital, demanding the country's prime minister step down over alleged fraud in last year's election.More>>
    Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan's capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government...More>>
  • Egypt PM blames saboteurs for rising power cuts

    Egypt PM blames saboteurs for rising power cuts

    Saturday, August 16 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-16 15:20:04 GMT
    Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the...More>>
    Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the government, a...More>>
  • German-French reporting legend Scholl-Latour dies

    German-French reporting legend Scholl-Latour dies

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-08-16 14:19:54 GMT
    Peter Scholl-Latour, whose reporting from far-flung places made him one of post-war Germany's most famous foreign correspondents, has died at 90.More>>
    Peter Scholl-Latour, whose reporting from far-flung places made him one of post-war Germany's most famous foreign correspondents, has died at 90.More>>
  • Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    Saturday, August 16 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-08-16 13:50:21 GMT
    German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton.More>>
    Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.More>>
  • Congo's Tshisekedi seeks treatment in Belgium

    Congo's Tshisekedi seeks treatment in Belgium

    Saturday, August 16 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-08-16 13:09:44 GMT
    Officials say Congo's longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is seeking medical treatment in Belgium.More>>
    Officials say Congo's longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is seeking medical treatment in Belgium.More>>
  • Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

    Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

    Saturday, August 16 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-08-16 12:49:39 GMT
    A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.More>>
    A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.More>>
  • 5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

    5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-08-16 10:49:59 GMT
    A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan says five members of their Afghan staff members have been abducted.More>>
    The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday.More>>
  • Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

    Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-08-16 10:10:16 GMT
    Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of...More>>
    Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church...More>>
  • Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

    Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

    Saturday, August 16 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-08-16 04:50:34 GMT
    Pakistani police say 10 attackers were killed when security forces foiled an assault on two air bases in the country's southwest the previous day.More>>
    Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.More>>
  • Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    Saturday, August 16 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-08-16 04:21:15 GMT
    Pope Francis called for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism that stifles the spirit Friday during his five-day trip to South Korea. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell.More>>
    Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two...More>>
  • Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

    Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:40:18 GMT
    It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.More>>
    It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.More>>
  • China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

    China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:10:35 GMT
    Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime...More>>
    China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to visits by three Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals, although Japan's prime minister stayed away.More>>
  • Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

    Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:31:11 GMT
    Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.More>>
    Nouri al-Maliki's decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister raised hopes Friday for a new government that can roll back an increasingly powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart.More>>
  • Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

    Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:23:04 GMT
    A dozen Russian armored personnel carriers have appeared near a large aid convoy that is parked near the Ukrainian border and poised to cross into rebel-held territory.More>>
    NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and...More>>
  • Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

    Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:50:12 GMT
    Hundreds of mourners have packed the cathedral in this Tuscan hilltop town to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli, who was killed this week in the Gaza Strip.More>>
    Several hundred mourners packed the ornate cathedral of this hilltop Tuscan town on Friday to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli as a committed storyteller who had found personal and professional...More>>
  • Greek PM says important tomb found in northern dig

    Greek PM says important tomb found in northern dig

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:42:15 GMT
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece have uncovered what appears to be the entrance to an important tomb from about the end of the reign of warrior-king Alexander the Great, officials said...More>>
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece have uncovered what appears to be the entrance to an important tomb from about the end of the reign of warrior-king Alexander the Great, officials said Tuesday.More>>
  • Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed

    Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:20:48 GMT
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the...More>>
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world's...More>>
  • Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

    Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:11:16 GMT
    The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided.More>>
    The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still...More>>
  • Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

    Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:10:55 GMT
    The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to...More>>
    The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her...More>>
  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:42:33 GMT
    France's decision to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants has marked a turning point in Europe's wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a...More>>
    The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents....More>>
  • Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

    Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:42:00 GMT
    Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday.More>>
    Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday.More>>
  • 3 killed in Egypt as Islamists protest

    3 killed in Egypt as Islamists protest

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:00:35 GMT
    An Egyptian security official says clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi have killed two people.More>>
    At least three people were killed in the Egyptian capital Friday as dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi held scattered protests for a second straight day, a year after the mass killing of...More>>
  • EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

    EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:10:01 GMT
    Hamas negotiators are consulting with the militant group's leadership in Qatar on a proposal for a long-term truce with Israel.More>>
    The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo before the latest war "is not an...More>>
  • France marks 70 years since Allies freed south

    France marks 70 years since Allies freed south

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:42:35 GMT
    France is paying tribute to the Allied troops - including veterans from the U.S and French colonies in Africa - who landed 70 years ago on Mediterranean shores to liberate French land from Nazi occupation.More>>
    France paid tribute Friday to Allied troops - including veterans from the United States and from French colonies in Africa - who landed 70 years ago on Mediterranean shores to liberate French land from Nazi occupation.More>>
  • Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

    Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:20:57 GMT
    The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely...More>>
    The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished...More>>
  • Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:20:52 GMT
    Acitivists say a car bomb has exploded outside a mosque in southern Syria, killing at least 22 people.More>>
    A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said.More>>
  • Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

    Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:10:29 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says it is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.More>>
    Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.More>>
  • US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

    US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:02:12 GMT
    Coast Guard officials and social workers are seeing many more Cubans risk their lives on homemade rafts to reach the U.S. this year.More>>
    One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to...More>>
  • Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

    Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:43:52 GMT
    With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants.More>>
    With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants.More>>
  • Turkey confirms Erdogan's win as new president

    Turkey confirms Erdogan's win as new president

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:33:59 GMT
    Turkey's High Electoral Board has confirmed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's first popularly elected president.More>>
    Turkey's High Electoral Board on Friday confirmed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's first popularly elected president.More>>
  • 7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

    7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:42:28 GMT
    Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence.More>>
    Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence.More>>
  • 2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

    2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:20:09 GMT
    A major international chess tournament in northern Norway has ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room.More>>
    A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room, organizers said Friday.More>>
  • 127 victims identified from Ukraine plane disaster

    127 victims identified from Ukraine plane disaster

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:03:37 GMT
    Dutch authorities say they have identified 127 victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine.More>>
    Dutch authorities say they have identified 127 victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine.More>>
  • Spain: Woman arrested with coke in breast implants

    Spain: Woman arrested with coke in breast implants

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:50:21 GMT
    Spanish police say they have arrested a woman who landed at Madrid's international airport with 1.7 kilos (3.7 pounds) of cocaine hidden in her breast implants.More>>
    Spanish police say they have arrested a woman who landed at Madrid's international airport with 1.7 kilos (3.7 pounds) of cocaine hidden in her breast implants.More>>
  • Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:30:46 GMT
    The circumcision season in Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,...More>>
    The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,...More>>
  • Poland puts on biggest military parade in years

    Poland puts on biggest military parade in years

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:20:13 GMT
    Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a "brutal reality" in Eastern Europe...More>>
    Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a "brutal reality" in Eastern Europe and...More>>
  • Image of Asia: Floating in Sydney Harbour

    Image of Asia: Floating in Sydney Harbour

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:12:19 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Rob Griffith, an inflatable sea turtle sculpture floats past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sculpture by Australian artist BJ Price is...More>>
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Rob Griffith, an inflatable sea turtle sculpture floats past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sculpture by Australian artist BJ Price is emblazoned...More>>
  • Hungary: Sanctions on Russia more damaging to West

    Hungary: Sanctions on Russia more damaging to West

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:50:07 GMT
    Hungary's prime minister said the West is "shooting itself in the foot" with inadequately thought through economic sanctions against Russia.More>>
    Hungary's prime minister said the West is "shooting itself in the foot" with inadequately thought through economic sanctions against Russia.More>>
  • Pope's English on display for first time in SKorea

    Pope's English on display for first time in SKorea

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:29:57 GMT
    Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text.More>>
    Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text.More>>
  • New fighting hits South Sudan

    New fighting hits South Sudan

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:19:53 GMT
    An aid group in South Sudan says new fighting has broken out, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base.More>>
    After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base. The country's rebel leader blamed the...More>>
  • Indian PM urges an end to violence against women

    Indian PM urges an end to violence against women

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-08-15 12:50:02 GMT
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that India had been shamed by rapes and attacks against women, and called on parents in this deeply misogynistic country to treat their sons and daughters equally in his...More>>
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that India had been shamed by rapes and attacks against women, and called on parents in this deeply misogynistic country to treat their sons and daughters equally in his first...More>>
  • Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

    Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-15 12:19:39 GMT
    Al-Qaida has urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate for his release.More>>
    Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release.More>>
  • Floods in Niger kill 12, leave thousands hungry

    Floods in Niger kill 12, leave thousands hungry

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:09:44 GMT
    Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.More>>
    Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.More>>
  • Lake body may be suspected Liechtenstein shooter

    Lake body may be suspected Liechtenstein shooter

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-08-15 10:09:49 GMT
    Police say a body found drifting in Lake Constance may be that of a former Liechtenstein fund manager suspected of fatally shooting a bank's chief executive earlier this year.More>>
    Police say a body found drifting in Lake Constance may be that of a former Liechtenstein fund manager suspected of fatally shooting a bank's chief executive earlier this year.More>>
  • SAfrica: Honeymoon slaying suspect fit for trial

    SAfrica: Honeymoon slaying suspect fit for trial

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:19 AM EDT2014-08-15 09:19:16 GMT
    A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa has been found fit to stand trial for murder after psychiatric observation.More>>
    A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa was on Friday declared fit to stand trial for murder after undergoing psychiatric observation at a Cape Town hospital.More>>
  • Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

    Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:29:56 GMT
    At least two Japanese Cabinet ministers have paid respects at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, but the prime minister is expected to stay away.More>>
    Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime minister...More>>
  • Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:12:38 GMT
    Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea on a visit meant to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage the faithful in a church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism.More>>
    Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of...More>>
  • Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 02:19:39 GMT
    Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes...More>>
    Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter...More>>
  • Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

    Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:19:41 GMT
    The United Nations has announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in the wake of the onslaught by Islamic militants who have overrun much of the country's north and west and...More>>
    Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late Thursday that he was relinquishing his post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights...More>>
  • WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

    WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:02:01 GMT
    Nigeria's health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has announced there is another Ebola case in Africa's most populous country, bringing the total confirmed cases there to 11.More>>
    There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared...More>>
  • Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

    Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:20:51 GMT
    A Russian aid convoy has resumed its travels toward Ukraine and has taken the road leading south toward the rebel-held city of Luhansk.More>>
    Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on Thursday but then stopped, provocatively poised to cross into rebel-held territory.More>>
  • Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

    Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

    Thursday, August 14 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 20:50:07 GMT
    Brazil's presidential race is in stunned disarray after one of the top three contenders was killed on the campaign trial when a small plane carrying him and aides crashed into a residential area in this port city.More>>
    Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate, possibly complicating President Dilma Rousseff's effort to win re-election in October.More>>
  • Thousands on the road in Pakistan opposition rally

    Thousands on the road in Pakistan opposition rally

    Thursday, August 14 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 20:50:03 GMT
    Thousands have gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore as a key opposition rally got underway, demanding the government's ouster over allegations of vote fraud.More>>
    Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud, as police foiled a...More>>
  • AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies

    AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies

    Thursday, August 14 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-08-14 20:33:34 GMT
    By The Associated Press People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon.More>>
    By The Associated Press People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon.More>>
  • Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

    Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:20:11 GMT
    A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appears to be holding despite a rocky start, fanning cautious optimism of progress in Israel-Hamas negotiations in Cairo.More>>
    Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory.More>>
  • Putin tones down rhetoric on Ukraine

    Putin tones down rhetoric on Ukraine

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:03:13 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to a much-hyped meeting in Crimea amid expectations of more saber-rattling over Ukraine, but he instead struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in a speech Thursday...More>>
    Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to a much-hyped meeting in Crimea amid expectations of more saber-rattling over Ukraine, but he instead struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in a speech Thursday that...More>>
  • Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:03:11 GMT
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.More>>
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.More>>
  • Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

    Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:50:18 GMT
    Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big-shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.More>>
    Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.More>>
  • Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:50:15 GMT
    The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something...More>>
    The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never...More>>
  • UK police search singer Cliff Richard's house

    UK police search singer Cliff Richard's house

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:32:42 GMT
    British police say they are searching a house belonging to singer Cliff Richard in connection with sexual allegations dating back to the 1980s.More>>
    British police on Thursday searched a house belonging to veteran rock star Cliff Richard in connection with sexual allegations dating back to the 1980s.More>>
  • UN: Over 100,000 migrants reach Italy this year

    UN: Over 100,000 migrants reach Italy this year

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:32:37 GMT
    The U.N. refugee agency says over 100,000 migrants - more than half of them refugees from war or persecution - have reached Italy by sea this year.More>>
    The U.N. refugee agency says over 100,000 migrants - more than half of them refugees from war or persecution - have reached Italy by sea this year.More>>
  • Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

    Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:09:36 GMT
    Europe's shaky economic recovery ground to a halt in the second quarter amid fears over the crisis in Ukraine and softer trade and investment.More>>
    Well, that didn't last long.More>>
  • New study explores sinister side of meerkats

    New study explores sinister side of meerkats

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:49:28 GMT
    One of the most captivating sights of African wildlife is that of dark-eyed meerkats standing side-by-side on their hind legs, as though posing for a group photograph. They look cuddly and endearing. But a new...More>>
    One of the most captivating sights of African wildlife is that of dark-eyed meerkats standing side-by-side on their hind legs, as though posing for a group photograph. They look cuddly and endearing. But a new study says...More>>
  • 500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

    500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:19:41 GMT
    An official says that Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns during four raids.More>>
    Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns and sparked gun battles in a capital that is awash with weapons, said officials who want to get rid of the weapons before they...More>>
  • Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:49:45 GMT
    Syrian activists say government troops have seized control of most of a contested suburb south of Damascus.More>>
    Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the...More>>
  • Image of Asia: Modernizing the Philippine military

    Image of Asia: Modernizing the Philippine military

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:31:02 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Bullit Marquez, President Benigno Aquino III hands new assault rifles to Filipino soldiers at armed forces headquarters. More than 50,000 M4 assault...More>>
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Bullit Marquez, President Benigno Aquino III hands new assault rifles to Filipino soldiers at armed forces headquarters. More than 50,000 M4 assault rifles are...More>>
  • Amsterdam mayor: Black Pete figure to change

    Amsterdam mayor: Black Pete figure to change

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:30:59 GMT
    Amsterdam's mayor and the organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of "Black Pete" - the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus - after protests that the...More>>
    Amsterdam's mayor and the organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of "Black Pete" - the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus - after protests that the character...More>>
  • Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

    Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:02:01 GMT
    Egyptian security forces firing tear gas have quashed small, scattered demonstrations by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi who tried to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of...More>>
    At least three people were killed Thursday as Egyptian security forces quashed small, scattered demonstrations by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marking the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of...More>>
  • Liberian ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

    Liberian ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 14:49:32 GMT
    Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.More>>
    Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.More>>
  • Nigeria confirms 1 more Ebola case

    Nigeria confirms 1 more Ebola case

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:49:48 GMT
    Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, says that the West African country has one more confirmed Ebola case, a nurse who was treating Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who flew into the country...More>>
    Nigeria has one more confirmed Ebola case, a nurse who was treating the Liberian-American who flew into the country with the disease and died of it last month, the health minister announced Monday.More>>
  • AP PHOTOS: Swimming to school in western India

    AP PHOTOS: Swimming to school in western India

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:30:29 GMT
    It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.More>>
    It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.More>>
  • Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban

    Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:00:48 GMT
    Berlin taxi drivers are celebrating a decision by authorities to ban the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city.More>>
    Berlin taxi drivers were celebrating Thursday after authorities banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city because of safety concerns.More>>
  • US to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military

    US to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:48:50 GMT
    The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S....More>>
    The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S....More>>
  • French economy stagnates in 2nd quarter

    French economy stagnates in 2nd quarter

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-08-14 07:19:28 GMT
    France's economy stagnated in the second quarter, leaving President Francois Hollande increasingly desperate to fulfill his two-year-old pledge to get the country growing again.More>>
    France's economy stagnated in the second quarter, leaving President Francois Hollande increasingly desperate to fulfill his two-year-old pledge to get the country growing again.More>>
  • Germany's economy losing momentum

    Germany's economy losing momentum

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:39 AM EDT2014-08-14 06:39:01 GMT
    Germany's economy contracted by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, losing momentum after a robust first quarter which was helped by the mild winter.More>>
    Germany's economy contracted by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, losing momentum after a robust first quarter which was helped by the mild winter.More>>
  • Brazil: Presidential candidate dies in plane crash

    Brazil: Presidential candidate dies in plane crash

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-13 23:59:58 GMT
    Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when the small plane that was carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential neighborhood in the port city of Santos, a City...More>>
    Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when the small plane that was carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential neighborhood in the Brazilian port city of Santos.More>>
  • UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

    UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-13 23:49:24 GMT
    Iraqi troops imposed heightened security in Baghdad Wednesday as international support mounted for a new prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki, who has called on the armed forces to stay out of politics amid...More>>
    The United Nations on Wednesday announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands had been trapped on a desert...More>>
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  • Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

    Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:17 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:17:00 GMT
    New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.More>>
    New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well.More>>
  • Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:25:00 GMT
    A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.More>>
    A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the...More>>
  • Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

    Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:04:59 GMT
    Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open...More>>
    Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors.More>>
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