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  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:25:06 GMT
    Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct...
  • Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:15:32 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a...
    Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and prompting Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a new government - a move that presents a major challenge to efforts to create an...
  • Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:15:26 GMT
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
  • Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:55:09 GMT
    A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.
    Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided...
  • 2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:07:35 GMT
    Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.
    Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.
  • Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

    Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:55:33 GMT
    Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the country has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia who brought the...
    Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.
  • Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:45:09 GMT
    Morocco has announced the arrest of two suspected members of the Islamic State group.
    Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack.
  • C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet

    C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:45:07 GMT
    The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.
    The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.
  • Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act

    Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:45:47 GMT
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank is ready to do more to boost a shaky recovery in Europe - but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high unemployment.
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro - but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high...
  • Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

    Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:45:10 GMT
    Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a...
    Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict...
  • Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

    Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:25:00 GMT
    An international human rights group says children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults.
    Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. .
  • Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia

    Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:54:55 GMT
    Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.
    Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.
  • NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine

    NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:34:50 GMT
    NATO's secretary general has condemned Russia for sending a "so-called humanitarian convoy" into eastern Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian government.
    NATO's secretary general has condemned Russia for sending a "so-called humanitarian convoy" into eastern Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian government.
  • Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:25:25 GMT
    Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants need to be defended and protected so they can return home in security, reinforcing the Vatican's position that...
    Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that...
  • Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

    Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:07:30 GMT
    In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of...
    In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the...
  • 4 white lion cubs born at German circus

    4 white lion cubs born at German circus

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:34:55 GMT
    A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs.
    A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs.
  • AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets

    AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:15:22 GMT
    They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament.
    They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament.
  • Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune

    Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:24:40 GMT
    Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.
    Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.
  • Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

    Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:04:51 GMT
    Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to...
    Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father...
  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:34:43 GMT
    Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government...
    Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the...
  • Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

    Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:34:41 GMT
    Lawmakers from the party of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan, have resigned from parliament to pressure the country's prime minister to step down over what they describe as fraud in last...
    The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination

    India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:25:13 GMT
    India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.
    India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.
  • Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

    Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:24:51 GMT
    A Kenya police official says a Somali man in their custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for killing journalists.
    A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.
  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:07:42 GMT
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition...
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of...
  • UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:37:23 GMT
    The death toll from Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014, the United Nations reported Friday.
    The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.
  • Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

    Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 09:27:56 GMT
    Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.
    Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.
  • Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:45 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:35:09 GMT
    Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum.
    The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

    Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:29:07 GMT
    Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this...
    Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power...
  • Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

    Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:34:23 GMT
    Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.
    The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.
  • Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

    Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:34:29 GMT
    Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with...
    Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's...
  • Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

    Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:25:05 GMT
    Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.
    Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop...
  • Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

    Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:04:28 GMT
    The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.
    Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting...
  • US 'concerned' by arrest of American in Israel

    US 'concerned' by arrest of American in Israel

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:44:10 GMT
    The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of an American teenager whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.
    The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.
  • Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

    Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:24:52 GMT
    A Ukrainian official says five troops were killed and 21 injured while fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
    Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen...
  • Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:24:33 GMT
    An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that "justice remains elusive" for the victims and their families.
    The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.
  • Thai army ruler named prime minister

    Thai army ruler named prime minister

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:26 GMT
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move...
    Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the...
  • Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:19 GMT
    Activists and Syria's state media are reporting that dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base.
    Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state...
  • Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:53:58 GMT
    Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.
    Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.
  • Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

    Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:14:30 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack...
    A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that...
  • Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:25 GMT
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:22 GMT
    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.
    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.
  • 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:18 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.
    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...
  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:14:31 GMT
    By The Associated Press A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years:
    By The Associated Press A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years:
  • Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

    Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:14:27 GMT
    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 people to prison on charges of financing terrorism, collecting information about compounds where foreigners reside, providing hideouts for fugitives and possessing...
    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy...
  • Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:44:35 GMT
    Turkish ruling party leaders are poised to choose a new party chairman and prime minister to succeed president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge...
  • Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:34:25 GMT
    The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.
    The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.
  • Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier

    Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:14:57 GMT
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job...
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most...
  • Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

    Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:14:53 GMT
    Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.
    Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.
  • Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

    Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:03:54 GMT
    Kuwaiti police have briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.
    Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting...
  • Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:54:28 GMT
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to...
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and...
  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:36:54 GMT
    By The Associated Press Associated Press Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have...
    By The Associated Press Associated Press Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and...
  • Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan

    Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:14:58 GMT
    The U.N.'s top official for children and armed conflicts says the use of child soldiers and violence against children is commonplace in South Sudan's year of warfare.
    The use of child soldiers - teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles - is commonplace in South Sudan and will be the subject of U.N. Security Council discussions next month, the top U.N....
  • Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

    Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:04:44 GMT
    Indonesian police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court hearing a challenge to the legality of last month's elections.
    Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov....
  • Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

    Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:04:36 GMT
    Experts say police and security services are using voice-recognition software and other technology, as well as human tips, as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of...
    The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.
  • SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:55:02 GMT
    Opposition lawmakers have heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on the president's private home.
    Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.
  • Swedish town celebrates link to the Bronx

    Swedish town celebrates link to the Bronx

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:44:50 GMT
    Nearly four centuries after Jonas Bronck set foot in America, his birthplace in southern Sweden is finally recognizing its historical link to the New York borough that bears his name.
    Nearly four centuries after Jonas Bronck set foot in America, his birthplace in southern Sweden is finally recognizing its historical link to the New York borough that bears his name.
  • South Africa: man dead after orange pelting

    South Africa: man dead after orange pelting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:54:37 GMT
    South African police say two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges.
    Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said Thursday.
  • German arbitration panel rejects looted art claim

    German arbitration panel rejects looted art claim

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:43:36 GMT
    A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren't entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.
    A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren't entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.
  • Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

    Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:53:49 GMT
    India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in prison, but she vows to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide.
    India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.
  • Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

    Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:43:56 GMT
    The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state...
    The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields...
  • Israeli air strikes pound Gaza; 6 dead in Rafah

    Israeli air strikes pound Gaza; 6 dead in Rafah

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-08-21 05:13:51 GMT
    Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip.
    Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip.
  • Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

    Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:23:38 GMT
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, the country's military ruler is poised to take up the post of prime minister.
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics...
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:35:16 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....
  • Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

    Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:13:23 GMT
    Mexico's national security commissioner says 14 federal police officers are being tried on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA officers in a U.S. Embassy vehicle.
    Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.
  • Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

    Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:25:37 GMT
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed...
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350...
  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:14:13 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.
    After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly...
  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:05:41 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.
    Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza...
  • Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?

    Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:44:23 GMT
    The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.
    The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.
  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:33:25 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.
    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.
  • Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

    Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:33:34 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.
    In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President...
  • Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:13:57 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...
    Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in...
  • Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

    Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:56:32 GMT
    Afghanistan ordered a New York Times journalist Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because...
    Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of...
  • Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:54:04 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.
    Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.
  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:25:00 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.
    The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.
  • Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:28 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...
    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...
  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:03:28 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.
    Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is...
  • Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

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

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:36:28 GMT
    Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?
    Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?
  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    Global cruise lines set sail for China

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:23:18 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...
    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...
  • Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:03:39 GMT
    It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's...
    It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of...
  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:03:34 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...
    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 pontiff's native Argentina.
  • Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

    Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:03:27 GMT
    A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.
    A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.
  • South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

    South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:43:09 GMT
    The producers of a hugely popular South African television soap opera fired the main cast this week after the actors went on strike for more pay.
    "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up...
  • Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

    Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:55:55 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from...
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic...
  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:34:56 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.
    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the...
  • Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:58 GMT
    Germany says it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq.
    Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
  • 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:57:04 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.
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.
  • 4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

    4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:44:58 GMT
    Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.
    Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.
  • Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

    Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:35:46 GMT
    Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you.
    Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you.
  • Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:25:08 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.
    Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites...
  • 111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

    111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:25:03 GMT
    A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.
    A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.
  • 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.
    It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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."
    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."
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    South Africa's "native of nowhere" is finally home.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in full military regalia.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.
  • 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.
    Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory - one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.
  • 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,...
    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...
  • 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.
    A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    A building under renovation in an area southeast of Johannesburg collapsed on Monday, killing eight people, officials said.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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.
  • 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.
    A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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.
  • 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.
    Two opinion polls show that Scotland's voters are narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom one month before a referendum.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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.
    The U.N. secretary-general says two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and seven wounded in a suicide attack in Mali.
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
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