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  • Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank

    Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:05 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:05:51 GMT
    Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.
    Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.
  • Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion

    Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:55 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:55:52 GMT
    Egypt's official news agency says three suspected militants have died when their car blew up south of Cairo.
    Three suspected militants died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.
  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

    Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:48:52 GMT
    Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow.
    Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.
  • Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped

    Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:38 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:38:53 GMT
    An Indian official says that more than 150 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village in western India following torrential rains.
    A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said.
  • Officials: 19 dead in E. Ukraine region

    Officials: 19 dead in E. Ukraine region

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:30 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:30:32 GMT
    Officials in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine say 19 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
    Officials in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine say 19 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
  • AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:08 GMT
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
  • Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:19 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:19:47 GMT
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and...
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence...
  • Libyan official: Assailants abduct, free lawmaker

    Libyan official: Assailants abduct, free lawmaker

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:06 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:06:44 GMT
    A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.
    A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.
  • Shells hit UN school in Gaza, kill 15

    Shells hit UN school in Gaza, kill 15

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:22:04 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.
    Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gaza war refugees Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90 after tearing through two classroom walls, a health official and a spokesman for a U.N....
  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:20:04 GMT
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a plane in Liberia, had a layover in Togo and then arrived in Nigeria where authorities say he died days later...
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say...
  • Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push

    Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:14 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:14:56 GMT
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance for the two men to resolve a...
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the...
  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:32 AM EDT2014-07-30 06:32:00 GMT
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:34:09 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
    China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...
  • China reports deadly attack in northwest

    China reports deadly attack in northwest

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
    A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic...
    A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...
  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:53:08 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.
    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:28 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:30:08 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:20:41 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's...
  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:32:16 GMT
    The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.
    A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an...
  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:40:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.
  • Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:57:20 GMT
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the...
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's...
  • Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:38:21 GMT
    Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:
    Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:
  • Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:32:55 GMT
    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.
    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.
  • Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:29:05 GMT
    Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling.
    Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an...
  • 5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

    5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:22:22 GMT
    There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before...
    There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here...
  • UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

    UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:27:07 GMT
    Swiss banking giant UBS AG reported a 15 percent jump Tuesday in second-quarter net profit compared to a year ago, driven by strong results from its core wealth management and trimmed-down investment banking...
    Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being...
  • US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The Obama administration's nuclear negotiator is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
    The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending...
  • Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:48:32 GMT
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused...
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of...
  • Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:47:47 GMT
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
  • Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

    Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:14:38 GMT
    A strong earthquake has shaken eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury.
    A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.
  • Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:30:24 GMT
    An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai.
    A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers...
  • Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:25:41 GMT
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful...
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a...
  • Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:48:12 GMT
    A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
    A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:17:21 GMT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
  • St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

    St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:35:45 GMT
    A Russian official says the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg has been evacuated, reportedly because of a bomb threat.
    The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.
  • German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:08:15 GMT
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
  • Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:36:46 GMT
    Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
    Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
  • BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

    BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:11:21 GMT
    Energy company BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could have an adverse impact on its profits because of its stake in the oil giant, Rosneft.
    Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.
  • Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

    Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:38:08 GMT
    Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets.
    Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting financial markets.
  • Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

    Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:15:46 GMT
    It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.
    It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.
  • Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:19:06 GMT
    Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, after a traveler from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.
    Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.
  • AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

    AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:10:03 GMT
    Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late...
    Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim...
  • Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 06:25:22 GMT
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their...
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s...
  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:30:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.
    Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...
  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:49 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
  • Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:01 GMT
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price...
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:35:57 GMT
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
    President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging...
  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:21:47 GMT
    Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...
  • Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:16:08 GMT
    The former majority shareholder in Yukos Oil Company says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.
  • Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:26 GMT
    The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.
    A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...
  • In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:02:38 GMT
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they...
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...
  • 3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:58 GMT
    Witnesses say a woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria, killing at least three people.
    A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.
  • Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:01:25 GMT
    The U.S. says millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year.
    Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.
  • Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

    Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:36:22 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under consideration by Congress. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says she supports creating a refugee screening process...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law...
  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:18 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:40:00 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name...
  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:21:41 GMT
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
  • Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:55 GMT
    Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
    Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
  • New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image

    New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:18 GMT
    Spain's new King Felipe VI has ordered the palace's accounts to be audited externally and the results made public, in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.
    Spain's royal palace accounts will be subject to external audits and the results made public under a series of measure ordered by new King Felipe VI in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.
  • Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:36:59 GMT
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
  • Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:34:57 GMT
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb.
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb.
  • Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data

    Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:27:59 GMT
    Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?
    Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?
  • Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

    Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:06:40 GMT
    Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.
    Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.
  • Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:06:34 GMT
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 19, including five children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
  • Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

    Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:45:58 GMT
    Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.
    Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.
  • In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:17:59 GMT
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
  • Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:25:41 GMT
    Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.
    Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.
  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:38:13 GMT
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the...
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.
  • Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

    Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:27:37 GMT
    Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people...
    Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are...
  • Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:17:34 GMT
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
  • EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

    EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:14 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:14:30 GMT
    European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive...
    The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:37:23 GMT
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:35:19 GMT
    A former Venezuelan general detained in Aruba on U.S. drug charges will be released by the Dutch Caribbean island and sent home, authorities said Sunday.
    Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and...
  • UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:54:14 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza fighting between Israel and Hamas and is meeting at midnight to adopt it.
    The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:17:30 GMT
    Palestinian militants have launched a big rocket salvo at Israel, endangering a unilateral cease-fire.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:28 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:12 GMT
    A health official says a senior doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital has died of Ebola.
    One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an...
  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:54 GMT
    Dutch police are traveling to the scene of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine to secure the site, which investigators complain has already been compromised.
    Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
  • Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:24 GMT
    The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 travelled from Perth, Australia to honor their daughter at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.
  • Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

    Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:04:27 GMT
    About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battled of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.
    About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.
  • Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

    Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:05:50 GMT
    A French embassy spokesman says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis.
    Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the...
  • Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

    Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:24:43 GMT
    The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey.
    The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:25:23 GMT
    The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.
    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Boko Haram kidnaps top official's wife in Cameroon

    Boko Haram kidnaps top official's wife in Cameroon

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:55:30 GMT
    A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths.
    A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths.
  • AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

    AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:26:53 GMT
    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the...
    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland...
  • Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:46 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:46:51 GMT
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are...
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in...
  • Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:19 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:19:32 GMT
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
  • AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

    AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-07-27 06:44:19 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense...
  • Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:04:50 GMT
    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas.
    Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.
  • UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

    UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:04:13 GMT
    The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says its experts have found the second black box of the Air Algerie flight that fell from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people onboard.
    French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe...
  • Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

    Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:43:17 GMT
    Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.
    Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.
  • Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

    Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:23:33 GMT
    Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause...
    Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and...
  • MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion

    MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:13:47 GMT
    The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is unhappy that the carrier has offered them no grief counselling in more than a week and is refusing to organize a flight home to...
    The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and...
  • Turkey: 20 police arrested for illegal wiretaps

    Turkey: 20 police arrested for illegal wiretaps

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:44:31 GMT
    Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.
    Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.
  • French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

    French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:36:01 GMT
    French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.
    French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.
  • Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:35:29 GMT
    Iraqi police officers say gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs have seized the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council.
    Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.
  • Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya

    Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:24:28 GMT
    Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.
    Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.
  • AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

    AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:14:39 GMT
    A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.
    A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.
  • North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:53:35 GMT
    South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast.
    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve...
  • Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:43 GMT
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
  • 2 critics of Swaziland government sentenced

    2 critics of Swaziland government sentenced

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-07-26 11:32:53 GMT
    Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the...
    Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the southern...
  • AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order

    AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:36 AM EDT2014-07-26 08:36:26 GMT
    When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow.
    When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow.
  • Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:34 AM EDT2014-07-26 06:34:58 GMT
    Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.
    Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.
  • Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

    Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:16:04 GMT
    A judge in Aruba is expected to rule today whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain in jail pending an extradition request.
    A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel...
  • Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:46 GMT
    An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.
    Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel...
  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:38:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...
    Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.
  • US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:16:47 GMT
    The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.
    Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.
  • Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country

    Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:37 GMT
    Nigerian officials say a Liberian man died of Ebola in a Lagos hospital Friday after arriving in the country on Tuesday. It is the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in Nigeria since the current outbreak began in...
    An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died...
  • Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'

    Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:29 GMT
    Russia's consumer protection agency has filed a suit against McDonald's for allegedly selling food that does not meet legal standards.
    Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature...
  • AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

    AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:14:57 GMT
    The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that...
    The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the...
  • Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

    Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:35:39 GMT
    French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.
    Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...
  • Ukrainian president: Confidence vote Thursday

    Ukrainian president: Confidence vote Thursday

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:34:15 GMT
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week.
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week.
  • Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings

    Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:56:03 GMT
    Nigerian forces say they are increasing security nationwide ahead Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
    Nigerian security forces are holding one man connected to the Wednesday double bombings in the northern city of Kaduna that targeted a former head of state and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric and killed at least 44...
  • Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:08:41 GMT
    An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.
    In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.
  • What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

    What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:35:22 GMT
    It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in...
    It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for...
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:45:30 GMT
    A Jordanian military official says his country's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border, which eyewitnesses say was a drone.
    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.
  • Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:32:53 GMT
    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has vowed to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza.
    The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.
  • In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

    In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:16:44 GMT
    The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
  • Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

    Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:16:30 GMT
    Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.
    The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.
  • Top German court rejects bid for Eichmann files

    Top German court rejects bid for Eichmann files

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:42 GMT
    Germany's highest court has rejected a newspaper's bid to gain unrestricted access to all the foreign intelligence service's files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust.
    Germany's highest court has rejected a newspaper's bid to gain unrestricted access to all the foreign intelligence service's files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust.
  • Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

    Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:35 GMT
    Top Palestinian officials have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza.
    Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
  • Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:08 GMT
    Father of well-known Libyan activist says armed men abducted his son in the capital Tripoli, which is witnessing ongoing battles between heavily armed militias.
    Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation.
  • Lufthansa, Air France to resume Tel Aviv flights

    Lufthansa, Air France to resume Tel Aviv flights

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:08:07 GMT
    Germany's two largest airlines say they are not yet resuming flights to Israel even though the European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.
    Air France and Germany's two biggest airlines decided Friday to resume flights to Tel Aviv after canceling operations for several days over safety concerns.
  • Dutch Safety Board: 1st 'factual findings' soon

    Dutch Safety Board: 1st 'factual findings' soon

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:14 GMT
    The Dutch Safety Board leading the international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says it expects to publish "initial factual findings" soon.
    The Dutch Safety Board leading the international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says it expects to publish "initial factual findings" soon.
  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:54 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability.
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political...
  • Nigeria nabs accused $6 million Facebook fraudster

    Nigeria nabs accused $6 million Facebook fraudster

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:43:58 GMT
    Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.
    Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.
  • Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes

    Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:22:45 GMT
    A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
    A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
  • Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:35:24 GMT
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
  • Scrap-metal Transformers on mission to save planet

    Scrap-metal Transformers on mission to save planet

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:45:18 GMT
    Watch out, Transformers are in town!
    Watch out, Transformers are in town!
  • Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:07:05 GMT
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
  • Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained

    Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:52:34 GMT
    South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.
    South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.
  • Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters

    Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:33:27 GMT
    For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune...
    For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.
  • Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site

    Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 07:42:05 GMT
    Australia's prime minister says his country is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team.
    Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday.
  • Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-25 07:34:10 GMT
    A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
    A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:55:46 GMT
    The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:24:07 GMT
    Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.
    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...
  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:14:57 GMT
    Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.
    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and...
  • Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba

    Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:06:27 GMT
    Authorities in Aruba say they have detained a former Venezuelan intelligence official on a request from the U.S. government.
    Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S....
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border

    In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:26:00 GMT
    In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its...
    In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border...
  • Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

    Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:03:38 GMT
    The Dutch prime minister says he is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site.
    The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime Minister Mark...
  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:47:52 GMT
    Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed...
  • Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals

    Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:30:32 GMT
    In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work...
    In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.
  • 2 attacks in Nigeria's north kills at least 12

    2 attacks in Nigeria's north kills at least 12

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:35:51 GMT
    Police say a bomb has ripped through a popular bus station in northern Nigeria, killing one person and injuring eight others.
    Two attacks in Nigeria's north killed more than a dozen people, an official and resident said Thursday, as the death toll from twin blasts that targeted a prominent politician and sheik on Wednesday rose.
  • Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

    Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:34:28 GMT
    War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his...
    War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to...
  • Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:23:46 GMT
    Israel's parliament has sworn in Reuven Rivlin as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres whose term ends as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza.
    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday - a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the...
  • Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:14:52 GMT
    Europe's top human rights court has ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to imprison two alleged terrorists on Polish soil.
    Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under...
  • Russians sentenced to 4 ½ years on riot conviction

    Russians sentenced to 4 ½ years on riot conviction

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:45:51 GMT
    Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.
    A Moscow court convicted two Russian opposition activists and sentenced them to 4 ½ years in prison Thursday for their role in organizing protests a day before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May 2012.
  • Gunmen kill female tourist on Kenya coast

    Gunmen kill female tourist on Kenya coast

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:32:31 GMT
    A Kenya police official says a female tourist has been shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month.
    A female tourist was shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month, police officials said Thursday.
  • Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

    Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:35:09 GMT
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government.
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian...
  • US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

    US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:17:38 GMT
    The Peace Corps says it is suspending its operations in Kenya and pulling out more than 50 volunteers because of security concerns.
    The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday.
  • Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

    Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:26:46 GMT
    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison.
    Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
  • Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

    Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:10:27 GMT
    Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.
    Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.
  • South African race track lives on; Porsche buys

    South African race track lives on; Porsche buys

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:40:39 GMT
    South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.
    South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.
  • 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:21:50 GMT
    Afghan officials say two Finnish aid workers have been shot dead in the western city of Herat.
    Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled...
  • Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:42:03 GMT
    Activists say fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides.
    Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on...
  • Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:51:25 GMT
    The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.
  • 18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India

    18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:02:08 GMT
    Police say 13 children have been killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India.
    Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.
  • Norway: Terror threat against Norway

    Norway: Terror threat against Norway

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:23:51 GMT
    Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
    Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
  • Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

    Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:42:39 GMT
    Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.
    Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.
  • UN human development report faults inequality

    UN human development report faults inequality

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:32:30 GMT
    Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5...
    Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion...
  • Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:42:50 GMT
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
  • Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

    Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:32:42 GMT
    The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.
    The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.
  • Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats

    Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:44:29 GMT
    With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled.
    With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled.
  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:54:34 GMT
    Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in...
    The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to...
  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:53:28 GMT
    Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns.
    Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.
  • Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:14:29 GMT
    A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.
    An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people.
  • Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:48 GMT
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.
  • Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:33:43 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term...
  • UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths

    UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:33:21 GMT
    Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and...
    Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45...
  • 2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

    2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:32:50 GMT
    Police say at least 25 people were killed Wednesday by two bombings in the northern city of Kaduna.
    Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state security.
  • UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

    UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:23:29 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official has told diplomats that Israel's military and Hamas militants appear to have violated international humanitarian law and might have committed war crimes during their...
    The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.
  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:16:45 GMT
    Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.
    Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.
  • Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing

    Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:12:50 GMT
    A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and...
    A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to...
  • Central African Republic's rebels sign cease-fire

    Central African Republic's rebels sign cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:52:11 GMT
    Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic have signed a cease-fire agreement in Brazzaville, capital of neighboring Republic of Congo.
    Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo.
  • Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

    Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:44:05 GMT
    Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.
    Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.
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