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  • Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

    Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:50:57 GMT
    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
  • Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:48:21 GMT
    Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare in verse, has died at age 94.
    Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.
  • Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:38:06 GMT
    Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.
    Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.
  • Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

    Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:28 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:28:04 GMT
    The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.
    The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.
  • UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:21:06 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    An independent U.N. commission said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two...
  • Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival

    Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:18:58 GMT
    A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
    A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
  • Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

    Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:18:53 GMT
    A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he has pulled his observers from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud.
    One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws...
  • Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:18:35 GMT
    A Cabinet minister has urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.
    A Cabinet minister has urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.
  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:00:57 GMT
    IMF chief Christine Lagarde says she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as finance minister.
    Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed Wednesday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.
  • UN doctor with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    UN doctor with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:00:44 GMT
    Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.
    Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.
  • Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

    Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:38:47 GMT
    A town in east Ukraine has come under shellfire amid fears that pro-Russian rebels in the region are advancing on government-held areas.
    Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to...
  • Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:38:13 GMT
    By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for...
    By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss.
  • West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:18:36 GMT
    A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of...
    A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a...
  • Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

    Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:08:18 GMT
    Turkey's ruling party is holding a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    Turkey's ruling party convened on Wednesday to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he becomes president - a position he has...
  • Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-08-27 05:31:20 GMT
    Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees...
    Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously...
  • Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

    Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:18:46 GMT
    Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up...
    Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty...
  • Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

    Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:08:37 GMT
    Liberia's president has fired all Cabinet ministers and other top officials who defied her order to return to the country as it struggles with an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.
    Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.
  • No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:20:49 GMT
    Ukraine is claiming that its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers in an eastern region where the Ukrainian troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists.
    Ukraine's president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease-fire deal with the pro-Moscow separatists.
  • 2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

    2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:57:58 GMT
    Archaeologists in Mexico have found an ancient Maya city in the state of Campeche and rediscovered another forest-covered site that first was stumbled upon in the 1970s.
    Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire's early capitals to the south that were eventually abandoned for large cities on the...
  • Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

    Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:18:31 GMT
    A new report has concluded that some 1,400 children were sexually exploited in one northern England town- a damming account of the collective failure by authorities to prevent children as young as 11 from being...
    About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped...
  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:08:38 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that the U.S. has some insights into the activities of Islamic State militants within Syria, and certainly wants to have more, but he declined to comment on the Obama...
    The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power...
  • Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

    Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:48:23 GMT
    Gaza police says Israel has bombed two large high-rise buildings in Gaza City, with dozens of homes and shops - an escalation in the seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.
    Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting - an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but...
  • UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:19:08 GMT
    A new international draft report says global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous. The report warns that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible.
    Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
  • Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

    Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:18:45 GMT
    Congo's health minister says two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in the Central African country.
    Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400...
  • Dutch to commemorate Flight 17 victims on Nov. 10

    Dutch to commemorate Flight 17 victims on Nov. 10

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:28:08 GMT
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says a national commemoration event will be held on Nov. 10 for those who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine.
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says a national commemoration event will be held on Nov. 10 for those who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine.
  • French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:18:27 GMT
    France has reshuffled its government to silence dissidents that had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policy as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation and steer it toward...
    France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation...
  • Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

    Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:59 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:59:15 GMT
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity.
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity.
  • US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:27:59 GMT
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
  • Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:18:41 GMT
    An adviser to a leading Afghan presidential contender, Abdullah Abdullah, says the candidate is threatening to boycott the country's ballot audit, which has been mired in obstacles.
    One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan's next president is threatening to boycott a ballot audit from the country's disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said Tuesday, a development that could further...
  • Italy recovers 24 bodies in deadliest refugee days

    Italy recovers 24 bodies in deadliest refugee days

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:48:12 GMT
    Another 24 bodies were recovered Tuesday from an overturned fishing boat off Italy's southern coast as would-be refugees fleeing increasing instability in Libya saw their deadliest few days this year with more...
    Another 24 bodies were recovered Tuesday from an overturned fishing boat off Italy's southern coast as would-be refugees fleeing increasing instability in Libya saw their deadliest few days this year with more than 300...
  • UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

    UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:29:01 GMT
    The U.N. mission in South Sudan says one of its helicopters has crashed, and a U.N. official told The Associated Press that it appears the aircraft was shot down.
    A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor.
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:10:27 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
  • Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

    Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:57:56 GMT
    The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.
    The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.
  • Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:42 GMT
    Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.
    Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.
  • Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

    Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:21 GMT
    Nigerian government soldiers, who witnesses said fled into neighboring Cameroon during a clash with a large number of Islamic fighters of Boko Haram, handed over their weapons to Cameroonian authorities and were on...
    Nigerian government soldiers, who witnesses said fled into neighboring Cameroon during a clash with a large number of Islamic fighters of Boko Haram, handed over their weapons to Cameroonian authorities and were on their...
  • Algerian president fires his a top adviser

    Algerian president fires his a top adviser

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:09 GMT
    Algeria's president has dismissed one of his main advisers, a former prime minister and powerful head of the ruling party, banning him from further state service.
    Algeria's president on Tuesday dismissed one of his main advisers - a former prime minister and powerful head of the ruling party - and banned him from state service.
  • Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

    Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:18:23 GMT
    He was a former stalwart in Botswana's ruling party who defected to become a rising star in the political opposition ahead of elections in October. He was also a musical composer who performed with his choir in...
    He was a former stalwart in Botswana's ruling party who defected to become a rising star in the political opposition ahead of elections in October. He was also a musical composer who performed with his choir in the...
  • Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:58:40 GMT
    Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude - the biggest yet - have shaken Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.
    Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement...
  • Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

    Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:58:28 GMT
    Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts.
    Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts.
  • Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:37:45 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed plans that will allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan a bit beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and no...
    The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon, the top...
  • 5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:20:44 GMT
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
  • UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:38 GMT
    The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist...
    The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias...
  • Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

    Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:35 GMT
    The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the...
    The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the...
  • UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:21 GMT
    British police are appealing to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists after the murder of an American journalist focused attention on extremism in the U.K.
    British police are appealing to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists after the murder of an American journalist focused attention on extremism in the U.K.
  • AP PHOTOS: Cubans trek to beach to cool off

    AP PHOTOS: Cubans trek to beach to cool off

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:01 GMT
    In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.
    In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.
  • Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:37:50 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad has killed at least eight people and wounded 26.
    A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to...
  • 2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:29:10 GMT
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival...
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's...
  • Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

    Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:48:37 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Channi Anand, villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border. Indian...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Channi Anand, villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border. Indian and...
  • Berlin mayor to resign by end of year

    Berlin mayor to resign by end of year

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:37:37 GMT
    Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating in recent years by delays and cost overruns in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, says he will step...
    Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year.
  • Correction: Ebola story

    Correction: Ebola story

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:37:29 GMT
    Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the country has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia who brought the...
    In a story Aug. 22 about Ebola, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nigeria's total of confirmed infections was 16. In fact, the number of Ebola cases confirmed by the WHO was 12.
  • Experts: Torture common in East Africa, Congo

    Experts: Torture common in East Africa, Congo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:28:08 GMT
    Human rights experts from five East African countries and Congo say despite progress in their countries in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as...
    Despite progress in five East African countries and Congo in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as governments are reluctant to draft and implement local laws,...
  • Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

    Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:37:45 GMT
    Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
    Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:29:15 GMT
    Syria's foreign minister has warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus' consent.
    Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be...
  • France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

    France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 00:27:48 GMT
    President Francois Hollande has kicked off a day of commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of France in World War II.
    Paris celebrated on Monday the 70th anniversary of its liberation after four years in the grip of the occupying Nazis, with President Francois Hollande saying France now has a moral obligation to answer the call of those...
  • Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

    Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:47:10 GMT
    The Vatican says its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican courts.
    The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts.
  • Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:07:41 GMT
    Egypt's foreign minister has called for an international push to disband militias in neighboring Libya, where weeks of inter-militia fighting has wreaked havoc in the country.
    Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country's current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival...
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:36 GMT
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
  • Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

    Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:10:39 GMT
    A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday.
    A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating.
  • Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

    Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:57:40 GMT
    Gaza officials say Israel has carried out a new round of airstrikes and opened tank fire on the coastal strip, killing two Palestinians.
    Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of...
  • Leaders clash in final debate before Scotland vote

    Leaders clash in final debate before Scotland vote

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:37:11 GMT
    Scotland's leading politician is set to face off with Britain's former treasury chief in a live television debate on Scotland's future less than three weeks ahead of an independence referendum.
    Scotland's leading politician vied with Britain's former treasury chief in a heated televised debate Monday, making a final push to capture wavering voters three weeks ahead of a historic referendum on Scottish...
  • Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:47:22 GMT
    Russia has announced plans to send a second aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where months of fighting have left many residential buildings in ruins.
    Ukraine's president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.
  • Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:19 GMT
    For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia.
    For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia.
  • Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:14 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.
    Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas...
  • Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:57:27 GMT
    AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.
    AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:38:02 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:47:08 GMT
    Greek authorities have partially evacuated a southern village near a major archaeological site due to a large wildfire that is being swept on by strong winds.
    Greek authorities have brought under partial control a large forest fire that threatened villages near a major archaeological site in the south of the country.
  • South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:20:06 GMT
    An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters.
    An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters.
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:17:31 GMT
    Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group, claims it has added the city of Gwoza to an Islamic state that it has established in northeastern Nigeria.
    Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, said it controls the northeastern city of Gwoza and has added it to an Islamic state that it claims it has established in Nigeria.
  • French government dissolves over economic policy

    French government dissolves over economic policy

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:19:47 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's economy.
    President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting - or spending - will revive the country's stagnant economy.
  • Slovenia's parliament approves newcomer as premier

    Slovenia's parliament approves newcomer as premier

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:57:34 GMT
    Slovenia's parliament has approved political newcomer Miro Cerar as the crisis-stricken eurozone country's next prime minister.
    Slovenia's parliament has approved political newcomer Miro Cerar as the crisis-stricken eurozone country's next prime minister.
  • Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:49:53 GMT
    Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed it shot down near an Iranian nuclear site.
    A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have...
  • Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

    Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:36:55 GMT
    Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.
    In an obituary Aug. 24 on actor-director Richard Attenborough, The Associated Press erroneously reported that "In Which We Serve," a movie starring Attenborough, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. The film did not win...
  • Former New York judge appointed to UN Gaza inquiry

    Former New York judge appointed to UN Gaza inquiry

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:17:03 GMT
    The president of the United Nations' top human rights body has appointed a former New York Supreme Court judge to serve as the third member of a commission investigating possible violations of the rules of war...
    The president of the United Nations' top human rights body has appointed a former New York Supreme Court judge to serve as the third member of a commission investigating possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.
  • Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:49:45 GMT
    A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament has issued a 48-hour deadline for the country's prime minister to step down or he says he's prepared to die.
    A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament issued a 48-hour deadline Monday for the country's prime minister to step down, saying he's prepared to die to see it happen.
  • Ireland unites for funeral of ex-premier Reynolds

    Ireland unites for funeral of ex-premier Reynolds

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:28:14 GMT
    Generations of Irish leaders have united at the Dublin funeral of Ireland's peacemaking former prime minister, Albert Reynolds.
    Generations of Irish leaders united Monday at the Dublin funeral of Ireland's peacemaking former prime minister, Albert Reynolds, in a ceremony leavened with wit, raw emotions and barnstorming performances from...
  • Image of Asia: Playing games in the Philippines

    Image of Asia: Playing games in the Philippines

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-25 13:16:51 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Aaron Favila, a boy aims a coin at his opponents' coins during a game in suburban Malabon, Philippines. The game locally called pastra uses coins, but...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Aaron Favila, a boy aims a coin at his opponents' coins during a game in suburban Malabon, Philippines. The game locally called pastra uses coins, but its...
  • UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:36:58 GMT
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.
    Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
  • AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

    AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 10:36:53 GMT
    Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention.
    Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention.
  • Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

    Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-08-25 05:27:06 GMT
    Thailand's junta leader has officially become the new prime minister following a royal endorsement from the country's monarch.
    Thailand's junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister on Monday following an endorsement from the country's monarch.
  • Girls from Brazil's favelas find escape in ballet

    Girls from Brazil's favelas find escape in ballet

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-25 04:19:40 GMT
    Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet....
    Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Peeling...
  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:46:55 GMT
    Organizers say Chinese authorities have shut down an independent film festival, a rare venue for the showing of independent films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls.
    Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already...
  • Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 23:57:05 GMT
    Syrian activists say Islamic State fighters have broken through defenses and taken over at least part of a military air base that is the last government-held outpost in a northeastern province dominated by the...
    Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said.
  • Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:48:12 GMT
    A strengthening tropical depression that dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was upgraded early Sunday to Tropical Storm Cristobal as it passed closer to the Bahamas, the U.S....
    Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by...
  • Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

    Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:47:46 GMT
    Gaza police say Israeli airstrikes have leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story commercial building with dozens of shops in the southern town of Rafah.
    Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an...
  • Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

    Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:57:17 GMT
    The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country.
    The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra Leone on a jet sent by the Royal Air Force, a Sierra Leone official said Sunday.
  • Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:46:57 GMT
    Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally...
    Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally...
  • Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

    Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:37:48 GMT
    Ukraine's president has vowed to boost military spending by 40 billion hryvnia ($3 billion) in the next three years as government forces seek to overpower pro-Russian separatists in the east.
    To shouts of "Fascists!" and "Hang them from a tree!" captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes.
  • De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

    De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:06:23 GMT
    Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80.
    Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80.
  • Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

    Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

    Sunday, August 24 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-24 18:16:36 GMT
    Egypt's president denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt's state news agency reported.
    Libya's Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of...
  • Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

    Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:59 GMT
    The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, has launched a campaign against an extremist group in Syria and Iraq, saying it is not an "Islamic State."
    The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."
  • Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

    Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:55 GMT
    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site.
    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could...
  • Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

    Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:42 GMT
    Britain's ambassador to the United States says police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley.
    Police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the United States said Sunday.
  • Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:16:00 GMT
    Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.
    Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.
  • Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:26:59 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement.
  • Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:18:55 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says his country sees no need to send fighters to help the Iraqi government battle the Islamic State group, even as Sunni militants inch closer to the Iraq-Iran border.
    Iran sees no need to send fighters to help the Iraqi government battle the Islamic State group, even as Sunni militants inch closer to the Iraq-Iran border, its top diplomat said Sunday.
  • 18 bodies found as Italy rescues 3,500 migrants

    18 bodies found as Italy rescues 3,500 migrants

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:06:23 GMT
    Italian authorities have discovered 18 bodies in a boat of migrants as rescue operations went into overdrive this weekend, with 3,500 would-be refugees picked up at sea.
    Italian authorities discovered 18 bodies in a boat of migrants Sunday as rescue operations went into overdrive this weekend, picking up some 3,500 would-be refugees at sea.
  • UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:46:08 GMT
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
  • Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:38:54 GMT
    The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and...
    The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.
  • Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

    Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:26:49 GMT
    Nigeria's police say they're searching for 35 missing policemen after two attacks on police training camps in northeastern Borno state, which is battling a five-year insurgency by the Boko Haram militant...
    Nigeria's police say they're searching for 35 missing policemen after two attacks on police training camps in northeastern Borno state, which is battling a five-year insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group.
  • Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-08-24 11:57:13 GMT
    A relative says Niger's agriculture minister has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class.
    A relative says Niger's agriculture minister has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class.
  • History in flames: Belgium recalls Leuven's ruins

    History in flames: Belgium recalls Leuven's ruins

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-08-24 11:09:33 GMT
    A century after German forces burned down the Leuven University library, Marie Legrand still has visions of the horrid scene. Even the scent of smoke she smelled as a 3-year-old stings in her mind to this day.
    A century after German forces burned down the Leuven University library, Marie Legrand still has visions of the horrid scene. Even the scent of smoke she smelled as a 3-year-old stings in her mind to this day.
  • Cliff Richard rejects sexual assault allegation

    Cliff Richard rejects sexual assault allegation

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-24 10:18:47 GMT
    British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation.
    British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation.
  • Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply

    Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-24 09:38:54 GMT
    On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan's biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: They want water at least once a week.
    On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan's biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: They want water at least once a week.
  • Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

    Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

    Sunday, August 24 2014 4:56 AM EDT2014-08-24 08:56:59 GMT
    Iran's official news agency says the country has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones.
    Iran unveiled a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones on Sunday, as President Hassan Rouhani said its military doctrine was based on deterring and countering threats from unnamed foreign powers.
  • China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    Sunday, August 24 2014 2:08 AM EDT2014-08-24 06:08:40 GMT
    China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet's intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for...
    China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet's intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for mounting...
  • China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-08-24 04:15:55 GMT
    China's Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
    China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast.
  • Sweden: 3 protesters injured by mounted police

    Sweden: 3 protesters injured by mounted police

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-08-23 23:05:27 GMT
    At least three people were seriously injured Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in southern Sweden, authorities said.
    At least three people were seriously injured Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in southern Sweden, authorities said.
  • Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:48:25 GMT
    Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.
    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area.
  • Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:56:37 GMT
    Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.
    Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid...
  • Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

    Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:25:28 GMT
    Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.
    Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.
  • Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

    Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:18:22 GMT
    Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.
    Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.
  • Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

    Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:05:45 GMT
    Sierra Leone's parliament has approved a law imposing prison terms of up to two years for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.
    Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the...
  • Libyan militia accuses Egypt, UAE of airstrikes

    Libyan militia accuses Egypt, UAE of airstrikes

    Saturday, August 23 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:55:24 GMT
    Two unidentified airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday. A senior militia leader accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of being...
    Two unidentified airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday. A senior militia leader accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of being behind the...
  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:50 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.
    Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...
  • Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops

    Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:28:10 GMT
    Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate has released a video showing Lebanese soldiers and policemen recently captured by the group.
    Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more...
  • Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal

    Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:05:40 GMT
    A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence.
    A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence.
  • Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

    Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:55:45 GMT
    A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying over 250 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital Tripoli.
    A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday.
  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:26:25 GMT
    Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum.
    The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
  • Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:26:05 GMT
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:26:02 GMT
    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.
    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.
  • Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:46 AM EDT2014-08-23 11:46:11 GMT
    Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas.
    Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas.
  • Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang

    Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-23 11:15:13 GMT
    Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had...
    Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been...
  • Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

    Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-23 09:45:05 GMT
    Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.
    Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Few details month after reporters detained in Iran

    Few details month after reporters detained in Iran

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-23 09:15:10 GMT
    An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater...
    An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom...
  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

    Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-08-23 08:45:04 GMT
    Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this...
    Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power...
  • Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:18:03 GMT
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
  • Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

    Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:25:01 GMT
    Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to...
    Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.
  • Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

    Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:54:58 GMT
    Costa Rica's director of intelligence and security says his government will investigate undercover U.S. programs based in the Central American country that were designed to destabilize the government in Cuba.
    The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and...
  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:55:56 GMT
    Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct...
  • Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:38:10 GMT
    A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.
    Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided...
  • Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

    Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:25:56 GMT
    Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.
    Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.
  • Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:55:13 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a...
    Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists...
  • Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:15:26 GMT
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
  • 2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:07:35 GMT
    Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.
    Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.
  • Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

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

    C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet

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

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

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

    Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

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

    Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

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

    Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia

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

    NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine

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

    Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

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

    Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

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

    4 white lion cubs born at German circus

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

    AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets

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

    Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:24:40 GMT
    Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.
    Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.
  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

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

    Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

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

    India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination

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

    Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

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

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

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

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

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

    Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

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

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:45 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

    Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

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

    Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

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

    Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

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

    Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

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

    US 'concerned' by arrest of American in Israel

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

    Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

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

    Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

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

    Thai army ruler named prime minister

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

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

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

    Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

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

    Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:14:30 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack...
    A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that...
  • 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:18 GMT
    A new study by some of the world's leading elephant experts estimates that poachers killed 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012.
    Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and...
  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

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

    Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

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

    Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

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

    Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

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

    Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier

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

    Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

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

    Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

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

    Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

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

    10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

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