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  • AP appoints Dharapak as Asia-Pacific photo editor

    AP appoints Dharapak as Asia-Pacific photo editor

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:30:53 GMT
    Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor...
    Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for The...
  • Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:20:59 GMT
    Hurricane Odile grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Sunday and took aim at the resort area of Los Cabos, prompting Mexican authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000...
    A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people.
  • Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

    Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:40:31 GMT
    Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.
    Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.
  • UN: 1 Chadian peacekeeper dead in northern Mali

    UN: 1 Chadian peacekeeper dead in northern Mali

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:20:21 GMT
    A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali says one peacekeeper is dead and four others have been wounded near the volatile northern town of Kidal.
    A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African country...
  • Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

    Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:50:34 GMT
    Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of...
    Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main...
  • Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

    Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-09-14 23:40:47 GMT
    Sweden's parliamentary election opened Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule.
    Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party.
  • Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:55 GMT
    Prime Minister David Cameron is summoning military and security chiefs for an emergency meeting in response to the beheading of a British hostage and a threat against another.
    Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.
  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:38 GMT
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.
  • Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future

    Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future

    Sunday, September 14 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-09-14 21:00:42 GMT
    Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."
    Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."
  • Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

    Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

    Sunday, September 14 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-09-14 21:00:31 GMT
    Elections in two German regions are expected to bring further success for an upstart anti-euro group and could bring the country its first state governor from an ex-communist party.
    A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established...
  • Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city

    Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:50:28 GMT
    Several residential neighborhoods in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have come under repeated shelling, imperiling a fragile cease-fire agreement imposed last week.
    Months of daily shelling reduced the east Ukraine city of Luhansk to a ghost town, silent but for the explosions.
  • Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

    Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:40:09 GMT
    Egypt's Interior Minister says authorities will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders with the help of Interpol, after Qatar ordered leaders there to leave despite initially hosting them following the...
    Egypt will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders and seek their arrest, a top official said Sunday, after Qatar ordered them to leave its territory despite initially hosting group members following the ouster of...
  • Westwood show highlights Scotland, not fashion

    Westwood show highlights Scotland, not fashion

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:20:28 GMT
    Vivienne Westwood may be staging a catwalk show, but Scotland - not clothes - is foremost on the designer's mind.
    Vivienne Westwood may be staging a catwalk show, but Scotland - not clothes - is foremost on the designer's mind.
  • Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

    Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-09-14 16:50:16 GMT
    Amsterdam's central Dam square is set to be the scene of a red pulpy mess Sunday, as entrepreneurs have seized upon Russia's boycott of European produce to set up a tomato-throwing fight.
    Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes.
  • Merkel leads Berlin rally against anti-Semitism

    Merkel leads Berlin rally against anti-Semitism

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-09-14 16:40:02 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against anti-Semitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel led a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, telling several thousand people that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity and she wants to ensure that Jews feel safe here.
  • 'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

    'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 16:10:14 GMT
    On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears.
    On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears.
  • US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

    US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-09-14 15:50:25 GMT
    North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, to six years with labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit an act of espionage.
    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.
  • Nigerian jet missing in battle with extremists

    Nigerian jet missing in battle with extremists

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-09-14 15:40:15 GMT
    The Nigerian Ministry of Defense says an Air Force Alpha jet on a mission against Islamic extremist insurgents in the country's northeast has gone missing with its two crew members.
    The Nigerian Ministry of Defense says an Air Force Alpha jet on a mission against Islamic extremist insurgents in the country's northeast has gone missing with its two crew members.
  • Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-09-14 15:20:06 GMT
    An international rights group is calling for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike near a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children.
    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime...
  • 2 men fatally gored by bull at Portuguese festival

    2 men fatally gored by bull at Portuguese festival

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-09-14 14:50:05 GMT
    Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull.
    Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull.
  • Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers

    Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-09-14 14:50:02 GMT
    The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country long seen as lacking the will and resources to stem the slaughter of...
    The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country where elephants and other species are under extreme threat.
  • Gaza children return to school after war

    Gaza children return to school after war

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-09-14 14:10:16 GMT
    Some half million Gaza children are making a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings.
    Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings.
  • Pakistan flood sinks boat carrying wedding party

    Pakistan flood sinks boat carrying wedding party

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 13:30:01 GMT
    Pakistani authorities say they will blow up another protective dike to spare a city from severe flooding.
    Severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday, killing the bridegroom and 17 others, officials said.
  • Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

    Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-09-14 13:10:12 GMT
    Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers.
    Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers.
  • 4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-09-14 12:10:17 GMT
    A top medical official in Sierra Leone says a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment.
    Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent...
  • Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

    Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:40:16 GMT
    With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories.
    With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories.
  • Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

    Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:33 GMT
    Earth's protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported...
    Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare...
  • High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

    High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:24 GMT
    A high-tech survey reveals that there is more to Stonehenge than meets the eye, finding previously unknown monuments.
    There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye.
  • 40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

    40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:18 GMT
    Forty "I do's" - or "Si" in Italian - have been pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.
    Forty "I do's" - or "Si" in Italian - were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.
  • 110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

    110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:31:07 GMT
    Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they floated and were tossed about by the churning sea in pitch-black darkness for six hours while...
    Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while praying and clinging to an...
  • Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:29 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:29:07 GMT
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early...
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next...
  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

    Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:27:18 GMT
    How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.
    How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.
  • Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

    Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:27:13 GMT
    Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group.
    Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group.
  • France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

    France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:26:35 GMT
    Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix...
    Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the...
  • Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

    Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:25:54 GMT
    Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94.
    Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94.
  • Pharrell invites Swedish feminist leader on stage

    Pharrell invites Swedish feminist leader on stage

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:23:32 GMT
    Pharrell gave a Swedish feminist party a shout-out during a performance in Stockholm a day before Sweden's general election.
    Pharrell gave a Swedish feminist party a shout-out during a performance in Stockholm a day before Sweden's general election.
  • North Korea holds trial of American Matthew Miller

    North Korea holds trial of American Matthew Miller

    Sunday, September 14 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-09-14 04:52:28 GMT
    A U.S. citizen arrested in North Korea for allegedly tearing up his visa and seeking asylum will go before the North's Supreme Court this weekend in a trial almost certain to end quickly with a guilty verdict....
    North Korea held a trial Sunday morning for American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. Details were not immediately available.
  • Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:10:22 GMT
    A video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year.
    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an...
  • About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

    About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-09-14 02:39:43 GMT
    Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.
    Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.
  • Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:49:50 GMT
    Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards.
    Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal...
  • Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

    Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

    Saturday, September 13 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 23:09:53 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt is an "important partner" in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
    As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor,...
  • Power shift expected in Swedish election

    Power shift expected in Swedish election

    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 20:09:35 GMT
    Sweden heads into a parliamentary election on Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule.
    Sweden heads into a parliamentary election on Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule.
  • Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

    Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:39:36 GMT
    Ukraine's prime minister says his country is "still in a state of war" with neighboring Russia despite a cease-fire between the government forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east.
    A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders.
  • Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:19:43 GMT
    Iraq's prime minister says he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by the Islamic State group.
    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns...
  • Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:09:53 GMT
    Sierra Leone has requested funds from the World Health Organization to evacuate a doctor sickened with the deadly Ebola disease.
    The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease.
  • Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide

    Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide

    Saturday, September 13 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-09-13 18:29:51 GMT
    The South African judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has resumed explaining her reasoning behind her upcoming verdicts in the case against the double-amputee Olympian.
    A judge convicted Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide Friday in the death of his girlfriend, ruling that the former track star was negligent when he opened fire in his home after hearing what he said sounded like an...
  • US gov't warns citizens of terror plot in Uganda

    US gov't warns citizens of terror plot in Uganda

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:59:22 GMT
    The U.S. embassy in Uganda has warned American citizens in the country to stay indoors overnight Saturday because Ugandan authorities have warned of a terrorist plot.
    The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned American citizens in the country Saturday to stay at home overnight as Ugandan authorities attempt to foil a possible terror attack.
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:49:52 GMT
    Ailing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's dramatic decision to drop his re-election bid opened a new chapter in the saga, as his tough-talking but less magnetic brother runs in his place and brings his own storied past...
    Ailing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's dramatic decision to drop his re-election bid opened a new chapter in the saga, as his tough-talking but less magnetic brother runs in his place and brings his own storied past into the...
  • Scots nationalists tell opponents: no grudges

    Scots nationalists tell opponents: no grudges

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:39:26 GMT
    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has sought to calm fears that there would be repercussions against opponents of independence if the Yes campaign wins the upcoming referendum.
    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has sought to calm fears that there would be repercussions against opponents of independence if the Yes campaign wins the upcoming referendum.
  • Pakistan diverts rivers to save cities from floods

    Pakistan diverts rivers to save cities from floods

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:49:39 GMT
    Officials say military specialists have blown up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed nearly 500 people in Pakistan and the Himalayan region of...
    Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in...
  • German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade

    German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:49:36 GMT
    Serbian police say a German man who has taken part in a gay rights conference has been severely beaten in downtown Belgrade and has been hospitalized with life threatening brain injuries.
    A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said.
  • Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

    Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:49:34 GMT
    The family of a British aid worker believed to be held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.
    The family of a British aid worker believed held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.
  • In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

    In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-13 14:40:16 GMT
    Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black...
    Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors...
  • 12 migrants rescued, others feared dead off Malta

    12 migrants rescued, others feared dead off Malta

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-09-13 12:59:24 GMT
    Maltese and Italian vessels are searching for more than 20 migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 300 miles south east of Malta.
    Maltese and Italian militaries were searching Saturday for some more than a dozen migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 300 miles southeast of Malta.
  • Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-09-13 12:19:15 GMT
    A top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group says he and other senior members are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the...
    Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the...
  • Jewish leader: far-right votes risk nations' name

    Jewish leader: far-right votes risk nations' name

    Saturday, September 13 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-09-13 11:59:30 GMT
    The leader of the World Jewish Congress is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he's worried Islamic extremists are trying to "use all...
    European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians, the leader of the World Jewish Congress warned Saturday ahead of a major rally against anti-Semitism.
  • Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

    Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

    Saturday, September 13 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-09-13 11:19:20 GMT
    Pope Francis confronts a piece of his own family history on Saturday when he visits a World War I memorial built amid battlefields where his grandfather fought in a fierce Italian offensive against the...
    Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.
  • After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

    After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

    Saturday, September 13 2014 5:39 AM EDT2014-09-13 09:39:28 GMT
    Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed...
    Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free...
  • Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

    Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 07:49:34 GMT
    Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now...
    Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to...
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-09-13 01:29:48 GMT
    Mayor Rob Ford will have to wait a week to find out the results of a biopsy on his abdominal tumor, the controversial politician's doctor said.
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid...
  • AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

    AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:59:16 GMT
    More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming...
    More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late...
  • Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:29:03 GMT
    Top diplomats from the United States and Turkey are meeting to discuss what Ankara is willing to contribute to a growing worldwide coalition to defeat the Islamic State militant group.
    Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide...
  • US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

    US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:49:49 GMT
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early...
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next...
  • Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

    Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:49:26 GMT
    Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried...
    Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that...
  • Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

    Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:49:23 GMT
    Pope Francis is making good on his insistance that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful - not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already...
    Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful - not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live...
  • Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

    Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:39:54 GMT
    Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair.
    Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair.
  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

    Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:39:36 GMT
    Government and rebel forces have exchanged dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed earlier this month.
    European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure.
  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:00:14 GMT
    The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give President Barack Obama the legal backing to expand the fight against the Islamic State group without new...
    On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But...
  • Islamic State group name raises objection

    Islamic State group name raises objection

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:09:14 GMT
    Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State - and its name is very much a part of that.
    Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State - and its name is very much a part of that.
  • Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

    Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

    Friday, September 12 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-09-12 18:19:31 GMT
    Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit have sent a letter to the country's military chief and prime minister saying they refuse to serve for moral reasons.
    Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit publicly declared Friday that they refuse to operate in the Palestinian territories, citing moral reasons.
  • Pistorius trial: Judge's verdict explained

    Pistorius trial: Judge's verdict explained

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:59:49 GMT
    Did Oscar Pistorius get away with murder?
    Did Oscar Pistorius get away with murder?
  • Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

    Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:28:43 GMT
    France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq - even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal...
    France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq - even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran.
  • Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

    Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:19:32 GMT
    Pakistan's army says it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot by the Taliban in the country's...
    Pakistan's army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for...
  • Top candidate campaigns to be Romania's president

    Top candidate campaigns to be Romania's president

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:09:02 GMT
    Romania's prime minister has launched his campaign for the presidency, the country's top political office, promising a more united country than his predecessor has achieved.
    Romania's prime minister has launched his campaign for the presidency, the country's top political office, promising a more united country than his predecessor has achieved.
  • Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

    Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:59:09 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande is en route to Iraq, as his country prepares possible airstrikes with a U.S.-led coalition against extremists who have seized territory around the region.
    France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister said after talks with the French president...
  • Pakistani troops expand rescue in flood-hit areas

    Pakistani troops expand rescue in flood-hit areas

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:39:45 GMT
    Pakistan's military says it has expanded the rescue and relief operation as flood waters hit more districts in the country's Punjab province.
    The Pakistani military stepped up rescue efforts as floods wreaked havoc in more districts of the country's eastern Punjab province on Friday, affecting 1.9 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
  • Amanda Todd suspect linked to dozens of cases

    Amanda Todd suspect linked to dozens of cases

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:28:44 GMT
    A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves - including possibly Canadian teenager Amanda Todd -...
    A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized up to 40 people in the Netherlands and...
  • AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

    AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:19:14 GMT
    An Associated Press tally shows more than 5,000 people have died in the sectarian violence that has ravaged Central African Republic for nine months.
    There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten.
  • Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

    Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:09:30 GMT
    It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners - handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide.
    It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners - handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide.
  • Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

    Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:49:12 GMT
    The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in...
    For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never."
  • First German governor from ex-communist party?

    First German governor from ex-communist party?

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:08:44 GMT
    A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany's communist rulers.
    A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany's communist rulers.
  • Salmond: Savvy salesman for Scottish independence

    Salmond: Savvy salesman for Scottish independence

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-09-12 14:49:01 GMT
    By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Alex Salmond is many things: a gambler with an obsessive eye for the horses, a populist showman equally quick to cause and claim outrage, an improvisational...
    By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Alex Salmond is many things: a gambler with an obsessive eye for the horses, a populist showman equally quick to cause and claim outrage, an improvisational wit with a...
  • European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

    European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-09-12 14:48:59 GMT
    The Nordic and Baltic countries have demanded that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border.
    Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border.
  • Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer

    Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-09-12 14:19:58 GMT
    Much like the Ulster weather, Ian Paisley could offer beaming sunshine one minute, stinging hailstones the next.
    Much like the Ulster weather, Ian Paisley could offer beaming sunshine one minute, stinging hailstones the next.
  • Body parts found in barrels in German garage

    Body parts found in barrels in German garage

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-09-12 14:19:54 GMT
    Authorities say parts of a woman's body have been found in two plastic barrels in a garage near Frankfurt, but it's unclear how long ago she died, who she was and what happened to her.
    Authorities say parts of a woman's body have been found in two plastic barrels in a garage near Frankfurt, but it's unclear how long ago she died, who she was and what happened to her.
  • Syrian troops capture key central town

    Syrian troops capture key central town

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-09-12 13:39:33 GMT
    The Syrian army and an activist group say government forces have captured a central town that has changed hands several times during the civil war.
    Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday.
  • Germany to send 40 military trainers to Iraq

    Germany to send 40 military trainers to Iraq

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-09-12 13:19:35 GMT
    Germany plans to send about 40 paratroopers to Iraq to provide weapons training to Kurdish fighters battling an Islamic extremist insurgency.
    Germany plans to send about 40 paratroopers to Iraq to provide weapons training to Kurdish fighters battling an Islamic extremist insurgency.
  • US to restart limited adoption program in Vietnam

    US to restart limited adoption program in Vietnam

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-09-12 12:58:50 GMT
    Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, both nations said Friday, six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered...
    Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, both nations said Friday, six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered without the...
  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-09-12 11:58:35 GMT
    The European Union has imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, targeting some of its largest companies, in a response to Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
    New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to...
  • Freed Fijian troops call home and then celebrate

    Freed Fijian troops call home and then celebrate

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-09-12 08:58:38 GMT
    First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations Friday as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.
    First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations Friday as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.
  • Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

    Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-09-12 08:39:33 GMT
    Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.
    Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.
  • France preparing for action, president visits Iraq

    France preparing for action, president visits Iraq

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-09-12 05:18:43 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande is visiting Iraq as his country prepares possible airstrikes with a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists who have seized territory around the region.
    French President Francois Hollande is visiting Iraq as his country prepares possible airstrikes with a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists who have seized territory around the region.
  • Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

    Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-09-12 05:18:40 GMT
    Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made.
    Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made.
  • Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

    Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:38:16 GMT
    Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security...
    Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
  • Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:58:34 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia to try to pin down Middle Eastern allies on what support they will give to worldwide efforts to beat back the Islamic State militant group that has seized large...
    Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside...
  • 4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

    4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:28:28 GMT
    Liberian officials are saying their country is at war with Ebola, and so many people are infected that the capital alone will need at least 1,000 beds in isolation units.
    Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad.
  • UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria

    UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:09:21 GMT
    Fiji says its 45 United Nations peacekeepers being held captive in Syria are shown in a new video posted on YouTube.
    Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the U.N.'s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of...
  • Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

    Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:58:53 GMT
    A week before Scotland votes on whether to break away from the United Kingdom, separatists in northeastern Spain were trying to convince hundreds of thousands to protest across Catalonia to demand a secession...
    Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain.
  • Ancient Greek tomb dig finds marble statues

    Ancient Greek tomb dig finds marble statues

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:48:52 GMT
    Archaeologists slowly digging through a huge 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece have uncovered two life-sized marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers.
    Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual...
  • Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

    Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:09:28 GMT
    An international human rights group says Israel committed war crimes in the latest round of fighting against Hamas in Gaza.
    A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer's Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run...
  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

    European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:09:24 GMT
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. Now it's over to the governments of the 18 countries that use the euro.
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. Now it's over to the governments of the 18 countries that use the euro.
  • Russia, Poland in spat over gas supplies

    Russia, Poland in spat over gas supplies

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:58:18 GMT
    Poland's gas monopoly says that Russian natural gas deliveries dropped by 45 percent on Wednesday, the third day of decreases amid concern Moscow is piling on political pressure over the crisis in Ukraine.
    A spat has broken out between Poland and Russia over what Warsaw claims is a sharp drop in natural gas supplies. The move comes amid concerns Moscow is ready to use its energy exports as a political weapon over the crisis...
  • Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent

    Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:49:26 GMT
    Oscar Pistorius has arrived in a South African courtroom ahead of the verdict in the murder trial of the double-amputee athlete.
    During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for...
  • Cameron's office overrules UK minister on Syria

    Cameron's office overrules UK minister on Syria

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:49:10 GMT
    Britain won't participate in any airstrikes on Syria but otherwise is ruling nothing out as it considers how to support President Barack Obama's plan to root out the Islamic State group, the British foreign...
    Hours after Britain's foreign minister said the country wouldn't participate in any airstrikes on Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron's office overruled the comment Thursday and stressed that the government...
  • Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

    Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:30:44 GMT
    In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred.
    In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred.
  • Scottish banks to move if independence is approved

    Scottish banks to move if independence is approved

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:08:38 GMT
    Scotland's leading banks warned Thursday that they would move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, intensifying doubts about the territory's economic future and dealing a...
    Scotland's leading banks warned Thursday that they would move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, intensifying doubts about the territory's economic future and dealing a blow to...
  • Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

    Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:08:34 GMT
    Syrian activist groups say government airstrikes on a northern town controlled by the extremist Islamic State group have killed at least 11 people.
    Syrian government airstrikes, including one on a crowded sheep market, killed at least 11 people on Thursday in a northern town controlled by the Islamic State group, activists said.
  • Top banks plan move in case of Scots' independence

    Top banks plan move in case of Scots' independence

    Thursday, September 11 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 18:38:12 GMT
    Royal Bank of Scotland says it has made plans to move its headquarters to England in the event that Scotland votes for independence next week.
    In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, top financial groups including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group say they will move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to break away from the...
  • Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

    Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:58:53 GMT
    Two volleys of Grad rocket fire rang out in Ukraine's eastern, rebel-held city of Donetsk, underscoring the difficulties of enforcing a cease-fire almost a week after it was signed.
    The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing...
  • Suspected French jihad recruiter arrested in Paris

    Suspected French jihad recruiter arrested in Paris

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:27:54 GMT
    French authorities have arrested a "particularly dangerous" recruiter of young jihadis for the civil war in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.
    French authorities have arrested a man suspected of being one of the top recruiters of young jihadis for the civil war in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, describing him as "a particularly dangerous individual."
  • 4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

    4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:18:54 GMT
    Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.
    Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.
  • Court issues arrest warrant for Darfur rebel

    Court issues arrest warrant for Darfur rebel

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:37:56 GMT
    The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Darfur rebel accused of leading a deadly attack on African Union peacekeepers in Sudan and has scrapped a plan to start his trial on Nov. 18.
    The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Darfur rebel accused of leading a deadly attack on African Union peacekeepers in Sudan and has scrapped a plan to start his trial on Nov. 18.
  • Ex-Congo Republic officer convicted on coup plot

    Ex-Congo Republic officer convicted on coup plot

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:37:54 GMT
    A court in Republic of Congo has convicted the former deputy chief of the intelligence services of plotting a coup and sentenced him to hard labor for life.
    A court in Republic of Congo convicted the former deputy chief of the intelligence services of plotting a coup on Thursday and sentenced him to hard labor for life.
  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:29:48 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...
  • 4 jailed in SAfrica for Rwanda general murder plot

    4 jailed in SAfrica for Rwanda general murder plot

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:28:40 GMT
    The National Prosecuting Authority says four men found guilty of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in South Africa were sentenced to eight years in jail.
    Four men found guilty of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in South Africa were sentenced to eight years in jail, the National Prosecuting Authority said.
  • Pistorius: How the verdict is being delivered

    Pistorius: How the verdict is being delivered

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:58:30 GMT
    Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is not being delivered so simply.
    Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is not being delivered so simply.
  • Italy activists denounce death of mother bear

    Italy activists denounce death of mother bear

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:49:29 GMT
    Animal rights groups are calling for the resignations of Italy's environment minister and other officials after a mamma bear died during a capture operation ordered after the animal purportedly scuffled with a...
    Animal rights groups called Thursday for the resignation of Italy's environment minister and the forestry police opened an investigation after a mother bear died during a capture operation ordered after she scuffled...
  • Mali refugees return north, face food crisis

    Mali refugees return north, face food crisis

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:18:14 GMT
    A pile of stones and wood was all that remained of the house where Fadimata Walet Abdou Salam once lived when she and her young daughters returned after more than a year of sleeping in a tent as refugees in a...
    A pile of stones and wood was all that remained of the house where Fadimata Walet Abdou Salam once lived when she and her young daughters returned after more than a year of sleeping in a tent as refugees in a foreign country.
  • Polish president accepts resignation of Tusk gov't

    Polish president accepts resignation of Tusk gov't

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-09-11 14:59:02 GMT
    Poland's president accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's pro-market government on Thursday, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political...
    Poland's president accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's pro-market government on Thursday, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability...
  • Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

    Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-09-11 14:38:50 GMT
    The Jewish Claims Conference says 15 years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done "little or nothing"...
    Fifteen years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done "little or nothing" to implement them, the Jewish Claims...
  • Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

    Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-11 14:08:19 GMT
    Syria's main Western-backed opposition group has welcomed President Barack Obama's authorization of U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group inside Syria for the first time.
    Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group, while a state-run Syrian daily...
  • Hamas says ready to talk to Israel directly

    Hamas says ready to talk to Israel directly

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-09-11 13:28:12 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban.
    A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban.
  • 35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

    35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-09-11 13:28:10 GMT
    The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened.
    The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened.
  • Pakistan evacuates thousands as floods hit plains

    Pakistan evacuates thousands as floods hit plains

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-09-11 13:08:20 GMT
    Officials say Pakistani troops with helicopters and boats have evacuated another 4,000 marooned people from the country's plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages early Thursday.
    Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the country's plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages Thursday, as the Indian military dropped food for...
  • Libyan panel says charter vote set for March

    Libyan panel says charter vote set for March

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:38:26 GMT
    Libyans are to vote on a draft constitution in March, the state news agency said Thursday, but with militias controlling the capital Tripoli and large swaths of the country, holding a nation-wide vote will be a...
    Libyans are to vote on a draft constitution in March, the state news agency said Thursday, but with militias controlling the capital Tripoli and large swaths of the country, holding a nation-wide vote will be a major...
  • 1 march, 11 sentences for Myanmar rights activist

    1 march, 11 sentences for Myanmar rights activist

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:38:23 GMT
    A Myanmar court has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to two years in prison for marching through its biggest city and handing out leaflets that questioned the legitimacy of the country's new,...
    By marching through the traffic-choked streets of Myanmar's busiest city, handing out leaflets that lambasted the new nominally civilian government, Htin Kyaw showed how much the country has changed since emerging from...
  • Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:17:44 GMT
    Austrian court officials say that a freeze on bank deposits held by former top U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad and his wife has been lifted because of insufficient evidence of any wrongdoing.
    Austrian court officials say that a freeze on bank deposits held by former top U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad and his wife has been lifted because of insufficient evidence of any wrongdoing.
  • Currency question at heart of Scottish debate

    Currency question at heart of Scottish debate

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:08:06 GMT
    In for a penny, in for a pound.
    In for a penny, in for a pound.
  • Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign

    Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-09-11 11:38:27 GMT
    When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral - but for all the wrong reasons.
    When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral - but for all the wrong reasons.
  • EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia

    EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-09-11 11:18:43 GMT
    Diplomats say the European Union has decided on new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
    The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday.
  • Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

    Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-09-11 09:47:46 GMT
    Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor," is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health...
    Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor," is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said.
  • Putin orders forces in the east on combat drill

    Putin orders forces in the east on combat drill

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:47 AM EDT2014-09-11 07:47:59 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces in the country's east to carry out a major exercise to test their preparedness.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered military forces in the country's east to carry out a major exercise to test their preparedness.
  • War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

    War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-09-11 05:37:42 GMT
    Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered - a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip.
    Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered - a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip.
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:28:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm...
    Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless...
  • Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

    Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:07:38 GMT
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday.
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday.
  • 4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:59:16 GMT
    A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient.
    The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University...
  • US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

    US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:48:30 GMT
    A Senegalese doctor says the student who brought Ebola to the West African country has recovered.
    As the U.S. government and the United Nations both stepped up giving Wednesday to quell the Ebola epidemic sweeping through several West African countries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will spend $50...
  • Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

    Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:02:06 GMT
    The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance.
    The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance.
  • Israeli military opens its own probe into Gaza war

    Israeli military opens its own probe into Gaza war

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:37:42 GMT
    The Israeli military says its forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an overnight raid in the West Bank.
    The Israeli military said Wednesday it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off...
  • Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:08:27 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad for the first high-level U.S. meeting with Iraq's new prime minister.
    The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad...
  • 9 topless activists cleared in Notre Dame protest

    9 topless activists cleared in Notre Dame protest

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:58:17 GMT
    A Paris court has thrown out a legal case against nine activists who bared their breasts in a rowdy protest inside Notre Dame Cathedral, ruling that there was insufficient evidence of any material damage.
    A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral but ruled that three security guards who restrained the women were too violent.
  • UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

    UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:39:07 GMT
    The U.N. weather agency says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013.
    Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.
  • Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

    Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:08:19 GMT
    Pakistani authorities say hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing flash floods after having been warned to evacuate as the death toll from severe monsoon rains in Pakistan and neighboring India climbs to 457...
    Raging monsoon floods across India and Pakistan that have killed more than 450 people poured into the plains of eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, sending a major river over its banks and threatening to force hundreds...
  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

    Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:17:36 GMT
    President Vladimir Putin says Russia has no intention to launch a new arms race, but will respond to all security challenges.
    Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic...
  • UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

    UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:07:58 GMT
    Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned party politics for pure emotion Wednesday, imploring Scots not to break his heart by voting to become independent from the United Kingdom.
    The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real...
  • Attacks kill 30 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

    Attacks kill 30 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-09-10 19:07:52 GMT
    Iraqi officials say twin car bombs near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad have killed 10 people.
    A series of attacks, mainly car bombings targeting security forces and markets, killed at least 30 people Wednesday in Iraq's capital, authorities said.
  • What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:47:49 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to travel to the Middle East this week, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to try to line up support for a coalition to take on the extremist Islamic State group. His trip...
    If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what...
  • Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

    Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:47:38 GMT
    An ultraconservative Syrian rebel group says it has named new leaders, a day after an explosion killed nearly a dozen of its top members.
    A Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed a dozen of its senior figures in a devastating blow to one of the most powerful factions in the...
  • France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

    France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:37:44 GMT
    France's foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed.
    France offered Wednesday to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed, but insisted on a more careful tack for Syria.
  • Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

    Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:27:57 GMT
    The global chemical weapons watchdog says a toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year.
    A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.
  • Afghan talks could continue after inauguration

    Afghan talks could continue after inauguration

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 18:17:20 GMT
    Afghan officials say 14 people, including civilians, have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.
    The candidate most likely to be named the next president of Afghanistan said Wednesday that he believes in a government of national unity and will seek to include his political opponent even if doing so requires...
  • Russian gas supplies to Poland drop by a quarter

    Russian gas supplies to Poland drop by a quarter

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-09-10 17:37:27 GMT
    Poland's gas monopoly says deliveries of natural gas from Russia have dropped by some 24 percent this week.
    Russian natural gas deliveries to Poland have dropped by almost a quarter this week, the country's gas monopoly said Wednesday, forcing it to stop supplying gas on to Ukraine.
  • AP PHOTOS: Thousands flee flood in India, Pakistan

    AP PHOTOS: Thousands flee flood in India, Pakistan

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-09-10 17:28:12 GMT
    By The Associated Press Evacuees fleeing rising floodwaters cling to treetops and wait to be plucked from the roofs of buildings in Srinagar, the main city on the Indian-administered side of...
    By The Associated Press Evacuees fleeing rising floodwaters cling to treetops and wait to be plucked from the roofs of buildings in Srinagar, the main city on the Indian-administered side of Kashmir....
  • Fantasy writer Graham Joyce dies at 59

    Fantasy writer Graham Joyce dies at 59

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 16:17:19 GMT
    British prizewinning fantasy writer Graham Joyce has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, his publisher says. He was 59.
    Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59.
  • Settlement sought with heirs on Klimt painting

    Settlement sought with heirs on Klimt painting

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-09-10 15:47:32 GMT
    The present Austrian owners of a valuable Gustav Klimt painting say they plan to reach a fair settlement with Jewish heirs of the family who left the artwork behind as they fled the Nazis.
    The present Austrian owners of a valuable Gustav Klimt painting say they plan to reach a fair settlement with Jewish heirs of the family who left the artwork behind as they fled the Nazis.
  • Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

    Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-09-10 13:46:59 GMT
    The Philippine president has submitted a draft law to Congress that aims to execute a bold plan: End a four-decade rebellion by Muslims in the south by granting them an autonomous region that will have its own...
    The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade...
  • Before papal visit, Manila can take papal selfies

    Before papal visit, Manila can take papal selfies

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-09-10 13:08:47 GMT
    In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment.
    In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment.
  • Image of Asia: Resting on the water in Indonesia

    Image of Asia: Resting on the water in Indonesia

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-09-10 13:08:33 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, two workers sleep on a raft at Jakarta's Sunda Kelapa port, which was built more than 450 years ago during Indonesia's years as a...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, two workers sleep on a raft at Jakarta's Sunda Kelapa port, which was built more than 450 years ago during Indonesia's years as a...
  • Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

    Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-09-10 12:47:37 GMT
    Ukraine's president has promised to introduce legislation in parliament as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to rebellious regions in the country's pro-Russian east, where separatists...
    Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months.
  • Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

    Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-09-10 12:47:21 GMT
    The sudden gunfire rattled the morning routine outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison and soon inmates, many barefoot and shirtless, dashed frantically from the maximum-security facility, startling street...
    Sudden gunfire rattled the morning routine outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison and soon inmates, many barefoot and shirtless, dashed frantically from the maximum-security facility, startling street vendors as they...
  • Merkel: Put new Russia sanctions into effect

    Merkel: Put new Russia sanctions into effect

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:37:25 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany favors putting new European Union sanctions against Russia into effect until it's clear that a peace plan for eastern Ukraine is being implemented fully.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine have not yet been implemented fully.
  • UN: China yet to deploy peacekeepers to S Sudan

    UN: China yet to deploy peacekeepers to S Sudan

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:27:33 GMT
    A spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan says China is expected to deploy up to 700 peacekeeping troops to South Sudan as part of the increase in military personnel authorized by the Security Council last year.
    A spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan says China is expected to deploy up to 700 peacekeeping troops to South Sudan as part of the increase in military personnel authorized by the Security Council last year.
  • Lufthansa cancels 140 flights in pilots' strike

    Lufthansa cancels 140 flights in pilots' strike

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:17:25 GMT
    Lufthansa has canceled 140 flights after pilots walked off the job at Munich airport - their fourth strike in five months in a dispute that has cost Germany's largest airline tens of millions of euros (dollars).
    Lufthansa has canceled 140 flights after pilots walked off the job at Munich airport - their fourth strike in five months in a dispute that has cost Germany's largest airline tens of millions of euros (dollars).
  • Pakistan airstrikes hit Taliban hideouts, kill 65

    Pakistan airstrikes hit Taliban hideouts, kill 65

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:07:21 GMT
    Pakistan's military says warplanes have struck three militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 35 fighters.
    Pakistani warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 65 insurgents, the military said.
  • Pistorius: How the verdict will be delivered

    Pistorius: How the verdict will be delivered

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-09-10 10:07:24 GMT
    Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will not be delivered so simply.
    Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will not be delivered so simply.
  • Extremist threat hangs over key Tunisia elections

    Extremist threat hangs over key Tunisia elections

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:57 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:57:09 GMT
    When masked gunmen started pounding on the door last week, politician Mohamed Al Nasri leapt from the second-floor window into a neighbor's home. It was more than just an isolated case of political violence....
    When masked gunmen started pounding on the door last week, politician Mohamed Al Nasri leapt from the second-floor window into a neighbor's home. It was more than just an isolated case of political violence. Coming...
  • Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

    Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:27:22 GMT
    While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem - and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the...
    While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem - and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of...
  • Fiji may have jumped gun on fate of its UN troops

    Fiji may have jumped gun on fate of its UN troops

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-09-10 05:27:05 GMT
    Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon.
    Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon.
  • Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-09-10 05:27:02 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday to discuss his plans for expanding U.S. efforts to confront militants in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to...
  • Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue try

    Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue try

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:56:45 GMT
    A shark killed a man Tuesday at eastern Australia's popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer's brave rescue attempt, police said.
    A shark killed a 50-year-old swimmer Tuesday at eastern Australia's popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer's brave rescue attempt, police said.
  • Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic

    Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:27:32 GMT
    One of two British explorer ships that disappeared in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago has been found, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday.
    One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could...
  • With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

    With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:37:07 GMT
    The African Union is to send medical support teams to the West African countries affected by Ebola for a six-month mission.
    A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients.
  • Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

    Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:07:14 GMT
    An official in the Gaza Strip says the Israeli navy has arrested four Palestinian fishermen and seized their boat in one of the first instances of friction between the sides since the Gaza war ended last month.
    The deputy Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms.
  • Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

    Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:57:14 GMT
    Syria's state-run news agency SANA says mortar attacks on the capital Damascus and its suburbs have killed five people and wounded 22.
    The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country's already shaky armed...
  • Wreckage scattered in Ukraine as inquiry released

    Wreckage scattered in Ukraine as inquiry released

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:17:11 GMT
    The city council of Donetsk, a rebel-held stronghold in eastern Ukraine, says that regular shelling continued overnight despite a cease-fire in the region, injuring one woman.
    A child's jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17...
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