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  • Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:58 GMT
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two...
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on...
  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:47 GMT
    Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid.
  • Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:25:01 GMT
    Criticized whenever he goes on vacation, President Barack Obama is on par with most Americans, who average four leisure trips a year, travel industry data shows.
    President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as...
  • Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:15:19 GMT
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
  • Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:54:51 GMT
    The Pentagon says a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft three days ago off the coast of China in international airspace.
    The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:46:12 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government "strongly condemns" the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.
    The Obama administration on Friday condemned the movement of a Russian convoy into eastern Ukraine, calling it a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and demanding that it be withdrawn.
  • Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:45:51 GMT
    Morocco has announced the arrest of two suspected members of the Islamic State group.
    Morocco has announced the arrest of two suspected members of the Islamic State group.
  • FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:35:11 GMT
    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
  • 2 French girls probed as would-be jihadis

    2 French girls probed as would-be jihadis

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:14:58 GMT
    Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.
    Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.
  • Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

    Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:45:10 GMT
    Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a...
    Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict...
  • Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

    Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:35:33 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a...
    Sunni lawmakers pulled out of talks on forming a new Iraqi government after militants attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people.
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:15:24 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...
  • Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

    Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:15:09 GMT
    A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.
    Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel's...
  • Facts about US racial unrest

    Facts about US racial unrest

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:55:31 GMT
    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes...
    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there...
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:06:20 GMT
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul...
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.
  • Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

    Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

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

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

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

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

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

    Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

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

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:45 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find...
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:33 GMT
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes...
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no...
  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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

    Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:34:18 GMT
    A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million - or 100 million Euros- in ransom for his release.
    The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay...
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:14:11 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
  • GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:56:58 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.
  • Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:40 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.
    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...
  • Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

    Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:34:14 GMT
    Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they...
    Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to...
  • Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

    Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:04:43 GMT
    A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the attack.
    A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly...
  • Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

    Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

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

    Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

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

    Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

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

    Thai army ruler named prime minister

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

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

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

    Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:14:30 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack...
    A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that...
  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:04 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's confident in his case as he faces two felony indictments on coercion and official oppression charges.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground...
  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

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

    Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

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

    Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

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

    Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:54:28 GMT
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to...
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and...
  • Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

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

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

    Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

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

    Israeli air strikes pound Gaza; 6 dead in Rafah

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

    Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

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

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:44:17 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:26:15 GMT
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
  • McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:44:07 GMT
    The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.
    Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

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

    Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:25:37 GMT
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed...
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350...
  • Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

    Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:24:57 GMT
    A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is expected to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.
    A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.
  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:14:13 GMT
    A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.
    After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:05:50 GMT
    A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...
    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...
  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:05:41 GMT
    Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.
    Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza...
  • Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:13:57 GMT
    Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...
    Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in...
  • Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:54:04 GMT
    UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British.
    Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.
  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:25:00 GMT
    Security forces are enforcing a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, where looters raided an Ebola screening center over the weekend and removed contaminated sheets and other items.
    The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.
  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:03:28 GMT
    Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.
    Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is...
  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:37:08 GMT
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal...
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation,...
  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

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

    Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:58 GMT
    Germany says it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq.
    Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
  • 4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

    4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:44:58 GMT
    Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.
    Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:07:05 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
  • Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

    Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:15:05 GMT
    It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
    It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
  • Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

    Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:15:07 GMT
    Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the...
    Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United...
  • No-fly list rules get changes

    No-fly list rules get changes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:24:43 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:35:59 GMT
    The National Guard has arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters have again clashed with police in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes...
  • Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:35:56 GMT
    When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.
    When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.
  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 05:04:32 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...
  • American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:04:37 GMT
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a...
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at...
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:03:53 GMT
    By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
    By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:04:51 GMT
    By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
    By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:07:30 GMT
    Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo are trying to hammer out a roadmap for the Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for the talks.
    Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza...
  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:06:41 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
  • How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

    How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:44:37 GMT
    By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the...
    By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National...
  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:45:42 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
  • Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

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

    WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:13:40 GMT
    Authorities have found an unexploded World War II bomb by a highway close to Frankfurt airport and an operation to defuse it may cause flight disruptions.
    A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations.
  • Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

    Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

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

    'Canadian Idol' contestant acquitted on terrorism

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:04:18 GMT
    A former "Canadian Idol" contestant was acquitted Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.
    A former "Canadian Idol" contestant was acquitted on Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.
  • S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

    S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:44:40 GMT
    The Committee to Protect Journalists says South Sudanese authorities shut a popular radio station in the capital, Juba.
    Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
  • Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

    Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

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

    Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:34:48 GMT
    Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the...
    Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the Somali...
  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:35 GMT
    A new report by a respected international research group warns that armed groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying...
    Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed...
  • Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:34:44 GMT
    A local official and a resident say clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.
    Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged...
  • US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

    US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:03 GMT
    The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it.
    The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it.
  • Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:54:15 GMT
    A Syrian opposition group says Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group.
    Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday.
  • Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

    Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:33:33 GMT
    Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person...
    Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person and...
  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 08:54:08 GMT
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens...
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...
  • Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

    Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

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

    10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:13:55 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
  • Obama: Time to review local police militarization

    Obama: Time to review local police militarization

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:33:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and...
    Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with...
  • Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:24:09 GMT
    The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.
    President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the...
  • Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:35:17 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
    President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's...
  • Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

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

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

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

    Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:15:51 GMT
    Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.
    Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.
  • Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

    Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

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

    A buyer's market at gun bazaar in Kurdish town

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:35:36 GMT
    There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.
    There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.
  • Militias complicate situation on Texas border

    Militias complicate situation on Texas border

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:05:51 GMT
    On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more...
    On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed...
  • Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:14:45 GMT
    Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombarded jihadi positions in the northern province of Raqqa as Muslim extremists close in on the last army base in the region.
    The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday.
  • UK to pay Raytheon $373 million in tribunal ruling

    UK to pay Raytheon $373 million in tribunal ruling

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:13:56 GMT
    Britain's government says it will pay some 224 million pounds ($373 million) to defense firm Raytheon Systems Ltd. for unlawfully ending a contract for a program meant to collect information in advance about...
    Britain's government says it will pay some 224 million pounds ($373 million) to defense firm Raytheon Systems Ltd. for unlawfully ending a contract for a program meant to collect information in advance about passengers...
  • Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

    Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

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

    Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:24:13 GMT
    NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.
    NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.
  • UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:04:28 GMT
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.
  • Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

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

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

    In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-18 10:33:29 GMT
    Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving...
    Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving at a...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-17 23:03:30 GMT
    The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.
    The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.
  • US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-17 23:03:22 GMT
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.
  • Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

    Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-17 23:03:12 GMT
    A Ukrainian military spokesman says separatist rebels in the east have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane.
    Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday.
  • Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

    Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

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

    Palestinian divisions emerge in truce talks

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

    Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 15:52:33 GMT
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
  • High-res photo satellite launched from California

    High-res photo satellite launched from California

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 11:52:32 GMT
    A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space has been successfully launched from a military base on California's Central Coast.
    A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast.
  • Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

    Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-17 11:32:02 GMT
    Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday, with Australia's benchmark leading gains on a crop of healthy earnings reports.
    Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the...
  • John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    Sunday, August 17 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 10:52:24 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure...
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace...
  • White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

    White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:23:39 GMT
    The White House is looking into what it calls unconfirmed reports that Ukraine's security forces have disabled vehicles in a Russian military convoy inside Ukraine.
    The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian...
  • 2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

    2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

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

    Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

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

    Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

    Saturday, August 16 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-16 21:20:36 GMT
    Montana Democrats have selected a little-known state legislator as their replacement candidate for the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines after Sen. John Walsh dropped out.
    Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War...
  • Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

    Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

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

    Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

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

    Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

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

    Egypt PM blames saboteurs for rising power cuts

    Saturday, August 16 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-16 15:20:04 GMT
    Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the...
    Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the government, a...
  • Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

    Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

    Saturday, August 16 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-08-16 12:49:39 GMT
    A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.
    A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.
  • Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

    Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

    Saturday, August 16 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-08-16 04:50:34 GMT
    Pakistani police say 10 attackers were killed when security forces foiled an assault on two air bases in the country's southwest the previous day.
    Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.
  • China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

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

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:10:35 GMT
    Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime...
    China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to visits by three Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals, although Japan's prime minister stayed away.
  • National Guard on border, but not Perry's 1,000

    National Guard on border, but not Perry's 1,000

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:51:46 GMT
    In coming weeks, Texas National Guardsmen on two separate missions will be working along the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas.
    In coming weeks, Texas National Guardsmen on two separate missions will be working along the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas.
  • Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

    Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

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

    Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:23:04 GMT
    A dozen Russian armored personnel carriers have appeared near a large aid convoy that is parked near the Ukrainian border and poised to cross into rebel-held territory.
    NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and...
  • Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

    Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:53:36 GMT
    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon...
    The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for...
  • US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

    US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:11:10 GMT
    U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group.
    U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group.
  • Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

    Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

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

    Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:20:53 GMT
    The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been "guaranteed" by his Russian counterpart that no Russian military personnel were involved in a humanitarian convoy that approached Ukraine's eastern border.
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu "guaranteed" Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday that no Russian troops are involved in the transport of humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said.
  • Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed

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

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:20:48 GMT
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the...
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world's...
  • No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

    No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:12:16 GMT
    The New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months is being sold at auction - even as prospective buyers...
    No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months.
  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

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

    Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

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

    3 killed in Egypt as Islamists protest

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:00:35 GMT
    An Egyptian security official says clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi have killed two people.
    At least three people were killed in the Egyptian capital Friday as dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi held scattered protests for a second straight day, a year after the mass killing of...
  • Marine who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan dies

    Marine who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan dies

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:50:09 GMT
    The attorney for a retired Marine who pleaded guilty to urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters says the corporal has died in North Carolina.
    A decorated retired Marine whose career as a sniper was derailed by a video that showed him urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters has died, his attorney said Friday.
  • War college begins review into senator's work

    War college begins review into senator's work

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:42:02 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete.
    A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete.
  • EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

    EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:10:01 GMT
    Hamas negotiators are consulting with the militant group's leadership in Qatar on a proposal for a long-term truce with Israel.
    The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo before the latest war "is not an...
  • Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

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

    Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:10:29 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says it is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.
    Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.
  • Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

    Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:43:52 GMT
    With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants.
    With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants.
  • Reports of fighting in Ukraine erase stock gain

    Reports of fighting in Ukraine erase stock gain

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:02:03 GMT
    Reports of renewed fighting in Ukraine are sending stocks lower in midday trading.
    Reports of renewed fighting in Ukraine are sending stocks lower in midday trading.
  • 7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

    7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:42:28 GMT
    Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence.
    Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence.
  • New fighting hits South Sudan

    New fighting hits South Sudan

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:19:53 GMT
    An aid group in South Sudan says new fighting has broken out, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base.
    After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base. The country's rebel leader blamed the...
  • Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

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

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-15 12:19:39 GMT
    Al-Qaida has urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate for his release.
    Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release.
  • Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

    Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-08-15 07:20:02 GMT
    The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets.
    The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets.
  • Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-08-15 07:10:27 GMT
    A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the...
    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that...
  • Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

    Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-15 05:00:19 GMT
    Police and politicians in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have vowed to reach across the divide in a community in search of answers.
    The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting...
  • Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

    Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

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

    Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:12:38 GMT
    Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea on a visit meant to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage the faithful in a church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism.
    Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of...
  • Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:22:15 GMT
    Two U.S. officials say that roughly 4,500 people remain atop northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, and nearly half are herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.
    President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands...
  • Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

    Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

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

    Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:21:17 GMT
    The images are reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets.
    The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets.
  • Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

    Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:01:00 GMT
    A military judge says he's concerned about the pace of the complex case involving five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
    The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of...
  • Report: FBI improves national security letter use

    Report: FBI improves national security letter use

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:39:41 GMT
    The Justice Department watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better.
    The Justice Department's watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better.
  • VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:22:18 GMT
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is in the process of holding employees accountable for failing to properly do their jobs amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other...
    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to...
  • Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

    Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

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

    Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:01:19 GMT
    Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and...
    Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely...
  • US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists

    US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists

    Thursday, August 14 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-08-14 20:31:03 GMT
    American victims of suicide bombings in the Middle East have gone to federal court to demand that a Jordan-based bank be held liable for the bloodshed.
    A large Jordan-based bank funneled tens of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and terrorist operatives with ties to Hamas during a deadly Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004, lawyers for American...
  • Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

    Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:20:11 GMT
    A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appears to be holding despite a rocky start, fanning cautious optimism of progress in Israel-Hamas negotiations in Cairo.
    Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory.
  • Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:03:11 GMT
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.
  • Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:50:15 GMT
    The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something...
    The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never...
  • Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

    Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:20:00 GMT
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date.
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date.
  • Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

    Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:09:36 GMT
    Europe's shaky economic recovery ground to a halt in the second quarter amid fears over the crisis in Ukraine and softer trade and investment.
    Well, that didn't last long.
  • 500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

    500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

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

    Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

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

    US to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:48:50 GMT
    The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S....
    The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S....
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-08-14 07:22:13 GMT
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far...
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,...
  • Military base shelters for young immigrants close

    Military base shelters for young immigrants close

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 04:18:46 GMT
    Officials have closed the three shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children that were set up on military bases to cope with a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing the border.
    Officials have closed the three shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children that were set up temporarily on military bases to cope with a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing the border.
  • Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

    Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-14 04:09:34 GMT
    Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.
    Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at...
  • US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:29:21 GMT
    A Pentagon official says a team of U.S. Army Special Forces were flown atop Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to get a firsthand look at possible ways to rescue stranded Iraqi civilians suffering from thirst and...
    Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night.
  • US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-14 00:38:56 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will make a decision within days about whether to send the U.S. military to rescue Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain.
    Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to...
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  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:36:01 GMT
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are...
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being...
  • Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:58 GMT
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two...
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on...
  • Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:38 GMT
    Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children...
    New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio...
  • InternationalMore>>

  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:35:47 GMT
    Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid.
  • Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:15:19 GMT
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
  • Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:45:51 GMT
    Morocco has announced the arrest of two suspected members of the Islamic State group.
    Morocco has announced the arrest of two suspected members of the Islamic State group.
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