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  • US military targets extremists in Somalia

    US military targets extremists in Somalia

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:01:28 GMT
    The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.
    U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said.
  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:51:23 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.
    Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the...
  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:41:06 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels are clashing with government troops in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week.
    Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:10:58 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:
  • Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:34 GMT
    The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.
    Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending...
  • Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters

    Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:33:40 GMT
    Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.
    Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.
  • Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests

    Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:31:14 GMT
    Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime...
    Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.
  • UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

    UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:00:52 GMT
    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.
    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.
  • Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:53:05 GMT
    Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.
    The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.
  • UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:52:54 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights body is being asked to investigate the alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
    The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage...
  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:10:44 GMT
    A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire.
    Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax."
  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:33:37 GMT
    With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and...
    Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new...
  • Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:31:35 GMT
    Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the...
    Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of...
  • Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:11:15 GMT
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas...
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while...
  • Statoil resumes operations in Algeria after deaths

    Statoil resumes operations in Algeria after deaths

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:21:37 GMT
    Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there.
    Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there.
  • Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:51:31 GMT
    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:41:19 GMT
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
  • Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:21 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:21:31 GMT
    The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at...
    The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.
  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:10:16 GMT
    An Islamist-allied militia group says it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.
    An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the...
  • Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:20:56 GMT
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold...
  • Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

    Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:11:25 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, including discussing statehood.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
  • Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

    Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:21:08 GMT
    A military spokesman and a lawmaker say Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli.
    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar...
  • Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:01:44 GMT
    Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in...
    Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis...
  • Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

    Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:53:47 GMT
    The Israeli military says a soldier wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip has died, bringing the Israeli military toll in the recently concluded conflict to 66.
    Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel's finance minister said Sunday.
  • Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:50:58 GMT
    A Lesotho official says the prime minister is in South Africa and will meet with the president of South Africa to discuss recent unrest in the mountainous kingdom.
    Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday.
  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:51:06 GMT
    Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants.
    Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.
  • Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:21:14 GMT
    A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital.
    Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there,...
  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:50:46 GMT
    Lebanon's official news agency says an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid.
    An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five members of the Lebanese security forces captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's military said Sunday.
  • Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

    Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:12:56 GMT
    The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah - thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home...
    The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah - thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three...
  • German security official warns of terror threat

    German security official warns of terror threat

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:00:41 GMT
    Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.
    Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.
  • Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-31 09:20:51 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.
    Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.
  • All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-08-31 04:13:25 GMT
    The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops...
  • Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:20:39 GMT
    The Pentagon says the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli, where thousands of Shiite Turkomen have been cut off from food and water for nearly...
    Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said...
  • EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:30:58 GMT
    Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
    Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.
  • Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:10:59 GMT
    Australia's foreign minister has criticized the detention of 44 Fijian peacekeepers by Syrian rebels and is calling for their unconditional release.
    Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization...
  • Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

    Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:01:28 GMT
    Ground teams planned to resume searching Thursday for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman.
    The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday.
  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:36 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.
    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.
  • Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:33 GMT
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
  • Somali troops oust militants from southern town

    Somali troops oust militants from southern town

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:22 GMT
    Military officials say the Somali army, backed by African Union forces, has launched a long-awaited operation against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia.
    Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday.
  • Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:01:38 GMT
    An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.
    An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock...
  • Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:10:34 GMT
    A security guard in the capital of Lesotho says the military has occupied police stations there and are moving to other districts.
    Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said...
  • Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-08-30 12:50:32 GMT
    An official says a suicide bomber targeting an intelligence office in eastern Afghanistan killed at least two people.
    A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:50 AM EDT2014-08-30 07:50:23 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:10:27 GMT
    Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will...
    Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up...
  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:19:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
  • Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

    Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:01:02 GMT
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015.
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015.
  • Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:50:02 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the president of "dithering and debating" in his response to the violent militant group attacking cities in Iraq.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq - but other...
  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:33:03 GMT
    U.S. and European intelligence officials are increasingly worried about lone wolf terrorist attacks by their own citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq.
    The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.
  • Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:49:59 GMT
    As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of...
    As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided...
  • Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:36 GMT
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine to release Ukrainian soldiers they took prisoner and allow them to return home.
    Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward...
  • US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive

    US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:31:47 GMT
    U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic.
    U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy...
  • Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:31:43 GMT
    The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
    The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
  • Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:39:35 GMT
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll.
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while...
  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:39 GMT
    Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat.
    Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.
  • Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:00:20 GMT
    She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe,...
    She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is...
  • Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:59:57 GMT
    The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child...
    Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to...
  • US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:30:34 GMT
    The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war.
    The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon's military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.
  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:03:02 GMT
    The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago.
    The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in...
  • Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

    Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:50:42 GMT
    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."
    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."
  • Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

    Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:40:03 GMT
    Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his...
    Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding...
  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:39:34 GMT
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy has confirmed that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf but insists the incident was not a "clash."
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."
  • In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11

    In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:33:38 GMT
    The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year. It marks the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date.
    The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date.
  • Libyan interim government submits resignation

    Libyan interim government submits resignation

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:31:15 GMT
    The Islamist militia in control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, says it agrees with a U.N. call for a cease-fire in this North African country but vows to resist any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.
    Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a...
  • 4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:19:53 GMT
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:52:40 GMT
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
  • Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:39:35 GMT
    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state...
    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and...
  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:49 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:49:51 GMT
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:30:53 GMT
    The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.
    Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.
  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:49:39 GMT
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
  • Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

    Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:51:58 GMT
    It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."
    It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."
  • Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

    Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:39:08 GMT
    A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges of conspiring to use improvised explosive devices against U.S. forces in Iraq, the FBI said Thursday.
    A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.
  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:30:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...
  • High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:04:33 GMT
    Two high school buddies who loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends both converted to Islam in early adulthood and were somehow recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for...
    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist...
  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:09:49 GMT
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a...
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front...
  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:00:46 GMT
    Syrian activists say government warplanes are targeting rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point there.
    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the...
  • Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:39:51 GMT
    The Obama administration isn't outlining any immediate punishment of Russia even as it decries President Vladimir Putin's government for the apparent invasion of Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in...
  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:33:45 GMT
    A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.
    Pakistan's powerful military returned to the political arena on Thursday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime...
  • Obama to speak ahead of national security meeting

    Obama to speak ahead of national security meeting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:50:16 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.
    President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.
  • Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:49:59 GMT
    A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of...
    European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish...
  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:39:40 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
    French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:31:09 GMT
    U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.
    The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
  • Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

    Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:30:34 GMT
    Hundreds of Egyptian activists, lawyers and other admirers are gathering to pay a final farewell to one of the country's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who represented Islamists, atheists and...
    Hundreds of activists, lawyers and other admirers gathered on Thursday to pay a final farewell to one of Egypt's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who defended Islamists, atheists and homosexuals alike and...
  • France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:41 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:41:37 GMT
    France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as...
    France's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well...
  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday

    10 Things to Know for Thursday

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:58:36 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 Thursday:
  • Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

    Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:29:36 GMT
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
  • IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:08:36 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
    Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.
  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:59:07 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men...
  • Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

    Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:59:17 GMT
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups.
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast.
  • Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:35 GMT
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers.
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes...
  • Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

    Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:11 GMT
    If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.
    If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.
  • AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

    AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:33:49 GMT
    The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to...
    The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering...
  • Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

    Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:29:32 GMT
    A town in east Ukraine has come under shellfire amid fears that pro-Russian rebels in the region are advancing on government-held areas.
    Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.
  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:09:17 GMT
    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
    Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.
  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:59:09 GMT
    The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.
    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and...
  • US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:50:02 GMT
    The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the country's election stalemate has hurt progress in training the Afghan military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success...
    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said...
  • Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:19:06 GMT
    The Army says it has forced a two-star general to retire as a one-star general after he was disciplined for failing to properly handle a sexual assault allegation in his command in Japan.
    A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.
  • Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:08:57 GMT
    A senior Pakistani militant figure says he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against U.S. troops in...
    Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the...
  • Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:08:19 GMT
    The Israeli military says an officer in the Golan Heights has been moderately wounded by errant fire from neighboring Syria.
    Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists...
  • Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

    Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:49:42 GMT
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.
  • Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:49:38 GMT
    A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he has pulled his observers from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud.
    Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June...
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:58:33 GMT
    A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
  • Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:38:13 GMT
    By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for...
    By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss.
  • Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 07:19:30 GMT
    A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and...
    A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil...
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 07:08:17 GMT
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
  • Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-08-27 05:31:20 GMT
    Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees...
    Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously...
  • American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:10:40 GMT
    Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.
    The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been...
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:08:06 GMT
    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 Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
  • No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

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

    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:18:20 GMT
    A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.
    A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil...
  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

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

    Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

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

    Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:50:11 GMT
    U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya.
    Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three...
  • US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:27:59 GMT
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
  • Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:30:04 GMT
    President Barack Obama will be addressing the American Legion National Convention three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, in an appearance that is also fraught with midterm...
    His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but...
  • UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

    UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

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

    Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:21 GMT
    Nigerian government soldiers, who witnesses said fled into neighboring Cameroon during a clash with a large number of Islamic fighters of Boko Haram, handed over their weapons to Cameroonian authorities and were on...
    Nigerian government soldiers, who witnesses said fled into neighboring Cameroon during a clash with a large number of Islamic fighters of Boko Haram, handed over their weapons to Cameroonian authorities and were on their...
  • Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:28:43 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about...
    More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.
  • 5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:20:44 GMT
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
  • Defense secretary OKs Medal of Honor for WWI hero

    Defense secretary OKs Medal of Honor for WWI hero

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:18:26 GMT
    The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer...
    The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said...
  • UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:38 GMT
    The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist...
    The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias...
  • UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:21 GMT
    British police are appealing to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists after the murder of an American journalist focused attention on extremism in the U.K.
    British police are appealing to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists after the murder of an American journalist focused attention on extremism in the U.K.
  • Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

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

    Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:48:37 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Channi Anand, villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border. Indian...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Channi Anand, villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border. Indian and...
  • AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:07 AM EDT2014-08-26 06:07:45 GMT
    A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State militant group.
    The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.
  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:29:15 GMT
    Syria's foreign minister has warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus' consent.
    Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:27:44 GMT
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
  • Foley killing could complicate embassy bomb trial

    Foley killing could complicate embassy bomb trial

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 00:48:18 GMT
    An Egyptian lawyer charged in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa is trying to distance himself from other acts of terrorism even as British investigators reportedly look at his son in the killing of an American...
    An Egyptian lawyer charged in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa is trying to distance himself from other acts of terrorism even as British investigators reportedly look at his son in the killing of an American journalist.
  • Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:07:41 GMT
    Egypt's foreign minister has called for an international push to disband militias in neighboring Libya, where weeks of inter-militia fighting has wreaked havoc in the country.
    Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country's current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival...
  • Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband

    Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:19:07 GMT
    A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s then throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine where it...
    A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained...
  • Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

    Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

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

    Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:47:57 GMT
    An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia.
    An enraged soldier barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia Army base, threw objects around the office and then fatally shot herself in the head Monday as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her,...
  • Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

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

    NC senator braces for Obama's visit to her state

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama's visit to the American Legion this week is posing an uncomfortable test for embattled Sen. Kay Hagan.
    Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina's Democratic senator has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she's trying to woo: Veterans.
  • Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

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

    Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

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

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:38:02 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

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

    Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:17:31 GMT
    Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group, claims it has added the city of Gwoza to an Islamic state that it has established in northeastern Nigeria.
    Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, said it controls the northeastern city of Gwoza and has added it to an Islamic state that it claims it has established in Nigeria.
  • Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:17:14 GMT
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
  • Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

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

    Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-08-25 05:27:06 GMT
    Thailand's junta leader has officially become the new prime minister following a royal endorsement from the country's monarch.
    Thailand's junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister on Monday following an endorsement from the country's monarch.
  • Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:36:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast is about to end.
    The "vacation" is over and it's back to the White House for President Barack Obama.
  • Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

    Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:27:40 GMT
    James Foley, the U.S. journalist slain by Islamic State militants after being held in captivity for nearly two years, will be remembered Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in his hometown.
    Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor.
  • US says American held in Syria has been freed

    US says American held in Syria has been freed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:27:35 GMT
    The U.S. government says an American held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.
    An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic...
  • Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

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

    Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

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

    Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

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

    Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

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

    Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

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

    Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:59 GMT
    The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, has launched a campaign against an extremist group in Syria and Iraq, saying it is not an "Islamic State."
    The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."
  • Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

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

    Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

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

    Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

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

    Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

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

    Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

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

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

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

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-08-24 04:15:55 GMT
    China's Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
    China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast.
  • Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:28:35 GMT
    A Homeland Security Department official says a recent computer breach at a major government security clearance contracting firm may have affected the internal files of as many as 25,000 of the agency's workers.
    The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.
  • Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:55:51 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...
  • Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

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

    Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

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

    Libyan militia accuses Egypt, UAE of airstrikes

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

    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

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

    Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:28:10 GMT
    Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate has released a video showing Lebanese soldiers and policemen recently captured by the group.
    Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more...
  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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

    Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:18:03 GMT
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
  • Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

    Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:55:03 GMT
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury...
    Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Friday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors...
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:56:10 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 denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.
  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

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

    Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

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

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

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

    Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

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

    Mexico creates special economic-crime force

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:15:26 GMT
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
    Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
  • Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:17:47 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 - the fourth...
  • 2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

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

    Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:10:56 GMT
    An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother.
    An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother, media reported late Monday.
  • Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

    Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:01:24 GMT
    Fiji's military commander says Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.
    Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.
  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:51:23 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.
    Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the...
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