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Ottawa Shootings: Canada ‘Lost Its Innocence’ a Long Time Ago

A bouquet of flowers sits in front of the eternal flame in front of Canada's House of Parliament in Ottawa, on Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2014, one day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. (Peter McCabe/AFP/Getty Images)
A bouquet of flowers sits in front of the eternal flame in front of Canada's House of Parliament in Ottawa, on Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2014, one day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. (Peter McCabe/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY—The New South Wales Parliament has passed changes to electoral funding laws aimed at stamping out corruption on Wednesday, Oct 22. The changes proposed by... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, serving a six-year sentence, speaks to The Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans, Miller and Kenneth Bae, remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    NK Experts: US Must Apologize to Free Detainees

    PYONGYANG, North Korea— The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea... Read more

  • Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, during an infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Medical specialists on base perform the exercise with a different disease each year. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

    North Korea Steps Up Ebola Measures

    PYONGYANG, North Korea— North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, state media reported Thursday,... Read more

  • A Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding rehabilitation of affected people in flooded areas, in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Flooding in the conflict-wracked Himalayan region in early September killed 281 people, destroyed at least 100,000 homes and caused an estimated $17 billion in damage. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Separatists Protest in Kashmir Against Modi Visit

    SRINAGAR, India— Shops and businesses are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir because of a protest by separatist groups against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra... Read more

  • Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 1, 2014. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the US is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    American Detainee Jeffrey Fowle Released From North Korea

    WASHINGTON—American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible... Read more

  • (AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Missing Plane Could be Found Using Clouds, Scientist Says

    The missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight 370, could be found using a new method, according to a scientist. Hydrometeorologist Aron Gingis, head of environmental consultancy... Read more

  • An umbrella, which has become an icon of the protest, reads pro-democracy messages above the student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation.  (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Hong Kong Chief Exec: No Democracy, but Possibly a New Election Committee

    HONG KONG—Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader says his government won’t let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but there’s room... Read more

  • File-This Oct. 10, 2014, file photo shows Malala Yousafzai speaking during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, after she was named as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize.  The Pakistani teenager, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education will be honored in Philadelphia. Yousafzai will accept the Liberty Medal on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the National Constitution Center. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

    Nobel Laureate to be Honored in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA— When Malala Yousafzai visits Philadelphia to accept an award for her efforts to promote girls’ education, she will do so as the world’s youngest... Read more

  • A Nepalese army soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)

    Nepal Closes Trekking Route After 38 Die in Storm

    KATMANDU, Nepal—Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed at least 38... Read more

  • South Korean army soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint on Sept. 17, 2014, at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea. Border guards of the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, along their heavily fortified border in the second such shootout in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Gunfire Along Border Between North and South Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korean and South Korean troops exchanged fire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers carry an avalanche victim before he is airlifted in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. An avalanche and blizzard in Nepal's mountainous north have killed at least 38 people, including foreign trekkers, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)

    Nepal Avalanche, Blizzard Death Toll Rises to 38; 300 Rescued

    KATMANDU, Nepal—A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst... Read more

  • Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo is mobbed by the media after his meeting with defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Indonesia’s New President Faces Tough Early Tests

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—Rebooting a slowing economy in a nation of 250 million where inequality is rising, a looming decision on raising fuel prices and vulnerability to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 1995 file photo, Sulak Sivaraksa from Thailand poses for a photo during an award ceremony of the 1995 Right Livelihood Award, also called the "alternative Nobel Prize," in Stockholm, Sweden. Sulak, one of Thailand’s most prominent intellectuals, is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago, Police Col. Thiravit Busaban said Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Eighty-two-year-old Sulak was cited by two retired senior army officers on charges of lese majeste, or insulting the monarchy. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to 15 years. In Thailand, anyone can file a lese majeste complaint with police, and the charge has frequently been used as a weapon to harass political enemies. (AP Photo/Eric Roxfelt, File)

    Prominent Thai Scholar Faces Anti-monarchy Charge

    BANGKOK— One of Thailand’s most prominent scholars is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than... Read more

  • The Australian Transport Safety Burea says the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, as the search for the plane resumed this week. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite Company Says There’s ‘Uncertainty’ Around Final Location of Plane

    The satellite company that has been instrumental in providing information about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has said there’s nothing certain about the final location... Read more

  • In this photo taken on March 27, 2010, Myanmar ex-religious minister Hsan Sint smiles as he attends the 65th anniversary Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. A court sentenced Myanmar's ex-religious affairs minister to 13 years in jail Friday for embezzling state funds and sedition - the harshest penalty given to a high-ranking official since the country began its transition toward democracy. Hsan Sint was removed from office in June following allegations he misused $10,000 to build a pagoda near Naypyitaw. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Burma Ex-Minister Sentenced to 13 Years

    YANGON, Myanmar—A court sentenced Burma’s ex-religious affairs minister to 13 years in prison for embezzling state funds and sedition Friday in the harshest penalty for... Read more

  • Rescue workers stand around a collapsed ventilation grate at an outdoor theater in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Fourteen people were feared dead Friday after the ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by popular girls’ band 4Minute, officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Shin Young-geun)  KOREA OUT

    16 Dead, 100 Injured in Accident at South Korea Concert

    SEOUL, South Korea—Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were... Read more

  • Rescue workers stand around a collapsed ventilation grate at an outdoor theater in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Fourteen people were feared dead Friday after the ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by popular girls’ band 4Minute, officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Shin Young-geun)  KOREA OUT

    14 Dead in Accident At South Korean Concert

    SEOUL, South Korea— Officials say 14 people died after falling 20 meters when a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls’ band... Read more

  • Canadian Army soldiers carry the casket carrying Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, two days after he was shot dead by a gunman while he guarded the National War Memorial, to a hearse during a precession from Ottawa to Cirillo's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on October 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Sentries Return After Soldier Killed at National War Memorial in Canada

    OTTAWA, Canada—Sentries returned to the Tomb of the Unknown Solder at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Friday with a ceremony attended by Prime... Read more

  • People demonstrate against the Toronto District School Board's partnership with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institute outside the TDSB on Oct. 1, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Beijing Seeks to End Confucius Institute Partnership Ahead of Toronto School Board Vote

    Less than a week before Canada’s largest school board votes on whether to end its partnership with the controversial Beijing-run Confucius Institute, Chinese officials have... Read more

  • The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half mast on Oct. 23, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed by a lone gunman while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main Parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Security Weighed After Parliament Hill Shooting

    OTTAWA—Parliament Hill was quiet Thursday after a lone shooter killed a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial Wednesday, then stormed Canada’s Parliament.  The remnants... Read more

  • A rose rests in the main gate of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    Canadian Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau Wanted a Passport to Go to Middle East

    OTTAWA, Ontario—He seemed lost, “did not fit in,” had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Conservative MP Nina Grewal, members of Parliament barricade themselves in a meeting room on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, after shots were fired in the building. A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nina Grewal)

    Mom of Suspect in Canada Parliament Shooting: I Cry for Victims, Not Son

    OTTAWA, Ontario—The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is... Read more

  • A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    Canada Attacks Stir Terror Fears

    OTTAWA, Ontario— Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals... Read more

  • Starting on Jan. 15, 2015, companies will have to get consent before installing a program on a person's computer if the software has the ability to covertly send electronic messages or has other functionality outlined in new anti-spam legislation. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    Next Phase of Anti Spam Law Targets Software

    TORONTO—Canada’s controversial anti-spam law has already forced businesses to change how they communicate with consumers by email.  Early next year, the law will also start... Read more

  • Sonia Zhao gives a speech about the persecution of Falun Gong in China at a rally in Toronto in August 2011. Zhao, a former instructor at McMaster University's Confucius Institute, had to sign a statement before leaving China promising not to practice Falun Gong in order to be hired by the institute. McMaster has since closed the institute due to concerns about its hiring practices. (Gordon Yu/Epoch Times)

    Can Confucius Institutes Follow Both Chinese and Canadian Law?

    Is it possible for Confucius Institutes, a Beijing-controlled educational program cited by Chinese officials as a tool to extend the regime’s “soft power,” to follow... Read more

  • Copies of The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem are displayed at a discussion forum on Oct. 20 at Concordia University in Montreal. The book sheds new light on the state-orchestrated forced extraction of vital organs from prisoners of conscience in China, who include Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and House Christians. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

    The Slaughter: Canadian Book Tour Raises Awareness About China’s Illegal Organ Trade

    U.S. author Ethan Gutmann’s new book, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, is a riveting inside account of... Read more

  • A Bahraini man cycles past images of jailed political activists in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Oct. 15, 2014. PEN Canada has honoured jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with its One Humanity Award. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Imprisoned Saudi Blogger Given Canadian Award

    A Canadian writers’ organization has given an award to freedom of expression defender Raif Badawi in recognition of the blogger as “an emblematic case for... Read more

  • Mosquito Borne Chikungunya Virus Has Infected More Than 200 Canadians

    OTTAWA—More than 200 Canadians have been infected by a virus that has sickened almost 800,000 people in the Caribbean. A Health Canada official says as... Read more

  • An Ottawa police officer runs with his weapon drawn on Parliament Hill on Oct.22, 2014. Police expanded a security perimeter in the heart of the national capital after a gunman opened fire and wounded a soldier at the National War Memorial before injuring a security guard on Parliament Hill, where he was reportedly shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Friends Not Surprised Sergeant-at-Arms Intervened in Parliament Hill Shootings

    OTTAWA—To those who know Kevin Vickers, there was little surprise that the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons and former RCMP officer would be the... Read more

  • Kevin McCoy (R) president of Irving Shipbuilding, chats with Justice Minister Peter MacKay at the Irving shipyard in Halifax on Sept. 3, 2014. McCoy says the the federal government is not trimming its order for Arctic patrol ships. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    Irving Shipbuilding President Says Company Will Build Six Patrol Vessels

    HALIFAX—The president of Irving Shipbuilding has torpedoed a report that the federal government is trimming its order for Arctic patrol ships. Kevin McCoy said Wednesday... Read more

  • BC Mom Says No to Sexy Halloween Costumes for Four-Year-Old Girls

    VICTORIA—Halloween costumes for preschool girls that depict police officers and firefighters in sexualized skin-tight uniforms have a Victoria mom fuming at thrift store Value Village... Read more

  • A photo that allegedly shows Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the shooter at Canada's Parliament Hill. (Twitter/V IMS)

    Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau Pictures: Photos of Alleged ISIS-Linked Gunman in Canada

    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified as the gunman in Ottawa who shot a soldier before firing shots in Centre Block, and people are looking for... Read more

  • Police and paramedics tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    Nathan Cirillo ID’d as Soldier Who Was Shot Dead in Ottawa (+Photos)

    The soldier shot dead in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday by an alleged terrorist has been identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.  Cirillo was a reservist based... Read more

  • A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    2 Dead in Canada Parliament Shooting: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

      OTTAWA, Canada—A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then... Read more

  • Police teams enter Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on  Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014.  A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Justin Tang)

    ISIS Behind Shooting in Canada? ISIS Twitter Account Shares Picture Allegedly Showing Some Parliament Hill Shooter

    Some people are claiming that ISIS is behind the shooting in Canada on Wednesday, and the theory was only furthered by an ISIS-affiliated Twitter account... Read more

  • Paramedics and police wheel away a shooting victim at the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014.  A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    Canadian Soldier Dead: Reservist From Hamilton Dies After Being Shot at War Memorial

    The Canadian soldier shot at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then went into Centre Block has died, an official says. Canada’s Minister... Read more

  • A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

    Rideau Centre Mall Shooting: Police Say Shots Fired at Third Location in Ottawa, Then Recant Report

    A third shooting took place in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday morning at the Rideau Centre, police said. The first two shooting situations happened at Parliament... Read more

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a conference hosted by the Financial Times newspaper titled 'Restoring Competitiveness' at the Ritz hotel on Oct. 14, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

    Economic Recommendations to Spain by European Commission

    MADRID—In October 2014, the European Commission (EC) proposed a series of measures for Spain, says its report Country-Specific Recommendations 2014. Among these suggestions, EC stresses... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) talks with European parliament president Martin Schulz before a round table as part of a European summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 23, 2014. The two-day summit of the European Council in Brussels will focus on an ambitious package of climate change targets for 2030 but also tackle the Ebola crisis, economic stagnation, concern over Ukraine and tension in Cyprus over Turkey.  (Alain Jocard/AFP Photo)

    EU Parliament Approves New EU Commission

    BRUSSELS—The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to approve a new set of European Commissioners. The 28-strong EU body changes every five years, and is responsible... Read more

  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, takes her seat a State Carriage for the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace as part of the ceremonial welcome ceremony for Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the start of a state visit at Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 21, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Kate Middleton: Tabloid Says Pregnant Duchess Only Weighs 91 Pounds

    Kate Middleton’s health is not in a good state as she recently suffered “a secret collapse” and has withered to an alarmingly thin 91 pounds,... Read more

  • Domenico Dolce, right and Stefano Gabbana wave on the runway after presenting their Dolce&Gabbana women's spring-summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 21 , 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Italian Court Acquits Dolce&Gabbana in Tax Case

    MILAN— Italy’s highest court has acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion in a highly publicized case that led the Milan designers to... Read more

  • (AFP/Getty Images)

    Putin Accuses US of Undermining Global Stability

    MOSCOW— Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of destabilizing the world by trying to enforce its will on other countries. In a speech... Read more

  • In this photo made in Oct. 22, 2014, Evelina Martirosyan stands above Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukraine’s Key Election Fails to Spark Enthusiasm

    KIEV, Ukraine— Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine’s history. Since the revolution... Read more

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron walks past journalists on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. EU leaders gather for a two-day summit in which they discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    UK PM Cameron Says EU Has Raised $1.25 Billion to Fight Ebola

    BRUSSELS—British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the European Union and its 28 member nations have secured 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to fight the... Read more

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) is welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu at the Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidency headquarters in Bucharest, on May 24, 2013. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia’s Borders: Romania Strengthens Ties With NATO as Old Anxieties Return

    The Western gravitational pull has been dominant since the overthrow of the communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausecsu, almost 25 years ago. But there is a strong... Read more

  • Bulgarian MiG-21, training with Americans, but maintained by the Russians. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Russia’s Borders: Old Ties Pull Bulgaria in Two Directions

    Modern relations between Bulgaria and Russia began about two centuries ago when Russia sought geopolitical advantages in the Balkans and strategic access to the Turkish... Read more

  • Former Bosnian Serb Military Leader Ratko Mladic looks on in the International Criminal Tribunal as he faces war crime charges on June 3, 2011, in The Hague, Netherlands. (Serge Ligtenberg/Getty Images)

    New Mass Grave Evidence at Ratko Mladic Trial

    AMSTERDAM—U.N. judges have ruled prosecutors may present evidence from a recently discovered mass grave against former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic — a decision that... Read more

  • Oh hey, just picking up a few Kanelbulle on the way home. (Victor Ochieng/Flickr)

    Why Would a Russian Submarine Be Lurking in Waters Off Sweden?

    Rumours of a Russian submarine hanging around off the coast of Sweden have inspired much Cold War nostalgia. But while there is of course the... Read more

  • Pieces of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane are seen near village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The Dutch team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine says the crash was likely caused by the plane being hit by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft." The preliminary report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, but its findings appear to point to that conclusion. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Russian Report Says Military Aircraft Shot MH17 Down

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the jetliner that was reportedly shot down in Ukraine in July, was actually shot down by a military aircraft, according to... Read more

  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

    Queen Elizabeth Wants William and Kate’s Child Named After Her or Her Dead Sister: Report

    Queen Elizabeth doesn’t want Prince William and Kate Middleton to name their second child after Princess Diana, according to a new report. Celeb Dirty Laundry... Read more

  • A man walks by wood barrels at the Chateau Montrose wine estate in Saint-Estephe, outside Bordeaux on March 28, 2014. (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images)

    France One Again World’s Top Winemaker

    PARIS—France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15 percent. French vignerons will... Read more

  • Smoke rises from a heat and power plant in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Coal-Reliant Poland Plans to Block EU Greenhouse Gas Reduction

    WARSAW, Poland—European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and... Read more

  • A worker is busy  in front of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank during a media tour at the construction site in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The ECB is supposed to move into the building by the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    European Authorities Aim to Purge Weak Banks

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe’s biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search... Read more

  • Panorama of the city of Matera (Shutterstock*)

    Italian City Matera Was Chosen Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2019

    ROME—A victory for the South of Italy: the coronation of Matera to become Europe’s capital city of culture in 2019. A victory, seen as a... Read more

  • A Russian MiG-29 plane flies during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Estonia: Russian Military Plane Violated Airspace

    TALLINN, Estonia—Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia’s ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mari-Liis Valter said Estonia considers the... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at a news conference after the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct.17, 2014.  Putin met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine that could ease sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, Pool)

    World War 3? European Countries Find Russia Greatly Increasing Military Incursions Near Borders

    Fears of Russia invading countries outside of Ukraine are growing as the “provocations”–including incursions into the sea and air–increase. The latest is a Russian submarine... Read more

  • The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen, left, and a guard boat in Namdo Bay, Sweden,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. The navy has demanded a 1000-meter (yard) no-go radius around naval vessels taking part in the current operation. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Fredrik Sandberg)   SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden Scales Back Submarine Hunt

    STOCKHOLM— Sweden’s military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago. Military spokesman Erik Lagerstedt said some... Read more

  • An American tourist with the children of an Indian host family during Diwali celebrations on Oct. 23, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Foreign Tourists Join Indian Families in Diwali Festivities

    NEW DELHI—On Thursday a group of American and European tourists joined an Indian family to experience Diwali, the festival of lights.  Diwali, also called Deepavali,... Read more

  • A Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindu devotee holds a tray of lamps as she attends a religious event to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Hindus light up their homes and pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, during Diwali festival. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Diwali / Deepavali Quotes, SMS Text Messages, Happy Wishes on 2014 Festival of Lights

    Here’s a few quotes and sayings for Diwali 2014:   “May the Divine Light of Diwali spread into your life Peace, Prosperity, Happiness and Good... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

    India vs West Indies 5th ODI: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time, Squads for Cricket Match

    The end of the ODI series between India and West Indies was slated for Monday, October 20. The match was going to take place at... Read more

  • Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh on October 21, 2012. Bumla is the last Indian Army post at the India-China border at an altitude of 15,700 feet above sea level. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)

    India to Construct Border Road Despite China’s Objections

    NEW DELHI—India’s government rejected China’s objection to its plan to build a highway on the de facto border with China in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it... Read more

  • Diamond geezers. Indians are taking Antwerp, Belgium. (Shutterstock*)

    The Rise and Rise of Belgium’s Indian Diamond Dynasties

    From the outside, Number 2 Hoveniersstraat Street in Antwerp is a nondescript office block. Only the clusters of businessmen speaking in Gujarati on their mobile... Read more

  • An Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the Grand Mosque, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on Oct. 17 and is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in the world. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Image of Asia: A Day for Eradicating Poverty

    In this photo by Altaf Qadri, an Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the... Read more

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    India vs West Indies Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time for 4th ODI

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  • n Indian animal rights activist holds up a placard with red-stained hands, signifying blood, in protest against ritualistic animal sacrifice in New Delhi on October 14, 2014. The demonstrators were protesting against an upcoming sacrifice to be held at the Gadhimai temple in Bara district, Nepal, where up to 500,000 animals are slaughtered as part of a Hindu ritual.  (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

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  • Sunita Choudhary stands in front of her taxi in New Delhi on Oct. 13. Choudhary, who is the first three-wheeled taxi driver in India’s capital, escaped from a violent past and now uses her time and resources to help those in need. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    New Delhi’s Only Female Three-Wheeled Taxi Driver

    NEW DELHI— Married at 14 to a man almost twice her age, beaten almost to death within a year of their marriage, and then abandoned... Read more

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    India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Highlights for Cricket Match

    India were set to take on the West Indies in the 3rd ODI of their series on Tuesday, October 14. But the match was cancelled. The... Read more

  • An Indian fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats as strong winds blow a day after a powerful cyclone pounded the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland Monday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    Cyclone Hudhud Kills 24 in India

    HYDERABAD, India—Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads in eastern India on Monday after a tropical cyclone killed at least... Read more

  • Children rescued by the workers of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save Childhood Movement, run by Kailash Satyarthi, watch the news of Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai on television at the Mukti Ashram in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Satyarthi and Malala jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Activist’s Nobel Highlights Child Labor in India

    PATNA, India — When the Nobel Committee announced that Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi had won the Peace Prize, a skinny 13-year-old boy was... Read more

  • An Indian woman shields herself with a plastic bag as she walks on a road in the rain, in Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. According to Indian Meteorological Department reports, severe cyclonic storm "Hudhud" is likely to hit Andhra Pradesh and Orissa coasts Sunday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    Eastern India Braces for Powerful Cyclone Hudhud

    HYDERABAD, India— Indian officials are evacuating hundreds of thousands of people as a powerful cyclone sweeps through the Bay of Bengal and heads toward India’s... Read more

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    India vs West Indies Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time, Highlights for 2nd ODI (Watch Online)

    India takes on West Indies in the 2nd ODI cricket match on Saturday. The game at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi is slated to start... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Kailash Satyarthi, , third from left, Indian coordinator of the Global March against child labour, Chilean Juan Somavia, left, director general of the International Labor Organization, Tom Harkin, second from left, senator of Iowa at the Congress of the United States, pose with school children of the Canton of Geneva, during the World Day Against Child Labour at the Place of Nations in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini, File)

    From the Life of Nobel Peace Winner Kailash Satyarthi

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  • Satyen Das rides his rickshaw on a road in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. It took 68 days for Das to laboriously pedal his rickety, self-remodeled bicycle rickshaw from the seaside Indian city of Kolkata to the roof of the world - a 5,369-meter (17,600-foot) Himalayan pass. His goal: to promote his chassis as an environmentally sound travel option. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

    Indian Man Pedals Cycle Rickshaw to Himalayan Pass

    KOLKATA, India—It took 68 days for Satyen Das to laboriously pedal his rickety, self-remodeled bicycle rickshaw from the seaside Indian city of Kolkata to the... Read more

  • West Indies player Lendl Simmons (2L) congratulates Indian batsmen Suresh Raina (C) and Rohit Sharma (2R) as they walk back towards the pavilion after India won the match against the West Indies during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 23, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    India vs West Indies 1st ODI Match Information

    India takes on the West Indies in their 1st ODI on Wednesday, October 8. The match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi is slated to start... Read more

  • Relatives of Rajesh Kumar, who was killed in mortar shell firing allegedly from the Pakistan's side, weep inside their residential house at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 47 kilometers (30 miles) from Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of villagers were fleeing their homes in Kashmir on Monday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each another with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating Pakistan from India's portion of the disputed region. At least nine civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    India, Pakistan Exchange Fire Over Kashmir Border

    SRINAGAR, India—Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across theborder between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day Tuesday, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence. Police in... Read more

  • Hyderabad, India. (Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Images)

    Can India’s Urban Future Be a Healthy One? (+Photo Gallery)

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    KKR vs CSK CLT20 2014: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Squads for Kolkata Knight Riders-Chennai Super Kings

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    Could Incapacitating Chemical Weapons Start an Arms Race?

    On October 26 2002, to end a three-day siege on a theatre in Moscow by Chechen terrorists, Russian security forces used a secret incapacitating chemical... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters gather in Hong Kong's Central District on Oct. 5, 2014. Demonstrators plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrators Voting Whether to Stay in the Streets

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  • A woman sits as she distributes flyers of candidates for the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that. Voting in a fresh batch of deputies, they hope, could kick-start a nation hobbled by endemic corruption and reliant on creaking Soviet-built industry. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Voters Unexcited by Ukraine Election

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  • WHO: 5 More Ebola Vaccines to be Tested in Jan

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  • A Pakistani policeman stands guard as a health worker gives a child a polio vaccine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Pakistan Detects More Polio Cases on Awareness Day

    ISLAMABAD— World Health Organization says three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of those affected by the crippling disease in the... Read more

  • Pope Francis attends his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on October 22, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    Pope Francis Condemns Extraordinary Renditions

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  • Short-Selling Ban Halts Portugal Telecom Slide

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  • Tens of thousands of people gather on Connaught Road Central, near the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Building, demanding democracy for Hong Kong, Oct. 4, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    China-Controlled Election Committee the Cause of Hong Kong Democracy Protests

    HONG KONG— It’s among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide... Read more

  • Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Kurds Fight Islamic State in Syrian Border Town

    BEIRUT—Bolstered by intensified U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting militants from the Islamic State group, Kurdish militiamen fought pitched street battles Wednesday with the extremists in a... Read more

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    What the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ Tells Us About Ebola

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  • In this image made from video provided by Russian State Television Rossiya, investigators works at the wreckage of a private jet which collided with a snowplow at Vnukovo airport in Moscow, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The head of French oil giant Total SA and three French crew members were killed at Vnukovo airport when a corporate jet, the French-made Dassault Falcon 50, collided with a snowplow, Russian investigators said Tuesday. (AP Photo) TV OUT

    Russia Investigators Detain 4 More in Lethal Plane/Plow Crash

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  • Lima, Peru: Elizabeth Cabero, 50, Psychologist: I would recommend growing your own fruit and vegetables, if the person has a place and the time, but now most people are busy with their personal activities or work. They would eat healthier since they wouldn’t be exposed to any toxic substances that are used today. Most [people] would choose natural fertilizers or organic vegetables and fruit plants. It is a good idea, but you have to dedicate yourself to it. As a psychologist, I would recommend this activity to the elderly, because it is a good therapy and is stimulating.

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  • Barbara Smith, a nurse with Mount Sinai Health System, demonstrates to health care professionals how to properly put on protective medical gear when working with someone infected with the ebola virus at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Oct. 21, 2014, in New York City. The outfit includes two pairs of gloves, mesh breathing mask, protective hood, plastic face shield, booties, liquid resistant gown and sanitizer. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    WHO: Ebola Responsible for 4,877 Deaths

    LONDON—Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains “persistent and widespread” in West Africa,... Read more

  • Egyptian security forces stand guard at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Security officials said police backed by armored vehicles have stormed the campuses of at least two prominent Egyptian universities to quell anti-government protests by students. Sunday's largest rallies took place at Cairo and the Islamist al-Azhar universities. They were organized by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/El Shorouk, Aly Hazzaa)

    Bomb Explodes Outside Egypt’s Largest University

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  • United States Secretary of State, John Kerry,  addresses the media during a news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    New Cold War: US Sec State Kerry Warns Against Russia-Ukraine Conflict Causing New Cold War

    BERLIN—Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter... Read more

  • An armored British prison van enters London's Bow street magistrate's court allegedly transporting suspected British terrorist Haroon Rashid Aswat for an extradition hearing, October 6, 2005. (Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images)

    UK Terror Suspect Extradited to US

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  • American couple Grace and Matthew Huang, sentenced to jail over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death, talk before they meet with U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith, at a hotel in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The American couple were released from prison in November, but were banned from leaving Qatar during their trial. Their appeal begins on Monday. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    US Couple Convicted in Qatar Face Final Appeal Ruling

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  • British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. European Union nations are working to find funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa and streamline a common approach in dealing with the health crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    EU Nations Amassing Billion-Euro Anti-Ebola Fund

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    How Are Nurses Becoming Infected With Ebola?

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  • A Lufthansa jet takes on supplies at Duesseldorf International airport on March 13, 2014 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pilots at Lufthansa a to Start 35-hour Strike Monday

    BERLIN— A union representing Lufthansa’s pilots has announced a new 35-hour strike against the airline’s short-haul fleet starting Monday, the latest in a string of... Read more

  • In this Thursday, July 3, 2014 photo, a member of an elite unit of women Kurdish Peshmerga fighters trains in Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Among the Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian town of Kobani against the IS are thousands of women. In April, Kurdish fighters created all-female combat units that have grown to include more than 10,000 women who played a major role in battles against IS, said Nasser Haj Mansour, a defense official in Syria's Kurdish region. (AP Photo)

    Female Soldiers Rare in the Muslim World, but Now Fight Islamic State

    SURUC, Turkey—Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in... Read more

  • Iran Hangs Woman for Killing Alleged Rapist

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her. The official IRNA news agency says... Read more

  • The proximity of the Islamic State group to the Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani is seen with the yellow triangular flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, flying on a building, bottom right, just inside Kobani in Syria, near the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. In the background, the black flag of the Islamic State group flies atop a building, top left, Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey Letting 1,300 Syrian Rebels Travel to Kobani

    TALLINN, Estonia—Turkey’s president said Friday that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014 file photo, Syrians are seen at the Turkish border crossing of Oncunipar, Kilis, Turkey. The Turkish border crossing of Oncunipar, an hour’s drive from the embattled Syrian town of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but within their sight smugglers offer to take travelers across for a surprisingly small fee. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

    Smugglers Offer $20 Passage From Turkey to Syria

    ONCUPINAR, Turkey—The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour’s drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, Army soldiers search Iraqis amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas, Iraq Claims

    BAGHDAD—Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad. The use... Read more

  • Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrives to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city, on Oct. 22, 2013. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jerusalem Mayor Vows to Calm City

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  • A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani helps his sister to wash her face in front of a family tent in a camp on Oct. 23, 2014, in southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. The Syrian town of Kobani has yet again seen fierce fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces. Kurdish authorities have agreed to send Peshmerga fighters to the Northern Syrian town to fight ISIL after Turkey has allowed passage. (Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images)

    Lebanon Says It Won’t Accept More Syrian Refugees

    BEIRUT—Lebanon announced on Thursday it will not accept any more refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria, except in what authorities deem to be “exceptional” cases — a move that could prevent... Read more

  • A military aircraft circles above Kobani, Syria, seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Syria Airstrikes Kill More Than 500, Activists Claim

    BEIRUT—U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared... Read more

  • Iranians Protest Acid Attacks in Central City

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iranians rallied on Wednesday in the central city of Isfahan and the capital, Tehran, to protest a string of acid attacks on women in... Read more

  • An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, on Sept. 9, 2014. (J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraqi Kurdish Lawmakers Authorized Its Peshmerga Fighters to Help Syrian Kurds

      IRBIL, Iraq—Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State... Read more

  • Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians near the light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, Israel, on Oct. 22, 2014. A three-month baby was killed and several people were wounded on Wednesday evening in a suspected terror attack near the light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. According to eyewitnesses, a car drove up to the station and ran over passersby disembarking from the train. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

    Jerusalem Terror Attack: Palestinian Drives Car Into Crowded Train Station, Kills Baby

    JERUSALEM—A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby... Read more

  • A fighter jet flies above the Syrian town of Kobani on October 19, 2014 in Sanliurfa, Turkey. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

    Syria Says It Destroyed Jets Seized by Islamic State

    DAMASCUS, Syria—The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week,... Read more

  • This Aug. 17, 2014, photo shows Pro-Russia rebels as they ride on an armored jeep in the town of Krasnodon, eastern Ukraine. A column of several dozen heavy vehicles, including tanks and at least one rocket launcher, rolling through rebel-held territory on Aug. 17. AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine. Rebel fighters also described how Russian border guards did nothing to stop them. Associated Press reporters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Krasnodon observed three such convoys last week. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds 2 Israeli Troops

    JERUSALEM— Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers... Read more

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuela's state-run Telesur network, in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 25, 2013. Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian Leader Exploits Coalition War Against ISIS

    BEIRUT—Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the... Read more

  • Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defence committee behind closed doors in Stockholm Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The defence forces are on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Pontus Lundahl)

    Submarine Hunt Exposes Swedish Readiness Gap

    STOCKHOLM—The search for a foreign underwater craft in waters off Stockholm has brought back memories of Sweden’s submarine hunts during the Cold War — and... Read more

  • People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Islamic State Militants Seize US Airdropped Weapons Cache Meant for Kurds

    BEIRUT—Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the... Read more

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (L) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, at Tehran's Saadabad Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Rouhani said Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group and will continue to provide Baghdad with military advisers and weapons, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency. He also criticized the US for allegedly failing to sufficiently support Iraq. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran President Pledges to Help Iraq Fight Islamic State

    TEHRAN, Iran—Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the... Read more

  • People look for their loved ones in front of al-Khairat Mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers as they were leaving the mosque, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Bombings In and Around Baghdad, Iraq Kill 19 People

    BAGHDAD—Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 19 people on Tuesday, the latest in near-daily attacks targeting the Iraqi capital as the country’s Shiite-led government grapples... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2013 file photo, an Israeli member of the "Woman of the Wall" organization, right, tries to hug an ultra-Orthodox woman as they pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's old city. Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked buses bearing photos of women worshipping like men do. The advertisements on the buses were by Women of the Wall, a group that seeks to promote gender equality at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The ads showed women and girls holding Torah scrolls, an act which many Orthodox Jews say is reserved for men. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal,File) ISRAEL OUT

    Ultra-Orthodox Jews Attack Jerusalem Buses Over Ad

    JERUSALEM— Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld... Read more

  • In this image taken from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters walk to their positions in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)

    Turkey Letting Iraqi Kurd Fighters Travel to Kobani

    SURUC, Turkey—In a significant shift, Turkey’s top diplomat announced on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support”... Read more


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