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The IP Casino Resort Spa towers over the Back Bay of Biloxi and provides a range of guest service amenities.(Courtesy of Visit Mississippi)
The IP Casino Resort Spa towers over the Back Bay of Biloxi and provides a range of guest service amenities.(Courtesy of Visit Mississippi)

There’s an old adage that resonates for the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi: “Where you’ve been isn’t as important as where you’re going.” That wise...


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  • FILE -   In this  Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, file photo, a Shiite militiaman stands guard in Amirli, where 15,000 Shiite Turkmens were stranded in the farming community surrounded by militants since mid-July, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The vengeance that Iraq’s Shiite militias mete out as they fight the Islamic State group can be just as savage as that of their sworn sectarian enemies. In a grisly video recently posted online, Shiite fighters pose with bodies they have decapitated, with one militiamen grinning as he skins a corpse. Growing brutality by Shiite militias is posing a challenge for the government: It depends on the fighters, who have been credited with recent victories against the Islamic State group, while the regular army still struggles to get back on its feet. (AP Photo, File)

    Official: Iraq Recaptures Town in Iraq’s Anbar Province

    BAGHDAD— An Iraqi security official says government forces and Shiite militias have recaptured a town lost to Islamic State militants a day earlier. Police Col... Read more

  • Migrants perform a Friday prayer at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia Friday, May 22, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration. Half are Rohingya and the rest are from Bangladesh, the IOM said. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    UN Chief Says Save Migrants, Deal With Cause of Flight

    YANGON, Myanmar—U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands... Read more

  • This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)

    Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Mosque Suicide Attack

    CAIRO—The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more “black days” loom ahead in... Read more

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres, visits an informal Syrian refugee seaside camp, in the southern costal town of Sarafand, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Guterres is visiting Lebanon along with Abdullah Al-Matouq, UN Secretary General Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait to visit Syrian refugees in south Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    AP Interview: Top UN Official Says Europe Must Open Borders

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan— The head of the U.N.’s refugee agency says borders must be “open to Syrians everywhere,” including in Europe, and that the world... Read more

  • Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, shake hands as they walk at a main shopping street at the breakaway northern part of the Cypriot divided capital Nicosia on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital’s medieval center to raise the feel-good factor as talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island kick into gear. It’s the first time that the leaders have done so together since the east Mediterranean island was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus’ Rival Leaders Take Stroll Through Divided Capital

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  • Egyptians gather near Tahrir Square to protest the verdict in the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Ezzat, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

    Egypt Court Acquits 17 in Protest That Saw Mother Shot Dead

    CAIRO— An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to... Read more

  • the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Official: Islamic State Militants in Palmyra’s Museum

    DAMASCUS, Syria— A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which... Read more

  • Burma’s President Signs Off on Controversial Population Law

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    The Emperor’s Banquet

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  • Preparing to cut the ribbon at the opening of Sobeys in downtown Ottawa on May 22, 2015, are from left to right: Ottawa Food Bank executive director Michael Maidment, store manager John Leblanc, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, councillor Catherine McKenney, MP Paul Dewar, and MPP Yasir Naqvi. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Sobeys Urban Fresh Opens in Ottawa Centre

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  • Islamic State Loyalists Claim Saudi Mosque Attack

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated... Read more

  • Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Guinea Families Transport Bodies in Public Taxis

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  • Finance Minister Joe Oliver speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 30, 2015. He gave the keynote speech on May 19 in Toronto at the PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference and calls crowdfunding the "new way to raise capital." (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

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  • Two bronze horse statues by artist Josef Thorak are transported on a flatbed trailer in Bad Duerkheim, southwestern Germany, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Fredrik von Erichsen/dpa via AP)

    Dutch Art Sleuth Helps German Police Track Down Nazi Art

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  • Tourists walks in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Eiffel Tower Closed Amid Workers’ Anger About Pickpockets

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  • Migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia. Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    US Readies Air Patrols in Search for Rohingya Boat People

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  • Egyptians gather near Tahrir Square to protest the verdict in the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Ezzat, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

    Egypt Court Acquits 17 in Protest That Saw Mother Shot Dead

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  • Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Guinea Families Transport Bodies in Public Taxis

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  • A man and woman taking part in a Ebola prevention campaign holds a placard with an Ebola prevention information message in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

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  • A group of Burundian refugees waits for a soap and blanket distribution at Gashora on Bugesera in April 10, 2015. Burundian are fleeing Burundi accusing Imbonerakure, the youths league of the ruling party, of harassing and threatening them. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • South African president Jacob Zuma, front, stands before a guard of honor at Parliament before the yearly State of the Nation address in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Hutchings, Pool, File)

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  • a victim is evacuated by rescue workers outside the Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Italian police have arrested a Moroccan man on a Tunisian arrest warrant, accusing him of helping organize and execute the March 18 attack on Tunisia's Bardo museum that left 22 people dead, authorities said Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP/Hassene Dridi)

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  • Demonstrators face soldiers in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday May 18, 2015. The unit temporarily withdrew. The army has deployed throughout the town as hundreds return to the streets Monday to protest the president's decision to seek a third term in office. ( AP/Jerome Delay)

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  • Amnesty International director Mohammed Sektaoui, left, addresses reporters at a press conference next to Amnesty researcher Sirine Rached, in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Human rights group Amnesty International has issued a report documenting widespread torture by the Moroccan state, contrary to its public commitment to reform. The report recommended that lawyers be present during interrogations, allegations of torture be investigated and those reporting abuses be protected -- all measures present in the penal code but rarely implemented. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    Amnesty International Warns Over Torture Practice in Morocco

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  • Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in a defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Tarek el-Gabbas, File)

    Egypt Executes 6 Tried by Military Court as Bombs Wound 2

    CAIRO—Egypt executed six men Sunday convicted by a military court over a gunfight last year at a suspected bomb factory, as explosives planted outside of... Read more

  • FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian authorities switched the venue for the trial of the former Islamist president on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 a last-minute change made after the Muslim Brotherhood called for mass demonstrations at the original location. The trial of Morsi, now to be held east of the capital on Monday, could lead to another round of bloodshed as his supporters look likely to face an emboldened security apparatus that has boosted its forces for the hearing. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

    Bombs Target Courthouses in 2 Egyptian Cities

    CAIRO— Egyptian security officials say bombs have targeted courthouses in two cities, wounding two people in what could be retaliation for the sentencing to death... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, Egyptian policemen stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion believed to be a car bomb at a police headquarters building that killed at least a dozen people, wounded more than 100, and left scores buried under the rubble, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt. The militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has waged a campaign of bombings and assassinations for months in Egypt, has quickly advanced in weaponry and sophistication of attacks, drawing on the experience of Egyptians who fought in Syria. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf, File)

    Egypt Executes 6 Men Convicted of Killing Soldiers

    CAIRO— An Egyptian prison official says six men sentenced to death by a military court have been executed. The six men executed on Sunday were... Read more

  • President Pierre Nkurunziza makes a brief statement at the presidential palace in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sunday May 17, 2015.  This is the first time Nkurunziza has been seen in public since he returned to Burundi and the attempted coup against his government last week. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Burundi President Makes First Appearance Since Failed Coup

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi— Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first appearance in the capital since the attempted coup against his government last week. Nkurunziza appeared... Read more

  • An Ultras White Knights soccer fan, mourns over his friends who were killed in a riot on Sunday, outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    Egypt Court Bans Popular, Hard-Core ‘Ultra’ Soccer Fan Clubs

    CAIRO— An Egyptian court has banned the country’s hard-core soccer fan associations, known locally as “ultras,” over accusations that the groups are involved in terrorism... Read more

  • Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt’s national police academy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Court Sentences Egypt’s Ousted President to Death

    CAIRO— An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during... Read more

  • A man raises his arms as people celebrate in the streets of Bujumbura on May 13, 2015.  (Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images)

    Burundi Coup Plotters Arrested; Leader Hunted

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi—Two senior army officers and a police general accused of taking part in an attempted coup in Burundi have been arrested, a presidential spokesman... Read more

  • People walk past a burning barricade on a street in Bujumbura, Burundi on May 14, 2015 after a night marked by gunfire and explosions in various areas of the capital. (Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rival Forces Fight Over Key Sites in Burundi’s Capital

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  • A Moroccan special anti-terror units poses in  the new headquarters of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations in Sale, near Rabat, Morocco, Monday April 20, 2015.  The Bureau was inaugurated earlier this year as part of the kingdom's beefed up war against terrorism. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    Sahara Extremists Pledge Allegiance to Islamic State Group

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  • Demonstrators trying to march to the town center confront police, before they were dispersed with tear gas, in the Ngagara district of Bujumbura, Burundi Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP/Gildas Ngingo)

    Army General in Burundi Says President Is Ousted

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  • Aid Groups Say New South Sudan Bill May Restrict Their Work

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  • A group of women lay on the street to protest violence against women, in Pamplona northern Spain, Friday, April 10, 2015.  According to the World Health Organization recent global prevalence figures indicate that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    UN Official Cancels Visit to South Africa After Delays

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  • The Montreal skyline, with cruise ships in the foreground. (Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin)

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  • Quito’s central public square, Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square), is flanked by the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Plaza Grande Hotel.

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  • Charles Henry, 28, Clayton Faubion, 25, Charles Harstad, 23, and Jamal Arurag, 19, observe barreling waves behind the University of Guam Marine Lab on the island’s eastern coast during a powerful Pacific typhoon on Friday, May 15, 2015.  The National Weather Service said the center of Typhoon Dolphin had passed through a 50-mile-wide channel between Guam and the island of Rota.  (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo)

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  • New father, Wesley Branch, holds up his daughter at Narita Airport. Chloe who was born on an Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo, May 10, 2015. (Twitter/Air Canada)

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  • In this April 6, 2015 photo, Navilia Fantelus, left, sits with her daughter Magalie Cine, 21, and 18-month-old grandson Edson Multy during an interview at the Mercy & Sharing residential center in the community of Williamson, Arcahaie, Haiti.(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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  • Forensic personnel and investigators watch a truck with the corpse of a policeman in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on January 28, 2012. Banners signed 'New Cartel of Juarez' appeared in the streets of Ciudad Juarez, warning that if the secretary of local Public Safety Julian Leyzaola did not resign, a police officer was going to be murdered daily.(Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • State police stand next to a charred passenger bus, that was extinguished by firefighters in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo)

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  • In this April 16, 2015 photo, cacao beans are stored at the Agropampatar chocolate farm Co-op in El Clavo, Venezuela. Venezuela’s fine cacao, the raw ingredient for chocolate, is among the most sought-after in the world. Yet sellers can’t get the crop to those who want it. This winter the government canceled export permits and the beans are still sitting in burlap sacks on the same land where they were harvested with machetes and spread in the sun with wooden rakes. Workers say some of it is starting to go bad. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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  • a worker holds a handful of dry cacao beans ready to sell at the Agropampatar chocolate farm Co-op in El Clavo, Venezuela. Venezuela’s fine cacao, the raw ingredient for chocolate, is among the most sought-after in the world and connoisseurs still rhapsodize about Venezuelan beans, their complex flavor, the way they linger in the mouth, and the high and low notes they lend to the chocolate sold in places like Switzerland and Belgium. (AP/Fernando Llano)

    Export Freeze Sows Bitterness in Venezuela Chocolate Trade

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  • Plumes of smoke and ash billow from the Calbuco volcano as seen from Puerto Varas, Chile, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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  • People walk past Petrobras building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 12, 2014. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities.(AP Photo/Diego Main/Aton Chile)

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  • Alondra Luna Nunez, second from left, attends a press conference with her parents, right, Gustavo Luna and Susana Nunez, after landing at the Guanajuato International Airport in Silao, Mexico, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The 14-year-old Mexican girl, who was taken from her school by police and sent kicking and screaming to the U.S., returned home after DNA tests showed she is not related to an American woman searching for her missing daughter. There was no immediate explanation of why authorities did not confirm her identity before sending her out of the country. The woman at far left is an unidentified human rights worker. (AP Photo/Mario Armas)

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  • A young boy carries a cross with a message that reads in Spanish; "Enough of the shedding of immigrants' blood," during a Mass at the the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. A group of Central American migrants, who made a pilgrimage to the Basilica Saturday, is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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  • In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Cuban dissident Hildebrando Chaviano works at his laptop inside his home in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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  • A volcano in Colima, Mexico spews ash 2 miles into the air.

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  • Migrants perform a Friday prayer at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia Friday, May 22, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration. Half are Rohingya and the rest are from Bangladesh, the IOM said. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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  • Migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia. Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

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  • Acehnese fishermen are silhouetted by the rising sun as they rescue migrants who are stranded on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

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  • Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    Malaysia Orders Sea Search-and-Rescue for Migrants

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  • fishermen drive bottle-nose dolphins into a net during their annual hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Sept. 2, 2010. A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, one day after U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

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  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a banquet of a symposium on the "Future of Asia" in Tokyo, Thursday, May 21, 2015.  Vying to keep pace with China's rising influence and economic clout, Japan plans to provide $110 billion to help develop roads, ports and other infrastructure in Asia in the next five years, Prime Minister Abe said Thursday. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan Ups Ante in Race to Boost Influence in Asia With Cash

    TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that Tokyo will provide more than $100 billion to help develop roads, ports and other infrastructure in... Read more

  • A Nepalese army chopper, that spotted the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Bodies of 6 US Marines, 2 Nepalese in Crash Identified

    KATHMANDU, Nepal— Nepalese and U.S. military officials say they’ve identified all eight bodies recovered from the crash site of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media at a press conference held at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP/Ben Curtis)

    Kerry in South Korea to Talk Security, Cyber Issues

    SEOUL, South Korea— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea where he will be discussing security issues amid fresh fears of North... Read more

  • the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

    IS Group Enters Syrian Town of Palmyra, Nears Ancient Ruins

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters have pushed into the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins, and are clashing with government troops... Read more

  • A Nepalese army chopper, that spotted the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Nepal Army: All 8 Bodies Found in Crashed US Marine Chopper

    KATHMANDU, Nepal— The bodies of all eight people on board the U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal have been... Read more

  • Facilities destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes at the al-Duleimi military base, near the Sanaa International airport, in Yemen, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

    Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants Near Afghan Border

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s military says its warplanes have pounded militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants. In... Read more

  • Pakistan fighter jets fly in formation during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 23, 2015. Pakistan has demonstrated its first locally manufactured armed drone aircraft. The drone was introduced to the public Monday as part of Pakistan's Republic Day parade, with officials hailing it as a key element in the country's ongoing battle against local Islamic militant groups. The annual parade itself had been suspended for the past seven years due to fears of terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants Near Afghan Border

    ISLAMABAD— Pakistan’s military says its warplanes have pounded militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants... Read more

  • Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

    1,000 Migrants Land in Indonesia, Thailand in Growing Crisis

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 migrants came ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand on Friday, becoming the latest refugees to slip... Read more

  • Philippine National Police carry a body bag containing the remains of fire victims for DNA identification at a makeshift morgue at Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, May 14, 2015. On Thursday, police will open a criminal investigation into the fire incident at Kentex rubber slipper factory that killed dozens of people, as a relative of several of the victims said the blaze had trapped workers in the building's second floor where iron grills on windows prevented their escape. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Factory Where 72 Died Suspected of Breaking Law

    MANILA, Philippines— A factory where a fire killed 72 people violated employment laws, the Philippines’ top labor official said Friday, as more witness reports emerged... Read more

  • Nepalese residents dig through the remains of a collapsed house in this village in northeastern Nepal on May 14, 2015. Two very strong earthquakes struck Nepal killing over 8,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless within a period of three weeks. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA (MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nepal Rescuers Find 3 Bodies Near Crashed US Marine Chopper

    KATHMANDU, Nepal—Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief... Read more

  • Firemen train their hoses at the burning Kentex footwear factory at Valenzuela city, a northern suburb in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. At least three bodies have been recovered and there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said fire officials and Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city north of Manila. Dozens of workers reported missing were feared to have perished, the city mayor and fire officials said. (AP Photo)

    Philippine Police Investigating Factory Fire That Killed 72

    MANILA, Philippines— Philippine police are investigating as a criminal matter a fire that killed at least 72 factory workers who became trapped in the building’s... Read more

  • Students Connor Williams, left, and Cooper Wattam use a kayak to cross a flooded paddock in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Heavy rain caused flooding Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the evening commute. Crews struggled to clear highways, and the shutdown of Wellington's train services delayed travel for many. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

    Flooding in New Zealand Capital Halts Trains, Causes 1 Death

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Heavy rain caused flooding in New Zealand’s capital Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the... Read more

  • Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters that Malaysia, Australia and China, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (Greg Wood/AP)

    Search for Missing Malaysia Plane Yields Uncharted Shipwreck

    SYDNEY—Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate ocean waters off western Australia have discovered an old shipwreck, officials said Wednesday. The... Read more

  • Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, wearing army uniforms escort the convoy of Ismail Weld al-Sheikh, new U.N. special envoy to Yemen, at the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (AP/Hani Mohammed)

    Iran Warns Saudi, US Against Hindering Yemen Aid Ship

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian military official has warned the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemeni rebels that blocking an Iranian aid ship bound for... Read more

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    The Emperor’s Banquet

    There is a buzz backstage, models donning hair pieces and taking turns with the make up artist. On the other side of a folded barricade,... Read more

  • Preparing to cut the ribbon at the opening of Sobeys in downtown Ottawa on May 22, 2015, are from left to right: Ottawa Food Bank executive director Michael Maidment, store manager John Leblanc, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, councillor Catherine McKenney, MP Paul Dewar, and MPP Yasir Naqvi. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Sobeys Urban Fresh Opens in Ottawa Centre

    The new Sobeys Urban Fresh store at Metcalfe and Lisgar, whose grand opening was held on May 22, fills a much-needed gap in the grocery... Read more

  • Finance Minister Joe Oliver speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 30, 2015. He gave the keynote speech on May 19 in Toronto at the PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference and calls crowdfunding the "new way to raise capital." (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Exempt Capital Markets Critical for Small Business in Canada

    By definition, the average Canadian hears very little about the country’s exempt or private capital markets. Not much is typically known about the raising of... Read more

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    Newly Crowned Miss World Canada Says Father Threatened in China

    Chinese security forces have moved quickly to silence newly crowned Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, threatening her father who lives in China that if she... Read more

  • Canadians Warned of Scams with RCMP and Do Not Call List Impersonators

    Canadians are being warned about two telephone scams that involve impersonation of the RCMP and the National Do Not Call List. The RCMP says several... Read more

  • Bob Barker Wants Marineland Killer Whale Included in Ontario’s Proposed Orca Ban

    TORONTO—Bob Barker, former host of CBS’s “The Price is Right,” wants an upcoming ban on the breeding and acquisition of orcas in Ontario to include... Read more

  • Conservatives Give Green Light to Third Election Debate

    OTTAWA—The Conservatives are keeping their grip on the pre-election steering wheel, agreeing to a third national debate—one to be held on Stephen Harper’s home turf... Read more

  • Leader of Quebec’s Third Party says Peladeau Already Hurting Investment

    QUEBEC—The leader of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future believes the perception that Pierre Karl Peladeau could become the next premier is already hurting private investments... Read more

  • Health Canada is looking into whether fruit juice should be omitted from the Food Guide. Obesity experts have long argued that fruit juices should be removed from Canada’s Food Guide because of their high sugar and caloric content. (Shutterstock*)

    Health Canada Mulls Dumping Fruit Juice From Food Guide

    TORONTO—The federal government is considering whether fruit juice should be squeezed out as a healthy dietary choice under Canada’s Food Guide. The dietary bible recommends... Read more

  • RCMP Arrest 10 Youths Suspected of Wanting to Join Jihadists Overseas

    MONTREAL—Ten young people suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups overseas were arrested last weekend at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, the RCMP said late Tuesday... Read more

  • A fishing boat passes the Kinder Morgan Burnaby Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., on May 2, 2014. A prominent economist has dropped out of the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline that carries crude oil to Vancouver to be loaded on tankers. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    Expert Drops out of ‘Biased’ Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Review

    VANCOUVER—A prominent economist has dropped out of the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, accusing the board of betraying... Read more

  • The Montreal skyline, with cruise ships in the foreground. (Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin)

    Montreal: A Treasure Box Waiting to be Discovered

    Pay a visit to Montreal any time of year and for sure there will be something to enjoy. It is a vibrant city that brims... Read more

  • A young woman practices Falun Dafa exercises on Nathan Phillips Square, May 17.(Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

    Celebrating in the Face of Persecution

    TORONTO—Today is a time to rejoice for these few hundred meditators who have gathered on Nathan Phillips Square, people who believe they’ve found the law... Read more

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    Millennials’ Attention Spans One Second Shorter Than Goldfish

    Canadians’ increasingly digital lives are affecting the way they interact with the world, says a Microsoft Canada report. In an age of limitless computing power,... Read more

  • Torontonian Anastasia Lin was named Miss World Canada in a ceremony in Vancouver on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Andrew Chin)

    Human Rights Activist Anastasia Lin Crowned Miss World Canada

    Human rights advocate Anastasia Lin of Toronto was crowned Miss World Canada in an event in Vancouver on Saturday, May 16. Born in China, 25-year-old... Read more

  • Statue at Regina Legislature Commemorates Deaths of Millions in Ukraine

    REGINA—Dignitaries and members of the Ukrainian community gathered in Regina to officially dedicate a statue that will serve as a permanent reminder of the Holodomor,... Read more

  • Visitors look at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. Canadians can expect to see multiple federal election debates during this campaign season as part of a major upheaval in the way the leaders square off in person. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Up for Debate: Parties Shaking up Old System of Election Face-Offs

    OTTAWA—Canadians can expect to see multiple federal election debates during this campaign season, likely over the summer and in different formats, as part of a... Read more

  • New International Shipping Rules to Protect Arctic Waters

    The fragile and increasingly ice-free waters of the Arctic are expected to benefit from tougher environmental rules likely to be passed this week when an... Read more

  • A community mailbox is seen in the east end of Montreal March 5, 2015. A survey of residents in communities that have lost home postal delivery shows respondents having problems accessing the new mailboxes due to snow, as well as incidents of slips and falls. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Snow, Ice Among Problems for Residents Accessing New Communal Mailboxes, Survey Finds

    A new survey of residents in communities that have lost home postal delivery shows respondents reporting difficulty accessing Canada Post’s new community mailboxes due to... Read more

  • Canadians Join Campaigners Calling for End to UN Peacekeeper Sex Abuse

    OTTAWA—An international coalition that includes the former Canadian UN ambassador Stephen Lewis and retired general and senator Romeo Dallaire launched a campaign Wednesday to end... Read more

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres, visits an informal Syrian refugee seaside camp, in the southern costal town of Sarafand, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Guterres is visiting Lebanon along with Abdullah Al-Matouq, UN Secretary General Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait to visit Syrian refugees in south Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    AP Interview: Top UN Official Says Europe Must Open Borders

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan— The head of the U.N.’s refugee agency says borders must be “open to Syrians everywhere,” including in Europe, and that the world... Read more

  • Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, shake hands as they walk at a main shopping street at the breakaway northern part of the Cypriot divided capital Nicosia on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital’s medieval center to raise the feel-good factor as talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island kick into gear. It’s the first time that the leaders have done so together since the east Mediterranean island was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus’ Rival Leaders Take Stroll Through Divided Capital

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— Rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital’s medieval center to raise the feel-good... Read more

  • Two bronze horse statues by artist Josef Thorak are transported on a flatbed trailer in Bad Duerkheim, southwestern Germany, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Fredrik von Erichsen/dpa via AP)

    Dutch Art Sleuth Helps German Police Track Down Nazi Art

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two... Read more

  • Tourists walks in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Eiffel Tower Closed Amid Workers’ Anger About Pickpockets

    PARIS—The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors... Read more

  • Andrzej Duda, the main right wing candidate in Poland's presidential elections, arrives for the presidential debate in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Poland Presidential Vote Could Bring Return to Turbulence

    WARSAW, Poland— Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his... Read more

  • Ukrainian prisoners of war wait in line before a prisoner exchange in Russia-backed separatist controlled territory, near the village of Zholobok, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Luhansk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Amnesty Says Torture Of Ukraine War Prisoners Is Rife

    KIEV, Ukraine— Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights... Read more

  • European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi arrives for a meeting of the eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, May 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    ECB Head Draghi: Growth Is ‘Too Low Everywhere’ in Europe

    SINTRA, Portugal — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said that “growth is too low everywhere” in the 19-country eurozone despite a modest recovery. Draghi... Read more

  • Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Alexander Lukashenko, Petro Poroshenko

    A Look at EU-Russia Tug-of-War Over 6 East European Nations

    RIGA, Latvia—A quarter century after the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe opened, the European Union nations and Russia are again involved in a tug-of-war,... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Feb. 17 2015, Abdelmajid Touil, right, waits to be disembarked in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy.  (Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/ANSA via AP Photo)

    Mystery Surrounds Movements of Italy’s Tunisia Bardo Suspect

    ROME—The mystery over the migrant-turned-suspect in Tunisia’s Bardo Museum massacre intensified Thursday amid questions about his alleged involvement and his movements in Italy after arriving... Read more

  • In this May 16, 2015 photo, the leader of Ciudadanos Party (Citizens), Albert Rivera, arrives for an electoral campaign rally for upcoming local elections in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spanish Political Renegade Poses Threat to Dominant Parties

    BARCELONA, Spain—Nearly a decade ago, Albert Rivera caused a stir in Spanish local politics by posing nude in campaign posters. These days, he sports Hugo... Read more

  • Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt, western Germany, on Jan. 22, 2015. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    ECB Committed to See Stimulus Program Through, Account Shows

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Accounts of the European Central Bank’s last meeting show it is committed to completing its 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program. The bank... Read more

  • In this late Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo,  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv)

    Ukraine Lawmakers Suspend Military Cooperation With Russia

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday voted to suspend military cooperation with Russia in a long-anticipated move signaling a further break in relations between the once-close... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, a Russian officer guard patrols at Kant, a Russian air base, outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with a Su-25 ground attack jet parked is in background. Russia has used the base to protect its interests in the strategically placed ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

    Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia-Led Trade Bloc

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstanv— The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan has joined the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led trade bloc. President Almazbek Atambayev on Thursday signed the... Read more

  • An injured Ukrainian soldier Vadim Pugovetsa sits in his room at a hospital in town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Ukraine Open to Hosting Missile-Defense System

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine is open to considering proposals to place a ballistic missile-defense system on its territory to ward off the risk of attacks from Russia,... Read more

  • In this May 4, 2015 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard that reads: "Stop to Mass Surveillance", during a gathering at Invalides, Paris, to protest against the emergency government surveillance law. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    For US Allies, Paradigm Shift in Intelligence Collection

    PARIS—Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new... Read more

  • Commuters queue to board a bus during a 24-hour strike by Lisbon's subway workers, in Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The strike was against pay cuts and the public company's possible privatisation. (AP/Francisco Seco)

    Despite Growth Uptick, Full Recovery Still Far for Europe

    FRANKFURT, Germany—Europe’s economy has been down so long, even a bit of growth looks like recovery. Markets were cheered, to be sure, by last week’s... Read more

  • Alexander Alexandrov, who says he is a sergeant with the Russian special forces from the Volga River city of Togliatti, lies in a military hospital bed, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May, 19, 2015. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Russian Captured in Eastern Ukraine Says He Is Fine

    KIEV, Ukraine—Representatives of Amnesty International and the OSCE have visited the two captured fighters whom Ukraine claims are Russian soldiers in a Kiev hospital. Russia... Read more

  • 3D-printed chicken nuggets, by Natural Machines' Foodini 3D food printer. (Courtesy of Natural Machines)

    No Need to Cook, Now You Can 3D-Print Your Food

    The Italian food company Barilla has developed the world’s first 3-D-pasta printer. Using water and semolina flour milled from durum wheat—just like the company’s traditional... Read more

  • Commander of the 92nd Brigade Viktor Nikolyuk displays a rifle seized from Russian soldiers during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 18, 2015.  (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Economic Toll of Conflict Builds up for Ukraine

    There seems to be no bottom for Ukraine’s economy. The extent of the damage caused by the conflict in the country’s east was highlighted in... Read more

  • first-grade bilingual teacher Gabby Nunez-Reagan writes on a SMART Board at Seth Whitman Elementary School in Belvidere. (Max Gersh/Rockford Register Star via AP)

    Unequal Schools in France Prompt Strike, Soul-Searching

    PARIS—France is proposing education reforms that would end elite bilingual programs and give schools more say in how students spend their time — a move... Read more

  • A young student reads Sanskrit scripts while attending class at Budhanilkantha Vedh Vidhya ashram, a school imparting vedic knowledge  in Katmandu, Nepal, on June 13, 2013.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    India’s Sanskrit Revival Has the Flavor of Historical Caste Control

    The new Indian government has engaged the country in a controversial revival of a relatively obscure ancient language. So far, it has required students to replace the study... Read more

  • A Greenpeace activist demonstrates during a 30-hour long protest in New Delhi on November 16, 2013, to demand the release of a group of Greenpeace activists being held in Russia. (RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Restricts Greenpeace, Ford Foundation Over Internal Security Concerns

    Last month, the Indian government placed tight restrictions on two major international NGOs operating in the country, claiming the organizations misreported donations and funded groups not... Read more

  • Indian Prime Miniser Narendra Modi (C) launches the "Make In India" project as Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitaraman looks on in New Delhi on September 25, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged September 25 to slash red tape and harness the benefits of a huge young population as he launched a campaign to attract global business to manufacture in India. India's business-friendly new leader wants to revive his country's flagging economic fortunes by kickstarting a manufacturing sector long eclipsed by that of neighbouring China. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Steel Firm Failures Suggest Much Work Remains for Indian Government if ‘Make in India’ Is to Succeed

    A South Korea-based steel manufacturing corporation has signaled it may be on the verge of scrapping plans to establish a facility in India capable of producing 12... Read more

  • Indian security personnel walk past the debris of a police vehicle blown up by suspected Maoist rebels in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Authorities say leftist rebels detonated a land mine under the police vehicle and killed seven officers in the central jungles of India. The officers had been part of a special force tasked with flushing the Maoist rebels out of their strongholds in the states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. (AP Photo)

    Maoist Rebels in Central India Kill 1 Villager, Release 250

    PATNA, India— Maoist rebels killed one villager and released around 250 others they had held for a day to stop the construction of a bridge... Read more

  • Indian sales executive looks at a model of an luxury apartment complex on a construction site of an apartment tower in Mumbai on August 9, 2010. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Struggles to Curb Developer Fraud

    It is a situation all too typical for Indian homeowners. A local developer promises to build luxurious villas and apartments—in this example it was in the heart... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 photograph, students attend a class at a cram school in Kota, India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    Indian Business Guru Teaches Wealth Creation Through Mentoring

    Silicon Valley insider Venk Shukla has enjoyed a colorful past. He has led a scholarship fund for the poorest kids in India to become doctoral... Read more

  • An Indian man reads a newspaper with front-page news of Nepal earthquake in Mumbai, India, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Indian Media Berated for Insensitive Reporting of Nepal Quake

    In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake that claimed over 7,000 lives, nations from all over the world offered their assistance, and neighboring India was... Read more

  • Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Helicopters Evacuate Nepal Earthquake Victims, Mudslide Increases Suffering

    GORKHA, Nepa—Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,600 people,... Read more

  • India Suspends Al-jazeera Broadcasts for 5 Days Over Maps

    NEW DELHI— The TV network Al-Jazeera is off the air in India following a 5-day suspension ordered by the government over maps the network used... Read more

  • India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), walks the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill alongside Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, Canada on April 15, 2015. PM Modi will continue his official visit to Canada in Toronto and Vancouver. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Relations Between Canada and India Back on Track, Visiting PM Says

    OTTAWA—The relationship between India and Canada is now back on track, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday after signing a number of bilateral agreements,... Read more

  • In this Aug. 21, 2012 file photo, Indian policemen prepare to remove a Greenpeace activist as he holds a banner near the area of government offices and the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India. India's home ministry says it is temporarily suspending the registration of Greenpeace India because it is under-reporting foreign contributions and using them without government approval. (AP Photo, file)

    India Accuses Greenpeace, Amnesty, Action Aid, of Working for ‘Western Governments’

    NEW DELHI—India’s home ministry on Thursday temporarily suspended the registration of Greenpeace India, saying it was under-reporting foreign contributions and using them without government approval... Read more

  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a conference by The Environment Ministry in New Delhi, India, April 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    India’s Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles for Rising Pollution

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday blamed the changing lifestyles that have come with India’s economic development for rising pollution levels that have given the... Read more

  • Two rickshaw pullers wait their turn to consult a doctor about drug addition treatments at a free street clinic in old Delhi on Feb. 9, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Street Clinic in Delhi Gives a Leg Up to the Homeless

    NEW DELHI— Every Monday and Thursday a street side clinic for drug addicts, homeless, and the mentally ill appears amidst the clatter of hawkers and... Read more

  • Mohammed Ayub teaches children from slums at his makeshift school in a park in Islamabad, Pakistan on  March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids in Outdoor School

    ISLAMABAD—On any given day in the Pakistani capital, a group of young people can be seen gathered outdoors in an open field, books open and... Read more

  • A man urinating in the garden of Purana Qila, the oldest of the forts in Delhi on Feb. 7. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    India Tries Public Shaming to Tackle Its Culture of Public Urination

    NEW DELHI—It’s a common sight in India to see men peeing against walls and trees in public, a problem that is older than the country’s... Read more

  • Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, left, listens to Klaus Martin Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, during the opening plenary of India Economic Summit in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Business leaders, government, civil society and academia representatives from more than 40 countries are participating in the three-day summit, organised by the World Economic Forum in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), according to news reports. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    India’s New Budget Aims to Boost Growth and Infrastructure

    NEW DELHI— India’s finance minister announced the government’s new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high... Read more

  • A woman and her Tsunamika doll at the Upasana Integral Design studio in Auroville, India on Jan. 27, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Ten Years After Tsunami in India, ‘Tsunamika’ Dolls Still Helping People Rebuild

    PUDUCHERRY, India—A tsunami struck India’s southern coasts in December of 2004, whisking away the livelihoods of fisherman whose boats and other equipment they depended on... Read more

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    Kids in Rural India Are Getting the Wrong Medicine

    Even when health care providers in rural India know the right treatment for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, they rarely prescribe them correctly, according to a... Read more

  • An Indian woman and her children cover their faces with masks as preventive measures against swine flu inside Gandhi Hospital premise in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Swine flu has claimed more than 20 lives in the Hyderabad region in the month of January, according to Indian news reports. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

    Indian Health Authorizes Say 700 Have Died in Flu Outbreak

    NEW DELHI— Health authorities have been struggling to ensure adequate medical supplies reach remote hospitals across northern and western India where a flu outbreak has... Read more

  • A cow at a shelter for abandoned, orphaned, and disabled cows in Kishangarh village, New Delhi, India on Feb. 3, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    96 Villages Maintain Delhi’s Oldest Shelter for Abandoned Cows

    NEW DELHI—A community-supported shelter for abandoned cows in New Delhi may provide a compassionate solution to India’s stray cattle problem. Roving street cows are ubiquitous... Read more

  • Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Alexander Lukashenko, Petro Poroshenko

    A Look at EU-Russia Tug-of-War Over 6 East European Nations

    RIGA, Latvia—A quarter century after the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe opened, the European Union nations and Russia are again involved in a tug-of-war,... Read more

  • This photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)

    ISIS in Full Control of Palmyra Ruins

    DAMASCUS, Syria—ISIS extremists overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns... Read more

  • Meat labels at a grocery store in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Should Consumers Have the Right to Know Where Their Meat Comes From?

    Recent developments in an ongoing trade dispute between the United States, Mexico, and Canada may have lasting consequences for grocery shoppers: the disappearance of food... Read more

  • Practitioners from all ages demonstrate the exercises of Falun Dafa in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during World Falun Dafa Day on May 13, 2015. (Epoch Times)

    Paris: Falun Dafa Day 2015 in the Square of Freedom and Human rights

    Paris, 10th May: It is in front of the Eiffel Tower, on the Trocadero esplanade that practitioners of Falun Dafa gathered to celebrate the 23rd... Read more

  • AUSTRALIA: Queensland Falun Gong practitioners attend World Falun Dafa Day. (Laurel Andress/Epoch Times)

    World Faun Dafa Day Celebrated in Brisbane, Australia

    Approximately 90 practitioners and their children of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) interacted with the community at the top of busy Queens St... Read more

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    Ebola Isn’t Going to Spread Through the Air

    During the peak of the Ebola epidemic last fall a frightening new possibility surfaced: Could a specific mutation allow the disease to spread through the... Read more

  • Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain's best-known human rights activists, gets word from his lawyer on his appeal at his home in Bani Jamra, Bahrain, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Rajab is free on bail during the appeal of his conviction and six-month jail sentence for insulting government ministries on Twitter. Rajab said his lawyer told him the court had postponed a decision until April 15. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Bahrain Activist

    MANAMA, Bahrain— A Bahraini appeals court on Thursday upheld a verdict against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab for insulting government ministries on Twitter, his lawyer... Read more

  • A Congolese woman and children displaced by the latest fighting seek refuge near the UN base in the village of Kiwanja, 90 kms north of Goma, eastern Congo, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008. Heavy fighting erupted for a second day Wednesday between rebels and a pro-government militia in Congo's lawless east, but a wider cease-fire was holding around this provincial capital, U.N. officials and a rebel commander said. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    23 People Killed By Rebels In Villages In Congo’s East

    KINSHASA, Congo— An administrator in North Kivu province in Congo’s east says 23 bodies have been found after an attack on several villages by suspected... Read more

  • In a Monday, March 16, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting in Or Yehuda near Tel Aviv, Israel, a day ahead of legislative elections. After a strong performance in last week’s parliamentary election, Netanyahu seems to be cruising toward forming a new government of hardline and religious parties. But in the smoke-and-mirrors world of Israeli politics, a centrist government more amenable to peace negotiations could easily emerge at the last minute instead. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    Israeli Parliament Votes to Expand Number of Ministers

    JERUSALEM— Israel’s parliament has approved a contentious legislation that expands the number of government ministers — clearing the way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new... Read more

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    Army General in Burundi Says President Is Ousted

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi— An army general said on a private radio station in Burundi on Wednesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza’s mandate is over, however whether he... Read more

  • A Big Mac hamburger and french fries are pictured in a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Central London on August 6, 2008.  (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

    UK McDonald’s Refused to Serve Customer Who Looked Homeless

    A McDonald’s manager in England refused to serve a customer when he assumed the man was homeless, according to local press. Daniel Jackson, a 27-year-old... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 8, 2015. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Is Celebrating a Fantasy History of World War II in Russia

    For Russia’s end-of-World War II parade this weekend, the Chinese regime has sent as representatives a towering, hundred man-strong honor guard, and the descendants of... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 photo, Portuguese Lourenco Macedo Santos, left, is welcomed by villagers at Ichangu Narayan on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

    Portuguese Travelers Turn Into Aid Agency After Nepal Quake

    ICHANGU NARAYAN, Nepal — They arrived in Nepal as backpackers a day before a deadly earthquake that flattened large swaths of this impoverished Himalayan nation... Read more

  • The walls of Sydney's Town Hall railway station are bedecked to resemble a Woolworths' supermarket shelf in Australia's first virtual supermarket, on February 19, 2012. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Woolworths)

    Grocery Shopping for the 21st Century: Man Versus Machine

    Digital technology is about to take over a new territory: grocery shopping. Or rather, a new global survey shows the extent to which the domination’s already... Read more

  • A Russia-backed rebel fighter holds a sniper rifle while wearing a mask in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Feb. 20, 2015.  (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)

    Ukraine Soldiers Killed in Unrest in the East

    KIEV, Ukraine— Ukraine’s army says two soldiers have died in renewed bouts of fighting in the east, where skirmishes between government and separatist forces are... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, May 2, 2015, Santoshi Shrestha, 23, left,  piles reusable rocks with neighbors in hopes to rebuild their home in the destroyed village of Pokharidanda, near the epicenter of last week's massive earthquake, in the Gorkha District of Nepal. A week after the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal near here, in the central Gorkha District, people in many villages along the roads have stopped waiting for the government to bring help.  Their needs are vast, but Nepal is so short on relief supplies and the means to distribute them that officials are focusing on the farthest flung reaches of the remote Himalayas. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Quake Hobbles Nepal, So Villagers Fend For Selves

    POKHARIDANDA, Nepal— Knock-kneed children drag scavenged sleeping mats into tarpaulin tents. Grandmothers clear rocks from demolition sites once called homes. And prodigal sons who rushed... Read more

  • In this June 20, 2014 photo, North Korean people rest next to the railroad tracks in a town in North Korea's North Hamgyong province. The Associated Press was granted permission to embark on a weeklong road trip across North Korea to the country’s spiritual summit Mount Paektu. The trip was on North Korea's terms. An AP reporter and photographer couldn't interview ordinary people or wander off course, and government "minders" accompanied them the entire way. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    S. Korea Confirms College Student Held in N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea has confirmed that North Korea detained a South Korean student of New York University, but says it’s still unclear whether... Read more

  • A Syrian boy mourns in the rubble of a building following a reported air strike by government forces on the rebel held area in the east of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 13, 2015.  (Karam Al- Masri/AFP/Getty Images)

    US To Look Into Claim Airstrike Killed 52 Civilians In Syria

    BEIRUT—A Syrian rights group says the civilian death toll from a U.S.-led airstrike in Syria has climbed to at least 52 as American forces say... Read more

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William on the day of their graduation ceremony at St Andrew's University in St Andrew's on June 23, 2005 in Scotland. (Photo by the Middleton Family/Clarence House via GettyImages)

    Photos: Timeline of William and Kate from College Sweethearts to Second Baby

    Britain’s royal couple had their second child on May 2, a daughter who becomes fourth in line for the throne. Here are some highlights of the... Read more

  • Jolly Amatya, co- chair of the youth assembly at the United Nation and a Native from Nepal, reads messages on her Facebook page from her friends and family who are in Nepal who were effected by the quake. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    How One Young Nepali Woman in NYC Unexpectedly Started a Grassroots Aid Network

    There were voices everywhere. Voices pleading for help and voices crying. Avi Shrestha, a 30-year-old resident in Kathmandu, lifted handfuls of debris as fast as he could... Read more

  • FILE -   In this  Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, file photo, a Shiite militiaman stands guard in Amirli, where 15,000 Shiite Turkmens were stranded in the farming community surrounded by militants since mid-July, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The vengeance that Iraq’s Shiite militias mete out as they fight the Islamic State group can be just as savage as that of their sworn sectarian enemies. In a grisly video recently posted online, Shiite fighters pose with bodies they have decapitated, with one militiamen grinning as he skins a corpse. Growing brutality by Shiite militias is posing a challenge for the government: It depends on the fighters, who have been credited with recent victories against the Islamic State group, while the regular army still struggles to get back on its feet. (AP Photo, File)

    Official: Iraq Recaptures Town in Iraq’s Anbar Province

    BAGHDAD— An Iraqi security official says government forces and Shiite militias have recaptured a town lost to Islamic State militants a day earlier. Police Col... Read more

  • This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)

    Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Mosque Suicide Attack

    CAIRO—The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more “black days” loom ahead in... Read more

  • the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Official: Islamic State Militants in Palmyra’s Museum

    DAMASCUS, Syria— A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which... Read more

  • Islamic State Loyalists Claim Saudi Mosque Attack

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated... Read more

  • In a Monday, March 16, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting in Or Yehuda near Tel Aviv, Israel, a day ahead of legislative elections. After a strong performance in last week’s parliamentary election, Netanyahu seems to be cruising toward forming a new government of hardline and religious parties. But in the smoke-and-mirrors world of Israeli politics, a centrist government more amenable to peace negotiations could easily emerge at the last minute instead. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    Abbas: Israeli Settlement Expansion Blocks Any Peace Deal

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his... Read more

  • A man looks at a damaged car after a suicide attack in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Suicide Bomber Targets Shiite Worshippers in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—An activist says a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the birth of a revered... Read more

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    IS Captures Iraqi Town, Purges Opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

    BAGHDAD— Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader... Read more

  • Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq (R) greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting in the capital Baghdad, Iraq, June 23, 2014. Kerry said the fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week and is largely dependent on whether its leaders meet a deadline for starting to build a new government. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

    Iraq Deputy PM Appeals for More Help

    SOUTHERN SHUNE, Jordan— Iraq’s deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the... Read more

  • FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP, File)

    Fears Mount Over Palmyra as ISIS Expands Territory in Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian... Read more

  • FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP, File)

    Islamic State in Control of Palmyra Ruins, Activists Say

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists... Read more

  • Palestinian Parliament member  Khalida Jarrar of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) attends a court session at the Israeli Ofer military base near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, May 21, 2015. An Israeli military court has ruled that Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar should be released on bail, but has ordered her held for at least three more days while the prosecutor decides whether to appeal.  Jarrar, 52, was seized from her West Bank home in pre-dawn army raid on April 2. She has been charged with membership in a small leftist PLO faction banned by Israel and with inciting violence.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israel Court Orders Palestinian Woman Lawmaker Freed on Bail

    OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank—An Israeli military court has ruled that Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar should be released on bail, but has ordered her held... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Jordanian women sew jeans for the U.S. market in a garment factory in the village of Kitteh in northern Jordan. The factory opened last year and created employment in an area where options had largely been limited to men joining the army and women staying home. Yet for  millions of young people in the Middle East and North Africa, jobs remain out of reach and the problem of youth unemployment has only worsened in the post-Arab Spring turmoil. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Mideast Youth Unemployment Rises Amid Post-Arab Spring Chaos

    KITTEH, Jordan — Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in... Read more

  • This photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)

    ISIS in Full Control of Palmyra Ruins

    DAMASCUS, Syria—ISIS extremists overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns... Read more

  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a Syrian policeman patrolling the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

    Islamic State Seizes Ancient Town of Palmyra in Syria

    BEIRUT—Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during a ceremony for new Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Netanyahu on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Israeli Prime Minister Calls Off West Bank Bus Segregation

    JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his own defense... Read more

  • Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the possibility that the Islamic State militant leader killed Friday was the captor of American hostage Kayla Mueller for a time. (AP/The Daily Courier, Jo. L. Keener)

    US Looking Into Whether Hostage Was Kept by IS Leader

    WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the possibility that the Islamic State militant leader killed Friday was the captor of American hostage Kayla Mueller for a... Read more

  • Deborah Tice, mother of Austin Tice who is missing in Syria, speaks during a press conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Journalist Austin Tice, of Houston, Texas, disappeared in August 2012 while covering Syria's civil war. It's not clear what entity is holding him, but it is not believed to be the Islamic State group or the Syrian government, his family has said. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

    Mother of US Reporter Missing in Syria Pleads for Answers

    BEIRUT—The mother of an American journalist missing in Syria for nearly three years pleaded on Tuesday for information about him, saying she believes that he... Read more

  • Israel Advances Plan to Develop Western Wall Holy Site

    JERUSALEM—Israel’s new Cabinet has approved a plan for development at the Western Wall, a key Jewish holy site next to Jerusalem’s most combustible area. Past... Read more

  • A boy and his sisters watch graffiti artists spray on a wall, commemorating the victims who were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen’s Capital Sees Heaviest Airstrikes Since Truce Expired

    SANAA, Yemen—The Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday carried out the heaviest airstrikes on the Yemeni capital since a five-day truce with Yemen’s Shiite rebels expired earlier... Read more

  • Syrian refugee Fatmeh Ahmed, 20, holds her 10-month-old son, Hassan, in their shack on a peach farm near the northern Jordanian community of Salhiyeh. Ahmed, and her husband live on $9-a-day jobs on the farm, after they lost $100 a month in food vouchers due to cuts by the cash-strapped World Food Program. (AP/Raad Adayleh)

    Syrian Refugees Struggle Amid Aid Cuts, Lack of Labor Rights

    SALHIYEH, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian refugee couple and their baby boy were recently dropped from a U.N. food voucher program and live on $9-a-day... Read more


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