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Captain and Crew of Capsized Migrant Boat Arrested

A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP)
A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP)

CATANIA, Sicily—Prosecutors said Tuesday they have arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya...

Africa

Children in Senegal Forced to Beg Despite Law

DAKAR, Senegal—Twelve-year-old Youssuf and 7-year-old Mamadou start their day at 5 a.m. walking from a Dakar, Senegal suburb into the city to beg for money. The older boy must come back with 700 CFA ($1) and the younger 500CFA ($0.80), …... Read More


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  • A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP)

    As More Migrants Drown Italy Premier Decries ‘Escalation in these death voyages’

    MILAN—Shaken by the feared drowning of hundreds of people in the latest Mediterranean tragedy, European leaders struggled Monday for an adequate response in the face... Read more

  • Migrants arrive in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in Sicily. (Giovanni Solino/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Trying to Rein in Illegal Immigration as Hundreds of Immigrants Feared Dead at Sea (+ video)

    MILAN—As EU officials are putting their heads together to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, rescuers responded to two new migrant emergencies off Libya and a... Read more

  • Scientists at the University of the West of England are  testing a urinal that, through a biochemical process, could turn pee into light.

    Researchers Test Urine-Tricity to Power Lights for Toilets in Conflict Zones (+Video)

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  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2015 photo, Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish smiles during an interview with The Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Arab Journalist Defiantly Accepts Israeli Honor

    JAFFA, Israel (AP) — When 14 Israelis light torches in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country at Israel’s splashy Independence Day ceremony on... Read more

  • This is a Wednesday, March 25, 2015  file photo of FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington.

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    Professional Hunter from Texas Killed by the Elephant He was Tracking

    The hunter has become the hunted. A big game hunter, Ian Gibson, was trampled to death by an elephant he was attempting to kill for... Read more

  • Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    2 Boats Carrying 400 People Send Distress Calls

    Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Italian and Maltese ships are responding to two migrant emergencies near the Libyan coast. Renzi told a joint press conference... Read more

  • This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, Sunday, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. (Militant video via AP)

    ISIS Video: New Beheading Footage Has Terrorist with American Accent

    ISIS has apparently released a new video, purportedly showing the beheadings of 35 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.  “Muslim blood shed under the hands of your... Read more

  • Thai officers display seized ivory at Port of Bangkok headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thailand Finds Record Number of Elephant Tusks in Bean Sacks (+ video)

    BANGKOK—The white ivory stood in sharp contrast to the dark beans that were hiding four tons of ivory smuggled from Congo on Monday. Thai customs officials,... Read more

  • Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, is located on Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Large Explosions From Airstrikes Rock Yemeni Capital

    SANAA, Yemen—Saudi-led airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed... Read more

  • Environmental activist Yevgenia Chirikova stands in the clearing, in the Khimki forest north of Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

    Environmentalist Flees Russia, Citing Fears for Children

    MOSCOW (AP)—Russia’s leading environmentalist, whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country’s richest men, has moved to Estonia to ensure she... Read more

  • This image made from video shows the scene following a bomb attack on a van carrying U.N. employees in Garowe, in the semiautonomous Puntland region of northern Somalia Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

    Al-Shabab Bombs UN Van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF Workers Killed

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police and... Read more

  • A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters stand on a burned-out car outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    South Africa Reports 7 Deaths in Anti-Immigrant Violence

    JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s president says a total of seven people have died in ongoing attacks on immigrants here and he postponed a key ceremony because of... Read more

  • A migrant receives first aid upon disembarking at Palermo's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

    Malta to Bury 24 Victims of Latest Shipwreck Tragedy

    MILAN—An Italian coast guard ship headed toward Sicily Monday with 27 survivors of what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy, as EU foreign ministers... Read more

  • Saudis stroll in a  shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday Oct. 31, 2003. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Saudi Arabia Increases Security Measures Amid Threats

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia is beefing up security around shopping centers and oil facilities after receiving information about possible threats to the sites. Interior... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses MP's at the Greek Parliament in Athens on Feb. 5. Tsipras tried but failed in an April 8 visit to Moscow to get Russia to provide loans that would help Greece out of its economic crisis. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    IMF’s Thomsen See ‘A Little More Momentum’ on Greece

    ATHENS, Greece— The head of the International Monetary Fund’s department in Europe says Greece’s bailout talks have gathered “a little more momentum” but stressed that... Read more

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    Professional Hunter from Texas Killed by the Elephant He was Tracking

    The hunter has become the hunted. A big game hunter, Ian Gibson, was trampled to death by an elephant he was attempting to kill for... Read more

  • This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, Sunday, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. (Militant video via AP)

    ISIS Video: New Beheading Footage Has Terrorist with American Accent

    ISIS has apparently released a new video, purportedly showing the beheadings of 35 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.  “Muslim blood shed under the hands of your... Read more

  • This image made from video shows the scene following a bomb attack on a van carrying U.N. employees in Garowe, in the semiautonomous Puntland region of northern Somalia Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

    Al-Shabab Bombs UN Van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF Workers Killed

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police and... Read more

  • A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters stand on a burned-out car outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    South Africa Reports 7 Deaths in Anti-Immigrant Violence

    JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s president says a total of seven people have died in ongoing attacks on immigrants here and he postponed a key ceremony because of... Read more

  • Somali soldiers look at the bodies of suspected attackers after a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A number of people were killed on Tuesday when attackers stormed the ministry of higher education after a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the gate of the office complex, opening the way for gunmen to enter, according to a senior police officer. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Al-shabab Bombs UN Van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF Workers Killed

    MOGADISHU, Somalia— A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police... Read more

  • This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, Sunday, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. (Militant video via AP)

    New Video Shows ISIS Killing Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    CAIRO—ISIS extremists in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of... Read more

  • A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters demonstrate outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    South Africa Faces Crisis Over Anti-Immigrant Attacks

    JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s president on Saturday canceled a foreign trip in order to deal with a wave of attacks on immigrants that have killed at least... Read more

  • A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters stand on a burned-out car outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Anti-Immigrant Violence in South Africa Spreads

    JOHANNESBURG— South African media reports say mobs have attacked shops owned by immigrants in a poor area of Johannesburg following similar violence in another part... Read more

  • Local residents run away from tear-gas fired by police to disperse anti-immigrant protesters in Actonville, east Johannesburg, South Africa, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Unrest Amid Pleas to End Attacks on Immigrants in S. Africa

    JOHANNESBURG—President Jacob Zuma on Thursday urged South Africans to stop attacking immigrants from Africa and South Asia, but hundreds threatened peace marchers in a city... Read more

  • Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The explosion comes hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)

    Roadside Bomb Kills Egypt Army Officer in Sinai

    EL-ARISH, Egypt—An Egyptian army official says an armored military vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a raid on militant hideouts in northern Sinai Peninsula and... Read more

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  • People hold candles during a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of the abduction of girls studying at the Chibok government secondary school, Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. On the first anniversary of the day 276 schoolgirls were snatched in the middle of the night as they prepared to write science exams at their boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said he cannot promise to find the 219 who are still missing. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Nigeria Sending Military Where Boko Haram May Be Holding Abducted Girls

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  • A migrant receives first aid upon disembarking at Palermo's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The precise number of migrants who have perished in the Mediterranean sea as they flee poverty, war and other conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Asia is unknown. Only the bodies that wash ashore or are found drowned in the sea or dead aboard, of thirst or exposure, by rescuers are counted. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

    Drowning of 400 Migrants Latest in Long List of Tragedies Suffered by People Fleeing War and Poverty

    ROME—Fleeing poverty, war or other violence in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, migrants have died by the thousands in the Mediterranean over the years... Read more

  • Young protesters hold up placards demanding help from the Nigerian government to find the some 219 girls who remain missing on the first anniversary of the kidnapping by Islamic extremists, during a demonstration outside the Nigerian High Commission in London, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. April 14th marks the one year anniversary of the abduction from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, but Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday that "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown." (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    School Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Not Forgotten in Nigeria One Year Later

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  • An empty classroom of Bassa High school in Buchanan, the largest grade school in the second port city of Liberia. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sierra Leone Children Go Back to School after 9 Months

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  • A Somali soldier runs during fighting following a car bomb that was detonated at the gates of a government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    17 Die in Attack on Government Buildings in Somalia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Seventeen people, including eight soldiers, two civilians, and seven attackers were killed on Tuesday in an attack on a government office complex in the... Read more

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, April 8, 2015, an aerial view of houses destroyed by Boko Haram in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. Each day brings new reports of atrocities, with mass graves being discovered in towns seized back from the militants who had set up a so-called “Islamic caliphate” across a great swath of northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram's nearly 6-year-old Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria that has killed thousands — a reported 10,000 just last year — and forced more than 1.5 million from their homes. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

    Boko Haram Violence Drives 800,00 Children From Their Homes

    LAGOS, Nigeria—The children’s drawings show men with guns, a coffin, a car exploding. One picture has stick-like figures of eight siblings missed by their teenage... Read more

  • President Omar al-Bashir casts his ballot as he runs for another term, on the first day of the presidential and legislative elections, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 13, 2015. Sudan began voting Monday in an election expected to be won by al-Bashir, who has ruled Sudan unchallenged for 25 years. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    Low Turnout Ensures Sudan President Omar Al-bashir Will Stay in Office

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  • Children displaced after attacks by Boko Haram, line up in the camp of internal displace people, in Yola, Nigeria, on Nov. 27, 2014. Seven children have been reunited with parents lost in the chaos of attacks in Nigeria's northeastern Islamic insurgency but hundreds more remain alone, officials say of youngsters who have no idea if their families are alive or dead. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    800,000 Children Forced From Homes in Boko Haram Violence

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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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  • Commuters walk past graffiti that reads in Spanish: "Be strong Cristina," referring to Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Fernandez has denied his allegations that she and top government officials orchestrated a secret deal with Iran to shield Iranian officials allegedly responsible for the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital. However, her administration has struggled to confront the growing political crisis. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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    Chinese Hackers Attack Computers in Taipei Mayor’s Office

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  • Choi Yun-ah, sister of Danwon High School student Choi Yun-min, who died in the sinking of ferry Sewol, is interviewed by the Associated Press in Ansan, South Korea. Siblings, she says, often have no one else to turn to because they are afraid of putting more of a burden on their grieving parents. “Siblings are victims too, but no one in the world knows about it.” The Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, killing 304 people including 250 Danwon High School students on a school trip. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

    Survivors of South Korean Ferry Tragedy Struggle With Guilt

    ANSAN, South Korea—”Field Trip” is still written in big letters on a calendar hanging on Yang Jeong-won’s old classroom wall. The letters cover four days... Read more

  • Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. A solemn crowd of relatives of some of the 304 people _ mostly school kids _ who died in a ferry sinking gathered at a small South Korean port Wednesday, a day before the first anniversary of one of the country’s deadliest sea disasters. (Ed Jones/via AP)

    South Korea Ferry Victims Mourned One Year Later

    JINDO, South Korea—For those who lost loved ones in a ferry accident in South Korea, one year is not long enough to fill the void... Read more

  • In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 photo, Ismail Khan, long dominant figure in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Herat city, west of capital Kabul. Afghanistan could face a war with the Islamic State group if the government does not resolve internal differences and improve the security situation, one of the country’s most powerful warlords warned in an interview with the AP. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghanistan Warlord Ismail Kahn Warns of Possible War With ISIS

    HERAT, Afghanistan—Afghanistan could face a war with the Islamic State group if the government does not resolve internal differences and improve the security situation, one... Read more

  • An injured passenger of an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport is helped to get on an ambulance in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP)

    Asiana Plane Skids Off Runway in Japan Injuring 20

    TOKYO—About 20 people were injured when an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway Tuesday after landing in western Japan. Hiroshima airport reported that the... Read more

  • Children look on as residents attempt to save melon-headed whales beached on the shore of Hokota city, northeast of Tokyo on April 10, 2015. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

    150 Whales Just Beached Themselves in Japan, and Some Think It’s a Sign for Another Huge Earthquake

    More than 150 melon-headed whales beached themselves in Japan in the past week, which has ignited fears that another earthquake will hit the island nation... Read more

  • Afghan and U.S. soldiers gather at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a convoy of U.S. troops in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Aghanistan, Friday, April, 10, 2015. An Afghan official says the bomb killed and wounded several civilians. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo)

    Taliban Extremists Attack and Kill 18 Afghanistan Soldiers, Behead Some

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to... Read more

  • In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, Former defense minister Tholath Ibrahim arrives at the Criminal Court in Male, Maldives. The court sentenced Ibrahim to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior judge, the same case in which former president Mohamed Nasheed has also been jailed in a trial widely criticized as politically motivated. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    Maldives Jails Former Defense Minister for 10 Years

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— A court in the Maldives has sentenced a former defense minister to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior... Read more

  • Thai police forensic officers investigate near an entrance to the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Police in Thailand on Monday were investigating a pair of bombings outside the luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year's army coup. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Junta Links Samui Island Bombing to Political Opponents

    BANGKOK— A car bomb explosion that injured seven people on the popular resort island of Samui in southern Thailand may be linked to the country’s... Read more

  • U.S. military vehicles stage at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a convoy of American troops in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Aghanistan, Friday, April 10, 2015. An Afghan official says the bomb killed and wounded several civilians. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP)

    Bombings, Including Attack on US Troops, Kill 13 Afghans

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in... Read more

  • Pakistan Frees on Bail Alleged Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

    ISLAMABAD—The suspected mastermind of the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 was released on bail Friday by a Pakistani court — a move likely to further... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. (AP/Susan Walsh)

    White House: Iran Deal Requires Phased Sanctions Removal

    PANAMA CITY—The White House pushed back Friday against declarations from Iran’s leaders that any nuclear deal must include an immediate lifting of sanctions, indicating President... Read more

  • About 150 Dolphins Stranded on Beach in Japan

    TOKYO— About 150 dolphins beached themselves and became stranded on Japan’s northeastern coast, and people were working Friday to save them. The dolphins were lying... Read more

  • A South Korean activist (C) wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds a mock missile during a rally denouncing North Korea's rocket launch and the three-generational dictatorship, in Seoul on April 15, 2012. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Views North Korea Nuclear Missile as ‘Operational’

    North Korea might be capable of making a nuclear weapon small enough to put on its intercontinental ballistic missile, a top U.S. airspace defense official... Read more

  • Protesters line Fallsview Blvd. in Niagara Fall, Ontario on April 17, 2015, to protest Premier Exhibitions’ Bodies Revealed show, which displays around 100 plasticized corpses skinned to display muscles and organs. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Hundreds Protest ‘Bodies Revealed’ Exhibit of Plastinated Corpses in Niagara

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ont.—It was two-for-one to see Premier Exhibitions’ skinned and plasticized corpses in Niagara Falls on April 17, but two security guards at the... Read more

  • Workers harvest brussels sprouts in a field in Chilliwack, B.C., Nov.11, 2013. Pesticide use globally is exceeding recommended levels, resulting in a 30 percent reduction of aquatic biodiversity, a first-of-its-kind study has found. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

    Agricultural Pesticides Threaten Surface Waters Globally, Study Finds

    A first-of-its-kind German study that examined the global use and impact of pesticides has found that in over half of 2,500 sites tracked in 73... Read more

  • Lincoln Assassination Plot Had Canadian Link in Origin and Ending

    The assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is an undisputed cornerstone of American history, but those who have studied the events suggest both the origin... Read more

  • Teenage girls enjoy a coffee outside the local store on the Fort Hope First Nation in Ontario. Many of Canada’s First Nations communities have long grappled with poverty. The Live Below the Line challenge raises money for organizations that deliver programs focused on nutrition, water, health and sanitation, and education. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Canadians Challenged to Eat, Drink on $1.75 a Day

    TORONTO—Eating and drinking on $1.75 a day is not something Vancouver chef Trevor Bird had ever considered. That’s the Canadian equivalent of the extreme poverty... 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

  • Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole speaks during a Veterans Affairs stakeholder summit in Ottawa on April 14, 2015. The widespread criticism of the New Veterans Charter isn’t justified, despite the fact it has been amended multiple times, O’Toole said this week. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Controversial New Veterans Charter Misunderstood, Says Minister

    OTTAWA—Ten years ago, politics prevented the government from clearly explaining its overhaul of how former soldiers are compensated, and the repercussions echo to this day,... Read more

  • A new report from Statistics Canada suggests marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults. (Marcel van Hoorn/AFP/Getty Images)

    Marijuana Use Among Teens, Young Adults May Be Down: StatsCan

    TORONTO—A new report from Statistics Canada suggests marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults. The survey shows younger Canadians are still the... Read more

  • Judge Says He Doesn’t Know How Long Duffy Trial Will Take

    OTTAWA—The Mike Duffy trial looks like it is going to go longer than the 41 days allotted, potentially dragging it into the orbit of the... Read more

  • Supreme Court Rules Prayers Can’t Continue at Quebec Council Meeting

    MONTREAL—In a decision that had an immediate impact in several cities and towns across the country, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that prayers... Read more

  • Trudeau Rules Out Coalition with NDP After Saying He May Be Open To It

    HALIFAX—Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he doesn’t see any possibility of a coalition with the NDP, a day after he said he would “maybe” be... Read more

  • CBC Radio Rebrands Radio Program ‘Q’ as ‘q’

    TORONTO—CBC Radio says its revamped arts and culture show “Q” has been renamed, sort of. The new name is the same, but spelled with a... Read more

  • Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz leaves a press conference after the central bank’s decision to hold the overnight rate target at 0.75 percent in Ottawa on April 15, 2015. (The CanadianPress/ Patrick Doyle)

    Bank of Canada Keeps Rates Unchanged, Expects Mid-Year Rebound

    OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada left the overnight rate at 0.75 percent on April 15, expecting the economy to rebound strongly in the second half of... Read more

  • A poster for National Canadian Film Day, complete with that most Canadian of icons—a Mountie—who is hefting a reel of what is no doubt Canadian film. (REEL Canada)

    National Canadian Film Day: Time to Watch a Canadian Movie, Eh?

    OK Canada, get out the popcorn and prepare to watch a great Canadian movie on April 29, the second annual National Canadian Film Day. English-Canadian... Read more

  • Violent Protests at Quebec University Cause Class Cancellations

    MONTREAL—Classes in a building at a downtown Montreal university are canceled for the day after more than 250 students occupied it for several hours and... Read more

  • Former Defence Minister Peter MacKay announces increased spending on mental health care programs at a news conference in Halifax on Sept. 12, 2012. New documents show the Canadian military has found recruiting new psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers to be an uphill battle. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    Despite Paying Top Dollar, Some Military Mental Health Jobs Hard to Fill

    OTTAWA—New documents show the Canadian military found recruiting new psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers an uphill battle because the government’s top pay scale wasn’t high... Read more

  • US Military to Ask Canada for New Missile Sensors in the Arctic

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to request that new sensors be installed in the Canadian Arctic that would be able to track different types of... Read more

  • Sustane Technologies’ distruptive technology is able to separate metal, plastic, and biomass materials from garbage to create viable recycling and fuel products, including pyrolized plastics that can be burned with diesel and in other combustion engines. (Courtesy Sustane Technologies)

    Disruptive Technology Turns Trash Into Cash

    Peter Vinall has risked much to build a business that could be the solution to the world’s garbage problem. The engineer and businessman in him... Read more

  • An artist’s rendering of the National Memorial to Victims of Communism slated to be built this year. Despite the controversy over the memorial’s location, Minister responsible for the National Capital Commission Pierre Poilievre says it will be built in the chosen location near the Supreme Court of Canada. (ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture)

    Victims of Communism Memorial Will Go Ahead in Current Location: Poilievre

    OTTAWA—The building of the National Memorial to Victims of Communism is to go ahead, says Pierre Poilievre, despite the controversy surrounding its location. Poilievre, the... Read more

  • An artist’s sketch shows John Nuttall resting his hand on a Qur’an and his co-accused Amanda Korody in provincial court in Surrey on July 9, 2013. Nutall’s lawyer suggested in court on April 8, 2015, that the key witness in the case—an undercover police officer—encouraged Nutall to build pressure-cooker bombs. (The Canadian Press/Felicity Don)

    Lawyer Suggests Undercover Cop Steered Accused BC Terrorist to New Plan

    VANCOUVER—A key witness in a terrorism trial underway in British Columbia has denied playing a heavy-handed role in encouraging the man accused of building pressure-cooker... Read more

  • Former boxing champion Mike Tyson holds a white homing pigeon at the Grand National Pigeon Show in Ontario, Calif., on Feb. 2, 2015. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Toronto television station breached the broadcasting code of ethics during an interview last year with Tyson. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Profanity-Laced Tyson Interview Violated Broadcast Ethics, CBSC Rules

    TORONTO—The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Toronto television station breached the broadcasting code of ethics during a interview last year with former heavyweight boxing... Read more

  • A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP)

    As More Migrants Drown Italy Premier Decries ‘Escalation in these death voyages’

    MILAN—Shaken by the feared drowning of hundreds of people in the latest Mediterranean tragedy, European leaders struggled Monday for an adequate response in the face... Read more

  • Migrants arrive in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in Sicily. (Giovanni Solino/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Trying to Rein in Illegal Immigration as Hundreds of Immigrants Feared Dead at Sea (+ video)

    MILAN—As EU officials are putting their heads together to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, rescuers responded to two new migrant emergencies off Libya and a... Read more

  • Scientists at the University of the West of England are  testing a urinal that, through a biochemical process, could turn pee into light.

    Researchers Test Urine-Tricity to Power Lights for Toilets in Conflict Zones (+Video)

    Students and faculty at the University of the West of England are being used as human Guinea pigs to test whether their urine can be... Read more

  • This is a Wednesday, March 25, 2015  file photo of FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington.

    Poles Wait for FBI Chief to Apologize Over Holocaust Remarks

    WARSAW, Poland—Obama did it, now the FBI director has done it, and each time it has caused huge offense to a U.S. ally: using language... Read more

  • Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    2 Boats Carrying 400 People Send Distress Calls

    Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Italian and Maltese ships are responding to two migrant emergencies near the Libyan coast. Renzi told a joint press conference... Read more

  • A migrant receives first aid upon disembarking at Palermo's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

    Malta to Bury 24 Victims of Latest Shipwreck Tragedy

    MILAN—An Italian coast guard ship headed toward Sicily Monday with 27 survivors of what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy, as EU foreign ministers... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses MP's at the Greek Parliament in Athens on Feb. 5. Tsipras tried but failed in an April 8 visit to Moscow to get Russia to provide loans that would help Greece out of its economic crisis. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    IMF’s Thomsen See ‘A Little More Momentum’ on Greece

    ATHENS, Greece— The head of the International Monetary Fund’s department in Europe says Greece’s bailout talks have gathered “a little more momentum” but stressed that... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin attend a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Moscow Balks at Norway’s Protests at Russian Arctic Visit

    MOSCOW— Russia has dismissed Norway’s protests over a weekend visit to a Norwegian archipelago by a delegation that included Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin... Read more

  • Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armored vehicle, with Ukrainian and US flags and nationalist group Right Sector flag, near a destroyed car in Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Monday to call for the pullback of smaller-caliber weapons from the front lines of the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    US, Ukraine Start Military Training, Defying Russian Fury

    YAVORIV, Ukraine— Troops from the United States and Ukraine have officially opened joint training exercises intended to help bolster Ukraine’s defenses against incursions from Russian-backed... Read more

  • Migrants arrive at the Sicilian Porto Empedocle harbor, Italy, Monday, April 13, 2015. Italy's Coast Guard helped save 144 migrants Monday from a capsized boat in the waters off Libya and spotted nine bodies. It was the most dramatic of numerous rescue operations that brought thousands to safety in recent days, as good weather has encouraged the desperate to set out on smugglers' vessels. The overturned boat was spotted 80 miles north of Libya, Coast Guard Cmdr. Filippo Marini told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. (AP Photo/Calogero Montanalampo)

    Latest: IOM Receives Distress Calls from Boats Carrying Migrants (+ video)

    1:10 p.m. (1110 GMT; 7:10 a.m. EDT) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says its Rome office has received a call for help from international waters... Read more

  • A woman walks through snow near the entrance to the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau with the lettering 'Arbeit macht frei' ('Work makes you free') in Oswiecim, Poland, on Jan. 25, 2015, days before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

    Auschwitz Survivors Speak as former SS Guard Goes on Trial in Germany (+ video)

    BERLIN—It was a memorable night when Hedy Bohm, then 16, was taken with her parents from Hungary by Nazis  in a cattle car in May 1944... Read more

  • Some of the more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit luxury shoes seized on Aug. 14, 2012 in Long Beach, Calif., from a shipment from China U.S. Earlier this month Spanish authorities intercepted 11 containers from China with counterfeit shoes, clothing, electronics, and other items. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    An Operation Called ‘Rebirth’ Just Dealt a Blow to Chinese Smugglers

    Spanish authorities made the country’s largest-ever seizure of counterfeit products when they intercepted 11 containers full of Chinese-made goods, as reported by Spanish media on April... Read more

  • In this image from TV, migrants crowd at the rail aboard an Italian navy vessel as it cruises towards Italian port of Messina, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/APTV)

    UK Minister Will Discuss Migrants at EU Meeting

    Britain’s foreign secretary says he will bring up the issue of migrant trafficking at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Monday. Philip Hammond... Read more

  • An Italian Navy officer gives instruction to migrants who are waiting to disembark from Italian Navy ship "Driade" in Messina's port, Sicily, Italy, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

    Hundreds of Migrants Feared Drowned in Mediterranean Sea

    ROME—A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy... Read more

  • Migrants rest upon disembarking at Palermo's harbor after being rescued at sea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The precise number of migrants who have perished in the Mediterranean sea as they flee poverty, war and other conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Asia is unknown. Only the bodies that wash ashore or are found drowned in the sea or dead aboard, of thirst or exposure, by rescuers are counted. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

    Litany of Sorrow: Migrants Drown Frequently Crossing Mediterranean

    ROME—Migrants seeking a better life in Europe have died by the thousands in the Mediterranean Sea in recent years while fleeing poverty and bloodshed in... Read more

  • In this Saturday Nov. 29, 2014 file photo, French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen applaud during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France. A pact of sorts may end the bloodletting between Le Pen and her 86-year-old father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a party founder whose latest anti-Semitic remarks have tripped up the efforts of his daughter to give the National Front a new look. She announced on national television she will oppose his candidacy in December regional elections. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    France’s Far-Right National Front Party Hampered by Government Investigations, Extremist Image

    PARIS—The timing could not have been worse. Daggers were already drawn in a father-daughter duel within the far-right National Front when a judicial investigation began... Read more

  • A camp survivor throws a rose into the lake during ceremonies at the former Nazi concentration camp Ravensbrueck in Fuerstenberg, northeastern Germany, Sunday, April 19, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by the Red Army on April 30, 1945. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

    Germany Marks Liberation of 2 Nazi Concentration Camps 70 Years Ago

    FUERSTENBERG, Germany—Officials in Germany are solemnly commemorating the liberation of two Nazi concentration camps 70 years ago in the closing days of World War II... Read more

  • People walk in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on April 7, 2015. Greek lawmakers voted on April 7 to set up a committee to examine the circumstances under which Greece agreed to bailouts totaling 240 billion euros (USD 260 billion) with the European Union and International Monetary Fund. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Treasury Secretary Urges Greece to Reach Debt Deal

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors, warning that a default would “create immediate hardship for... Read more

  • Migrants are waiting to board on a cruise ship as they leave the Island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, to be transferred in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP/Francesco Malavolta)

    Amid Growing Migrant Crisis, 20 Burn Victims Rescued at Sea

    MILAN—The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had... Read more

  • Libyan Migrants in Libyan Gas Explosion Arrive in Italy

    MILAN—The U.N. refugee agency says at least 20 migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy had suffered burn injuries, some of them grave, in... 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

  • (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

    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

  • A traditional bone-setting healer applies an herbal paste to a boy in the village of Abishegapakkam in Puducherry on the southeast coast of India on Aug. 8, 2014. (Tatiana Vinodagrova)

    Traditional Bone-Setting Technique in India Uses No X-rays, Painkillers, or Casts

    PUDUCHERRY, India—Keeping their family tradition alive, three brothers in India continue to treat patients using a traditional bone-setting method called “putter kattu” that uses neither... Read more

  • Pacchammal, a terminally-ill patient in her her home in the village of Kuruvinatham, Puducherry on the south east coast of India on Jan. 26, 2015.  (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    It Takes a Village to Care for the Dying: Palliative Care Project in India Attempts just That

    PUDUCHERRY, India—Kumaphavally, 34, had complete body paralysis from a fall she took during pregnancy eight years ago. For almost seven years, she lived in a... Read more

  • Rescuers use machinery to remove the debris after a building that was under construction collapsed overnight, in the town of Mughalsarai, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Uttar Pradesh's state capital of Lucknow, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The accident killed 13 members of a family of weavers who were sleeping on the ground floor, police said Sunday.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

    Building Collapses in North India, Killing 13 Family Members

    LUCKNOW, India— A building under rushed construction in a northern Indian town collapsed overnight, killing 13 members of a family of weavers who were sleeping... Read more

  • Sri Lanka’s New President Makes India His 1St Visit Abroad

    NEW DELHI— Sri Lanka’s new president was due to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday for his first trip abroad, underlining India’s importance as a... Read more

  • Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses media at the venue of his sit-in protest in New Delhi on Jan. 21, 2014. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Once Scorned, New Delhi Election Victor Gets 2Nd Chance

    NEW DELHI— There were the public falling-outs with his political allies. There was the crushing defeat when he ran for Parliament against the man who... Read more

  • Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, dance as they celebrate their party's victory in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    India’s Anti-Corruption Party Scores Overwhelming Victory in Delhi State Elections

    NEW DELHI—Eight months after a historic victory in the national elections, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party faced its most embarrassing defeat in recent times... Read more

  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (front R) attends the country's 67th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on Feb. 4. Sirisena has begin shifting Sri Lanka's foreign policy away from a China-centric model. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

    In Break From China, Sri Lanka Leans Towards India

    Newly-elected Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is trying to repair his country’s damaged ties with India and in doing so balance its relations with China... Read more

  • Iattar Hussain, a street vendor who sells old clothes and old leather jackets, attends a meeting of the street vendors and hawkers of Delhi on Jan. 6, 2015. Hussain was a one of 500 vendors who protested Walmart's expansion outside of the company's corporate offices in Gurgaon city of Delhi on Nov. 19, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Delhi’s Street Vendors Protest Walmart’s Shady Tactics

    NEW DELHI—Walmart India Private Limited is about to open it’s 21st store near the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and street vendors, who sell similar... Read more

  • U.S President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they participate in a CEO roundtable discussion at the The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials in both countries say Obama and Modi developed an easy chemistry when they first met in Washington last fall. The two leaders spent several hours together Sunday and heralded their close relationship. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    US-India Nuclear ‘Breakthrough’ More Hype Than Reality

    NEW DELHI—India and America’s declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few... Read more

  • Migrants arrive in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in Sicily. (Giovanni Solino/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Trying to Rein in Illegal Immigration as Hundreds of Immigrants Feared Dead at Sea (+ video)

    MILAN—As EU officials are putting their heads together to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, rescuers responded to two new migrant emergencies off Libya and a... Read more

  • This is a Wednesday, March 25, 2015  file photo of FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington.

    Poles Wait for FBI Chief to Apologize Over Holocaust Remarks

    WARSAW, Poland—Obama did it, now the FBI director has done it, and each time it has caused huge offense to a U.S. ally: using language... Read more

  • This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, Sunday, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. (Militant video via AP)

    ISIS Video: New Beheading Footage Has Terrorist with American Accent

    ISIS has apparently released a new video, purportedly showing the beheadings of 35 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.  “Muslim blood shed under the hands of your... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 file photo, Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri salutes during a ceremony at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Iraq. Salahuddin province Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri early Friday, April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit. A graphic photo issued by the government purports to be of al-Douri's corpse, but DNA tests are still pending. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed, File)

    Former Saddam General and ISIS Commander on US Most Wanted List Killed in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to talk about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president said the Iran nuclear deal _ if completed_ will make US, allies and the world safer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Could Ease Many Iranian Sanctions Without Congress

    WASHINGTON—Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions... Read more

  • This March 31, 2015 photo shows an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The AP's review of more than 2,300 pollution reports since 2008 found they didn't match official accounts of a diminishing leak. In fact, the reports show a dramatic spike in sheen sizes and oil volumes since Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Secrecy Shrouds Decade-Old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

    OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO—A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From... Read more

  • Egyptians gather at the scene following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The explosion comes hours after a roadside bomb killed many soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)

    Roadside Bomb Kills Egypt Army Officer in Sinai

    EL-ARISH, Egypt—An Egyptian army official says an armored military vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a raid on militant hideouts in northern Sinai Peninsula and... Read more

  • In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 a woman waits to disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy. The precise number of migrants who have perished in the Mediterranean sea as they flee poverty, war and other conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Asia is unknown. Only the bodies that wash ashore or are found drowned in the sea or dead aboard, of thirst or exposure, by rescuers are counted. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    EU Struggling to Deal with Large Influx of Migrants

    BRUSSELS—European Union nations are struggling to confront the challenge of the unprecedented numbers of migrants coming across the Mediterranean with few answers to growing problem. The... Read more

  • Dr. Damon Noto, spokesperson for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, at a rally near the United Nations in New York on Sept. 27, 2014, calling for the end to the persecution in China. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    China’s Horrific Live Organ Harvest Revealed in Documentary

    SYDNEY—A harrowing documentary on forced organ harvesting from live prisoners in China has highlighted concerns that the state sanctioned practice continues despite claims by Chinese... Read more

  • A Russian air defense missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia Lifts Ban on Delivery of S-300 Missiles to Iran

    MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin on Monday opened the way for Russia’s delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, a move that would significantly... Read more

  • The new figures come as Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have begun to take over parts of Iraq, leaving the political future of the country in question. (Spc. Kieran Cuddihy/US Army/Flickr)

    Iraq’s Premier Says More Support Needed to ‘Finish’ ISIS

    BAGHDAD—Iraq’s prime minister said Monday his country needs greater support from the international coalition so it can “finish” the ISIS. Haider al-Abadi said the “marked... Read more

  • Troops in unmarked uniforms stand guard in Balaklava on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Crimea. (AP/Andrew Lubimov)

    Arms Spending up Globally, Except in US, Western Europe

    HELSINKI—World military spending was largely unchanged in 2014 as lower spending in the United States and Western Europe was matched by increases elsewhere, prompted by... Read more

  • Pope Francis arrives to celebrates an Armenian-Rite Mass on the occasion of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Turkey Recalls Ambassador After Pope’s Armenia Genocide Call

    VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urged the international community... Read more

  • Egyptians gather around the crater following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 11, 2015. The explosion comes hours after a roadside bomb killed six soldiers traveling south of el-Arish in an armored vehicle. The region has been hit by an Islamic insurgency by a group that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)

    Sinai, Egypt Police Station Hit by Car Bomb; 1 Killed

    EL-ARISH, Egypt—A suspected car bomb exploded at the entrance of a main police station in the capital of Egypt’s northern Sinai province, killing at least... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in a street that was hit by shelling, in the predominantly Christian and Armenian neighborhood of Suleimaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Syrian state television and an activist group say opposition fighters have shelled the government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing several people and wounding dozens. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syria Government Airstrikes Hits School, Kill at Least 9 in Aleppo

    BEIRUT—A Syrian government air raid struck near a school in an opposition-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least nine... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. The president said Thursday that he soon decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism now that the State Department has finished a review on the question as part of the move to reopen diplomatic relations with the island nation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Calls Castro; Presidents Talk by Phone for 2nd Time in 50 years

    PANAMA CITY—The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, raises his fist after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan. A Pakistani lawyer says authorities have released Lakhvi from prison near Islamabad on Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

    Alleged Mumbai Attacks Mastermind Leaves Pakistani Jail

    ISLAMABAD—The suspected Pakistani mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks was freed from a jail near Islamabad on Friday, following a court order that he be... Read more

  • Brisbane, Australia: Jordan Sawyer, 24, Marketing Consultant: We turn everything off. I think it’s really valuable, I need to turn all my phones off, every gadget and gizmo, and we talk to each other. And actually it’s a sociable thing, as well as a positive, environmental action. I have spoken to neighbours and others to come over and play monopoly by candle light, whatever, with no background noise from T.V., iPads, everything off, lights off, and just enjoy the planet.

    Global Q&A: ‘Does your community participate in Earth Hour, where all lights are turned off for one hour?’

    Some communities participate in a big way, some participate on a smaller scale, and there is also enthusiasm for next year’s event. This is what... Read more

  • In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bill now making its way through the U.S. Congress, and being watched closely in Pyongyang, is designed to shut off North Korea, and anyone who deals with it, from the U.S. dollar, the world’s most important currency. Royce said after the act was introduced in February and updated after the massive cyberattack on Sony Entertainment, would "step up the targeting of those financial institutions in Asia and beyond that are supporting this brutal and dangerous regime." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Bill in Congress Would Keep Dollars Away From North Korea

    TOKYO—The last time the United States tried the military option on North Korea, more than a million died, a hostile and unexpectedly resilient adversary emerged... Read more

  • Ash Carter

    Pentagon Chief Heads East as US Tries to Maintain Asia Focus

    WASHINGTON—Islamic extremists grab parts of Iraq and Syria. Yemen slides into civil war. Iran’s nuclear program strains U.S. relations with Israel. Ukraine fights Russian-backed separatists. At... Read more

  • In this Sunday, April 13, 2015 photo, Arab newscaster Lucy Aharish smiles during an interview with The Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Arab Journalist Defiantly Accepts Israeli Honor

    JAFFA, Israel (AP) — When 14 Israelis light torches in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country at Israel’s splashy Independence Day ceremony on... Read more

  • Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, is located on Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Large Explosions From Airstrikes Rock Yemeni Capital

    SANAA, Yemen—Saudi-led airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed... Read more

  • Saudis stroll in a  shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday Oct. 31, 2003. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Saudi Arabia Increases Security Measures Amid Threats

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia is beefing up security around shopping centers and oil facilities after receiving information about possible threats to the sites. Interior... Read more

  • A man wearing a gas mask takes part in a protest against the prospect of using Albania as a site for destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile in front of Albanian Embassy in Pristina on Nov. 12, 2013. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chlorine Now Chemical Weapon of Choice in Syria

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Exactly one century ago Wednesday, German troops opened the taps on a line of chlorine tanks to send a poisonous cloud drifting across... Read more

  • Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, chant slogans as they hold up their weapons during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen Shiite Rebel Leader Vows Not to Surrender Amid Strikes

    SANAA, Yemen—A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen vowed to not surrender Sunday amid Saudi-led airstrikes in a rambling speech that rejected U.N. efforts to halt... Read more

  • Afghanistan police forces secure an area as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah hold a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghan Police Say Insurgents Enter Southern Police Compound

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan—Insurgents armed with guns and explosives entered a police station in Afghanistan’s southern city of Lashkar Gar on Sunday after a suicide bomber detonated... 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)

    Netanyahu Won Israel’s Election but Struggles to Form Coalition Government

    JERUSALEM—With a resounding election victory last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have an easy path toward quickly establishing a coalition government with... Read more

  • In this photo take on Friday, April 17, 2015, smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen. Iran's foreign minister urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to try to end "the senseless aerial attacks" in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and establish a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Shohdi Alsofi)

    Coalition Attacks Rebels Across Yemen as Saudis Pledge Aid

    SANAA, Yemen—Fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels struck Sunday across Yemen, officials said, as the United Nations said that Saudi Arabia had agreed to... Read more

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a special meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)

    Israel, Palestinians Agree on Tax Revenue Transfer

    RAMALLAH, West Bank—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the... Read more

  • Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a bank branch in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo)

    Afghan Suicide Bombing Blamed on ISIS Kills 35

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan—A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country’s president... Read more

  • A Yemeni boy holding a weapon poses for a picture during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen seized Thursday control of a major airport and sea port and oil terminal in southern Yemen, consolidating their hold of the country’s largest province amid wider chaos that is pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the country’s exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Rights Group Says Yemen Fighting Has Damaged Hospital

    SANAA, Yemen— Human Rights Watch says an unidentified militia fired on a hospital where rebel soldiers held a position in the southern Yemeni province of... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014, file photo, Islamic militants parade in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, Iraq. Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi then set out to retake Beiji, a strategic city in northern Iraq captured by Islamic State militants over the summer. It took 30 days as his force made an agonizingly slow journey for 40 kilometers (25 miles) through roadside bombs and suicide car attacks, then successfully laid siege to the oil refinery city of Beiji. The campaign earned al-Saadi the biggest battlefield victory by Iraqi forces since the military collapsed as Islamic State fighters swept over most of northern and western Iraq in a summer blitz. (AP Photo, File)

    Iraqi Official: Ground Forces Enter Iraq’s Biggest Refinery

    BAGHDAD— A senior Iraqi military official says Iraqi ground forces have secured the perimeter around the country’s biggest oil refinery and entered the vast complex... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 file photo, Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri salutes during a ceremony at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Iraq. Salahuddin province Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri early Friday, April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit. A graphic photo issued by the government purports to be of al-Douri's corpse, but DNA tests are still pending. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed, File)

    Former Saddam General and ISIS Commander on US Most Wanted List Killed in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the... Read more

  • People and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Habibya in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 17, 2015. A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing and wounding civilians, officials said. (AP/Karim Kadim)

    Wave of Bombings Kills 40 People in Iraqi Capital

    BAGHDAD—A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 40 people, Iraqi officials said. No group immediately... Read more

  • Syrian President Blames Turkey for Loss of Northwestern City

    BEIRUT—Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed Turkey in remarks published Friday for the fall last month of Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib to Islamic fighters, saying... Read more

  • People and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in a parking lot outside Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Car bombs went off Tuesday morning in and around the Iraqi capital, killing and wounding civilians, officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    String of Bomb Attacks Kill 31 in Baghdad, Iraq

    BAGHDAD—A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 31 people, Iraqi officials said. No group immediately... Read more

  • Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, chant slogans as they hold up their weapons during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi-Iran Rivalry Over Yemen Deepens Mideast Sectarianism

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia’s government insists it is not at war with Iran despite its three-week air campaign against Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen, but the... Read more

  • A Houthi Shiite fighter stand guard as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Al-Qaida Forces Seize Major Airport, Oil Terminal in South Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen—Military officials and residents say al-Qaida has taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen after... Read more

  • An Israeli crane lifts a section of concrete as they build a defensive wall around the Israeli settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank north of Ramallah on April 7, 2015, next to a road used by Palestinians from the adjacent Jalazon refugee camp. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Nations Want Israel Settlement Goods to Be Labelled

    JERUSALEM—More than a dozen European governments have called for the labeling of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Diplomats from 16 countries,... Read more

  • Yemeni Prime Minister Khalid Bahah sits at his house in Sanaa on March 16, 2015 after Shiite Houthi militia agreed to free him and all his cabinet ministers after nearly two months of house arrest. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen VP in Exile Urges Shiite Rebels to Halt Offensive

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Yemen’s exiled vice president on Thursday called on Shiite rebels and their allied military units to end their offensive on the southern port... Read more


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