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ECB Policy Hurting Euro Depositors, Bond Yields

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington on Oct. 11. During the summer, the ECB announced that it would impose an interest rate charge on euro deposits.
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European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington on Oct. 11. During the summer, the ECB announced that it would impose an interest rate charge on euro deposits. (Nicholas Kamma/AFP/Getty Images)

Monetary policies from the European Central Bank (ECB) are forcing some global banks to charge for euro deposits. During the summer, the ECB announced that...


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

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

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

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

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

    Burma Ex-Minister Sentenced to 13 Years

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

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

    16 Dead, 100 Injured in Accident at South Korea Concert

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

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

    14 Dead in Accident At South Korean Concert

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

  • In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers prepare to airlift an avalanche victim in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. An avalanche and blizzard in Nepal's mountainous north have killed at least 27 people, including eight foreign trekkers, officials said Wednesday. Five other climbers were hit by a separate avalanche on Mount Dhaulagiri and remain missing. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)

    Nepal Blizzard, Avalanche Death Toll Rises to 27

    KATMANDU, Nepal—Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies Thursday in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and his newly appointed Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi chat prior to a group photo session following the first Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Obuchi was peppered with questions in parliament Thursday, Oct. 16 over her political spending in the latest scandal involving female members in Abe's Cabinet. Three other female ministers have been questioned over campaign giveaways, gaffes or alleged links to racist groups. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Parliament Questions Japan Trade Minister on Political Funds

    TOKYO—Japan’s trade minister was peppered with questions in parliament Thursday over possible violations of election laws, in the latest scandal involving female members of Prime... Read more

  • HMAS Broome (II) leads HMAS Gascoyne (II), HMAS Benalla (II) and other Australian Navy ships during the International Fleet Review on October 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Over 50 ships participate in the International Fleet Review at Sydney Harbour. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    Australia May Not Be Prepared for North-East Asia Conflicts

    CANBERRA—Desmond Ball has spent over a quarter of a century as a special professor at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. For... Read more

  • Japan Earthquake Today: Tokyo, Chiba Shook by 5.9 Quake

    A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southeast of Chiba, Japan, and it was felt as far away as Tokyo. The Japanese earthquake monitoring agency, JMA, posted an... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on April 18, 2014, survivors (C) work to dig free and assist the injured following an avalanche that killed sixteen Nepalese sherpas in the Khumbu icefall. (Robert Kay/AFP/Getty Images)

    2 Killed by Avalanches, Blizzard in Nepal’s Mountains

    KATMANDU, Nepal—An avalanche and blizzard in Nepal’s mountainous north have killed at least 12 people, including eight foreign trekkers, officials said Wednesday. Five other climbers... Read more

  • Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe (C) along with other participants march against Japanese nuclear power plant in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval this month under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The word on a banner read: "Oppose to the resumption of (nuclear) operations!" (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japanese Governor Says Too Soon for Nuke Restarts

    TOKYO—A Japanese governor said Wednesday the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that... Read more

  • A scale model of a skyscraper, on Oct. 13, 2014, that a property developer plans to build in Bangkok that will be among the 10 tallest buildings in the world when it is completed in 2019. The 125-floor tower will rise 615 meters (2,018 feet) and include a luxury hotel, offices and an observation deck with panoramic views of the Thai capital, the developer said in a statement. (AP Photo/Grand Canal Land Public Company Ltd.)

    Thailand Plans One of World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

    BANGKOK—Higher than a bird, almost as high as some planes. It’s Super Tower. And it’s coming to Bangkok. A Thai property developer has announced plans... Read more

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

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Investigators Note Search Area Could be Wrong

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 likely “spiraled” into the remote southern Indian Ocean in March after it ran out of fuel, according to a new... Read more

  • A depositor leaves after checking her account through an automated teller machine at a subway station as the bank's computer networks was paralyzed in Seoul, South Korea, on March 20, 2013. After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    South Korean Gov’t’ Data Breaches Force ID Overhaul

    SEOUL, South Korea—After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says... Read more

  • Lines of tents set up by pro-democracy protesters are seen in an occupied area near government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Hong Kong Occupy Central Daily Updates and Summary

    Follow the latest developments from the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong. For a timeline summarizing important developments in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement,  check out our key events... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters build a barricade on the main road in the occupied areas outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. A masked mob tore down barricades and fought with police; demonstrators rebuilt their barricades. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Masked Mob Attacks Hong Kong Police, Barricades; Pro-Democracy Crowd Rebuilds

    HONG KONG—A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators led an apparently coordinated assault on the protest zone in the heart of... Read more

  • In this aerial photo provided by the Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter flies near a Russian container ship, carrying hundreds of tons of fuel drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific)

    Drifting Russian Container Ship Towed to Canadian Port

    PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia—The Russian container ship that had been drifting powerlessly off the British Columbia coast, raising fears of a fuel spill, is now... Read more

  • US Navy microbiologist Lt. Jimmy Regeimbal handles a vaccine box with blood samples while testing for Ebola at the US Navy mobile laboratory on Oct. 5, 2014, near Gbarnga, Liberia. The U.S. now operates 4 mobile laboratories as part of the American response to the Ebola epidemic. The disease has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Canada to Send Experimental Ebola Vaccine to WHO

    OTTAWA, Ontario—The Canadian government said it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday for possible use in the... Read more

  • A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter flies near a Russian container ship, carrying hundreds of tons of fuel drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific)

    Adrift Russian Oil Container Ship Towed Away From Canadian Coast

    PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia—A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said Saturday there is no immediate... Read more

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage Paul Calandra pauses after offering an apology as members of the Conservative caucus react during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 6, 2013. Calandra's role has become a prominent one, though derided by many as a sign of poor conduct among elected officials. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

    The Enforcer: Problems With Canadian PM’s Stand-In

    OTTAWA—It is, quite possibly, the most loathed political position in Canada today—Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. A few men have filled the role in... Read more

  • Students attend a rally at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax to express their concerns over a chant that promoted rape culture, Sept. 12, 2013. The chant, captured on video and posted on social media, was sung at a frosh-week event for about 400 new students at the school. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    University Combats Rape Culture With Innovative Program

    The discussion about rape culture and sexual assault on Canadian post-secondary campuses has exploded over the past year in light of several high-profile student assaults... Read more

  • Qiyu Zou, the world’s top chess player for girls under 14, shared about life lessons learned in chess during an interview in Ottawa on Oct 10. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    14-Year-Old Chess Champion From Canada Shares Life Lessons

    OTTAWA, Canada—At 14 years old, Qiyu Zhou is one of those children parents like to imagine they will raise.  Zhou speaks four languages, plays the... Read more

  • The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent makes its way through the ice in Baffin Bay on July 10, 2008. High Arctic waters could be a step closer to receiving their first environmental protections this week. A committee of the International Maritime Organization is meeting this week in London, England, for a preliminary vote on the Polar Code. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

    Environmental Rules for High Arctic Seas Considered in Vote

    High Arctic waters could be a step closer to receiving their first environmental protections this week as representatives from more than 100 countries take a... Read more

  • People walk out from the emergency unit at the Quinte Health Care (QHC) Belleville General Hospital in Belleville, Ont., on Oct. 13, 2014. Lab tests have confirmed that a patient who arrived a day earlier with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the Ebola virus. (The Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg)

    Canada Ready With Quick Response Expert Team Should Ebola Arrive, Says Ambrose

    OTTAWA—Should Ebola arrive on Canadian soil, Health Minister Rona Ambrose says a team of public health experts and epidemiologists is standing by to provide support,... Read more

  • Tax Cuts? Ottawa Must First Consider Falling Oil Prices, Economists Say

    OTTAWA—Economists are warning that Ottawa will have to weigh the potential risks of plummeting oil prices before it starts doling out large tax cuts.  The... Read more

  • Does Ban on Assisted Suicide Protect or Violate Canadian Rights?

    OTTAWA—The so-called “right to die” was back on Canada’s conscience Wednesday, Oct. 15 as the Supreme Court confronted the question of whether a ban on... Read more

  • A single family home in Toronto, one of the three cities, along with Calgary and Vancouver, that make it seem as though Canada's housing market is overvalued. (Epoch Times)

    Canada’s Housing ‘Dual Market’ Poses Difficult Policymaker Challenge

    Canada’s housing market has cooled off slightly from this summer, but regional disparities make one-size-fits-all approaches to controlling it difficult. The Canadian Real Estate Association... Read more

  • Pump jacks stand in fields that are being developed for drilling next to a farm over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using fracking is booming near Lost Hills, Calif. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Gas Prices to Hit Two-Year Low in Canada on Oil Price Drop

    MONTREAL—Canadian motorists should expect even lower prices at the pump in the coming weeks as a glut in the global supply of crude is expected... Read more

  • File photo of Michel Juneau-Katsuya, former chief of Asia-Pacific for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Beijing Uses Confucius Institutes for Espionage, Says Canadian Intelligence Veteran

    There was no subtlety in Michel Juneau-Katsuya’s tone when directly asking Canada’s largest school district to give the boot to its controversial Confucius Institute.  The... Read more

  • Shipping containers stacked five high sit at the congested Manila International Container Terminal on Aug. 20, 2014. Environmental groups and politicians in the Philippines are calling on Canada to take back 50 shipping containers of waste sent to the country over a year ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Take Back Your Garbage, Philippine Groups Tell Canada

    In an ongoing saga that began over a year ago, groups and politicians in the Philippines are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of action... Read more

  • Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird rises in the House of Commons along with Ministers Christian Paradis and Gerry Ritz to vote for an air combat mission against ISIL on Oct. 7. The NDP and Liberals voted against the motion, which cleared the way for Canadian CF-18s to take part in airstrikes in the Middle East. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Canada Goes to Iraq, but Then What?

    OTTAWA—Canada is now at war with ISIL, a terrorist group that has shocked the world with carefully staged videos of beheadings. The Islamic State of... Read more

  • Protestors lie on a street after failing to stop the departure of a vehicle believed to be transporting a dog belonging to a Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid, Spain, on Oct. 8. The protesters were trying to prevent the from being put down. Canada has announced it is stepping up border checks for Ebola. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Canada Will Use Targeted Temperature Screens to Check for Ebola

    TORONTO—Canada will step up border screening to try to prevent an Ebola importation to this country, federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Wednesday. “Our government... Read more

  • Prison Watchdog Says Offenders Need More Preparation Before Release

    OTTAWA—Canada’s tough-on-crime Conservative government has received another stinging indictment from its corrections watchdog, who says too many inmates are being freed from prison without adequate... Read more

  • Court Grants Vancouver Injunction to Evict Homeless Campers From Park

    VANCOUVER—The City of Vancouver has won a legal bid allowing it to begin evicting hundreds of homeless people who have been camping in a downtown... Read more

  • NDP MP Wayne Marston and Conservative MP John Weston look on as Liberal MP Irwin Cotler pleads the case of Iranian Ayatollah Hossein-Kazamani Boroujerdi during a press conference Oct. 7, 2014 on Parliament Hill. Boroujerdi is slated for execution for believing in the separation of church and state. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    MPs Warn of ‘Wave of Executions’ in Iran

    OTTAWA—Rayhaneh Jabbari was supposed to be executed on Wednesday. Sources in Iran say her death has been delayed for 40 days.  Conservative MP John Weston... Read more

  • This combination photo shows American physicist David Wineland (L) and French physicist Serge Haroche, winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. The French-American duo shared the prize for inventing methods to observe the properties of the quantum world, research that has helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, Michel Euler)

    New Encryption Methods Need to Be Developed Urgently, Say Experts

    Computer networks used on a daily basis for banking and the transfer of personal information may become unsecure if new encryption methods are not developed... Read more

  • Queen Elizabeth II & Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall & Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

    Camilla Parker-Bowles: Tabloid Says Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles Outraged Over Cocaine Scandal

    Queen Elizabeth is livid that Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles’ wife, allowed her best friend Stephen Fry–among others–to use cocaine in Buckingham Palace. Globe magazine reported... Read more

  • Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, speaks at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung leadership conference on November 21, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    ECB Starts Stimulus Purchases

    FRANKFURT, Germany—The European Central Bank has started buying securities called covered bonds as it launches its latest stimulus effort aimed at preventing the 18-country eurozone... Read more

  • Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks to guests during a reception to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Duchy originals products at Clarence House on Sept. 11, 2013, in London, England.  (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Prince Charles and Palace Officials Fear Prince Will be Poisoned, Former Personal Chef Reveals

    A former personal chef for Prince Charles says that the prince is a good man but that he and Palace officials were paranoid that the prince could... Read more

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

    World War 3: Vladimir Putin Threatens US, Europe with Russia’s 5,000 Nuclear Warheads

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with his country’s 5,000 nuclear warheads. Putin has raised the specter of nuclear war for the third... Read more

  • A man walks in a street covered with snow after a heavy snow storm hit the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on March 24, 2013. Kiev administration declared a state of emergency in the city and announced that residents could take the day off tomorrow following three days of heavy snowfalls. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia Agrees to Supply Gas for Ukraine as Winter Approaches

    KIEV, Ukraine—The Ukrainian president has said his country has reached an agreement with Russia on supplies of natural gas for the winter. When Russia cut... Read more

  • An illustration of the ebola virus. (Bumbasor/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Spain Gives US Go-ahead to Use Bases Against Ebola

    MADRID— Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat... Read more

  • A  member of the military mans a gun on  Swedish Navy fast-attack craft  in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden,  Saturday Oct. 18 2014. Sweden's military continues to investigate reports of "foreign underwater activity" in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces.  (AP Photo/TT News Agency/Pontus Lundahl)   SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden in 3rd Day of Suspected Sub Search

    HELSINKI— A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian... Read more

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

    The Rise and Rise of Belgium’s Indian Diamond Dynasties

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

  • A member of the military mans a gun on Swedish Navy fast-attack craft in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Sweden's military continues to investigate reports of "foreign underwater activity" in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces. (AP Photo/TT News Agency/Pontus Lundahl)

    Sweden’s Military Continues to Investigate Reports of ‘Foreign Underwater Activity’

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Sweden’s military continues to investigate reports of “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces. Chief of operations Jonas Wikstrom... Read more

  • Members of the pro-Russia Vostok Battalion assemble along the side of the road following early morning clashes with Ukrainian fighters on May 23, 2014, in Pisky, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

    Soldiers’ Rights Activist Jailed in Russia

    MOSCOW—A veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed, an advocacy group said Saturday. Ten Russian troops... Read more

  • Berlin politician, Michael Mueller attends a meeting at the Berlin Social Democratic Party's headquarter in Berlin, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Members of Berlin’s main governing party have chosen the city’s development minister to be its new mayor. (AP Photo/dpa, Wolfgang Kumm)

    Berlin Chooses Michael Mueller as New Mayor

    BERLIN—Berlin’s city development minister has been chosen by his party to be the capital’s new mayor, signaling a change of style after the charismatic and... Read more

  • Chinese workers stand in a sequestered textile factory in Prato, Italy, on June 19, 2014. The compound, which had been divided into four different factories, was closed because of illegal bedrooms, too few fire extinguishers, no well-marked, easily accessible fire exits, no first aid kit and a dozen gas canisters found during the raid. Of the 44 workers at the factory, 35 were without proper contracts or social security contributions, and six did not have the legal right to stay in Italy. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

    Deadly Factory Fire Exposes Vast Chinese Criminal Networks in Italy

    PRATO, Italy—The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached... Read more

  • Barbara Henning, the widow of Alan Henning, stands with Michael Haines, the brother of David Haines, the two British aid workers killed by Islamic State group militants, outside the Perth Congregational Church in Perth Scotland Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, prior to a memorial service for David Haines. Families of the two British aid workers killed by the Islamic State group in Syria have urged people of all faiths to unite against the militants' "hateful acts." In a letter published Saturday in the Guardian newspaper, Barbara Henning and Michael Haines urged everyone "to find a single act of unity - one simple gesture, one act, one moment - that draws people together." (AP Photo/Danny Lawson/PA)

    Families of Slain UK Aid Workers Alan Henning, David Haines Call for Unity

    LONDON—The families of two British hostages killed by the Islamic State group urged people of all faiths to unite against the militants’ “hateful acts,” as hundreds celebrated... Read more

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C) gives a speech at the front door of Carlos III hospital, watched by Madrid Regional President Ignacio Gonzalez (L) and Carlos III hospital manager Rafael Perez Santamarina (R) where nurse Teresa Romero is being treated for the Ebola virus on Oct. 10, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed nurse Teresa Romero had tested positive after treating two Ebola patients that had been brought back to the country from Africa. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    Spanish Hospitals Are Deficient in Treating Ebola, Experts Suggest

    MADRID—The preliminary opinion of European representatives reaffirms the position held by some health practitioners in Spain. They believe there is a lack of resources and... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk after a meeting on the sidelines of the  ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to get relief from Western economic sanctions imposed since Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. To that end, he has scheduled a series of meetings on the sidelines of a two-day ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)

    Germany, ECB Stalemated as European Economy Flounders

    FRANKFURG, Germany—Europe’s economy needs help — fast. Yet the two powers that could take action, the European Central Bank and Germany, don’t see eye to... Read more

  • Emergency crews stand next to a plane, carrying 163 people, at the Madrid Airport, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid's airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said. The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement. (AP Photo/Antoni Manchado)

    4 Suspected Ebola Cases in Spain Test Negative

    MADRID— Four people suspected of having Ebola in Spain have tested negative in a first round of tests, the government said Friday. Deputy Prime Minister... Read more

  • Pranvera Abazi kisses her son Erion Zena during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Jihadis Take Their Kids to War; Moms Fight Back

    PRISTINA, Kosovo— It started out as a father-and-son trip to Kosovo’s western mountains in July. It turned into a months-long ordeal for an 8-year-old boy... Read more

  • 2 US Journalists Detained Over Russia Workshop

    MOSCOW—Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating... Read more

  • Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic (R) helps his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (C) to put on a jacket during a downpour at a military parade in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Greeted by enthusiastic chants of “Putin! Putin!,” Vladimir Putin attended a military parade Thursday in Slavic ally Serbia, where he held talks on economic issues, including on the South Stream gas pipeline opposed by the European Union. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Putin Keeps Merkel Waiting in Milan

    MILAN—Russian President Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic blitz on Ukraine got off to a rocky start Thursday when he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting then showed up in... Read more

  • Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arriving for the launch of his party's EU manifesto in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 12, 2014. Adams has denied new accusations that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast's top IRA families, appeared alongside a former foreign minister Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Ireland's parliament to accuse Adams of conspiring to suppress her reports of being raped by the IRA commander from Adams' home district in 1997, when she was 16. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Sinn Fein Chief Gerry Adams Accused of IRA Rape Cover-Up

    DUBLIN—Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

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

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

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

    India to Construct Border Road Despite China’s Objections

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

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

    The Rise and Rise of Belgium’s Indian Diamond Dynasties

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

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

    Image of Asia: A Day for Eradicating Poverty

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

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

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

    India is set to take on West Indies in the 4th ODI on Friday, October 17. The match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala is... Read more

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

    India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

    NEW DELHI—India banned the import of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals on Monday, becoming the only country in Asia to do so.  It... Read more

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

    New Delhi’s Only Female Three-Wheeled Taxi Driver

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

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

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

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

    Cyclone Hudhud Kills 24 in India

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

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

    Activist’s Nobel Highlights Child Labor in India

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

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

    Eastern India Braces for Powerful Cyclone Hudhud

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

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

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

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

    From the Life of Nobel Peace Winner Kailash Satyarthi

    KAILASH SATYARTHI BORN: Jan. 11, 1954, in Vidisha, India. EARLY YEARS: As a boy, Satyarthi was moved by other children who had to work, and... Read more

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

    Indian Man Pedals Cycle Rickshaw to Himalayan Pass

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

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

    India vs West Indies 1st ODI Match Information

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

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

    India, Pakistan Exchange Fire Over Kashmir Border

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

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

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

    A warm egg, white shell almost translucent, plops into the wire mesh gutter and rolls forward. There is no let-up in the clucking din of... Read more

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

    The Kolkata Knight Riders are set to take on the Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament final on Saturday. The match... Read more

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    CSK vs KXIP Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Highlights for Chennai Super Kings-Kings XI Punjab

    It’s Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals. The match on Thursday is set to start at 8 p.m... Read more

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    KKR vs Hurricanes CLT20 Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Squads for Kolkata Knight Riders-Hobart

    The Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals on Thursday. The match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad... Read more

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

    US Couple Convicted in Qatar Face Final Appeal Ruling

    DOHA, Qatar— An American couple convicted in Qatar of child endangerment will receive a final verdict on their appeal on November 30, a Qatari judge... Read more

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

    EU Nations Amassing Billion-Euro Anti-Ebola Fund

    LUXEMBOURG—European Union nations are working to reach 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid by the end of the week to fight Ebola in West... Read more

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    How Are Nurses Becoming Infected With Ebola?

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

    Pilots at Lufthansa a to Start 35-hour Strike Monday

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

  • Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Piot questioned why it took the World Health Organization five months and 1,000 deaths before the agency declared Ebola an international health emergency in August. (AP Photo/David Azia)

    Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

    Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to... Read more

  • A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the closing bell on Oct. 17, 2014, in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 263.17 points, or 1.63 percent, following six consecutive days of loses. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

    What’s Happening in Global Markets This Month in a Nutshell

    What a difference a month makes. On Sept. 18, the U.S. stock market reached a record high after a mostly uneventful summer. Long-term interest rates... Read more

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    WHO Won’t Discuss Ebola Mistakes Document

    LONDON— The World Health Organization said Saturday that it wouldn’t explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the... Read more

  • Iran, Russia Hold Joint Naval Exercise

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s state television says two Russian warships have left a northern Iranian port after the two countries held a joint, three-day naval exercise in... Read more

  • Welders fabricate anchor bolts for roads and bridges at the custom manufacture Fox Company Inc., in Philadelphia, on July 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the US economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    US Stands Strong Despite Fear Over Global Economy Slowdown

    WASHINGTON—Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. The Dow Jones industrial average has lost 874 points... Read more

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden looks over his notes prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing seeking answers about the Ebola outbreak from top US health officials. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    A Look at Latest Ebola Developments Worldwide

    The nation’s top health officials tried to assure Congress that they can halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. despite mistakes that... Read more

  • Toowoomba, Australia: Drew Rickard, 29, Student in Bachelor of Social Science and Anthropology / Part-time Rigger: In regards to the national anthem, I think it’s outdated basically in the way we view multiculturalism and how we should be embracing that more. I think it’s fairly colonial still, especially the verses that we don’t always focus on. We probably have to completely replace it in a view to focus more on what Australia is, as far as multiculturalism and different ethnicities.

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talk as they walk together on the grounds of the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The top US and Russian diplomats are hoping to find a way to begin reversing a yearlong spike in tensions stemming from Ukraine's revolution and civil war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    US, Russia Vow More Cooperation on Global Security

    PARIS—The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters, including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants,... Read more

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  • World Health Organization, WHO, members discuss in the Strategic Health Operations Center, SHOC, room at the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. With Ebola deaths in West Africa forecast to reach tens of thousands and fragile health systems overwhelmed by the world's worst outbreak of the virus, the WHO stands accused of failure and faces calls for reform. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    WHO Calls Ebola Modern Era’s Worst Health Emergency

    MANILA, Philippines—The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times” on Monday but also said that... Read more

  • World Stocks Recover in European Trading

    LONDON— World stock markets turned higher in Europe on Monday following losses in Asia and after the release of robust Chinese trade figures. Investor sentiment... Read more

  • The International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) meeting begins during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings at IMF headquarters, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Financial Leaders Pledge ‘Bold’ Action on Recovery

    WASHINGTON—World financial leaders on Saturday promised “bold and ambitious” action to boost a global recovery that has shown recent disturbing signs of weakness. That pledge... Read more

  • World News to the Point: Oct. 9, 2014. (Photos.com)

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Luis Sanchez, 62, Car Salesman: At the present time, I believe that tourism is very important for people that want to come and visit our country, because the dollar has become very expensive (for us), but it is very cheap for visitors to Argentina. Visiting spectacular places, as we experience all climates, we have a modern city like Buenos Aires, and places like Puerto Madero, which do not fall short of the best cities in Europe. I think if the government implements a good policy to encourage foreign tourism, now is the ideal time. Despite the economic crisis, this would benefit a large segment of our population.

    Global Q&A: ‘Has tourism benefited the local people in your country?’

    Overall tourism supports local economies and can improve urbanization, although in some areas tourism can at times work against some local processes, and can increase... Read more

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

    Turkey Letting Iraqi Kurd Fighters Travel to Kobani

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

  • A passenger arrives wearing a face mask at Los Angeles International Airport as fear of the Ebola virus continues to grow in the US on October 17, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lebanon Imposes Anti-Ebola Measures

    BEIRUT—Lebanon is imposing new measures to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the Middle Eastern nation. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says that Lebanon is... Read more

  • In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather to defend the city of Haditha, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, with the Islamic State extremist group in control of about a third of the country. (AP Photo)

    Suicide Attack in Shiite Mosque Kills at Least 33 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq’s majority Shiite community on Monday, killing at least 33 people, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led... Read more

  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet departs for the Middle East from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley on Sept. 21, 2014, in Amberley, Australia. (CPL Ben Dempster/Royal Australian Air Force via Getty Images)

    Australia to Deploy 200 Special Forces in Iraq

    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent... Read more

  • Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at his office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Moqbel also met other Iranian officials including Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. "Iran is ready to transfer its experience in order to improve security in Lebanon and the region, and to combat terrorists," Shamkhani said during a meeting with Moqbel in Tehran on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran Vows to Aid Lebanese Military, Hezbollah to Combat “Terrorists”

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran said Sunday it is ready to provide aid to the Lebanese army as well as the Shiite Hezbollah group to help combat “terrorists.”... Read more

  • Iraqi Shiite men who have volunteered to join government forces and militias in the fight against jihadists from the Islamic State group, take part in a training session in the central city of Hillah on Oct. 18, 2014. The Islamic State group led a sweeping offensive in June that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq Executed 60 People This Year, Says UN

    BAGHDAD—Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice”... Read more

  • A Houthi Shiite rebel wearing a beret, stands guard while other Houthi Shiite members dismantle a protest camp on a road leading to the Sanaa Airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Yemeni security officials say fierce clashes have erupted between Shiite rebels in control of the capital and tribesmen allied with the country's Islamist Islah party, leaving eight dead. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen’s Shiite Rebels Take Town South of Capital

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s Shiite rebels a captured a town south of the capital Sanaa early on Sunday, when they also blew up the home of a... Read more

  • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Iran Bans Human Rights Lawyer From Practicing Law

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency says a court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing her profession for three years. Nasrin... Read more

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks at a meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Sept. 25, 2014, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Iraqi Lawmakers Approve New Cabinet’s Ministers of Interior, Defense, Finance

    BAGHDAD—Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a... Read more

  • Smoke from a fire rises in Kobani, Syria, while fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and the militants of the Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    US-Led Airstrike Kills 8 in ISIS-Held Syrian Town

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey—A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least... Read more

  • Layal Dirani, sister of Lebanese corporal Suleiman Dirani, who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and the Nusra Front, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Oct. 16, 2014, as she stands next to his picture hanging at the sit-in protest site in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. The IS threat first came to Lebanon in August, two months after the group’s summer blitz in which it seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. In a surprise attack, IS and Nusra Front militants crossed over from Syria and overran the predominantly Sunni Lebanese border town of Arsal, hitting Lebanese army positions and killing nearly 20 soldiers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanon ‘In the Eye of the Storm,’ Now Pulled Into War With Islamic State

    BEIRUT—With all eyes on the Islamic State group’s onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the... Read more

  • Smoke rises during airstrikes on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Oct. 8, 2014. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Activists: Airstrikes Kill 16 in Rebel Syrian Town

    BEIRUT— Syrian activists say that government airstrikes on a rebel-held town have killed at least 16 people. Local activist Hassan Taqulden and the Britain-based Syrian... Read more

  • A drone flies over the Partizan stadium during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. A European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was suspended on Tuesday after pitch skirmishes involving players and fans over an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Another Drone Flies Over Match in Albania

    IRANA, Albania—A drone carrying an Albanian flag has flown over a stadium in southern Albania during a domestic soccer league game — three days after... Read more

  • In this image made from AP video filmed on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Manal Mousa, 25, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at her family home in the Galilee village of Deir Al-Assad, northern Israel. Her goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition. The journey Mousa and another singer Haitham Khalaily, 24, have taken from their villages in Israel to the competition in Lebanon could comprise a television drama of its own - featuring travel to an enemy country, Israeli security interrogations, and the complicated identity crisis of Israel's Arabs. (AP Photo/AP video)

    Arabs From Israel Risk Arrest For ‘Arab Idol’ Show

    MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel— Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition. But the journey Manal Mousa, 25, and Haitham... Read more

  • Iran, Russia Hold Joint Naval Exercise

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s state television says two Russian warships have left a northern Iranian port after the two countries held a joint, three-day naval exercise in... Read more

  • US President Barack Obama speaks in San Dimas, California, Oct. 10, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East: Passing the Baton in 2017

    In a period of about six weeks spanning August and September 2014, President Obama dramatically revamped his Middle East policy to put degrading and destroying... Read more

  • Syrian Kurdish refugees, who fled the fighting in Kobani, walk at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Syrian Kurds Press Hundreds of Young Into Army but Lack Equipment

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey—In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria... Read more

  • Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Jerusalem's old city Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Israeli police in riot gear have fired stun grenades to break up a group of Palestinians throwing rocks near sensitive holy sites in Jerusalem's old city ahead of a Jewish festival. The Palestinians were protesting against recent visits by Jews to the site. Palestinians view such visits as a provocation. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian Boy Shot Dead by Israeli Troops

    RAMALLAH, West Bank—Palestinian police say a 13-year-old Palestinian boy has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers during a clash in the West Bank. They say the soldiers opened fire after demonstrators threw stones and... Read more

  • Kurdish mourners flash the V-sign as they sing a nationalistic Kurdish song at a cemetery in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, during the funeral of two Syrian Kurdish fighters, names not available, who were killed in the fighting with the militants of the Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-Sept. and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Hard-Pressed Between Turkey and ISIL, Kurds Essential to Regional Peace

    BAGHDAD—The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major focal point in the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries coming under significant threat by the... Read more

  • Police guard in front of Hotel Palais Coburg during closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif continue their nuclear talks in an effort to meet the target date of Nov. 24., but with less than six weeks left, there may be no alternative than to prolonging them. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Iran Weighs US Proposal at Nuclear Talks

    VIENNA—Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability... Read more


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