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  • Two trains reportedly crashed in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya region on Thursday. (Google Maps)

    Thailand Train Crash: Mass Casualty Incident in Ayutthaya

    Two trains reportedly crashed in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya region on Thursday. Early reports say many people were injured. It’s unclear if there were any deaths... Read more

  • The Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers, and lakes in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. The castle is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500-km tourism route along the west coast of Ireland. (Carole Jobin)

    Exploring Ireland’s Charming West/Northwest 

    Everything appeared as it should as we ate kippers for breakfast in the beautiful dining room at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in remote Connemara, County... Read more

  • French, Iran Presidents Talk About Nuclear Deal

    PARIS—French President Francois Hollande’s office says he spoke by telephone with Iran’s president and urged progress toward a “lasting, robust and verifiable” deal ensuring that... Read more

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    Pilot Suicide Crashes of Commercial Flights, Germanswings Wouldn’t Be the First

    The thought that a Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed a commercial plane into the Alps killing himself and 149 others is truly harrowing. French aviation investigators related on... 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. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi Arabia Leads Air Campaign Against Yemen Rebels

    SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have... Read more

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    Into the Meat Grinder: US Drops Anti-ISIS ‘Propaganda’ Leaflets Over Syria

    A U.S. warplane didn’t drop bombs, but instead, dropped leaflets to combat ISIS in Syria. The leaflet depicts would-be ISIS recruits being fed into a meat... Read more

  • 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)

    Egypt Plannning Ground Operation in Yemen

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt—Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies... Read more

  • Guatemalan special forces descend from an U.N. aircraft upon arrival to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. One hundred and fifty soldiers returned to their country after serving eleven months as U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    UN Cutting Congo Peacekeeping Force by 2,000

    UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that cuts the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo by 2,000, a far smaller reduction than... Read more

  • Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, center, with Gen. David Galtier, right,holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, Thursday March 26, 2015. Robin said the co-pilot was alone at the controls of the Germanwings flight that slammed into an Alpine mountainside and "intentionally" sent the plane into the doomed descent, killing 150 people. (AP Photo)

    Germanwings Crash Update: Lufthansa Chief Has No Clue to Co-Pilot’s Motive

    2:39 p.m. (1339 GMT 4:39 a.m. EDT) The chief executive of Lufthansa says he is “stunned” by a French prosecutor’s conclusion that the co-pilot of... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government officials in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    Putin Says Russia Will Not ‘Make Concessions’ to Pressures From West

    MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands... Read more

  • Juan E. Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, speaks during a press conference about his annual report to the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    Bulgaria Prisons Criticized for Serious Human Rights Violations

    SOFIA, Bulgaria—A high-level European human rights body on Thursday sharply criticized Bulgaria for the treatment of its prisoners in the country’s dilapidated and overcrowded prisons... Read more

  • This is an undated image taken from Facebook of  Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in San Francisco California. (AP Photo)

    Co-pilot Deliberately Slams Plane in Alps; Families Ask Why

    PARIS  — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot... Read more

  • In this photo taken on June 6, 2014, a member of Philippine Maritime police special boat unit, walks past a Chinese-flag vessel (L) apprehended weeks ago for alleged illegal fishing in the disputed Spratly islands, anchored at their headquarters off Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island, southwest of Manila. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippines Says China Cementing Claims to Disputed Islands With Hasty Construction

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippines’ top diplomat says China has been rushing construction projects including massive land reclamations in the disputed South China Sea in hopes... Read more

  • Iraqi militia leader Hadi al-Amiri speaks to the press in Samarra, Iraq 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Al-Amiri insisted that the Popular Mobilization Unit, which consists of various militias, does not need assistance from coalition forces to retake the militant-held city of Tikrit.  The U.S. and Iraq have been discussing possible U.S. airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in Islamic State force in Tikrit, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The prospect of U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit raises highly sensitive questions about participating in an Iraqi campaign that has been spearheaded by Iraqi Shiite militias trained and equipped by Iran, an avowed U.S. adversary. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraq Official: Troops Launch Final Phase of Tikrit Offensive

    TIKRIT, Iraq— The commander of Iraq’s military operations in Salahuddin province says government forces have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture the... Read more

  • Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, center-left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, center-right, hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria Thursday, March 26, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    2 Leading Candidates in Nigeria Elections Commit to Peace

    ABUJA, Nigeria— The two leading candidates in this weekend’s presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram... Read more

  • Memorial to Kremlin Critic Nemtsov Vandalized, Then Restored

    MOSCOW— Nationalists have vandalized a makeshift memorial to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the site of his killing, but it has been quickly restored... Read more

  • Guatemalan special forces descend from an U.N. aircraft upon arrival to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. One hundred and fifty soldiers returned to their country after serving eleven months as U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    UN Cutting Congo Peacekeeping Force by 2,000

    UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that cuts the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo by 2,000, a far smaller reduction than... Read more

  • Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, center-left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, center-right, hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria Thursday, March 26, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    2 Leading Candidates in Nigeria Elections Commit to Peace

    ABUJA, Nigeria— The two leading candidates in this weekend’s presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram... Read more

  • A man a set up a candle on a bloodstain during a demonstration in front of the National Bardo Museum a day after gunmen attacked the museum in Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, March 19, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement Thursday claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed scores of people, mostly tourists. (AP/Christophe Ena)

    Tunisia: 23 Arrested in Connection With Deadly Museum Attack

    TUNIS, Tunisia— Tunisia’s top security official says 23 people have been arrested from the group suspected of being behind the museum attack that killed 21... Read more

  • FILE-In this file photo taken on Wednesday March 18, 2015, villagers walk in the desert outside the city of Damasak, Nigeria. Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    Official: Boko Haram Abducts Hundreds of Nigerian Civilians

    ABUJA, Nigeria — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top... Read more

  • A hill near Tataouine in southern Tunisia. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

    Star Wars Fans Beware: ISIS Takes Over ‘Tatooine’ in Tunisia

    Tourists are being warned to stay away from the Tunisian desert town of Tataouine–the inspiration behind Tatooine in the Star Wars movies. The town has become... Read more

  • FILE - In this  Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, attends Keny's 50th  Independence anniversary,  in Nairobi, Kenya. Lawmakers in South Sudan have voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three more years. The proposal to extend Kiir’s term, which was set to expire in July, had been endorsed by Kiir’s Cabinet, which then forwarded the measure for approval in parliament..  (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim-File)

    South Sudan Lawmakers Extend President’s Term by 3 Years

    JUBA, South Sudan — Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the... Read more

  • South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrives for a political rally in Juba, on March 18, 2015. (Ashley Hamer/AFP/Getty Images)

    South Sudan Parliament Grants President Extended Term

    JUBA, South Sudan—Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the government had... Read more

  • In this Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, a woman, right, is injected by a health care worker as she takes part in a Ebola virus vaccine trial at the Redemption hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial. The gruesome toll of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,200 Liberians of the more than 10,000 who have succumbed to the disease, has intensified efforts to find a vaccine for a disease that previously infected relatively few people in remote areas. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh, File)

    Liberia Ebola Survivor May Have Infected Friend

    MONROVIA, Liberia—A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said Tuesday, offering... Read more

  • A health care worker as she takes part in a Ebola virus vaccine trial at the Redemption hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Ebola Survivor May Have Infected New Liberia Case

    MONROVIA, Liberia—A Liberian official says a woman who tested positive for Ebola last week is dating a survivor of the disease, offering a possible explanation... Read more

  • 4 African Authors Among Man Booker Finalists

    JOHANNESBURG—The “Memoirs of a Porcupine,” the “Confessions of the Lioness” and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes... Read more

  • World Health Organization Denies Politics Swayed Call for International Ebola Emergency

    LONDON—The World Health Organization denied Monday that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus last year,... Read more

  • A health worker, left, injects a man in his arm with an Ebola vaccine in Conakry, Guinea, March 7, 2015.(AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    Guinea Trial Begins for Suspected Killers of Ebola Workers

    CONAKRY, Guinea— Trial has begun in a remote region of Guinea of suspects in the killings of five Ebola health workers and three journalists last... Read more

  • A health care worker prepares a colleague's Ebola virus protective gear at a clinic in Makeni, Sierra Leone, on March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

    Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine Trial

    MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial. The gruesome toll of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, which has killed... Read more

  • A great white shark flipped two kayaks Wednesday, sending two women into the water, where they fearfully waited 30 minutes to be rescued. (AOL Screenshot)

    Official: German Killed by Shark on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast

    CAIRO— An Egyptian security official says a shark killed a German citizen on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast. The official says the 52-year old man’s body... Read more

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2015,  health workers provide education to people about the Ebola virus on prevention and general health tips in Conakry, Guinea. The World Health Organization says Thursday, March 12, 2015, its tally of Ebola deaths has passed the grim milestone of 10,000, mostly in West Africa.  (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    Liberia Investigates How Latest Ebola Patient Got Infected

    MONROVIA, Liberia— Liberia is investigating how its latest Ebola patient became infected, after weeks with no cases of the disease in the country. The West... Read more

  • Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Amnesty Demands Equatorial Guinea Release Rights Activist

    DAKAR, Senegal— A human rights group is demanding that Equatorial Guinea release a human rights activist who was detained for denouncing the arrest of an... Read more

  • A man places a Tunisian flag onto a police car as a policeman stands guard during a demonstration two days after gunmen attacked the museum and killed scores of people in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Tunisian Gunmen Trained in Libya, Known to Police, Say Officials

    TUNIS, Tunisia—The two gunmen who killed 21 people at a museum in Tunis trained in neighboring Libya before carrying out the deadly attack and were known... Read more

  • A man a set up a candle on a bloodstain during a demonstration in front of the National Bardo Museum a day after gunmen attacked the museum in Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, March 19, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a statement Thursday claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed scores of people, mostly tourists. (AP/Christophe Ena)

    2 Gunmen Trained in Libya Before Attack in Tunis

    TUNIS, Tunisia—The two extremist gunmen who killed 21 people at a museum in Tunis trained in neighboring Libya before carrying out the deadly attack, a... Read more

  • Chadian soldiers transfer weapons seized from Boko Haram fighters to a truck in the Nigerian city of Damasak, Nigeria, Wednesday March 18, 2015. Damasak was flushed of Boko Haram militants last week, and is now controlled by a joint Chadian and Nigerien force. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Town, Kills 11

    BAUCHI, Nigeria— Boko Haram extremists have attacked on a Nigerian border town, killing 11 people who had recently come home after military forces ousted the... Read more

  • Hot air balloons glide above a wildebeest migration on Tanzania’s Serengeti Plain, arguably the most famous national park in the world. Every year, the wildebeest undertake a long and hazardous trek to seek fresh grazing. (Barbara Angelakis)

    Soaring Over the Endless Serengeti Plain

    The wakeup call came at 3:30 A.M. and jarred me out of a sound sleep. “Good morning, and how are you today, Ms. Barbara? Did... Read more

  • In this March 18, 2015 photo, day laborers from the Valle de San Quintin protest on the side of the main highway near the communal land "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz," in the municipality of Ensenada, south of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico. Workers from about 60 farms in the area walked off their jobs on March 16, to demand better pay and labor conditions. (AP Photo/Omar Millan)

    Farmworkers in Baja Mexico Protest Low Pay, Bad Conditions

    SAN QUINTIN, Mexico—Workers at large, export-oriented farms in the Mexican border state of Baja California have led a week of violent protests over low pay,... Read more

  • A woman suffering from breast cancer, talks to a doctor in a surgery room of the one-day surgery department of the French hospital institut Curie specialized in cancer treatment, on November 4, 2014 in Paris. (DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mastectomies on the Rise in Venezuela Amid Economic Crisis

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Oncologist Gabriel Romero performs hundreds of life-saving surgeries a year, but he no longer takes pleasure in his work. That’s because he believes that... Read more

  • In this March 13, 2015 photo, former street dog Vladimir wears an ID collar that gives his name and residence, as he sits at the entrance of the Old Havana Museum of Metalwork in Havana, Cuba. Cuban law banning animals from workplaces contains an exemption for guard dogs. This legal cover for the ex-strays was bolstered when a dog at a government office awakened a guard one night by barking when she heard would-be thieves removing air conditioners from the windows, according to Nora Garcia, president of the Cuban Association for the Protection of Plants and Animals. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Sad Eyes of Cuban Stray Dogs Helps Them Get a Job in the Government (Photos)

    More than a dozen state institutions ranging from Cuba‘s Central Bank to a public toilet have taken street dogs under their wings in recent years,... Read more

  • A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday. (USGS)

    Chile Earthquake Today: 6.2 Temblor Hits Off Coast of Talcahuano

    A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday. The quake hit near Talcahuano, Tome, and Penco. It also had a depth... Read more

  • Venezuela Smuggling Boom

    Despite Crackdown, With Smuggling in Venezuela, Anything Goes

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela—In a warehouse at the edge of this city near Venezuela’s western border, the load of valuable contraband sits in boxes ready to... Read more

  • 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)

    Argentina Opposition Urges Caution in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Several opposition lawmakers in Argentina have written a letter urging countries negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program to consider two terrorist attacks... Read more

  • In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, an opium grower shows how he "milks" a poppy flower bulb to obtain opium paste in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico. Violence continues in Iguala because the town's most lucrative business still thrives: the opium trade. The city sits halfway between Mexico City and Acapulco in the state of Guerrero, surrounded by steep mountains where farmers milk fields of poppies for opium paste. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    Mexico Army Seizes Quarter-Ton of Opium Paste

    MEXICO CITY—The Mexican army says soldiers have seized 229 kilograms (505 pounds) of opium paste hidden in buried containers in the mountains of southern Guerrero... Read more

  • In this April 8, 2011 photo, Bishop Juan Barros arrives to the Episcopal Conference of Chile in El Quisco, Chile. (AP Photo/La Tercera)

    Pope’s Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile—Juan Carlos Cruz recalls that he and another teen boy would lie down on the priest’s bed, one resting his head at the man’s... Read more

  • Fire rages in the forest around Valparaiso, in Chile, on March 13, 2015 as the fire threatens to reach the city's port. Authorities have declared a red alert in the area.   AFP PHOTO / FRANCESCO DEGASPERI        (Photo credit should read FRANCESCO DEGASPERI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Massive Forest Fire is Raging Near Picturesque Chilean City. See Photos Here

    Chilean firefighters reportedly contained a huge blaze that was threatening the city of Valparaiso, said officials on Sunday. At least one person died and thousands... Read more

  • Demonstrators march to demand the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Brazilians are demonstrating amid an inquiry into a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption case yet uncovered in Brazil. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    2 Million Brazilians Call for Impeachment of Leftist Leader

    Mass anti-government protests erupted throughout Brazil on Sunday with estimates of at least 2 million people joining protests in over 50 cities across the country. The... Read more

  • Firefighters get ready to attack a forest fire in Valparaiso,Chile, Saturday, March 14, 2015. A serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile's coast Friday and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Chile Firefighters Contain Coastal Wildfire, Winds Persist

    SANTIAGO, Chile— Firefighters in Chile gained the upper hand Sunday on a coastal blaze that had gotten close to the neighboring cities of Valparaiso and... Read more

  • A shell of a car is seen with a text that reads in Portuguese: "Welcome to the desert of Cantareira" on the banks of the Atibainha reservoir, part of the Cantareira System that provides water to the city of Sao Paulo, Nazare Paulista, Brazil. (Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

    Water Hoarding Begins in Brazil as One of the World’s Largest Cities Runs Out of Water

    By  J. D. Heyes, contributing writer to Natural News The historic drought gripping South America’s largest nation is deepening, leading to rationing and forcing residents in... Read more

  • Thousands of demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the Brazilian National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Protests have been called for across Brazil to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has never been lower as she faces a sputtering economy and a massive corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Tens of Thousands March Demanding Brazil President’s Ouster

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Tens of thousands of Brazilians are marching in cities demanding President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and blasting what they say is deep government... Read more

  • Rescue personnel work at the site where a tourist bus crashed killing at least 49 people, according to the the Santa Catarina State security secretary, near the city of Joinville, southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Salmo Duarte, Agence RBS)

    Brazil Raises Death Toll of Bus Accident To 49

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Police renewed their search Sunday for more victims in a bus accident in southern Brazil that killed at least 49 people. The dead... Read more

  • Honduran alleged drug trafficker Jose Miguel 'Chepe' Handal is taken into custody upon his arrival at a military base in Tegucigalpa on March 13, 2015 after he was arrested in Pedro Sula on the eve. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Honduras Arrests Businessman Accused of Drug Trafficking

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Honduran authorities have captured a prominent businessman wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges. Jose Miguel Handal, 42, was arrested Thursday outside a... Read more

  • :Ash spewed from the Turrialba volcano heads towards San Jose and its surroundings on March 13, 2015. The volcano showered nearby towns with ash forcing evacuations from areas in its vicinity about 80 km from the crater. (AFP PHOTO / EZEQUIEL BECERRA)

    See Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Exploding, Spewing Ash

    The Turrialba in Costa Rica erupted this week, forcing the country to close down the airport in San Jose on Friday. The airport was later... Read more

  • People stand in front of a center run by famed artist Kcho, to use the free Wi-Fi network, in Havana, Cuba, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    Cuba Allows Rare Free Public Wi-fi at Havana Cultural Center

    HAVANA—Cuba has allowed the launch of the island’s first known free, public Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 photo, a grey whale calf expels air through it's blowhole as a boat filled with visitors watches in the San Ignacio lagoon, on the Pacific Ocean near the town of Guerrero Negro, in Mexico's Baja peninsula. Mexican authorities said Thursday, March 12, 2015, that a 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured near the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas, when a surfacing grey whale crashed onto their boat as they came back from a snorkel tour. The Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection said that two other tourists suffered "considerable" injuries. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    Whale Kills Canadian Tourist, Injures 2 Near Mexico Resort

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico—A 35-year-old Canadian woman has died and two other tourists were injured when a surfacing gray whale crashed onto their boat, Mexican... Read more

  • People inspect the burning wreckage of two helicopters which collided mid-air near Villa Castelli, in the Argentine province of La Rioja, on March 9, 2015. Eight French nationals, including sports stars, filming a reality TV show were killed Monday along with two Argentine pilots when their helicopters collided in mid-air in northwestern Argentina, officials said. AFP PHOTO / ALDO PORTUGAL --- ALTERNATIVE CROP - BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE (Photo credit should read ALDO PORTUGAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bodies of French Olympians Recovered in Argentina Air Crash

    VILLA CASTELLI, Argentina—Investigators on Tuesday recovered all 10 bodies from a remote site in Argentina where helicopters serving a reality TV show collided, killing prominent... Read more

  • A view of the wreckage of one of two helicopters that apparently collided in midair, near Villa Castelli, in Argentina's La Rioja province, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Two helicopters carrying French sports stars filming a popular European reality show crashed in a remote part of Argentina, killing 10 people, including two Olympic medal winners and a sailing champion, authorities said. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    VILLA CASTELLI, Argentina—Argentine investigators plucked cellphones, bits of paper and other mostly charred and unrecognizable items on Tuesday from the ruins of two helicopters that collided... Read more

  • Two trains reportedly crashed in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya region on Thursday. (Google Maps)

    Thailand Train Crash: Mass Casualty Incident in Ayutthaya

    Two trains reportedly crashed in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya region on Thursday. Early reports say many people were injured. It’s unclear if there were any deaths... Read more

  • In this photo taken on June 6, 2014, a member of Philippine Maritime police special boat unit, walks past a Chinese-flag vessel (L) apprehended weeks ago for alleged illegal fishing in the disputed Spratly islands, anchored at their headquarters off Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island, southwest of Manila. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippines Says China Cementing Claims to Disputed Islands With Hasty Construction

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippines’ top diplomat says China has been rushing construction projects including massive land reclamations in the disputed South China Sea in hopes... Read more

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Elaine Pearson speaks during a press briefing in Manila on April 7, 2009. She said recently, "We want other countries in the region to be rights respecting countries for the prosperity and stability of the region.”  (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Australia Risks Losing Rights Status Says Advocate

    SYDNEY—Australia risks losing its status as a strong supporter of human rights if it does not act accordingly, says Elaine Pearson, the head of Human... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Thailand Seafood Company Drops Supplier Accused of Slavery

    BANGKOK, Thailand—Thailand’s biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might be... Read more

  • Workers carry construction material at the under-construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India on Feb. 24, 2015. Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

    MUTTAGI, India—Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects... Read more

  • Photo taken on Sept. 1, 2011 shows a migrant laborer sorting fish as he works on a Thai fishing boat in Sattahip, Thailand's Rayong province. A study found that nearly half the workers make less than $160 a month in exchange for back-breaking labor.(Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

    Thai Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Named in AP Slavery Report

    BANGKOK, Thailand— Thailand’s biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might... Read more

  • Former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives on Nov. 10, 2013. (Sinan Hussain/AP Photo)

    Maldives Invites UN to Observe Ex-president’s Court Appeal

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— The Maldives government has invited the United Nations and other international organizations to observe the former president’s appeal of his 13-year jail... Read more

  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture Monday, March 23, 2015. The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S. military air base is to be relocated. The U.S. and Japan reached the relocation agreement in 1996. The banners read: "Henoko, Block the reclamation." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Okinawa Governor Blocks Efforts to Build New US Air Force Base

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work in the area where a key U.S... Read more

  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S... Read more

  • Lee Kuan Yew addresses the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum on March 20, 2013 in Singapore. The former prime minister passed away aged 91 on Mar. 23, 2015. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s First Prime Minister, Dies at 91

    SINGAPORE—Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of modern Singapore, died Monday, the government said. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb... Read more

  • Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani children gather in a mud house to learn from a man volunteering to teach them how to write the alphabet at a makeshift school in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids In Outdoor School

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  • Two Japanese soldiers stop to look at a ship blocking a road in the tsunami destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan marks four years since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster on Wednesday, March 11. (AP/David Guttenfelder)

    Japan Opts for Massive, Costly Sea Wall to Fend Off Tsunamis

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  • Cheering supporters hold posters of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan during the Nowruz celebrations in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Jailed Kurdish Leader Ocalan Urges Fighters to Abandon Arms

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on Saturday renewed a call for his fighters to end their armed struggle against Turkey, part of efforts... Read more

  • A North Korea's mock Scud-B missile, center, and other South Korean missiles are display at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korean Envoy Says His Country Has Nuclear Missiles

    LONDON—A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain... Read more

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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Trash Cleaners Cast Doubt on Missing Plane’s Search Location

    Volunteers who have been cleaning a 60-mile stretch of the Tasmanian coast in Australia said they haven’t seen a single piece of debris from Malaysia... Read more

  • An Indian villager walks through floodwaters to collect drinking water from a hand pump in Burhaburhi village in the Morigaon district of north eastern Assam state, India. A UN report released, March, 20, 2015, warns that the world will suffer a serious shortfall of potable water by 2030 unless people and nations dramatically change the way they use the resource. (AP/Anupam Nath)

    UN Warns World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

    NEW DELHI—The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a... Read more

  • Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Monday, March 16, 2015. Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that has destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew. (AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool)

    Run, Build, Stay: How Islanders Survived Vanuatu’s Cyclone

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  • U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy waves before she delivers opening remarks during JFK International Symposium at Waseda University in Tokyo Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Japanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Kennedy. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Japanese Police Arrest Suspect in US Embassy Bomb Threats

    TOKYO—Japanese police said they arrested a man on Thursday accused of making bomb threats against the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and media reports said he... Read more

  • South Korea Line App World Offensive

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    SEOUL, South Korea—Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny. Once just digital... Read more

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    Amazing Drone Video Captures World’s Largest Cave and Underwater River

    A drone operator recently filmed footage of his UAV flying through Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt, a photographer, captured... Read more

  • Regulator Slams Bell Media After Report Exec Meddled with CTV Journalism

    OTTAWA—Canada’s broadcasting regulator has issued a sharply worded reminder to Bell Media that it has a statutory duty not to interfere in the work of... Read more

  • The Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden, genetically modified apples developed by a B.C. biotech company, have been approved for growth and sale in Canada. (Okanagan Specialty Fruits)

    Consumers May Balk at Buying Newly Approved GM Apple: Growers

    Health Canada’s approval of two varieties of the world’s first genetically altered apple could encounter resistance from Canadian consumers, say apple growers and anti-GMO groups... Read more

  • An oil sands facility tailings pond near Fort McMurray. In a letter to Alberta's pollution monitoring agency, the group responsible for air-quality testing says its mobile unit is off the road due to funding problems. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Oilsands Mobile Air Monitoring Cancelled Over Funding Problems

    EDMONTON—An important part of Alberta’s oilsands air monitoring program is off the road over funding problems. In a letter to the province’s pollution monitoring agency,... Read more

  • (L-R) Conservative MP Ray Boughen speaks with Peter Costello and Bill Crawford of the Mississauga-based Eden Community Food Bank after they testified before Parliament’s human resources and social development committee on March 24, 2015. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Private Money and Public Good

    OTTAWA—Trust but verify. It was U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s creed in dealing with the Soviet Union, but is oddly similar to how Canadians treat their... Read more

  • Health Canada is mum on whether it will consider approving Palcohol, a controversial powdered alcohol that is expected to hit store shelves in the U.S. this summer. (shakzu/Thinkstock)

    Palcohol: Revolutionary Product or Public Menace?

    The recent approval of Palcohol—a powdered alcohol that comes in packets—south of the border has some worried that the controversial product could find its way... Read more

  • Former Undercover Cop 1st Witness at Drug Trial for Friend of Ex-Mayor Rob Ford

    TORONTO—The drug trial for Alexander Lisi, a friend of Rob Ford, began Wednesday with a former undercover officer describing events leading up to the arrest... Read more

  • BC Mother Sues Province After Infant Daughter Dies in Foster Care

    VANCOUVER—A British Columbia mother whose infant daughter died while in foster care has filed a lawsuit against the provincial government. Sara-Jane Wiens says her two-month... Read more

  • An oilsands facility is seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Conference Board of Canada Sees More Economic Pain Due to Low Oil Prices

    CALGARY, Canada—The Conference Board of Canada delivered bad news Wednesday, March 25, for those hoping that the latest crude oil downturn will create only short-term... Read more

  • Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau returns to the Gatineau Courthouse on March 23, 2015, following a break during his trial for allegations of assault and sexual assault from an incident in 2013. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Brazeau’s Lawyer Suggests Crown’s Key Witness Provoked Confrontation

    GATINEAU, Que.—Patrick Brazeau’s defence team is suggesting the Crown’s key witness instigated a physical confrontation that led to the suspended senator’s arrest when she hit... Read more

  • US Businesses Plead with Lawmakers to Avoid Trade War with Canada

    WASHINGTON—American business interests are pleading with the U.S. Congress to avert a trade war with Canada and Mexico. Several people testifying in Washington today asked... Read more

  • US Nudged Canada Towards Expanding ISIS Air Campaign to Syria: Kenney

    OTTAWA—Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the United States let it be known that the Canadian air force’s stock of precision-guided bombs and expertise in dropping... Read more

  • Foreign exchange traders work at North America’s first trading hub for China’s renminbi currency at BMO’s trading floor in Toronto, Canada on March 24, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

    Canada-China Ties Deepen With Renminbi Trading Hub

    Canada and China officially opened the first North American renminbi trading hub in Toronto on Monday, March 23, amid other initiatives that are poised to... Read more

  • Mayor Lisa Helps (second L) listens while a resident speaks during the March 20, 2015 Community Drop-In at Victoria City Hall. Helps began holding the biweekly drop-ins as a way for residents to share their ideas and concerns for their city as well as to foster a sense of community and belonging. (Joan Delaney/Epoch Times)

    Victoria’s New Mayor Lisa Helps Doing Her Bit for Democracy

    VICTORIA—A unique effort by Victoria’s new mayor to meaningfully engage citizens is creating a buzz in British Columbia’s capital city. Not long after Lisa Helps... Read more

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    Toronto ComiCon

    Toronto ComiCon brought out some interesting characters and cosplayers last weekend.  Merchants, fans, and celebrities took in the giant expo from March 20 to 22... Read more

  • First Nations protesters continue their blockade of the CN tracks in Sarnia, Ont., on Jan. 2, 2013, after a court injunction to have them move was issued over the holidays. The protest, which blocked the tracks for 13 days, was mentioned as a concern in a federal analysis of protests in Canada. (The Canadian Press/ Geoff Robin)

    Protest Activity Under Microscope in Federal ‘Risk Forecast’ Analysis

    OTTAWA—Use of social media, the spread of “citizen journalism,” and the involvement of young people are among the key trends highlighted by a federal analysis... Read more

  • A racially diverse group of commuters waits for a GO bus at Union Station in Toronto. Prairie Provinces are overtaking Toronto as the primary destination for new immigrants, according to Statistics Canada. (The Canadian Press/J.P. Moczulski)

    Many New Immigrants Opting for Prairie Provinces Over Toronto

    OTTAWA—Canada’s immigration patterns have radically altered in recent years, with western provinces—particularly the Prairies—overtaking Toronto as the primary destination for new immigrants. Statistics Canada reports... Read more

  • Eight-time cancer survivor Dionne Warner (L) poses with women’s cancer care advocate Sherry Abbott on Nov. 22, 2014, at Mirror Ball, an annual fundraising gala in support of people affected by cancer. Warner is a participant in the Look Good Feel Good program, which is dedicated to improving the self-esteem of patients undergoing cancer treatment. (Courtesy Sherry Abbott)

    Fighting Cancer: A Makeover for the Spirit

    Though doctors have long sought to understand and treat the physical symptoms of cancer, less attention has been paid to the deep emotional impact of... Read more

  • Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati, seen here in Winnipeg in July 2012, is arguing a suit that alleges the Bank of Canada has a duty to make loans to the country’s federal, provincial, and municipal governments. (The Canadian Press/Trevor Hagan)

    Bank of Canada, Finance Minister, and Others Face Lawsuit for Alleged IMF Conspiracy

    TORONTO—It would be easy to assume the people suing the Queen of England, the Bank of Canada, and three ministers for a conspiracy against “all... Read more

  • Harper to Ask Parliament to Extend, Expand Mission Against ISIS

    OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to ask Parliament next week to “extend and expand” Canada’s participation in the war against the Islamic State, possibly erasing... Read more

  • Scott Andrews ‘Astounded’ to Learn Through Media He’s Getting the Boot

    OTTAWA—Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews says he was “astounded” to learn through the media that he and fellow Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti are about to be... Read more

  • French, Iran Presidents Talk About Nuclear Deal

    PARIS—French President Francois Hollande’s office says he spoke by telephone with Iran’s president and urged progress toward a “lasting, robust and verifiable” deal ensuring that... Read more

  • Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, center, with Gen. David Galtier, right,holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, Thursday March 26, 2015. Robin said the co-pilot was alone at the controls of the Germanwings flight that slammed into an Alpine mountainside and "intentionally" sent the plane into the doomed descent, killing 150 people. (AP Photo)

    Germanwings Crash Update: Lufthansa Chief Has No Clue to Co-Pilot’s Motive

    2:39 p.m. (1339 GMT 4:39 a.m. EDT) The chief executive of Lufthansa says he is “stunned” by a French prosecutor’s conclusion that the co-pilot of... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government officials in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    Putin Says Russia Will Not ‘Make Concessions’ to Pressures From West

    MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands... Read more

  • Juan E. Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, speaks during a press conference about his annual report to the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    Bulgaria Prisons Criticized for Serious Human Rights Violations

    SOFIA, Bulgaria—A high-level European human rights body on Thursday sharply criticized Bulgaria for the treatment of its prisoners in the country’s dilapidated and overcrowded prisons... Read more

  • This is an undated image taken from Facebook of  Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in San Francisco California. (AP Photo)

    Co-pilot Deliberately Slams Plane in Alps; Families Ask Why

    PARIS  — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot... Read more

  • Memorial to Kremlin Critic Nemtsov Vandalized, Then Restored

    MOSCOW— Nationalists have vandalized a makeshift memorial to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the site of his killing, but it has been quickly restored... Read more

  • Social workers and relatives of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash arrive at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to depart on a special flight, offered by Lufthansa airline, to Marseille, southern France. They are planning to visit the crash site in the French Alps near Seyne-les-Alpes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Official Confirms One Pilot Locked Out of Germanwings Cockpit Before Lethal Crash

    PARIS —One of the pilots of the German airliner that crashed in the Alps was apparently locked out of the cockpit when the plane went... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    Germanwings Jet Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Prior to Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over... Read more

  • Amanda Knox's lawyers Carlo della Vedova, right, and Luciano Ghirga, second from left, are chased by media as they arrive at Italy's highest court building, in Rome, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend has arrived at Rome's high court for a hearing that will determine their fate in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. Dozens of journalists and camera crews mobbed Raffaele Sollecito as he made his way into the Court of Cassation for Wednesday's final arguments and deliberations. The ruling, expected later Wednesday, could bring an end to the high-profile Meredith Kercher murder case. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Knox Defense Calls Conviction Grave Error

    ROME — Amanda Knox’s defense lawyer urged Italy’s highest court on Wednesday to overturn the American’s conviction in the 2007 murder of her British roommate,... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    Germanwings Flight 9525 Black Box Yields No Clue to Explain Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—The last communication from a doomed German jetliner was routine. The mangled black box has yielded sounds and voices, the lead investigator said Wednesday,... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    France Gets Audio From Jet’s Black Box, Hunts for 2nd One

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French investigators cracked open a mangled black box and extracted audio from its cockpit voice recorder Wednesday, but gleaned no explanation for... Read more

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    Spanish, German Towns Tied Together in Plane Crash Tragedy

    HALTERN, Germany—They were supposed to be the lucky ones — the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders... Read more

  • A Spanish flag flies at half staff for the victims of the Germanwings passenger jet, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The plane carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf in Germany. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

    Spanish, German Towns Tied Together in Plane Crash Tragedy

    HALTERN, Germany—They were supposed to be the lucky ones — the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders... Read more

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a statement to the media, with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukraine’s President Dismisses Powerful Regional Governor

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko dismissed the billionaire governor of an eastern region Wednesday following a rancorous dispute pitting the tycoon against the government. Poroshenko’s... Read more

  • Ukrainian Officials Detained During Government Meeting

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  • A Germanwings passenger jet carrying at least 150 people crashed Tuesday in a snowy, remote section of the French Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered pulverized debris across the mountain. (AP/Claude Paris)

    Damaged Black Box, 2 Minutes Key Clues in Alpine Jet Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—A cockpit voice recorder badly damaged when a German jetliner slammed into an Alpine mountainside and a crucial two-minute span when the pilot lost... Read more

  • In this Dec. 2, 2014 picture Gerhard Krossing, manager of the VAKOMA company, poses at a machine after an interview with The Associated Press  in Magdeburg, Germany.  VAKOMA produces heavy gear drives and drive systems for turbo compressors as well as mills and kilns for the cement industry. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Business Confidence Posts 5Th Straight Increase

    BERLIN— A closely watched survey is showing a bigger-than-expected increase in German business confidence as managers in Europe’s biggest economy take a brighter view of... Read more

  • The first video footage appears to capture the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Here’s First Video Footage of Germanwings Crash Site in Alps

    The first video footage appears to capture the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps. The raw footage was uploaded by Airlive.net, a website that... Read more

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    ISIS ‘Likely’ to Attempt Chlorine Gas Terrorist Attack in London Subway: Expert

    An expert on chemical warfare has said ISIS terrorists who are coming back to the U.K. could carry out a chlorine gas attack in the... Read more

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    Plane Crash Kills 150 People in French Alps; Europe in Shock

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner... Read more

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

    Street Clinic in Delhi Gives a Leg Up to the Homeless

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

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

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids in Outdoor School

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

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

    India Tries Public Shaming to Tackle Its Culture of Public Urination

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

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

    India’s New Budget Aims to Boost Growth and Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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    Kids in Rural India Are Getting the Wrong Medicine

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

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

    Indian Health Authorizes Say 700 Have Died in Flu Outbreak

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

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

    96 Villages Maintain Delhi’s Oldest Shelter for Abandoned Cows

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

  • 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

  • Residents of a slum in the Kanega locality of Gurgaon city in Delhi on Jan. 15, 2015. They have no toilets and have to defecate in a open dump of garbage and construction waste nearby. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    How a Bathroom in an Indian Slum Would Change Residents’ Lives

    NEW DELHI—Amidst high-rise apartment buildings and corporate offices in Gurgaon city southwest of Delhi, an open area filled with household and construction waste acts as... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama walk through the gardens between official meetings at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    US and India Mark Historic Day With Obama Visit

    President Barack Obama is the first US president to visit India on Republic Day on Jan. 26, as well as the first sitting US president to... Read more

  • Kashmiri Muslims shout anti-French and pro-religious slogans during a protest in Srinagar, India, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Businesses and shops closed Friday in Indian-held Kashmir in a strike called by separatists and religious parties protesting the publication of a caricature of Prophet Muhammad in the latest issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Clashes Erupt in Indian Kashmir Over Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoon

    SRINAGAR, India—Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired warning shots and tear gas Friday to disperse Muslim protesters angry at the publication of a caricature of... Read more

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    Pilot Suicide Crashes of Commercial Flights, Germanswings Wouldn’t Be the First

    The thought that a Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed a commercial plane into the Alps killing himself and 149 others is truly harrowing. French aviation investigators related on... Read more

  • In this photo taken on June 6, 2014, a member of Philippine Maritime police special boat unit, walks past a Chinese-flag vessel (L) apprehended weeks ago for alleged illegal fishing in the disputed Spratly islands, anchored at their headquarters off Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island, southwest of Manila. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippines Says China Cementing Claims to Disputed Islands With Hasty Construction

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippines’ top diplomat says China has been rushing construction projects including massive land reclamations in the disputed South China Sea in hopes... Read more

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    Is the Fish You Buy Caught by Slaves?

    BENJINA, Indonesia—The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands... Read more

  • A French army helicopter heads to the Germanwings flight crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    Why Are We so Obsessed With Plane Crashes?

    Even though it’s much more statistically dangerous to drive to and from your local grocery store, plane crashes—when they do happen—tend to get major news... Read more

  • Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview, in New York. The founder of a heavily visited Wiki site about the prosecutions of U.S. star defendant Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend is bracing for a spike in traffic when Italy’s high court decides next Wednesday, March 25, 2015 whether to confirm the guilty verdicts against the former lovers in the 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

    Italy High Court Deciding Fate of ‘Very Worried’ Amanda Knox

    ROME— Italy’s high court began hearing the appeal of Amanda Knox’s murder conviction Wednesday as it considered the fate of the “very worried” American student... Read more

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    Officials Say Yemen President Flees Aden Home As Rebels Near

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refugee, five officials told The... Read more

  • Barack Obama, Ashraf Ghani

    White House Plans Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of... Read more

  • A Germanwings Airbus takes off at Duesseldorf International Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Tuesday. Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf with 150 people on board has crashed in the French Alps. (Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

    Could Airplane Age Be a Factor in Crash of 24-Year-Old Germanwings A320?

    The Germanwings A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 onboard, was 24 years old which puts the plane into the... Read more

  • The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. (AP/Edlib News Network ENN)

    Nusra Front Quietly Rises in Syria as Islamic State Targeted

    BEIRUT—The Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and... Read more

  • Pakistani Army soldiers guard nuclear-capable missiles at the International Defence Exhibition in Karachi on November 27, 2008. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pakistan Wants Short-Range Nuclear Missiles to Deter India

    WASHINGTON—A top adviser to the government of Pakistan says it needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter archrival India, although critics fear it could increase... Read more

  • John Kerry, Ashraf Ghani, Ash Carter

    US, Afghan Leaders Lay Groundwork for Postwar Relations

    CAMP DAVID, Maryland—U.S. and Afghan leaders laid the groundwork Monday for new relations between the two countries linked for years as war partners, including plans... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, health workers walk past graves after they buried a person that they suspect died from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. One year after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak, vaccine trials are under way in Liberia and Guinea. Sierra Leone will start a trial later this month. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

    WHO Denies Politics Swayed Ebola Emergency Declaration

    LONDON — The World Health Organization denied Monday that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus... Read more

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    A Glance at Women in Leadership Roles in Business Worldwide

    LONDON—Companies are trying to increase the number of women in executive positions amid evidence that it brings higher profits, surveys show. Many still struggle to... Read more

  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade calling for an end to the persecution in China, as the U.S. Capitol building is in the background, in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2014. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    Religious Persecution and the Need for Inter-Faith Understanding

    A 2011 Pew Forum study estimated that Christians then numbered about 2.1 billion worldwide. According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group... Read more

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    2016 Athletes’ Village Set to Become Luxury Housing

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Developers brag that the athletes’ village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will rival a five-star resort. The village will be turned... Read more

  • US soldiers patrol near Kandahar Airfield on June 3, 2014. Members of the 1st Battalion, 12th Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division patrolled areas near Kandahar Airfield to protect the base from rocket attacks, and also visited Afghan police and polling stations to check on the security for the upcoming presidential election runoff. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Pullout From Afghanistan Hinged to Developing Forces

    WASHINGTON—The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains tightly... Read more

  • A plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The new labeling on March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)

    US Anti-Drugs Work in Colombia Uses Cancer-Linked Herbicide

    BOGOTA, Colombia—New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program... Read more

  • Soldiers listen to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Carter is making his first trip to visit troops and commanders in Afghanistan since his swearing-in this week. (AP Photo/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)

    Pace of US Exit From Afghanistan Tied to Ability of Afghan Security Forces

    WASHINGTON— The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains... Read more

  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center left, and Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, center right, arrive to meet with students at a local high school, March 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    US First Lady Urges Cambodian Students to Seek More Freedoms

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia—U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater... 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. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi Arabia Leads Air Campaign Against Yemen Rebels

    SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have... Read more

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    Into the Meat Grinder: US Drops Anti-ISIS ‘Propaganda’ Leaflets Over Syria

    A U.S. warplane didn’t drop bombs, but instead, dropped leaflets to combat ISIS in Syria. The leaflet depicts would-be ISIS recruits being fed into a meat... Read more

  • 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)

    Egypt Plannning Ground Operation in Yemen

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt—Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies... Read more

  • Iraqi militia leader Hadi al-Amiri speaks to the press in Samarra, Iraq 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Al-Amiri insisted that the Popular Mobilization Unit, which consists of various militias, does not need assistance from coalition forces to retake the militant-held city of Tikrit.  The U.S. and Iraq have been discussing possible U.S. airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in Islamic State force in Tikrit, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The prospect of U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit raises highly sensitive questions about participating in an Iraqi campaign that has been spearheaded by Iraqi Shiite militias trained and equipped by Iran, an avowed U.S. adversary. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraq Official: Troops Launch Final Phase of Tikrit Offensive

    TIKRIT, Iraq— The commander of Iraq’s military operations in Salahuddin province says government forces have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture the... Read more

  • Houthi Shiite fighters, background, patrol as their comrades attend the funeral procession of victims who were killed from triple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Shiite Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    WASHINGTON—Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do “anything necessary” to protect its neighbor from... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, not seen,  in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday as he was formally tapped to form a new government, vowing to heal rifts in Israeli society and fix ties with the United States following an acrimonious election campaign. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Israel’s Netanyahu Takes Conciliatory Tone

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday as he was formally tapped to form a new government, vowing to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 file photo,Yemen's Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi gestures as he enters a polling center to cast his vote in Sanaa. Yemen's embattled president fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location Wednesday as Shiite rebels offered cash bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister. Hadi left just hours after the rebels' own television station said they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants.  (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    Yemen’s President Flees Country by Sea Amid Rebel Advance

    SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their... Read more

  • Rebel fighters run across the street as they hold a position in al-Mayasat, a rebel-controlled area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 4, 2015. (Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Rebels Seize Key Government Stronghold

    BEIRUT—Syrian rebels on Wednesday seized an ancient town near the Jordan border that is a key government stronghold, ousting Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen from... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, not seen, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday as he was formally tapped to form a new government, vowing to heal rifts in Israeli society and fix ties with the United States following an acrimonious election campaign. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    After Outrageous Campaign Rhetoric, Israel’s Netanyahu Tries to Heal Rifts

    JERUSALEM—Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday as he was formally tapped to form a new government, vowing to heal rifts... Read more

  • In this Friday, March 20, 2015 file photo, militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ride on an army vehicle on a street in Aden, Yemen. Yemen’s Shiite rebels, backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have seized the third-largest city after capturing the capital Sanaa in September, effectively splitting the country in half and hindering U.S. efforts to combat a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate. Hadi, a close U.S. ally, fled house arrest in Sanaa last month and has set up a base in the port city of Aden, the former capital of the once-independent south. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan, FIle)

    Egypt, Saudi Arabia Consider Military Intervention in Yemen

    CAIRO—With Yemen’s president swept out of power by Shiite rebels, neighboring Saudi Arabia and allies such as Egypt are considering whether and how to intervene... Read more

  • Yemen's then Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi enters a polling center to cast his vote in Sanaa, Yemen, on Feb. 21, 2012. (AP/Hani Mohammed

    Yemen Official Asks For Military Intervention Against Rebels

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s foreign minister has called for an “immediate” Arab military intervention against advancing Shiite rebels. Riad Yassin told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite news... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 30, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by The Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels, right, standing near a damaged warplane, at Abu Dhour military airbase after it fell due to clashes with rebels, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad, File)

    Syrian Rebels Launch Offensive on Government-Held City

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels launched an offensive Tuesday against a major government-held city in the country’s northwest, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to remain... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 file photo Jihadi fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other rebel factions rest after clashes with Syrian troops in Wadi Deif in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria. The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, File)

    Syria Rebels Attack City of Idlib in Northwest

    BEIRUT—Syrian rebels launched an offensive Tuesday against a major government-held city in the country’s northwest, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to remain indoors in... Read more

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    ISIS ‘Likely’ to Attempt Chlorine Gas Terrorist Attack in London Subway: Expert

    An expert on chemical warfare has said ISIS terrorists who are coming back to the U.K. could carry out a chlorine gas attack in the... Read more

  • Barack Obama, Ashraf Ghani

    White House Plans Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of... Read more

  • Anti-Houthi protesters carry a fellow protester suffering tear gas effects during clashes with pro-Houthi police troopers in Taiz, Yemen, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from the southern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war. (AP Photo/Anees Mahyoub)

    Shiite Houthi Rebels Shoot Crowds of Protesters in Yemen; 6 Killed

    SANAA, Yemen—Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southwestern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores... Read more

  • Canada Prime Minister Harper is applauded after introducing a motion in the House of Commons, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Ottawa, to expand and extend Canada's war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria. Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld

    Canada Planning Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

    TORONTO—Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday. Harper... Read more

  • A video posted by ISIS apparently shows a child executing an alleged Israeli spy. (ISIS video screenshot taken by Epoch Times)

    ISIS Relying More on Children to Do Its Dirty Work

    ISIS is good at one thing: committing war crimes. Earlier this month, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) video footage apparently showed a child—who... Read more

  • Syrian rebels step on a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Idlib province, Syria  (AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syrian Rebels Launch Offensive to Take Government-Held City

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels launched an offensive Tuesday against a major government-held city in northwestern Syria, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to remain... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu apologized to Israel's Arab citizens on Monday, March 23, 2015, for remarks he made during last week's parliament election that offended members of the community. (AP/Oded Balilty)

    Arab-Israeli Political Leaders Reject Netanyahu’s Apology

    JERUSALEM—Arab political leaders in Israel on Tuesday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology for comments he made in last week’s national elections that offended members of the... Read more


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