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Thai Prime Minister Says Main Suspect in Bombing Arrested

Soldiers move onlookers back from the shattered windows of a Louis Vuitton shop at Gaysorn shopping plaza across from the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection after a bombing in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 18, 2015. In Bangkok this week, struggling in the aftermath of an unexplained bombing that left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured, the explosion made starkly clear that cities are still wrestling with the question: How do we keep ourselves safe? (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Soldiers move onlookers back from the shattered windows of a Louis Vuitton shop at Gaysorn shopping plaza across from the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection after a bombing in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK—Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday that authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central...


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    PYONGYANG, North Korea—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his frontline troops in a “quasi-state of war” and ordered them to prepare for... Read more

  • A South Korean soldier uses a radio on a military vehicle at the South Korean border town of Yeoncheon, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. South Korea's military fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single artillery round at the border town, the South's Defense ministry said. (Hong Hae-in/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    Tensions Rise in Korea as Shells Fired Over DMZ

    PYONGYANG, North Korea— South Korea fired dozens of shells Thursday at North Korea after claiming the North lobbed a single rocket at a South Korean... Read more

  • Thai people light candles near the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection for the victims the day after an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha called Monday's explosion at the busy intersection "the worst incident that has ever happened in Thailand," and promised to track down those responsible. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Military Says Global Terror Link ‘Unlikely’ in Bombing

    BANGKOK— Thai police said Thursday they have cleared two suspects in the bombing of a Bangkok shrine after one of them turned himself in and said he... Read more

  • This Aug. 17, 2015, image, released by Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before an explosion occurred in Bangkok, Thailand. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

    Thai Police Issue Arrest Warrant for ‘Foreign’ Bomb Suspect

    BANGKOK—Police in Thailand issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for an “unidentified foreign man” shown in a security video leaving behind a backpack just minutes... Read more

  • This image released by the Royal Thai Police on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, shows a detailed sketch of the main suspect in a bombing that killed a number of people at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok, on Monday. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

    Police Release Sketch of Bangkok Bomb Suspect, Offer Reward

    BANGKOK—Police in Thailand released a sketch Wednesday of the man they believe carried out this week’s deadly Bangkok bombing, and offered a 1 million baht... Read more

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, soldiers prepare to leave for the crash site of an Indonesian passenger plane for rescue operations at an air base in Jayapura, Indonesia Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (Veri Sanovri/Xinhua via AP)

    Indonesian Rescuers Reach Crash Site, Find Plane Destroyed

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia—Rescuers on Tuesday reached the site in eastern Indonesia where a passenger plane slammed into a mountain over the weekend, killing all 54 people... Read more

  • Cherng-Chuan Su, the director of the Taiwan Trade Office, a semi-governmental organization based in New York, stands before a map in his office at One Penn Plaza in Midtown Manhattan on Aug. 3, 2015. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    A Small Asian Economy Rolls With the Punches

    NEW YORK—With just a little over 20 million people, the island nation of Taiwan, just off the coast of China, can often seem like a... Read more

  • This Aug. 17, 2015, image, released by Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before an explosion occurred in Bangkok, Thailand. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

    Man in Yellow Shirt Is Focus of Bangkok Bombing Probe

    BANGKOK—In the grainy security video, a man in a yellow shirt sits on a bench at the crowded Erawan Shrine, removes a backpack he is... Read more

  • Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan Fires up Nuclear Power Again, but Can It Ever Be Safe Enough?

    After two years without any nuclear power in response to the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, Japan has restarted its first reactor,... Read more

  • Beer on display inside a store in Drummondville, Que., on July 23, 2015. Gerard Comeau of Tracadie, New Brunswick, launched a constitutional challenge after he was charged with illegally importing alcohol into N.B. from neighbouring Quebec. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Fathers of Confederation Wanted Free Trade Among Provinces, Beer Trial Told

    CAMPBELLTON, N.B.—A court case on whether a man from New Brunswick can legally buy cheaper cases of beer in Quebec delved into Canadian history Wednesday,... Read more

  • Stacey Mathias-Greer of Sudbury, Ont., has chosen not to have her sons Satya and Darshan immunized. The Canadian Medical Association is calling for parents to provide proof to school officials that their children have been vaccinated. (CP PHOTO/Gino Donato)

    CMA Wants Parents to Give Schools Proof of Child’s Immunization

    HALIFAX—Canada’s doctors stopped short of advocating for mandatory vaccinations for children Wednesday, Aug. 26, calling instead for parents to provide proof to school officials that... Read more

  • RCMP officers take protesters into custody at an anti-pipeline demonstration in Burnaby, B.C., on Nov. 20, 2014. A new type of less-lethal projectile that’s gaining popularity among American police forces is now starting to be used in Canada. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

    Canadian Police Forces Using New Less-Lethal Projectiles Popular in US

    TORONTO—A type of less-lethal projectile that’s gaining popularity among American police forces is now finding its way onto Canadian streets. Six forces across the country,... Read more

  • University of British Columbia students walk on campus, Oct. 30, 2013. Food bank use is up on campuses across Canada as tuition fees and living costs rise along with student debt. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    Campus Food Bank Use Rising Along With Tuition, Costs

    A new campus food bank at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax is part of a troubling trend, says the Canadian Federation of Students. Similar services... Read more

  • Taxi drivers demonstrate in Montreal after comments made by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard saying that he'd allow ride-sharing service Uber to operate legally in the province, Aug. 25, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

    Cabbies Demonstrate, Press Quebec Government to Declare UberX Illegal

    MONTREAL—Deep-rooted frustration among taxi drivers with the UberX ride-hailing service rose to the surface on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at a demonstration involving several hundred cabbies... Read more

  • A group of firefighters head up a hill to keep an eye on an area burning between houses and the main fire on Aug. 22, 2015 in Okanogan, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Nation in Brief

    Alberta issues air quality advisory due to Washington wildfire smoke CALGARY—Alberta Health Services has issued air quality advisories for areas from the U.S. border north... Read more

  • A condo under construction in Toronto in 2014. (Epoch Times)

    Canadian Government’s Mortgage Rules Have Helped Contain Housing Risks

    OTTAWA—Rising home prices have increased household debt levels, but steps taken by regulators to tighten mortgage lending rules have helped manage the associated risks, according... Read more

  • An artist's concept of the soaring 20-kilometre space elevator being developed by Thoth Technology. (Courtesy of Thoth Technology)

    Science Fiction ‘Space Elevator’ Concept a Step Closer to Reality

    A famous science fiction concept of a space elevator popularized by author Arthur C. Clarke may actually be possible thanks to a Canadian company’s technology... Read more

  • Nigel Wright, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leaves the courthouse on Aug. 19, 2015, following his last day of testimony at the trial of former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy. The politically incendiary information that emerged during Wright’s six days on the stand raises a new set of questions for Harper. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Nigel Wright Leaves Stand, but Political Questions Remain

    OTTAWA—Nigel Wright heads back to his executive life in London after a six-day stint in the witness box at the Mike Duffy trial, leaving in... Read more

  • Former Conservative senator Mike Duffy arrives at the courthouse in Ottawa on Aug. 19, 2015 for the sixth day of testimony by Nigel Wright, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Duffy fraud trial is having an impact on the election campaign, with courtroom revelations more closely linking Harper’s chief of staff, Ray Novak, to a $90,000 payment to Duffy by Wright. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Duffy Trial: Harper Foes Focus on Novak Evidence on Campaign Trail

    OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s political opponents are using the Mike Duffy trial to try to connect the prime minister to the controversial expense payout given... Read more

  • An Air Canada Jazz jet takes off at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on May 24, 2010. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has apologized to a B.C. man who was prevented from boarding a flight because an all-female security crew refused to frisk him. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    All-Female Airport Security Crew Refuses to Frisk Male Passenger

    TERRACE, B.C.—The agency responsible for screening at Canadian airports says a “big mistake” was made when a retired social worker was prevented from boarding a... Read more

  • A Tokyo Electric Power Co. employee wearing radioactive protective gear works by the Advanced Liquid Processing Systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool, File)

    Nation In Brief

    Environmental groups urge nuclear commission to release full report OTTAWA—Environmental groups are urging the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to release a study on nuclear disaster... Read more

  • Pumpjacks pump crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., on June 20, 2007. Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since early 2009 and towns in Alberta’s oilpatch are feeling the pinch. (The Canadian Press/Larry MacDougal)

    As Crude Hits Six-Year Lows, Towns in Alberta’s Oilpatch Feeling the Pinch

    CALGARY—Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Recession and mayors in Alberta’s oilpatch are noticing the difference. “The barber says that he... Read more

  • Houses under construction in Toronto on June 26, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy)

    Canada’s Housing Market Will Slow ‘Modestly’ in 2016, Says RBC

    TORONTO—Activity in Canada’s real estate market will slow “modestly” next year as interest rates begin to rise, according to a report from RBC Economics released... Read more

  • Former Chinese Canadian Post chief editor Helen Wang and freelance journalist Jonathan Fon talk to media in Toronto on Aug. 6, 2015. (Allen Zhou/ Epoch times)

    Firing of Toronto Editor Shows Inner Workings of Chinese Media in Canada

    The recent firing of the chief editor of a Toronto Chinese-language newspaper seems to indicate that Beijing’s influence over Chinese-language media in Canada is alive... Read more

  • Everything that we value is made possible by the human mind and the ideas that it generates. Intellectual property needs to be appreciated and better protected for economic prosperity. (Fotolia)

    Change in Attitude Critical for Protecting Intellectual Property

    Intellectual property is the lifeblood of today’s knowledge-based economy. It underpins economic prosperity as the currency of greatest value in today’s global world. The problem... Read more

  • Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, makes his way through a crush of media as he arrives to testify at the criminal trial of embattled Sen. Mike Duffy in Ottawa on Aug. 12, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Duffy Trial: Nigel Wright’s Testimony Diverts Focus From Election Campaign

    OTTAWA—Criminal trial, meet campaign trail. The long-running Mike Duffy saga pulled focus from the federal election Wednesday, Aug. 12, as Nigel Wright—Stephen Harper’s former chief... Read more

  • Amy Tiemeier, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Michigan, holds up three different versions of the pain-relieving fentanyl patch on April 26, 2006. Trafficking in and deaths from the dangerous opoid has increased in Canada. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    Nation in Brief

    RCMP Works with UN, China as Fentanyl Deaths Surge in Canada VANCOUVER—The RCMP is working with the United Nations and China to dampen the influx... Read more

  • Wang and Fon

    Editor of Toronto Chinese-Language Publication Says She Was Fired for Running Story Critical of Michael Chan

    The chief editor of a Chinese-language newspaper published in Toronto says she was fired for running an article that was critical of Ontario cabinet minister Michael... Read more

  • Canadian soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on June 7, 2009. Some soldiers who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their time on the battlefield may actually be suffering from moral injury—a condition that has plagued mankind since the beginning of civilization but is only now getting a name. (The Canadian Press/Colin Perkel)

    Beyond PTSD: Some Vets Tormented by ‘Moral Injury’

    Although the horrors of post-traumatic stress disorder are better understood than ever before, experts say some war veterans are misdiagnosed and may instead be suffering... Read more

  • Ukrainian protesters, one using police riot equipment, clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Grenade Explodes During Ukraine Clashes; 1 Officer Killed

    KIEV, Ukraine— As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on... Read more

  • A woman holds a flag of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan as she stands opposite Turkish riot police in Diyarbakir on August 1, 2015 during a demostration against Ocalan's social isolation and restrictions on communication with members of his family and lawyers. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Official: Turkish Court Orders British Journalists Arrested

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey— A Turkish court charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Monday with “aiding a terrorist organization” and ordered them arrested pending... Read more

  • Police escort a family from Afghanistan who were among 190 migrants police detained from a train that arrived from Budapest at Rosenheim railway station on August 31, 2015 in Rosenheim, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    EU Struggles For Answers As Migrant Influx Raises Tensions

    BRUSSELS— French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the... Read more

  • In this Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, a Greek coast guard officer in a mask for fear of infectious disease stands beside a small group of immigrants on a launch taking them to shore from a crippled smuggling ship carrying more than 700 people, at the coastal Cretan port of Ierapetra, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greek Coast Guard Picks up Nearly 2,500 Migrants in 3 Days

    ATHENS, Greece—Greece’s coast guard picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a... Read more

  • Outgoing Greek Prime Minister and the Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras, center, arrives at a gathering of his party members in Athens, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greek Election Could Result in New, Big Coalition Govt

    ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is banking on his popularity to win a national election next month and strengthen his grip... Read more

  • Illegal migrants  make their way  near  the railway crossing at the border between Hungary and Serbia near Roszke, 180 kms southeast from Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015.  (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)

    Germany, France, Britain Press for EU Action on Migrants

    BERLIN— Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, Italian energy giant Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi poses for a photo prior to the start of a conference, in Rome.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

    Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt

    ROME— The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the “largest-ever” found... Read more

  • In this Aug.22, 2015 file photo, member of Belgian and French police stay next to a Thalys train at the Brussels Midi - Zuid train station. The attack Aug. 21 on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris happened at the height of the summer travel season. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)

    Europe Rethinks Train Security After Americans Thwart Attack

    PARIS—European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris,... Read more

  • Migrants wait to disembark from Swedish ship Poseidon at the Palermo harbor, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

    As Asylum-Seekers Flood In, Germany Struggles to House Them

    BERLIN—Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after... Read more

  • Two men, second right and centre rear, accused of being involved in the trafficking of the 71 migrants found dead in a truck in Austria, at a court in Kecskemet Hungary on Saturday Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi) HUNGARY OUT

    Hungary Court Orders Arrest of 4 Men in Migrant Truck Deaths

    KECSKEMET, Hungary—Four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria were placed under preliminary arrest on... Read more

  • A refugee holds his head in front of a police cordon near the Serbian border in Roszke, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    Europe’s Migrant Crisis Brings New Death by Land and Sea

    VIENNA–Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned... Read more

  • Investigators search  traces at  a  truck that  stands on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    3 Arrested in Connection With Deaths of 71 Migrants in Austria

    VIENNA—Police arrested three people in Hungary overnight in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a refrigerated truck abandoned on Austria’s main highway,... Read more

  • Syrian refugees get ready to enter Hungary from Serbia, on the border near Roszke, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    Refugees or Migrants? Debate Over Words to Describe Crisis

    STOCKHOLM—Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe’s shores make their way around the world... Read more

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

    Ukraine Reaches Debt Relief Deal With Creditors

    MOSCOW—The Ukrainian government said Thursday it has reached a crucial deal with its international bondholders to lighten its public debt burden, a move that will... Read more

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, from left, sit at the negotiation table during their talks on Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar)

    Migration, Anti-Extremism Focus of Western Balkans Summit

    VIENNA—Seeking to stem the flow of Mideast  migrants, Austria’s foreign minister on Thursday floated elements of a five-point plan that foresees establishing safe havens in... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, flanked by Heidenau Mayor Juergen Opitz and Saxony Governor Stanislaw Tillich, arrives to speak to the media after spending over an hour visiting the aslyum shelter that was the focus of recent violent protests on August 26, 2015 in Heidenau, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    Merkel Travels to Far-Right Heartland to Defend Refugees

    HEIDENAU, Germany—Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right... Read more

  • In this photo taken Friday, May 11, 2015, Feridun Mustafaoglu  hold pictures of his children  in his small one-room rental during an interview with The Associated Press, in Stavanger, Norway. Mustafaoglu helped his wife and two sons flee to Turkey after a tip-off that Norwegian child protection services were about to take custody of the children. After a series of highly charged custody disputes, Norway now faces accusations of cultural insensitivity at best and child theft at worst, as increasing numbers of immigrant children are being seized by officials and handed over to Norwegian foster families. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

    Norway Accused of Unfairly Taking Away Immigrant Children

    STAVANGER, Norway—One August day, Airida Pettersen received the news many immigrant mothers have come to dread: School representatives told the Lithuanian that child welfare officials... Read more

  • Police officers investigate on a platform next to a Thalys train at Arras train station, northern France, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo)

    France Train Suspect Watched Jihadi Video, Prosecutor Says

    PARIS—Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a... Read more

  • From the left, British businessman Chris Norman, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, and Alek Skarlatos a U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., pose at the Elysee Palace, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

    French-American Who Would ‘Give Anything’ Is New Attack Hero

    PARIS—Mark Moogalian and his wife were seated facing each other on the high-speed train when he suddenly told her, “Get out, this is serious.” Then,... Read more

  • Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins delivers a speech on August 25, 2015 in Paris during a press conference concerning Ayoub El-Khazzani, the suspect in August 21's Thalys train attack, has been brought before the court after four days in custody. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

    France Formally Opens Terrorism Probe in Train Attack

    PARIS—French authorities formally opened a terrorism investigation on Tuesday after a thwarted attack on a high-speed train last week, saying the suspected gunman had watched... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, photo, Hindu devotees perform a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India. It’s just water, and far from the cleanest you could find. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    India’s River Waters Cleanse Spirits at Hindu Festival

    NASIK, India—It’s just water. But to the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water... Read more

  • A wild-growing Salicornia brachiata, a halophyte known to locals as “chicken feet,” thrives on fields tainted by saltwater from a neighboring shrimp farm near Velankanni, India. On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    As Seas Rise, Saltwater Plants Offer Hope Farms Will Survive

    VEDARANYAM, India—On a sun-scorched wasteland near India’s southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds... Read more

  • Dehradun india raw cotton JOYN co op

    Artisans in the Developing World, and Why They Matter to Us

    This three-part series raises thought-provoking questions about women artisans in the developing world who are survivors of human trafficking and other travails. These hard-working women... Read more

  • To The Market

    E-commerce Site Helps Survivor Women Artisans to Earn

    This three-part series raises thought-provoking questions about women artisans in the developing world who are survivors of human trafficking and other travails. These hard-working women... Read more

  • An Injured woman is carried on a stretcher to a hospital for treatment in Patna, India, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)

    Stampede Kills 27 During Religious Bathing Festival in India

    HYDERABAD, India—At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival on a river bank in... Read more

  • India Black Carbon

    India Census Says 70 Percent Live in Villages, Most Are Poor

    NEW DELHI— India released new data Friday showing that more than 70 percent of its people live in villages, with the majority extremely poor and... Read more

  • INDIA-WEATHER-MONSOON

    How I Survived the Mumbai Monsoon Like a Mumbaiker

    The first leg of a heavy monsoon season in India has many Mumbaikers hunkered down to avoid dangerously flooded streets. Although locals are used to... Read more

  • AP PHOTOS: Syrian refugee children lose education

    Report: Economic Growth Failing to Help World’s Poorest Kids

    NEW DELHI— Global resolve to rescue impoverished children from lives of squalor, disease and hunger has fallen short, with economic development in many countries still... Read more

  • India Liquor Deaths

    Tainted Liquor Kills 84 in India’s Financial Hub of Mumbai

    NEW DELHI— The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more... Read more

  • Indian students participate in a silent march urging the Indian government to lift the ban on the documentary film 'India's Daughter', in Bangalore on March 13, 2015. The students appealed to the government that banning the documentary by film maker Leslee Udwin was not justified as it throws light on the mindset of a sector of people which blame women for everything including rape. AFP PHOTO / Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

    Freedom of Speech in the World’s Largest Democracy Is Increasingly Elusive

    In January, an Indian author announced his own death in a Facebook post. “Author Perumal Murugan is dead,” it said. “He is no God. Hence,... Read more

  • An Indian man rests on the road side during a hot summer day in Allahabad on May 22, 2015. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

    India’s Poor Live and Die on the Streets; No Escape From Deadly Heat Wave

    “Cover properly, have light color clothes, take umbrella, take care, be in cool area—had they taken such care, this could have been avoided,” said B.R... Read more

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

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

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

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

    India Restricts Greenpeace, Ford Foundation Over Internal Security Concerns

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

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

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

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

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

    India Struggles to Curb Developer Fraud

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

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    Indian Business Guru Teaches Wealth Creation Through Mentoring

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

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

    Indian Media Berated for Insensitive Reporting of Nepal Quake

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

  • CANADA-INDIA-POLITICS

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ukrainian protesters, one using police riot equipment, clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 31, 2015

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  • The New York City skyline is viewed  in New York City on Oct. 19, 2009. New York's average sea level rise in the past 23 years is higher than the global average. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Sea Levels Rising Rapidly Around World, NY at Highest Risk in US

    Over the past 23 years, most places in the world have experienced rising sea levels, according to Josh Willis, project scientist for NASA’s Jason-3 Mission,... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, local residents hold a demonstration against illegal immigration after hearing news that a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized off the coast, in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

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  • A masked kurdish militant holds a molotov cocktails in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish police on Aug. 27,2015, in the Gazi district of Istanbul. Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey's restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Aug. 27, 2015, local officials and the army said. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 27, 2015

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  • Syrian migrants arrive on a ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants from the Greek islands to the main port of Piraeus on Aug. 26, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece has been overwhelmed this year by record numbers of migrants arriving on its eastern Aegean islands, with more than 160,000 arriving since January. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 26, 2015

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  • In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, file photo, the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow in Jerusalem. Throughout the centuries, invaders, religious fanatics and colonizers have intentionally targeted works of art, houses of worship and other pieces of heritage. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

    In Islamic State War, Like Others, Heritage Always a Target

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  • Colombians deported from Venezuela return for their belongings and carry them across the Tachira River, border between the two countries, to Cucuta, in the Colombian North of Santander Department, on Aug. 25, 2015. Over a thousand Colombians "who did not have any type of identification" had been deported since Friday, according to the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Jose Gregorio Vielma. On Aug. 21 Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region following an attack on Wednesday that wounded four people. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

    Turkey, US Conclude Talks on Anti-ISIS Operation Plan

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  • Ukrainian servicemen take part in a military parade in Kiev on August 24, 2015 to celebrate Independence Day, 24 years since Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of this week sending three military convoys over the border into the separatist-controlled east with a total of up to 500 tanks, 400 artillery systems and up to 950 military armoured vehicles to pro-Russian rebels, although he did not specify the time period for these deliveries. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • From left : French President, Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University in California, pose for photographers as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after being awarded with the French Legion of Honor by French President, Francois Hollande, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    Americans, Briton Who Thwarted Attack Get France’s Top Honor

    PARIS—The president of France pinned his country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton on Monday, saying they “gave a lesson... Read more

  • Lebanese protesters clash with riot police following a demonstration, organized by "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on Aug. 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. At least 20 people were injured Sunday in Beirut during a second day of clashes between police and protesters angry about the Lebanese government's failure to remove rubbish from streets, medics said. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 23, 2015

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  • A migrant man holding a boy react as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 21, 2015

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  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Aug. 17, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iranian, Russian Ministers Present United Front on Syria

    MOSCOW—The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran said after talks in Moscow that their two countries have a united position on Syria, with both diplomats... Read more

  • The aftermath of the atom bomb in Hiroshima, 1945. (Public domain)

    Past and Present Dangers of Atomic Weapons

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  • The smoking remains of the explosion in China's Tianjin municipality Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    More Questions Raised as China Blast Zone Blocked Over Contamination Fear

    TIANJIN, China—Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a girl presents a white chrysanthemum flower during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Aug. 14, 2015, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Johans Chavarro/Navy via AP)

    US, Japanese Cities Mark WWII End at Pearl Harbor Ceremony

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii— Japanese and U.S. cities, together with the U.S. Navy, on Friday marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II... Read more

  • In this combination of Aug. 12, 2015, images taken from video provided by Dan Van Duren a warehouse explodes in Tianjin, China, as filmed from a nearby residential building. Tianjin is the world's 10th largest port.  (Dan Van Duren via AP)

    China Blast Zone Evacuated Over Contamination Fear; 104 Dead

    TIANJIN, China— New small explosions rocked a disaster zone in the Chinese port of Tianjin on Saturday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination... Read more

  • A man walks along the ledge of a building after hanging two giant Cuban flags, next to the US embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Cuba Dissidents Won’t Attend US Embassy Event

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration doesn’t plan to invite Cuban dissidents to Secretary of State John Kerry’s historic flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday,... Read more

  • Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos arrives for a meeting with senior negotiators at a hotel in Athens on July 31, 2015. Greece has essentially concluded its bailout talks with its creditors, with just a few details remaining for the deal to be formally clinched, Greek officials said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (Giannis Kotsiaris/InTime News via AP)

    Greece Agrees on Broad Terms of New Bailout Package

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece has agreed on the broad terms of a new three-year bailout package with international creditors, with only a few details left to... Read more

  • A man reads a newspaper report that China's central bank announced it will devalue China's tightly controlled currency on Aug. 11, 2015 following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    China’s Currency Slides After Beijing Announces Devaluation

    BEIJING—China devalued its tightly controlled currency Tuesday following a slump in trade, allowing the yuan’s biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said... Read more

  • Masked Egyptian security forces deploy in the Cairo suburb of Matareya on the day that Islamists called for nationwide demonstrations Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah)

    Egypt Starts Dig on Gaza Border to Stop Smuggling Tunnels

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip—Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears... Read more

  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a Syrian policeman patrolling the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Official: Amount of Damage at Palmyra Temple Unclear

    BEIRUT—A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, photo, An Afghan boy reads a local newspaper at a news stand carrying a headline about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Taliban Offer Leader’s Biography Amid Power Struggle

    KABUL, Afghanistan—The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement, some of them chewing Qat, a mild drug used daily by many Yemenis, raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa.(Mohammed Huwais /AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen Factions Gear Up for Key Battle Over Central Province

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement, some of them chewing Qat, a mild drug used daily by many Yemenis, raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa.(Mohammed Huwais /AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq’s Top Cleric Says Government Must Genuinely Seek Change

    BAGHDAD—Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says the government must show it is seeking genuine change to combat corruption and not just introduce temporary measures to placate... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen Says No Talks With Rebels Until They Lay Down Arms

    CAIRO— The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the north, and demands that they lay... Read more

  • raqi security forces stand at the site where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil on November 19, 2014, killing four people. (AFP/Getty Images)

    2 Iraqi Army Generals Killed in ISIS Suicide Bombing

    BAGHDAD—An ISIS suicide bomber killed two army generals on Thursday as they led forces against ISIS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad,... Read more

  • Lebanese men hold a national flag as they stand on a concrete blast wall, spread with graffiti depicting various political groups and bearing messages against police brutality, before its dismantlement on August 25, 2015, in front of the seat of the government in central Beirut. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Young Lebanese Activists Challenge Old Political Class

    BEIRUT—First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on August 14, 2015, a US army soldier and military dog keep watch as Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers walk through coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Wakil  Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Gunman in Afghan Uniform Kills 2 US Troops at Base

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared... Read more

  • Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard at a gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said. In a statement NATO said it was investigating an "incident" involving both Afghan and international troops at Camp Qargha which trains officers for the country's army. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    NATO: Men in Afghan Uniforms Kill 2 Foreign Troops at Base

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two NATO service members before being... Read more

  • People listen during a news conference about the disappearance, in Israeli, of Aaron Sofer, 23, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    In Jerusalem’s Culture War, Secular Residents Make Gains

    JERUSALEM—Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this... Read more

  • Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

    Turkey, US Conclude Talks on Anti-ISIS Operation Plan

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkish and U.S. officials have concluded “technical talks” over their cooperation on operations against the ISIS group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Minister Mevlut... Read more

  • Lebanese protesters clash with riot police following a demonstration, organized by "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on August 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dozens Injured in Second Day of Beirut Trash Crisis Protests

    BEIRUT—Lebanese riot police battled in the streets of downtown Beirut for a second night Sunday after demonstrators rallied over government corruption and an ongoing trash... Read more

  • Rada Hallabi, 4, who is sick with diabetes, lies on a blanket in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)

    Raw Images of War in Syria by Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Manu Brabo

    Spaniard Manu Brabo studied photography in The School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and then journalism in Carlos III University in Madrid. His first... Read more

  • British soldiers leave the site of a suicide attack in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy traveling through a crowded neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Saturday, killing at least 10 people, including three NATO contractors, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    NATO: 3 US Contractors Killed In Afghan Suicide Bomb Attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan—NATO says a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy in Afghanistan killed three American contractors. Authorities say the blast Saturday in the Afghan capital,... Read more

  • Malian troops man an observation post outside Sevare, some 620 kms (400 miles)  north of Mali's capital  Bamako Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Yemen Officials Say Al-Qaida Seizes Key Areas of Aden

    SANAA, Yemen—Al-Qaida militants have seized control of key areas in and around the port city of Aden, high-ranking security officials said Saturday. Fighters took Tawahi... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a Syrian man cries outside the Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria after his daughter was injured during a Syrian Air Force strike over a school where hundreds of refugees had taken shelter. Syria’s uprising was not destined to be quick. Instead, the largely peaceful protest movement that spread across the nation slowly turned into an armed insurgency and eventually a full-blown civil war. More than 130,000 people have been killed, and more than 2 million more have fled the country. Nearly three years after the crisis began, Syria's government and opposition are set to meet in Geneva this week for the first direct talks aimed at ending the conflict. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo, File)

    Syria: Israeli Air Raids Kill 5 Civilians, 1 Soldier

    DAMASCUS, Syria—Israel’s air force carried out a drone strike in southern Syria on Friday, killing five civilians, while a soldier was killed and seven wounded... Read more

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)

    Israel Refuses to Let Sisters of Hamas Leader Visit Gaza

    JERUSALEM—Israeli authorities said Thursday they denied a request by a top Hamas leader to allow his three sisters living in Israel to travel to the... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo, a 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti is seen at the New Museum, in Berlin, Germany. Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, that it is inviting an Egyptologist behind a theory that the tomb of Queen Nefertiti may be located behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings. British-educated expert Nicholas Reeves has been invited to Cairo in September to debate his theory with Egyptian colleagues. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    Expert With New Theory on Nefertiti’s Tomb Invited to Egypt

    CAIRO— An Egyptologist who believes Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun’s 3,300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings has been... Read more

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

    ISIS Beheads Leading Syrian Antiquities Scholar in Palmyra

    DAMASCUS, Syria—ISIS extremists beheaded one of Syria’s most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, then hung his body from one of the... Read more


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