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    Germany: Three Dead After Man Opens Fire in Restaurant

    Three people are dead in southern Germany after a man opened fire in a restaurant on August 20.  The shooting happened in Dossenheim near Heidelberg... Read more

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    8 Famous Italian Brands Now Chinese-Owned

    From cars and shoes to fine food, the Made in Italy brand is trusted around the world as a mark of quality and craftsmanship, and... Read more

  • Alien Head Found in Croatian Graveyard? Mayor Thinks So

    Ivan Stefic, mayor of the Crotian town of Medkimurje, has asked scientists to examine what he believes is an alien head. The purported head was... Read more

  • Sergio Stabile, 81, left Italy some 20 years ago. He's now running his own bed and breakfast in Tanzania, along with his wife. (Courtesy of Sergio Stabile)

    Retirees Abandon Italy in Search of a Better Life

    FLORENCE, Italy—The astounding sights, the rich history, the artisan food, would anyone not want to spend their retirement in Italy? Well, if you ask Italian... Read more

  • Khalid Moshin Shaeri, 1,345 pounds, being transported from his home in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (Screenshot/NTDTV)

    Khalid Moshin Shaeri, 1,345-pound Man, Airlifted to Hospital (+Video)

    Khalid Moshin Shaeri, a 20-year-old Saudi man bedridden because of his 1,345 pound weight, was transferred to a medical center in the city of Riyadh... Read more

  • Over 90 percent of Canadians 18 years and older think Canada needs a national health care strategy for seniors, according to the Canadian Medical Association 2013 National Report Card on Health Care. 
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    Health Care in Retirement a Concern to Majority of Canadians: Report

    Eight out of ten Canadians worry about what kind of health care will be available to them in their retirement, according to the Canadian Medical... Read more

  • Canada has seen a busy period of housing data, including starts, price index, and sales. All of it continues to point to a housing market on a stable footing. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    Canada’s Housing Market Inches Higher for the Time Being

    Canada’s housing market has found solid ground. The latest home sales data released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) on Aug. 15 showed a... Read more

  • Cat Saved by Dog Blood: Rare Inter-Species Transfusion

    In a rare inter-species blood transfusion, the blood of a Labrador was used to save Rory the cat in New Zealand. Rory had eaten rat... Read more

  • A man picks khat in Kenya in an AFP video. (Screenshot/YouTube)

    Khat: Boon for Kenya, Banned in UK—Global Debate on Legal Stimulants (+Video)

    Kenyans find the ban of khat, a plant stimulant, in the UK incomprehensible. In Kenya, everyone chews khat; chewing khat releases its juices, which cause... Read more

  • Gary Bolton’s Fake Bomb Detectors: Earned Big Money, Jail Time

    Gary Bolton of Kent, England, successfully marketed his Mole and GT200 detection systems—supposedly able to find drugs, explosives, ivory, tobacco, or cash—by hook or by... Read more

  • A truckload of stranded commuters cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Torrential rains brought the Philippine capital to a standstill Monday, but the waters began to recede Tuesday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Today’s Top 7s: Big Stories, Global Headlines

    Global Headlines to Start Your Day  (See below: Today’s Big Stories) 1. Mexico: Push for Legal Production of Hemp in Mexico Marijuana and the closely related... Read more

  • Australia: Boat Full of Asylum Seekers Capsizes off Christmas Island

    A boat carrying an estimated 105 people has capsized off of Christmas Island, a small island northwest of Australia and south of Indonesia. The boat,... Read more

  • Manufacturing sales in June dropped 0.5 percent to $48.2 billion in June. (Statistics Canada)

    Manufacturing Sales Drop Unexpectedly in June

    Manufacturing sales had a 0.5 percent decline in June despite market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain, marking the fourth decrease in six months, according... Read more

  • Autistic Boy Hate Letter: Canadian Police Investigating

    An autistic boy got a hate letter that police in Canada are now investigating, according to reports on Monday. The letter, which was written anonymously... Read more

  • The White Island volcano eruption on August 20. (GeoNet)

    White Island Eruption: Volcano Erupts off Coast of New Zealand

    The volcano on White Island off the coast of New Zealand erupted on August 20. The eruption, which happened at around 10:23 a.m., prompted GNS... Read more

  • Swedish Woman Veronica Hammare Finds Mouse Teeth in Her Cereal

    A 22-year-old Swedish woman found a surprise in her cereal on a recent morning. When she took a bite she felt something weird and took... Read more

  • South Africa: 23 Rescued After Ship Aground Near Richards Bay

    After a ship ran aground off Richards Bay in South Africa on Monday, 23 people were rescued by port personnel. The coal cargo ship Smart... Read more

  • Germany: Hostage-Taker Arrested, Captives Unharmed

    Police have arrested a man who took three hostages Monday morning at the city hall of Ingolstadt, Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel had been set... Read more

  • Abubakur Shekau, Boko Haram Leader, May Have Been Fatally Shot

    Abubakur Shekau, the leader of Nigeria-based Islamist sect Boko Haram, may have been killed after he was shot, it was reported. Citing the Nigerian army,... Read more

  • Indian activists shout slogans during a protest against the changes in the Right to Information (RTI) Act near the parliament house in New Delhi on August 6, 2013. The Indian Cabinet cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Following the clearance, an ordinance to amend the RTI Act will be prepared to declare that political parties are not public authorities.(RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Activists Campaign Against Weakening India’s Right to Information Act

    Activists in India and abroad have started a campaign call-a-thon to request Members of Indian Parliament (MP) to save the country’s Right to Information Act... Read more

  • A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard, during a demonstration against the trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Thousands of Lebanese Protesters Pour Into Beirut Square

    BEIRUT—Waving red, white and green Lebanese flags, thousands of people poured into a major square in downtown Beirut Saturday, staging the largest of the demonstrations... Read more

  • In this Thursday, June 4, 2015 file photo, Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, left, and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed listen in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Reporters to 3 Years in Prison

    CAIRO—An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by... Read more

  • Penguins swim together at Boulders beach a popular tourist destination in Simon's Town, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Scientists Squabble While Africa’s Only Penguins Perish

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the... Read more

  • A pack of African wild dogs feed on an impala carcass. Ferocious hunters, the dogs work as a team on a hunt. They tear apart their prey and devour it in minutes to avoid theft by hyenas or lions.(Giannella M. Garrett)

    Trailing the Elusive African Wild Dog

    We stopped in our tracks and counted the dogs. Ten. Fifteen. Over twenty, someone shouted. The pack sprinted through the woods, snarling and howling. They... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, July, 2014 file photo, People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion, at the central market, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Today, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Girl Suicide Bomber Kills 5, Injures 41 in Northeast Nigeria

    DAMATURU, Nigeria—Two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks Tuesday that killed five people in Damaturu, a town in northeastern Nigeria, police and witnesses said. In... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 20, 2015 file photo, 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.  Seven men spent a week in prison on terrorism charges, suffering what they claim was torture under custody, before a judge released them for lack of evidence. But as they stepped out of the courthouse in early August, plainclothes policemen swooped in and spirited them away. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    Tunisia’s Young Democracy Stumbles Under Terror Threat

    TUNIS, Tunisia—The seven men spent a week in a Tunisian prison on terrorism charges, suffering what they claim was torture under custody, before a judge... Read more

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    Fighting Resumes in S. Sudan After Peace Deal Is Not Signed

    KAMPALA, Uganda—Fighting resumed in parts of South Sudan between government troops and rebel forces, two days after the president declined to sign a peace deal,... Read more

  • A new and improved prototype bio-hazard suit specifically targeted for viral outbreaks such as Ebola is seen at the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Laboratory for Innovation and Design on Dec. 18, 2014. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sierra Leone Awaits Countdown to Ebola-Free Declaration

    MASSESSEHBEH, Sierra Leone—It had been five months since an Ebola death when Musa Kamara traveled to his hometown for festivities to mark the end of... Read more

  • Tourists and a baby camel walk on a beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tunisia's top security official says 1,000 extra police are being deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Last Burst of Summer Fun for Tunisia’s Doomed Beach Hotels

    HAMMAMET, Tunisia— The jet skis roar by the shore and the water is full of splashing children along the Tunisian Riviera, where despite the deadly... Read more

  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe inspects the guard of honour during a ceremony in Harare, Monday Aug. 10, 2015, honouring thousands of fighters who died in a 1970s Bush war against colonialism. Mugabe, in his first public comments about the popular lion named Cecil, says his compatriots failed in their responsibility to protect the lion that was killed by an American in an allegedly illegal hunt. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zimbabwe Presses for Repatriation of Skulls From Britain

    HARARE, Zimbabwe— Zimbabwe is “frantically working” to repatriate from Britain skulls of indigenous people killed in an 1890s anti-colonialism war, said a Cabinet minister. The... Read more

  • This image made from a militant video posted on a social media site on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, purports to show a militant standing next to another man who identifies himself as 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek, kneeling down as he reads a message at an unknown location. (Militant video via AP)

    Online Image Purports to Show Croat Killed by ISIS

    CAIRO—An online image circulated Wednesday purported to show the beheading of a Croatian hostage held by the ISIS group’s Egyptian affiliate, the first such killing... Read more

  • Facing extinction are well-known and iconic species such as elephants, hippos, all species of rhino, European bison, and Indian water buffalo. (Nieuwenhuisen/iStock)

    Heartbreaking Photos: Orphaned Baby Rhino Thinks A Car Is His Mom

    A baby rhinoceros in Kruger National Park, South Africa, has mistaken a grey colored jeep as its mother after she was killed by poachers. Orphaned... Read more

  • Prince Harry salutes as the Last Post is played as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    Prince Harry Involved in Anti-Poaching Shootout in South Africa

    Prince Harry of the U.K. has joined the war on poachers in Kruger National Park, South Africa, where rhinoceros poachers have run rampant. Harry was... 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)

    Official: 4 Rescued From Mali Hotel; 9 Killed in Attack

    BAMAKO, Mali— Special forces early Saturday rescued four people who hid in a hotel for nearly 24 hours after Islamic extremists stormed the building and... Read more

  • Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe, in this undated photo. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)

    South Africa, Namibia Criticize Airline Ban on Trophies

    JOHANNESBURG—Some African countries that allow hunting have criticized a decision by a number of international airlines to ban the transport of parts of animals killed... Read more

  • Private Investigator for the Palmer family, Walter Zalisko, of Global Investigative group in Fort Myers walks out of the home Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the Marco Island home of dentist Walter J. Palmer. Zalisko said no vandalism was found inside. The home was discovered vandalized with the worlds "LION Killer!" and littered with pigs feet drenched in hot sauce. Palmer, a Minnesota resident, is wanted in the killing of Zimbabwe's famous lion, Cecil, a lion who drew thousands of tourists and dollars annually. (Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP)

    Americans Outraged Over Killing Cecil the Lion Handed Harsh Dose of Reality by Zimbabwe Native and Doctoral Student

    Goodwell Nzou wants people to know why he cheered when he heard Cecil the Lion was killed. Nzou, a native of Zimbabwe–the country in which... Read more

  • French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie)

    MH370: Malaysia Confirms Barnacle-Covered Wing Debris Came From Missing Flight

    French investigators have confirmed the piece of wing debris that wash ashore on the French island of Reunion is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the... Read more

  • In this photo dated Wednesday, July 29, 2015, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie, File)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Debris: More Suspected Wreckage Found on Reunion

    More suspected wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has washed up on the northern shore of Indian Ocean island La Reunion, according to reports on... Read more

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    Egypt to Unveil Suez Canal Extension in Hope of a New Era

    CAIRO—Egypt is to unveil a major extension of the Suez Canal on Thursday, a mega-project that has emerged as a cornerstone of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s... Read more

  • In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo Nigerian soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria.Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.  (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    US Legislator: Nigeria’s Military Needs Training, Not Arms

    ABUJA, Nigeria—The United States is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria’s battle against Islamic extremists, the leader of a U.S. Congressional delegation said... Read more

  • Strong winds and waves batter the coast as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Storm Dissipates After Killing at Least 20 in Caribbean

    HAVANA—Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Saturday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba. But it left devastation in its path, killing at... Read more

  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, a kaleidoscope of Monarch butterflies hang from a tree branch, in the Piedra Herrada sanctuary, near Valle de Bravo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    Deforestation in Mexico Butterfly Reserve More Than Triples

    MEXICO CITY—Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds in central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Aug. 25... Read more

  • A woman pushes a cart full of goods as she and others head toward the entrance to the Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif., on Aug. 18, 2015. Starting late Wednesday, Aug. 19, pedestrians going to Tijuana from San Diego at the San Ysidro crossing must choose between a line for Mexicans who get waved through, and a line for foreigners. Foreigners must show a passport, fill out a form and - if staying more than a week - pay for a six-month permit. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    At Busy Crossing, Pedestrians Need Passport to Enter Mexico

    SAN DIEGO—Walking into Mexico at the nation’s busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners. Pedestrians going to... Read more

  • In this Aug. 18, 2015, photo, a woman approaches the entrance to the Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    At Busy Crossing, Pedestrians Need Passport to Enter Mexico

    SAN DIEGO — Walking into Mexico at the nation’s busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners. Pedestrians... Read more

  • The National Palace in Guatemala city is home to a permanent collection of fine art and several rotating gallery spaces. Completed in 1943, its eclectic style is a mix of Guatemalan colonial architecture with French and neoclassical influences. (Myriam Moran Copyright 2015)

    Discovering Guatemala

    Guatemala is a small country bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the southwest and the Caribbean to the east. It is distinguished by its steep... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo, Mapuche healer Natalia Ojeda Hueitra, poses for a photo, in Santiago, Chile.  (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Mapuche Indigenous Culture Thrives in Chile and Abroad

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Nestled between high-rise buildings on a busy street in Chile’s modern capital is a straw hut that’s a sign of growing respect... Read more

  • Musicians play at a gathering in Griffith Park, July 26, to promote the transformation of a strip of Western Ave. in Los Angeles to become “Little Venezuela”. (Timothy Wahl)

    Hope for Little Venezuela in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—In unity there is strength. No need to tell that to Dassler Dazha, a former telenovela actor in his native Venezuela and present-day floral... Read more

  • Coast Guard YouTube video screenshot

    Watch: Submarine Carrying 8 Tons of Cocaine Seized by Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard noticed something strange over waters off the coast of El Salvador: A submarine. But it wasn’t an ordinary sub, it was... Read more

  • Haiti's first lady Sofia Martelly, center, casts her ballot next to President Michel Martelly, left, during parliamentary elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Disorder Rife as Haitians Vote in Long-Delayed Elections

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitians were electing legislators to Parliament Sunday after a yearslong wait, but the vote was plagued with delays, disorder and occasional fistfights... Read more

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) holds a box covered by hashtags that contains signatures from supporters who signed a petition asking the U.S. to end sanctions against Venezuela during a ceremony in the neighborhood of Chorrillo in Panama City on April 10, 2015. Maduro has become the third most-retweeted public figure in the world, behind Pope Francis and the King of Saudi Arabia, according to public relations firm Burston Marsteller. But a closer look suggests that the government is artificially inflating its social media pull by using networks of fake accounts. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Venezuelan Opposition Stages March Against Hunger

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Critics of Venezuela’s socialist administration staged a small protest against hunger and crime in Caracas Saturday as the South American country struggles to... Read more

  • In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez speaks during an event announcing new government projects at the government palace Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Argentine President Dominates Campaign Ahead of Primaries

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Cristina Fernandez isn’t on Sunday’s presidential primary ballot, yet the influence of Argentina’s leader is all around it. The populist president known for... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Email Leak Suggests Ecuador Spied on Opposition

    LIMA, Peru — Ecuadorean opposition activist Dr. Carlos Figueroa was being pursued by the state when his email and Facebook accounts were hacked. Several dozen... Read more

  • Brazil Filthy Water

    Filthy Rio Water a Threat at 2016 Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO—The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage... Read more

  • Panorama of the Quebec City skyline and the St. Lawrence River. (Luc-Antoine Couturier)

    Exploring Quebec City

    From time to time, as we explored the only fortified city in Canada, my husband would exclaim, “I hate museums!” Of course, in Quebec City... Read more

  • Two men participate in a kidnapping drill at the School of Personal Protection in an intensive self-defense course in Caracas, Venezuela, May 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Latin American Criminals Have Found a Low-Risk, Lucrative Trade in ‘Express Kidnapping’

    On a daily basis, people all over Latin America are victims of “express kidnapping”—they are taken and held hostage for an hour or several hours,... Read more

  • Mexico Narco Cemetery

    At Mexico’s Narco Cemetery, Graves Await the Inevitable

    CULIACAN, Mexico—Palatial tombs mark the final resting spots of top narcotics traffickers in the Jardines del Humaya cemetery in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacán... Read more

  • EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos (L) shakes hands with Peru's Foreign Minister Ana Maria Liliana Sanchez Vargas de Rios following the signature of a bilateral visa waiver agreements between the European Union with Peru and Colombia during an EU-CELAC Summit held at the EU Council building in Brussels, June 10, 2015. (Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU Economic Crisis Creates Third Migration Wave to Latin America

    Economic opportunity has always been the prime force behind waves of emigration—usually in a single direction. But sometimes, over the long term, the pendulum swings... Read more

  • Fundacion Turcios Lima President Cesar Montes at gate established to keep people from access to public domain and the protected biosphere forest of Sierra de las Minas. (John Christopher Fine copyright 2015)

    Defending Nature Preserve, Guatemalan Villagers Uncover Illegal Jade Mining

    The political order in Guatemala has been upended. The vice president has resigned, and so too have the minister of Energy and Mines and the... Read more

  • Colombia Clearing Land Mines

    Colombia’s Path to Find Peace Littered With Land Mines

    GRANADA, Colombia—At first, Sandra Gonzalez didn’t think much of the guerrillas burying objects on the dirt road outside her isolated, cinder-block farmhouse as they prepared... Read more

  • Demonstrators display the Greek flag in front of parliament on July 15, 2015 in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

    Greece Gets Relief From Creditors After First Austerity Test

    ATHENS, Greece—Greece got a triple dose of good news on Thursday, when creditors agreed to open talks on a third bailout package, to give the... Read more

  • A man prays at the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection, the scene of last week's bombing, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Police Arrest Foreigner, Find Passports in Bangkok Bomb Case

    BANGKOK—Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the... Read more

  • A man prays at the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection, the scene of last week's bombing, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Court Issues Warrant for Suspect in Second Bomb Blast

    BANGKOK—A Thai court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for an unnamed suspect in a riverside blast that occurred a day after the bombing of... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, passengers wait for their luggage upon arrival at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea before closing its door for foreign visitors to visit the country in fear of the Ebola virus. North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    New Airport’s Internet Room a Closed Window on North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea—Pyongyang’s shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case... Read more

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2015 file 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. National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said Monday, Aug. 24,2015,  that police were trying to "put pieces of the puzzle together" but had to use their imagination to fill holes where street-side security cameras were broken and unable to record the suspect's movements. (Royal Thai Police via AP, File)

    Bangkok Bomber Probe: Security Cameras Work, Says City Hall

    BANGKOK—The investigation into Bangkok’s deadly bombing turned into a blame game after police said their progress was hindered by faulty security cameras and city hall... Read more

  • Senior North Korean official responsible for South Korean affairs, South Korean presidential security adviser, North Korea' top political officer for the Korean People's Army and South Korean Unification Minister talks after their meeting at the Panmunjom on August 25, 2015 in Paju, South Korea. (South Korean Unification Ministry via Getty Images)

    South Korea Halts Propaganda Broadcasts as Koreas Reach Deal

    SEOUL, South Korea—After more than 40 hours of talks, North and South Korea pulled back from the brink Tuesday with an accord that allows both... Read more

  • A man prays at the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection, the scene of last week's bombing, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Bangkok Blast Probe Hindered by Broken Security Cameras

    BANGKOK—Up to 75 percent of the security cameras were broken along the getaway path taken by the main suspect in last week’s deadly Bangkok bombing,... Read more

  • South Korean marines patrol along on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, on Aug. 23, 2015. (Yun Tae-hyun/Yonhap via AP)

    Seoul to Halt Broadcasts as N. Korea Shows Regret for Blast

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts at noon Tuesday after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that... Read more

  • Entrance tto the Centrak Hotel in Magong, Penghu County, Taiwan (Courtesy of Nicole1173)

    Taiwan’s Unique Take on the Bed and Breakfast: The ‘Minsu’

    Planning a trip to Taiwan? You’ll find no shortage of places happy to host you. Locally run guesthouses of all varieties have been rising in... Read more

  • South Korean marines patrol along on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Senior officials from North and South Korea resumed a second round of talks on Sunday that temporarily pushed aside vows of imminent war on the peninsula.  South Korea's presidential office said the talks restarted in the border village of Panmunjom.  The delegates failed to reach an agreement in Saturday's marathon talks that stretched into the early hours of Sunday, and it was still unclear whether diplomacy would defuse what has become the most serious confrontation in years. (Yun Tae-hyun/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    Koreas Resume Talks As Seoul Sees North Korea Troop Movement

    PYONGYANG, North Korea— Senior officials from North and South Korea on Sunday were in their second day of marathon talks meant to pull the rivals... Read more

  • North Korea Cuts Off Hotline

    North Korea Warns of War With South After Artillery Fire

    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

  • Motorcycles are strewn about after an explosion in Bangkok, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. A large explosion rocked a central Bangkok intersection during the evening rush hour, killing a number of people and injuring others, police said. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

    Deadly Bangkok Bombing in 20 Images

    BANGKOK—A bomb exploded Monday within a central Bangkok shrine that is among the city’s most popular tourist spots, killing at least 18 people and injuring... Read more

  • Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015 killing at least 10 people and wounding scores more.  Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital. (Pornchai Kittiwongsagul/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bomb Explodes at Bangkok Shrine, Killing at Least 18

    BANGKOK—A bomb exploded Monday evening at a popular shrine in the heart of Bangkok, an area frequented by thousands of tourists, office workers and shoppers,... 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

  • 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

  • A guard stands in a passage of the notorious Butyrka remand prison in Moscow, on December 4, 2013.  Kirill Kudryavstev /AFP/Getty Images)

    Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentenced to 20 Years by Russian Court

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia—A Russian court convicted a prominent Ukrainian filmmaker on Tuesday of conspiring to commit terror attacks and sentenced him to 20 years in prison... 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)

    Record Number of Migrants as Hungary Hurries Border Fence

    BUDAPEST, Hungary—The latest surge of migrants crossing the Balkans has brought a record number to Hungary despite government efforts to quickly build a 4-meter (13-foot)... Read more

  • French President (AP/Christophe Ena)

    French President: We Must Prepare for New Attacks

    PARIS—French President Francois Hollande says his country should be prepared for more attacks such as the thwarted assault on a high-speed train last week. Hollande... Read more

  • Migrants walk into Serbia over the border with Macedonia near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A Look at the Latest Developments in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

    Record numbers of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe, despite the... Read more

  • Russian tall ship the Kruzenshtern, center right, arrives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, to participate in SAIL Amsterdam 2015, a five-yearly festival celebrating the Dutch capital’s maritime history that is expected to draw some 2 million visitors. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

    Tall Ships Arrive in Amsterdam for Sail Maritime Festival

    AMSTERDAM — A flotilla of hundreds of tall ships and other boats of all shapes and sizes has sailed from the North Sea into Amsterdam... 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

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    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

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    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

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    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


    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

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    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

  • India Cram School Dreams

    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


    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

  • 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)

    200 Feared Dead in Latest Migrant Disaster Off Libya’s Coast

    ZUWARA, Libya—Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in... Read more

  • 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

    CAIRO—A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of... Read more

  • 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)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 25, 2015

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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

    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

  • 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)

    Your Evening News Brief in Pictures: August 24, 2015

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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

    Best news photos of the day from around the world. Learn what’s going on in the fastest, most straightforward way through the lens of news... Read more

  • 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

    Best news photos of the day from around the world. Learn what’s going on in the fastest, most straightforward way through the lens of news... Read more

  • 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

    The basic murder victim of war is the truth. Thereafter, the morticians of public policy proceed to embalm human reasoning. It is a militant aggression... Read more

  • 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

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    Russia Petitions United Nations for Exclusive Control of North Pole After It Plants Flag There

    Russia has submitted a petition to the United Nations for exclusive economic control of hundreds of thousands of miles of the Arctic, including the North... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about climate change during an event in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3, 2015. President Obama announced a major climate change plan aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's coal-burning power plants.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    EPA Climate Rule Likely to Spur Renewable Jobs Growth

    “This is really such an incredibly wicked cool moment,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said during a press conference Monday, Aug. 3, to announce that the... 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

  • An operative of the hacker group GhostSec works at a laptop. The organization was formed to fight ISIS terrorists by targeting their online fundraising and recruitment. (GhostSec)

    Hackers Take On ISIS

    ISIS terrorists were planning to launch a suicide attack on a market frequented by British and Jewish tourists in Djerba, Tunisia. The attack was stopped,... Read more

  • An Israeli border policeman clears a checkpoint near the West Bank of Nablus, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian Attacker in West Bank

    JERUSALEM—Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli police officer at a West Bank checkpoint on Monday, the latest in a... Read more

  • A man, center, inspects his shop destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike at a market in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Explosion Hits Hospital in Yemen’s Southern City of Aden

      SANAA, Yemen—A powerful explosion hit a hospital in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Sunday, wounding three, setting off a fire and forcing the... Read more