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    Lost $50 Million Lottery Ticket Returned by Good Samaritan

    TORONTO—A Canadian couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by... Read more

  • Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Who Shot at Them

    JERUSALEM—The Israeli military says troops shot and killed a Palestinian man after he opened fire at them at a West Bank checkpoint. The military says... Read more

  • Malaysia Airlines staff board a flight prior to departure at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, May 14, 2014. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Plane Found Yet? Nope, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Disappearance Prompts Better Tracking Recommendations

     DOHA, Qatar (AP) — An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the... Read more

  • Mount Rainier is seen in the distance from a viewpoint within Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Park officials said that there are no immediate plans to recover the bodies of six climbers who likely fell thousands of feet to their deaths in the worst alpine accident on the mountain in decades.(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

    World List of Fatal Mountain Climbing Accidents

    Six people are believed dead in a fall while attempting to scale Mount Rainier in Washington state last week, one of the deadliest accidents ever... Read more

  • Alexey Miller, CEO of the Russian energy supplier Gazprom, listens during  a press conference as part of a meeting of the European Union energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger   Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak and Ukraine's energy minister Yuri Prodan in Berlin, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Russia, Ukraine Inch Closer to Gas Deal

    BRUSSELS—Russia and Ukraine on Monday made substantial progress toward reaching an agreement on a lower price for gas deliveries and the payment of outstanding debt... Read more

  • In this April 20, 2014, photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, talks to government soldiers during his visit to the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria. It is Syria’s first multi-candidate presidential election in nearly half a century. But the vote on Tuesday, June 3, still has the feel of a referendum and is being touted by Assad’s government as a measuring scale for Syrians’ support of his three-year brutal military crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/SANA)

    5 Things to Know About Tuesday’s Election in Syria

    BEIRUT—Syria’s first multicandidate presidential elections in decades is being touted by President Bashar Assad’s government as measuring Syrians’ support for him after three years of... Read more

  • Some of the escaped Kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Monday, June 2, 2014. Nigerian police say they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescues the more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants. Altine Daniel, a spokeswoman for Abuja police confirmed the ban in a text message, saying it was "because of security reasons". (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Nigerian Police Ban Protests Over Kidnapped Girls

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigerian police said Monday they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescue more than 200 girls still held captive by... Read more

  • Delegates wait for the start of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors meeting at the International Center, in Vienna,, Austria, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    UN Probe of Iran Nuke Program May Slow Iran Talks

    VIENNA—The head of the U.N. nuclear agency suggested Monday that a probe of suspected atomic arms work by Iran may stretch into next year —... Read more

  • Husband of Sudanese Woman on Death Row Speaks Out (Video)

    Reports say a Sudanese woman who is on death row may soon be released, and her husband, who lives in New Hampshire, is speaking out... Read more

  • This Monday, May 12, 2014, photo Syrian people drive by campaign posters of presidential candidates in Damascus, Syria. Despite the presence of challengers on this year’s ballots, there’s little doubt that Bashar Assad will secure a third seven-year term. The Arabic, right, reads, "For us to live with dignity, neither in refugee camps nor in shelters, Maher Hajjar." The one at left reads, "There's a benefit in trying others, Hassan al-Nouri, June 3, 2014." (AP Photo)

    Syria Tightens Security Ahead of Presidential Vote (+Videos)

    DAMASCUS, Syria—With security heightened in Damascus and thousands fearing rebel attacks in other cities, Syria holds an election Tuesday in the middle of its bloody... Read more

  • In this May 11, 2011, photo Palestinians wave flags as they celebrate the reconciliation between rival factions Fatah and Hamas, during a rally in Gaza City. President Mahmoud Abbas said a dark period in Palestinian history has ended with the formation of a unity government that formally ends his seven-year rift with the Islamic militant Hamas. But the alliance of old foes remains volatile, while Israel threatens punitive measures and Abbas doesn't know yet if he'll get continued financial aid from the U.S. and Europe to keep the unity government afloat. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Palestinian Unity Government Faces Many Obstacles

    RAMALLAH, West Bank—President Mahmoud Abbas says a “black page” of Palestinian history has been turned with the formation of a unity government that formally ends... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius listens as a court ruling is handed down that he would undergo psychiatric evaluation in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)

    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Hundreds of Families Worried About Violent Relatives After ‘Oscar Sickness’

    Hundreds of people are calling in to a charity that helps people with an anxiety dubbed the “Oscar sickness” after Oscar Pistorius was diagnosed with... Read more

  • In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, King Juan Carlos of Spain signs papers to confirm his abdication on June 02, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

    Spain’s King Abdicates in Favor of His Son (+Video)

    MADRID— Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation’s financial meltdown, announced Monday he... Read more

  • In this March 18, 2007, photo Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left, speak as they head the first cabinet meeting of the new coalition government at Abbas' office in Gaza City. A last-minute dispute has erupted between Hamas and Fatah over the makeup of the Palestinian unity government meant to end the factions' seven-year political split. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, has announced plans to swear in a government of technocrats backed by both factions on Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo)

    Palestinians Form Unity Cabinet Amid Israel Threat

    RAMALLAH, West Bank—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year split with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Royal Palace on Monday, June 2,  2014,  Spain's King Juan Carlos signs a document in the Zarzuela Palace opening the way for his abdication. Spain's King Juan Carlos plans to abdicate and pave the way for his son, Crown Prince Felipe, to take over, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the country Monday in an announcement broadcast nationwide. The 76-year-old Juan Carlos oversaw his country's transition from dictatorship to democracy but has had repeated health problems in recent years. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace)

    King of Spain Juan Carlos Abdicates after 40 Year on Throne (Video)

    King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favor of his son, Prince Felipe. The 76-year-old king had been dogged by a series of health problems and... Read more

  • Honey Singh in a 2012 file photo. The rapper is not dead, despite rumors online to the contrary. (AFP/GettyImages)

    Honey Singh Dead in Car Accident? Nope, Rapper ‘Yo Yo Honey Singh’ is a Victim of a Death Hoax and Still Alive

    Honey Singh did not die in a car accident as was rumored via social messaging applications. The apps frequently spread fake stories in order to... Read more

  • A view of Tehran, Iran, Monday,  June 2, 2014, while a flash dust storm hits the Iranian capital. Iran's state TV is reporting that at least two people have been killed and 30 others injured after a heavy dust storm hit the capital Tehran with a speed of 110 kilometers per hour. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran Dust Storm Kills at Least 4, Injures 30 (+Videos)

    TEHRAN, Iran—A heavy dust storm roared into Iran’s capital Monday, blacking out the sun in a swirling cloud and tearing down trees in a squall... Read more

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    US Disrupts Hacking Schemes That Stole Millions (+Video)

    WASHINGTON—A band of hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, secretly seized customer bank information and stole more than $100... Read more

  • Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, left, and Princess Letizia Ortiz, center, shake hands with Belgium's François Englert, right, during a reception  in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday Oct. 25, 2013. François Englert will receive the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during a ceremony Friday evening. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)

    Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz Given Spanish Throne; Can Kings and Queens Just Quit?

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The decision of Spanish King Juan Carlos to step down in favor of his son, Felipe, makes him the latest European monarch to decide... Read more

  • FILE- In this March 18, 2007 file photo, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left, speak as they head the first cabinet meeting of the new coalition government at Abbas' office in Gaza City. A last-minute dispute has erupted between Hamas and Fatah over the makeup of the Palestinian unity government meant to end the factions' seven-year political split. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, has announced plans to swear in a government of technocrats backed by both factions on Monday, June 2, 2014.(AP Photo, File)

    Israel Rejects New Palestinian Government

    JERUSALEM—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling split with his Hamas rivals but... Read more

  • In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya,  Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The attack, which included a car bombing, struck the hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video)

    Libyan Group Loyal to Islamic State Claims Hotel Attack

    TRIPOLI, Libya—A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people,... Read more

  • Villagers stranded at a local market after recent violence in surrounding areas at Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Jan. 27, 2015. Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Extremists Rampage in Northeast Nigeria, No Troops Fighting

    YOLA, Nigeria—Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than... Read more

  • Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. The hotel was reportedly attacked by Islamist gunmen today and gunfire was heard, an AFP photographer reported. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

    Gunmen Killl 5 Foreigners, 3 Guards in Libya Hotel Attack

    TRIPOLI, Libya—Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, authorities said. The attack, which included a... Read more

  • 3,000 Child Soldiers Released in South Sudan: UN

    KAMPALA, Uganda— About 3,000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children’s agency said after a group... Read more

  • Axel Addy, Minister for Industry and Commerce of Liberia, speaks to the media about the impact of Ebola in his country during a  news conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan.  26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Liberia: Only 5 People Being Treated for Ebola in Country

    MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African... Read more

  • Libya Official Says Kidnapped Deputy Foreign Minister Freed

    TRIPOLI, Libya—A security official says the deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been released after being kidnapped a day earlier. The official, speaking... Read more

  • The Patriotic Front's Edgar Lungu, right, is sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony in Lusaka Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Lungu the candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, has won Zambia's presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced late Saturday. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

    Zambia: Edgar Lungu Sworn In as New President

    LUSAKA, Zambia—Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambia’s new president Sunday. “I am humbled eternally and debted to you all, my fellow citizens,” said Lungu... Read more

  • Egyptians march during the funeral procession of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolution, in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Protests and stepped-up security came as activists mourned the death el-Sabagh. Activists blame police for her death. The government says it is investigating. Arabic on the banner with el-Sabagh's portrait reads, "martyr Shaimaa el-Sabagh," and the banner foreground left, reads, "the blood of martyrs in on our necks." (AP Photo/Heba Khamis)

    Images of Shot Egypt Protester Revive Criticism of Police

    CAIRO—Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched... Read more

  • U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle, centre left walks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, centre and unidentified Nigerian government officials upon Kerry's arrival, in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday,  Jan. 25, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to stop in Nigeria for meetings with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election signals deep U.S. concerns about pos telection violence in a country already devastated by an al-Qaida-linked insurgency. (AP Photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Pool)

    Boko Haram Attacks Northeastern Nigerian City, Dozens Killed

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigeriantroops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeasternNigeria, from... Read more

  • Members of the Libyan army stand on a tank as heavy black smoke rises from the city's port in the background after a fire broke out at a car tyre disposal plant during clashes against Islamist gunmen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Dec. 23, 2014. Forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar and to internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani have been battling for weeks against Islamists who have taken control of much of Libya's second city, and the capital Tripoli. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

    Libyan Extremist Group Says Leader Has Been Killed

    CAIRO—Benghazi-based extremist Islamic militant group Ansar al-Shariah said Saturday its leader Mohammed al-Zahawi has been killed. Unconfirmed reports that al-Zahawi was injured or killed in an... Read more

  • A member of the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) sits on an armoured personnel carrier patrolling near the city of Nyala in Sudan's Darfur on Jan. 12, 2015. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN: 3,300 Villages Destroyed in Sudan Fighting in Early 2014

    UNITED NATIONS—A new U.N. report says more than 3,000 villages were destroyed in Darfur during targeted attacks on civilians early last year as hundreds of... Read more

  • New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid (L) and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi check the list of the cabinet members, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisia Announces New Minority Government Without Islamists

    TUNIS, Tunisia—Tunisia’s nationalist Nida Tunis party has formed a minority government that excludes most of the major players on the political scene, including Islamist and leftist... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, anti government protestors burn tyres as they block a road during a protest against a new law that could delay the scheduled election to be held in 2016, in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Officials say at least a dozen people are dead amid protests which began Monday, over a proposed law that opposition groups fear will prolong the president’s time in power.  (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

    Congo’s Senate Votes Down Measure That Drew Protests

    KINSHASA, Congo—Congo’s Senate voted Friday to eliminate a measure in an electoral law that critics say would have prolonged the president’s time in power and drew massive... Read more

  • Looters make off with goods from a store in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, Jan 22, 2015. About 70 people in South Africa have been arrested because of violent protests and looting, much of which was aimed at shops owned by nationals from other African countries, local media reported Thursday. (AP Photo)

    Looting, Violence Against Foreigners in South Africa, 153 Arrested

    JOHANNESBURG—Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said... Read more

  • A health official take temperature of a Malian soccer fan for Ebola Virus ahead of the African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match between Ivory Coast and Guinea at the Estadio de Malabo in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Sierra Leone Eases Blocks on Travel, Business as Ebola Wanes

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—With the Ebola outbreak weakening in West Africa, Sierra Leone easedrestrictions on movement and commercial activity Friday even as the president warned that the fight... Read more

  • Investigators open the decomposed corpse of a poached rhino in search of forensic evidence, on the border with neighboring Mozambique near Skukuza, South Africa, on Nov. 20, 2014. South African officials said Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, a record 1,215 rhinos were poached in 2014, a 21 percent increase over the previous year. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    South Africa Says Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014

    JOHANNESBURG—A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, the latest grim statistic in an increasingly desperate struggle to stem a surge in the... Read more

  • Algeria Backtracks on Shale Gas Plans After Protests

    ALGIERS, Algeria—Algeria’s prime minister announced Wednesday that plans to drill for the country’s abundant shale gas reserves have been scrapped. The announcement in a television... Read more

  • Malian Army Chief of Staff General Mahamane Toure (R) and French Army Chief of Staff, General Pierre de Villiers (C) review troops upon de Villiers' arrival for his meeting with Toure at the Defense ministry in Bamako, Mali, on February 27, 2014. France and Germany sent troops to Mali in its first deployment to Africa, as Mali was thrown into chaos in 2012 when Tuareg separatist rebels launched an offensive in the northern desert helped by Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda, after the country's president was toppled in a coup. (Abibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images)

    Taureg Rebels Capture Airport From UN in North Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali—Tuareg separatist protesters in Mali said Wednesday they pushed the U.N.’s mission from an airfield in Kidal in the north, burning generators and tearing... Read more

  • This file image taken from video released late Friday evening, Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, shows Abubakar Shekau, center, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group. (AP Photo/Boko Haram, File)

    German Man Kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon Freed

    BERLIN—Germany’s Foreign Ministry says a German man believed to have been kidnapped in Cameroon by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been freed. Foreign... Read more

  • Boko Haram Leader Claims Massacre in Baga, Threatens More

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria— Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened more violence... Read more

  • FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2014 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, that the United States needs to return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

    Castro Says US Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade... Read more

  • Police officers stand outside the Petrobras headquarters during a protest against the auction of the Libra offshore oil field, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 21, 2014. Recently, federal prosecutors have charged 30 executives in a rapidly expanding case targeting a kickback scheme on billions in contracts at state-run oil company Petrobras. Top figures, including executives from Brazil’s powerful construction companies with strong ties to the ruling Workers’ Party, are already jailed. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Petrobras Releases Profit Drop in 3rd Quarter 2014

    SAO PAULO—Brazil’s scandal-plagued state-run oil company Wednesday released its third quarter report for 2014, showing that profits dropped 9 percent compared to the same period in 2013... Read more

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) talks with the president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Diosdado Cabello (R) in Caracas on Jan. 15, 2014. Cabello is allegedly in charge of a leading drug cartel. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuela’s Assembly President Is Head of Drug Cartel, Claims Ex-Security Chief

    The former head of security for Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s national assembly and vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV), is claiming Cabello... Read more

  • An engine-less tank sits on a truck platform inside a warehouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Brazilian police say a raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with the two war tanks. Police also confiscated 500 television sets, car body parts and a recently stolen semitrailer truck. Army officers told the UOL Internet portal that the two tanks did not belong to the Army and that their origin would be investigated. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazilian Police Searching for Stolen Goods Find 2 Tanks

    SAO PAULO—A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. Police in Brazil’s biggest... Read more

  • Relatives and protestors carry banners with pictures of some of the 43 missing students from a rural teachers college, as they march along a main boulevard in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Protest marches were planned in cities around Mexico to mark the fourth month since the disappearance of the students in southern Guerrero state. The federal prosecutor has said the students were detained by local police and handed over to a drug gang, who killed them and burned their bodies. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico: Investigation Shows That All 43 Students Are Dead

    MEXICO CITY—Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero... Read more

  • Protesters hold a replica of the Argentine flag that reads in Spanish "Cristina Assassin," referring to President Cristina Fernandez as she delivers a live televised speech, her first public comments since the mysterious death of the prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

    Argentine Jewish Groups Boycott Holocaust Day Commemoration

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Jewish groups boycotted the Argentine government’s Holocaust Day commemoration Tuesday in protest over the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, while skepticism grew over President... Read more

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures to supporters upon his arrival for his annual state-of-the-nation address to National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015. President Maduro acknowledged the economic crisis wracking Venezuela during his annual address Wednesday night, but did not announce the reforms many had expected. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuelan Officials Allegedly Involved in Drug Trafficking

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuelan officials on Tuesday denounced a report that links the head of the socialist South American country’s congress to the drug trade. Two Spanish-language... Read more

  • People gather in an event billed as the ¨March of the empty pots,¨ in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched in the capital Saturday to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis marked by widespread shortages and galloping inflation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Thousands March Against Socialist President in Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched in the capital Saturday to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis marked by... Read more

  • US Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he introduces US President Barack Obama at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Jan. 9, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Works to Ease Caribbean Dependence on Venezuelan Oil

    MIAMI—A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States... Read more

  • People gather outside the AMIA Jewish community center asking for "Justice" in the death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina’s president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Death of Prosecutor Hits Argentina, President Losing Control

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Faced with one of the biggest crises of her presidency, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has given her countrymen a confusing and sometimes contradictory... Read more

  • Up from the depths… a narcosub captured in Equador. (Commons Wikimedia, US DEA)

    Drug Delivery Drones Shouldn’t Surprise Us – Smugglers Have Used Everything Else

    It will come as no surprise to anyone that drugs are big business, so when a drone crashed in a car park of a US... Read more

  • A Venezuelan policeman in riot gear fires his shotgun at demonstrators protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2014. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuela Braces for More Unrest

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela—The young men move furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas... Read more

  • The newly arrived Olympic flag in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 19, 2012. In an attempt to limit ticket scalping, organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are putting large fines in place on tickets that might be resold after reaching the public through distribution by national Olympic committees. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil Official: Rio Won’t Meet Olympic Water Cleanup Pledge

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Rio de Janeiro state’s top environmental official has acknowledged that the Olympic pledge of slashing the levels of pollution flowing into the trash- and raw... Read more

  • A woman chants the Argentine national anthem holding a portrait of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman outside the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Conflicting Evidence Clouds Death of Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Thursday she’s “convinced” that prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide, raising more questions about the death of... Read more

  • A Honduran immigrant inspects map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on Sept. 14, 2014, in Tenosique, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Mexico Cartel Map 2015

    Video Transcript Every year Mexican cartels expand their control over the global drug trade, yet organized crime becomes more divided with crime bosses quickly rising... Read more

  • View of forty tons of marijuana seized to alleged drug cartels in a house of the bordering city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, being burned by the Mexican Army at their training camp in El Aguaje de La Tuna, Tijuana, Mexico, on May 16, 2014. (Alonso Rochin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Reassessing Organized Crime in Mexico

    Video Transcript Scott Stewart: Hello, I’m Scott Stewart, Stratfor’s vice president of tactical analysis. And I’m joined today by my colleague, Tristan Reed, who’s our lead Mexico crime... Read more

  • Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto wipes sweat from his brow during a signing ceremony among the Pacific Alliance at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Mexico President Faces New Questions About Personal Assets

    MEXICO CITY—President Enrique Pena Nieto faced new questions about his personal assets Wednesday after a report that he purchased a home from a businessman whose... Read more

  • People show their respective waiting line assigned numbers written on their palms as they queue up outside a supermarket to buy food, in Caracas on Jan. 15, 2015. Venezuela suffers from shortages of nearly a third of all basic goods, inflation that ballooned to 64 percent in 2014 and a recession triggered in part by a scarcity of hard currency that limits imports of essential goods. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuela Economy to Shrink 7 Percent This Year, Says IMF

    CARACAS, Venezuela—The International Monetary Fund is predicting Venezuela’s troubled economy will shrink by 7 percent in 2015, suffering the worst contraction in Latin America. It’s... Read more

  • People gather outside the AMIA Jewish community center asking for "Justice" in the death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina’s president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Alberto Nisman: Was Argentine Prosecutor’s Death a Framed Suicide?

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Mystery in the gunshot death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina’s president of covering up a terror attack deepened Wednesday with the... Read more

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales holds his sacred staffs of power in a ceremonial swearing-in, led by Aymaran spiritual guides, at the archeological site Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Morales is set to begin a new term Thursday, that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Bolivia: Economic Test Looms as Evo Morales Begins Third Term

    LA PAZ, Bolivia—Bolivian President Evo Morales is beginning a new term that will make him the Andean nation’s longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave... Read more

  • VOICES: What Japanese Think About the Hostage Crisis

    TOKYO— The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video... Read more

  • A man points at the computer screen showing Malaysia Airlines' hacked website, at a cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

    Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked, Some Customer Data Appears Online

    HONG KONG—Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained... Read more

  • An airport worker drives a cart past a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Sunvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The plane carrying more than 280 people skidded off the runway while landing Sunday, injuring 14 passengers. After the accident, workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    PM: Thai Airways Won’t Go Bankrupt but Faces Rehabilitation

    BANGKOK— Thailand’s coup-leader-turned-premier Prayuth Chan-ocha says debt-laden Thai Airways will not go bankrupt because the government is supporting it. Prayuth said Monday the government was... Read more

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks after an emergency Cabinet meeting following a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group, at his official residence in Tokyo early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japan Working to Gain ISIS Hostage’s Release, Analyzing Video

    TOKYO—Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group. “We all... Read more

  • US President Barack Obama makes a toast during a State Dinner at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 25, 2015. The United States and India resolved several key obstacles in an agreement that would allow US companies to build up to $182 billion in atomic power plants and reactors in India. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Just Agreed to Allow the US to Build $182 Billion in Nuclear Plants

    For India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the agreement inked on his country’s soil with President Barack Obama on Sunday has the potential to deliver the... Read more

  • Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attend a rally in support of the peace agreement with the government inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, on southern island of Mindanao on March 27, 2014. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

    30 Filipino Police Commandos Killed in Clash With Muslim Rebels

    MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine town mayor says more than 30 police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels while hunting a top terror... Read more

  • Shoichi Yukawa, father of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group, speaks during an interview at his home in Chiba, near Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Japanese officials are working to verifying a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group holding the hostages. The Associated Press could not verify the contents of the message, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Yasuhiro Sugimoto, Pool)

    Father of Japanese Hostage Reported Killed Still Hopeful

    TOKYO—The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son... Read more

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks after an emergency Cabinet meeting following a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group, at his official residence in Tokyo early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe ‘Speechless’ After Video Claims ISIS Hostage Dead

    TOKYO—Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless” after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State... Read more

  • This undated underwater photo taken by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and released by the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) shows the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 lying on the sea floor in the Java Sea. (AP Photo/MINDEF)

    First Attempt to Lift Fuselage of Crashed AirAsia Plane Fails

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia—Indonesian rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner nearly to the water’s surface before it sank to the ocean floor again... Read more

  • Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani speaks to reporters after a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Jan. 25, 2015. Japan's government said it was attempting to verify a video posted online announcing the execution of one of two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants. "A new video apparently showing Kenji (Goto) was posted on the Internet," chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. "We are collecting information". (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japan: New Unverified Video Claims Hostage Haruna Yukawa Killed

    TOKYO—Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Sunday that Japan was still working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group while calling... Read more

  • An Indian vendor in Hyderabad, on Jan. 7, 2015, displays kites printed with the portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama, who is expected to visit India for the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations, ahead of the forthcoming Makar Sankranti kite festival. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama in India: Time to Get Serious on Common Goals

    India will celebrate the 64thanniversary of its foundation as a republic with a special guest in the reviewing stand. Barack Obama, president of the world’s... Read more

  • Crew members inspect bags containing bodies believed to be victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, on the Java Sea, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The ill-fated jetliner plunged into the java Sea while en route from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, to Singapore last month. (AP Photo/Natanael Pohan)

    Divers Enter Crashed AirAsia Plane’s Fuselage for First Time

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia—For the first time, Indonesian divers were able Friday to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month into the Java Sea... Read more

  • Escaped prisoner from North Korean Internment Camp 14 Shin Dong-Hyuk speaks during a conversation on "America's Role in Promoting Democracy and  Human Rights " at the 2012 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum in Washington on November 27, 2012.       (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Official Backs N. Korea Abuses Despite Defector’s Changes

    TOKYO— The United Nations’ official in charge of investigating human rights violations in North Korea said Friday he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses... Read more

  • FILE  - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends his final public rally for the presidential elections in Kesbewa, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power, near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago, has melted away, replaced with talk that some in the family could face charges of corruption and perhaps even murder. And former President Rajapaksa and his family - the brothers, son, nephews and cousins who have dominated Sri Lanka for nearly a decade - are suddenly portraying themselves as victims. Rajapaksa lost the January 8 presidential election to his former ally Maithripala Sirisena. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)

    Sri Lanka’s Once-Powerful Ex-President Faces Backlash

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power — near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago —... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Abkhazian president Raul Khajimba during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, on Nov. 24, 2014. (Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia Ratifies Deal With Georgia’s Breakaway Republic

    MOSCOW—The Russian parliament has ratified an agreement with Abkhazia, tightening its grip on the breakaway region of Georgia. The State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Friday... Read more

  • Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist, speaks about the two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Tsuneoka, who was held hostage in Afghanistan in 2010, also offered to reach out to the Islamic State, with Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, to try to save the hostages. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Japan Faces Deadline to Free Islamic State Hostages

    TOKYO—The deadline for paying ransom for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group was fast approaching early Friday with no signs of a breakthrough... Read more

  • In this handout provided by the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., workers of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. participate in anti cyber attack exercise at Wolsong power plant on Dec. 22, 2014 in Gyeongju, South Korea. On Jan. 21, 2015 hackers leaked blueprints for South Korean power plants. (Photo by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. via Getty Images)

    Hackers in China Leak South Korean Nuclear Power Blueprints

    Hackers leaked blueprints for South Korean nuclear power stations on Jan. 21, according to state-run firm Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). Investigators said the... Read more

  • Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, leaves parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Thailand's military-appointed legislature is set to vote on impeachment against Yingluck over a government's rice subsidy scheme on Friday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Ousted Thai PM Challenges Rice Subsidy Impeachment Case

    BANGKOK— Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has stoutly defended her government’s money-losing rice subsidy program, seeking to stave off a legislative vote that could... Read more

  • This undated underwater photo taken by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and released by the Singapore Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) shows the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 lying on the sea floor in the Java Sea. A Singaporean navy ship has located the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, Singapore's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/MINDEF)

    Indonesian Divers Recover 6 More Bodies From AirAsia Crash

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia— Indonesian divers retrieved Thursday six more bodies from waters around the sunken fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month. Divers... Read more

  • Burma Says Kachin Rebels Trying to Scuttle Peace Deal

    YANGON, Burma— Burma’s government is accusing ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal, as tensions soar in the northern state of Kachin. Sporadic... Read more

  • Two chickens wait in their cage after poultry markets closed due to the risk of spreading the H7N9 bird flu virus at Guiyang in Guizhou Province, on Feb. 20, 2014. So far this year China has confirmed 115 human H7N9 cases, including 25 deaths. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    First Case of Human Bird Flu in North America Confirmed, a Second Possible

    A woman who recently traveled to China has tested positive for H7N9 avian influenza, Canadian officials confirmed Monday. This is the first documented case of... Read more

  • Canadian Soldiers Involved in 2 More Firefights in Iraq

    TORONTO—Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants. Earlier this month in what was the first... Read more

  • Author, journalist, and former MP Simma Holt speaks with passersby at a Falun Gong rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in August 2007. Holt died on Jan. 23 at age 92. (Epoch Times)

    ‘I was born to care': The Legendary Simma Holt Dies at 92

    There was so much life in Simma Holt that it’s hard to believe she’s gone. The journalist, author, and former member of the House of... Read more

  • Royal Crown Academic School: Explosion at North York, Toronto School

    An explosion has left at least 17 students injured at the Royal Crown Academic School in North York, Toronto, according to reports on Thursday. The... Read more

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to the media at the Liberal party’s winter caucus meeting in London, Ont., on Jan. 20, 2015. Trudeau won’t say if he thinks the federal government should abandon its commitment to a balanced budget given the economic turmoil caused by plunging oil prices. (The Canadian Press/Dave Chidley)

    Trudeau Mum on Running Deficits as Oliver Slams Liberal Economic Policy

    LONDON, Ont.—Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is taking flack from Finance Minister Joe Oliver over economic policies discussed at the party’s caucus meeting in London, Ontario,... Read more

  • Cadbury Creme Eggs move down the production line at the Cadbury’s factory in Birmingham, England. The recipe for the iconic creme egg is being changed in the U.K. but not in Canada. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

    Eggs-treme Reaction to Altered Creme Egg Recipe but No Change in Canada

    TORONTO—Shell-shocked chocolate lovers are crying fowl over word that the recipe for the iconic Cadbury Creme Egg is being changed in the U.K. But not... Read more

  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast responds to a question in the House of Commons on Nov. 27, 2014. The government has taken the unusual step of signing a legal order to prevent Alaska from imposing Buy American policies on the construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Alaska Brushes Off Canada’s Legal Warning Over ‘Buy American’ Spat in BC

    OTTAWA—Alaska is refusing to budge after the Harper government issued a legal threat over the state’s plan to build on Canadian soil with exclusively American... Read more

  • Conservative MP Shelley Glover (C) arrives with family members on Parliament Hill, July 15, 2013. Glover said at a Canada Council of the Arts reception on Jan. 20, 2015, that the arts are valuable in supporting freedom of expression. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Arts Valuable in Support of Freedom of Expression: Heritage Minister

    OTTAWA—Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says the arts are important to freedom of expression and encourages the Canadian arts community to “never give up”—a reference to... Read more

  • Sylvia McEachen is shown at her home in Fitzroy Harbour, Ont., with an image of Eric Dejaeger on her computer behind her, in March 2011. McEachen was instrumental in having Dejaeger returned to Canada from his native Belgium to face sex-abuse charges. The former Oblate missionary is facing sentencing on 32 counts of sexual abuse committed when he was stationed in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

    Crown Wants 25 Years for Sex-Abusing Former Arctic Priest

    IQALUIT, Nunavut—Prosecutors have asked an Arctic court to sentence a defrocked priest convicted of sexually abusing dozens of Inuit children to 25 years in prison... Read more

  • The Chimo Hotel, the scene of an evacuation and police investigation, is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. A 42-year-old man was arrested without incident at the hotel after police found his vehicle.  (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

    Man at Centre of Dangerous Chemicals Probe in NS Arrested in Ottawa

    A 42-year-old man at the centre of a dangerous chemicals investigation in Nova Scotia was quietly arrested at an Ottawa hotel Jan. 21 as police... Read more

  • Hillary Clinton says Canada, World Must Fight Terrorist Propaganda

    WINNIPEG—Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton is calling on Canada to continue fighting the “ideology of hate” and propaganda that is fuelling terrorism. Clinton... Read more

  • Three Companies Now Charged After 2013 Bird Kill in New Brunswick

    SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Three companies now face charges after thousands of birds died in 2013 when they flew into a flare burning at a natural gas... Read more

  • Crown Defends Issuing Arrest Warrant for Hockey Great Guy Lafleur in 2008

    MONTREAL —The Crown maintains the warrant issued for the arrest of former hockey great Guy Lafleur in 2008 was justified considering the seriousness of the... Read more

  • Irving Shipbuilding to Lead $26 Billion Frigate Replacement Program

    OTTAWA—Days after signing a contract to build its long-anticipated Arctic patrol ships, the Harper government has quietly indicated it will designate Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding as... Read more

  • The State Department hasn’t yet pronounced whether the Keystone XL is in the national interest. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    To Build or Not to Build?

    WASHINGTON—To build or not to build? That question is at the heart of the U.S. debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The answer, and... Read more

  • The Bank of Canada cut its overnight target rate to 0.75 percent on Jan. 21, 2015. (Epoch Times)

    Bank of Canada Cuts Policy Rate to 0.75% on Oil Price Plunge

    OTTAWA—In a surprising move on Wednesday, the Bank of Canada cut its overnight rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent due to the sharp drop... Read more

  • Patrons line up to get into a Mississauga LCBO outlet as others leave after stocking up on their New Year’s Eve beverages on Dec. 31, 2007. One of Canada’s first Dry January campaigns took place this year as a way to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association while balancing out holiday indulgence. (The Canadian Press/J.P. Moczulski)

    Dry January Starting to Get Its Feet Wet in Canada

    Dry January, a month-long alcohol-free campaign popular in the United Kingdom, is just beginning to get its feet wet in Canada. The pledge to stay... Read more

  • Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks to The Associated Press at the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Palestinians Hurl Eggs at Canadian Foreign Minister’s Convoy

    RAMALLAH, West Bank— Dozens of Palestinian protesters have hurled eggs and shoes at the convoy of the visiting Canadian foreign minister. John Baird was in... Read more

  • Police search for a suspect in the shooting of two RCMP officers in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. St. Albert RCMP say the two officers were shot at about 3 a.m. inside the Apex Casino, northwest of Edmonton, after responding to a stolen car investigation that led to "an interaction with a civilian." The suspect is still at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    2 Mounties Shot, in Hospital, Suspect Found in Alberta

    ST. ALBERT, Alberta—Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were seriously wounded Saturday, with one suffering life-threatening injuries, after they were shot at a casino in... Read more

  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird talks during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Canada’s FM Discusses Jailed Reporters on Egypt Visit

    CAIRO—Canada’s foreign minister expressed hope Thursday that the fate of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist jailed on terror charges with his two colleagues from Al-Jazeera English Television... Read more

  • A security man stands in Lubyanka Square, with the main building of the Russian Federal Security Service, former KGB headquarters, in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London  with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Litvinenko Special Report: Radioactive Body Posed Autopsy Hazard

    LONDON—The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope... Read more

  • Russia's lower house parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin, right, welcomes Crimea's prime minister Sergei Aksyono, center, prior their talks in Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Shalgin)

    Russia Considers Condemning ‘Annexation’ of East Germany

    MOSCOW— The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei... Read more

  • People walk past a display of a currency exchange office in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A day after a top ratings agency cut Russia’s rating to junk level, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017. S&P downgraded Russia’s rating to BB-plus late on Monday, a non-investment grade, for the first time since 2004, citing a slide in the ruble and weakening revenue from oil exports. The agency said Russia's financial system is weakening, limiting room for maneuver for Russia's Central Bank. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Russian Gov’t Details Spending Cuts in View of Crisis

    MOSCOW—The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years... Read more

  • Russian Bank Chief Kills 3 Colleagues, Himself

    MOSCOW—Russian news reports say that a manager at the Central Bank’s branch in a far eastern city has killed three colleagues and then himself after... Read more

  • In this picture taken Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 visitors crowed the Christmas market in front of the neo-Gothic City hall in Vienna, Austria. Nothing will put you more in the mood for the festive season than the Christmas markets big and small dotting the city. Choices range from the more than 150 wooden huts set up in front of the City hall, to markets often no bigger than a few booths. Among the hundreds of goods on offer are tree lights, candles, ornaments and musical Christmas toys. Letters read "Merry Christmas". (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Europe Trips Go on Sale as Currency Plunges

    Europe’s cheaper currency might not achieve more lending and more investment after all. It will, however, make a trip across the Atlantic a lot cheaper... Read more

  • A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G.)

    After Greek Elections, What Happens Now?

    After Greece elected the far-left Syriza party to power, there have been talks that the country could leave the Eurozone currency area, while some politicians believe... Read more

  • The director of Romania's Intelligence Service (SRI) George Cristian Maior (R) shakes hand with the director of the United States' FBI Robert Mueller at the end of press statement at the SRI headquarters in Bucharest on December 7, 2011. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

    Romania’s Spy Chief Resigns After Criticizing Rejection of Domestic Espionage

    BUCHAREST, Romania—The chief of Romania’s Intelligence Service has resigned after criticizing the country’s top court for rejecting security laws which allowed the government to collect... Read more

  • A protester throws back a tear gas canister at police in riot gear during a protest in Kosovo's capital Pristina, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Police in Kosovo fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister who had denied that war crimes were committed against ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war with Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo Police Gas Anti-Government Protesters

    PRISTINA, Kosovo—Police in Kosovo have fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister who had denied that... Read more

  • French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath of flowers at the Holocaust memorial in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015 in Paris, at the Holocaust memorial.  Hollande visits France's Holocaust Memorial, amid rising concerns about anti-Semitism after a kosher supermarket was targeted in the country's deadliest attacks in decades. Hollande heads later in the day to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp. (AP Photo/Martin Bureau, Pool)

    France to Target Anti-Semitism on the Net

    PARIS— French President Francois Hollande called on Internet service providers to take action against the spread of anti-Semitism online. During a visit to France’s Holocaust... Read more

  • Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, speaks to the media as she leaves at the end of a pre-inquest review at Camden Town Hall in London on Dec. 13, 2012. More than eight years on and with the UK-Russia relations at their iciest since the Cold War, an inquiry is opening on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, into the killing of the Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Judge Opens Inquiry Into Death of Ex-Russian Spy Litvinenko

    LONDON—A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London... Read more

  • Moscow Court Refuses to Lift Navalny’s House Arrest

    MOSCOW— The Moscow City Court has refused to lift the house arrest of anti-corruption campaigner and leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Navalny was convicted in... Read more

  • Belgium Detains 3 More People That Could Have Terror Links

    BRUSSELS— Authorities in Belgium say three individuals that could have possible links to terror networks have been detained. A judicial official said Tuesday that authorities... Read more

  • Wrecked planes are seen following a plane crash at Albacete airbase, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Spanish investigators are trying to determine the cause of Greek F-16 crash at the military base that killed 10 military personnel involved in a NATO training exercise and injured 21 when the plane crashed into at least five other parked planes after a failed takeoff. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Spain: Death Count Rises to 11 in Military Jet Crash at Base

    ALBACETE, Spain— The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 at a Spanish military base rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the... Read more

  • People light candles on Independence Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in solidarity with the victims of a rocket attack on the coastal city of Mariupol. Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    EU Leaders Threaten More Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine

    BRUSSELS— European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as “growing support” of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine... Read more

  • Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, speaks to the media as she leaves at the end of a pre-inquest review at Camden Town Hall in London. More than eight years on and with the UK-Russia relations at their iciest since the Cold War, an inquiry is opening on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, into the killing of the Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Ex-KGB Litvinenko Said Putin Ordered His Death: Inquiry Opens

    LONDON—As Alexander Litvinenko lay dying from radiation poisoning in 2006, he named the man he thought had ordered his murder: Russian President Vladimir Putin. More than... Read more

  • Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's left-wing main opposition Syriza party, poses for photographers prior to his meeting with Panos Kammenos, chairman of the right-wing Independent Greeks party, in Athens, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Syriza party launched coalition talks Monday, hours after a landmark general election victory fought on a pledge to rewrite the country’s massive bailout deal with the eurozone. Tsipras’ party just missed a majority in parliament after defeating Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservative coalition by a wider margin than expected. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool)

    Tsipras Sworn in as New Greek Prime Minister

    ATHENS, Greece— Radical left leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Monday after forming a surprise alliance with a small right-wing... Read more

  • Russian Security Forces Raid Independent Crimean TV Station

    MOSCOW—Russian security forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR on Monday, seizing equipment and telling employees they were looking for archival footage of an anti-Russia protest last year, station officials... Read more

  • In this zoomed picture the Euro sculpture stands in front of the old European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.  The euro wobbled Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Eurozone Looks for Dialogue After Greece Elections

    BRUSSELS—The election in Greece of a radical party that wants to overhaul the country’s bailout program raises new uncertainties for the eurozone. But several European... Read more

  • FILE- In this file photo dated January 1945, three Auschwitz prisoners, right, talk with Soviet soldiers after the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, in Poland, was liberated by the Russians.  On Thursday Jan. 22, 2015, Russia accused Poland of engaging in a “mockery of history” after the Polish foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna credited Ukrainian soldiers, rather than the Soviet Red Army, with liberating Auschwitz 70-years ago. The latest exchange comes prior to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945, underlining deep tensions between Russia and Poland, which is hugely critical of Russia's recent actions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/FILE)

    Survivors Visit Auschwitz A Day Ahead Of 70th Anniversary

    OSWIECIM, Poland— Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp a day before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its... Read more

  • A team of archaeologists and anthropologists take notes after starting the excavation work after identifying three unrecorded and unidentified graves in the chapel’s crypt of the closed order Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid's historic Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes hope they may be entering the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the great Spanish writer was laid to rest. The 'Don Quixote' author was buried in 1616 at the Convent but the exact whereabouts of his grave in the tiny convent chapel are unknown. The bones found will be exhumed and analyze, after that, the experts will try to identify the bones using DNA profiling. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Spain: Cervantes Searchers Find Casket With His Initials

    MADRID— Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have found a casket bearing the initials “M.C.” with bones inside it in a crypt... Read more

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

    Delhi’s Street Vendors Protest Walmart’s Shady Tactics

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

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

    US-India Nuclear ‘Breakthrough’ More Hype Than Reality

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

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

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

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

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

    US and India Mark Historic Day With Obama Visit

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

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

    Clashes Erupt in Indian Kashmir Over Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoon

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

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    Indian McDonald’s Facing PR Headache After Staff Threw Out Street Child

    McDonald’s in the western city of Pune, India is considering retraining its staff after one of them pushed a child out of its restaurant earlier... Read more

  • Children who live under a bridge at Akshardham, New Delhi, keep themselves warm on a cold winter day on Dec. 24, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Winter in Delhi an Ignored Annual Disaster for the Homeless

    NEW DELHI—Hundreds of homeless people continue to die on Delhi’s streets during the winter, leading some aid workers to call cold season in the capital... Read more

  • A Bhatra practices on the road side in Gumat bazaar area of the northern city of Jammu, India on Jan. 2, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Secret Drug Removes Tooth With No Blood or Pain

    JAMMU, India—A family in the northern Indian city of Jammu has the recipe for a rare drug that can painlessly remove a tooth without anesthesia... Read more

  • Guards Shoot 3 Suspected Poachers at Indian Rhino Reserve

    GAUHATI, India— Officials say wildlife rangers in remote northeastern India have shot three suspected poachers dead in a gunbattle in a famed rhino reserve. National... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet each other at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar, India, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Kerry is in India to attend an international investment conference and push trade ties with the giant South Asian nation ahead of visit by President Barack Obama later this month. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    Kerry Urges Rapid Growth in US-India Trade, Commercial Ties

    AHMEDABAD, India—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called for a rapid expansion of U.S.-India trade and commercial ties as he attended an international... Read more

  • Indian residents on Dec. 7, 2014, hold placards and chant slogans as they take part in a protest against the alleged rape of a passenger by a driver working for the Uber taxi company in New Delhi. Following the incident, Uber and other app-based taxi services were banned in the city. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Despite Ban, Rivals of Uber Still Active in Delhi

    NEW DELHI—The Delhi government’s putting a ban on a range of app-based ride services like Uber Systems Pvt. Ltd. last month hasn’t stopped a few... Read more

  • Members of an Indian wedding band wait by a roadside in Amritsar on Feb. 6, 2013. India's wedding season which peaks from mid-October to January sees many open-air processions led by street drummers and musicians, announcing the newlyweds with a cacophony of traditional drums and brass music instruments. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Indians Have Turned British Military Bands Into Indian Wedding Bands

    NEW DELHI—It’s the wedding season in India, a fact that is evident by the long wedding processions where families dance in the cold to bellowing... Read more

  • An Indian border girl displays a mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Thousands Flee Artillery Fire in Indian-Held Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India—Thousands of villagers in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have fled their homes because of artillery battles between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the... Read more

  • An Indian Army soldier takes position during an encounter with armed suspected militants at Pindi Khattar village in Arnia border sector, 43 kilometers (27 miles) south of Jammu, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. An army officer says some of the militants occupied an abandoned bunker in Jammu region early Thursday and fired at the soldiers in Arnia sector in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Thousands Flee Homes in Indian Kashmir to Escape Firing

    SRINAGAR, India— Officials say thousands of villagers in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have fled their homes because of artillery battles between Indian and Pakistani... Read more

  • Forest foods on display at the Forest Food and Ecology Festival on Dec.14, 2014, at Sri Aurobindo Society, New Delhi. Uncultivated forest foods are rich in micronutrients according to researchers and can help beat a nutrition crisis. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Forest Food of Indian Tribes Can Overcome Nutrition Crisis

    NEW DELHI—The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2 billion people in the world today suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, primarily in Asia and Africa... Read more

  • Top right: The remnants of a 4,000-year-old copper crown found on a skull from the late Indus Valley civilization period found at village of Chandayan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Background: Earthen pots found at a burial site from the late Indus Valley civilization period in the village of Chandayan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (A.K. Pandey/Archaeological Survey of India)

    4,000-Year-Old Copper Crown Found in India

    NEW DELHI —Indian archaeologists uncovered a 4,000-year-old copper crown in the village of Chandayan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh this week, from... Read more

  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Laureates Kailash Satyarthi (L) and Malala Yousafzai attend the Save The Children's Peace Prize Festival on Dec. 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. (Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner From India Calls for ‘Movement of Compassion’

    NEW DELHI—Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology was based on non-violence and truthfulness. One of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Indian-born Kailash Satyarthi, feels it’s time for... Read more

  • A relative of Phool Bai Srivastava, who died after undergoing a mass sterilization operation in a government-run program, holds her surviving child Nitesh at their residence in Amsena village, about 12 miles from Bilaspur on Nov. 15, 2014 in Central India. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why India’s Family Planning Program Is Not Good for Poor Women

    NEW DELHI—The death of sixteen women from a sterilization camp last month raised critical questions about India’s family planning program and the culture that led... Read more

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    India’s Geographic Challenge

    Video Transcript India is endowed with favorable geographic barriers. Surrounded by oceans on three sides and the formidable Himalayan Mountains to the north, what is... Read more

  • Smoke and flames billow out from The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on Nov. 29, 2008. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

    In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

    This story was co-published with the New York Times and Frontline. In the fall of 2008, a 30-year-old computer expert named Zarrar Shah roamed from... Read more

  • This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. (AP Photo)

    After ISIS, Will Japan Consider a Foreign Policy Change?

    Japan has been fervently trying to negotiate with the Islamic State, or ISIS, after the terrorist organization threatened to kill him, prompting speculation that Tokyo... Read more

  • A person uses a laptop computer showing Youtube's logo on March 27, 2014 in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

    YouTube Blocked in Russia? Still Unclear

    YouTube may have been blocked in Russia, but it’s not clear. Users on Twitter were saying the popular video-uploading service was “blocked.” However, some users... Read more

  • Yevgeny Buryakov appears in federal court in Manhattan,  Jan 26, 2015 after his arrest earlier in the day in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university,  according to authorities. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

    Who Are the Russian Spies Nabbed in New York City?

    Three Russian citizens who lived in the United States for years as spies were unremarkable to the casual observer. Yet in the end, they were... Read more

  • Roses left by mourners lie next to one of the many plaques detailing transports of Berlin Jews to concentration camps at the Gleis 17 (Track 17) in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 27, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. International human rights lawyer David Matas spoke on Jan. 26 in Poland about remembering the Holocaust and the relevance of the forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners to any lessons drawn from the Holocaust. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

    Commemorating the Holocaust

    January 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the day the United Nations General Assembly designated by a resolution passed in 2005 for commemorating... Read more

  • UN Reports 2 Killed, 6 Hurt in Northern Mali Protest

    BAMAKO, Mali—A demonstration outside a U.N. base in northern Mali descended into violence Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and six wounded, according to... Read more

  • Part of a wall of surveillance camera video in New York. When news came of a terror attack in Paris, the New York Police Department went on high alert: Officials mobilized heavily armed teams to guard sensitive spots around the city. Detectives combed intelligence for any sign of a threat or copycat crime. And officers were sent overseas to bring back lessons from the tragedy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Does More Spying Really Make Us Safer?

    In response to the terror attacks in Paris that left 18 dead in early January, a number of nations are working to toughen their anti-terrorism laws,... Read more

  • Axel Addy, Minister for Industry and Commerce of Liberia, speaks to the media about the impact of Ebola in his country during a  news conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan.  26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Liberia: Only 5 People Being Treated for Ebola in Country

    MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African... Read more

  • ISIS Spokesman Calls On Muslims in West to Commit More Terror Attacks

    BEIRUT—The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the... Read more

  • A man walks past a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    WikiLeaks Slams Google Over Delay in Revealing US Warrants

    BERLIN—The secrets-spilling group WikiLeaks has criticized Google for failing to inform it aboutU.S. search warrants issued against three of its staff. The warrants issued in... Read more

  • Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Ongwen arrived in The Hague last week after being taken into custody in Central African Republic. He faces war crimes and crimes against humanity charges for his alleged role in a reign of terror that has spanned more than 25 years in central Africa's Great Lakes region. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

    Commander in Joseph Kony’s Feared Militia Appears in Court

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—A commander in warlord Joseph Kony’s feared militia made his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge Monday, calling himself a former soldier who was abducted... Read more

  • Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, had been killed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan Seeks Jordan’s Help on Releasing Hostage Kenji Goto

    TOKYO—A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, health workers load a suspected Ebola patient into the back of an ambulance in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization is considering reforms that could overhaul its structure in what may be a last-ditch effort to salvage its credibility after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak. WHO has been repeatedly slammed for its sluggish, clumsy efforts in battling the epidemic in West Africa. On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015,  WHO’s executive board, which advises the agency, will discuss proposals that could radically transform the U.N. health agency. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)

    WHO Mulls Reforms to Repair Reputation After Bungling Ebola

    GENEVA—The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that... Read more

  • Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley announces plans to fly across the Pacific Ocean with fellow pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia as part of an effort to break a pair of long-distance and duration records that have stood for more than three decades, during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 8, 2014. The pilots lifted off from Saga, Japan on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Balloon Pilots Launch in Japan, Hoping to Break Records With 5,000+ Miles

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, center, relatives of late King Abdullah, who died early Friday, and other mourners during his funeral at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA)

    Dignitaries Head to Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah’s Death

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who... Read more

  • A baby pig sleeps in front of an ambulance used at the Connaught Hospital as part of their Ebola virus fleet, during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread on the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 21, 2014. A top UN official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones in a bid to halt the spread of the virulent disease. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

    Tide Turning in Ebola Fight After Hard Lessons

    DAKAR, Senegal—A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone... Read more

  • In this March 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah. The change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Maha. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Obama Shortens India Trip to Pay Respects in Saudi Arabia

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with... Read more

  • A file photo of former Taliban fighters, who joined government forces. Mubin Shaikh, who grew up in Canada, became enamored with Taliban jihad ideals, and later disillusioned.  (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)

    From Jihadi to @CaliphateCop

    Mubin Shaikh was the average Western teen. He grew up in Toronto, raised as Indian-Canadian by parents from the United Kingdom. He attended attended public... Read more

  • The World Health Organization posted its report showing the prevalence of obesity around the world. (WHO)

    No, US Isn’t the Fattest Country in the World but it’s Close

    The World Health Organization released data on Friday to show the prevalence of obesity in males and females around the world. And not surprisingly, the... Read more

  • Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard gives an interview after attending a counter-Islamic States (IS) coalition ministerial meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 3, 2014. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    Denmark: West Should Start Talking to Syria’s President Bashar Assad

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Denmark’s foreign minister says the West should start talking to Syrian President Bashar Assad but “it has to be an absolute condition that Assad must not be part... Read more

  • Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: Maria do Socorro da Silva, 50, Nurse: One of the key ways to address and balance the pressures in everyday life is through dialogue, meditation, communication, and leisure. You seek balance in the universe, in nature (God). It is you being focused on each activity to always develop with positive thoughts.

    Global Q&A: ‘How do you balance the pressures of everyday living?’

    Communication, meditation, exercise, and leisure are some of the key aspects to incorporate into our busy lives to manage the pressures of everyday living. This... Read more

  • Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israeli President Cuts US Trip Short After Hezbollah Attack

    Less than 24 hours after a rocket attack in Israel’s north that left three soldiers dead and seven others wounded, Israel President Reuven Rivlin said... Read more

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a delegation receiving line with the new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The president and first lady have come to express their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Why Are People Making a Big Deal Over Michelle Obama Shaking Hands with the Saudi King?

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stopped in Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, but the first lady may... Read more

  • Protesters chant slogans against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they march on a street in Sanaa on Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemeni Houthis Beat, Detain Protesters in Capital

    SANAA, Yemen—Rebels who control the Yemeni capital beat back dozens of people marching in protest against them on Wednesday, firing automatic rifles in the air... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new neighborhood in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for firing a missile that targeted an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an attack that prompted Israel to fire at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon in a significant escalation along the volatile border. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said there were Israeli casualties in the attack, and Netanyahu said Israel would respond “forcefully.” (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Israel Returns Fire to Lebanon After 2 Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel—The Israeli military says two soldiers were killed in a Hezbollah strike on an army convoy near the Lebanese border. The military says another seven soldiers... Read more

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    Iran Says Washington Post Writer to Face Trial Soon

    TEHRAN, Iran—A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial “soon,” the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported Wednesday. The report by... Read more

  • Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The Lebanese Hezbollah group is claiming responsibility for today’s attack on an Israeli military convoy. Hezbollah claims the attack destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles and caused casualties among "enemy ranks." Israel later fired at least 35 artillery shells into Lebanon. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    UN Peacekeeper Killed in Lebanon Amid Border Clash

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel— A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force says a peacekeeper has been killed in southern Lebanon, in an incident likely related to... Read more

  • COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)

    Jordan Ready to Swap Inmate for Pilot Held by Islamic State

    AMMAN, Jordan—Jordan said Wednesday it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December... Read more

  • A Bahraini anti-government protester masked against tear gas show shotgun shells toward journalists during clashes between protesters throwing stones and riot police firing tear gas and shotguns in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Daily clashes have been escalating since the arrest of Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman on Dec. 28. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Bahrain Opposition Leader Denies Charges as Trial Opens

    MANAMA, Bahrain— A lawyer for the head of Bahrain’s leading Shiite opposition group says the cleric has denied all charges against him at the start... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 photo, a woman holds a picture of her son, Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, in a car during a sit-in in front of the cabinet offices in Amman calling for his release, hours after militants posted a video purporting to show a Japanese hostage holding his picture with a message that both hostages would be killed within 24 hours. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Jordan Ready to Swap Prisoner for Pilot Held by Islamic State

    AMMAN, Jordan— Jordan’s information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December... Read more

  • Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon Border, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The Lebanese Hezbollah group is claiming responsibility for today’s attack on an Israeli military convoy. Hezbollah claims the attack destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles and caused casualties among "enemy ranks." Israel later fired at least 35 artillery shells into Lebanon. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for Attack on Israeli Convoy

    JERUSALEM—Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, killing two soldiers in an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike... Read more

  • In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya,  Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video)

    Fatal Bomb Threat to Libyan Hotel Received Night Before Deadly Attack

    A fatal Tuesday morning attack at a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya that left nine people and two gunmen dead might have come with a... Read more

  • Jordan's King Abdullah II (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo during a  press conference in Tokyo on Nov. 20, 2014.  (Shizuo Kambayashi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japan-Jordan Relations Tested by Islamic State Hostage Deadline

    The longstanding relationship between Jordan and Japan is being strained by threats from the Islamic State group that two hostages will be murdered in less... Read more

  • Gunmen at Libyan Luxury Hotel Take Hostages; 3 Guards Dead

    TRIPOLI, Libya— A Libyan security official says gunmen have stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners and have taken hostages after killing at least... Read more

  • Canadian Soldiers Involved in 2 More Firefights in Iraq

    TORONTO—Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants. Earlier this month in what was the first... Read more

  • Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following an airstrike by the US-led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Nov. 17, 2014. With more than a thousand militants killed and territory slipping away, the Islamic State group is losing its grip on the Syrian border town of Kobani under intense US-led airstrikes and astonishingly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Islamic State Nearly Pushed Out of Syria’s Kobani

    BEIRUT—Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a... Read more

  • US Drone Kills 3, First Strike Since Yemen Leader Resigned

    SANAA, Yemen— Tribal leaders and security officials in Yemen say the U.S. has carried out its first drone strike in the country since its president... Read more

  • Turkish Court Orders Facebook Pages Blocked

    ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that “insult” the Prophet... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in Vienna on the status of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program before he leaves Vienna on Nov. 24, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Most Americans Want Diplomatic Engagement With Iran

    In his State of the Union address, the President’s core message was that the US has emerged strong from the twin crises caused by the... Read more

  • Mourners carry one of the coffins to bury the entire family of Khalil Abdullah during their funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 17, 2015. Nearly six months ago Islamic State extremists kidnapped Khalil Abdullah and all his family members after the occupation of Jalula, a town in the restive Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. Recently, Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control of Jalula and found Khalil Abdullah, his wife and their four children killed. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

    Officials Say Bombings Kill 13 People in Iraq’s Capital

    BAGHDAD—A series of bombings, mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods, killed at least 13 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi officials. Police officials said one bomb... Read more

  • Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, "God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Tens of Thousands Protest After President Resigns in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen—Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched in protest on Saturday against Shiite rebels who hold the capital, amid a power vacuum in a country... Read more