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  • Activists paint the message ‘Reef in Danger’ on the side of coal ship Chou San on March 7, 2012 in Gladstone, Queensland. (Greenpeace via Getty Images)

    Australian Senate Moves to Reverse Reef Dumping Approval

    The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling for a reversal of approval for a coal port terminal that would allow dredge dumping in the... Read more

  • Russian Navy ships are docked in the Sevastopol bay on March 4. Russian forces have surrounded Ukrainian military bases across Crimea as the Russian-speaking autonomous region has been thrown into turmoil following the ouster last month of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych. Ukrainian officials said on March 3 that Russia had given Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea an ultimatum to surrender or face an all-out assault, although Russia denounced the claim as 'complete nonsense'. 
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    Russia’s Bullying in Ukraine Could Backfire for Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s military buildup in Ukraine poses a challenge for the West, but using force to make a point may prove counterproductive for Putin, analysts... Read more

  • Tamara Beach, Sydney. (Annie Zhuo/ReverieDay.tumblr.com)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: March 5

    France: French scientists ‘wake’ 30,000-year-old virus French scientists said on Monday they had re-activated an ancient virus they found preserved in the Siberian ice. It may... Read more

  • Abdul E. Haro, 42, blogger, Kenyan; Based in Nairobi, Kenya (Courtesy of Abdul E. Haro)

    African Voices on Defeating Al-Shabab in Somalia

    Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed declared on Feb. 19 his willingness to drive the Al-Qaeda-related terrorist group Al-Shabaab out of the country by the... Read more

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    World News to the Point: March 6

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  • A Somali soldier walks near burning houses close to the United Nations building after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Weak Somali Government Struggles to Oust Al-Shabab

    Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed declared he is willing to drive the Islamist al-Qaeda-related terrorist group al-Shabab out of the country by the end... Read more

  • Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli of ET Canada. (DQC Photo)

    Canadian Screen Awards: Television and Digital Media Gala (Photo Gallery)

    TORONTO—The best of Canadian television and digital media was celebrated on Tuesday night at the Canadian Screen Awards during a special gala presentation at Toronto’s... Read more

  • A girl carries snacks to sell on a beach in El Salvador. (Courtesy World Vision)

    Don’t Unknowingly Exploit Children When Abroad: World Vision

    If you’re planning to head somewhere warm and exotic for March break, World Vision has a message for you: Do not be an unknowing accessory... Read more

  • Australia Ordered to Cease Spying, Seal Documents on East Timor

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Australia to cease spying on East Timor and to keep under seal any documents and data seized... Read more

  • Halifax resident Rob Rogers was the victim of an online romance scam that saw him lose just over $14,000. He now acts as a peer counsellor with RomanceScams.org to help others avoid being duped. The RCMP’s Commercial Crime Branch estimates that fraud-related offences cost the Canadian economy between $10 and $30 billion annually. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

    Fraud, Scams, Identity Theft Costing Canadians Millions

    A scam that Daniel Williams encountered early in his career with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has kept his blood boiling ever since. A U.S. mother,... Read more

  • The BMX event was a draw for those who were seeking thrills. Andre Postell whips it! (DQC Photo)

    2014 Toronto International Bicycle Show (Photo Gallery)

    The 2014 Toronto International Bicycle Show pedalled into the city this weekend with an array of fun events for cycling enthusiasts. The show, one of... Read more

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    Vhong Navarro Latest News: Deniece Cornejo Deletes Her Instagram Account

    Deniece Cornejo has deleted her Instagram account following an earlier deletion of her Facebook profile. Cornejo nixed her official account after posting an alleged screengrab... Read more

  • View on Portree before sunset, Isle of Skye, Scotland. (*Shuttertock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: March 4

    Spain: ‘Spain could be a world leader in solar power’ If this charismatic German is successful, giant marbles could soon be powering our planet. Now he... Read more

  • World News to the Point: March 4, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: March 4

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  • Director Alfonso Cuaron (L) and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for DGA)

    Enrique Peña Nieto Congratulates Mexicans Alfonso Cuarón, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Lupita Nyong’o on Oscar Wins

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto congratulated three Oscar winners who were born in Mexico–director Alfonso Cuaron, cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, and Lupita Nyong’o–on their wins. Cuaron... Read more

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    LA Gang Members in Syria: Nerses Kilajyan, or ‘Wino;’ and Sur-13 Member ‘Creeper’ Apparently Fighting for Assad

    A video has surfaced of two alleged Los Angeles-area gang members–dubbed “Wino” and “Creeper”–fighting for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The video, published by the... Read more

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    Louie Corbett Retinitis Pigmentosa: 12-year-old to Complete ‘Visual Bucket List’ Before He Goes Blind

    Louie Corbett, a 12-year-old New Zealand boy, will soon lose his sight because of the Retinitis Pigmentosa disease. The rare disease will eventually cause Corbett to... Read more

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    Bona Mugabe Wedding to Simba Chikore: All the Facts You Need to Know (+Photos)

    Bona Mugabe, the only daughter of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, wed Simba Chikore over the weekend. Here’s all the facts about the wedding that you... Read more

  • Jayme Joshua Pasieka, Stabbing Suspect, to Appear in Court Monday

    Jayme Joshua Pasieka is facing six charges, including two murder counts for a stabbing that left two people dead at an Edmonton warehouse, and he... Read more

  • This March 11, 2012 file photo, shows Mexican singer Luis Miguel performing at a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    Luis Miguel Dies? Nope, Mexican Singer Isn’t Dead; ‘RIP’ Rumors Appear On Twitter

    Is Luis Miguel dead? No, he’s not, despite RIP rumors that cropped up following the Mexican singer’s plastic surgery operation. Miguel, the popular 43-year-old singer,... Read more

  • Tourists ride camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, on April 9, 2015. Giza, home to the three famed Pyramids and Sphinx, has seen few visitors in recent years. Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, political violence has persisted, including militant attacks and violent protests. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egypt Arrests 3 for Selling Stones From Giza Pyramids

    CAIRO—Egyptian authorities have arrested three people after they appeared in a video selling stones from the 4,500-year-old Giza Pyramids to undercover journalists. The Interior Ministry... Read more

  • Balenga Kalala, who tried unsuccessfully to have his wife killed. (Facebook)

    Wife Crashes Her Own Funeral, Stunning Her Husband, Who Had Paid to Have Her Killed

    An Australian woman stunned her husband by showing up during her funeral. Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home in Melbourne watching the... Read more

  • Zimbabweans wait to cast their vote in  Presidential and parliamentary elections in the Southern African Nation in Harare, Wednesday, July, 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Drought-Stricken Zimbabwe Declares State of Disaster

    MASVINGO, Zimbabwe—Thin like their owners, cattle wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for... Read more

  • A car belonging to the Italian ambassador is parked outside of Cairo, Egypt's central morgue where the body of Giulio Regeni, A 28-year-old graduate student, is held, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Egypt Official: Signs of Torture on Body of Italian Student

    CAIRO—The body of a missing Italian student was found with signs of torture, including multiple stab wounds and cigarette burns, by the side of a... Read more

  • Malian band Songhoy Blues performs at the Bamako Acoustik Festival (BAF) in Bamako on on Jan. 27, 2016. BAF hosts African and International artists as Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Songhoy Blues, Cheikh Tidiane Seck, and dreams of a cultural revival despite a state of emergency instaured after the Nov. 20 deadly terror attack in an hotel. (Sebastien Rieussec/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mali Dreams of Cultural Rebirth Despite Jihadi Onslaught

    Two months after a deadly jihadist attack on a major hotel, Mali’s capital Bamako has sought to reboot the country’s once-famed cultural scene with a... Read more

  • Somali refugees, deported from Kenya, arrive at Mogadishu's Airport, on April, 9, 2014. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

    Photos Show Large Hole in the Side of Daallo Jet A321 After Explosion

    A Daallo Airlines Airbus carrying 74 passengers was taking off from the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia when an explosion in the passenger’s area blew a... Read more

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    Abandoned Cargo Ship Drifting in the Sea Narrowly Misses French Coast

    Last week, the 22 members of the Modern Express cargo ship had to be airlifted out by helicopters when the ship started capsizing but eventually... Read more

  • In this Wednesday March 11, 2015 file photo, relatives weep as they bury a loved one suspected of dying from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Activists say international donors have failed to deliver promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people. Oxfam said Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, that $1.9 billion has not been delivered. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)

    Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola Aid Not Delivered by Donors

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast—International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed... Read more

  • Mersen Chala, brother of Dinka Chala, who was killed by Ethiopian forces on Dec. 16, shows the picture of his brother after the funeral ceremony, in Yubdo Village, about 100 kilometers from Addis Ababa in the Oromia region, on Dec. 17, 2015. Dinka Chala was accused of protesting, but his family says he was not involved. Tensions have been riding high between the population of Oromia and the Federal Government of Ethiopia. The population of Oromia are unhappy with the current Master Plan which is overtaking Oromo lands surrounding Addis Ababa. The protests have been ongoing for the past three weeks, with government responding in force with live ammunition. The Government also claims death tolls of around 5, the unofficial figure made by protesters has reached up to 40+. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

    “Badessa” was a third-year engineering student in western Ethiopia in April 2014 when he and most of his classmates joined a protest over the potential... Read more

  • FEB 15: A baby giraffe next to another giraffe at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany, on Feb. 13, 2015. The giraffe was born at the zoo on Feb. 11. (Maja Hitij/AFP/Getty Images)

    Photos Show Rare White Giraffe in Tanzania National Park

    Photos of a rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania have gone viral, but now, the animal might be a target for poachers, according to reports... Read more

  • An anti-riot policeman stands in front of a burnt house in Gubio in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on May 26, 2015. A weekend attack by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Gubio left 37 people dead, with more than 400 buildings destroyed by fire, local vigilantes said on May 26. Boko Haram, which wants to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, has been pushed out of captured towns and territory since February by Nigerian troops with assistance from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cameroon: 4 Suicide Attackers Kill at Least 35 People

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon—Four suicide bombers attacked a market and town on Monday in Cameroon’s Far North region near the border with Nigeria, killing at least 35... Read more

  • A small number of supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi wave posters and national flags as they mark Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt Marks 5th Anniversary of Uprising Against Mubarak

    CAIRO—Egypt on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak but failed to bring about the goals of... Read more

  • Factory workers pile up donated water bottles by South African residents from the Johannesburg outskirts town of Benoni to be delivered in drought stricken rural communities, on January 15, 2016 in Benoni, South Africa (MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images).

    Volunteers Send Water as S. African Temperatures Soar

    In a large shed to the east of Johannesburg men stacked tens of thousands of litres of water onto a flatbed truck as part of... Read more

  • Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the press after meeting with Greece's prime minister in Athens on Dec. 8, 2015. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

    Egypt Warns Against Unrest on Uprising Anniversary

    CAIRO—Egypt’s president, speaking ahead of next week’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, vowed on Saturday to unleash a firm... Read more

  • Military pallbearers carry the coffins of four Kenyan soldiers who were killed in Somalia, at a ceremony to receive their bodies which were airlifted to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Kenyan officials have not said how many soldiers were killed when Islamic extremist fighters attacked a base for African Union peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia on Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Kenyans Honor Muslim Man Who Shielded Christians in Attack

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenyans are donating to the family of a Muslim man who was fatally wounded by Islamic extremists while shielding Christians during an attack on... Read more

  • Relatives carry away a dead body from the beach following an overnight attack on a beachfront restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Over 20 Killed as Somali Forces End Siege of Restaurant (VIDEO)

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Somalia’s security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a... Read more

  • This Sept. 30, 2014 file photo shows Nowa Paye, 9, as she is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Sierra Leone Has 2nd Ebola Case After Epidemic Thought Over

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the... Read more

  • A Tunisian woman raises her ink-stained finger in front of a national flag after casting her vote in the country's first post-revolution presidential election on Nov. 23, 2014, at a polling station in the capital Tunis. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

    5 Years On, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution Continues From the Ground Up

    Tunisians are marking five years since the culmination of their “Jasmine Revolution.” Since its longtime authoritarian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out... Read more

  • The 4,500-year-old Bent Pyramid is seen in Dahshour near Cairo, Egypt, on March 24, 2009. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Particles Could Reveal Clues to How Egypt Pyramid Was Built

    CAIRO—An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt’s Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to... Read more

  • A soldier stand guards outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Jan. 16, 2016. The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation's president said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Burkina Faso Begins 3 Days of Mourning After Al-qaida Attack

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso—Burkina Faso began three days of national mourning Sunday and the president said security would be stepped up in the capital and the country’s... Read more

  • A young man helps soldiers in the fight against Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika virus, as well as viral diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, in Tegucigalpa on February 6, 2016.   (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

    More Than 3,000 Pregnant Women Infected With Zika Virus in Columbia

    The Zika virus is gathering ever more attention as it spreads across the globe. It reached the United States last month, and the first case... Read more

  • Rafael Ramirez, Venezuelan ambassador to the U.N., at a press conference in Caracas on Oct. 10, 2014. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuela’s UN Envoy: Not Concerned About US Investigations

    UNITED NATIONS—Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations dismissed the possibility of cooperating with U.S. investigations into a billion-dollar bribery schemes that allegedly occurred at the... Read more

  • A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 18, 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to brain damage in babies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Zika Virus Now a Global ‘Public Health Emergency,’ Says World Health Organization

    With new Zika virus cases showing up in countries across the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared a public health emergency over... Read more

  • Stilt houses sit atop a polluted body of water at a slum at the epicenter of Brazil’s tandem Zika and microcephaly outbreaks, in Recife, on Jan. 29, 2016. Zika is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and anyone can be bitten by the insect, public health experts agree that the poor are more vulnerable because they often lack amenities that help diminish the risk, such as air conditioning and window screens. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    For Brazil’s Rich and Poor, Disparate Responses to Zika Virus

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories. Regina de Lima and Tainara Lourenco became pregnant at a scary... Read more

  • A soldier patrols on the perimeters of the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, on Jan. 9, 2016, where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, is being held after his recaptur. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Cross-Border Sting Nets Arrest of Sinaloa Cartel Members

    TUCSON, Ariz.—The highly secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged high-level Mexican drug... Read more

  • In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos holds her son Juan Pedro, who was born with microcephaly, outside her house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Life at Zika Epicenter a Struggle for Afflicted Family

    RECIFE, Brazil—Around the fifth month of her pregnancy, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos fell ill with a high fever and angry red splotches on her skin... Read more

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    Paul Allen’s Yacht Reportedly Destroyed a Coral Reef

    A yacht belonging to Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, has been blamed for destroying a coral reef in the Cayman Islands that has... Read more

  • Aedes aegypti and other mosquitos are contained in a lab at the Fiocruz institute on January 26, 2016 in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    WHO: Zika Virus Is Spreading ‘Explosively,’ Could Soon Reach 4 Million Cases

    Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) have put the world on alert about the Zika virus, which is now “spreading explosively” and could soon... Read more

  • A municipal worker gestures during an operation to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, on Jan. 26, 2016. Brazil's health minister Marcelo Castro says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects, but he also says the war is already being lost. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Zika Virus: 270 of 4,180 Suspected Microcephaly Cases Confirmed in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO—New figures released Wednesday by Brazil’s Health Ministry as part of a probe into the Zika virus have found fewer cases of a... Read more

  • A health worker stands in the Sambadrome as he sprays insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.  (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Explainer: Where Did Zika Virus Come From and Why Is It a Problem in Brazil?

    From October 2015 to January 2016, there were almost 4,000 cases of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil. Before then, there were just 150 cases... Read more

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    Grenada Murder Leaves American Tourist Jessica Colker Dead

    Police in Grenada say a tourist from the U.S. state of Georgia was attacked and killed along a beach on the southern coast of the... Read more

  • A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 18, 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to brain damage in babies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Zika Virus: Rio, Brazil, Says It’s On Guard

    RIO DE JANEIRO—The more than 3,000 health inspectors in Rio de Janeiro are stepping up inspections for mosquito breeding areas near the city’s Carnival sites... Read more

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    Photos Show Lost Sloth Clinging to Traffic Sign

    Police in Ecuador have rescued a small, terrified sloth on the side of a busy highway, photos show. Photos of the lost sloth clinging to... Read more

  • A policeman walks past a graffiti reading "The fight is of poor and rich classes" outside the National Assembly ahead of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's presentation of the annual report before the opposition controlled parliament in Caracas on Jan. 15, 2016. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Economic ‘Catastrophe’

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro admitted before a hostile legislature on Friday that the oil-rich nation is mired in a “catastrophic” economic crisis, hours after decreeing... Read more

  • A Health Ministry employee fumigates a home against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Soyapango, six km east of San Salvador, on January 21, 2016. (MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

    El Salvador Tells Women Not to Get Pregnant Until 2018 Due to ‘Zika’ Virus

    Transmitted by mosquito, the Zika virus can cause birth defects in pregnant women who are infected, such as microcephaly, where the infant is born with... Read more

  • An employee at the Vale do Rio Doce mining company shows iron deposit at the strip mine of Carajas, in the heart of the Amazon Forest in northern Brazil, on Aug. 30, 1999. Carajas is the largest iron ore mine in the world, and also exploits gold, manganese, copper, and nickel. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why the Commodities Crunch Could Hurt Stability in Latin America

    Much of Latin America has seen an unusually long period of relative political stability since the early 2000s. With the exception of Cuba, democratically elected... Read more

  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech at a military ceremony at the Jose Maria Cordoba Military School in Bogota, on Dec. 19, 2015, during which his ministers of justice and defense signed the government's commitment to the armed forces of not to put at the same level the military personnel who violated the law in the context of the armed conflict with the guerrillas. (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)

    Is Colombia Finally on the Verge of Lasting Peace?

    Colombia has been the site of one of the world’s longest internal armed conflicts. Its population has been trapped between different legal and illegal armed... Read more

  • Anti-government protesters march carrying a Brazilian flag along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015. Millions protested across the country against President Dilma Rousseff's government and the ruling Workers' Party, with many calling for Rousseff's impeachment. A massive corruption scandal at Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras has rocked the government and Dilma's approval ratings—now below 8 percent. Brazil's inflation rate has hovered around ten-year highs recently while the currency, the Brazilian real, has passed twelve-year lows when measured against the U.S. dollar. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Brazil Has Fallen Into Its Worst Recession Since 1930s

    Brazil, world-famous for its carnival celebrations in Rio and elsewhere, is canceling the festivities this year. As the Financial Times reports, across the country towns... Read more

  • Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on Jan. 8, 2016, following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State, Mexico. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

    Capture of El Chapo Won’t Stop Drug War in Mexico as Long as Corruption Is Rife

    The recent capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, is but the latest episode in the absurd, unending, and... Read more

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    Colombian Police Officer Hailed After Saving the Life of Abandoned Baby

    A female police officer in Colombia is being hailed for her quick action that’s credited for saving an abandoned baby’s life. Luisa Fernanda Urrea was... Read more

  • North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifts off from the launching pad in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea, on Dec. 12, 2012. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

    North Korea Launches Long-Range Rockets

    Japan’s national broadcaster NHK broke into normal programming to alert the news of Sunday morning’s launch and show live footage of Patriot missile batteries on... Read more

  • A man watches a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the television screen shows file footage of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket which launched in 2012, at a railway station in Seoul on Feb. 3, 2016. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

    North Korea Moves Up Rocket Launch Window to Feb. 7-14

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Saturday. The... Read more

  • A baby boy is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, on Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Over 150 Missing, 14 Dead as Strong Earthquake Rattles Taiwan

    TAINAN, Taiwan—Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a... Read more

  • A woman talks on a mobile phone before the "Monument to Party Founding" in Pyongyang on Oct. 11, 2015. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

    North Korea Demands ‘Compensation’ Payment When China Complains About Phone Jamming

    Beijing and Pyongyang came to blows when the North Koreans’ regular jamming of cell phone signals interfered with Chinese users living in the bordering regions,... Read more

  • Rescuers try to enter an office building that collapsed on its side after an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo)

    Taiwan Earthquake Disaster in Photos

    A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday, collapsing two high-rise residential towers and killing at least five people and injuring hundreds. More... Read more

  • Rescue workers guide a man from the rubble of a toppled building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT

    Strong 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taiwan, 2 Appartment Buildings Collapse

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday, collapsing two high-rise residential towers and killing at least five people and injuring hundreds... Read more

  • Mananya Boonmee sitting among child angel dolls at her house on the outskirts of Bangkok. Seats at restaurant tables, in-flight meals, religious ceremonies, and designer clothes are just some of the items Thais can buy their lucky 'angel dolls'.    (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lucky or Chucky? Thai Spirit Dolls Delight and Disturb

    Driving to a Buddhist temple on the northern fringes of Bangkok, beauty salon owner Natsuda Jantaptim is running through her youngest daughter’s likes and dislikes... Read more

  • South Korean former "comfort women" Kim Bok-Dong (L) and Gil Won-Ok (R), who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, attend a protest with other supporters to demand Tokyo's apology for forcing women into military brothels during World War II outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 12, 2015. Close to 1,000 protestors had gathered outside the embassy ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.  AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japan Tells UN No Evidence of Forced WWII Sex Slavery

    Japan says it has found no evidence its World War II government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, Tokyo has told... Read more

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    More Than 150 Passengers on Diamond Princess Cruise Sickened by Viral Illness

    At least 150 passengers on board the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, have been sickened with norovirus gastroenteritis, according to reports... Read more

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    Sakurajima Volcano Just Erupted in Southern Japan

    TOKYO—One of Japan’s most active volcanos erupted spectacularly Friday evening with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said... Read more

  • A Man watchs a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 26, 2014. North Korea test-launched two Nodong medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea off Korean peninsula's east coast on the morning of March 26, 2014. (Chung Sung-jun/Getty Images)

    Experts Say Launch Won’t Bring North Korea Much Closer to ICBM

    TOKYO—Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped... Read more

  • The waterline from the March 11 tsunami is left on the wall at the barber shop in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2011. The water in many places along Japan's northeastern Pacific coast struck by tsunami rose above head level, and everything below the waterline was destroyed or left covered by mud. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

    Taxi Drivers Say They’ve Picked Up Ghosts of 2011 Tsunami Victims in Japan

    Taxi drivers in Japan say they’ve picked up ghosts of victims of the 2011 tsunami. At least seven drivers claim passengers have entered their vehicle... Read more

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    Western Retirees at Thai Resort Busted for Playing Bridge

    BANGKOK—Add aging Western bridge players to the list of desperadoes in Thailand’s seaside resort of Pattaya, a sin city rife with prostitution, corruption and foreign... Read more

  • North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifts off from the launching pad in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea, on Dec. 12, 2012. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japan, South Korea Condemn North’s Plans to Launch Satellite

    South Korea and Japan have condemned North Korea for its plans to launch a satellite into orbit, with South Korea promising retaliatory action. South Korea warned... Read more

  • A Man watchs a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 26, 2014. North Korea test-launched two Nodong medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea off Korean peninsula's east coast on the morning of March 26, 2014. (Chung Sung-jun/Getty Images)

    South Korea Warns North Korea Not to Launch Satellite

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea warned on Wednesday of “searing” consequences if North Korea doesn’t abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a... Read more

  • North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifts off from the launching pad in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea, on Dec. 12, 2012. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

    North Korea Plans Satellite Launch This Month

    SEOUL, South Korea—Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month,... Read more

  • Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks onstage during a campaign rally for the National League for Democracy in Yangon on Nov. 1, 2015. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

    Burma House Begins New Session Dominated by Suu Kyi Party

    NAYPYITAW, Burma—Burma’s parliament, led for the first time by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, began a historic session Monday that will install the... Read more

  • Health workers fumigate in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito which transmits the Zika virus in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, on Jan. 28, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Asian Countries Urge Sick Travelers to Report Zika Symptoms

    The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the mosquito-borne disease, which could... Read more

  • Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 9, 2016, a week before winning the presidential election. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Professor: ‘Democracy is compatible with Chinese culture’

    OTTAWA—Canadian Parliamentarians and academics say the recent election in Taiwan has set an example of democracy for mainland China. On Jan. 28, the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship... Read more

  • Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari bites his lips during a nationally televised news conference in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan Economy Minister Quits Over Graft Allegations

    TOKYO—Japan’s economy minister resigned Thursday as he fended off corruption allegations, in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to rev up growth in... Read more

  • International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland answers a question in the House of Commons on Dec. 7, 2015. The federal government has confirmed that it intends to sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal this week in New Zealand—but that doesn't necessarily mean Canada will ultimately ratify it, Freeland said Feb. 1, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

    As Canada Signs TPP, Freeland Says Feds Studying Economic Impacts

    OTTAWA—The federal government is studying the potential economic impacts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canada’s international trade minister confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 3. Chrystia Freeland was... Read more

  • Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse with his lawyer Marie Henein after the first day of his sexual assault trial on Feb. 1, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

    Ghomeshi Trial Shows What Sex-Assault Complainants Face: Women’s Advocates

    TORONTO—The gruelling cross-examination of a woman allegedly assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi drew cringes of discomfort this week as her credibility was battered by the former... Read more

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley meet in Edmonton on Feb. 3, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

    Canada in Brief, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

    Trudeau commits to fast-tracking $700M to struggling Alberta EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting Feb. 3 with a... Read more

  • Lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd appears at a Commons ethics committee on Parliament Hill, May 1, 2012. Shepherd’s new guidance on the section of the lobbyists' code of conduct that deals with gifts has startled the government relations world. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Going Dutch: Sudden Lobbying Changes Ruffle Hyper-Social Ottawa

    OTTAWA—A change in government brings with it a wave of invitations—companies, associations, and not-for-profits all want to get to know the new guard and figure... Read more

  • David Lutz, lawyer for Justin Bourque, leaves Moncton Law Courts on Oct. 27, 2014. Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to kill three RCMP officers and wound two others.  Ron Davis, whose daughter was gunned down in a robbery, wants a renewed debate on firearm control and the federal long-gun registry. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

    Man Whose Daughter Was Murdered Wants New Debate on Gun Control

    RIVERVIEW, N.B.—A New Brunswick man whose young daughter was gunned down in a robbery 29 years ago is calling for a renewed debate on firearm... Read more

  • Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on Nov. 30, 2015. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

    Optimistic Trudeau Administration Brings Canada Closer to US Democrats

    For a decade, Stephen Harper remained Canada’s prime minister largely through a combination of opposition ineffectiveness, fear mongering about crime and terrorism, and his ability... Read more

  • Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau arrives to give a press conference in Ottawa on Oct. 20, 2015, after winning the general elections. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Trudeau Government: A U.S. View

    Someone said that the Canadians held an election last year, and there is a new “sheriff” in Ottawa? Or was it a new rock star... Read more

  • Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 9, 2016, a week before winning the presidential election. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Professor: ‘Democracy is compatible with Chinese culture’

    OTTAWA—Canadian Parliamentarians and academics say the recent election in Taiwan has set an example of democracy for mainland China. On Jan. 28, the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship... Read more

  • Chinese paramilitary police marching through the downtown shopping area of Chongqing in February 2013. Chinese authorities recently indicted a Canadian for allegedly stealing state secrets. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Makes Tit-for-Tat ‘Spy’ Accusation of Canadian Citizen

    The Chinese regime is accusing a Canadian, Kevin Garratt, of spying and stealing state secrets. According to Chinese state-run news outlet Xinhua, authorities announced on... Read more

  • Psychologist Israel Kalman role-plays with a student at Canada's Best Karate school in Victoria, B.C. (John Tran/Mark Media)

    Anti-Bullying Programs Failing Kids, Says Expert

    From the time Michigan teen Isaac was seven years old he was the frequent target of bullies. It was mostly the name-calling, singled-out-in-a-crowd type of... Read more

  • William Housty of the Heiltsuk First Nation speaks to reporters outside provincial court in Abbotsford, B.C., on Jan. 27, 2016. Anaheim Ducks' defenceman Clayton Stoner, who didn't appear in court, has pleaded guilty to hunting without a licence and was fined $10,000 after being charged under the Wildlife Act after a grizzly bear was killed on the central coast in 2013. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    NHL’s Clayton Stoner Admits to Hunting Without a Licence in BC Grizzly Hunt

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—National Hockey League defenceman Clayton Stoner has pleaded guilty to hunting without a licence in connection to a grizzly bear hunt on British Columbia’s... Read more

  • Tashina Montgrand lays flowers outside the La Loche Community School as her daughters look on, Jan. 25, 2016. The Saskatchewan community is struggling to recover after a shooting that left four dead and seven wounded. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    People Ponder Way Forward for La Loche After School Shooting

    LA LOCHE, Sask.—Despite the pain and grief following a mass shooting that has torn at the fabric of a northern Saskatchewan town, there is hope... Read more

  • Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer speaks at a business conference in Ottawa Nov. 6, 2014. Ottawa has fired off a pre-emptive strike ahead of a U.S. Senate committee hearing next week in which Canada's Syria refugee policy will be on the hot seat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

    Ottawa Defends Its Refugee Screening in Letter to US Senators

    WASHINGTON—Ottawa has fired off a pre-emptive strike before American lawmakers hold a hearing that will put Canada’s Syria refugee policy on the hot seat. The... Read more

  • Const. James Forcillo leaves court in Toronto on Jan. 25, 2016. Forcillo has been found guilty of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of troubled teen Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

    Forcillo Case: Attitude Toward How Police Deal With Those in Crisis Changing

    TORONTO—A guilty finding against a Toronto police officer who gunned down a knife-wielding teen on an empty streetcar suggests the public has become more sensitive... Read more

  • Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Jan. 26, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Canada in Brief, Jan. 21-27

    Maintaining Iran sanctions not good for Bombardier, says Dion OTTAWA—Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion says maintaining sanctions on Iran will only hurt Canadian companies such... Read more

  • A scene from “Capturing Arrows with Boats of Straw,” a story-dance based on a chapter from the great historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” (Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Shen Yun Brings Soul-Stirring Entertainment Back to Vancouver

    Shen Yun Performing Arts returned to Vancouver for the ninth year this past weekend, playing four shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. And as usual,... Read more

  • Canadians are now holding record amounts of cash due to volatility in financial markets.(Reuters/Chris Wattie)

    Volatile Markets Have Canadians Hoarding Record Amount of Cash

    TORONTO—Canadians are holding a record $75 billion in extra cash and continue to sock away money at a rate not seen in more than four... Read more

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) greets refugees fleeing from Syria as they arrive at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, on Dec. 11. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Some Syrian Refugees in Canada Already Want to Return to Middle East: ‘They’re Really…’

    Canada has been lauded for being more welcoming to refugees than the United States, but some Syrians who recently arrived in Toronto say they want... Read more

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    Body of 25-Year-Old Woman Found in Ontario Pond

    The body of Taneesha Brown, a 25-year-old missing woman from Ontario, Canada, was found in a frozen pond. Police in Markham said that the body... Read more

  • A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being used. Critics of fracking cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well (David McNew/Getty Images).

    Fracking in Alberta: Daily Quakes and Thirsty Residents

    One earthquake is recorded on average each day in a western Canadian region where companies extract oil by fracking, according to statistics published by the... Read more

  • Pope Francis is silhouetted as he leaves a meeting at the Vatican on Nov. 20, 2015. (Alessandra Tarantino/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sex-Abuse Survivor Takes Leave of Absence From Vatican Panel

    VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission... Read more

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. holding a U.N. report speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Assange Sex Case Sinks in International Quagmire

    LONDON—It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to... Read more

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    Husband Sues Wife in Sonnino, Italy After She Allegedly Neglected Household Duties

    A man in Italy is suing his wife for “mistreatment of the family” due to her “poor management of household chores.” The 40-year-old Sonnino woman is... Read more

  • Rescuers, who have been helping migrant families disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, have been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.  (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump, Greek Islanders in the Running for Nobel Prize

    Donald Trump, Greek islanders helping desperate migrants, Angela Merkel, and the pope – some may seem more likely than others, but all are understood to... Read more

  • Italy's Deputy Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda at the “Invest in Italy” global roadshow meeting at Bloomberg headquarters in New York City on January 11, 2016.

    ‘Italy Is Back’ and Ready for Investors

    “Italy is exiting the crisis. The crisis has been deep but also confirmed the resilience of the economy,” said Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance... Read more

  • Protesting lawyers shout slogans as their colleague holds up during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    40,000 Protest Pension Reform as General Strike Grips Greece

    ATHENS, Greece—Sporadic clashes broke out in central Athens Thursday as tens of thousands marched to the Greek Parliament during a general strike called to protest... Read more

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney delivers a speech at the annual Peston Lecture at Queen Mary University on January 19, 2016, in London, United Kingdom. (Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Bank of England Keeps Rates Steady, Cuts Growth Forecast

    LONDON—The Bank of England voted to keep interest rates at their record low of 0.5 percent on Thursday and cut its forecasts as a slowdown... Read more

  • Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Greenland’s Ice Sheet Releases 400,000 Metric Tons of Phosphorus Yearly, Study Says

    Greenland’s melting ice sheet is adding enormous amounts of phosphorus to the oceans, which could simulate the growth of marine life, a new study found,  Jon Hawkings... Read more

  • An aerial image shows what it says is a column of heavy trucks carrying ammunition hit by a Russian airstrike near Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 1, 2016. The Russian military has beefed up its air group in Syria with state-of-the art fighter jets amid tensions with Turkey. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

    Russian Military Officer Killed in Syria

    MOSCOW—A Russian military adviser has been killed by mortar fire in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the officer was fatally... Read more

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    Sarah Reed, Victim of Police Brutality, Found Dead in London Prison

    The woman whose assault at the hands of police was caught on camera was found dead in her prison cell while awaiting trial. Sarah Reed,... Read more

  • The logo of the European currency Euro is pictured in front of the European Central Bank ECB in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, May 26, 2014, a day after the European Parliament elections. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    Eurozone Economy ‘Losing Steam’ Amid Market Turmoil

    LONDON—The economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone lost steam in January, a closely watched survey found Wednesday, a sign that the turmoil in global financial... Read more

  • Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, holds a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels on March 25, 2015. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    EU and US Reach New Data-Sharing Agreement

    BRUSSELS—The European Union and the United States struck a deal Tuesday over data-sharing that will allow the likes of Facebook and Apple to continue sending... Read more

  • This photo taken on December 14, 2015 in Chernobyl shows a Memorial for disaster fighters in front of a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed fourth block of Chernobyl's old nuclear power plant. 
On December 14 Ukraine will mark 15th anniversary of the starting of decommission of the Chernobyl Power Plant. The last working reactor of the ChNPP was stopped on December 15, 2000. / AFP / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch: Drone Explores Ghost Town Near Chernobyl Power Plant

    After the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Soviet authorities established an “exclusion zone” within a 19-mile radius of the power plant... Read more

  • The Rhône River at Avignon. Uniworld's Rhône cruise begins in Beaune and ends in Avignon. (Rolf Süssbrich/Wikimedia Commons)

    Exploring the Rhône River From a Floating Hotel

    The 505-mile Rhône River was used by Greek and Roman traders, so today’s river cruisers can experience antiquity, artistry, history, and some of the finest... Read more

  • German federal police officers talk to a Afghan family after they arrived the main station in Rosenheim, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Germany Threatens Afghanistan: Stop Refugees, or We’ll Stop Aid

    Just days after German officials started passing out etiquette leaflets to migrants following a series of sexual assaults and other inappropriate behavior, a top German... Read more

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    Video: Elderly German Men ‘Attacked by Migrants’ After Trying to Protect Woman from Assault

    Two elderly metro passengers in Munich, Germany, were attacked by a group of young men who appeared to be of Middle Eastern and Eastern European... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, at the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Aug. 17, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Chilling Account of Vladimir Putin’s Brutal Regime

    For anyone who ever harbored doubts about the brutal nature of the Russian regime, an afternoon reading the newly published British report of the death... Read more

  • Two of the five Sperm Whales that were found washed ashore on beaches near Skegness over the weekend on January 25, 2016 in Skegness, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Bodies of 8 Sperm Whales Discovered in National Park in Germany

    Eight gigantic sperm whales were discovered on a German beach on Feb. 1, adding to the rising death toll in the region. The discovery came... Read more

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    German Officials Issue Etiquette Cartoons After Immigrants Harass Women

    German pool officials have created etiquette cartoons for male asylum seekers after a series of incidents across public swimming pools in the country, including immigrants... Read more

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to his car as he leaves Chatham House in central London on Nov. 10, 2015, where he spoke to outline his plan for changes to Britian's EU membership. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Britain’s Cameron Says ‘Real Progress’ Made in Talks With EU

    LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron says proposals to change Britain’s relationship with the European Union reflect “real progress,” but that more work must be done... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, talks as he greets French President Francois Hollande in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    India Nears Deal to Buy 36 Rafale Fighter Jets From France

    NEW DELHI—India and France said Monday that they are close to sealing a multibillion euro agreement for New Delhi to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets... Read more

  • Indian students shout slogans and burn effigies of Hyderabad University's vice chancellor and a federal minister while protesting the death of an Indian student who, along with 4 others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad, in New Delhi, India, (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Suicide of Student Triggers Protests in Southern India

    HYDERABAD, India—Shouting slogans and holding placards, hundreds of students on Tuesday angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was... Read more

  • Air India's Dreamliner gets water cannon salute after touching down at Sydney airport on August 30, 2013.  Australia's first ever Dreamliner passenger flight touched down in Sydney as the airport welcomed direct services from New Delhi to Sydney with Air India.     AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Air India Plane Turned Around After Rat Spotted on Plane

    NEW DELHI — An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board, the airline... Read more

  • Widow K. Panna shows a picture of her husband after his death in a road accident in the village of Peddakunta, India. Peddakunta has been dubbed the "village of highway widows" with only one male adult left

    Indian Killer Road Creates Village of Widows

    For developing India, dangerous and potholed roads have long been a way of life. But one main road running through a village in the southern... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on June 11, 2015, twelve year old Indian girl, Kavita works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Jammu on the eve of World Day against Child Labour. World Day against Child Labour is held every year on June 12 and is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.  AFP PHOTO         (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indian Children Labour to Bring Sparkle to Make-Up

    Her face caked in dirt and hair matted with sweat, 8-year-old Lalita Kumari hacks away at pieces of rock containing an elusive mineral that adds... Read more

  • Tibetan hunger striker Dolma pictured in New Delhi, India (Venus Upadhayaya)

    The Young Women on Hunger Strike in India for a Free Tibet

    Three young Tibetans living in exile in India have started an indefinite hunger strike in an attempt to persuade the UN to hold the Chinese... Read more

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    Your Next Cup of Tea Could Be Supporting Child Slavery

    Tea, the beverage that can bring a moment’s peace in an otherwise stressful day—and for folks in the U.K., drinking a cuppa is a national... Read more

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

    As Seas Rise, Saltwater Plants Offer Hope Farms Will Survive

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

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

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

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    E-commerce Site Helps Survivor Women Artisans to Earn

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

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

    Stampede Kills 27 During Religious Bathing Festival in India

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

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

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

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    How I Survived the Mumbai Monsoon Like a Mumbaiker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    India Restricts Greenpeace, Ford Foundation Over Internal Security Concerns

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

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

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

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

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    Twitter Moves to Actively Seek Out Terrorist Supporters

    WASHINGTON—Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged... Read more

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (on the screen) takes part in a teleconference during the 2nd International Congress on Universal Jurisdiction in Buenos Aires on September 9, 2015. ( Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

    Swedish Gov’t Says UN Panel Finds Assange Detention Unfair

    LONDON—Sweden’s foreign ministry said Thursday that a U.N. advisory panel has concluded that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s has been a victim of “arbitrary” detention at... Read more

  • In this Nov. 1, 2007 file photo, a 2008 Honda Accord Coupe, left,  is driven off the assembly line as a 2008 Acura TL waits during production at  Honda of America Manufacturing's Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.  Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the government, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016,  that moisture can get inside its air bag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail. If that happens, air bags may not inflate in a crash or they could deploy without a crash. Documents say Continental will notify automakers, who will recall cars dating to 2006. Already Honda, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes have issued recalls. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Automakers to Recall 5M Vehicles for Another Air Bag Problem

    DETROIT—Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, this one resulting in recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide. Continental Automotive Systems says in... Read more

  • (L-R) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend the "Supporting Syria Conference" at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, England, on Feb. 4, 2016. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Leaders Seek Funds for Syria, Elusive Stability for Region

    LONDON—Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war—and try to slow... Read more

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    2 Blue Whales Captured on Video by Drone Near Antartica

    A video has surfaced showing two blue whales—a mother and calf—swimming in the Southern Ocean by Antarctica. The footage was captured by a drone operated... Read more

  • A selfie of Hung Thai and his fiancee Lina Jiang on a trip to Malibu, Calif., in April 2015. The Seattle couple have decided to go ahead with a destination wedding in Mexico despite headlines about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But they're letting guests know that it's OK if they opt to stay home, and they're encouraging those who do plan to come to buy cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance. (Lina Jiang via AP)

    Zika Affects Plans for Destination Weddings, Babymoons

    Some travelers are trading in Caribbean and Latin American vacations for ski trips and Hawaii as they rethink destination weddings, babymoons and other getaways in... Read more

  • North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifts off from the launching pad in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea, on Dec. 12, 2012. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japan, South Korea Condemn North’s Plans to Launch Satellite

    South Korea and Japan have condemned North Korea for its plans to launch a satellite into orbit, with South Korea promising retaliatory action. South Korea warned... Read more

  • Staffan de Mistura, U.N. envoy for Syria, at a press briefing at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva on Feb. 3, 2016. The UN special envoy for Syria announced on Wednesday a 'temporary pause' until Feb. 25 of troubled talks in Switzerland aimed at ending the civil war. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Envoy Announces ‘Temporary Pause’ to Syria Peace Talks

    GENEVA—The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking a break. The fighting is not. U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced... Read more

  • 166 silhouettes represent French women victims of violence in 2007 as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Le Mans, on Nov. 25, 2010. (Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Public Health Impact of Domestic Violence

    Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, as was established by a... Read more

  • Flags hang in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations during a round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 2, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    Syria Allows Aid Into Rebel-Held Area as Peace Talks Stall

    GENEVA—The Syrian government allowed aid into a rebel-held area near Damascus on Tuesday in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace... Read more

  • The Rhône River at Avignon. Uniworld's Rhône cruise begins in Beaune and ends in Avignon. (Rolf Süssbrich/Wikimedia Commons)

    Exploring the Rhône River From a Floating Hotel

    The 505-mile Rhône River was used by Greek and Roman traders, so today’s river cruisers can experience antiquity, artistry, history, and some of the finest... Read more

  • Dominican Air Force personnel fumigate various locations in Santo Domingo against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika virus, on Jan. 23, 2016. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur Launches Effort for Zika Vaccine

    PARIS—Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health... Read more

  • A man walks through the fumes as Health Ministry employees fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Soyapango, 6 kilometers east of San Salvador, on Jan. 21, 2016. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

    WHO Declares Global Emergency Over Zika Virus Spread

    GENEVA—The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the... Read more

  • Reporters wait in front the U.N. building after Syria talks were rescheduled at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 1, 2016. A spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura says indirect talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are likely to be delayed. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    UN Envoy Declares ‘Official Beginning’ to Syria Peace Talks

    GENEVA—Syrian peace talks gained a small measure of momentum Monday with the U.N. special envoy formally declaring the start of indirect negotiations, even as the... Read more

  • Migrants and refugees wait for security check after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on Jan. 29, 2016. More than one million migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2015, nearly half of them Syrians, according to the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

    10,000 Refugee Children Are Missing, Says Europol

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Authorities dealing with Europe’s migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to... Read more

  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference at the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2013. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Beyond Lagarde: There’s More to the IMF Than Who the Leader Is

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and a former French finance minister, faces trial for accusations of negligence. But that has not... Read more

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    32 Amazing Photos of Military and Police Dogs Around the World

    Flying Dog Indian Army Commando Dogs   Explosives Sniffer Dog in Colombia   Belarusian Military Dog   Indonesian Special Forces Dog Drills   German Paratrooper... Read more

  • A photo taken on May 8, 2015 shows a piece entitled "Slave Chain with Four Yokes" from the Dexue voodoo convent in Adounko, Benin, dating from the 19th century at the Memorial ACTe, the Caribbean Centre of Expression and Memory of Slavery and the Slave Trade, in Point-a-Pitre. The memorial will be inaugurated by French President Francois Hollande on May 10, the National Day for the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade in France. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS DERNE        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS DERNE/AFP/Getty Images)

    United Nations Group Suggests US Should Consider Reparations to Descendants of Slavery

      WASHINGTON—The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the trans-Atlantic slave trade... Read more

  • A young girl is sliding on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on Jan 24, 2016.
The storm – dubbed "Snowzilla" – killed at least 47 people after it walloped several states over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, affecting an estimated 85 million residents who were told to stay off the roads and hunker down in doors for their own safety. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A woman places flowers before a portrait of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, in Moscow, on Oct. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    2,300 Journalists Killed in Past 25 Years: Report

    BRUSSELS—In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to inform the world... Read more

  • Members of the Syrian pro-government forces stand in a road in the town of Rabia in Syria's coastal Latakia Province on Jan. 27, 2016. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syria Says Any Foreign Troops Would Return ‘in Coffins’

    DAMASCUS, Syria—Syria’s foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would “return home in wooden coffins” and asserted that recent... Read more

  • Forces loyal to the Syrian regime stand on a street with national flags after Syria's army and allied forces took full control from rebel groups of the strategic town of Salma, in the northwestern province of Latakia on Jan. 12. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

    Activists: Syrian Government Closes in on Daraa

    BEIRUT—The Syrian Army on Friday retook a strategic town on the doorstep of Daraa, a contested southern city that lies between Damascus and the Jordan... Read more

  • A HMMWV captured by ISIS is shown side-by-side with an image of it being used in a suicide attack. ISIS terrorists are retrofitting vehicles with armor plating, then using them as car bombs. (Screenshot from Islamic State Social Media)

    ISIS Is Building ‘Mad Max’ Armored Bomb Cars

    In May 2015, a convoy of bomb-loaded armored vehicles charged an Iraqi government compound in the city of Ramadi. It was led by an armored... Read more

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    English-Speaking Child Threatens America Before Beheading a Man in New ISIS Video

    A gruesome new ISIS video shows an English-speaking child soldier behead a man on camera. Pointing his sword at the camera, the child soldier says,... Read more

  • Israeli soldiers stands by the body of a Palestinian man at the scene of a stabbing attack near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israeli Court Sentences 2 Over Palestinian Teenager’s Murder

    JERUSALEM—An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two Israelis in the 2014 murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian, sending one to life in prison for a crime... Read more

  • US Marine snipers from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, take cover during a gun battle with insurgents in Ramadi in Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 31, 2004. US President Barack Obama said Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, that he authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces. For the first time since the US withdrawal in Dec. 2011, American military personnel will be on the ground in Iraq’s historically dangerous Anbar province, helping train the Iraqi military for its fight against the Islamic State group. Anbar resonates with many Americans because they recall how costly the fighting was there for US troops. More than 3,500 US soldiers died in combat in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 - and there are concerns that sending Americans back to Anbar in any capacity will inevitably make them a target. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)

    General Says Troop Cuts Would Leave Too Few to Train Afghans

    WASHINGTON—The senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan says if the American troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, there will be... Read more

  • A Kurdish Syrian woman walks with her child past the ruins of the town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 25, 2015. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Refugees Struggle to Buy Food as Aid Dwindles

    KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq—Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day... Read more

  • Rows of concrete blast walls are set up at the joint U.S.-Afghan combat outpost in Makuan's village 'Green Zone,' Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, heartland of the Taliban, on on Aug. 13, 2011. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq Building Wall, Trench Around Capital

    BAGHDAD—Iraq said Wednesday it has begun building a wall and a trench around Baghdad in a bid to prevent militant attacks and reduce the large... Read more

  • A Syrian man rides his motorbike past a damaged building covered with snow on January 1, 2016 in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province. (MAHMOUD TAHA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch: Drone Captures Devastation of Syria’s Third Largest City

    Prior to the start of the Syrian civil war, an estimated 1.5 million people lived in and around the city of Homs, which was then the... Read more

  • An aerial image shows what it says is a column of heavy trucks carrying ammunition hit by a Russian airstrike near Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 1, 2016. The Russian military has beefed up its air group in Syria with state-of-the art fighter jets amid tensions with Turkey. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

    Russian Military Officer Killed in Syria

    MOSCOW—A Russian military adviser has been killed by mortar fire in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the officer was fatally... Read more

  • An Israeli soldier of the alpine unit observes skiers on a slope at the Israeli Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on Jan. 21, 2016.
For Israelis, the Hermon range, straddling Lebanon and the Syrian and Israeli-held sectors of the Golan, is a highly strategic area under close surveillance. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

    Skiing on the Edge of Syria’s War

    The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink... Read more

  • Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gather around a mock Israeli tank on January 31, 2016 in Gaza city during a gathering to pay tribute to the brigade's militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip.     (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hamas Ridiculed for Showing Off Captured ‘Israeli Tank’

    Hamas recently released a picture that purportedly showed their soldiers standing in front of a tank they had assembled from captured Israeli parts. A Hamas... Read more

  • Smoke billows from an ISIS terrorist group position following an air strike by Syrian pro-government forces in Aleppo's eastern countryside on Jan. 24, 2016. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Airstrike Takes Out ISIS Radio Station, 21 ISIS Members

    An ISIS radio station in the Mamand mountains in Afghanistan was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike, according to local Afghan authorities, Voice of America reports. The... Read more

  • Flags hang in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations during a round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 2, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    Syria Allows Aid Into Rebel-Held Area as Peace Talks Stall

    GENEVA—The Syrian government allowed aid into a rebel-held area near Damascus on Tuesday in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace... Read more

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter boards a C-17 military aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 21, 2015. (Carolyn Kaster/Getty Images)

    It’s Too Late for a Two-State Solution in Israel-Palestine

    Many obstacles stand in the way of a two-state solution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. At the moment, negotiations are a nonstarter for all... Read more

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens for a question during his and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia Says Hard-Liners Should Attend Syria Peace Talks

    GENEVA—Russia said Tuesday it supports the inclusion of all opposition parties in Syrian peace talks, including two hard-line Islamic groups, as President Bashar Assad’s troops... Read more

  • Smoke from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, on Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Airstrikes in Eastern Afghanistan Destroy ISIS Radio Station

    KABUL, Afghanistan—U.S. airstrikes on a remote region of Afghanistan have destroyed a radio station operated by the ISIS group, American and Afghan officials said on... Read more

  • Afghan security personnel inspect a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Taliban Open New Front in War With Attacks on Media

    KABUL, Afghanistan—The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are... Read more

  • Reporters wait in front the U.N. building after Syria talks were rescheduled at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 1, 2016. A spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura says indirect talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are likely to be delayed. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    UN Envoy Declares ‘Official Beginning’ to Syria Peace Talks

    GENEVA—Syrian peace talks gained a small measure of momentum Monday with the U.N. special envoy formally declaring the start of indirect negotiations, even as the... Read more

  • A Yemeni forces soldier stands guard outside the tribunal of the Yemeni governorate of Aden, in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, the government's temporary capital, on Jan. 12, 2016. Aden has seen a growing jihadist presence, with Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), long active in Yemen, and the Islamic State (ISIS) apparently vying for influence. (Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Al-Qaida Seizes Southern Yemeni Town

    SANAA, Yemen—Al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch seized another town on Monday, setting up checkpoints at its entrances and besieging government buildings before dawn after days of fighting... Read more


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