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  • This Aug. 23, 2011 file photo shows office workers gathering on the sidewalk in downtown Washington after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    6.3 Quake Shakes Mexico’s Gulf Coast

    VERACRUZ, Mexico—A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 29

    And once again, we set off for a quick trip around the world with interesting news that you probably won’t see anywhere else today.  ... Read more

  • Rescue workers remove debris at a collapsed apartment after an airstrike in Snizhne, 100 kms east from the city of Donetsk,eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 15, 2014. An airstrike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least nine civilians, rescue workers said. The attack adds to the steadily growing number of civilians killed over four months in a dogged pro-Russian insurgency. Government officials denied the Tuesday strike was carried out by Ukraine's air force. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Ukraine Shelling of Rebel Cities Causing Civilian Casualties

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to a... Read more

  • Fighter Jet Crashes in Restive Eastern Libyan City

    CAIRO— A Libyan fighter jet has crashed in the restive eastern city of Benghazi amid fighting between Islamist-led militias and forces loyal to a renegade... Read more

  • St. Petersburg Airport Briefly Evacuated

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia— The Pulkovo airport in Russia’s St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat. Transit police of the north-west... Read more

  • An Afghan soldier stands guard during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 28, 2014. Eid al-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.(AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghanistan President’s Cousin Killed by Suicide Bomber

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under... Read more

  • US, EU Preparing New Sanctions Against Russia

    BRUSSELS— The United States and the European Union, finally in synch on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are preparing a powerful one-two... Read more

  • Self-proclamed Donetsk People's Republic policemen watch refugees fleeing  Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Monday, July 28, 2014. An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running Monday as clashes raged in a town on the road to the area.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Shelling Adds to Mounting Civilian Toll in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine— Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to... Read more

  • American prosecutor for the EU Special Investigative Task Force Clint Williamson holds up ten fingers as he refers to the number of possible victims during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Williamson says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. The EU probe followed a 2011 Council of Europe report alleging that the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army ran detention camps on Albania's border during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia. It alleged that civilian captives were killed there and their organs sold as part of an illegal trade linked to senior KLA commanders. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Prosecutor Suspects Some Killed for Organs in Kosovo War

    BRUSSELS—A special European Union prosecutor says there are “compelling indications” that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking... Read more

  • Flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling, on July 29, 2014, in the south of Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

    Israel Destroys Only Gaza Power Plant, Hamas Leader’s Home, TV Station

      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group’s control in... Read more

  • Some 2000 seized firearms await to be destroyed in Santo Domingo, on July 28, 2014. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dominican Officials Destroy 2,000 Seized Guns

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace. The Dominican Republic’s... Read more

  • Journalists photograph Argentina's Finance Secretary Pablo Lopez in his car as he leaves a debt negotiation session in New York on Thursday, July 24, 2014. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years. Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has been paying debts to bondholders on time. (AP Photo)

    Argentina in Last Effort to Avert Default

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentina’s government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks... Read more

  • In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly (L) treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

    Ebola Outbreak: New Fears About Ebola Spread Beyond Africa

      DAKAR, Senegal—No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia,... Read more

  • Palestinian relatives mourn in the morgue of Shifa hospital following an explosion killing 10 people Monday, nine of them children, in an explosion at park at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Hamas, Israel Trade Blame for Deaths of 9 Children in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including... Read more

  • Iraqi displaced families, who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, gather at Khazer refugee camp near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on July 27, 2014. Thousands of Christians and other minorities have fled the northern city of Mosul and other areas after a jihadist onslaught led by Islamic State insurgents swept swathes of Iraq's north and west the month before. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

    France Offers Asylum to Christians of North Iraq

    PARIS—France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants. France’s interior... Read more

  • After going ahead with the sale of two Mistral helicopter-carrying ships to Moscow, France has to question its economic interests against violations of international law by Russia. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

    French Sales of Weapons to Russia Not Welcomed by European Union

    “The agreement was signed in 2011, the boat is almost finished and must be delivered in October … The Russians have paid. We would need... Read more

  • Michael Schumacher talks with television personality Reinhold Beckmann during the day of the legends event at the Millentor stadium on September 8, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    Michael Schumacher Coma News: Wife Puts Private Jet Up for Sale

    The wife of Michael Schumacher, the Formula One racing legend, has decided to sell off their private jet. Schumacher, a seven-time champion, is said to... Read more

  • Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment house in Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Monday, July 28, 2014. An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running Monday as clashes raged in a town on the road to the area.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Eastern Ukrainians Flee as Fighting Heats Up

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine—Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded... Read more

  • In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

    Ebola Outbreak in Africa: 5 Things to Know About the Disease and How it Spreads

    DAKAR, Senegal—There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick... Read more

  • Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya Monday, July 28, 2014. The latest violence to plague the country has so far killed scores of people and wounded hundreds as foreigners flee the chaos. Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ben Khalifa)

    Oil Depot Ablaze Amid Clashes in Libyan Capital

    CAIRO—A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya’s capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring... Read more

  • Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari holds his ballot paper prior to casting his vote at a polling station in the "Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward" at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015.  (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

    Buhari Wins – but the New President of Nigeria Faces an Enormous Challenge

    Nigerians have chosen General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, to be their president. Following an election that saw 41 people... Read more

  • Residents watch the vote count on a television set in Kaduna,  Nigeria Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Nigerians Await Final Tally in Bitter Presidential Vote

    ABUJA, Nigeria— The second day of vote counting in a bitterly contested presidential vote started late on Tuesday and electoral officials hope to announce later... Read more

  • In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, prepare to sign a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria has extended voting to Sunday, March 28, 2015 after problems occurred as millions turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, file)

    Ex-Military Dictator Takes Lead in Nigeria Election

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari made a strong showing in early returns from Nigeria’s presidential election, with about a third of the country’s states... Read more

  • Nigerian policemen gather around a shop with a television set in Kaduna, Nigeria Monday, March 30, 2015, to watch the beginning of the live broadcast of the collation of votes for last Saturday's elections. Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation’s turbulent history. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Nigeria’s Presidential Election too Close to Call

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigeria’s electoral commission began counting votes in hotly contested presidential elections Monday as the United States and Britain warned that the count may be... Read more

  • An electoral officer tallies vote counts from his area at an office of the electoral commission in Kano, Nigeria Sunday, March 29, 2015. Voting in Nigeria's elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday and despite extremist violence in the northeast and protests in the south. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nigerians Vote Sunday Despite Violence, Technical Hitches

    ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday... Read more

  • A tired Nigerian woman sits down to rest as others queue, while they face long delays to cast their vote in the afternoon at a polling station in Daura, the home town of opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nigerians Continue Voting After Violence, Technical Hitches

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Boko Haram terrorists attacked polling stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the... Read more

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

    Guinea President Reinforces Emergency Ebola Measures

    CONAKRY, Guinea— Guinea’s president says new measures will be taken to combat Ebola in the country’s western region including restrictions on burials and possible lockdowns... Read more

  • People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Millions of Nigerians Turn out to Vote in Presidential Poll

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Millions of Nigerians turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan... Read more

  • Car Bomb Blasts Nigerian Poll Station, No Casualties

    ABUJA, Nigeria— Police say a car bomb exploded at a polling station in Nigeria’s south-central Enugu state but did not hurt people gathering to vote... Read more

  • Somali soldiers take position after a bomb that was detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotel, March, 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    At Least 9 Dead as Militants Attack Hotel in Somali Capital

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel and took positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces seeking to regain control of the... Read more

  • A usually busy street is deserted as Sierra Leone enters a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, March. 27,  2015. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

    Sierra Leoneans to Stay Home in Final Push to Stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone’s 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African... Read more

  • Nigerian men go through a security check as they enter the main mosque for Friday prayers in the capital Abuja, Nigeria Friday, March 27, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Nigerian Leader Urges Peaceful Vote as Elections Loom

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday’s presidential elections, which analysts say will be the... Read more

  • Chadian troops ride towards lake Chad near Bashoum, Chad, Friday March 6, 2015. Large contingents of Chadian troops were seen heading the the region bordering Nigeria,  where residents and an intelligence officer said Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces. (AP Photo / Jerome Delay)

    Nigerian Military Claim to Destroy Boko Haram Headquarters

    ABUJA, Nigeria— Nigeria’s military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to... Read more

  • Cameroonian people gather to protest against Islamic extremist attacks in Yaounde, Cameroon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Some thousands of Cameroonian youths say they marched through the capital to show support for the military's battle against Nigeria's Islamic extremists in the country's north. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)

    Cameroon Combats Extremism at Home While Fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon—With radical Islamic insurgents on its doorstep, Cameroon is trying to head off unrest at home by quelling any signs of the extremism that... Read more

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

    UN Cutting Congo Peacekeeping Force by 2,000

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

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

    2 Leading Candidates in Nigeria Elections Commit to Peace

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

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

    Tunisia: 23 Arrested in Connection With Deadly Museum Attack

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

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

    Official: Boko Haram Abducts Hundreds of Nigerian Civilians

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

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

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

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

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

    South Sudan Lawmakers Extend President’s Term by 3 Years

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

  • Puerto Rico Luxury Shopping

    Puerto Rico Prepares for Luxury Shopping Amid Recession

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—A pair of nearly 5-inch black satin heels with a large gold alligator that serves as the front strap retails for almost... Read more

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

    Farmworkers in Baja Mexico Protest Low Pay, Bad Conditions

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

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

    Mastectomies on the Rise in Venezuela Amid Economic Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

    Chile Earthquake Today: 6.2 Temblor Hits Off Coast of Talcahuano

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

  • Venezuela Smuggling Boom

    Despite Crackdown, With Smuggling in Venezuela, Anything Goes

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

  • Commuters walk past graffiti that reads in Spanish: "Be strong Cristina," referring to Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Fernandez has denied his allegations that she and top government officials orchestrated a secret deal with Iran to shield Iranian officials allegedly responsible for the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital. However, her administration has struggled to confront the growing political crisis. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Argentina Opposition Urges Caution in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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

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

    Mexico Army Seizes Quarter-Ton of Opium Paste

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

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

    Pope’s Zero Tolerance for Pedophiles Faces Test in Chile

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

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

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

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

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

    2 Million Brazilians Call for Impeachment of Leftist Leader

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

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

    Chile Firefighters Contain Coastal Wildfire, Winds Persist

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

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

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

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

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

    Tens of Thousands March Demanding Brazil President’s Ouster

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

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

    Brazil Raises Death Toll of Bus Accident To 49

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

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

    Honduras Arrests Businessman Accused of Drug Trafficking

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

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

    See Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Exploding, Spewing Ash

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

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

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

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

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

    Whale Kills Canadian Tourist, Injures 2 Near Mexico Resort

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

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

    Bodies of French Olympians Recovered in Argentina Air Crash

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

  • Thai new Prime Minister Prayuth Chan–ocha arrives to attend an establishment anniversary of the 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi Province ,Thailand .Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Leader Moves to Lift Martial Law, Impose Absolute Power

    BANGKOK— Thailand’s military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security... Read more

  • Malaysia Proposes Anti-terror Laws To Curb Islamic Militants

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia’s government has proposed two new anti-terror laws that reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone... Read more

  • Strong Quakes Strike Off South Pacific Nation of Tonga

    SYDNEY— A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of... Read more

  • An Uzbek woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Islam Karimov, 77, has led the double-landlocked former Soviet republic of 30 million people uninterruptedly since the late 1980s, and ruthlessly quashed all opposition to his rule. Uzbekistan's election commission says more than 70 percent of eligible voters have already cast their ballots midway through an election certain to be won by longtime leader Islam Karimov. (AP Photo)

    High Turnout as Uzbekistan Votes for President

    MOSCOW— Uzbekistan’s election commission says more than 70 percent of eligible voters have already cast their ballots midway through an election certain to be won... Read more

  • The honour guard and military band march into position at the state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center,  Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Singapore.  During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island and leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries attended the state funeral. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

    Scenes of Emotion as Singapore Mourns Lee Kuan Yew

    SINGAPORE— Singaporeans turned out in the tens of thousands Sunday to pay final respects to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore’s prime minister for more... Read more

  • Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles during a welcome luncheon hosted by Japan Business Federation in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    In Thailand, a Mercurial Junta Leader Known for Sharp Tongue

    BANGKOK— Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps... Read more

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

    Thailand Train Crash: Mass Casualty Incident in Ayutthaya

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

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

    Philippines Says China Cementing Claims to Disputed Islands With Hasty Construction

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

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

    Australia Risks Losing Rights Status Says Advocate

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

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

    Thailand Seafood Company Drops Supplier Accused of Slavery

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

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

    Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

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

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

    Thai Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Named in AP Slavery Report

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

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

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

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

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

    Okinawa Governor Blocks Efforts to Build New US Air Force Base

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

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

    Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation

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

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

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

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

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

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids In Outdoor School

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

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

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

    SENDAI, Japan— Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan’s northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly... Read more

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

    Jailed Kurdish Leader Ocalan Urges Fighters to Abandon Arms

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

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

    North Korean Envoy Says His Country Has Nuclear Missiles

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

  • MP Scott Reid, chair of the Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights (C), speaks with Dr. Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (L) and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, author of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” on Oct. 21, 2014. On Feb. 2, 2015, the committee passed an amended motion to name Falun Gong as being among the prisoners of conscience subjected to forced organ harvesting in China. (Donna He/Epoch Times)

    Falun Gong Named as Organ-Harvested Group in Amended Parliamentary Motion

    The Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights has amended a motion to name Falun Gong adherents as being among the groups of prisoners of conscience... Read more

  • Investigators stand near an Air Canada flight plane that landed hard and skidded off the runway in the midst of a snowstorm at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Chief operating officer Klaus Goersch said 25 people were taken to hospital and all but one of them were released. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

    Safety Officials Probing Why Air Canada Jet Missed Runway, Hit Power Lines

    TORONTO—An Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at... Read more

  • An Air Canada plane is pictured over a bed of daffodils as it takes off from London Heathrow Airport on March 25, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Air Canada Plane Crash: Flight 624 Skids off Runway at Halifax Airport in Nova Scotia

    An Air Canada plane, Flight 624, skid off the runway at Halifax Airport in Nova Scotia, Canada, according to the airliner. Confirms AC624, YYZ-YHZ exited runway... Read more

  • Epoch Times reporter Beck Zhou was corralled into a corner by six men working under the direction of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada) at an event attended by Finance Minister Joe Oliver on March 23, 2015. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Bank Staff Block Reporters From Covering Canadian Finance Minister’s Remarks

    TORONTO—Staff working at an Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) event blocked and corralled two Chinese reporters and a cameraman attempting to cover a... Read more

  • Liberal MP Irwin Cotler (C), flanked by Conservative MP David Anderson (L) and NDP MP Murray Rankin speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill March 25, 2015. A motion by Cotler that would allow sanctions against those responsible for the detention, torture, and death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as against foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations, has been unanimously adopted by the House of Commons. (NTD Television)

    Irwin Cotler’s Magnitsky Motion Wins Unanimous Support in Canada’s Parliament

    OTTAWA—Canada’s House of Commons has unanimously passed a motion supporting sanctions against foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations—a move toward establishing a so-called Magnitsky... Read more

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

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

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

    Consumers May Balk at Buying Newly Approved GM Apple: Growers

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

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

    Oilsands Mobile Air Monitoring Cancelled Over Funding Problems

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

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

    Private Money and Public Good

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

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

    Palcohol: Revolutionary Product or Public Menace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Canada–China Ties Deepen With Renminbi Trading Hub

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

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

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

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

  • Photos by Don Quincy/DCQPhoto.com

    Toronto ComiCon

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

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

    Protest Activity Under Microscope in Federal ‘Risk Forecast’ Analysis

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

  • Pedestrians are falling after a gust of wind in Munich southern Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Wide parts of Germany were hit by storm "Niklas". (AP Photo/dpa, Sven Hoppe)

    High Winds Knock Down Pedestrians in Europe, UK

    BERLIN—Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and... Read more

  • Andreas Lubitz participates in the Frankfurt City Half-Marathon on March 14, 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Getty Images)

    Germanwings Cell Phone Video: Passengers Knew What Was Happening in Final Moments of Crash

    A video taken via cell phone was apparently recovered at the crash site of the crashed Germanwings plane in the French Alps, showing the final moments... Read more

  • Andreas Lubitz participates in the Frankfurt City Half-Marathon on March 14, 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Getty Images)

    Airline Knew About Co-pilot’s Depressive Episode

    BERLIN — Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from... Read more

  • A Germanwings Airbus takes off from the Cologne-Bonn airport, western Germany, on March 30, 2015. (Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images)

    Are We Freaking Out Too Much Over the Germanwings Crash?

    One question that’s being echoed across the media landscape is: Could the Germanwings disaster have been prevented? Endless network coverage–mainly about the pilot and the... Read more

  • Pedestrians are falling after a gust of wind in Munich southern Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Wide parts of Germany were hit by storm "Niklas". (AP/dpa, Sven Hoppe)

    Heavy Winds Sweep Europe, Knock People to Their Knees

    BERLIN—Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and... Read more

  • A symbolic tombstone commemorates Anne Frank and her sister Margot on the site of the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on March 17, 2015 in Lohheide, Germany. Germany will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British troops on April 15. Anne Frank, a young Dutch Jew who was deported to Auschwitz and later to Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis, is known for the diary she kept. An estimated 70,000 inmates died at Bergen-Belsen, including Jews and Soviet prisoners of war. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    New Research Says Anne Frank Likely Died a Month Earlier

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam... Read more

  • Passengers watch candles and flowers for the victims of the plane crash at the airport in Dusseldorf , Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. One week ago 150 people died in the Germanwings airliner crash in the French alps from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP/Martin Meissner)

    French Eye Cockpit Entry, Psychological Screening Rules

    PARIS—French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings... Read more

  • A man looks at job advertised in the window of an employment office in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 2, 2012. Unemployment in the 17 countries that use the euro hit its highest level since the currency was introduced back in 1999, official figures showed Monday, adding to fears that the region is back in recession. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said unemployment in the eurozone rose to 10.8 percent in February from 10.7 percent the previous month. The number of unemployed totaled 17.1 million, nearly 1.5 million higher than the same month a year ago. The figures stand in marked contrast to the U.S., which has recorded solid increases in employment over the past few months.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Eurozone Deflation Eases, Unemployment at Near 3-year Low

    LONDON— The 19-country eurozone isn’t going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it’s increasingly evident that its numbers are... Read more

  • A Germanwings Airbus takes off from the Cologne-Bonn airport, western Germany, on March 30, 2015. (Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images)

    Germanwings Coverage a Kick in the Teeth for People Who Suffer From Mental Health Issues

    While the world mourns the lives lost in the devastating Germanwings plane crash, media speculation over what happened has intensified. The French prosecutor earlier concluded... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, March, 28,2015 Bosnian Muslim craftsman  Edin Hajdarovac engraves decoration onto part a wooden chair in his workshop in Bosnian town of Zavidovici, 170 kms north of Sarajevo.  Salem Hajdarovac didn't sleep for a whole week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.  Hajdarovac and his son Edin, both devote Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday March 30, 2015 in their little workshop in the central Bosnian town of Zavidovici.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Muslim Family Carves Chair for Pope Francis’ Bosnia Visit

    ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn’t sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a... Read more

  • This is an undated image taken from Facebook of  Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in San Francisco California. Lubitz the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps on Tuesday, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday, March 26, 2015.  In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (AP Photo)

    Germanwings May Have to Pay Out a Lot of Money in Deadly Plane Crash

    Germanwings is certainly liable for the plane crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people last Tuesday and has already offered an initial payment to... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany.  (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)

    Germanwings Pilot Andreas Lubitz a Muslim Convert? Bizarre Theories Emerge

    There’s been all kinds of theories about Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot accused of crashing the Germanwings plane last week. There’s a report going around, published... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)

    German Co-pilot Was Once Treated for Suicidal Tendencies

    DUESSELDORF, Germany — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of... Read more

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, left, listens Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during their meeting in Athens, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, to discuss economic developments. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Germany for a second day of talks seeking ways to help Athens reach a deal with bailout creditors.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greece And Its Creditors Still Struggle With Reform List

    BRUSSELS— Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to... Read more

  • A woman votes in the second round of local elections, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in La Bastide Clairence, southwestern France. The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to dominate the final round of France's local elections, give the far-right National Front another electoral breakthrough and deal a new blow to the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    France’s Far-Right Wins 62 Seats but Not a Local Council

    PARIS— Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen couldn’t hide her disappointment Monday not to have won one single local council in France’s election, but... Read more

  • Demonstrators and trade union activists hold signs and chant slogans during a demonstration against Belgian austerity reforms in Brussels on Monday, March 30, 2015. Like a series of strike actions late last year, the protesters targeted measures by the business-friendly government of Prime Minister Charles Michel to cut into employees' income, extend working time and restrict social services. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Thousands Protest Belgian Austerity Reforms For Second Day

    BRUSSELS— Thousands of demonstrators and trade union activists have protested against the Belgian government’s austerity measures for a second day running. Those participating in Monday’s... Read more

  • Former French President and conservative party UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy gives a speech following the final round of French local elections, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 29, 2015. French voters are choosing members of local councils in run off elections Sunday seen as a test for the far right National Front, which is expanding its presence in French politics. The mainstream conservative UMP party came out ahead in the first round, ahead of the National Front and the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French Conservatives Win Key Local Voting, Gov’t Left Loses

    PARIS — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the “lies, denial and impotence” of France’s governing Socialists after estimates showed his conservative party and their allies... Read more

  • Pope Francis waves during the "Meeting with Families" at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Pope Prays for Alps Plane Crash Victims

    BERLIN—Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash, as French authorities say they are making progress recovering the bodies of those... Read more

  • Family members of a victim pause in front of a stele, a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in the area where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Crash Victim’s Father Calls for More Focus on Pilot Welfare

    SISTERON, France—The father of one of the victims of this week’s plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care... Read more

  • Inhabitants pay tribute to the victims in front of a stele, a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in the area where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Struggle to Explain What Motivated Co-pilot in Doomed Flight

    LONDON—A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside... Read more

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

    Street Clinic in Delhi Gives a Leg Up to the Homeless

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

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

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids in Outdoor School

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

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

    India Tries Public Shaming to Tackle Its Culture of Public Urination

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

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

    India’s New Budget Aims to Boost Growth and Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

  • (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kids in Rural India Are Getting the Wrong Medicine

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

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

    Indian Health Authorizes Say 700 Have Died in Flu Outbreak

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

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

    96 Villages Maintain Delhi’s Oldest Shelter for Abandoned Cows

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

  • A traditional bone-setting healer applies an herbal paste to a boy in the village of Abishegapakkam in Puducherry on the southeast coast of India on Aug. 8, 2014. (Tatiana Vinodagrova)

    Traditional Bone-Setting Technique in India Uses No X-rays, Painkillers, or Casts

    PUDUCHERRY, India—Keeping their family tradition alive, three brothers in India continue to treat patients using a traditional bone-setting method called “putter kattu” that uses neither... Read more

  • Pacchammal, a terminally-ill patient in her her home in the village of Kuruvinatham, Puducherry on the south east coast of India on Jan. 26, 2015.  (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    It Takes a Village to Care for the Dying: Palliative Care Project in India Attempts just That

    PUDUCHERRY, India—Kumaphavally, 34, had complete body paralysis from a fall she took during pregnancy eight years ago. For almost seven years, she lived in a... Read more

  • Rescuers use machinery to remove the debris after a building that was under construction collapsed overnight, in the town of Mughalsarai, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Uttar Pradesh's state capital of Lucknow, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The accident killed 13 members of a family of weavers who were sleeping on the ground floor, police said Sunday.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

    Building Collapses in North India, Killing 13 Family Members

    LUCKNOW, India— A building under rushed construction in a northern Indian town collapsed overnight, killing 13 members of a family of weavers who were sleeping... Read more

  • Sri Lanka’s New President Makes India His 1St Visit Abroad

    NEW DELHI— Sri Lanka’s new president was due to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday for his first trip abroad, underlining India’s importance as a... Read more

  • Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses media at the venue of his sit-in protest in New Delhi on Jan. 21, 2014. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Once Scorned, New Delhi Election Victor Gets 2Nd Chance

    NEW DELHI— There were the public falling-outs with his political allies. There was the crushing defeat when he ran for Parliament against the man who... Read more

  • Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, dance as they celebrate their party's victory in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    India’s Anti-Corruption Party Scores Overwhelming Victory in Delhi State Elections

    NEW DELHI—Eight months after a historic victory in the national elections, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party faced its most embarrassing defeat in recent times... Read more

  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (front R) attends the country's 67th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on Feb. 4. Sirisena has begin shifting Sri Lanka's foreign policy away from a China-centric model. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

    In Break From China, Sri Lanka Leans Towards India

    Newly-elected Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is trying to repair his country’s damaged ties with India and in doing so balance its relations with China... Read more

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

    Delhi’s Street Vendors Protest Walmart’s Shady Tactics

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

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

    US-India Nuclear ‘Breakthrough’ More Hype Than Reality

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

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

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

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

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

    US and India Mark Historic Day With Obama Visit

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

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

    Clashes Erupt in Indian Kashmir Over Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoon

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

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    Yemen Civilians Shudder, Bristle Under Bombing Campaign

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures while waiting for the opening of a plenary session with P5+1 ministers, European Union and Iranian minister on Iran nuclear talks at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 31, 2015.  (Fabrice  Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran Nuclear Talks to Extend to Wednesday, Says US

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — US says enough progress made in Iran nuclear talks to extend talks to Wednesday. Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry waits with others before a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline; Differences Remain

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program reached a critical phase Monday with diplomats struggling to overcome substantial differences just a day before a... Read more

  • An Assyrian Christian girl holds a candle as she attends Mass marking the traditional Palm Sunday procession at the Assyrian church in east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Waving Fronds Around the World, Christians Mark Palm Sunday

    Christians around the world are marking Palm Sunday by waving fronds, attending church services and visiting sites in the Holy Land at the start of... Read more

  • Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: Mariluce Silva dos Santos, 45, Chef: [There are] social inequalities in a general way—public embezzlement, along with racism, prejudice, et cetera. There is no balance, because there are no laws limiting the human being. This leads the country, and is bad for development in a country where the ruling is not as honest as it should be.

    Global Q&A: ‘In your country, how can social, economic, and environmental well-being be better balanced?’

    Placing more focus on the wellbeing of society, the individual, and the environment, as well as education in schools, would achieve a better balance between... Read more

  • People pay their respects to the victims of the Germanwings Airbus flight in front of a memorial stone near to the crash site on March 28, 2015 in Le Vernet, France. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

    Co-pilot Hid Evidence of an Illness From His Employers

    SISTERON, France — The father of one of the victims of this week’s plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take... Read more

  • Sandrine takes a photo of Hilarion Charlemagne as they rest on their way to the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Evzonoi, Greece on Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)

    Migrants’ Newest Route to Europe Means an Epic Balkans Trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece—Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely... Read more

  • escue workers inspect the debris from the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France on March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    Painstaking Recovery Mission at Treacherous Alps Crash Site

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, Robert Malley, third left, of the US National Security Council, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, fourth left, Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, second right, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and others wait for a meeting on March 27, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

    Iran Nuke Talks Expand as Deadline for Deal Looms

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the foreign ministers of France and Germany joining U.S. Secretary of State John... Read more

  • Lynette Austin, known as "Captain Sam," poses with war victims, Shah Bibi Tarakhail, left, and Abdul Wahid, during a media event at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Nurse Reunited With Injured Afghan Children She Helped

    LOS ANGELES—The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken. But when the nurse was reunited with them on... Read more

  • Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon, right, meets with Foreign Minister of Yemen Abubakr Al-Qirbi at U.N. headquarters during the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Karp)

    UN Chief: Negotiations Way to Prevent Long Yemen Conflict

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen. The U.N. chief made... Read more

  • US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko walk after their space suits were tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

    3 Astronauts to Blast Off for 1-year Trip to Space Station

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan—An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team,... Read more

  • People hug as they pay tribute in front of a stele, carved in French, German, Spanish and English, in memory of the victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash, in the small village of Le Vernet, French Alps, on March 27, 2015, near the site where an Airbus A320 crashed on March 24. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

    Parents of Germanwings Crash Victims Take Solace in Memories

    The parents of 37-year-old Robert Oliver, one of the three American citizens killed in the Germanwings crash, say they are finding solace in memories of... Read more

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

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

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

    Philippines Says China Cementing Claims to Disputed Islands With Hasty Construction

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

  • Seafood From Slaves

    Is the Fish You Buy Caught by Slaves?

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

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

    Why Are We so Obsessed With Plane Crashes?

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

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

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

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

  • Mideast Yemen

    Officials Say Yemen President Flees Aden Home As Rebels Near

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

  • Barack Obama, Ashraf Ghani

    White House Plans Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, center right, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, center left, and other officials from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hwait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program ours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    No Agreement yet as Iran Nuclear Talks Pass Deadline

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts... Read more

  • In this Sunday, March 8, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugee Rifaa Ahmad, 50, cuddles her granddaughter at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. Kuwait opened an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 with a pledge of $500 million in humanitarian aid as the United Nations issued its largest yet appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year for the war-ravaged country.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Nations Pledge $3.8 Billion to Help Victims of Civil War in Syria

    BEIRUT—International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a... Read more

  • A Yemeni man stands near his house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen Citizens Afraid Angry at Saudi Anti-Rebel Bombing Campaign

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting... Read more

  • Syrian refugee Rifaa Ahmad, 50, cuddles her granddaughter at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. Kuwait opened an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 with a pledge of $500 million in humanitarian aid as the United Nations issued its largest yet appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year for the war-ravaged country.(AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

    US Leads Pledges With $507 Million at Syria Donor Conference

    KUWAIT CITY—The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an... Read more

  • Iraqi civilians inspect a damaged bus after bombs exploded in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. A suicide bomber struck in a crowd that had gathered where an explosion went off moments earlier, with both blasts killing at least 28 people and wounding 68 others, officials said. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraq: Suicide Blast Hits Bus With Iranian Pilgrims, Kills 6

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a bus with Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six people, including four Iranians. Police... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo, provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels preparing to fire locally made shells made from gas cylinders against the Syrian forces, in Idlib province, northern Syria. A Syrian official and activists say dozens of people have been killed or wounded over the past three days in stepped-up rebel attacks on government-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. The attacks are the latest ahead of the country's presidential election on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a highly contentious vote amid a civil war that has killed more than 160,000 people. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)

    Activists: Syria Attacks Militant-Held Idlib, Killing 14

    BEIRUT— Syrian government forces fired surface-to-surface missiles and conducted airstrikes on the northwestern city of Idlib days after it was seized by Islamic militants, killing... Read more

  • A Houthi Shiite fighter stand guard as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi-Led Forces Pound Yemen Shiite Rebels as Iran Sends Aid

    SANAA, Yemen— Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Yemen’s Shiite rebels for a sixth day on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and for the first time... Read more

  • In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, ISIS extremists parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. ISIS terrorists have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/File)

    Syrian Media: Islamic State Attacks Government-held Village

    DAMASCUS, Syria— Syria’s state-run news agency says Islamic State militants have launched an attack on a government-held village in central Syria, killing at least eight... Read more

  • Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, center, escorts Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, right, upon his arrival at airport as Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali, left,  looks on in Islamabad Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003. (AP Photo/Mian Khursheed, Pool)

    Pakistan Officials Arrive In Saudi To Assess Yemen Mission

    ISLAMABAD— Pakistani state TV says a high-level delegation has left for Saudi Arabia to assess whether to take part in Riyadh’s coalition battling Shiite rebels... Read more

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reviews a document during an Arab foreign ministers meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Arab League member states at a summit in this Red Sea resort have agreed in principle to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping force. The agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)

    Allies in Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia at Odds Over Syria, Libya

    CAIRO—Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with... Read more

  • Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Saudi Arabia, Coalition Forces Battle Yemen Houthi Rebels Near Aden

    SANAA, Yemen—Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden... Read more

  • Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim

    Iran Claims US Drone Strike Killed 2 Advisers in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, fourth left, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier. 7th left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, 8th left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 9th left wait with others before a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    One Day Before Deadline, Not Much Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program reached a critical phase Monday with diplomats struggling to overcome substantial differences just a day before a deadline for... Read more

  • (Screenshot / ISIS video)

    ISIS Hits New Low, Uses Children in a Beheading Video

    There apparently isn’t anything ISIS won’t do. In a recent video released by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, small children armed with assault rifles... Read more

  • Yemenis chant slogans during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemeni Rebels Shell Aden as Saudi Launches More Airstrikes

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s Shiite rebels and security forces loyal to the former president launched a fresh offensive Monday against the southern city of Aden, shelling it... Read more

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert waits for a hearing in Jerusalem's District Court on March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan)

    Former Israeli Premier Olmert Convicted in Corruption Case

    JERUSALEM—Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest... Read more

  • Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremist positions in central Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iran Says US Drone Kills 2 Advisers in Iraq; US Denies Claim

    BAGHDAD— Iran’s Revolution Guard says a U.S. drone strike has killed two of its advisers in Iraq, though the U.S. said Monday it has only... Read more

  • Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks to journalists after a meeting with representatives of the Swedish business community at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 19, 2015. (Claudio Bresciani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saudi Response to Swedish Criticism Tests Europe’s Reach

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sweden’s foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, but when she... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Netanyahu said he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

    Iran Nuke Talks Solving Some Issues, Not Others

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit... Read more

  • Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Arab Leaders: Yemen Airstrikes to Go on Until Rebel Withdraw

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt—Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels there “withdraw and surrender their weapons,” a summit of Arab leaders decided Sunday, as... Read more


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