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  • This Aug. 10, 2014, photo shows a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Kenema in the Eastern Province around 300kms (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, as the government try to prevent the movement of people in order to stop the spread on the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

    Sierra Leone to Hold Lockdown Amid Ebola Crisis

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—Authorities are ordering people in Sierra Leone to stay inside their homes for three days later this month as part of an effort... Read more

  • Rendi Murphree, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who will soon be leaving for Monrovia, Liberia, packs for her trip at her home in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 5, 2014. Murphree will be working at the airport in Monrovia, screening outbound passengers for the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Stories From Frontlines of Ebola Crisis: Zeal, Devotion Guides Volunteers

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Working with Ebola patients in Liberia, American pediatrician Alan Jamison treated as many people as he could as the country slipped into chaos. Each... Read more

  • Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk speaks in the Parliament in Warsaw, Poland, on Aug. 27, 2014. He said that recent NATO and Polish intelligence informations show that regular Russian army units are operating in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Mixed Views in Easten Europe on Higher NATO Defense

    WARSAW, Poland—Leaders in most Eastern European nations are just short of jubilant after NATO created a rapid-reaction “spearhead” force to protect the region from Russian bullying. But... Read more

  • Yemeni government supporters performing Friday prayers during a rally against Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 5, 2014. The conflict between Hawthis and the government is rooted in enmity between the Shiite rebels and rival Sunni militias that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood group and its political arm, the Islah party, which is part of the government. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen Clashes Between Rebels, Tribesmen Kill 40

    SANAA, Yemen—Clashes in Yemen between Shiite rebels and Islamist tribesmen killed 40 people over two days in the country’s north, local security officials and tribal... Read more

  • In this May 16, 2013 file photo, Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, receives applause from members of the Assembly, including Assemblymen Jose Medina, D-Riverside, left, and Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, after winning the 32nd District Senate seat in a special election. Torres was 5 when she came to the United States from Guatemala. She became an American citizen in 1992. Now after serving in both houses of the state legislature, Torres is the heavy favorite to win a Congressional seat in November. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    A Child of Guatemala Seeks a Seat in Congress

    WASHINGTON — Norma Torres sees herself in some of the Central American children who have flooded into the United States in recent months. More than... Read more

  • Jamaican Marine Police return to the Port Antonio Marina after a fruitless search for a plane that crashed into the ocean near Port Antonio, Jamaica, on Sept. 5, 2014. A small plane flew down the Atlantic Coast and beyond Friday before finally crashing in the waters off Jamaica. The fate of the two or more people aboard was not immediately known. Maj. Basil Jarrett of the Jamaican Defense Force said the plane went down northeast of the coastal town of Port Antonio and the military dispatched two aircraft and a dive team. (AP Photo/Everard Owen)

    Jamaica Plane Crash: Mystery Shrouds US Couple’s Crash Off Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica—A search-and-rescue operation resumed at first light Saturday off Jamaica’s northeast coast as crews hope to solve the mystery of a small private plane... Read more

  • Ukrainian army soldiers wait to go to the front line on an armoured vehicle as pro-Russia separatists fire heavy artillery on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol on Sept. 5, 2014. NATO leaders are expected to announce a raft of fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over its actions in Ukraine, although hopes remain that a cease-fire can be forged at peace talks in Minsk on the same day. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ukraine Cease-Fire Appears to Hold

    KIEV, Ukraine—After more than four months of bloodshed, a cease-fire in Ukraine’s rebellious east largely held back fighting Saturday, but appeared fragile as both sides... Read more

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    Destroying ISIS in Syria Could Strengthen Assad, US Wary

    BEIRUT—The U.S. and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt... Read more

  • In this April 20, 2014, photo released French hostage Nicolas Henin arrives at the Villacoublay military airbase, outside Paris. A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum earlier this year. French magazine Le Point on Sept. 6, 2014, quotes its reporter Nicolas Henin as saying he was tortured by Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who had spent time with extremists in Syria. Henin was held for a time with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by extremists from the Islamic State group in recent weeks. He was released in April with other French journalists who had been held since June 2013. Nemmouche is in custody since his arrest in France soon after the Brussels killing in May. The attack crystallized fears of European governments that Europeans who join radical fighters in Syria could return to stage attacks at home. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    French Ex-Hostage Identifies Captor in Syria

    PARIS—A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at... Read more

  • NATO Summit Wales 2014

    For Obama, a Glimpse of Good Old Days in Europe

    WASHINGTON—For President Barack Obama, it was a brief glimpse of his good old days in Europe. On the continent that cheered his ascent to the... Read more

  • Protesters against the Bahraini government carry national flags, including one with an image of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a jailed activist who is on hunger strike to protest his detention, during a march in Shakhoora, Bahrain, on Sept. 5, 2014. A few thousand Bahrainis turned out for the march, demanding freedom for al-Khawaja and others jailed during the past 3 1/2 years of protests against the Gulf island monarchy. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Detention of Bahraini Human Rights Activist Maryam al-Khawaja Extended

    MANAMA, Bahrain—A Bahraini court on Saturday ordered human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja to remain in detention for a further 10 days as authorities continue to... Read more

  • In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. El-Sissi asked the public to be patient and to grasp the extent of the challenges facing the country following Thursday's power outage. (AP Photo/Egypt's State Television)

    Egypt to Try Morsi for Leaking Secrets to Qatar

    CAIRO— Egypt’s top prosecutor says ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi will be tried for leaking national security secrets to Qatar during his turbulent year in... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an election campaign in Eberswalde, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Merkel said in her weekly podcast Saturday that 75 years after Germany attacked Poland which led to World War II and the killing of six million Jews, it remains a top priority for the country to make Jews here feel safe. She expressed worries that there is not a single Jewish institution in the country without police protection. (AP Photo/dpa/Bernd von Jutrczenka)

    Merkel: Germany No Place for Anti-Semitism

    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country’s citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak. Merkel... Read more

  • Monsoon Rains Kill 128 in Pakistan, 108 in India (+Photos, Video)

      ISLAMABAD—Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 128 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as forecasters warned of... Read more

  • This image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows damaged cars that were burned after a Syrian government airstrike in the northeastern city of Raqqa, Syria, on Sept. 6, 2014. Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting Raqqa on Saturday, killing dozens of people, most of whom died when one of the missiles slammed into a crowded bakery, activists said. The airstrikes smashed parts of buildings, set cars alight and crushed people under rubble. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

    Syrian Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold Kill 29

    BEIRUT—Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group on Saturday, killing at least 29 people, most of whom... Read more

  • Egyptian passengers walk in the dark following a power cut at the Tahrir Square metro station in Cairo on April 3, 2013. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Asks for Patience Over Massive Power Cuts

    CAIRO—In a nationally televised speech on Saturday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi asked the public to be patient and grasp the extent of the challenges facing... Read more

  • French President Francois Hollande gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the end of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, on Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    French President Francois Hollande in Trouble, in Public and Private

    PARIS—Things can’t get much worse for French President Francois Hollande: The economy is lagging; his new government is already under fire; and his private life... Read more

  • Australia’s Kurtley Beale reacts after the team was defeated by New Zealand during the International test Bledisloe Cup rugby match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Aug. 23 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)

    Australia vs South Africa 2014 Rugby: Start Time, TV Channel, Live Streaming, Prediction for Wallabies-Springboks Rugby Championship

    Australia takes on South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, September 6. The match at Patersons Stadium in Perth is slated to start at... Read more

  • Rudy Gay of the US, tries to dunk during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Ukraine, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    FIBA World Cup 2014: Schedule, TV Coverage, Teams, Projected Winners for Knockout Stage First Round

    The 2014 FIBA World Cup group play is over and some of the teams have been eliminated while others have advanced to the knockout stage... Read more

  • New Zealand’s Aaron Smith, right, celebrates with his team mates on the final whistle after defeating Australia in the International test Bledisloe Cup rugby match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, August 23 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)

    New Zealand vs Argentina Rugby: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time, Venue for All Blacks Match

    New Zealand is set to take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, September 6. The match at Maclean Park in Napier is slated... Read more

  • Egyptian security personnel stand guard after a bomb attack that targeted Egypt's prosecutor general in the Heliopolis district of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt’s State Prosecutor Wounded in Bomb Attack in Cairo

    CAIRO—A strong explosion ripped through the convoy of Egypt’s prosecutor general on Monday morning in a busy upscale Cairo suburb, seriously wounding him and seven... Read more

  • Flowers at the scene of the shooting in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. The morning after a lone gunman killed tens of people at a beach resort in Tunisia, busloads of tourists are heading to the nearby Enfidha-Hammamet airport hoping to return to their home countries. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    The Latest: UK Issues Travel Warnings for Parts of Tunisia

    TUNIS, Tunisia— The latest developments on the attack that killed 38 tourists on a beach in Tunisia: ___  11:10 a.m. Britain’s Foreign Office has updated... Read more

  • Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) supporters are seen next to a police vehicle outside their party offices in Harare, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, who has declared the election null and void and vowed to fight the outcome in court. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Journalist Jailed in Zimbabwe for Starting Newspaper

    HARARE, Zimbabwe—The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced... Read more

  • In this screen grab taken from video provided by Tunisia TV1, injured people are treated on a Tunisian beach Friday June 26, 2015. Two gunmen rushed from the beach into a hotel in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding six others in the latest attack on the North African country's key tourism industry, the Interior Ministry said. (Tunisia TV1 via AP)

    Gunmen Kill 27 in Attack on Tunisian Resort, Officials Say

    TUNIS, Tunisia—Two gunmen rushed from the beach into a hotel in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding... Read more

  • An MSF Ebola heath worker is sprayed as he leaves the contaminated zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Gueckedou, Guinea. Malaria likely killed many more people than Ebola in Guinea during last year’s biggest-ever outbreak, as experts suspect many people with potential symptoms of the mosquito-spread disease stayed away from health clinics, afraid they might catch Ebola instead, a new study suggests. (AP/Jerome Delay)

    Ebola Cases Not Slowing in Guinea, Sierra Leone

    CONAKRY, Guinea—Despite hopes that the deadly Ebola outbreak could soon be contained in West Africa, it shows no signs of abating in Guinea and may... Read more

  • Demonstrators protest outside the African Union Summit, held in Johannesburg, calling for the protection of rhinos by Africa countries. Rhino breeders and game reserve owners took the South African government to court this week to try to overturn its ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn. (AP/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Breeders Want South Africa’s Ban on Rhino Horn Trade Lifted

    JOHANNESBURG—Calling rhino horns a renewable resource, rhino breeders and game reserve owners have taken the South African government to court to try to overturn its... Read more

  • FILE - This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Teenager Aji Ibrahim said he was lucky to escape into the bushes. "No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were chanting "Allahu akbar" (God is Great) while shooting at people and torching houses," he told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File)

    Cameroon Detains 84 Children After Raiding Quranic Schools

    DAKAR, Senegal— Human rights activists say that Cameroonian authorities have been holding 84 children in detention after they raised a series of schools accused of... Read more

  • A man is evacuated outside the Bardo Museum after it was under attack by gunmen in Tunis, Tunisia, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Salah Ben Mahmoud)

    Tunisia: Kidnapped Diplomats in Libya Freed

    TUNIS, Tunisia— Ten Tunisian diplomats seized by Libyan gunmen have been released and are flying home, Tunisia’s foreign minister said Friday, while denying that they... Read more

  • Displaced children gather on top of a truck from which the displaced were filling up containers of water, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    UNICEF: 129 Children Killed in South Sudan Fighting in May

    JUBA, South Sudan—At least 129 children were killed, with boys castrated and girls raped, during a government offensive against rebels last month in South Sudan,... Read more

  • Tunisian Train Hits Truck Blocking Tracks, 17 Dead

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian passenger train smashed into a semi-trailer truck southwest of the capital early Tuesday morning, killing 17 people and injuring... Read more

  • Mohammed Morsi, then the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo, Egypt. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 an Egyptian court confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. On Tuesday a separate ruling upheld a life sentence for Morsi and confirmed death sentences against 16 others over charges of conspiring with foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AP/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt Court Confirms Death Sentence for Ousted President

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the... Read more

  • A crowd looks on at the site of a suicide bombing, near Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo)

    Minister: Suicide Bombers Kill 23 in Attacks on Chad Capital

    N’DJAMENA, Chad—Suicide bombers on motorcycles simultaneously attacked two buildings including the national police academy in Chad’s capital on Monday, killing at least 23 people and... Read more

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Kenya Official: Al-Shabab Commander Killed in Attack of Army

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s military Monday said they had killed the commander of al-Shabab extremist group responsible for two attacks a year ago that killed at least... Read more

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    Libya: Unclear If US Strikes Killed Al-Qaida Leader

    CAIRO — A Libyan military spokesman said Monday that three foreigners were among a number of militants killed in U.S. airstrikes in eastern Libya, but... Read more

  • Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks after meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. (AP Photo/Ali Ngethi)

    South African Activists Say Court Acted Against Sudan Leader

    JOHANNESBURG— Activists say a South African judge has ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving the country because of an international order... Read more

  • In this Feb. 13, 2012, photo an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaeda, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. US military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation on Sept. 1, 2014, in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo)

    Kenya Army Says It Has Killed 11 Militants in Attack

    NAIROBI, Kenya— A Kenya military spokesman says 11 militants from the Somali extremist group al-Shabab have been killed after they attempted to attack an army... Read more

  • Egyptian Judge Shaaban el-Shami, center, sentences ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb, Egypt, Saturday, May 16, 2015.  (AP Photo/Ravy Shaker, El Shorouk newspaper)

    Egypt Sentences 23 to Prison for Killing 4 Shiite Men

    CAIRO—An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 23 people to 14 years in prison on charges of killing four Shiite men two years ago. The four... Read more

  • This video-image released on Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group. Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death about 90 civilians and wounded 500 in ongoing fighting in a Cameroonian border town near Nigeria, officials in Cameroon said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Boko Haram)

    Nigerian Extremists Attack Villages, Kill 37 and Raze Huts

    BAUCHI, Nigeria—Boko Haram extremists have burned down six northeast Nigerian villages and killed 37 people near the insurgents’ Sambisa Forest stronghold, a survivor said Friday... Read more

  • Displaced boys who fled their home after a Saudi-led airstrike destroyed their houses, live in a school in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Kenya Seeks to Voluntarily Repatriate 100,000 Somalis

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya has set a goal to get 100,000 Somali refugees to return home voluntarily by the end of the year, a government official said... Read more

  • Women and children who were rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram extremists at Sambisa Forest register their names upon their arrival at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday May 2, 2015. They were among a group of 275 people rescued from the Islamic extremists, the first to arrive at the refugee camp Saturday after a three-day journey to safety. Nigerian military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    3 Female Suicide Bombers Die in Failed Attacks in Nigeria

    BAUCHI, Nigeria— Three women wearing explosive vests blew up near Maiduguri in an apparent failed suicide bombing attack on Nigeria’s beleaguered northeastern city, police said... Read more

  • In this April 30, 2015, photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla delivers his budget address for the next fiscal year at the Capitol building in San Juan. Puerto Rico's governor believes the U.S. territory's $72 billion public debt is unpayable, his spokesman confirmed late Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Puerto Rico Governor Says Island Can’t Pay Its Public Debt

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The governor warned that Puerto Rico can’t pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with... Read more

  • This April 25, 2105 photo shows a structure used for fishing on Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest body of fresh water, in Pata Patani, Bolivia. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Unchecked Pollution Befouling Majestic Lake Titicaca

    BAHIA DE COHANA, Bolivia — Gulls swept down to feast on hundreds of dead and dying giant frogs floating in the rancid waters along a... Read more

  • The Estero Bluffs State Park in San Luis Obispo County, with the town of Cayucos in the distance. The park, which provides habitat for several endangered species, features a variety of scenic sites along its coast. (Beverly Mann)

    Hidden Gems Along California’s Central Coast

    Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in San Luis Obispo County lies an incomparable scenic beauty and sense of solace that some travel across... Read more

  • This June 11, 2015 aerial photo shows the dry banks of La Plata River in Comerio, in central Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Parched Caribbean Faces Widespread Drought, Water Shortages

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a... Read more

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    Dior’s New Flagship in Gangnam District to Attract Consumers With High Tea

    NEW YORK—South Korea has been gradually overtaking Japan as Asia’s fashion trend-setting epicenter—and foreign luxury brands have been adapting their marketing strategies to reflect that... Read more

  • In this Oct 12, 2013 photo, tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. A new set of U.S. government regulations takes effect Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, severely loosening the 50-decade long travel and trade restrictions for Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

    Cuban Govt Is Expanding Wi-Fi Access, Making It Cheaper

    HAVANA—Cuba says it’s expanding Internet access by adding Wi-Fi capacity to dozens of state-run Internet centers and more than halving the cost that users pay... Read more

  • A woman has her umbrella twisted by the strong winds of a tropical storm as she walks down the main hotel strip in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

    Carlos, Briefly a Hurricane, Weakens to a Tropical Storm

    ACAPULCO, Mexico—Workers cleared hammocks and lounge chairs from beachside hotels and cafes as Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday and threatened... Read more

  • In this May 16, 2015 photo, protesters gather outside the National Palace to demand the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina in Guatemala City. Every Saturday for nearly two months, Constitution Square outside Guatemala City's National Palace has overflowed with thousands of protesters demanding an end to corruption and the resignation of the President.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Protests Bring Pressure on Guatemala President Amid Scandals

    GUATEMALA CITY—Every Saturday for nearly two months, Constitution Square outside Guatemala City’s National Palace has overflowed with thousands of protesters demanding an end to corruption... Read more

  • The remains of a building at Ingapirca, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. Most of the structures in the Ingapirca complex were built without mortar, the stones carefully chiselled and fashioned to fit together perfectly.  (Manos Angelakis)

    Cuenca, Ecuador: City in the Clouds

    The four-hour drive from sea level Guayaquil to Cuenca, elevation 8,300 feet, painted a variable and verdant portrait of the terrain that makes Ecuador such... Read more

  • A Bolivarian National Guards officer walks near images of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Independence hero Simon Bolivar, left, at a poll station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Professors Flee, Higher Education Suffers in Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela has already lost many of its brightest young professionals to better-paying jobs abroad, and now the South American country is also losing... Read more

  • Jaime Rodriguez, known as "El Bronco," an independent candidate for governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, shows his inked finger after casting his vote in Villa de Garcia, Mexico, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Rodriguez, Mexico's first independent gubernatorial candidate, was leading in exit polls as voting closed Sunday. This was the first election in the country allowing unaffiliated candidates, thanks to an electoral reform last year. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)

    Mexico President Poised for Majority Despite Discontent

    MEXICO CITY—Despite widespread disillusionment with his government, President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday emerged from midterm elections with an expected congressional majority that will let... Read more

  • A town resident completes her election ballot, behind a screen reading in Spanish "Voting is free and secret," at a polling station defended by scores of residents, in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Mexico Midterm Elections Open Amid Fears of Violence

    MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Mexican soldiers and federal police guarded polling stations Sunday in restive southern states where violence and calls for boycotts threatened... Read more

  • A group of citizens, led by parents of missing students from Ayotzinapa, burn election materials in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico, Sunday, June 7, 2015. The group burned all materials from several polling stations, before meeting resistance from another group of town residents. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Mexico Midterm Elections Open Amid Fears of Violence

    MEXICO CITY—Thousands of Mexican soldiers and federal police were deployed to guard polling stations Sunday in restive southern states where violence and calls for boycotts... Read more

  • In this May 21, 2015 photo, congressional candidate, former self-defense group leader Hipolito Mora, center, waits to start a campaign meeting with residents in Coahuayana, Michoacan state, Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Former Vigilante Leader Runs for Office in Mexican Elections

    APATZINGAN, Mexico—Fed up with drug cartel demands for extortion payments, lime-grower Hipólito Mora picked up an old shotgun and led his neighbors in a vigilante... Read more

  • In this file photo, women hold posters with portraits of disappeared people reading "We demand justice now" as former Salvadorean Minister of Defense (1983-1989), Eugenio Vides Casanova (out of frame), arrives to Monsignor Oscar Romero international airport in San Luis Talpa, 44 km south of San Salvador on April 8, 2015. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

    El Salvador Records Post-War High of 635 Homicides in May

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—El Salvador recorded a grisly milestone with 635 homicides in May, believed to be the most violent deaths for a single month... Read more

  • People take part in a protest demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa on May 29, 2015. Members of the opposition have accused leaders of the governing Nacional Party of corruption and misappropriating funds.   (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

    Thousands Protest in Honduras Cities Following Scandal

    MEXICO CITY—A protest movement organized over social media in Honduras has led to large demonstrations in cities around the Central American country. The protesters are... Read more

  • Police search a field for evidence on the Rancho del Sol, a fenced-in ranch that was the site of a clash between Mexican authorities and a drug cartel, in the municipality of Ecuandureo, Mexico, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The clash was the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed on Friday during a three-hour firefight at this remote western ranch. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Relatives Doubt That 42 Men Died in Shootout on Mexico Ranch

    MORELIA, Mexico—Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions... Read more

  • A Bolivarian National Guards officer walks near images of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Independence hero Simon Bolivar, left, at a poll station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Businesses Quietly Switch to Dollar in Socialist Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela—It’s still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to... Read more

  • Residents clear away debris from their home after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo)

    Twister Kills 13 in Mexico Border City; 12 Missing in Texas

    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico—A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.–Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks, and ripping an infant from its... Read more

  • The IP Casino Resort Spa towers over the Back Bay of Biloxi and provides a range of guest service amenities.(Courtesy of Visit Mississippi)

    Mississippi Momentum

    There’s an old adage that resonates for the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi: “Where you’ve been isn’t as important as where you’re going.” That wise... Read more

  • Indonesian military personnel carry a body bag containing the body of a victim at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Death Toll in Indonesian Military Plane Crash Rises to 74

    MEDAN, Indonesia—An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan... Read more

  • In this screen grab taken from UGC by Apple Daily Taiwan, concert goers run as a fire starts at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (UCG by Apple Daily Taiwan via AP)

    Cigarettes or Spark Suspected in Taiwan Fire That Burned 500

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—Investigators in Taiwan were focusing Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned more than 500 people... Read more

  • Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, center, speaks to a victim injured in an accidental explosion during a music concert, as he visits a local hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Sunday, June 28, 2015. A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park. The cause of the fire is being investigated. (Central News Agency via AP)

    Hundreds Still in Hospital After Fire at Taiwan Music Party

    TAIPEI, Taiwan— More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at... Read more

  • In this screen grab taken from UGC by Apple Daily Taiwan, concert goers run as a fire starts at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 27, 2015. (UCG by Apple Daily Taiwan via AP)

    Nearly 500 Injured as Colored Powder Explodes at Taiwan Water Park Party

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring nearly... Read more

  • People rush a woman to a hospital as she suffered from a heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    Heat Wave Subsides in Pakistan as Death Toll Reaches 860

    KARACHI, Pakistan—A Pakistani health official says the devastating heat wave that struck the country last weekend is slowly subsiding but that the death toll is... Read more

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi casts her vote for constitution amendments during a regular session at the Union Parliament Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar’s Parliament Blocks Changes to Constitution

    YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar’s parliament voted against several constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military’s veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi... Read more

  • Underwater explorer Barry Clifford, right, presents a silver bar he believes is part of the treasure of the pirate Captain Kidd, to the president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, left, on Sainte Marie Island, Madagascar. (AP/Martin Vogl)

    Treasure Hunter Roils the Waters as He Makes New Finds

    SAINTE MARIE ISLAND, Madagascar—Barry Clifford brought up the heavy silver ingot from the bottom of a bay as the president of Madagascar waited to receive... Read more

  • Family members comfort a woman who lost her husband due to heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP/Shakil Adil)

    Wind, Rains Cool Pakistan Heat Wave That Killed at Least 749

    KARACHI, Pakistan—Wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains cooled southern Pakistan on Wednesday, likely marking the end of a scorching heat wave that killed at... Read more

  • Palestinian Khader Adnan, center, is greeted by Palestinians during a celebration ceremony after his release from Israeli jails (AP/Bernat Armangue,)

    Red Cross Fears for Palestinian Hunger Striker in Israel

    JERUSALEM—A prominent Palestinian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 48 days faces an “immediate risk” of death, the International Committee of the... Read more

  • Missing Penguin Found Alive in Wrecked Tbilisi Zoo

    TBILISI, Georgia—Rescue workers cleaning up a zoo in the Georgian capital wrecked by severe flooding have found one of its missing penguins alive, hiding in... Read more

  • In this Feb. 16, 2013 photo taken with an iPhone and posted to Instagram on Feb. 16 , 2013, North Korean school boys play with an Associated Press photographer's professional camera in front of statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea. On Jan. 18, 2013, foreigners were allowed for the first time to bring mobile phones into North Korea. And this week the local service provider, Koryolink, is allowing foreigners to access the Internet on a data capable 3G connection on mobile phones. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    Instagram Users in N. Korea Warned Site Put on Blacklist

    PYONGYANG, North Korea—Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that say access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and that the... Read more

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    Dior’s New Flagship in Gangnam District to Attract Consumers With High Tea

    NEW YORK—South Korea has been gradually overtaking Japan as Asia’s fashion trend-setting epicenter—and foreign luxury brands have been adapting their marketing strategies to reflect that... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 photo, Chinese tourists choose goods at a cosmetics store in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district.  (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan’s Tourism Boom Lifts Economy, but Brings Headaches

    TOKYO—From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan’s prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways... Read more

  • A couple wears masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as they pass by street vendors wait for customers at Dongdaemoon market in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Thailand Reports First Confirmed Case of Deadly MERS Virus

    BANGKOK— Thailand says it has confirmed its first known case of the deadly MERS virus, a man who arrived from a Middle Eastern country for... Read more

  • Halva Kingdom at Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem sports 100 different flavours of halva. (Photo by Bill Strubbe)

    Culinary Adventures in Israel

    When pondering the Holy Land, images of the ancient walls of Jerusalem, catching rays on a Tel Aviv beach, the Sea of Galilee where Jesus... Read more

  • People assisting a hippopotamus that has been shot with a tranquilizer dart after it escaped from a flooded zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals have escaped from the zoo in Georgia’s capital after heavy flooding destroyed their enclosures. (AP/Tinatin Kiguradze)

    Runaway Tiger Kills Man in Tbilisi After Flood Damages Zoo

    TBILISI, Georgia—A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital before being shot... Read more

  • Shiite rebels known as Houthis hold up their weapons as they chant slogans during a rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Yemeni political groups, including the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, departed from the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, to travel to Geneva for U.N.-led peace talks, officials said. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

    Medics: Saudi-Led Strikes on Yemen Convoy Kill 31 Civilians

    SANAA, Yemen—Saudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilians fleeing fighting in southern Yemen early Wednesday, killing at least 31 people in an attack among the... Read more

  • Rice plants grow from the cracked and dry earth in Ryongchon-ri in North Korea's Hwangju County. North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture. The official Korean Central News Agency said in a report Tuesday, June 16, 2015 the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer. (AP/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    N. Korea Says It Has Been Hit by Worst Drought in 100 Years

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture. The official Korean... Read more

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    Minting Millionaires: Nearly a Million Joined Club Last Year

    NEW YORK—Want to be a millionaire? Move to India. The number of millionaires in the country rose 26 percent last year, the biggest percentage gain... Read more

  • A Pakistani police officer stands guard outside a sealed 'Save the Children' office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, June 12, 2015. The Pakistani government shut down the offices of the international aid group for violating its charter, the country’s interior minister and officials said Friday. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Pakistan Says Aid Groups Can Operate for Another 6 Months

    ISLAMABAD— Pakistan will allow international aid groups to keep operating for another six months provided they register in the next three. The move announced Tuesday... Read more

  • Shielding Federal Sites From Denial of Service Attacks Would Cost Money: Expert

    OTTAWA—The federal government could stop cyber-meddlers from taking down its websites—but that would cost money, a computer-security expert says. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service site... Read more

  • People relax on a boat off Jericho Beach in Vancouver on June 13, 2015. Nearly half of Canadians will dip into their savings or take on debt as they look to make the most of the summer weather, according to a new poll. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    Nearly Half of Canadians Expect to Blow Their Budgets on Summer Fun

    TORONTO—A new poll from CIBC says nearly half of Canadians will need to dip into their savings or take on debt in the coming months... Read more

  • These three young women were among the many who celebrated Canada on Parliment Hill on July 1, the country’s 148th birthday. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Canada Day: Parliament Hill Event Draws Big Crowd Despite Weather

    OTTAWA—Canadians from coast to coast took part in a variety of events to celebrate Canada Day on July 1. In Ottawa, despite showers and cloudy... Read more

  • Former Tory MP Eve Adams caused shockwaves when she announced in Ottawa Feb. 9, 2015, that she was leaving the Conservative Party to join the Liberals. Over time in contemporary Canadian politics, many politicians have changed their allegiances for what they argued were philosophical reasons. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Changing Political Colours: Politicians Who’ve Switched Their Ideological Allegiances Over Time

    OTTAWA—This week, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was forced again to revisit talks he had with the Conservatives in 2007 about coming on board as an... Read more

  • Wood bison graze at Elk Island National Park, Alberta, in this undated photo from Parks Canada. A herd of 50 purebred plains bison from Elk Island re-introduced to an area in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan is thriving. (The Canadian Press/HO)

    Bison Thriving on the Saskatchewan Prairie

    CLAYDON, Sask.—It’s as if they never left. Eleven years after 50 purebred plains bison were re-introduced to a rolling patch of prairie grass and sagebrush... Read more

  • Feds Approve Cirque du Soleil Sale to Group Headed by US Private Equity Firm

    OTTAWA—The federal government has approved the sale of Cirque du Soleil to a group headed by a U.S. private equity firm and its Chinese partners... Read more

  • Beagles that were released after years of being used for drug testing play at the Beagle Freedom Project facility in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2013. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of Guelph can reduce the use of animlas in drug testing also eliminate some of the ethical issues related to animal testing. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    New ‘Synthetic Skin’ Can Reduce Use of Animals in Drug Testing

    A new “synthetic skin” developed by researchers at the University of Guelph could radically change how drug testing is conducted by pharmaceutical companies and universities... Read more

  • Eco-Crusader Naomi Klein Featured at Vatican Environment Conference

    VATICAN CITY—The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting Canadian anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving... Read more

  • Woman Sexually Assaulted by Brother of Serial Killer Robert Pickton Awarded $45,000

    VANCOUVER—A woman who was sexually assaulted by the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton has been awarded $45,000 in civil court. A B.C. Supreme Court... Read more

  • Veteran Paddler Mark Oldershaw to Carry Flag for Canada at Pan Ams

    When veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw carries Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games, he’ll be thinking about his grandfather. The 32-year-old... Read more

  • No Bomb on Fourth Canadian Flight Threatened, Police Say

    SASKATOON—Police in Saskatoon say there was no bomb on the latest Canadian plane that was the target of a threat. An explosives team has completed... Read more

  • The 1300 Magna Carta, written on parchment, begins with a decorated initial “E” (for Edward I or Edward Longshanks, son of Henry III). (Chapter of Durham Cathedral)

    Celebrating the Magna Carta

    The Magna Carta, the most important instrument of English constitutional history, turns 800 this year. The famed document, issued by King John at Runnymede under... Read more

  • A face found on a cliff face in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve's Broken Group Islands in British Columbia, Canada. (Parks Canada/Tanya Dowdall)

    Mysterious, Giant Face Found on Cliff in Canada—Man-Made or Natural?

    Parks Canada is trying to figure out how a face, estimated to be about 7 feet tall, appeared on a cliff in a remote region... Read more

  • Fossils of Four Legged Fish Found in Arctic Back in Canada and On Display

    OTTAWA—A 375-million-year-old fossil of a primitive fish that also sports features of the first four-limbed creatures is now in the hands of the Canadian Museum... Read more

  • Michel Juneau-Katsuya, former Asia-Pacific bureau chief for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in Ottawa on June 23, 2015. Juneau-Katsuya says warnings from the national intelligence agency about agents of influence shouldn't be taken lightly. (NTD Television)

    Former Spy: CSIS Warnings on Agents of Influence Should Be Taken Seriously

    OTTAWA—Agents of influence—spy lingo for those advocating the interests of a foreign country either unknowingly or surreptitiously—are among the most challenging elements CSIS has to... Read more

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders runs to a news conference on Capitol Hill on June 3, 2015, to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On June 23, 2015, a bill to give President Barack Obama fast-track negotiating authority cleared the 60-percent vote threshold to override a filibuster in the U.S. Senate, paving the way for the adoption of the 12-nation trade deal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Controversial Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Moves Ahead in US

    WASHINGTON—The on-again off-again negotiations for the biggest trade agreement in history are about to get serious, foreign diplomats gathered in Washington said Tuesday, June 23... Read more

  • A man speaks on a mobile phone outside the Rogers Communications Inc.’s annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto on April 22, 2014. An Ontario court’s approval for Rogers to buy Mobilicity is expected to trigger a series of transactions that affects wireless customers in three provinces. (The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

    Court Approves Rogers-Mobilicity Takeover Deal for $465M

    TORONTO—An Ontario court gave its approval for Rogers Communications to buy Mobilicity for about $465 million on Wednesday, June 24, a deal that is expected... Read more

  • Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chairman of the Tsilhqot’in Nation at Farwell Canyon, B.C., Oct. 24, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

    BC, Tsilhqot’in to Sign Five-Year Deal

    VICTORIA—A horse-drawn wagon train carrying aboriginal youths and elders is slowly rolling and rumbling this week toward the Williams Lake Stampede from central British Columbia’s... Read more

  • NB Government Not Deterred by Quebec Concerns with Proposed Pipeline

    FREDERICTON—New Brunswick’s energy minister said Wednesday he’s confident the Energy East pipeline will be built, despite concerns raised by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Couillard told... Read more

  • Journalist Penned Letter Alleging Furlong Abused Over 40 Former Students, Court Hears

    VANCOUVER—A freelance journalist suing former Vancouver Olympics’ CEO John Furlong for defamation penned a hand-written letter claiming he had abused more than 40 First Nations’... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble during a debate on the Greek financial crisis at the German parliament  in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    The Case for Greece: When It Forgave Germany’s Debt

    LONDON—Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet. The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report... Read more

  • The famed topiary gardens at the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum are a masterwork of French formal topiary design. (Barbara Angelakis)

    The Other South of France

    We were invited to visit friends in the south of France, colloquially known as le Mid.i, conjuring visions of trendy beach resorts, film festivals, and... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, May 21, 2014 file photo, a Ukrainian worker operates valves in a gas storage point in Bil 'che-Volicko-Ugerske underground gas storage facilities in Strij, outside Lviv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, file)

    Russia Halts Gas Supply to Ukraine Amid Pricing Dispute

    MOSCOW—The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said — but an... Read more

  • Elderly people demanding their entire pensions sit during a protest outside Bank of Greece in Athens, Wednesday, July 1, 2015.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Greece Proceeds With Vote Plan as Creditors Rebuff Overture

    ATHENS, Greece—Greece’s government pressed ahead Wednesday with its plan to put austerity measures to voters after European creditors rebuffed its latest proposal for a new... Read more

  • North Korea, China, and Iran were the three countries to have the highest number of people imprisoned for their religion or belief in 2014, according to a report launched at The House of Lords on June 24, 2015. The launch was arranged by the cross-party group on the Freedom of Religion or Belief and Human Rights Without Frontiers. (Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jailed For Their Belief

    LONDON—Dolkun Erkin, 26 years old of Gulja city, China, was charged with splitting the state and sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the... Read more

  • A man walks past anti-EU graffiti on June 30, 2015 in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

    UPDATE: Greece Hits New Low, Defaulting on IMF Loan

    ATHENS, Greece—Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the... Read more

  • People sunbathe on a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain, Portugal Issue Health Alerts Amid Scorching Temps

    LISBON, Portugal—Spain and Portugal both issued weather alerts Monday, advising residents to take extra care as scorching temperatures were forecast to soar up to 44... Read more

  • Elderly people, who usually get their pensions at the end of the month, wait outside a closed bank in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    Greeks Hit by Closed Banks, Warnings From Eurozone

    ATHENS, Greece—Anxious Greek pensioners swarmed closed bank branches and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their... Read more

  • Dorin Chirtoaca, the pro-European candidate for mayor of the Moldovan capital casts his ballot in a runoff for local elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Moldovans were voting Sunday in local election runoffs that are being seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the European Union or Russia. (AP Photo/Dan Morar)

    Pro-European Candidate Leads in Moldova Local Vote

    CHISINAU, Moldova— Near-final results gave the pro-European candidate a comfortable lead in the runoff for mayor of Chisinau on Sunday, in an election seen as... Read more

  • The suspect in the beheading of a businessman, Yassine Salhi, a towel over his head to mask his face, is escorted by police officers as they leave his home in Saint-Priest, outside the city of Lyon, central France, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    French Police Escort Suspect in Beheading to His Home

    SAINT-PRIEST, France—Police investigators wearing masks escorted a man accused of a beheading to his home in southeastern France on Sunday, searching for a possible international... Read more

  • A man walks past a graffiti made by street artist N_Grams  that  read ''NO'' in German but also ''YES, IN'' in Greek language in Athens, on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greece Imposes Capital Controls, Banks to Remain Shut

    ATHENS, Greece—Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn to date Sunday, June 28, with the prime minister announcing that Greek banks would remain... Read more

  • Dorin Chirtoaca, the pro-European candidate for mayor of the Moldovan capital casts his ballot in a runoff for local elections in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Moldovans were voting Sunday in local election runoffs that are being seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the European Union or Russia. (AP Photo/Dan Morar)

    Moldovans Choose Between Russia, Europe in Local Elections

    CHISINAU, Moldova— Moldovans were voting Sunday in local election runoffs that are being seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer... Read more

  • Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos waits for former Prime Minister and head of the main opposition New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras at Presidential Palace in Athens, Sunday, June 28, 2015.  Greece is anxiously awaiting a decision by the European Central Bank on whether to increase the emergency liquidity assistance banks can draw on from the country's central bank. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    The Latest: Germany Warns Travelers to Greece to Bring Cash

    ATHENS, Greece— The latest developments on Greece’s bailout negotiations (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Germany’s Foreign Ministry is advising travelers to Greece to ensure they... Read more

  • Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, center, arrives for a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Wiktor Dabkowski)

    Greece, Creditors Get Closer on Terms of Bailout

    BRUSSELS—Greece and its international creditors on Friday moved closer to a deal which would allow the cash-strapped country to avoid a default and stay in... Read more

  • Investigating police officers work outside the plant where an attack took place, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, France. French authorities say one person has been beheaded in an attack and explosion at a gas factory in the southeastern part of the country. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    Beheading, Explosion at Factory in France; Suspects Captured

    SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France—A man once flagged for ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a vehicle Friday into an American-owned gas factory in southeastern France, triggering an... Read more

  • Migrants wait to be checked after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard vessel Peluso as they arrive in the Sicilian port town of Augusta, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Some 406 migrants were taken to Sicily after being rescued at sea in the Sicily Channel. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

    EU Refugee Response Exposes Divisions, Meagre Ambitions

    BRUSSELS— The European Union decided Friday to share 40,000 of the refugees landing in Italy and Greece but foot-dragging and verbal sniping over the move... Read more

  • Queen Elizabeth II, third left, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, second left, talk with contemporary witnesses Doreen Levy, third right, Capt. Eric Brown second right, and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, right, during their visit at the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, Friday, June 26, 2015, on the last day of their state visit to Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/Pool Photo via AP)

    Queen Meets Survivors, Liberators of Former Nazi Camp

    BERLIN— Queen Elizabeth II concluded her three-day state visit to Germany on Friday with a somber visit to Bergen-Belsen, the first former Nazi concentration camp... Read more

  • French president, Francois Hollande, delivers a speech as he visits the Arab Institute building in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Francois Hollande says France’s millions of Muslims should be protected and respected, but should also respect the nation’s strict secular policies. Hollande spoke Thursday after three radical Muslim gunmen killed 17 people in France’s worst attacks in decades. (AP Photo/Ian Langsdon, Pool)

    Hollande: 1 Gas Factory Attacker Captured, Identified

    SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France— At least one man attacked a gas factory Friday in southeastern France, posting a severed head at the factory’s entrance along with banners... Read more

  • Riot police officers stand by an overthrown car during a taxi drivers demonstration, Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    French Interior Minister Says UberPop Must Be Closed Down

    PARIS—France’s interior minister, in a bid to halt a day of sometimes violent protests by taxi drivers angered by UberPop, said Thursday, June 25, that... Read more

  • Armenian protesters dance while waving a national flag during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Standoff in Armenia Continues, No End in Sight

    YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s premier has rejected demonstrators’ demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for... Read more


    How I Survived the Mumbai Monsoon Like a Mumbaiker

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

  • In Thursday, April 17, 2014, Syrian refugee Moath Kabesh 13, poses with his soccer ball at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan. In Jordan, some 93,000 Syrian children are out of school, according to UNICEF _ most because they have missed too much school already and are ineligible. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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

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

  • Family members of people who died after drinking tainted liquor wail at a slum area in Malad, in northern Mumbai, India, Friday, June 19, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    India Restricts Greenpeace, Ford Foundation Over Internal Security Concerns

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

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

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

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

  • Indian security personnel walk past the debris of a police vehicle blown up by suspected Maoist rebels in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Authorities say leftist rebels detonated a land mine under the police vehicle and killed seven officers in the central jungles of India. The officers had been part of a special force tasked with flushing the Maoist rebels out of their strongholds in the states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. (AP Photo)

    Maoist Rebels in Central India Kill 1 Villager, Release 250

    PATNA, India— Maoist rebels killed one villager and released around 250 others they had held for a day to stop the construction of a bridge... Read more

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

    India Struggles to Curb Developer Fraud

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

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 photograph, students attend a class at a cram school in Kota, India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    Indian Business Guru Teaches Wealth Creation Through Mentoring

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

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

    Indian Media Berated for Insensitive Reporting of Nepal Quake

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

  • Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • The famed topiary gardens at the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum are a masterwork of French formal topiary design. (Barbara Angelakis)

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  • North Korea, China, and Iran were the three countries to have the highest number of people imprisoned for their religion or belief in 2014, according to a report launched at The House of Lords on June 24, 2015. The launch was arranged by the cross-party group on the Freedom of Religion or Belief and Human Rights Without Frontiers. (Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • The Solar Impulse 2 flies over Nagoya Airport after taking off in Toyoyama, near Nagoya, central Japan, early Monday, June 29, 2015. (Kyodo News via AP)

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  • The Estero Bluffs State Park in San Luis Obispo County, with the town of Cayucos in the distance. The park, which provides habitat for several endangered species, features a variety of scenic sites along its coast. (Beverly Mann)

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  • Afghan men wait in line to receive food donation during the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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  • French President Francois Hollande, left, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chair a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Thursday,June 24, 2015. (Charles Platiau, Pool via AP)

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  • Constructed in 1915, Kaffi IImur is one of the oldest buildings in Akureyri. (Mark Chester)

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  • In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, the head of the European Union’s police agency Europol, Rob Wainwright, answers questions during an interview in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a press conference at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne on April 2, 2015. (Brendan Smiaiowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, shakes hands  with NATO  Response Force soldiers during his visit to the I. German-Dutch Brigade in Muenster, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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  • This undated handout photo provided courtesy of Al-Jazeera, shows Ahmed Mansour, 52, a prominent journalist with the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster's Arabic service. (Courtesy of Al-Jazeera, via AP)

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  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures while speaking during a media conference prior to a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Leaving combat operations in Afghanistan behind, NATO is shifting its focus to Europe in 2015 and the creation of its new ultra-rapid reaction force, designed as a deterrent to Russia.  (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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  • Supporters with banners at NO JAB, NO PAY, NO WAY rally at Queens Square, Brisbane on June 22, 2015. (Laurel Andress/Epoch Times)

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  • Israelis perform Yoga during the International Yoga Day in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts took part in mass yoga programs to mark the first International Yoga Day throughout the world. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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  • Dr. Joseph E. Murray, Nobel Laureate, (L) and Dr. Simon J. Simonian on the occasion of the Joint Murray-Simonian Prize for Research Excellence in Surgery awarded for the best research work by both a mentee and a mentor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., awarded each year in perpetuity. (Courtesy of Simon J. Simonian)

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  • A Syrian refugee carries a baby over the broken border fence into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis.The flow of refugees came as Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of a strategic Islamic State-held town on the Turkish border. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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  • People carry the body of a victim as they take part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing. (AP Photo)

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  • In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, an Egyptian army armored vehicle stands on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, north Sinai, Egypt. Islamic militants on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least tens of soldiers, security and military officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper, File)

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  • An Afghan woman cries out at the site of a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano during a meeting at at hotel in Vienna, Austria.

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  • In this Monday, June 15, 2015 file photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, Turkish soldiers run to their new positions next to the border fence in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP/Sergei Ilnitsky)

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  • Relatives of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails hold a protest demanding their release in front of the Red Cross office in Gaza City, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.  (AP photo/Hatem Moussa)

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  • An Israeli naval battle ship sails in the Mediterranean sea back to Ashdod port in Israel, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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  • A Shiite Houthi rebel, wearing an army uniform stands guard at the site of an explosion near the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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  • FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

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