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  • A Pakistani man watches television at a shop in Karachi, on August 19, 2013.  The country's media regulatory authority has imposed a fine of 10 million rupees on 10 private television channels for showing excessive Indian content. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Excessive Indian Content Costs Pakistan’s TV Channels 10 Million

    Pakistan’s media regulatory authority has slapped a fine of 10 million rupees on private entertainment channels for broadcasting excessive Indian and foreign content. According to... Read more

  • A little girl recovers from bird flu in Cambodia.(Photo by Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images)

    Bird Flu Claims 163rd Fatality in Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A 31-year-old Indonesian woman has died of bird flu, bringing the death toll to 163 in the country hardest-hit by the virus,... Read more

  • British Banker Caught on Video Allegedly Buying Drugs

    LONDON— Britain’s Labour Party has suspended the former chairman of Co-operative bank after a video emerged in which he is allegedly caught buying illegal drugs... Read more

  • Climate activists with protest banners wave polish flags on the rooftop of the Economy Ministry in Warsaw, Poland Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. They went up the rooftop to protest a coal conference opening to coincide with U.N. talks on preventing global warming, that is also the result of greenhouse gases coming from burning coal. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    UN Climate Change Chief Tells Coal CEOs to Stop Mining

    WARSAW, Poland—The U.N.’s chief climate diplomat on Monday urged the coal industry to diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world’s remaining... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Tawhid Brigade, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Abdul-Qadir Saleh, left, the chief commander of the Tawhid Brigade, the main rebel outfit in Aleppo province, speaks to his fighters ahead of an attack on government troops, in Aleppo, Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said Friday that a government airstrike the previous night in northern Syria killed a senior rebel figure and wounded two commanders and the spokesman of the Tawhid Brigade. According to the Observatory, the chief commander of the brigade, Abdul-Qadir Saleh, was wounded while the brigade's financial officer, Abu Tayeb, was killed. (AP Photo/Tawhid Brigade)

    Prominent Syria Rebel Leader Killed in Airstrike

    BEIRUT—The leader of one of Syria’s most prominent rebel units died early Monday of shrapnel wounds sustained during shelling by government troops last week, his... Read more

  • This photo shows the damaged Unit 4 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kimimasa Mayama, File)

    Questions and Answers About Removing Fuel at Fukushima

    TOKYO—Workers started the difficult task Monday of removing nuclear fuel rods from a heavily damaged reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in... Read more

  • Typhoon Yolanda survivors walk through the ruins in the streets of Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2013. Corruption is a concern after any major natural disaster, as millions of dollars in cash and goods rush in from around the world. Those worries are especially acute in the Philippines, where graft has been a part of life for decades. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

    Corruption in the Philippines Diverting Typhoon Yolanda Aid

    TACLOBAN, Philippines—When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned... Read more

  • This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry claims to show a Fotros drone aircraft, in an undisclosed location, in Iran Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry)

    Iran Builds Its Biggest Drone to Date

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran unveiled a new aircraft Monday that it says is the biggest drone yet to be developed in the Islamic Republic, capable of staying... Read more

  • Pakistan army soldiers barricade a street as they stand guard outside a Shiite mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Pakistani police say the government has lifted a curfew in the garrison city of Rawalpindi that was imposed after several Sunni Muslims were killed in a sectarian clash with Shiites marching in a religious procession last week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistan Army Enforces Curfew After Sectarian Fighting

    ISLAMABAD—Authorities imposed curfews and deployed troops in two different areas of northwest Pakistan on Monday after three people were killed during a sectarian clash, police... Read more

  • A file photo of workers at Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX, in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 30, 2013. (Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

    Our World in 7 Headlines: Nov. 18

    Saint Vincent: Region seeks justice for slavery’s descendants, legal action against UK, France and Netherlands Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has told Britain’s Observer newspaper... Read more

  • Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano at a press conference in Rome, Nov. 16, 2013. Alfano broke away from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party on Friday. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Political Split Likely to Strengthen, Not Weaken, Italy’s Berlusconi

    BARI, Italy—Plagued by scandals, a decline in political power, and mutiny within his party, Silvio Berlusconi re-launched a political party that saw his rise to... Read more

  • Villagers stranded by last week’s Typhoon Haiyan scramble for aid from a U.S. Navy Sea Hawk helicopter delivered from the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Aid Mission in Philippines a Boost to US Image, Influence

    ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON—As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens... Read more

  • Greenpeace International activist Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel of Brazil, right, is escorted to a court room for hearing that considers investigators request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace International ship in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Greenpeace Activists in Russian Jail Might be Released Until Trial

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Several of the 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic have been brought to St. Petersburg courts for hearings on... Read more

  • Air Lease Corporation's president Stevan F. Udvar-Hazy poses in front of an A320 Airbus painted with the logo of New Zealand rugby national team, the All Blacks during its delivery to ALC on Jan. 28, 2011 in Colomiers.  (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

    NZ Selling 20 Percent Stake in National Airline

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand’s government is selling a 20 percent stake in the national airline as part of a contentious asset sales policy. The country’s... Read more

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    ASUU Strike 2013 Update: Enugu State University Plans to Re-open Without Union Approval

    The ASUU strike in 2013 still continues, but the latest update shows that it is getting closer and closer in coming to an end. In... Read more

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    Westfield Hornsby Evacuated After ‘Mini Tornado;’ Cinema Roof Collapses

    The Hornsby Westfield Cinema roof collapsed and the Westfield Hornsby shopping center in Sydney was evacuated amid high winds and a “mini tornado.” That’s what... Read more

  • Gavin Monery, winemaker at London's first winery, London Cru (Ian Stirling)

    London Cru Brings Winemaking to The Capital

    A whitewashed warehouse lined with gleaming metal tanks. A winemaker, hands stained purple, checking on the grapes as they trickle their way through a quietly... Read more

  • Shakar Palla (Sweet Fried Dough) can be served with hot Indian tea or coffee. (Epoch Times)

    Inside India’s Kitchen: Shakar Palla (Sweet Fried Dough)

    India’s diverse cultures create a great diversity of cuisine. In small towns and villages, the households not only retain centuries old flavors but also the traditional... Read more

  • A file photo of an executive meeting. The Swiss are debating how high executive salaries should be relative to subordinate employees. (Shutterstock*)

    Our World in 7 Headlines: Nov. 17

    Kuwait: Sheyaab blast from the past  Many talented Kuwaitis take the initiative to come up with something new, which is evident after three Kuwaiti students... Read more

  • In this May 2, 1994 file photo Nelson Mandela, and Coretta Scott King, left, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., sing and dance at a victory celebration for Mandela in Johannesburg, after Mandela and the ANC appeared to take the majority of the votes in the country's first integrated elections. (AP Photo/David Brauchli,file)

    Mandela: ‘Quite Ill,’ Can’t Speak, Home ‘Like an ICU Ward,’ Says Winnie

    JOHANNESBURG— Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife says South Africa’s former president remains “quite ill” and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear... Read more

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    Oscar Pistorius Hits Twitter for First Time Since February; Says He’s ‘Brokenhearted’ Over Girlfriend Death

    Oscar Pistorius has gone on Twitter for the first time since February. The South Africa Olympian is currently on trial for the murder of his... Read more

  • Bomb Kills 7 Security Forces in Western Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria—Algerian authorities say a remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed seven security officers in the northwest of the North African country. The Defense Ministry... Read more

  • Someday, this puppy may grow up to non-violently fend off cheetahs and other predators. (Niki Rust)

    Cats’ Best Friend? A New Role for Guard Dogs in South Africa

    The last couple centuries have seen the decline of many large predator species. While there has been a surge of recovery and reintroduction programs to... Read more

  • Rival Militias Battle to Control Libyan Airport

    CAIRO— Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya’s capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines... Read more

  • Egyptian riot policemen secure a street near an armoured vehicle during a rally of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. Egyptian police swiftly quashed Islamist protests firing tear gas and arresting dozens of demonstrators, as the protests are seen as a test of the Islamists' strength, with the Muslim Brotherhood-led Anti Coup Alliance having issued an aggressive rallying cry demanding a 'day of anger' to mark Morsi's overthrow. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Muslim Brotherhood One Year after the Ouster

    One year after the massive June 30 demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the July 3 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi by the military,... Read more

  • Defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are seen in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    2 Killed in Egypt Clashes During Islamist Protests

    CAIRO—An Egyptian health official says two people have been killed in clashes during a demonstration by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Emergency services... Read more

  • Cholera Threatens Thousands in South Sudan: Agency

    KAMPALA, Uganda— The aid group Save the Children says an outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of violence-hit South... Read more

  • Healthcare workers from the organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF)

    Ebola Virus Outbreak: A Look at How West Africa Combating Ebola

     RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367 fatalities, and is expected... Read more

  • FILE -  This file photo taken Sept. 14, 1998, shows police death squad leader, Eugene de Kock, who was sentenced to two life terms and more than 200 years, after a killing spree that cost dozens of lives, at an amnesty hearing of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commision (TRC) in Pretoria, South Africa. A South African judge has ordered the government to decide within 30 days whether to grant parole to the former head of the covert police unit that tortured and killed dozens of people during white rule. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

    South Africa Denies Parole To Apartheid Killer

    JOHANNESBURG— The former head of a South African covert police unit that tortured and killed dozens of people during white minority rule was denied parole... Read more

  • The Ebola epidemic in Western Africa is the worst the world has ever seen, and the World Health Organization says drastic action is needed. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ebola Virus Outbreak: 50 New Cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among... Read more

  • Oscar Pistorius attends court at his murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on St. Valentine's Day 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Pistroius' lawyer Barry Roux says he has closed his case, and the judge says final arguments will be held in court on Aug. 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

    Oscar Pistorius Girlfriend Murder Trial: Reeva Steenkamp Case Nears End as Defense Wraps Up Argument

    JOHANNESBURG—The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius moved closer to a verdict on Tuesday when the defense ended its case. In early August the judge will hear final arguments... Read more

  • Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb near the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, July 5, 2014. A Somali police officer says troops have thwarted an attack by a suicide bomber outside the heavily guarded parliament headquarters. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer says troops stopped a suicide car bomber who detonated his explosive-laden car at a checkpoint near the entrance to Somalia's parliament. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Islamic Militants Storm Somali Presidential Palace

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Islamic militants stormed the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Tuesday, sparking heavy gunfire as government troops and guards tried to... Read more

  • Muslim Rebels Attack Central African Republic Church, 17 Dead

    BANGUI, Central African Republic—Officials say at least 17 people are dead after Muslim rebels attacked a Catholic church compound that was housing thousands of displaced... Read more

  • Egyptian drivers wait in line to buy fuel at a gasoline station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Egypt's government raised the prices of fuel by up to 78 percent starting Saturday, following on a promise to cut subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget, the official news agency reported. The country's successive leaders have balked at reducing subsidies because half of the country's 85 million people live at or below the poverty line of $2 a day and rely on government subsidies of wheat and fuel for survival. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt Military Deploys Buses After Fuel Price Rise

    CAIRO—Egypt’s defense minister has ordered military transport buses to deploy for use by the public in Cairo’s twin city to alleviate the effect of rising... Read more

  • Somalia Faces Worsening Food Shortages After Erratic Rains

    KAMPALA, Uganda—The United Nations food agency warns that Somalia’s food crisis could worsen in coming months because of poor rains, shrinking humanitarian assistance and rising... Read more

  • Uganda security checks people entering Victoria Mall in Entebbe near Entebbe airport, about 42 kilometers southeast of the capital Kampala Thursday, July 3, 2014. The U.S. Embassy in Uganda warned on Thursday of a specific threat by an unknown terrorist group to attack the country's only international airport. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

    Violent Unrest in Western Uganda Could Presage Islamic Rebelion

    KAMPALA, Uganda—Ugandan troops have killed more than 60 suspected insurgents accused of taking part in weekend assaults on police stations and military barracks, a military... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 20, file photo, Oscar Pistorius listens as a court ruling is handed down that he would undergo psychiatric evaluation in Pretoria, South Africa. The murder trial of Pistorius resumes Monday, June 30, 2014 after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool, File)

    Pistorius: Last Witness Testifies For Defense

    PRETORIA, South Africa— The defense team for Oscar Pistorius plans to close its case after its last witness, a ccwho has treated the athlete, completed... Read more

  • People attend a vigil to mark one month since the girls of a government secondary school in Chibok were kidnapped, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 14, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    63 Kidnapped Girls Escape Boko Haram Extremists in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday. Nigerian security forces... Read more

  • The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, Gerrie Nel, questions Wayne Derman, a sports physician, on Thursday July 3, 2014, as he sought to cast doubt on the athlete’s account of reacting instinctively to a perceived intruder in his home, noting he had to arm himself and take other methodical steps before athlete Oscar Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey)

    Pistorius: Prosecutor Doubts Witness Objectivity

    PRETORIA, South Africa—The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday challenged the credibility of a physician who testified that the athlete... Read more

  • This image released by Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) shows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaking at a military graduation in Cairo, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. President el-Sissi said Tuesday he will not interfere in court rulings, rebuffing calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists handed heavy prison terms a day earlier. (AP Photo/MENA)

    Egypt Leader Regrets Trial of Al-Jazeera Journalists

      CAIRO—Egypt’s president acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three Al-Jazeera journalists had a “very negative” impact on his... Read more

  • Screenshot of Singapore's National Council of Problem Gambling homepage.

    Singapore Anti-Gambling ‘Andy and Dad’ Ad Gets Tweak After Germany World Cup 2014 Win

    SINGAPORE—An ad campaign warning of the perils of gambling that began as just another bland public service announcement by Singapore’s government has turned into fodder... Read more

  • NOVEMBER 7:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines November 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

    Philippines Braces For Floods From Tropical Storm

    MANILA, Philippines— The Philippines was bracing for possible floods and landslides as a tropical storm continued to strengthen Monday as it moved closer to the... Read more

  • Vhong Navarro after he was beaten on January 22, left, and Deniece Cornejo in an undated picture. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN; Facebook)

    Deniece Cornejo Latest News Update: Cornejo Slashed Wrist But It Wasn’t a Suicide Attempt

    Deniece Cornejo slashed her wrist but it was not a suicide attempt, officials are emphasizing. News broke that Cornejo slashed her wrist following the dismissal... Read more

  • Cute dogs in World Cup team colors are the main attractions at the 17th annual Taipei Pet Show.  (AOL Screenshot)

    Pets Dress Up in World Cup Team Football Shirts (Video)

    The Taipei Pet Show kicked off on Friday, and during the event’s opening ceremony, owners dressed their furry companions in national football jerseys. The show,... Read more

  • In this Nov. 17, 2009, photo Pakistani troops walk on a hilltop post near Ladha, a town in the Pakistani troubled tribal region of South Waziristan along the Afghan border. The Pakistani army said it has launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border. An army statement issued Sunday, June 15, 2014, said the long-awaited offensive in North Waziristan was started at the direction of the government of Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Militants Attack Pakistani Border With Afghanistan

    KHAR, Pakistan—Militants killed a Pakistan army captain and two soldiers in an attack early Saturday in a tribal region near its border with Afghanistan, authorities... Read more

  • Vhong Navarro after he was beaten on January 22, left, and Deniece Cornejo in an undated picture. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN; Facebook)

    Vhong Navarro Latest News: Deniece Cornejo’s Second Rape Complaint Dropped Against the ABS-CBN Host

    The Vhong Navarro case is ongoing, but the part where he’s accused of rape is not. Following the dismissal of the complaint from Deniece Cornejo... Read more

  • A large, 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday morning, according to preliminary reports.

    Earthquakes Today Map: 2 Temblors Hit off Japan Coast

    Two earthquakes struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday morning local time. A 6.8-magnitude quake and a 4.8-magnitude quake struck more than... Read more

  • A large, 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday morning, according to preliminary reports.

    Earthquake Today in Japan, Fukushima Map: Tsunami Advisory After Large Quake Hits Off Coast; TEPCO Says Nuclear Plant Not Impacted

    A large, 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday morning, according to preliminary reports. A tsunami advisory... Read more

  • Thai police officers look as they examine Klao, a 50-year-old male elephant lies dead with its tusks were taken off in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal)

    Tusk-Hunting Poachers Kill Famous Elephant in Thai Sanctuary

    BANGKOK—Poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in Thai royal processions and was featured in Oliver Stone’s 2004 movie... Read more

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

    Missing Plane Found Soon? More Ships Sent for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Hunt, Malaysian Gov’t Says

    The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be bolstered, as Malaysia’s government announced it would send more ships to try and locate the missing... Read more

  • Vietnamese protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam against Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the contested waters of the South China Sea, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Brummitt, File)

    China Tries to Flex Muscles, Making Enemies

    BEIJING—Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a... Read more

  • Indonesian electoral officials check ballot boxes at a local election center a day after Indonesia's presidential elections in Jakarta on July 10, 2014. Both sides claimed victory on July 9, in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as most unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading over ex-general Prabowo Subianto. (Arif Ariadi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indonesia Constitutional Court May Pick New President

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—A day after Indonesia’s presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta’s police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Nuon Chea, who was the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, waits before his final statements at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea has denied all charges against him on the last day of a trial for leaders of the Cambodian regime widely blamed for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Mark Peters)

    Cambodia to Build Memorial at Genocide Museum

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia— Cambodia will build a memorial at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to remember at least 12,000 people tortured and killed there during... Read more

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (C) speaks to journalists after a press conference in Jakarta on July 10, 2014. Both sides claimed victory on July 9, 2014 in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as most unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading over ex-general Prabowo Subianto. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

    What Now for Indonesia After Poll Dispute?

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and former army general Prabowo Subianto are both claiming victory in Indonesia’s presidential election based on unofficial “quick counts,”... Read more

  • Waves crash against Wase beach area following the approach of Typhoon Neoguri in Amami Oshima, southern Japan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Typhoon Neoguri Nears Japan After Bashing Okinawa

    TOKYO—A powerful storm slammed through the southwestern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving at least 28 people injured and 63,000 homes without power before swerving toward... Read more

  • In this Sunday, April 24, 2011 file photo Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, left, smiles as he rides a horse in capital Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin, File)

    Book by Late Turkmen Leader Cut From Curricula

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Turkmenistan’s president has removed a book by his predecessor from state curricula, the latest in a series of moves to shed the legacy of... Read more

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known as "Jokowi", left, and his wife Iriana, show their inked fingers after casting their ballots during the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Both Candidates in Indonesia’s Election Claim Victory

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—The rival candidates in Indonesia’s presidential election each claimed victory Wednesday, raising the possibility of potentially destabilizing political and legal uncertainty in a nation... Read more

  • A supporter of Indonesian frontrunner presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L-portrait), representing a region and wearing pin bearing his portrait and running mate Jusuf Kalla (R-portrait), attends a campaign rally in Jakarta on June 25, 2014. The popularity gap between Widodo and opponent Prabowo Subianto, a former general narrowed as the campaign race for the July 9 presidential election heats up. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Both Rivals Claim Victory in Indonesia Elections

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— The rival candidates in Indonesia’s presidential election each claimed victory Wednesday, raising the possibility of potentially destabilizing political and legal uncertainty in a... Read more

  • A man watches a TV news program showing file footage of a North Korean rocket carried during a military parade at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 29, 2014. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. The writing on the screen reads "North Korea fired 2 missiles presumed to be scuds." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korea Again Fires Projectiles Into Water

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea launched two projectiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, in an apparent continuation of a recent series of... Read more

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Prime Minister Abe Talks Up Japan-Australia ‘Special Relationship’

    The new “special relationship” between Japan and Australia comes to life today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told a joint sitting of federal Parliament... Read more

  • A general view of the Costa Concordia cruise ship after being freed from a reef and righted, September 18, 2013 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. The ship will eventually be scrapped. (Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

    Shipwrecked Concordia Floated for Tow to Genova

    GIGLIO, Italy— The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef... Read more

  • German soccer fans react after the deciding goal  for Germany in the final of  the Brazil World Cup 2014 between Germany and Argentina played  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at a public viewing  area  called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin, Sunday, July 13, 2014.  Germany won by 1-0.  (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

    German Flag Part of Post-World Cup Celebrations (+Pictures)

    BERLIN—A quarter of a million German football fans reacted with unbridled joy, mixed with shock, on Sunday when Mario Goetze struck late in extra-time for... Read more

  • A supermoon lit up the sky around the world on Saturday, creating breathtaking views over Poseidon's temple in Greece. (AOL Screenshot)

    Huge “Supermoon” Lights Up the Sky (Video)

    A supermoon lit up skies around the world on Saturday. The massive full-lunar appearance happens several times in a year, and makes the moon appear... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from a helicopter onto the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. An Italian court on Saturday, July 20, 2013 accepted plea bargains for five Costa Crociere employees in the Costa Concorda shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, convicting all of multiple manslaughter and negligence. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)

    Search for Body to Follow Costa Concordia Removal

    GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy— An Italian official has promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck... Read more

  • German Police Megaphone Used in Anti-Israel Rant

    BERLIN— German police say they allowed an anti-Israel protester to use a megaphone in a police car during a “Free Gaza” demonstration in Frankfurt and... Read more

  • Ukrainian government troops with a Ukrainian national flags atop of their armored personal carriers roll to the base in Devhenke village, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, July 7, 2014. There was no word Monday from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who had promised to start negotiations on a new cease-fire last week. A contact group for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe met in Kiev on Sunday to discuss the situation in Donetsk, but no representatives from the rebels attended and no breakthroughs were announced. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Ukrainian Shell Fire Kills Russian at Border, Russia Warns of ‘Irreversible Consequences’

    MOSCOW—Russia’s foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing... Read more

  • The international human rights lawyer David Matas gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, July 17, 2006, on the illegal harvesting of human organs in mainland China. (Woody Wu/AFP/Getty Images)

    Italian Medical Community Changes Pace in Fight Against International Organ Trafficking

    The world is acting quickly to counter the international traffic organs and Italy is in the game. Only three days ago, July 9th, the Council... Read more

  • In this June 27, 2014, photo, people gather at the Pierrefitte Town Hall, north of Paris, in a show of solidarity with a Roma teenager who was left bleeding and unconscious in a grocery cart by the side of a highway. It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was beaten into a coma, apparently by residents of a neighboring housing project. Within hours, the Roma vanished, seeking sanctuary in a new location on the fringes of one of the world's wealthiest cities. Three weeks later, 16-year-old Darius remains unconscious. His family is in hiding. Police have made no arrests. France is coming under increasing pressure to answer allegations that it is encouraging harassment of Europe's poorest minority group in hopes that the Roma, also known as Gypsies, will leave the country. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    France Troubled With Evictions of Roma Gypsies

    GRIGNY, France—It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever... Read more

  • A Donetsk People's Republic fighter stands guard near a shopping mall damaged by an explosion in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 11, 2014. On Friday afternoon a bomb exploded in a central shopping mall injuring one person. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Eastern Ukrainians Flee as Army Suffers Losses

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Ukraine’s president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk... Read more

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier address the media during a statement at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 11, 2014. Steinmeier says he will meet his U.S. counterpart John Kerry at the weekend to discuss allegations the U.S. spied on Germany. Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State will take place at the weekend on the sidelines of talks in Vienna about Iran’s nuclear program. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German FM to Meet Kerry to Discuss Spying Claims

    BERLIN—Germany’s foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries’ friendship “on... Read more

  • A Donetsk People's Republic fighter stands guard during the wedding ceremony of platoon commander Arsen Pavlov and Elena Kolenkina in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Friday July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    19 Ukraine Servicemen Killed in Rocket Attack

    KIEV, Ukraine— Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said, adding that four troops were killed in other clashes... Read more

  • A pro-Russian rebel prepares to fire a rocket propelled grenade during clashes as they attack a border guard base held by Ukrainian troops on the outskirts of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 2, 2014. Some hundreds of pro-Russia insurgents attacked the base on Monday, with some firing rocket-propelled grenades from the roof of a nearby residential building. At least five rebels were killed when the guards returned fire, a spokesman for the border guard service said.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    19 Ukraine Servicemen Killed in Rocket Attack

    KIEV, Ukraine— Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said, adding that... Read more

  • Anna Otisko, the girlfriend of Roman Seleznev, a Russian man who was arrested on bank fraud and other charges earlier this week in the United States, cries as she listens to a question during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 11, 2014. Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear incarceration will kill him. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Indicted Russian’s Family Say He’s Innocent

    MOSCOW— Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody... Read more

  • At Least 30 Ukraine Troops Dead in Attack

    KIEV, Ukraine— A Ukrainian Interior Ministry official said at least 30 servicemen were killed Friday after pro-Russia rebels fired on them with missiles. Zoryan Shkiryak,... Read more

  • Ukrainian troops sit and stand atop vehicles as they leave a site of a battle in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 13, 2014. Ukraine’s interior minister says that government troops have attacked pro-Russian separatists in the southern port of Mariupol. Arsen Avakov said Friday that four government troops were wounded as forces retook buildings occupied by the rebels in the center of the town. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Pro-Russia Rebels Kill 30 Ukraine Troops With Missile Attack

    KIEV, Ukraine—Interfax-Ukraina news agency is citing a Ukrainian Interior Ministry official as saying at least 30 servicemen were killed after pro-Russian rebels fired missiles at... Read more

  • Polish Government Survives Vote of Confidence

    WARSAW, Poland— Poland’s center-right government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk survived a confidence vote on Friday that was called by the opposition over leaks of... Read more

  • UN: Europe Holds 4 Percent of Syrian Refugees

    GENEVA— The U.N. refugee agency says Europe has taken in 123,600 Syrians since the conflict began in March 2011, including over 11,000 who were rescued... Read more

  • Portuguese Bank Says it’s Healthy, Markets Recover

    LISBON, Portugal— Senior Portuguese officials gave assurances Friday about the soundness of Portugal’s biggest bank, seeking to defuse tension after world markets went into a... Read more

  • United States security officers patrol in front of the U.S. embassy in Berlin, Germany April 16, 2013. Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected U.S. spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    Germany Tells Top US Spy He Is No Longer Welcome

    BERLIN—Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American... Read more

  • A man rides a bike past a tail of a shell, outside the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Russian Inaction Leads to Division Among Eastern Ukraine’s Rebels

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine’s pro-Russia insurgents, as dozens of militiamen turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 14

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  • Argentina and Germany fans cheer prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 13, 2014. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

    Waiting for the World Cup Final, Anticipation Builds (+Videos)

      RIO DE JANEIRO—It’s here! Tens of thousands of fans were flocking to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday as millions of Brazilians... Read more

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    US, Germany Vow Cooperation Despite Espionage Spat

    VIENNA—The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several... Read more

  • In this image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines canceled some international flights. (AP Photo)

    6 Killed in Fierce Fighting Over Libyan Airport

    CAIRO—At least six people were killed and 25 injured Sunday when rival militias battled for the control of the international airport in Libya’s capital. Civil... Read more

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    Hopes for Nuclear Pact With Iran, Kerry’s Tough Task Ahead

    VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to try and advance troubled nuclear talks with... Read more

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    What Countries Will Shape the Future of the Internet?

    In the future, who – or what – will govern the Internet? The answer to that question could also shed light on one of the... Read more

  • 4 Civilians Killed In Artillery Fire in Ukraine

    MARYINKA, Ukraine— Artillery fire killed at least four people in an overnight attack on a residential area in eastern Ukraine, spurring more people to flee... Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a gathering of his supporters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Abdullah says he received calls from President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he refused to accept the preliminary result of the vote citing fraud. Abdullah told his supporters the results of the election were fraudulent but asked them to give him a few more days to negotiate. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    US Struggles to Resolve Afghan Election Crisis

    KABUL, Afghanistan—The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 11

    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

  • 4 Foreign Ministers Confirmed at Iran Nuke Talks

    VIENNA— Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance... Read more

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    World News to the Point: July 11

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  • Melbourne, Australia: David Brough, 42, Unemployed Builder: It’s a little bit hard, because when we look at the international stage, the Australian government, some of their activity hasn’t been very palatable, such as the refugee issue. Whilst there’s competing issues in relation to keeping our borders safe and preventing drownings at sea; we also need to ensure we do our bit as a country in relation to ensuing genuine refugees are supported, looked after, and resettled appropriately. The good thing is that we are active on the world stage in relation to national disasters, and we do jump in and give a hand when we can, and I think that’s fantastic. But certainly the hot topic being the refugee issue, I think we could do a bit better.

    Global Q&A: ‘What good has your government achieved this year to date?’

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  • This Wednesday, July 9, 2014 photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man helping children out of a damaged building following a Syrian government airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center-AMC)

    Islamic Militants Attack Kurds in Syria to Expand Conquered Territory

    BEIRUT—Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the... Read more

  • FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow. On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an Illinois man has apparently picked up an infection from the only American diagnosed with a mysterious Middle East virus, but the man has not needed medical treatment. (AP Photo/NIAID - RML, File)

    Ramadan 2014: MERS Virus, Symptoms Can be Stopped, WHO Says

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic... Read more

  • A Pakistani army soldier stands guard in Miran Shah bazaar after driving out militants from Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan along the Afghanistan border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Roughly 800,000 people left North Waziristan ahead of the ground operation, raising concerns of a humanitarian catastrophe as they reached nearby areas. (AP Photo/Rebecca Santana)

    A Rare Look Inside Pakistan’s Militant Haven

    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan—The streets of the one-time militant haven of Miran Shah were all but deserted, with only a few donkeys wandering around and soldiers... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with China's President Xi Jinping, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    US, China Discuss Cybersecurity While Chinese Hackers Attack

    BEIJING—Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 10

    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. Thailand: Bangkok... Read more

  • An American flag flies outside the United States embassy on July 7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

    Germans Investigating Second Possible US Spy Case

    BERLIN—German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S., a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new... Read more

  • The recovery effort continues as military personnel and emergency services attend the scene on the coast after a US Air Force helicopter crashed on marshland on January 9, 2014 in Cley-next-the-Sea, England. (Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

    Geese Downed US Air Force Helicopter, Killing Four

    LONDON—Geese penetrated the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during evening training mission in January, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: July 9

    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. Italy:... Read more

  • Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Monday, July 14, 2014. Israel began airstrikes Tuesday against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what it says was a response to heavy rocket fire out of the densely populated territory. The military says it has launched more than 1,300 airstrikes since then, while Palestinian militants have launched nearly 1,000 rockets at Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Israel Downed Militants’ Drone in Gaza, 1,300 Airstrikes, 175 Dead

      JERUSALEM— The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants on Monday, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since... Read more

  • Palestinians throw rocks as they clash with Israeli security forces during the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on Friday, July 4, 2014. Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands of people converged on a cemetery for the burial of an Arab teenager, who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a suspected revenge attack. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Israel Charges Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers

    JERUSALEM— Israel has charged three Jews with the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests in Arab... Read more

  • 5th Czech Soldier Dies After Blast in Afghanistan

    PRAGUE— The Czech Defense Ministry says a soldier who was seriously injured in a blast that killed four other Czech servicemen in Afghanistan last week... Read more

  • Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, chairman of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC), center, speaks during a joint press conference as Jan Kubis, United Nation representative for Afghanistan, left, and Abdul Satar Saadat, chief of Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission, listen at the IEC office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Welcoming an agreement between the two top candidates brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations, Afghanistan's election commission hopes to finish an audit of 23,000 polling stations within three weeks. (AP photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Rivals Agree to Election Recount, Afghans Express Relief

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country’s troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by... Read more

  • Palestinians flee their homes to take shelter at the United Nations school in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening campaign against militant rocket fire that's seen more than 160 Palestinians killed. Israel accuses Hamas of using Gaza's civilians as human shields by firing rockets from there. Critics say Israel's heavy bombardment of one of the most densely populated territories in the world is itself the main factor putting civilians at risk. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Israel Mobilizes 20,000 Troops, Palestinians Flee Gaza (+Videos)

      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Israel briefly deployed troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as some 4,000 people fled southward from... Read more

  • Iraqi former Parliament speaker and the chairman of the Sunni Arab coalition Osama al-Nujaifi, center, speaks to the media during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Iraq's deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite the country and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has seized control of a huge chunk of the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Deep Divisions Prevent Iraq Parliament From Forming New Gov’t

    BAGHDAD—Iraq’s deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who... Read more

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    Hopes for Nuclear Pact With Iran, Kerry’s Tough Task Ahead

    VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to try and advance troubled nuclear talks with... Read more

  • Members of the newly elected Iraqi parliament gesture at each other as arguments break out during the first parliament session following national elections, on July 1, 2014, in Baghdad. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq Parliament Postpones Decision on New Leaders

    BAGHDAD— Iraq’s deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite... Read more

  • Israeli soldiers prepare artillery shells as troops keep their position at Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on July 12, 2014. Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day today, vowing no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants which has killed more than 120 Palestinians. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Israel to Hit Northern Gaza “With Great Force”, More Than 150 Palestinians Dead

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas... Read more

  • An Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

    Why Israel’s Operations in Gaza Are Doomed to Fail, and Be Repeated

    Anyone reading the news from Israel and the Gaza Strip could be forgiven for thinking it’s November 2012 rather than July 2014. Back then, Operation... Read more

  • Iraqi mourners carry the coffins of locals killed in fighting in the predominantly-Sunni Muslim city of Samarra, during their funeral in the holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on July 12, 2014. Iraqi forces and tribal fighters beat back a fresh assault by Sunni militants on the town of Haditha, strategic for the large nearby dam and its oil refinery, police said. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

    ISIS Does Not Have Enough Public Support to Extend Its Caliphate in Iraq

    After a month of fighting in Iraq, the ISIS insurgency has made considerable progress, even if there is now something of a stalemate as Shi’a... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Afghanistan's presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (C) and Abdulah Abdullah (R) hold their arms in the air together after announcing a deal for the auditing of all Afghan election votes at the United Nations Compound in Kabul, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg)

    US Sec. Kerry Helps Afghan Political Crisis, Rivals Agree on Deal

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Afghanistan’s two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national... Read more

  • An Israeli 155mm artillery canon fires a shell from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip into the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 12, 2014. Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day today, vowing no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants which has killed more than 120 Palestinians. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

    The New Wave of Violence Between Israelis and Palestinians: The View From Israel

    The recent wave of violence between Israel and Hamas, which to date has resulted in the death of more than 100 Palestinians and the injury... Read more

  • An Iraqi Shiite fighter chants slogans against the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State group during Friday prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 11, 2014. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines — the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north. (AP Photo)

    UN Warns Iraq of ‘Chaos’ If Country Doesn’t Form New Gov’t

    BAGHDAD—The U.N. urged Iraq’s leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and... Read more

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    A Conversation on Diplomacy and Religion in the Middle East

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  • Smoke rises after a cargo crossing between Israel and Gaza was shelled on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque and a center for the disabled where two women were killed Saturday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the offensive to more than 120, Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Hamas Says it Will Fire Rockets at Tel Aviv Today Despite UN Ceasefire Call (+Time)

    Hamas is apparently not responding to the United Nation’s call for a cease fire between Israel and Palestine. According to CBC’s Derek Stoffel, Hamas, the... Read more

  • Smoke rises after a cargo crossing between Israel and Gaza was shelled on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque and a center for the disabled where two women were killed Saturday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the offensive to more than 120, Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    UN Security Council Calls for Israeli-Palestinian Cease-Fire

    UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council called Saturday for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip. A council statement approved by all... Read more

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    Gaza a Ghost Town, Festive Spirit Turns to Fear

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    How to Turn Off the ISIS Tap

    DUBAI—As fasting for Ramadan began, a Sunni terrorist group popularly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria proclaimed a caliphate, or religious-political dominion... Read more

  • An Israeli soldier leans on the barrel of the gun of a mobile artillery unit at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, July 11, 2014. Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day-long offensive. Rocket fire by Palestinian militants continued from Gaza toward various locations in southern Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Palestinians Draft UN Resolution Urging Cease-Fire

    UNITED NATIONS—The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for... Read more

  • Police officers detain several men after riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to restrain a group of youths who hurled rocks and vandalized store fronts at a rally to celebrate Argentina’s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Police said more than a dozen officers were injured and many more were arrested. The chaotic situation marred what was an otherwise spontaneous gathering of support for Argentina’s national team after its best World Cup run in 24 years. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Argentina Vandals Riot After World Cup 2014 Loss to Germany

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  • Detainees watch a World Cup soccer match from a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

    Obama Seeks Governors’ Support on Immigrant Kids

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  • Haitian machete fencing expert Alfred Avril, left, instructs his son Roland in the little-known martial art of machete fencing, outside Jacmel, Haiti, July 2, 2014. Trying to bring the secretive, rural Haitian martial art to foreigners involves certain trade-offs, but Avril is now eager to share his machete-fighting expertise with anyone who is interested. The former Haitian army drill instructor trained his sons, grandsons and neighbors to carry on his school. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    Journalist Reveals Lost Haitian Martial Art, Machete Fencing

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  • A family walks through a street littered with the rubble from buildings that fell during an earthquake in San Pedro, Guatemala, Monday, July 7, 2014. An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Pacific Coast shook a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Earthquake Death Toll in Mexico, Guatemala, Reaches Five

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico—The death toll in from a magnitude-6.9 earthquake near Mexico’s border with Guatemala has risen to five, with authorities confirming two more deaths... Read more

  • Earthquake Today in Mexico, Guatemala: 6.9 Temblor Hits Pacific Coast, 3 Dead

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at... Read more

  • A volunteer pretends to be injured as medical staff take part in a simulation emergency during an earthquake drill at a supermarket in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, on May 29, 2014. A magnitude 7.1 quake actually hit Mexico and Guatemala Monday morning, July7, killing two. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Earthquake Shakes Mexico, Guatemala; Three Dead

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico—A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least two people... Read more

  • Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY—A magnitude-7.1 earthquake on the Pacific Coast has jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. The U.S. Geological Survey said the... Read more

  • An aerial view of the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia. The stadium sits among many sports structures that are crumbling due to neglect. (Courtesy of FIFA)

    The World Cup and Failed Promises in Brazil’s Capital

    BRASILIA, Brazil—Despite early worries about strikes, protests, and unfinished venues, the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil have gone on largely without disruption. While many... Read more

  • New Bolivia Law Would Allow 10-year-olds to Work

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  • Guatemala Ex-guerrilla Convicted in 1988 Massacre

    GUATEMALA CITY— A Guatemalan court issued the first conviction Friday against a leftist guerrilla commander for a massacre committed during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war... Read more

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    Brazil Bridge Collapse Photos, Video: Belo Horizonte World Cup Project Overpass Accident – Crash Kills 1 Ahead of Estadio Mineirao Match

    A bridge has collapsed in Brazil’s Belo Horizonte on Thursday afternoon, according to reports. The bridge is being described as an overpass, according to broadcaster... Read more

  • BNP Paribas general counsel Georges Dirani, accompanied by attorney Karen Patton Seymour, leaves New York state Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Cuba Criticizes US Fine of Bank Which Helped Blacklisted States

    HAVANA—Havana on Thursday protested U.S. penalties levied against France’s largest bank over allegations it processed financial transactions for Cuba and other blacklisted states in violation... Read more

  • Security Firm Finds Billion-Dollar Brazil Cybercrime Ring

    SAO PAULO—A technology security company says it has uncovered a massive cybercrime ring in Brazil that may have stolen billions of dollars from a widely... Read more

  • Argentina 30 days From Default

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentina will likely miss a bond payment that risks sending it into a catastrophic default. Argentina owes an interest payment to the majority... Read more

  • A woman washes clothes from a small hose amongst the remains of homes demolished to make way for World Cup construction that never happened near the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22, 2014. The World Cup  has fallen short of its lofty environmental goals, but its legacy could be a shift in how global sporting events address social injustice. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – It was supposed to be the “Copa Verde,” a celebration of the greenest World Cup ever, in the country that’s home... Read more

  • Argentina's Vice President Amado Boudou gestures as he arrives to a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 4, 2012. An Argentine judge has charged Vice President Amado Boudou Friday June 27, 2014, with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the company that prints the country's currency and of later benefiting from government contracts. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina’s Vice President Amado Boudou Charged With Bribery

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentina’s Vice President Amado Boudou has been charged with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office, adding to the woes of President... Read more

  • FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, leads a workshop for state workers in front of a banner showing Maduro, left, and Venezuela's former President Hugo Chavez and reads in Spanish "Workshop: Maximum Socialist Effectiveness. State companies in the construction of the new economic order, " at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) oil compnay in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro was tapped by Chavez as his preferred successor to the presidency, and is quick to invoke the late leader’s name, but orthodox socialists are grumbling over free-market reforms they say are counter to the revolution. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra, File)

    In Socialist Venezuela, Chavez’ Replacement Threatened From Far Left

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Already grappling with street protests led by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists... Read more

  • Federal officials display photographs of Fernando Sanchez Arellano, head of the Arellano Felix cartel, at a press conference to announce his capture, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The head of the once-mighty Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel was arrested in Mexico while watching the Mexican soccer team play in the World Cup, a top federal official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Mexico Arrested Leader of Tijuana Drug Cartel Watching World Cup

    MEXICO CITY—The head of the once-mighty Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug cartel was arrested at a home while watching the telecast of Mexico’s soccer team playing... Read more

  • In this April 28, 2005, photo a woman looks at old currency during the opening of the Foreign Debt Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The museum, which is the world's first dedicated to a country's debt, opened nearly four years after Argentina staged the largest debt default in modern history. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Monday June 16, 2014 that Argentina can't comply with U.S. court orders to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt, the position her country was left in Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina to Meet US Judge on Debt Talks

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Argentina representatives will meet with a U.S. judge on Monday to start negotiations aimed at ending a more than decade-old battle over $1.5... Read more

  • Brazil's Dani Alves, third from left, plays with the ball as he practices with teammates during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil Faces Issues Around Racism Despite Image

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Former Brazilian national midfielder Arouca, playing for Pele’s old club Santos, was doing a sideline TV interview a few months ago when... Read more

  • Police investigators check out the Calgary home of Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, who went missing with their 5-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien on June 29, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Police Expand Search for Missing Boy, Grandparents, to Landfill

    CALGARY—Calgary police expanded their search for a missing boy and his grandparents to a garbage dump Wednesday, as the man they consider a person of... Read more

  • Decision Reversal: DC Entertainment Gives OK for Superman Logo on Boy’s Statue

    TORONTO—DC Entertainment has reversed an unpopular decision that generated a “maelstrom” of backlash, agreeing Wednesday to allow the Superman logo to be used on a... Read more

  • Amber Alert Ottawa Update: Kevyn Lex Menard ID’d as Suspect in Boy’s Kidnapping (Update: Police say it’s concluded)

    An Amber Alert was issued for Ottawa, Ontario, after a 2-year-old boy was taken by his father. Ottawa Police on Thursday afternoon wrote on Twitter... Read more

  • Fossils Show BC Once a Home Where Ancient Hedgehogs Roamed

    VANCOUVER—A new study says ancient hedgehogs and tapirs—a small rhino-like creature—once roamed the sub-tropical oasis that is now the Bulkley Valley in northern British Columbia... Read more

  • A Toronto team is hoping to break the current land speed record for a human-powered vehicle with the Eta, a recumbent bicycle encased in a slick bullet-shaped shell. (Courtesy of AeroVelo)

    Team Known for Human Powered Helicopter Aims for Land Speed Record

    TORONTO—The Canadian team that made an aviation breakthrough last year is trying for a new milestone—the land speed record for a human-powered vehicle.  The Toronto-based... Read more

  • Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski (R) and Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod serve a man a hamburger during Nunavut Day celebrations on July 9, 2014, in Iqaluit. The premiers of six western provinces and territories are in Nunavut for a gathering expected to focus on natural resources development and its impact on northern and remote communities. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Western Premiers in Iqaluit to Discuss Impact of Development on North

    IQALUIT, Nunavut—The premiers of six western provinces and territories arrived Wednesday in the Arctic boom town of Iqaluit, Nunavut, for a gathering expected to focus... Read more

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on March 11, 2014, in Seoul after reaching a free trade agreement that the two governments hope will boost exports and investment. Recent immigrants are exporting more outside the United States compared to their Canadian counterparts, a new study has found. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)

    Immigrants Advancing Canada’s Export Agenda, Report Finds

    Immigrants are not only exporting more outside the United States compared to their Canadian counterparts, but the business generated also tends to be more profitable,... Read more

  • Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is shown speaking to the Vancouver Board of Trade in Vancouver, on September 18, 2013. The central bank revealed the results of their latest business outlook survey on July 7, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Jimmy Jeong)

    Canadian Firms Still Positive About Future: Bank of Canada

    OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada says Canadian firms are confident about future prospects and the economy—although they are still not totally sold on a strong recovery... Read more

  • Finance Minister Joe Oliver shakes hands with Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant as New Brunswick Justice Minister Troy Lifford (centre left) and Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa look on at a news conference after signing an agreement to move towards a cooperative capital markets regulatory system in Ottawa, July 9, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

    National Regulator Soon a Reality, Says Ottawa

    OTTAWA—Finance Minister Joe Oliver welcomed the addition of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to the federal drive to create a national securities regulator, setting up a... Read more

  • Omar Khadr's defence attorney Dennis Edney speaks with an upset supporter after the former Guantanamo Bay inmate's court appearance in Edmonton on Sept. 23, 2013. A July 7, 2014 Alberta court ruling ordering Khadr's transfer to a provincial jail gives him a new avenue to apply for freedom. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

    Omar Khadr Should Be Transferred to Provincial Jail, Court Rules

    EDMONTON—A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr says an Alberta court ruling ordering his transfer to a provincial jail gives him a new... Read more

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds back his emotions while speaking during an invite-only press conference at City Hall in Toronto after his stay in a rehabilitation facility, on Monday June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

    Heckle Tell Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to Resign

    TORONTO—A group of shirtless protesters crashed a news conference by Rob Ford, shouting for Toronto’s embattled mayor to resign. Ford was speaking Tuesday about his... Read more

  • Krishna, 14, sits with her four-month-old baby outside her house in a village in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India, Jan. 21, 2013. Krishna was married to her husband Gopal when she was 11 and he was 13. Canada is contributing $20 million over two years to UNICEF toward ending child marriage in six countries. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

    Canada Puts $20 Million Toward Ending Child Marriage

    Canada’s ongoing efforts to end child, early, and forced marriage just got a funding boost. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced that Ottawa will... Read more

  • Photographer Gary Brinton braves the elements on the rocks at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, as residents begin to feel the effects of tropical storm Arthur on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Thousands of homes and businesses were without power as heavy rains and high winds buffeted the region.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

    Arthur Knocks Out Power for 10,000 in Eastern Canada

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—Arthur hit Canada’s Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking down trees and leaving about tens of thousands of people without... Read more

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall on his first day back to work after taking part in a rehab program June 30, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Brett Gundlock/Getty Images News)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Returns From Rehab

    OTTAWA—Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could soon wish he was back in rehab or hanging out in Ontario’s picturesque Muskoka region, known for the pricey summer... Read more

  • Police tape marks the outside boundary of the 'red zone' crash site, on July 14, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. A train derailed and exploded into a massive fire that flattened dozens of buildings in the town's historic district, leaving 60 people dead or missing in the early morning hours of July 6. (Ian Willms/Getty Images)

    Quebec Town Slowly Recovering From Flaming Oil Train Disaster

    LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec—Backhoes and bulldozers are still digging out oil-seeped soil and pavement in the center of this lakeside Quebec town. Where the post office, public... Read more

  • A coroner removes one of the bodies of six men from the scene of a multiple homicide in Surrey on Oct. 21, 2007. Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston are each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the men. (REUTERS/Lyle Stafford)

    ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ to Prove Guilt in B.C. Gang Murder Case: Crown

    VANCOUVER—There is “overwhelming evidence” to prove that two men participated in the murders of six people as part of a dispute between a violent gang... Read more

  • Earl Robert Crane speaks on the relationship between Canada and its original peoples during the Aboriginal Festival and Competition Powwow in Ottawa in June 2014. Crane believes Aboriginal Peoples are nearing a time when they can assert their legal rights in a more significant way. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Supreme Court Decision May Mark Turning Point in Aboriginal-Canada Relations

    OTTAWA—Last week’s Supreme Court decision changed the rules of engagement between Canada’s aboriginal people and the federal and provincial governments, says the president of the... Read more

  • Rod and Jennifer O'Brien show their emotions as they speak to the media about their son Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes during a press conference in Calgary on July 2, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Family Appeals for Return of Missing Boy, Grandparents

    CALGARY—Five-year-old Nathan O’Brien has been such a fan of superheroes, his mother says she hasn’t had to buy him clothes, just costumes. Nathan’s parents urged... Read more

  • Mayor Colette Roy Laroche walks along the street of Lac-Megantic’s new downtown core on June 10, 2014. One year after a runaway train destroyed part of the Québec town, echoes of the disaster still haunt people in the region. (The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)

    A Year Later, Deadly Train Disaster Still Haunts Lac-Megantic

    LAC-MEGANTIC, Que.—Yannick Gagne still pictures the faces of the people at his bustling Quebec bar last summer, many of whom vanished when an oil-filled train... Read more

  • Shirtless teacher Joe Killoran yells at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as Ford takes part in the East York Canada Day Parade in his first public appearance since returning from a rehabilitation clinic for substance abuse problems. Ford, who shot to prominence last year after admitting to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs, and driving after drinking, has now returned to office and the campaign trail. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

    Ford’s Return Forces Him to Face Critics

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could soon wish he was back in rehab or hanging out in Ontario’s cottage country—the two things he spent the last... Read more

  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hands with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Joseph Burns during a meeting at prime minister’s residence in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 11, 2014. Burn arrived Thursday on a two day official visit to India. (AP Photo/Harish Tyagi, Pool)

    Indian PM Modi to Meet President Obama in September

    NEW DELHI—India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between... Read more

  • An Argentina soccer team fan on a roadside, shows the victory sign ahead of the Argentina–Netherland’s match on Wednesday at Thrissur, India on July 9. Soccer is extremely popular in the region from central to northern Kerala called the Malabar coast of India. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Soccer Fans Go Wild on India’s West Coast

    KERALA, India—The World Cup has brought out the fervor of rabid soccer fans on India’s western coast, a region that is an island in a... Read more

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    Zohra Sehgal Dead: Indian Actress Dies at Age 102 Family Confirms; Tributes Pour in After Death

    Former Bollywood actress Zohra Sehgal has died at the age of 102. Sehgal was known as the Grand Old Lady of Bollywood, appearing in a... Read more

  • Tincy Thomar, a nurse from Kerala along with her ailing mother at their home in Koratty, Kerala State, India, on July 7, 2014. Tincy returned along with 46 nurses after being freed by ISIS militants from Tikrit, Iraq. Tincy economically supports her family and is looking for jobs abroad as the jobs at home don’t pay adequate salaries. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Nurses Survive Iraq Insurgency

    KERALA, India—One week ago, Tincy Thomas was trapped in an Iraqi hospital with 45 other Indian nurses from Kerala. “We were tense. We kept praying... Read more

  • An Indian street child lies on a puddle of water along a road in New Delhi on June 16, 2013. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indians Balk at $33 Million Statue in New Budget

    NEW DELHI— In a country grappling with poverty, sluggish growth and a daunting deficit, India’s new budget has set aside 2 billion rupees ($33 million)... Read more

  • This picture taken 23 May, 2007, shows an Indian pedestrians walking past a generator running outside a collonade of shops in Connaught Place, New Delhi. (Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images)

    Build Smart From the Start: Making the Business Case for Energy-Saving Construction in India

    India is suffering from severe power outages this month. Power plants are running out coal and citizens are protesting in the street as their livelihoods... Read more

  • Family members of Indian nurses who had been stranded in territory held by Islamic militants in Iraq await their arrival at the airport in Kochi, India, Saturday, July 5, 2014. News reports say that more than 40 Indian nurses have returned home in Kochi in southern India, aboard a special flight. About 10,000 Indians work and live in Iraq, but only about 100 are in violent, insecure areas. (AP Photo)

    46 Indian Nurses Stranded in Iraq Return Home

    NEW DELHI— Dozens of Indian nurses stranded in territory held by Islamic extremists in Iraq returned home to southern India on Saturday aboard a special... Read more

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    China Considers Rail Link Through Disputed Indo-Pakistani Territory

    NEW DELHI—The Chinese regime has commissioned a preliminary research study for building a controversial international rail link. It would connect China’s Xinjiang region to Gwadar... Read more

  • A NGO worker interacts with a farmer teaching him how to use, LifeLine Agri, a mobile phone based application used to connect farmers to a group of knowledge workers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India has more than 800 million mobile phone subscriptions and the country is set to reap the benefits of information technology in farming. (Courtesy One World Foundation)

    Cell Phone Technology a Life Line for India’s Farmers

    NEW DELHI—In developing India, farmers are hungry for information. “Markets are demanding things and farmers don’t understand how they [can] cope with those demands. What... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, third left, with his cabinet colleagues and officials arrives at the Indian Parliament House in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Modi on Wednesday attends his first Parliament session after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory in the 2014 Indian general elections. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

    India Complains About Alleged US Surveillance

    NEW DELHI—India summoned a U.S. diplomat on Wednesday and lodged an official complaint over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on new Prime... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, July 1, 2014 photograph, India’s National Disaster Response Force personnel stand around a man, left, they rescued from beneath the debris of a building that collapsed Saturday on the outskirts of Chennai, India. Rescuers pulled seven more survivors from under the concrete ruins of a collapsed 11-story building on Tuesday, three days after it toppled and killed dozens of people in southern India, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Death Toll Rises to 42 in India Building Collapse

    NEW DELHI—Rescuers in India pulled another 13 bodies from the ruins of a collapsed building on Wednesday, bringing to 42 the death toll since the... Read more

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    10 Reasons Why Your Next Vacation Should Be in India

    10. India is known for its breathtaking sights, exotic foods, rich culture and colorful dress. The diversity of the country makes it a journey that... Read more

  • Indian rescuers gesture for an excavator to stop as they try to retrieve the body of a victim at the site of a building collapse in New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 28, 2014. A dilapidated building collapsed in the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 26 people as rescuers searched for others believed to be trapped. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    India Building Collapse Kills at Least 26, More Than 100 Trapped, 5 Arrested (+Video)

      NEW DELHI—Police in southern India detained five construction company officials Sunday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed... Read more

  • Rescue workers clear debris at the site of a building collapse in New Delhi, India, June 28, 2014. A dilapidated building collapsed in the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least seven people as rescuers searched for others believed to be trapped. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    2 Buildings Collapse in India, at Least 12 Dead

    NEW DELHI—A dilapidated building and another under construction collapsed in India on Saturday, killing at least 12 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others... Read more

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    Indian Toilet-Cleaners Break Free From Centuries-Old Caste

    ALWAR, India—In a small city in India’s north, a community of illiterate women have broken free from the profession they were born into: cleaning rich... Read more

  • People gather around a passenger train that derailed near Chhapra town in Bihar, India, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A passenger train derailed early Wednesday in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, killing at least four people and injuring eight others, officials said. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. (AP Photo)

    Two India Trains Derail, Sabotage Suspected

    PATNA, India—Two trains derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing at least four people, and authorities were investigating whether Maoist rebels were responsible, officials said... Read more

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2014 file photo, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a news conference in New York. In America, Bharara has been on the cover of Time magazine and has earned praise for his tough language toward corruption on Wall Street and Main Street and in the hallways of elected officeholders. But his prosecution of an Indian diplomat has drawn scorn in his birthplace, with one commentator even questioning if he took up the case “to serve his white masters.” Bharara has received such criticism for years for his prosecutions of South Asian- and Indian-born Wall Street traders.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Top NY Attorney Sees Humor in Criticism From India

    NEW YORK— U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has made the cover of Time magazine and won praise for tough talk about corruption on Wall Street. But... Read more

  • An Indian street child lies on a puddle of water along a road in New Delhi on June 16, 2013. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

    Disaster-Struck Indian Himalaya Region Braces for Monsoon Season

    NEW DELHI—In June last year, monsoon floodwaters in the Indian Himalayan region swept entire houses off their foundations, washing them downstream. NGOs said a lack... Read more

  • India Cracking Down on Foreign-funded Charities

    NEW DELHI— India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of... Read more

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    Viral Video: Amazing Indian Stunt Couple

    Husband Balashankar Budati and housewife Bhramaramba Budati form one of India’s most impressive two-man stunt teams. Wife Bhramaramba plays the hazardous receiving end as she... Read more