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

    South Africa Says Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014

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

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

    Trudeau Mum on Running Deficits as Oliver Slams Liberal Economic Policy

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

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

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

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

  • Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Philip M. Breedlove attends a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    NATO: Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Fiercer Than Ever

    BRUSSELS—Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO’s top commander in Europe said Thursday — adding that the weapons systems seen now... Read more

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (L), as they meet at 10 Downing Street, London, Thursday, Jan. 22 2015. Al-Abadi is in London to attend a meeting Thursday on the country's beleaguered efforts to combat Islamic State. (AP Photo/Will Oliver)

    British Official: Iraq Forces Not Ready to Face ISIS

    LONDON—Iraqi forces are not ready to dislodge Islamic State militants from the country and the world must do more to starve the extremists of money... Read more

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

    Mexico Cartel Map 2015

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

  • Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand guard on a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Authorities in southern Yemen have closed the country's second-largest airport there in protest over the Shiite rebels' power grab in the capital, Sanaa, which has plunged the nation deeper into chaos and threatens to fracture the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    US Not Sending Gitmo Detainees to Yemen

    WASHINGTON—In another challenge to President Barack Obama’s efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, a ban on transferring detainees to Yemen has been effectively pushed... Read more

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

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

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

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

    Arts Valuable in Support of Freedom of Expression: Heritage Minister

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

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

    Crown Wants 25 Years for Sex-Abusing Former Arctic Priest

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

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

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

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

  • Hillary Clinton says Canada, World Must Fight Terrorist Propaganda

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

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

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

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

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

  • Irving Shipbuilding to Lead $26 Billion Frigate Replacement Program

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

  • Shark deterring wetsuits, designed to camouflage or repel. (Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAM))

    More Shark Research Needed as Dangerous Encounters Increase

    SYDNEY—When US bombardier Louis Zamperini crashed into the Pacific in 1943, he and two other survivors feared sharks more than they did the Japanese. Crammed... Read more

  • A man pays his final respect to the body of serviceman Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russia-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Sukhiashvil was a veteran of NATO-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia. A former senior Georgian military official says around 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the conflict against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Russia, Ukraine Agree Pullback Line for Heavy Arms

    BERLIN—Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after separatist... Read more

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

    Reassessing Organized Crime in Mexico

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

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

    Mexico President Faces New Questions About Personal Assets

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

  • Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand guard on a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Authorities in southern Yemen have closed the country's second-largest airport there in protest over the Shiite rebels' power grab in the capital, Sanaa, which has plunged the nation deeper into chaos and threatens to fracture the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Q&A on Yemeni President, Houthi Rebels Deal

    CAIRO—Shiite rebels holding Yemen’s embattled president captive in his own home reached a deal Wednesday night to end a violent confrontation in the capital. However,... Read more

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    The Commando Hunting Elephant Poachers in Africa

    When Nir Kalron, a former soldier with the Israeli special forces, learned that elephants could soon be extinct in Africa, he recruited intelligence agents and... Read more

  • Ugandans use a mobile money point in Kampala, Uganda, on Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

    Mobile Money on the Rise in Africa as Millions Get Phones

    KAMPALA, Uganda—Ivan Kiryowa repeatedly checked the balance on his phone, nervous sweat on his cheeks, as he waited for money from a friend. Thirty minutes... Read more

  • A mother feeds her malnourished child at a feeding center run by Doctors Without Borders in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Aug. 29, 2016. During its seven-year uprising, Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million in Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Widows of Victims of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Say Aid Overdue

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends a photo session at the African Union summit in Johannesburg. South Africa has decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court following a dispute over the visit by al-Bashir, who is wanted by the tribunal for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)

    South Africa to Withdraw From International Criminal Court

    JOHANNESBURG—South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, its justice minister said Friday, making the country the... Read more

  • Abana Muta (L) and Hawa Abana (R), parents of Blessing Abana, one among of the freed twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls smiles during an interview in Nasarawa, Nigeria, on Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gbemiga Olamikan)

    Nigerian Parents Eager to See 21 Girls Freed by Boko Haram

    ABUJA, Nigeria—A group of Nigerian parents are excitedly waiting to be reunited with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 ½ years ago and freed... Read more

  • Elizabeth Athiel holds her 8-month-old malnourished daughter Anger, at a UNICEF feeding center in Aweil, South Sudan, where she faced the anguished decision of getting urgent medical attention for Anger at a medical clinic a half-day's walk away, or making sure her other five children could eat at the center where she was, on Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch)

    South Sudan Starves as Aid Blocked, Money Spent on Fighting

    AWEIL, South Sudan—The mother faced an anguished decision: choosing which of her children to save. With hunger gripping this remote region of South Sudan, Elizabeth... Read more

  • Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa on Sept. 19, 2016. Police fired tear gas at scores of opposition supporters rallying in Kinshasa to demand that DR Congo's long-serving President Joseph Kabila step down this yea (AFP / EDUARDO SOTERAS/Getty Images)

    Congo in Crisis as President Delays Election

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains in a state of crisis as President Joseph Kabila delays the country’s scheduled November elections until December 2018, citing... Read more

  • African elephants. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Seeing the Elephant in the Room    

    Editor’s note: CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is currently meeting until October 5. Please see this article for more information. As a... Read more

  • Somali Fadumo Dayib, who is living in Finland, pictured during an interview in Helsinki, Finland, on Sept. 22, 2016. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Somali Presidential Candidate Takes Aim at Corruption

    HELSINKI—Running to become president of a country always comes with challenges—but facing death threats from militants and fearing you may never see your four children... Read more

  • An elephant in Tsavo, Kenya in 2011. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Conservationists Say Now is the Time to Stop Elephant Slaughter

    The world is in the midst of an international effort to raise awareness of the problem of elephant poaching and its dramatic impact on the... Read more

  • A dead camel in the desert outside the southeastern village of Ben Guerdane, Tunisia, close to the border with Libya, on March 12, 2011. Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is threatening farming, a pillar of the economy, and creating new social tensions. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    ‘We Are Thirsty’ Say Tunisians as Drought Creates Tensions

    TUNIS, Tunisia—Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating new social tensions and threatening... Read more

  • Rebel fighters shoot into the air during a funeral for slain comrades on March 3, in Ajdabiya, Libya. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Libya Falls Toward Failed State as Rival Governments and Militias Compete for Power

    A new report by the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee is a scathing rebuke of British actions in the Libyan civil war. Libya descended... Read more

  • Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (C) reviews honor guards, as he takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside of Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Egypt Looks to Burnish Image With el-Sissi’s UN Visit

    CAIRO—Authorities in Egypt are pulling out all the stops to ensure that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly is... Read more

  • Actors George Clooney (L) and Don Cheadle (C) appear with author John Prendergast at the National Press Club, Sept. 14, to discuss the findings of a two-year investigation into the networks of corrupt South Sudan's senior officials. Clooney and Prendergast co-founded The Sentry and have an abiding interest in African issues. (Gary Feuerberg/Epoch Times)

    Raising the Cost of Doing Business With War Criminals in South Sudan

     WASHINGTON—The peace agreement between the warring factions in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has been an abject failure, as war crimes, extreme violence, destruction,... Read more

  • An African elephants throws mud onto himself at the Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Foundation, in Laikipia District, Kenya, on Jan. 31, 2016. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saving the Great Being of the Elephant

    If, as Gandhi said, the mark of a civilization can be measured by how it treats animals, then our planetary civilization is failing. The latest... Read more

  • In this photo taken Monday Aug. 29, 2016. Women feed their malnourished children at a feeding centre run by Doctors Without Borders in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry out are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the kids lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying _ the latest victims of Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Nigeria Facing ‘a Famine Unlike Any We Have Ever Seen’

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky... Read more

  • Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari listens during a panel discussion at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, England, on May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Nigerian Military: Some Officers Selling Arms to Boko Haram

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Nigeria’s military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country’s fight against the Islamic extremists... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 26, 2015 file photo, an African Union (AU) soldier walks past the scene of destruction following a suicide car bomb attack outside a well-known hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. War-weary Somalis are trying to relax and rebuild their country after decades of violence, but the homegrown Islamic extremists al-Shabab keep striking at the heart of its seaside capital, killing scores of people so far this year. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

    As Somalia’s Capital Tries to Relax, Security Force Weakens

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—On a recent afternoon, the lobby of one of Mogadishu’s most popular hotels was nearly empty, a stark contrast to the days when one... Read more

  • Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (L) arrives for his first cabinet meeting on August 31, 2016 at the Carthage Palace near Tunis. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tunisia’s Arab Spring Democracy Faces Economic Drought, Terrorism

    Tunisia—the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring with a functioning democracy—faces challenges from a flailing economy and terrorism, even as its parliament approved... Read more

  • A group of government soldiers wait in line during a military parade celebrating the national army in Juba, South Sudan, on May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch)

    South Sudan’s Troubled Agreement Is Not Keeping the Peace

    JUBA, South Sudan—When South Sudan’s president signed a peace deal a year ago to try to end the country’s civil war, he added 16 reservations... Read more

  • A Border Patrol agent walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego on June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    Securing US Border May Cause Crisis in Mexico

    If President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises, the United States will have stronger security on the Mexican border and will deport illegal... Read more

  • Habana, CUBA:  Cuban President Fidel Castro presides over a massive May Day demonstration at Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion (Revolution Square), 01 May 2005. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama Says History Will Judge Castro, Trump Expresses Hope for a Free Cuba

    Reactions to the death of Fidel Castro among U.S. leaders moved quickly into the realm of how the revolutionary dictator should be remembered by history and... Read more

  • A university student confronts police standing guard during a protest demanding a recall referendum against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, near the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, Venezuela, on Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Maduro Just Crossed the Line—Is It Time the OAS Made Venezuela a ‘Pariah State’?

    “For my friends, everything; for my enemies, the law.” The origins of this infamous phrase can be debated, but it most likely originated with Oscar... Read more

  • Men with their faces painted as sculls pose for a photo during a Day of the Dead parade along Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue on Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    Halloween, Zombies, Movies Changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead

    MEXICO CITY—Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics are fast changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings... Read more

  • A university student confronts police standing guard during a protest demanding a recall referendum against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, near the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, Venezuela, on Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuela Braces for Turbulence After Recall Is Stalled

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The... Read more

  • Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'el Chapo Guzman' (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Federal Judge in Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Case Murdered

    A Mexican federal judge who presided over the case of drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was assassinated, Mexico’s office of the Attorney General confirmed... Read more

  • Residents carry a coffin containing the remains of a pregnant woman, a victim of Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Photos of the Devastation of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

    Haitian authorities were still unsure of the extent of the disaster after Hurricane Matthew plowed into desperately poor Haiti with winds of 145 mph with... Read more

  • A boat lies washed up amidst Haitian army buildings damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in a seaside fishing neighborhood in Port Salut, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Aid Arrives in Haiti, but Desperation Grows in Cut-Off Towns

    JEREMIE, Haiti—Helicopters are ferrying in food and medicine to devastated southwestern Haiti, but almost a week after Hurricane Matthew’s assault life here is still far... Read more

  • Residents carry a coffin containing the remains of a pregnant woman, a victim of Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Hurricane Creates New Crisis in Haiti, Aid Begins Arriving

    JEREMIE, Haiti—Jislene Jean-Baptiste and her neighbors had little before Hurricane Matthew and now they have a lot less. A grandmother who lives with her three... Read more

  • Opponents to the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, celebrate the results of the referendum in Bogota, Colombia, on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Colombians Reject Peace Deal as FARC Atrocities Loom Large

    Uncertainty hangs over Colombia after voters rejected a peace agreement four years in the making that was designed to end 52 years of conflict between... Read more

  • People work to remove debris from a street allowing vehicles to pass, in Leogane, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Matthew slammed into Haiti's southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris.  ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Bahamas Next up for Matthew After Destructive Path in Haiti

    PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti—Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas early Wednesday with a spreading mix of high winds, heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge, leaving widespread... Read more

  • Cars drive along a street under heavy rain in downtown Kingston Jamaica, Sunday Oct. 2 , 2016. An extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew is moving slowly over the Caribbean. It's following a track that authorities are warning could trigger devastation in parts of Haiti.(AP Photo/Collin Reid)

    Powerful Hurricane Matthew a Threat to Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba

      PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew drenched Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency... Read more

  • People wait in line to vote in the municipal election in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    City Elections in Brazil Point to Post-Impeachment Future

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilians across the country appeared to be in a kick-the-bums-out mood Sunday as they voted for the first time since President Dilma Rousseff... Read more

  • The GOES East satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea about 190 miles northeast of Curacao. (NOAA via AP)

    Powerful Hurricane Matthew Threatens Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba

    KINGSTON, Jamaica—A powerful Hurricane Matthew moved slowly across the Caribbean Sea Sunday on a track that authorities warned could trigger devastation in parts of Haiti... Read more

  • This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows well defined Hurricane Matthew continuing to slowly move westward at about 7 MPH across the Caribbean. Recent reconnaissance missions have revealed max sustained wind speeds up to 160 MPH, bringing Matthew up to a category 5 hurricane. Some of the outer bands can be seen pushing into Hispaniola, as well as Venezuela and Columbia. Matthew is expected to begin its northward turn over the next few days, largely impacting Jamaica next. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

    Hurricane Matthew Soaks Colombia, Heads for Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica—One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the... Read more

  • People enjoy a concert for peace in Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, will sign a peace agreement to end over 50 years of conflict, in Cartagena, on Monday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia to Sign Historic Peace Deal on Ending Long Conflict

    CARTAGENA, Colombia—Colombia will take a big step toward emerging from its long nightmare of bloody violence Monday when the government and the country’s largest rebel... Read more

  • Haitian refugees await breakfast at an immigrant center in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sept. 24, 2016. In recent months a surge of Haitian refugees has arrived to Tijuana, seeking asylum at the border crossing into the United States. The center, called the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, serves breakfast to more than 1,000 immigrants daily, many of them deportees from the United States. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Mexico Sees Surge of Migrants From Haiti, Africa, and Asia

    MEXICO CITY—Mexican immigration authorities said Saturday they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the southern... Read more

  • People paying their last respects on Sept. 21, 2016 to slain Rev. Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz, who was found bound and shot to death alongside another priest, inside Our Lady of Asuncion Church in Paso Blanco, Veracruz state, Mexico, his hometown. In this eastern oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Priests Murders’ Rattle Mexican City Gripped by Violence

    POZA RICA, Mexico—In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week... Read more

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Mexican singer Juan Gabriel performs during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla. Representatives of Juan Gabriel have reported Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, that he has died. Gabriel was Mexico's leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist with sales of more than 100 million albums. The statement says he died Sunday, but did not say where. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    Juan Gabriel: Virtuous Virtuoso

      “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” aptly underscores remembrances of Juan Gabriel for his many tear-filled fans, who gathered last week... Read more

  • Firemen removed a palm tree felled by Hurricane Newton in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Newton slammed into the twin resorts of Los Cabos on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Tuesday morning, knocking out power in some places as stranded tourists huddled in their hotels. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Newton on Path Toward Mexico’s Border With Arizona

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico—Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of southern Baja as a hurricane before making landfall Mexico’s mainland... Read more

  • Taiwan News is reporting that Chef Peng Chang-kuei, the man credited with inventing the iconic Chinese dish General Tso’s chicken in 1952, died at the age of 98 on November 30th. (AOL Screenshot)

    Chef Who Invented General Tso’s Chicken Has Died (Video)

    The man credited with originating the popular Chinese dish known as General Tso’s chicken has died, reports Taiwan News. According to the news outlet, the... Read more

  • In this undated photo, chef Peng Chang-kuei, right, cooks in his restaurant Peng's Garden in Taipei, Taiwan. Chef Peng, who has been credited with inventing General Tso's chicken, the sticky, sweet-and-sour dish to brought New York forty years ago, has died at age 98. Peng's son, Chuck Peng, told The Associated Press that his father died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan's capital. (Yung-Chuan Hou/United Daily News/World Journal via AP )

    Chef Credited With Inventing General Tso’s Chicken Has Died

    The chef credited with inventing General Tso’s Chicken, a world-famous Chinese dish smothered in a sweet sauce that was never a staple in China, has died... Read more

  • Over 6,300 Falun Gong practitioners form an emblem of Falun Gong and the Chinese characters, truthfulness, compassion and forbearance at the Liberty Square in Taipei on Nov. 26, 2016. (Chen Po-chou/Epoch Times)

    Over 6,000 Gather in Taiwan to Form Emblem of Falun Gong

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  • Falun Gong practitioners rally outside Parliament House Canberra in October 2016. (Epoch Times)

    Australian Senate Moves Against Unethical Organ Procurement

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  • Since it’s opening roughly 2 weeks ago, a skating rink in Japan's Space World theme park has been a popular attraction. However, in recent days, controversy erupted over the park's decision to freeze 5,000 dead fish into the ice. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • (Australia Bureau of Meteorology)

    Rare ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills Several in Australia

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  • Mr Craig Kelly, member of parliament for Hughes, speaks at Capital Hill spoke to the rally about "why I have been proud to be co-chairmen of the Parliamentary group against forced organ harvesting.” Canberra, Australia, Nov. 21, 2016. (Linda Zhang/Epoch Times)

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  • FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.  South Korea's military says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 into the sea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    Kim Jong Un Writes 9-Page Letter to Donald Trump

    North Korea sent a nine-page letter to President-elect Donald Trump demanding that the United States halt “hostile nuclear threats” to the reclusive, communist state and... Read more

  • Firefighters and city officials check the water level at an estuary following a tsunami warning in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, early Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Coastal residents in Japan were ordered to flee to higher ground on Tuesday after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. (Kyodo News via AP)

    A Scare, Then Relief After Powerful Japan Quake and Tsunami

    TOKYO—At first, it was 2011 all over again. “It really came back. And it was so awful. The sways to the side were huge,” Kazuhiro... Read more

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    Offshore Quake Causes Tsunamis, Nuclear Worries in Japan

    A powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese shore Tuesday sent residents fleeing to higher ground and prompted worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed... Read more

  • Tsunami Warning Issued After Quake Off Fukushima in Japan

    TOKYO—An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan. A tsunami warning for waves of up to... Read more

  • A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (USGS)

    Japan Earthquake: 7.4-Magnitude Hits Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Tuesday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Officials have issued a warning of a... Read more

  • (L to R) Graham Perrett, member for Moreton and Ken Lai, Brisbane's director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Ms Wu, shop owner and two Taiwanese working holiday workers, Nov. 17, 2016. (Linda Huang/NTD Television)

    Australia’s Mixed Signals to Young Working Holiday Makers

    BRISBANE, Australia—Word of mouth is the best way to find regional places to work for the many young people who come to Australia for a... Read more

  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, meets with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. South Korean prosecutors have raided the Seoul office of Samsung Electronics in connection with a snowballing influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante. (Back Seung-yul/Yonhap via AP)

    South Korean President’s Concession Could Spell End of Power

    SEOUL, South Korea—Scrambling to defuse a massive scandal, South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday conceded to lawmakers the power to name her new prime... Read more

  • South Korean protesters stage a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Tens of Thousands Call on South Korea’s President to Quit

    SEOUL, South Korea—Tens of thousands of South Koreans poured into the streets of downtown Seoul on Saturday, using words including “treason” and “criminal” to demand... Read more

  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Park took sole blame Friday for a "heartbreaking" scandal that threatens her government and vowed she will accept a direct investigation into her actions amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power from the shadows. (Ed Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

    Voice Shaking, S. Korean Leader Says Scandal ‘All My Fault’

    SEOUL, South Korea—In an extraordinary display of abject apology during a moment of supreme crisis, South Korean President Park Geun-hye took sole blame Friday for... Read more

  • In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, who is at the center of a political scandal, is surrounded by media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye over allegations of influence-peddling and other activities that have triggered a huge political scandal that threatens Park's leadership. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    S. Korea Prosecutors Seek Arrest of Friend of President Park

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for a longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday over allegations of influence-peddling and other... Read more

  • Choi Soon-sil, center left, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is surrounded by prosecutor's officers and media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. South Korea is hoping for answers Monday about its biggest scandal in years. At the center is Choi Soon-sil. Media speculation claims that Choi, who has no official ties to the administration, may have had a major role in government affairs by pulling strings from the shadows while exploiting her relationship with Park for money and favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Woman in Scandal Roiling S. Korea Says She ‘Deserves Death’

    SEOUL, South Korea—Telling reporters Monday that she “deserves death,” the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she... Read more

  • People watch a TV screen showing the news program about South Korean President Park Geun-hye's apology, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean Protesters Call for President to Step Down

    SEOUL, South Korea—Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down... Read more

  • Chinese Coast Guard members approach Filipino fishermen as they confront each other off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, also called the West Philippine Sea, on Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Renato Etac)

    Philippines, US Verifying If Chinese Left Disputed Shoal

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and the U.S. are verifying if Chinese coast guard ships left a disputed shoal after President Rodrigo Duterte reached out to Beijing,... Read more

  • Information on GM ingredients is not included in the Food Labelling Modernization initiative. (Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler/Grid Engine)

    Canada’s New Food Labels Won’t Include GMO Information

    The federal government is in the process of revamping Canada’s food labelling system, but the new labels won’t state whether a particular product contains genetically... Read more

  • Protesters turn their backs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he addresses the Canadian Labour Congress National Young Workers' Summit in Ottawa on Tuesday October 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

    Drop in Wages, Job Quality for Young Workers Highlighted in StatsCan Study

    OTTAWA—A new study from Statistics Canada about the precarious position young workers find themselves in—and how little it has changed in four decades—has refocused attention... Read more

  • A Suncor oil sands facility is pictured near Fort McMurray, Alta. Analysts predict the days of new mega-projects in the oil sands are over. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    End of an era for Canada’s oilsands

    The good old days of investors pouring money into greenfield oilsands projects in hopes of taking out decades of oil are likely gone, despite whatever... Read more

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during question period in the House of Commons on Dec.7, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Canada in Brief, Dec. 8-14

    Feds set aside $218M on Invest in Canada Hub over five years TORONTO—The federal government is setting aside $218 million over five years on a... Read more

  • A man goes to get water at an internal displaced persons camp for those fleeing Mosul, in Erbil, Iraq, on Sept. 4, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Future of Canada’s Iraq Mission Pondered as ISIS Appears Set to Go Underground

    OTTAWA—Canada’s mission in Iraq is set to undergo another transformation after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is driven from the city of Mosul,... Read more

  • Office space in downtown Calgary is becoming a highly desirable commercial real estate property as sales hit a record level nationally. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Canadian Commercial Real Estate Sales Hit Quarterly Record

    CALGARY—Real estate firm CBRE says Canada hit a record level for commercial real estate sales in the third quarter and is on track to beat... Read more

  • Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz at a press conference following the release of the Monetary Policy Report in Ottawa on Oct. 19, 2016. The Bank of Canada left its overnight target rate at 0.50 percent on Dec. 7, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Bank of Canada Holds Rate Steady at 0.50% as Fed Looks Set to Hike

    OTTAWA—As the Canadian economy underperforms that of its neighbour to the south, the divergence in action from the two central banks begins to unfold. The Bank... Read more

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during question period in the House of Commons on Nov. 30, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Canada in Brief, Dec. 1-7

    Trudeau won’t be attending Castro’s funeral, says PMO OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says he won’t be attending the funeral of the late Communist Cuban... Read more

  • People march during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Vancouver on Nov. 19, 2016. Opponents of the expansion are promising to continue their battle against the contentious project now that it has been approved by Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval Prompts Anger, Disappointment in BC

    VANCOUVER—British Columbia First Nations, environmental groups, and politicians opposed to the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are promising to continue their battle against the contentious... Read more

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves the podium after delivering remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trudeau participated in a panel conversation titled 'Growing Canada's economy and the North American relationship.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Trudeau’s Fundraiser with Chinese Billionaires ‘Selling Influence to Foreign Powers,’ Opposition Says

    Just days before issuing a statement expressing “deep sorrow” for the passing of Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro and the criticism that ensued, Prime Minister Justin... Read more

  • Canada’s premiers are seen during the closing news conference following a meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, to discuss creation of a Canadian free-trade agreement between provincial and territorial jurisdictions, on July 22, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

    Trump’s Isolationism May Spur Canadians to Pull Together

    There is a view that the election of Donald Trump will mean Canada becomes “roadkill” in the new U.S. president’s campaign to build jobs in... Read more

  • Hydro towers loom over a golf course in Toronto, Nov. 4, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

    Keep an Eye on Hydro Bills as Coal Phased Out, Ontario Advises Other Provinces

    TORONTO—Ontario has some advice for its fellow provinces as they move to meet the federal government’s newly unveiled goal of eliminating coal-fired power generation in... Read more

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 22, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Tories Turn up Heat on Trudeau Over Private Cash-for-Access Fundraiser

    OTTAWA—Conservative MPs used their strongest rhetoric yet on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to question the prime minister’s decision to attend a private fundraiser with “billionaire communist... Read more

  • A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter attack aircraft taxies on the deck of the USS George Washington during a joint military exercise off South Korea's West Sea on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Canada in Brief, Nov. 24-30

    Feds to ‘explore acquisition’ of interim Super Hornet jets OTTAWA—The federal government says it will “explore the acquisition” of 18 new Boeing-made Super Hornet jets... Read more

  • A sign for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service building in Ottawa. Canada's spy agency is warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country's most prized secrets. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Moscow, Beijing Targeting Canada’s Secret Info and Technology, Spy Agency Warns

    OTTAWA—Canada’s spy agency is openly warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country’s most prized secrets. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which... Read more

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    New Startup Aims to Level the Playing Field in Local Elections

    Recognizing the difficulty for newcomers in municipal elections to run efficient campaigns, a not-for-profit startup is developing a set of free online tools for would-be... Read more

  • Toronto FC's Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final in front of 61,004 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Nov. 22, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Impact, Toronto FC Thriller a Blessing for Soccer in Canada

    MONTREAL—A sold out Olympic Stadium crowd of 61,004 witnessed arguably the most important soccer match in Canadian history as the Montreal Impact hung on for... Read more

  • SafetyNet members (L-R) Alex Steeves, Abdullah Mostafa, Suzana Vukovic, Thomas Le, and Herman Liao at the University of Ottawa on Nov. 20, 2016. (Rahul Vaidyanath/Epoch Times)

    Startup Weekend More Than Transforming Ideas Into Reality Quickly

    OTTAWA—Startup Weekend provides the water and sunlight from which a remarkable transformation takes place in about 48 hours. An exuberant and perhaps naïve individual with... Read more

  • Opposition Critic for Democratic Reform Scott Reid during a press conference on electoral reform on Oct. 14, 2016, in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    National Referendum on Electoral Reform? Don’t Do It, Says Expert

    As the country holds it breath waiting to see what recommendations the Special Committee on Electoral Reform will make at the beginning of December, one... Read more

  • A dairy farm near Calgary. Researchers say young children who drink whole cow's milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who consume low-fat or skim milk. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

    Kids Benefit From Whole Fat-Milk

    Researchers say young children who drink whole cow’s milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who consume low-fat or skim milk... Read more

  • Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference at the premier's office Chigi Palace in Rome, early on Dec. 5, 2016. Renzi acknowledged defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he would resign on Monday. Italians voted Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Renzi Quits; Italian Populists Seek Quick Vote to Win Power

    ROME—Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the opposition 5-Star Movement’s determination to... Read more

  • This Sept. 28, 2016 photo shows investor Walter Baseggio posing in front of the historic headquarters of Veneto Banca in Montebelluna, Italy. Veneto Banca’s collapse is emblematic of the country’s financial problems, which could get worse if the government collapses after a popular vote this weekend on Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)

    How Shady Italian Banking Led to Drama for Savers, Economy

    MONTEBELLUNA, Italy—For the people of Montebelluna, in Italy’s prosperous northeast, the 139-year-old Veneto Banca was not a faceless lender, but part of the community. Deals... Read more

  • French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon gestures as he delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016, at his campaign headquarters in Paris.
France's conservatives held final run-off round of a primary battle on November 27 to determine who will be the right wing nominee for next year's presidential election. / AFP / Eric FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

    François Fillon’s Trump-Like Triumph in French Republican Primaries

    PARIS—There’s a saying in Belgium: “when it’s raining in Paris, there’s a drizzle in Brussels,” implying that the influence of political tendencies going on south... Read more

  • Photo-illustration of web flash pages for GCHQ, the British government's communications and electronic surveillance headquarters, and The Security Service (MI5), the governments internal security service, on a computer and smartphone in London, on Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    UK Bill Requiring Firms to Store Web Histories Becomes Law

    LONDON (AP)—The U.K. government says a contentious internet surveillance bill that creates databases of Britons’ online activity has become law. House of Commons Speaker John... Read more

  • People walk past Dutch and Belgian flags on the waterfront in Eijsden, Netherlands. The Netherlands and Belgium on Nov. 28, 2016 signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    No Shots Fired! 2 EU Nations Exchange Territory as Friends

    BRUSSELS—The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere... Read more

  • Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives at the Council of the European Union on the second day of a two day summit in Brussels on Oct. 21. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

    Why Italy’s Prime Minister Is Facing a Day of Reckoning

    ROME—Marcello Tomassini, the former mayor of Castel Viscardo, a small town in central Italy, doesn’t mince his words when it comes to his appraisal of... Read more

  • A police vehicle next to a concrete 4-metre-high wall in Calais, northern France on October 26, 2016. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    2 Qatari Sisters Relieved of Millions in Highway Heist

    PARIS—Three masked thieves stopped a Bentley carrying two Qatari sisters on a highway north of Paris, sprayed their driver with tear gas and stole belongings... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting on military industry issues in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Nov. 15, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    NATO Criticizes New Russian Missiles Near Poland and Lithuania

    NATO is criticizing Russia’s deployment of anti-ship missiles in its westernmost Baltic region as “aggressive military posturing,” and is urging dialogue to cool escalating tensions... Read more

  • Francois Fillon, right, arrives with his bodyguard at his campaign headquarters in Paris on Nov.21, 2016. Former Prime Ministers Fillon and Alain Juppe will meet in a runoff next Sunday for the nomination to be France's conservative candidate for president. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Longtime No. 2 Beats Sarkozy in French Conservative Primary

    PARIS—It was as if Robin suddenly trounced Batman: The longtime No. 2 of French conservative politics, the low-key Francois Fillon, unexpectedly beat his world-famous former... Read more

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    Lawyers, Politicians Among 20 People Arrested in Norwegian Child Abuse Network

    Norwegian police say they investigating a pedophile network that is suspected to involve at least 51 people, reported The Associated Press, which added that it... Read more

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, reacts during a visit to Diabetes UK, where she opened their new charity headquarters in east London, Monday Nov. 14, 2016. Britain will be a "global champion of free trade," according to details of a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May released Monday, acknowledging that the U.S. election of Donald Trump and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union mark an era of profound world change. (Jack Taylor / PA via AP)

    Report: UK Government Said to Have No Coherent Plan for Brexit

    LONDON—A memo prepared by a consultant to the British government says ministers have no coherent plan for leaving the European Union and may need to... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016 file photo German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier laughs as he waits for the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

    German Foreign Minister Tapped to Become Next President

    BERLIN—Germany’s foreign minister, who once referred to Donald Trump as a “hate preacher,” was tapped Monday to become his country’s next president. Frank-Walter Steinmeier would... Read more

  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announces his resignation, during a press conference in Sofia, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Borisov announced his resignation after exit polls showed his party losing badly in Sunday's runoff presidential election. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

    Bulgaria Premier Resigns After Party Loses Presidential Vote

    SOFIA, Bulgaria—Bulgaria’s prime minister handed in his resignation to parliament Monday after results showed his party losing badly in the presidential runoff, opening the way... Read more

  • A man rides his scooter in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    Heavy Security as Sting Reopens Bataclan After Paris Attacks

    PARIS—French security turned out in force Saturday night ahead of a concert by British pop legend Sting marking the reopening of the Bataclan concert hall... Read more

  • Emergency service workers attend the scene of a derailed tram in Croydon, south London, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016. A tram derailed in London before dawn on Wednesday, leaving at least 50 people injured and several trapped, the emergency services said. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

    London Tram Derails, Police Say ‘Some Loss of Life’

    LONDON—A tram derailed in south London before dawn on Wednesday, resulting in “some loss of life” and injuring at least 50 people, police and emergency... Read more

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses an energy meeting in his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Erdogan has reiterated the country's opposition to the use of Syrian Kurdish fighters in the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey considers U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, and its political wing as terror organizations.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool photo via AP)

    EU, Turkey Challenge Each Other to Decide on Membership Bid

    ANKARA, Turkey—In the face of increasing criticism and worsening relations, the European Union and Turkey launched into a war of words on Wednesday over whether... Read more

  • Police officers seach a residential building opposite the German-Speaking Islamic Circle Hildesheim mosque in Hildesheim, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. German security authorities arrested five men Tuesday on allegations they aided the Islamic State group in Germany, recruiting members and providing financial and logistical help. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

    5 ISIS Suspects Arrested in Germany

    BERLIN—German authorities arrested five men Tuesday on allegations they aided the ISIS terrorist group in Germany by recruiting members and providing financial and logistical help... Read more

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London on Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

    British PM May Says Country Should Unite on Brexit Plan

    LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May has shrugged off an adverse court ruling on her government’s plans to leave the European Union and maintains that Brexit... Read more

  • Supporters of Right Wing Movement protest against events, groups and profiles blocked by Facebook in front of the Facebook Office in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Far-Right Polish Groups Protest Facebook Profile Blockages

    WARSAW, Poland— Several far-right Polish groups have protested outside Facebook’s office in Warsaw after the social networking site temporarily blocked their profiles. About 120 people... Read more

  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 file photo of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press statement with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at 10 Downing Street in London. Britain’s High Court  brought government plans for leaving the European Union screeching to a halt Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 ruling that the prime minister can’t trigger the U.K.'s exit from the bloc without approval from Parliament.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool, File)

    UK PM May Seeks to Keep Brexit Plan Going Despite Setback

    LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to reassure European Union leaders that her Brexit timetable remains intact despite an adverse court ruling. She plans... Read more

  • The logo of the Reserve Bank of India is seen on the gate of it's headquarters in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov.9, 2016. Indians awoke to confusion Wednesday after the government withdrew the highest-denomination currency notes overnight to halt money laundering in a country where many in the poor and middle-class still make day-to-day transactions in cash. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    Millions Scramble After India Scraps Its Largest Banknotes

    NEW DELHI—Indians awakened to confusion Wednesday as banks and ATMs remained closed after the government withdrew the highest-denomination currency notes overnight to halt money laundering... Read more

  • India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Thousands of Indians Declare $9.5 Billion in ‘Black Money’

    NEW DELHI—Tens of thousands of Indians have declared a total of $9.5 billion in money that was either illegally obtained or not declared for tax... Read more

  • An Indian army soldier guards the army base which was attacked by suspected rebels in the town of Uri, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    17 Soldiers Killed in Attack at Indian Army Base in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India—Suspected rebels using guns and grenades sneaked into a crucial army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir early Sunday and killed at least 17 soldiers in... Read more

  • Indian policemen stand guard during a curfew in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Police Face Public Wrath Amid Anti-India Uprising

    SRINAGAR, India—Before the crack of dawn and before the protesters hit the streets to resume demands India leave Kashmir, he dressed like an ordinary man... Read more

  • Dana Manjhi and is 12-year-old daughter are seen as he lifts the body of his wife (YouTube/screenshot)

    Indian Man Carries His Wife’s Body for Miles After He Can’t Get a Car

    A grieving Indian man carried his wife’s body six miles after the hospital where she was pronounced dead couldn’t provide a way to transport her... Read more

  • FILE- In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, a boy flies a kite from the roof of a house as other kites seem to flock in the sky above as Indians celebrate Independence Day in New Delhi, India. Indian police say three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slashed by glass-coated kite string used in competitions to slice the strings of other kites.The deaths occurred in New Delhi on Monday, which was a holiday on account of India's Independence Day when people fly kites to celebrate. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

    Glass-Coated Kite String Kills 3 People in Indian Capital

    NEW DELHI—Indian police say three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slashed by glass-coated kite string used in competitions to bring... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN-32 with 29 people on board. A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, file)

    Indian Air Force Plane With 29 On Board Goes Missing Over Bay of Bengal

    NEW DELHI—The Indian air force Friday lost contact with a transport plane carrying 29 people to islands in the Bay of Bengal, the defense ministry... Read more

  • Kashmiri villagers wave Pakistani flags during the funeral procession of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Indian Kashmir's largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen, in Tral, some 24 miles south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir as tens of thousands of Kashmiris defied a curfew imposed in most parts of the troubled region Saturday and participated in the funeral of the top rebel commander killed by Indian government forces, officials and locals said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    16 Dead in Indian Kashmir Protests After Top Rebel Killed

    SRINAGAR, India—The death toll in Kashmir rose to 16 on Sunday as clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the... Read more

  • A masked Kashmiri protester prepares to throws a brick at an Indian policeman during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after government forces killed the top rebel commander in the disputed Himalayan region, officials said, describing it as a major success against rebels fighting Indian rule. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian Troops, Kashmir Protesters Clash as Top Rebel Killed

    SRINAGAR, India—Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir on Saturday, killing at least seven as tens of thousands of people defied a curfew and participated... Read more

  • The landscape of Manipur, India, in the background. (Wikimedia/Mongyamba, CC BY-SA) Top right: Satyendra Garg, joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is chairing the meeting between the armed groups and the Manipur state government.

    India: Government and Armed Groups Begin Political Dialogue After 10 Years

    The central government and the Kuki armed groups—the United Peoples’ Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO)—began their first round of political dialogue at... Read more

  • Apple currently sells its products through resellers in India but easing of restrictions may see the company soon opening stores in the world’s second most populous nation. (SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Announces Sweeping Foreign Investment Reforms

    India has announced sweeping moves to expand foreign investment in civil aviation, defence, and a string of other sectors as part of attempts to open... Read more

  • Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (R) shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi before their meeting in New Delhi, India, on June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    India Sure of China’s Support for Nuclear Group’s Membership

    NEW DELHI—India said Sunday that it was confident of winning China’s support for U.S.-backed efforts for its membership in a group of 48 nations controlling... Read more

  • President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi before their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    India’s Bid to Join Nuclear Supplier Group a Point of Pride

    NEW DELHI—India is rejoicing over news that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brokered deals with U.S. officials to bring New Delhi closer to its long-held... Read more

  • Indian labourers in a hospital near New Delhi after one of their kidneys was removed. Recently, New Delhi police have arrested three kidney donors over an illegal organ trafficking racket at one of India’s top hospitals.  (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indian Police Make New Arrests in Kidney Sale Racket

    New Delhi police have arrested three kidney donors over an illegal racket at one of India’s top hospitals that has shone a spotlight on underground... Read more

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    Monkey Tricks Shopkeeper in India, Leaves With 10,000 Rupees

    A jewelry store owner in India was swindled by a monkey after he offered it a treat outside his shop. CCTV footage shows the monkey... Read more

  • A labourer pushes a handcart on a street in Imphal in the northeastern state of Manipur on Feb. 20, 2012. Promoted in official tourist brochures as the "jewel of India," the tiny state of Manipur often seems closer to an ignored family heirloom than a proudly coveted gem. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi looks over his shoulder to speak with an aide during his meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Indian PM Burnishes His Standing With Address to Congress

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  • President Barack Obama (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the gardens of the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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    NEW DELHI—It’s a friendship between two powerful men that transcends politics, transcends diplomacy. It certainly looked like genuine affection when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more

  • A man prays inside a temple that survived last years attacks, on the day of Probarona Purnima on October 19, 2013 in Ramu, Bangladesh.  Getty Images)

    Buddhist Monk in Bangladesh Has Throat Slit in Murder

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP)—A 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been killed in a monastery in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Saturday. The body of Maung Shue U. Chak... Read more

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    A 72-year-old Indian woman has reportedly given birth to a healthy child. The Guardian reported that Daljinder Kaur, the woman, and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder... Read more

  • President-elect Donald Trump walks out of an elevator speak to the media at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 6, 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Man Claims Donald Trump Saved His Autistic Daughter From Drowning in 1989

    A report is saying that President-elect Donald Trump saved an autistic girl’s life back in 1989. According to an uncorroborated account written in French news magazine... Read more

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    3 Detectives Killed, Burned in Southern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY—The charred remains of three federal detectives have been found in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of... Read more

  • Egyptian explosives experts look for evidence at the site of a bomb explosion in Cairo, Egypt, on Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Bombing on Cairo Road to Pyramids Kills 6 Egyptian Police

    CAIRO—A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on... Read more

  • Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on Nov. 10, 2015. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cambodia’s Exiled Opposition Leader on Trial Again

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was tried in absentia Friday for allegedly conspiring to incite chaos in the country through false documents... Read more

  • John Gaut, left, with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, leads a group in prayer near the site of a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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  • In this file photo, South Korea's President Park Geun-hye disembarks from the presidential plane on her arrival for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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  • A protester supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shouts slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of Park in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend... Read more

  • A man salvages printed materials from under the rubble of a shop at a market in Meureudu, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

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    MEUREUDU, Indonesia—Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia’s Aceh province Thursday as the government promised tons of emergency aid and officials raced to assess the full extent... Read more

  • In this file photo, smoke rises following an air strike hits insurgents positions in eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    Russian Official: Russia, US Near Deal on Aleppo Cease-Fire

    MOSCOW—A Russian deputy foreign minister says Russia is close to reaching a deal with the United States on a cease-fire for the besieged Syrian city... Read more

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    Search Underway for US Marine Pilot Ejected From Jet in Japan

    TOKYO—A U.S. Marine Corps pilot ejected Wednesday from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan, and search and rescue efforts were underway, the U.S. military said... Read more

  • Italian Premier Matteo Renzi (R) arrives at the Quirinale presidential palace to meet President Sergio Mattarella and tender his resignation in Rome on Dec. 5, 2016. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)

    Renzi to Step Down Now That Parliament Has Approved the 2017 National Budget

    ROME—Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said he would resign Wednesday evening now that Parliament has approved the 2017 national budget, a step required by the nation’s... Read more

  • Pakistani media and residents gather at Benazir Bhutto International Airport following a report that a passenger plane from Chitral, in the country's north, had crashed near a village near the town of Havelian, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Dec. 7, 2016. Pakistan International Airlines said that the ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew lost touch with the control tower and that all resources are being mobilized. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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    ISLAMABAD—A plane belonging to Pakistan’s national carrier crashed on Wednesday with about 40 passengers and seven crew members on board, police and an airline spokesman... Read more

  • Rescuers recover the body of a victim from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia on Dec. 7, 2016. A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a large number of people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

    Frantic Rescue Underway in Indonesia as Quake Kills Scores

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia—A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens... Read more

  • An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Infantry Division holds his machine gun while heading to the frontline in Shyma district in Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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  • French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve leaves the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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  • President Hassan Rouhani speaks to a crowd during a visit to the central city of Arak, Iran, on Oct. 23, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

    Iran President: Trump Won’t Be Able to Harm the Nuclear Deal

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s president said on Tuesday that his country will not allow incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to “tear up” Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with... Read more

  • German Chancellor and Chairwomen of the CDU, Angela Merkel, after her speech as part of a general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen, Germany, on Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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  • United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, (Second L) speaks to the media as Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Kenji Wakamiya (R) accompanies on the flight deck of the helicopter destroyer Izumo of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo on Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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  • A boat sails on a river at a peat land forest recently burned in a wildfire in Sungai Mangkutub, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Jan 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Indonesia Takes New Step to Combat Loss of Forests, Fires

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  • A man watches wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Israeli police have arrested four Palestinians in connection with one of several large fires that damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people in the past few days. Police are investigating the causes, including possible arson. Windy and hot weather have helped fan the flames. The blazes started three days ago near Jerusalem and in the north. Hundreds of homes were damaged. Russia, Italy and other countries are assisting the Israeli firefighters.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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    A wildfire roared through parts of Israel’s third-largest city on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes as the country’s leaders... Read more

  • Iraqis Advance in Mosul as Bomb South of Baghdad Kills 21

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  • A Pakistani photographer documents a shattered windshield of a vehicle of paramilitary troops at the site bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. A Pakistani police official says a bomb blast has killed some paramilitary officers in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Wajid Khan says the bomb, which was apparently detonated by remote control, exploded when a patrol of paramilitary police was passing by. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Bomb Kills 3 Paramilitary Officers in Northwestern Pakistan

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      MOSUL, Iraq—The Iraqi army said Nov. 13 that troops have driven ISIS terrorists out of the town of Nimrud, south of Mosul, near the site of... Read more

  • Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers fire artillery at Islamic State positions in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Iraqi Kurdish fighters are exchanging heavy fighters with militants as they advance from two directions on a town held by the Islamic State group east of the city of Mosul. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Iraqi Kurdish Forces Advance on ISIS-Held Town East of Mosul

    NEAR BASHIQA, Iraq—Iraqi Kurdish fighters exchanged heavy fire with ISIS militants early on Monday as they advanced from two directions on a town held by... Read more

  • In this file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA on Sept. 26, 2016, anti-Syrian government fighters, left, some of them carrying their weapons, head to a bus as they leave the last besieged rebel-held neighborhood of Al-Waer in Homs province, Syria. The Syrian government has forced thousands of insurgents and their families to relocate to the northern Idlib province as part of truce deals, a move that rebels suspect is aimed at gathering them far from the capital where they can later be eliminated. The al-Qaida stronghold is now home to several insurgent groups, some with radical ideologies, and has been compared to Kandahar, the Taliban’s onetime seat of power in Afghanistan. (SANA via AP, File)

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    BEIRUT—The men receive a hero’s welcome as they step off the green buses in Syria’s Idlib province with guns slung over their shoulders, having been... Read more

  • This frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows officials with the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces at a press conference in Ein Issa in northern Syria. U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces announced their plan Sunday to retake the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa. (Arab 24 network, via AP)

    Syria Kurds Announce Start of Campaign to Retake Raqqa

    BEIRUT—U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces announced their plan Sunday to retake ISIS’s de facto capital of Raqqa, saying they hoped Turkey would not “interfere in internal... Read more

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    Assault on ISIS Capital Raqqa Could Be Launched Within Weeks

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  • FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Al-Baghdadi has released a new message encouraging his followers to keep up the fight for the city of Mosul, which they are defending against Iraqi government forces, a U.S. organization that monitors militant activity online said Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)

    ISIS Leader Rallies His Fighters in Mosul

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  • Iraqi special forces soldiers use radio communication as a tank rolls down an alley in the village of Bazwaya, some 8 kilometers from the center of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out Islamic State militants after sweeping into the last village on the city's eastern edge Monday while fending off suicide car bombs without losing a soldier. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul City Limits, ISIS Fires Missiles

    BAZWAYA, Iraq—Iraq’s special forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday and were advancing toward its more urban center despite fierce resistance by ISIS terrorist group... Read more

  • Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa, Monday, encountering roadside bombs and trading heavy fire with the militants. Loudspeakers on the Humvees blared Iraqi patriotic music as they pushed toward the village. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    In Dawn Assault, Iraqi Special Forces Near Mosul From East

    BAZWAYA, Iraq—Iraqi special forces advanced on the ISIS-held city of Mosul from the east on Monday, taking heavy fire but entering the last village before... Read more

  • A man sits in front of Parliament House after listening to official speeches during a rally in reaction to the attempted military coup in Ankara, Turkey, on July 16, 2016. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s state-run news agency says 10,131 more civil servants have been dismissed for alleged ties to terrorism while 15 mostly pro-Kurdish media outlets also have... Read more

  • An Iraqi soldier and a civilian ride a motorbike as smoke rises behind them, on the road between Qayyarah and Mosul on Oct. 28, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

    Shiite Militias Join the Battle as Iraqis Push Toward Mosul

    SHURA, Iraq—State-sanctioned Shiite militias joined Iraq’s Mosul offensive on Saturday with a pre-dawn assault to the west, where they hope to complete the encirclement of... Read more

  • This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group, purports to show a blast on the ground, apparently the result of an airstrike, in an Assad neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said. (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)

    Syrian Airstrikes on Aleppo Amid Intense Clashes

    BEIRUT—Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents... Read more

  • Syrians workers fix electricity cables after airstrikes, in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 20, 2016. (Local Council of Aleppo City via AP)

    Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Offensive to Break Siege

    BEIRUT—Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government’s nearly two-month siege... Read more

  • Lift truck drivers upload family tents for the Mosul refugees at the UNHCR warehouses, part of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The United Nations' refugee agency is shipping tents, blankets and other aid from the United Arab Emirates to northern Iraq to help those affected by the U.S.-led push to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    UN Preparing for Possible Chemical Attack in Iraq’s Mosul

    BAGHDAD—The U.N.’s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in “mass casualty management,” with a special focus on chemical attacks, as... Read more

  • Pakistan's Inam Khan, owner of a book shop shows a copy of a magazine with the photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gulla, from his rare collection in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. A Pakistani investigator says the police have arrested National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' for having a fake Pakistani identity card. Shahid Ilyas from the Federal Investigation Agency, says the police arrested Sharbat Gulla during a raid on Wednesday at a home in Peshawar. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Afghan Girl From Iconic National Geographic Cover Faces 14 Years in Prison

    An Afghan woman whose image became known around the world after she was featured on the cover of the National Geographic magazine over 30 years... Read more

  • A Saudi man walks at the Tadawul Saudi Stock Exchange, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Saudi Economic Woes Involve More Than Low Oil Price

    People in the West perceive that money in stable Middle Eastern oil countries grows on trees. Or, to be precise, it’s pumped out of the... Read more

  • A member of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces watches a truck carrying fleeing civilians drive off, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight against Islamic State militants, in the village of Tob Zawa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraqi Forces Evacuate 1,000 Civilians From Mosul Front Lines

    KHAZER, Iraq—Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the ISIS-held city of... Read more

  • People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of an overnight attack on the Quetta Police Training Academy, in Lahore, Pakistan, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistan City Shuts Down, Mourns 61 Killed at Police Academy

    QUETTA, Pakistan—Pakistan’s city of Quetta was completely shut down Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before while families buried 60... Read more

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