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 A man throws stones toward Turkish security forces who were using teargas and water cannons to disperse protesting local people as several hundred Syrian refugees waited, at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Sunday.

Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

The United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighboring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher.

about 18 hours ago


Rebels jolt Yemen’s feeble government

In the face of violence, the military showed signs of splitting apart and the prime minister abruptly resigned.

about 19 hours ago


Ahmadzai named winner of Afghan election

It set the stage for President Hamid Karzai’s departure from office and a deal allowing U.S. troops to remain there after this year.

about 19 hours ago


British Prime Minister David Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots

Scottish leader Alex Salmond accused Cameron and other politicians of tricking Scots out of independence.

about 18 hours ago


Global rise reported in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions

The 2.3 percent jump was the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.

about 19 hours ago


World Briefs: Sierra Leone on lockdown

PLUS: Pope rebukes extremists; China, Iran naval exercises; oil ministry in trouble.

about 18 hours ago


Intelligence officials warn of dangers beyond Islamic State

Another Syrian group, led by a figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, poses a more direct threat to America and Europe.

1 day ago


 Flares burn while police stand between pro-union and nationalist protesters during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow.

Does defeat of referendum like in Scotland signal a movement's end?

Quebec has had two referendums, with the threat of more. They call this the “Neverendum” — a term also raised in Scotland the morning after.

1 day ago


 A Syrian Kurd carries an elderly woman Saturday after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Thousands of Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages and prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders.

60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in 24 hours

Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

1 day ago


 Shiite gunmen stand on their vehicle as they patrol their frontline village of Taza Khormato, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Islamic State fighters are drawing on oil assets for funding and fuel

A tiny drop in the sea of petroleum globally, the oil tapped by the Islamic State has given it a revenue source most extremist groups lack.

1 day ago


 Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul. The former head of the High Peace Council, Mr. Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul.

Afghan presidential rivals finally agree on a power-sharing deal

Under the deal, the top vote-getter would become president but would grant significant powers to the loser.

1 day ago


 Ukrainian troops patrol in an armored vehicle in Donetsk region on Saturday. NATO's top military commanders met in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

Explosion racks fragile cease fire in Ukraine; warring sides agree to create a buffer zone

Although shelling and other violence continues daily, both sides maintain that the agreement is still in force.

1 day ago


Islamic State releases 49 hostages to Turks

The move ended a crisis that officials said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State.

1 day ago


Now boarding at a Venezuelan airport: cocaine

Venezuela’s main international airport, Maiquetia, has developed something of a bad reputation in recent years.

1 day ago


Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘This is much worse than the war’

Businessmen, rights groups and economists agree that apartment rents here have more than doubled since the war ended.

1 day ago


Rosetta team picks best landing site on speeding comet

The selection brings the Rosetta team one step closer to being the first to land a spacecraft directly on the surface of a speeding comet.

1 day ago


World Briefs: Islamists kill 36 Nigerians in gunbattle

PLUS: Egypt mediates talks; NASA approaches Mars; Pope orders review; National Party gets vote; Yemen agrees with rebels.

1 day ago


 Pro-union supporters chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration Friday at George Square in Glasgow. Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum Thursday, saving a union dating back more than 300 years.

Challenges lie ahead for U.K., Scotland

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that commitments made to Scotland during the campaign “will be honored in full.”

2 days ago


Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

Six million people are locked inside their homes for three days amid the most sweeping effort against disease since the Middle Ages.

2 days ago


CIA halts spying in Western Europe

The move comes in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and revelations from Edward Snowden.

2 days ago


France launches airstrikes against jihadis in northeastern Iraq

It was the first airstrike by a U.S. ally since the announcement that a coalition of countries would move to confront the Islamic State.

2 days ago


World Briefs: Sanctions hit Exxon’s Arctic plans

PLUS: Russia plans Web action; S. Korean warning shots; storm cripples Manila.

2 days ago


 Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner Thursday during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland.

Pittsburgh-area Scots have mixed emotions about vote

For many Pittsburgh-area Scots, pride, history were involved in decision.

3 days ago


New Islamic State video features British hostage as group spokesman

New Islamic State video depicts captive British journalist John Cantlie warning against the folly of the coming war effort.

3 days ago


 A police investigator arrives with a shovel at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Thursday.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Police in Sydney arrest 15 suspects, then free nine of them, in alleged Islamic State-linked plot to carry out beheadings in Australia.

3 days ago


White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

3 days ago


Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

President Obama spurns request by Ukraine’s president for lethal military aid to counter Russia’s aggression.

3 days ago


 Kamala Biswa, 19, sits in her neighbor's home in Bildangi II, one of the remaining Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, near the Indian border. Kamala, a shy girl, is immigrating to Akron, Ohio.

Refugee camps in eastern Nepal: Lives in limbo

Post-Gazette reporter Moriah Balingit and photographer Julia Rendleman traveled to eastern Nepal to report on lives of Bhutanese refugees.

3 days ago


World news briefs: 9/19/14

Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1959, cemented its reputation as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion.

3 days ago


 Opponents of Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom celebrate referendum results at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, early this morning.

Pro-union camp achieves victory in Scotland

Scotland has opted against breaking up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. The margin was 55 percent to 45 percent.

3 days ago


 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Will Scotland’s independence vote transform Britain?

Several opinion polls indicate a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result of today’s vote.

4 days ago


With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

4 days ago


Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

4 days ago


Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky trips

In the past two months, more than 1,300 Gazans are believed to have gone to Egypt.

4 days ago


Low expectations as Obama, Rouhani head to U.N.

Few expect there will be a meeting between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

4 days ago


Getting into N. Korea a powerful temptation for some Americans

Americans have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea.

4 days ago


National briefs: Hackers from China targeting U.S.

Plus: Anti-aging competition; Bill would end ATF; Structures threatened; Ebola recovery expected.

4 days ago


World briefs: Saudi clerics decry jihadi terrorism

Plus: Arrest spooks billionaires; Afghan journalist killed; Chinese leader in India; Nigerian terrorists strike; Nurse contracts Ebola

4 days ago


 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

5 days ago


Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

5 days ago


Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

5 days ago


U.K. official at center of child sex scandal quits

Shaun Wright had clung onto his job as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire in the face of the almost-universal criticism

5 days ago


Iraq parliament rejects picks for defense, interior

The move left crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against the Islamic State.

5 days ago


Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

5 days ago


Ukrainian president travels to U.S., leaving a raft of problems back home

President Petro Poroshenko’s country chafed at the tentative cease-fire and the slow pace of change.

5 days ago


 Frank Van Den Bleeken

Belgium grants jailed rapist-murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the nation doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused?

5 days ago


World Briefs: Car bomb kills 3 soldiers in Afghan capital

PLUS: Mortar fired from Gaza; atrocities in Syria; reprieve for Uber; Uighur prof on trial

5 days ago


 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

6 days ago


Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

6 days ago


700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

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