A crew member at work earlier this month on the bridge of the Coast Guard ship the Alex Haley, on patrol in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Arctic seen as land of opportunity

As Vladimir Putin beefs up Russian presence there, the U.S. has few military assets in the far north.

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 Migrants walk through a field Saturday to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni.

Smugglers who drove migrants to deaths in Europe were part of an extensive web

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident that left 71 dead in the back of a truck.

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Europe increasing security on trains

Officials juggle beefing up security with ensuring the free flow of transportation over rails on which Europeans rely heavily.

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

The decision put a spotlight on restrictions on media under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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 Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family that entered Hungary on Friday at the border with Serbia, near Roszke. Hungary is nearing completion of a barbed wire border fence to keep out those migrating through the country and authorities plan to send more than 2,000 police officers there.

Europe reels from more migrant deaths on land and sea

Reports arose of 150 drownings and news that far more migrant corpses had been found crammed in an abandoned truck than first thought.

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World briefs: Turkey opens air campaign on IS targets

Plus: 38 die in Swaziland crash, Erika kills 20 in Dominica, Taliban insurgents kill 3 officials, Malaysians hold major rally

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 Scott Walker, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin governor, gives a foreign policy speech on the campus of The Citadel on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Experts: GOP candidates’ tough talk doesn’t always square with facts of U.S.-China relationship

“Uncoupling” the United States from China, as tycoon Donald Trump proposes, would mean undoing the largest trade relationship in the world.

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 In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, Ebola survivor Victoria Yillia cries as she recalls her family members who died of Ebola, at a maternity ward at the Kenema government hospital on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Ebola survivor who miscarried, lost 21 relatives gives birth to healthy son

Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.

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World Briefs: Obama aide meets with Xi in Beijing

Plus: 8 civilians die in clashes; Korea boasts nukes; an end to banking secrecy; tropical storm kills 12; Ashley Madison CEO quits.

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 Police stand in fron of a truck parked on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

The incident came as top officials were huddling in Vienna, partly to discuss the biggest wave of refugees pouring into Europe since WWII.

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Report: Pakistan adding nuclear arms

Two U.S. think tanks say it could have the third-largest global arsenal in a decade.

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 Investigators gather evidence from a truck on the shoulder of a highway south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday. At least 70 migrants, including children, were found dead in the truck, police said.

3 arrested in deaths of 71 migrants in truck in Austria

The migrants likely suffocated in the truck in Austria, said Hans Peter Doskozil, chief of police in eastern Burgenland province.

2 days ago

Junaid Hussain, Islamic State recruiter, reported killed in airstrike

The hacker was a leading member of a unit that broke into the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command this year.

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World Briefs: U.S. releases names of 2 soldiers killed

Plus: Erika hits Dominica; Ukraine debt deal reached; attack victim targeted; and more.

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 Ahmed al-Mughassil, the main suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia, was captured Wednesday after being on the run for nearly 20 years.

Saudi Arabia arrests suspect in Khobar Towers bombing

Saudi Arabia has arrested the man thought to be the ringleader behind the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers.

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Church inquiry may put pope against a popular Bosnian shrine

The Vatican is expected soon to announce findings of its inquiry about reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje.

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South Sudan’s president signs peace deal to end rebel conflict

President Salva Kiir has finally signed a peace accord with rebels led by his former deputy, following 20 months of civil war.

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U.N. nuclear watchdog gets 'substantive' data from Iran

Tehran has provided the United Nations’ agency with the data to ease worry about its nuclear program’s military components.

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France opens probe for suspect in train attack

The suspect whose attack on passengers aboard an Amsterdam-to-Paris train was foiled had watched an Islamist video urging violence.

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 Refugees, detained by police, rest and warm themselves with a small fire Sunday after crossing the Serbian border into Hungary near the town of Asotthalom.

U.N.: 3,000 refugees a day will pass through Balkans

The migrants will be seeking to transit the Balkans in coming months en route to Western Europe.

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World briefs: Rescuers save migrants near Libya’s coast

Plus: 2 NATO soldiers killed; Free Syrian Army leader dies; Saudis intercept missile; India, Australia hold naval exercises.

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World briefs: U.S. seeks wider accord with China

Plus: Russia convicts filmmaker; Hezbollah backs protests; Girl sets off bomb, kills 15; Safari guide killed by lion

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 A trader fills orders Monday in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Uncertainty among traders after big losses in the Asian markets caused a sharp drop in the S&P at the open.

China's Wall Street woes send stocks swinging

Cooler heads prevailed on Wall Street on Monday as a panic-stricken start turns into just another 500-point drop in the Dow.

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Rival Koreas show mastery at pulling back from the brink

South Korea agreed to halt its cross-border propaganda broadcasts after the North expressed regret over a land mine attack.

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 French President Francois Hollande shakes hands Monday with off-duty U.S. serviceman Spencer Stone, next to off-duty serviceman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, far right, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

France honors Americans, Briton who disarmed gunman on train

France honored three Americans and a Briton with its highest award for their disarming and subduing a suspected militant on a train Friday.

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Ashley Madison hacking fallout spreads

The hacking of the Ashley Madison cheating-spouses website has led to extortion attempts and possibly suicides.

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Gunman’s motive eludes French officials

There’s no hint of religious motive or affiliation to a radical organization in the gunman’s statements, according to a French official.

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Thousands of migrants enter Serbia after clearing Macedonia

An overwhelmed Macedonia had given up its attempts to stem the flow of mainly Syrian refugees by force.

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Al-Qaida forces seize main Yemen port city

It was another sign that the group is drawing strength from five months of civil war.

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Reid backs push to save nuclear deal with Iran

With the Senate minority leader’s backing, President Barack Obama now only has to secure seven more votes from lawmakers to sustain a veto.

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 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, today. U.S. stock markets plunged in early trading following a big drop in Chinese stocks.

U.S. stocks slump; Dow Jones briefly plunges 1,000 points

The market opened and tumbled in a wave of selling that circled the globe after a plunge in Chinese stocks.

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 South Korean amy soldiers walk Sunday on the Unification Bridge, which leads to the Demilitarized Zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea.

N. Korea maneuvers amid talks

The North had deployed twice as much artillery as usual along its southern border, and most of its submarines had departed from their bases.

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 U.S.-France Ambassador Jane Hartley, third from left, and honorees attend a reception at Elysee Palace today in Paris, where Spencer Stone, second from right, Anthony Sadler, center, and Alek Skarlatos, second from left, were awarded the Legion d'Honneur after overpowering a gunman, a 25-year-old Moroccan, on board a high-speed train after he opened fire on a Thalys train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman receive France's highest honor

The four helped disarm a machine gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week.

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World briefs: Obama needs 6 more votes for Iran deal

Plus: Iran sanctions lifted soon; Air show death toll to rise; Anti-immigrant riots erupt; Ukraine warns separatists

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National brieds: 2 men held for alleged attack threat

Also: Sentencing hearing; Busy time for Biden; Bush visits border; Revealing sexuality poll; new flu vaccine sought

5 days ago

World briefs: 2 officials resign amid scandal

PLUS: IS destroys ancient ruins; Peace talks suspended; Bomb suspects likely fled; Explosion at military base.

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 Victims of human trafficking often come from troubled backgrounds and may become psychologically attached to the trafficker.

A troubled young life led Pittsburgh girl into the hands of a trafficker

A young Pittsburgh girl saw the 36-year-old man as a safe haven. But he was a trafficker who assaulted her and pimped her out.

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Trafficking victims face many tough issues

“The streets sometimes were kinder to these kids than what they had at home,” said Lynsie Clott of the Project to End Human Trafficking.

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Signs of human trafficking

Experts say those who see suspected trafficking should not try to intervene; they should report what they see to authorities.

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Europe seeks to plug terror security flaws

The actions by three Americans were widely credited Saturday with preventing a terror attack that could have left many passengers dead.

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North, South Korean officials try to ease tensions with DMZ meeting

Dialog raises hopes for end to standoff; envoys were expected to meet later on Sunday.

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Refugees tear through police lines at Macedonian border

A no-man's land empties near the Macedonian border crossing quickly emptied as migrants take trains and buses north to their next

1 week ago

Afghan car bombing kills at least 12, including 3 Americans

The Taliban  denied it was behind in the attack in Kabul’s Macrorayan neighborhood, though the militants increasingly have been targeting

1 week ago

World briefs: China rattled by another factory blast

Plus: Airshow crash kills 7; Islamist leaders sentenced; Dozens dead in strike.

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U.S. says it has killed Islamic State’s No. 2 in Iraq airstrike

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali is the second senior leader of the Islamist extremist group killed by the United States since May.

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 U.S Army soldiers prepare to attend a military exercise Friday in Pocheon, South Korea, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas.

U.S. backs ally South Korea’s rejection of Kim’s ultimatum

This week’s confrontation is one of most serious since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rose to power in 2011.

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 Conservative New Democracy party head Evangelos Meimarakis, center,  leaves the presidential Palace after a meeting with the Greek President Friday in Athens.

Greek opposition leader is likely to fail in bid to form government

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday invited Evangelos Meimarakis to try to form a new administration within three days.

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 Police officers investigate on a platform next to a Thalys train at Arras train station, northern France on Friday.

France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train

One of them was hospitalized with serious wounds in the incident.  The suspect, a Moroccan, was detained.

1 week ago

World Briefs: Can chaos bring about cleaner air?

Plus: dozens of civilians killed; clash blocks refugees; Israel hits Syrian targets; India, Pakistan to meet; and more.

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 Macedonian special police guard the border as more than a thousand migrants wait at the border line of Macedonia and Greece to enter Macedonia on Thursday near the Gevgelija railway station.

Europe tries to stem influx of migrants

Macedonia, Britain and France all announced fresh security measures Thursday to cope with Europe’s flood of migrants.

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