An Internet video distributed today purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, pictured above in an undated photo, by the Islamic State militant group. Mr. Sotloff was last seen in Syria in August 2013.

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist Sotloff

A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage.

about 2 hours ago

NATO to create a rapid-response force for eastern Europe, officials say

President Barack Obama is heading to the region this week ahead of a meeting with alliance members.

about 18 hours ago

Tiny islands may hold key to Scotland’s independence

But in the Shetland Islands, residents have a seemingly ambiguous and largely hidden reaction to Scotland’s referendum.

about 17 hours ago

Pakistan's Sharif clings to power as protesters step up assault

World keeping an eye on possible military intervention in the situation

about 17 hours ago

U.N. rights council looks at Islamic State abuses in Iraq

The group is also looking into targeted killings in the region.

about 17 hours ago

Parents who took ill son abroad fight order to return to Britain

The boy’s mother and father have not been charged.

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: Parent kills 3 students

PLUS: U.S. requests detainees; Iran’s Zarif ’optimistic’; Syrian army, rebels fight; Libyan ministries siezed.

about 17 hours ago

 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

1 day ago

 Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli Sunday.

Obama formally notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

Mr. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.

1 day ago

US airstrikes help free trapped Iraqis

Iraqi troops and militias opened up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had under siege in Amerli from Sunni

1 day ago

Putin urges ‘statehood’ talks for Eastern Ukraine

It was a a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian

1 day ago

 In this photo taken during a tour offered to onlookers and journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, damage is seen in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of violence between rival militias over control of the capital.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya,

1 day ago

China limits options for Hong Kong election

The decision makes it virtually certain that Hong Kong will soon have large-scale protests and acts of civil disobedience.

1 day ago

World news briefs: 9/1/14

U.N. troops held in Syria, Violence in Pakistan, British hostage, 12 killed in attack, 12 killed in attack, Anti-euro party wins seat    ,

1 day ago

 French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, early on Aug. 31 The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia over Ukraine, EU leaders stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

2 days ago

U.S. airstrikes target militants besieging northern Iraq town

The Pentagon announced the expanded strikes as well as airdrops of food, water and humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli.

2 days ago

 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers, and work is never guaranteed.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

2 days ago

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Mr. Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran’s state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities. However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime.

Iran's president walks a tightrope between hardliners and reformers

For more than a year, Iran’s president had been walking a tightrope by trying to restore relations with the country’s archenemy, the U.S.

2 days ago

 Novartis India Limited’s main headquarters in Mumbai, India. A new study released Saturday shows that an experimental Novartis drug, which does not have a name, lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Heart failure drug shows promise

The first-of-a-kind, experimental drug by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent, a new study reports.

2 days ago

Vote in Scotland could banish Britain’s nuclear submarines

For decades, Britain’s contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch.

2 days ago

World Briefs: Syria rebels, U.N. clash

PLUS: Pakistan crisis talks set; Palestinian deadline plan; 5 lost in mine rescue; bomb targets spy HQ; Hong Kong showdown.

2 days ago

 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

4 days ago

 Pro-Russian separatists walk past an unmarked grave Thursday at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk.

Russia sends tanks, troops into eastern Ukraine

Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town.

4 days ago

U.N.: Ebola cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa

The WHO unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

4 days ago

Satellite phone call may alter search zone for missing Malaysian jet

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said teams continued to refine the search area.

4 days ago

China can't allow 'perfect democracy' in Hong Kong, government adviser says

Hong Kong is set to pick its top of­fi­cial, the chief ex­ec­u­tive, by a pop­u­lar vote start­ing in 2017.

4 days ago

World Briefs: Peacekeepers held in Syria

PLUS: European role in Gaza?; missing U.S. student; Turkey’s new president; vote audit extended; Tory lawmaker defects.

4 days ago

 People gather as officials hand out food aid Wednesday at West Point in  Monrovia, Liberia, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus.

World Health Organization says Ebola cases may eventually hit 20,000

The agency today published new figures saying 1,552 people have died from the virus so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

5 days ago

 Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, today.

Russia opening new, third front in eastern Ukraine war

Tanks and artillery have crossed from Russia into an area where there has not been previous fighting, intending to divert Ukraine forces.

5 days ago

Vicious war between Israel and Hamas war ends with 4 civilian deaths on Tuesday

The last four deaths before the truce reflect the conflict’s indiscriminate nature.

5 days ago

Islamic State builds a shadow government

Islamic State leader has handpicked his middle-aged deputies from among Saddam Hussein's military.

5 days ago

Islamist rebels seize crossing point in Golan Heights, on Israel's border

Al-Qaida-linked Nusra front was among groups in the battle against troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the crossing.

5 days ago

World Briefs: U.N. finds brutality, depravity on all sides in Syrian carnage

PLUS: Afghan election recount; Ebola outbreak; study abroad programs; IMF chief investigated.

5 days ago

 Palestinians gather in the streets of Gaza City on Tuesday to celebrate the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

The deal brokered by Egypt put both sides back where they were at the end of fighting in 2012.

6 days ago

10 Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine

It made for an awkward summit Tuesday evening between the presidents of the two big nations.

6 days ago

U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

6 days ago

 Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council, in 2009. He has stepped down after accepting responsibility on behalf of the council for failings detailed in a report which found around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town over a 16-year period.

1,400 children sexually exploited in northern English city

It was a damning account of “collective failures” by Rother­ham authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten and raped.

6 days ago

U.S. confirms death of American fighting for Islamic State

Douglas McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad, where records of his movements ran cold.

6 days ago

 Gomolemo Motswaledi, opposition leader of the Umbrela for Democratic Change party, died in a road accident on July 30.

Suspicions emerge in Motswaledi death

The opposition leader’s death has highlighted tensions in Botswana.

6 days ago

World Briefs: Afghan election audit stalled

PLUS: Inciting youths to fight; Silva surges in polls; French Cabinet shuffled; U.N. copter shot down; job cuts expected

6 days ago

Officials report Libya incursion

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have carried out a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, U.S. officials said Monday.

1 week ago

Syria continues to bedevil Washington amid mixed signals on potential strikes

The Syrian government warned the United States against launching unilateral attacks against Islamic State extremist group on its territory.

1 week ago

Britain ‘close’ to ID of Foley’s killer

The British ambassador to the U.S. said investigators were trying to match the killer’s voice against recordings of known British militants.

1 week ago

 In this image made from undated video that The Associated Press obtained, a man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis delivers a statement.

American writer held by Syrian militants freed after nearly 2 years

The Nusra Front may have freed Peter Theo Curtis as a gesture to distinguish itself from its more reviled rival, the Islamic State.

1 week ago

 Members of the National Guard march during Ukraine’s Independence Day military parade, in the center of Kiev on Sunday. Armored vehicles and soldiers, some of them hardened in battle, paraded on Kiev's main square to mark Independence Day in a defiant show of the military force Ukraine's government hopes will defeat pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Ukraine boosts Army spending

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for resolution of a parallel dispute over Russian natural gas supplies to Europe this winter.

1 week ago

 FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 file photo, Muslims arrive to attend the Friday prayer at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Dar el-Ifta, the top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched Sunday an internet-based campaign aimed particularly at the West against an extremist group in Syria and Iraq, saying it is not an “Islamic State.” The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, and clerics from the oldest Islamic learning institute, Al-Azhar, have condemned the Islamic State saying it was violating all Islamic principles and laws, describing it as a danger to the religion. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Top cleric: Islamic State against religion

The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group.

1 week ago

 Water rushes through an open bay at the Carraizo Dam to release water left by a passing storm in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday and headed toward the Bahamas and dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico.

Cristobal’s pelting rains lash Bahamas

One man died and two others were missing after being caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

1 week ago

Israel: Hamas official killed

PLUS: Is­raeli drone downed; Ebola hits Congo; vol­cano warn­ing low­ered.

1 week ago

 Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a bouquet of flowers before their meeting Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Russian aid trucks leave Ukraine

Ahead of a much-anticipated meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Kiev.

1 week ago

Signs of systemic fraud cast doubt on many votes in Afghan election

The fraud has ensured that even amid a peaceful conclusion, the result will look less like an election correction than a brokered result.

1 week ago


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