Obama approves airstrikes to defend rebels in Syria

The broader U.S. rules of engagement, approved July 31, came after rebels fighting IS were attacked by the Nusrah Front.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speak at a press conference Sunday after their meeting at the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

After hiatus, U.S., Egypt resume security talks

The talks were kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

about 23 hours ago

 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu vows ‘zero tolerance’ for Jewish extremists

Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians.

about 23 hours ago

 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks Sunday during a rally in Montreal.

Canada’s Harper calls for elections amid economic ills

Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer.

about 23 hours ago

Zimbabwe orders all hunters to 'withdraw' after killing of Cecil

The move comes amid global protests at the death of Cecil, who was a draw for tourists at the nation’s biggest animal sanctuary.

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 Newspapers hang for sale at a stand  carrying headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Leadership challenged in Afghan Taliban

The brother of the late figurehead of the Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader.

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World briefs: 178 people rescued from Boko Haram

PLUS: PKK stepping up attacks; Greek markets reopening; Slain journalist tortured?

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 Supporters of a Pakistani religious group 'Jamaat-ud-Dawa' offer funeral prayers for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar at a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the group's self-styled Islamic emirate in the 1990s, sheltered al-Qaida through the 9/11 attacks and led a 14-year insurgency against U.S. and NATO troops. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

An audio message purportedly from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor came as cracks in the Taliban’s previously united front widened.

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 Participants paddle a country boat during a traditional boat race at Dashiachora, in Kurigram enclaves, Bangladesh. Bangladesh and India are going to officially exchange the adversely possessed enclaves Friday midnight where the two neighboring countries will implement the Land Boundary Agreement in line with a deal signed in 1974. (AP Photo)

India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute

About 50,000 people will finally get a chance to decide which country they wish to be citizens of.

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Iraqis protest electricity shortage during heat wave

Concern about lack of electricity seems to outrank concern over Islamic State among many IIraqis.

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 This image made from gun-camera video taken on July 4, 2015 and released by United States Central Command shows an airstrike on a bridge near Islamic State group-held Raqqa, Syria, that was a key transit route for the militants. After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence  agencies have concluded. (U.S. Central Command via AP)

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria.

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World briefs: Zimbabwe bans hunting of big game

Plus: A wing flap suspected to be from missing Malaysia Airlines plane tested; Palestinian protester dies; more news from around the world.

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 A Palestinian man inspects a house Friday that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists on two houses at Kafr Duma village in the West Bank.

Jewish extremists suspected in West Bank fire

A Palestinian toddler died Friday in a firebombing of a house in the West Bank that was being attributed to extremist Jewish settlers.

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Trade ministers fail to seal the deal on Pacific pact

Trans-Pacific Parnership trade pact talks foundered Friday in Hawaii over contentious access and tariff disputes.

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WHO: Ebola vaccine appears to be effective

An Ebola vaccine tested in Guinea has proven effective in a preliminary study, the World Health Organization announced Friday.

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World briefs: Plane debris to be checked in France

Plus: Lion killer’s extradition; rift appears among Taliban; Kerry travels to Egypt;  migrant crisis; war crimes case.

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Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.

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Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.

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U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

Walter Palmer, a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator.

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World briefs: India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Plus: U.S. sanctions Russia, PKK hits Turkish forces, Ai WeiWei to travel to Berlin, Pacific talks at impasse

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U.S. official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

Investigators believe that debris found on an Indian Ocean island is a wing component unique to a Boeing 777.

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Zimbabwe hunting guide charge in killing of lion

A farm owner and guide who aided an American dentist’s kill of a protected lion in Zimbabwe faced a court hearing Wednesday.

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Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal

Russia scuttled a Security Council effort to prosecute the culprits in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine last year.

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World briefs: Migrants descend on tunnel

Plus: Turkey escalates airstrikes; Greek prime minister; Iran’s president invited to France; West Bank unrest; war in Yemen; Pacific trade.

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 President Barack Obama delivers a speech Tuesday to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

Obama takes on African power structure

President Barack Obama challenges the one-man rule and clinging to power of many of the continent’s leaders.

5 days ago

 Jonathan Pollard in 1998. Pollard will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.

Pollard to be freed; U.S. analyst spied for Israel

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole after serving 30 years of a life term.

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White House rejects 160,000-signature petition supporting pardon for Snowden

More than 160,000 people sought a pardon for spying charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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 FILE - In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official says his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment on the government’s comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. (FBI via AP, File)

Taliban leader died in Pakistan in 2013

Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Mullah Omar died in Pakistan in April 2013.

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World briefs: NATO stands with Turkey, urges restraint

Plus: Israel calls out Huckabee, Gadhafi’s son sentenced, Bomb kills 2 in Bahrain, U.S. hunter kills African lion

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 Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, right, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, today to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement.

Kerry takes his argument for Iran accord to House, meets skepticism again

The Republican-controlled Congress has until Sept. 17 either to endorse or reject or do nothing about the Iran nuclear agreement.

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 A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey on Monday

NATO proclaims 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against ISIS

The endorsement by NATO allies today represents welcome moral support for the government in Ankara.

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Turkey vows to strike anyone killing civilians in planned free zone

The United States and Turkey are still working out exactly what they mean in intending to create a “safe zone” for civilians inside Syria.

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U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

Thirteen major firms offer billions in environmental financing pledges to support Obama administration’s global climate change agreement.

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 In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, speaks to the media in a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. A Libyan court today sentenced Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising on.

Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

The Tripoli court handed down the sentence for Seif al-Islam, who is currently being held by a militia that refuses to hand him over.

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World briefs: U.S. removes TPP barrier for Malaysia

Plus: A mass grave search in Colombia; El Nino flooding preparations in Peru; and more news from around the world.

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Leaders to discuss a ‘Plan B’ for Sudan peace deal

Today’s meeting was not expected to lead to a breakthrough to halt the country's civil war, which has raged since December 2013.

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 President Barack Obama waves as he arrives Sunday to deliver a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

Kenya at a ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise, Obama says

Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads,” President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption.

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 In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech Sunday in Damascus, Syria.

Syria's embattled president admits manpower shortage

His speech, while confident, came in the fifth year of a conflict pitting his forces against rebels and the extremist Islamic State group.

1 week ago

 Mylan, which has been fighting Teva’s advances, issued a statement congratulating the company on the Allergan deal.

Teva drops bid for Mylan, buys Allergan's generics unit

Mylan plans to continue pressing ahead with its own unsolicited effort to buy over-the-counter drug specialist Perrigo.

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 President Barack Obama, third left,  participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at the National Palace today.

Obama, in Ethiopia, addresses South Sudan conflict

President Obama set a deadline for a peace accord, Aug. 17, threatening both sides with sanctions if they don’t.

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Afghan official: 21 dead, eight wounded in wedding gunfight

Baghlan and other provinces of the north have been plagued by insurgent attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled the

1 week ago

World briefs: Turkey calls on NATO for security

PLUS: Spy’s release changes little; Conflict at Al Aqsa mosque; Pope asks leaders for help; Taliban seize Aghan base.

1 week ago

U.S. plans to intensify terror fight in Africa

President Obama announced new rules to curb the sale of illegal ivory in the United States.

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 Protesters carry a wounded man Saturday in Istanbul, Saturday during clashes between police and protesters denouncing the deaths of 32 people at an suicide bombing Monday in Suruc, southeastern Turkey.

After IS bombing, Turkey strikes Kurds

The Turkish air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led fight against IS.

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 Smoke rises from the Jazeera hotel during an attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu today. At least 13 people were killed when Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist militant group drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of a hotel, police and the rebel group said.

Truck bomb hits Somali hotel, kills 12

Al Shabaab, which said it was behind the blast, has in the past staged attacks in its bid to topple Somalia's Western-backed government.

1 week ago

World briefs: Greek bailout talks delayed a few days

PLUS: Saudis to begin ceasefire; U.S. faults Burundi vote; Afghans press for peace.

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Marianist brother who taught at North Catholic gets 2-year term for sex abuse in Australia

Bernard Hartman received a three-year sentence, with one year suspended, following convictions of sexually abusing three children.

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 Jonathan Pollard in 1998.

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard eligible for 'mandatory parole' in November

Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, could be freed as soon as November.

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Turkey strikes Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time Friday, and leaders vowed further action against the militants.

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