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World Briefs: U.S. deepening Europe footprint

PLUS: Pakistan journalist wounded; 13th guide's body found; China to build Jeep models; Egypt candidate bows out.

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Pro-Russian forces tighten grip

Pressure mounted on political dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now.

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Battles raging in hotbed of Syrian insurgency

Insurgents and anti-government activists reported near-continuous bombardment of the Old City enclaves and the nearby neighborhood of Waer.

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Disputed enclave with Soviet mentality is dreaming of entering Putin's embrace

Trans-Dniester, also known as Transnistria, is a sliver of territory that runs along the border of Moldova and Ukraine.

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More bodies found inside sunken ferry by divers

Rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration.

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4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe; others remain held

French President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement that he felt “immense relief” over the release.

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World news briefs: 4/19/14

Japan to resume whale hunting, Obama heads for Asia; Syria's chemical weapons; Algerian president reelected; Quake shakes Mexico.

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Ukrainian militants continue occupations

Ignore settlement in Geneva urging restraint in conflict

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Snowden defends his question to Putin

Fugitive former NSA contractor says he was trying to get Russia's president on the record so his claims can be challenged.

1 day ago


Captain of sunken ferry arrested

Accounts from survivors suggest that crew members' actions may have exacerbated one of South Korea's worst maritime tragedies.

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 Michael Kobold

Everest disaster awakens climber's memories

Local watchmaker Michael Kobold reflects on Sherpa safety in the wake of the recent Mount Everest disaster.

1 day ago


World briefs: Oil slick isn't from missing jet

PLUS: U.S. warns Myanmar; China tries to purge Internet; Algerians vote for president; South Sudan civilians killed.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on Thursday in Geneva.

Ukraine, Russia aim to defuse crisis

President Barack Obama was skeptical about the agreement that called on activists in eastern Ukraine to stand down.

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Putin lays claim to swaths of southeastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin was on national television, declaring Russia's historical claims over Ukrainian territory.

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Detention of Taliban commander disrupts Afghan peace talks

Agha Jan Motasim, the Taliban's former finance minister, was taken by authorities in the United Arab Emirates a month ago.

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 South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a meeting with parents whose children are now missing in Ship Sewol at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, on Thursday.

Evidence of human error grows in deadly ferry sinking

Hundreds of passengers were instructed over the intercom to "stay inside and wait" as the ship leaned to one side and began to sin.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left,  meets Thursday with  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland.

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

After lengthy talks, top leaders from the U.S., E.U., Russia and Ukraine have agreed on immediate steps to ease tensions.

2 days ago


World briefs: Taliban kidnap, kill Afghan cops

Plus: Pakistan peace prospects falter; Turkish prime minister denounces Twitter; Pistorius trial delayed; Britain reaches economic

3 days ago


Ukraine faces Russia in talks

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that Russia will face increasing economic penalties unless President Vladimir Putin backs off.

3 days ago


Syrian opposition forces using U.S.-made anti-tank missiles

The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, which has aided opposition groups.

3 days ago


Scores lost as South Korea ferry sinks

There were 475 people aboard the vessel, which was headed for a tourist island off the southern coast.

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Russian economy worsening ahead of sanctions

Even before the Crimean episode and the West's resulting sanctions, Russia's $2 trillion economy was suffering from stagflation.

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World briefs: Pistorius ends his testimony

Plus: Jet search undersea; Jordanian envoy abducted; Berlusconi sentenced; U.S. won't fault China; Japan's population shrinks

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Ukraine sends troops to curb unrest

The Ukrainian military landed airborne troops at an airport about 25 miles south of Slovyansk.

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Russians get warped view of Ukraine

Political analysts say Moscow's propaganda campaign reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials

4 days ago


Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

The attacks are increasing calls for President Goodluck Jonathan to rethink his strategy in confronting the biggest threat to the security.

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Iraq says Abu Ghraib prison closed

The Abu Ghraib prison was the site of a notorious prisoner abuse scandal during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

4 days ago


National briefs: Cities grapple with high rents

Plus: Reports of data hacks rise; Social Security drops debts; Environmental groups unite; Judge strikes down Ohio ban

5 days ago


World briefs: Pistorius challenged by prosecutor

Plus: DNA tested in France rape case; Shooting in West Bank; Bird flu resurfaces in Japan; Cigarette makers sued in South Korea

5 days ago


Syria continues chemical weapons reduction

Nation faces end-of-the-month deadline for completing to destroy caches.

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Submersible drone set to troll ocean depths for Flight 370

Teams searching for a missing Malaysian airliner were planning to send an unmanned submarine into the depths of the Indian Ocean.

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Ukraine crisis reaches critical juncture

Defiant pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine pushed the country to the brink of war or dissolution.

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Bombing leaves trail of blood in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic militants struck in heart of Nigeria with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people.

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Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday rites

On Palm Sunday, he called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

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Iranian hard-liners riled over burial

Richard Nelson Frye was a renowned scholar of Iran who died last month in Boston at 94.

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Pistorius, 'Pit Bull' face off

South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel has cemented a reputation for abrasive, in-your-face cross-examination.

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U.N. panel issues stern report on global warming

Global greenhouse-gas emissions soared to "unprecedented levels" during the decade that ended in 2010, scientists said.

6 days ago


Afghan presidential election picture clears up

Based on 10 percent of the vote count, the former foreign minister is short of the 50 percent threshold for outright victory.

6 days ago


World Briefs: U.S. probes Syria poison reports

PLUS: deadly Chilean blaze; Glencore selling Peru mine; interim Libyan PM leaving; American ends hunger strike.

6 days ago


Ukraine sends troops to quell unrest in east

A Ukrainian security officer was killed in a gunbattle with pro-Russian insurgents outside the city of Slovyansk.

6 days ago


Iran stiffens in envoy flap

Plus: French official huddles in Cuba; pessimism over Malaysia plane grows; stranded plane in China revealed; oil pipe leak taints water in

1 week ago


Militants seize police sites in Ukraine

The protests suggested a coordinated campaign to destabilize the Donetsk region.

1 week ago


Damascus and rebels trade blame on gas use

They say chlorine possibly was used in a rebel-held village in central Syria, sickening more than 100 people.

1 week ago


U.S. staying silent on Scotland's bid for independence

But there has been conspicuous silence from one major player with a lot to lose if Scotland secedes: the United States.

1 week ago


Global economy turning the corner, IMF contends

The International Monetary Fund predicts global growth would strengthen to 3.6 percent this year and an even better 3.9 percent in 2015.

1 week ago


Ebola empties hotels as Africa borders close

The disease is heightening fears that it will bring not only illness and death but economic ruin in its wake.

1 week ago


 Kollengode Venkataraman, editor for the Pittsburgh Patrika, a magazine for the local Indian-American community, sits inside his Murrysville home on Friday. Of India’s election process, Mr. Venkataraman says, “The corruption is known inside and outside India. The country is looking for a change.”

Election inflames many of city's Indian residents

They have strong feelings about Indian politics even after becoming American citizens and spending decades away from the country.

1 week ago


World Briefs: Taliban clashes kill dozens

Plus: Kenya faulted for arrests; Turkish court limits PM; Venezuela rivals hold talks; Rio police, squatters clash; cyclone strikes.

1 week ago


Ukraine prime minister endorses more local power

NATO, meanwhile, rebutted Moscow's charges that the alliance was exaggerating the Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border.

1 week ago


Pope takes responsibility for priest abuse

It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

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