Efrat Ayal Hatchwell talks about her theater program, which works out of the YMCA Jerusalem and is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

Mideast film project aims at bridging divisions

A Jerusalem program that puts young Jews and Palestinians together, to make films, seeks a Pittsburgh partner.

about 18 hours ago

 Turkish soldiers check tanks at the train station in Gaziantep after their arrival Friday from western Turkey. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria.

Putin orders extensive sanctions against Turkey over downing of jet

The decree Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident.

about 18 hours ago

 Police use teargas Saturday in Istanbul to disperse masked militants protesting the killing of Tahir Elci, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who had been facing a prison term on charges of supporting Kurdish rebels.

Prominent Kurdish lawyer slain by gunmen in Turkey

Tahir Elci, the president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, and a police officer were killed by gunmen who opened fire at security forces.

about 18 hours ago

 French President Francois Hollande, holds a news conference after the Climate Change special session held during CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Malta on Friday.

Hollande, activists gear up for climate conference

President Barack Obama, the leaders of China, Russia and more than 140 other countries will converge on Paris to launch high-stakes talks.

about 18 hours ago

Attack kills 3 at U.N. base in Mali

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country’s restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected.

about 18 hours ago

 Grant Shapps

U.K. minister resigns over the death of activist

Grant Shapps was a key figure in U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s general election victory in May.

about 18 hours ago

Pope visits a divided Central African Republic

The capital of this long-chaotic country of 4.8 million exploded in fury nearly two years ago, leaving thousands dead.

about 18 hours ago

 A sign in Beijing’s main airport reminds Chinese to be civilized travelers, saying they “represent China’s image” when they go overseas. The Social Credit System is designed to incentivize better behavior and punish poor behavior across a range of dimensions, from school to work to travel to driving.

China prepares to rank its citizens on ‘social credit’

Proponents of the so-called Social Credit System say it will help China overcome a multitude of societal ills.

about 18 hours ago

National briefs: U.S. midsection to get relief from storm

Plus: Carson sees refugee camp; Neiman Marcus problem; Corruption museum planned for Albany; Pacific storm dissipates.

about 18 hours ago

World briefs: Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

Plus: Militants claim Nigeria bombing; Philippines gets warplanes; Mass graves found in Iraq; Maldives protesters dispersed

about 18 hours ago

Pope arrives in Uganda, calls Africa ‘continent of hope’

Follows his visit to Kenya’s slums

1 day ago

 French President Francois Hollande attends a ceremony Friday in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris to honor the 130 victims killed in the Nov. 13 attacks in the city.

France commemorates terror victims

Solemn ceremony held two weeks after 130 killed.

1 day ago

World briefs: Two arrested in Mali attack that killed 19

Plus: IS affiliate claims attack, Philippines seeks art, Russia won’t fight ban, Activist gets 6 years

1 day ago

Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation

The presidents of the two countries will work together to fight against the Islamic State group.

2 days ago

 A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he meets with Sahle-Work Zewde, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, upon his arrival Thursday at the U.N. regional office in Kenya.

Pope says youth should not be ‘radicalized’ to spread terror

On his first day in Africa, Pope Francis focused on the recent terrorist attacks and held an interfaith meeting.

2 days ago

 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk to each other as they arrive for a group photo at the France-Oceania summit on the sideline of the Climate Change conference, which starts this week.

Despite terror alert, France gears up for climate talks

Two weeks after the attacks in Paris, France faces a big security challenge, a global mega-conference on climate change.

2 days ago

Russian-Turkish tensions high over downed warplane

Turkish officials say they had no reason to apologize.

2 days ago

World briefs: Mali arrests two suspects linked to hotel attack

Plus: China to revamp military, prime minister says Britons ‘not happy’

2 days ago

 British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the House of Commons in London today, arguing the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria.

Britain's Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria

Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East.

3 days ago

 An Indian man rests in front of an air cooler in May to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

U.N. agency: 2015 is hottest year on record

The agency’s chief, Michel Jarraud, said it is likely that the world has now warmed by 1 degree Celsius over pre-industrial times.

3 days ago

Russia, Kiev trade war worsens as services cut

Following a blackout in Crimea prompted by an explosion, the two countries have traded punitive measures with little restraint.

3 days ago

Pope Francis starts Africa trip despite security concerns

Pop brings peace message to Africa amid security fears.

3 days ago

 A Belgium army soldier walks through the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert today in Brussels.

Brussels terror threat level cut amid raids across Belgium

The prime minister said the cut to level 3 -- the same as the rest of the country -- shows the risk of a terror attack “remains serious.”

3 days ago

Tensions rise after plane’s downing

Russia said Turkey may have planned the downing of one of its warplanes near the Syrian border.

3 days ago

World briefs: IS claims it bombed bus in Tunisia

PLUS: Taliban leader killed; Hurricane nears Mexico; Myanmar search ends; S. Korea nuclear pact.

3 days ago

 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

4 days ago

 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

4 days ago

Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

4 days ago

Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

4 days ago

Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

4 days ago

Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

4 days ago

Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

4 days ago

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

4 days ago

World briefs: Socialists lead new coalition in Portugal

PLUS: Afghan soldiers held; Ebola kills boy; Vatican leaks trial; Athens bomb blast

4 days ago

Brussels lockdown stays as terror alert extended by a week

Meanwhile, a street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday.

5 days ago

Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

5 days ago

Sabotage blacks out Crimea, raising Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crimean activists and Ukrainian nationalists left the peninsula in the dark and Ukraine and Russia headed toward a standoff over the issue.

5 days ago

One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

5 days ago

Nestle confirms labor abuse in Thai seafood suppliers

While multinational companies in certain industries say they investigate allegations of abuse, they rarely share negative findings.

5 days ago

Burundi officials sanctioned

The country plunged into deadly violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he’d seek a third term in office.

5 days ago

World briefs: U.N. report sees disasters increasing

Plus: Israel cracking down, Greek bailout advances, Myanmar toll at 113, Nigeria opens schools, VW to repair rigged diesel engines

5 days ago

 A protester waves Turkey's national flag as he and others shout slogans in front of the Russian consulate Tuesday in Istanbul.

U.S. urges Russia, Turkey to cool standoff over downed plane

Turkey shot down a Russian jet near its border, marking the first direct clash between foreign powers embroiled in the Syrian civil war.

5 days ago

 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

5 days ago

 Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri

Opposition wins Argentine race

Cristina Fernandez along with her late husband dominated the country’s political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

6 days ago

Separatists: Attack on Mali hotel aimed to halt peace accord

Halting peace negotiations have been dragging on between the central government and northern separatist groups for more than two years.

6 days ago

 Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside EU headquarters in Brussels today. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

Belgium police arrest 21, Paris fugitive still at large

The raids began late Sunday, capping a tense weekend that saw hundreds of troops patrolling and hunting for suspected extremists.

6 days ago

El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years.

6 days ago

World briefs: Asian leaders create unified community

Plus: 4 dead in new stabbings, Crimea power cable blasts, Egyptians vote in elections, Jailed reporter sentenced

6 days ago

 A Belgian army soldier patrols Sunday on a main boulevard in Brussels. With a missing suspect in the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in France last spotted crossing into Belgium, the city kept subways closed for a second day.

Brussels stays on high alert amid sweep

The authorities announced early today that 16 people had been arrested in a joint police and military operation.

6 days ago