26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in Liaoning province.

about 13 hours ago

 Toronto police said Jian Ghomeshi, 47, surrendered to police today.

Former CBC host Ghomeshi charged with sexual assault

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, had hosted "Q'', a CBC radio show on culture, since 2007.

about 8 hours ago

 Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday during a short visit in Strasbourg, in eastern France. He also addressed the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Pontiff takes Europe to task

Pope tells European Parliament continent’s energies are sapped by an economic crisis and has lost its way.

about 21 hours ago

World briefs: Iran’s leader says nation is standing tall

PLUS: Afghan army review; Hong Kong clashes persist; Intel agencies faulted; Warship sale postponed

about 21 hours ago

Iran nuclear negotiators risk backlash

As a deadline passes for an Iran nuclear accord, the U.S. and its allies as well as officials in Tehran agree to extend the talks.

1 day ago

Israeli leader delays divisive measure

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agrees to stall a controversial nationality bill while a more moderate compromise measure is drafted.

1 day ago

Finland feels vulnerable amid Russian provocations

Nonaligned and peaceable Finland fears that it could become Russia’s next target for military acquisition.

1 day ago

 A woman visits the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern in May. The museum said it was shocked to learn that Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, had left it a disputed hoard of priceless paintings — some thought to have been plundered from Jews. One day after the death of Cornelius Gurlitt, his lawyer told the Museum of Fine Arts in the western Swiss city of Bern that it was the sole heir of the German's spectacular collection.

Swiss gain Nazi-era art

A museum in Bern, Switzerland, has accepted a priceless bequest of masterworks from the late son of a Nazi-era art dealer.

1 day ago

World briefs: Bomb kills 2 foreigners in troop convoy

Plus: Armenian-Azeri dispute; reprisal hits al-Ashabab; Boko Haram raids town;human-trafficking report; pope to target Europe.

1 day ago

Proposal declares Jewish homeland

The measure was decried by critics as racist and a threat to democracy.

2 days ago

Negotiators would extend Iran nuclear talks yet again

American officials finally acknowledged Sunday that the two sides would not reach a deal by today’s deadline.

2 days ago

 This image provided by Sotheby’s shows a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon that sold Nov. 20 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector.

Auction house: Bunny Mellon's objects take in $218 million during multiday auction

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million.

2 days ago

Putin woos Pakistan as old friend India buys U.S. weapons

The Russian president is changing an approach toward the nuclear-powered neighbors that has endured since the Cold War.

2 days ago

Health care mergers, acquisitions lead surge

Mergers and acquisitions are combining to make 2014 the most active year for health care deals in at least two decades.

2 days ago

Afghanistan lifts ban on night raids

Afghan forces are planning to resume the raids in 2015, and in some cases the raids will include members of U.S. special operations units.

2 days ago

World briefs: Sweeping U.K. terror law expected

PLUS: Tunisia election; Islamic State attacks; new saints canonized

2 days ago

Biden mends fences as Turkey, U.S. seek strategy for Syria, Islamic State

After an extended period of public estrangement and sniping, the United States and Turkey have made up.

3 days ago

Obama expands Afghan mission

The president’s recent secret order ensures that U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the country for at least another year.

4 days ago

Kerry, Iran dig in on nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reversed plans to leave Vienna on Friday.

4 days ago

Benghazi theories debunked by House Intelligence Committee

A two-year investigation by the GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

4 days ago

Infected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples stolen from the minibus taxi.

4 days ago

Israelis confiscate weapons bound for East Jerusalem

A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and electric-shock devices from China is seized by Israeli police.

5 days ago

 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attacks in Kabul raise concerns about security

The Taliban are staging almost daily attacks against the Afghan government and foreign targets in Kabul, the capital.

5 days ago

North Korea threatens to resume nuclear tests

After a U.N. panel’s approval this week of a resolution condemning Pyongyang’s leadership, North Korea has countered with nuke test threats.

5 days ago

China to place limit on coal use in 2020

As China seeks to limit its carbon dioxide emissions by around 2030, it is setting a cap on coal consumption in 2020.

5 days ago

World briefs: Deadline for final nuclear deal with Iran may be moved to March

PLUS: Jihadis urge war on France; Assange appeal rejected; Ferry operator sentenced; U.S. aid worker detained.

5 days ago

 Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin touches the flag-draped coffin of Israeli Druze police Officer Zidan Nahad Seif during his funeral Wednesday in the northern village of Yanuh-Jat.

Fears grow of Mideast religious war

Israelis and Palestinians are both dreading a deadly religious war as violence escalates in Jerusalem and the region.

6 days ago

 Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, left, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky were among the four victims of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday.

Israel to demolish homes of synagogue attackers

Said Abu Jamal, a cousin of the men, said their families in east Jerusalem received demolition orders from Israeli police today.

6 days ago

 Maria Jose Alvarado is crowned the new Miss Honduras on April 26 in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras.

Miss Honduras, sister found shot to death

The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London on Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant.

6 days ago

 Secretary of State John Kerry is pictured as he and Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond address journalists during a meeting in central London on Tuesday.

Kerry seeks path to Iran nuclear deal

The prospect of a talks extension is appearing more likely, and some who opposed that avenue now see it as a preferable diplomatic path.

6 days ago

U.N. study says emissions pledges won’t stop warming

The report by the United Nations Environmental Program cited a sizable “emissions gap.”

6 days ago

World briefs: Kurds target extremists in new offensive

PLUS: Second Frenchman ID’d; Russia deflects blame; Saudis expand buffer zone.

6 days ago

 An ultra-orthodox Jewish man prays at the scene of an attack today, by two Palestinians, on Israeli worshippers at a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem. Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes burst into a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four Israelis before being shot dead.

Three Americans, one Briton killed in synagogue attack in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel will "respond harshly" to the attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in years.

1 week ago

Europeans have prominent role in beheading video

Video, showing beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig, features several jihadis who appear to be from outside the Middle East.

1 week ago

Disappointment becomes norm for global growth as Japan contracts

Japan has announced it is in a recession just after the Group of 20 leaders vowed to boost the global recovery.

1 week ago

Hong Kong warns it may clear part of protest site

Hong Kong’s government today may clear pro-democracy demonstrators from central street they have made their base.

1 week ago

Chopin's heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

Classical composer Frederic Chopin’s body may be buried in Paris, but his heart has had a wild journey.

1 week ago

World briefs: Experts map comet lander power plan

Plus: Transitional president; Russia expels envoys; bird flu in England; peace talks suspended.

1 week ago

Islamic State jihadis behead ex-U.S. soldier

The death of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, previously known as Peter, came after ISIS said it would kill him because of U.S. bombing in Syria.

1 week ago

G-20 leaders target $2 trillion in growth through projects

Criticized for being long on promises and short on delivery, G-20 leaders set a target of lifting global economic output.

1 week ago

 Dr. Martin Salia

Nebraska hospital: Surgeon with Ebola has died

Martin Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

1 week ago

Putin leaves summit early after tough reception ove Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Sunday that the West would maintain sanctions against Russia.

1 week ago

Okinawa voters replace governor

Meanwhile, Japan reported today that its economy contracted in a second straight quarterly decline that returned the country to recession.

1 week ago

Pope reinforces traditional family values

The pope said marriage between a man and woman is a "fundamental pillar" of society.

1 week ago

World briefs: Emirates puts U.S. groups on terror list

PLUS: Australia/​China trade pact; Boko Haram loses town; attack victim survives.

1 week ago

US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties

President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed to deepen their military cooperation.

1 week ago

African park has something an oil company wants

Oil companies are now circling several African parks, home to critically endangered wildlife,

1 week ago

 Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are shown June 6 in Normandy, France, to commemmorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings.

Britain's Prince William and wife, Kate, to visit U.S. next month

Britain's Prince William and wife Kate to visit U.S. Dec. 7-9, their first visit as a couple to New York City.

1 week ago

Space agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

The lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface before depleted batteries forced it to go silent.

1 week ago

World briefs: Russia holds war games in Serbia

Plus: Sinai-assault video; synagogue-bombing case; viral disease detected.

1 week ago


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