Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner Thursday during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland.

Pittsburgh-area Scots have mixed emotions about vote

For many Pittsburgh-area Scots, pride, history were involved in decision.

about 22 hours ago

New Islamic State video features British hostage as group spokesman

New Islamic State video depicts captive British journalist John Cantlie warning against the folly of the coming war effort.

about 22 hours ago

 A police investigator arrives with a shovel at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Thursday.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Police in Sydney arrest 15 suspects, then free nine of them, in alleged Islamic State-linked plot to carry out beheadings in Australia.

about 22 hours ago

White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

about 22 hours ago

Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

President Obama spurns request by Ukraine’s president for lethal military aid to counter Russia’s aggression.

about 22 hours ago

 Kamala Biswa, 19, sits in her neighbor's home in Bildangi II, one of the remaining Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, near the Indian border. Kamala, a shy girl, is immigrating to Akron, Ohio.

Refugee camps in eastern Nepal: Lives in limbo

Post-Gazette reporter Moriah Balingit and photographer Julia Rendleman traveled to eastern Nepal to report on lives of Bhutanese refugees.

about 11 hours ago

World news briefs: 9/19/14

Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1959, cemented its reputation as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion.

about 22 hours ago

 Opponents of Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom celebrate referendum results at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, early this morning.

Pro-union camp achieves victory in Scotland

Scotland has opted against breaking up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. The margin was 55 percent to 45 percent.

about 21 hours ago

 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Will Scotland’s independence vote transform Britain?

Several opinion polls indicate a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result of today’s vote.

1 day ago

With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

1 day ago

Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

2 days ago

Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky trips

In the past two months, more than 1,300 Gazans are believed to have gone to Egypt.

2 days ago

Low expectations as Obama, Rouhani head to U.N.

Few expect there will be a meeting between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

2 days ago

Getting into N. Korea a powerful temptation for some Americans

Americans have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea.

2 days ago

National briefs: Hackers from China targeting U.S.

Plus: Anti-aging competition; Bill would end ATF; Structures threatened; Ebola recovery expected.

1 day ago

World briefs: Saudi clerics decry jihadi terrorism

Plus: Arrest spooks billionaires; Afghan journalist killed; Chinese leader in India; Nigerian terrorists strike; Nurse contracts Ebola

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

2 days ago

Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

2 days ago

Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

2 days ago

U.K. official at center of child sex scandal quits

Shaun Wright had clung onto his job as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire in the face of the almost-universal criticism

2 days ago

Iraq parliament rejects picks for defense, interior

The move left crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against the Islamic State.

2 days ago

Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

2 days ago

Ukrainian president travels to U.S., leaving a raft of problems back home

President Petro Poroshenko’s country chafed at the tentative cease-fire and the slow pace of change.

2 days ago

 Frank Van Den Bleeken

Belgium grants jailed rapist-murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the nation doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused?

2 days ago

World Briefs: Car bomb kills 3 soldiers in Afghan capital

PLUS: Mortar fired from Gaza; atrocities in Syria; reprieve for Uber; Uighur prof on trial

2 days ago

 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

3 days ago

Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

3 days ago

700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

3 days ago

Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

3 days ago

 Mexican soldiers Monday try to stop people from looting a convenience store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico peninsula

Baja California in Mexico is hit hard by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind disaster zones and crumbled resorts.

3 days ago

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Qatar has pivotal role in struggle against global terrorists.

3 days ago

World briefs: Shells mar Ukraine’s cease-fire

Plus: Death sentences upheld; Dissident writer arrested; Plan to save Barrier Reef; Air France flights canceled.

3 days ago

 Scotland is close to Queen Elizabeth’s heart. Her mother was Scottish, and she spent much of her childhood there. Her late sister Margaret was born there.

Queen Elizabeth urges Scots to 'think very carefully about the future'

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote Thursday, which would divide the kingdom.

4 days ago

 Rolls of toilet paper printed with a portrait of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stand for sale at a vendor's stall Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine. Sporadic fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army. Many people in Ukraine doubt the current cease-fire overtures will lead to an end to the war and blame Mr. Putin for stoking the violence.

Ukraine fighting prompts U.S., Russia to meet as field training exercises begin

Pro-Russian rebels continued to clash with Ukraine troops in several locations including the Donetsk airport.

4 days ago

 A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video released on Saturday of British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month. Mr. Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

Coalition aims to target Islamic State in airstrikes

While no Arab states have publicly committed to military action, several told the U.S. privately they are willing to join in airstrikes.

4 days ago

Scotland independence vote leaves response to beheading in limbo

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Sunday to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront the Islamic State.

4 days ago

World Briefs: North Korea sentences U.S. citizen

PLUS: Sweden shifts in election; hurricane threatens Baja; military threatens vets

4 days ago

Tug of war for bishop’s body, or its parts, delays sainthood

There has been just one snag in the diocese’s carefully laid veneration plans: the matter of Archbishop Sheen’s body.

6 days ago

World briefs: Aid reaches battered city in Ukraine

Plus: Pakistan crackdown; Secret access revealed; Journalists intimidated; Criticism disputed.

5 days ago

As aspiring jihadists heed call of Islamic State, home nations try to stymie them

The United States is pushing a U.N. Security Council bid to force all nations to try to halt the flow of their citizens to militant groups.

6 days ago

 Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria on Friday after the verdict in his murder trial where he was found guilty of culpable homicide.  AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIAGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Pistorius Trial Ends, but the Debate in South Africa May Be Just Beginning

Murder trial of Paralympic state Oscar Pistorius ends with culpable homicide finding, but many South Africans are finding the verdict hard

6 days ago

 Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, speaks about her fight for girls' education on the International Day of the Girl at the World Bank last October in Washington.

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Authorities arrest 10 for attack on teenage activist.

6 days ago

More than 5,000 dead in Central African Republic

Sectarian violence in Central African Republic has claimed 5,000-plus lives since December, tally finds.

6 days ago

World briefs: West levies new Russia sanctions

PLUS: Ukraine truce touted; Knife attack sentences; WHO: Ebola overwhelms

6 days ago

 Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday. A judge today found him guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge: Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide

Judge Thokozile Masipa said she found Oscar Pistorius had no intention to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

1 week ago

Pitt scientists collaborate in effort to combat the deadly MERS virus

Camels are believed to be the source infecting humans with a contagious and deadly virus spreading through the Middle East.

6 days ago

 Two men argue about the Scottish referendum for independence during a rally Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Independence in Scotland could hinge on economics

Better Together campaign to keep United Kingdom united may be short on appeal, but pragmatic financial concerns could prove decisive.

1 week ago

Kerry gathers wider Arab support

U.S., Arab diplomats agree to boost military and financial efforts against Islamic State.

1 week ago

U.S., allies levy new sanctions on Russia

U.S., Europe to levy more economic sanctions against Russia for its promotion of separatist war in Ukraine, despite a fragile cease-fire.

1 week ago

U.S. offensive in Syria uncertain

U.S. combat operations in Syria haven’t been authorized yet, defense officials say.

1 week ago


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