French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, early on Aug. 31 The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia over Ukraine, EU leaders stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

about 1 hour ago

 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

56 minutes ago

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Mr. Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran’s state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities. However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime.

Iran's president walks a tightrope between hardliners and reformers

For more than a year, Iran’s president had been walking a tightrope by trying to restore relations with the country’s archenemy, the U.S.

about 2 hours ago

 Novartis India Limited’s main headquarters in Mumbai, India. A new study released Saturday shows that an experimental Novartis drug, which does not have a name, lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Heart failure drug shows promise

The first-of-a-kind, experimental drug by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent, a new study reports.

about 2 hours ago

U.S. airstrikes target militants besieging northern Iraq town

The Pentagon announced the expanded strikes as well as airdrops of food, water and humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli.

56 minutes ago

Vote in Scotland could banish Britain’s nuclear submarines

For decades, Britain’s contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch.

56 minutes ago

World Briefs: Syria rebels, U.N. clash

PLUS: Pakistan crisis talks set; Palestinian deadline plan; 5 lost in mine rescue; bomb targets spy HQ; Hong Kong showdown.

56 minutes ago

 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

2 days ago

 Pro-Russian separatists walk past an unmarked grave Thursday at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk.

Russia sends tanks, troops into eastern Ukraine

Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town.

2 days ago

U.N.: Ebola cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa

The WHO unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

2 days ago

Satellite phone call may alter search zone for missing Malaysian jet

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said teams continued to refine the search area.

2 days ago

China can't allow 'perfect democracy' in Hong Kong, government adviser says

Hong Kong is set to pick its top of­fi­cial, the chief ex­ec­u­tive, by a pop­u­lar vote start­ing in 2017.

2 days ago

World Briefs: Peacekeepers held in Syria

PLUS: European role in Gaza?; missing U.S. student; Turkey’s new president; vote audit extended; Tory lawmaker defects.

2 days ago

 People gather as officials hand out food aid Wednesday at West Point in  Monrovia, Liberia, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus.

World Health Organization says Ebola cases may eventually hit 20,000

The agency today published new figures saying 1,552 people have died from the virus so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

2 days ago

 Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, today.

Russia opening new, third front in eastern Ukraine war

Tanks and artillery have crossed from Russia into an area where there has not been previous fighting, intending to divert Ukraine forces.

3 days ago

Vicious war between Israel and Hamas war ends with 4 civilian deaths on Tuesday

The last four deaths before the truce reflect the conflict’s indiscriminate nature.

3 days ago

Islamic State builds a shadow government

Islamic State leader has handpicked his middle-aged deputies from among Saddam Hussein's military.

3 days ago

Islamist rebels seize crossing point in Golan Heights, on Israel's border

Al-Qaida-linked Nusra front was among groups in the battle against troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the crossing.

3 days ago

World Briefs: U.N. finds brutality, depravity on all sides in Syrian carnage

PLUS: Afghan election recount; Ebola outbreak; study abroad programs; IMF chief investigated.

3 days ago

 Palestinians gather in the streets of Gaza City on Tuesday to celebrate the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

The deal brokered by Egypt put both sides back where they were at the end of fighting in 2012.

4 days ago

10 Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine

It made for an awkward summit Tuesday evening between the presidents of the two big nations.

4 days ago

U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

4 days ago

 Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council, in 2009. He has stepped down after accepting responsibility on behalf of the council for failings detailed in a report which found around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town over a 16-year period.

1,400 children sexually exploited in northern English city

It was a damning account of “collective failures” by Rother­ham authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten and raped.

4 days ago

U.S. confirms death of American fighting for Islamic State

Douglas McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad, where records of his movements ran cold.

4 days ago

 Gomolemo Motswaledi, opposition leader of the Umbrela for Democratic Change party, died in a road accident on July 30.

Suspicions emerge in Motswaledi death

The opposition leader’s death has highlighted tensions in Botswana.

4 days ago

World Briefs: Afghan election audit stalled

PLUS: Inciting youths to fight; Silva surges in polls; French Cabinet shuffled; U.N. copter shot down; job cuts expected

4 days ago

Officials report Libya incursion

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have carried out a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, U.S. officials said Monday.

5 days ago

Syria continues to bedevil Washington amid mixed signals on potential strikes

The Syrian government warned the United States against launching unilateral attacks against Islamic State extremist group on its territory.

4 days ago

Britain ‘close’ to ID of Foley’s killer

The British ambassador to the U.S. said investigators were trying to match the killer’s voice against recordings of known British militants.

6 days ago

 In this image made from undated video that The Associated Press obtained, a man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis delivers a statement.

American writer held by Syrian militants freed after nearly 2 years

The Nusra Front may have freed Peter Theo Curtis as a gesture to distinguish itself from its more reviled rival, the Islamic State.

6 days ago

 Members of the National Guard march during Ukraine’s Independence Day military parade, in the center of Kiev on Sunday. Armored vehicles and soldiers, some of them hardened in battle, paraded on Kiev's main square to mark Independence Day in a defiant show of the military force Ukraine's government hopes will defeat pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Ukraine boosts Army spending

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for resolution of a parallel dispute over Russian natural gas supplies to Europe this winter.

6 days ago

 FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 file photo, Muslims arrive to attend the Friday prayer at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Dar el-Ifta, the top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched Sunday an internet-based campaign aimed particularly at the West against an extremist group in Syria and Iraq, saying it is not an “Islamic State.” The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, and clerics from the oldest Islamic learning institute, Al-Azhar, have condemned the Islamic State saying it was violating all Islamic principles and laws, describing it as a danger to the religion. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Top cleric: Islamic State against religion

The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group.

6 days ago

 Water rushes through an open bay at the Carraizo Dam to release water left by a passing storm in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday and headed toward the Bahamas and dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico.

Cristobal’s pelting rains lash Bahamas

One man died and two others were missing after being caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

6 days ago

Israel: Hamas official killed

PLUS: Is­raeli drone downed; Ebola hits Congo; vol­cano warn­ing low­ered.

6 days ago

 Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a bouquet of flowers before their meeting Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Russian aid trucks leave Ukraine

Ahead of a much-anticipated meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Kiev.

1 week ago

Signs of systemic fraud cast doubt on many votes in Afghan election

The fraud has ensured that even amid a peaceful conclusion, the result will look less like an election correction than a brokered result.

1 week ago

Briton in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­ti­mates that the cur­rent Ebola ep­i­demic will likely take six to nine months to halt.

1 week ago

Lack of intel hurts U.S. in fighting Islamists

Senior U.S. officials said American spy agencies have not assembled the capabilities that would be needed to target Islamic State leaders.

1 week ago

World Briefs: Bombs kill 42 in Iraq

PLUS: Israel bombs high-rise; Iceland volcano eruption begins; Tripoli airport seized; wrong orbits for 2 satellites.

1 week ago

A number of foreigners have lately been abducted in Syria

Islamic State has conducted the most kidnappings and profited from their ransoms, but the United States and Britain refuse to pay ransoms.

1 week ago

Three top Hamas military commanders killed by Israeli airstrikes

Thousands of Hamas supporters turned out for the largest funeral processions of the current conflict.

1 week ago

Last-gasp fighting precedes Russian aid convoy's move into Ukraine

The 200-vehicle convoy bound for Luhansk should cross the border today.

1 week ago

National briefs: Feds setting drug limits

Plus: Boston bombing plea; Stop-and-frisk; Judge voids Fla. ban; Confederate flag bill; Holiday travel rises

1 week ago

World briefs: Iraq refugee crisis worsens

Plus: Sect members on trial; U.S. reporter expelled; Election results upheld; Military coup completed.

1 week ago

U.S. special forces tried to rescue captive Americans in Syria

Commandos in the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria engaged militants in a fierce firefight.

1 week ago

 James Foley in May 2011

Journalist James Foley, killed by militants, was driven to tell stories of oppressed peoples

James Foley had acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world’s most dangerous places.

1 week ago

Ebola quarantine roils Liberia

Residents contend that a slum in the capital, Monrovia, is becoming a dumping ground for patients.

1 week ago

Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas figure

Israel warns that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

1 week ago

Ukrainian troops advance in Luhansk and Donetsk

The civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes, and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster.

1 week ago


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