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UNESCO decries destruction of ancient site in Nimrud, Iraq

posted: 03/06/2015 10:58 a.m. Comments 2

PARIS — The head of the U.N.'s cultural agency says the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage like that at an archaeological site in Nimrud, Iraq, amounts to a "war crime."

Security questioned in probe of attack on U.S. envoy to Seoul

posted: 03/06/2015 9:48 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea — Police on Friday investigated the motive of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as questions turned to whether security was neglected.

Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as Islamic State destroys ancient site

posted: 03/06/2015 8:02 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, a day after the extremists reportedly "bulldozed" a famed archaeological site in the area.

Accused rapist dragged from prison and killed by Indian mob

posted: 03/06/2015 7:53 a.m. Comment 1

NEW DELHI — Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, police said Friday.

N. Koreans say attack 'justice'

updated: 03/06/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

North Korea on Thursday hailed a slashing attack against the U.S. ambassador in Seoul as "deserved punishment" for the United States joining military exercises on the Korean peninsula.

Russia sees U.S. military threat, warns Ukraine

posted: 03/06/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the arrival of U.S. military trainers in western Ukraine a "provocation" and warned Ukrainians that they should rethink the consequences of hosting the Western forces.

Iran says envoy rescued from Yemen 'terrorists'

posted: 03/06/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a statement from Tehran on an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil.

U.S. seeks to calm Arabs on Iran

updated: 03/06/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Persian Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and vowed that any agreement reached would not reduce America's commitment to combating Tehran's destabilizing actions in the Middle East and beyond.

Thailand sentences 15 in ‘Red Shirt’ riot

posted: 03/06/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A Thai court sentenced 15 members of the “Red Shirt” political movement to four years in prison Thursday for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, news reports said.

The World in Brief

updated: 03/06/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Militants target Chadian tribesmen MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Boko Haram militants are rampaging through northeast Nigerian villages and selectively killing men, boys and members of the same tribe as Chadian forces that have dealt blows to the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Thursday.

In the news

updated: 03/06/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

John Borger, an attorney representing Taya Kyle, the widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle, filed a brief arguing that a judge was mistaken in awarding a $1.8 million defamation verdict to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, whom Chris Kyle claimed in his book to have decked at a California bar.

Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns of Iran deal

posted: 03/05/2015 11:11 a.m. Comments 2

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and vowed that any agreement reached would not reduce America's commitment to combating Tehran's destabilizing actions in the Middle East and beyond.

Amid crisis, Venezuelans commemorate Chavez

posted: 03/05/2015 8:55 a.m. Comments 2

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans are commemorating Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death even as an economic crisis threatens to undo the former president's legacy of lifting thousands out of poverty.

At least 17 dead after gas blast in Ukrainian mine

updated: 03/05/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said.

Putin denounces critic's slaying as 'disgrace' to Russia

posted: 03/05/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called the slaying of his top critic a "disgrace" to Russia, while the opposition promised to complete Boris Nemtsov's work on a report documenting evidence of Russian troops' involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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