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Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

posted: 12/22/2014 7:34 a.m. Discuss

SYDNEY — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.

Boko Haram felt outside Nigeria

updated: 12/21/2014 7:30 p.m. Discuss

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.

Kurds gain ground in Iraqi town held by militants

updated: 12/21/2014 7:22 p.m. Discuss

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq -- With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.

Arrests made in Pakistan school attack

posted: 12/22/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD -- Authorities made several arrests Sunday in the Taliban school attack that killed 148 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said.

Kremlin squeezing rogue news outlet

posted: 12/22/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.

The World in Brief

updated: 12/21/2014 7:36 p.m. Discuss

Jordan resumes executions, hangs 11

In the News

posted: 12/22/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, said President Barack Obama should demand the immediate return of convicted killer Joanne Chesimard, who escaped from prison and eventually fled to Cuba, "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat

posted: 12/21/2014 9:38 a.m. Discuss

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.

2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

posted: 12/21/2014 9:37 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.

Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

posted: 12/21/2014 9:34 a.m. Discuss

DAKAR, Senegal — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

posted: 12/21/2014 9:33 a.m. Comment 1

SYDNEY — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

posted: 12/21/2014 9:28 a.m. Discuss

RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."

U.S. petitions China to help slap N. Korea

updated: 12/21/2014 3:14 a.m. Comments 2

President Barack Obama's administration has sought China's help in recent days in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks, the first steps toward the "proportional response" that Obama promised to make the North pay for the assault on Sony Pictures.

A foot in door -- literarily speaking

posted: 12/21/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Some fans of Ernest Hemingway said they hope the new policy on Cuba announced Wednesday will mean a chance for more people to visit the Nobel Prize-winning author's most well-known home.

Famed Berlin store looted of jewelry

posted: 12/21/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with loot.

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