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Russia lied, invasion on, Ukraine says

posted: 08/29/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

160 troops slain by Islamic State in Syrian desert

posted: 08/29/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

Hollande: Let EU keep Gaza truce

posted: 08/29/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Europe to enforce a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, telling international diplomats that Europe can help oversee the destruction of tunnels used by Hamas militants and monitor the territory's border crossings with Israel and Egypt.

Egypt's Morsi mum on claims he leaked documents

posted: 08/29/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Egypt's ousted and jailed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi refused to answer a prosecutor's questions about allegations that he leaked classified documents -- some related to the army's budget-- to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, Egypt's official news agency reported Thursday.

WHO unveils plan to fight Ebola

posted: 08/29/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization on Thursday unveiled a new road map for containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as U.S. scientists said they are fast-tracking efforts to find a vaccine or treatment.

Seekers of lost jet 'cautiously optimistic'

posted: 08/29/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

SYDNEY -- Almost six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people on board, officials expressed cautious optimism Thursday that the jet would eventually be found, as Australia, China and Malaysia concluded agreements on continuing the search in the southern Indian Ocean for 12 more months.

Afghan audit to miss NATO summit mark

posted: 08/29/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election won't be finished until around Sept. 10, the United Nations said Thursday, quashing hopes the new president would be determined before a coming NATO summit.

The World in Brief

posted: 08/29/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Pakistani protesters agree to mediator

Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

posted: 08/28/2014 11:15 a.m. Comment 1

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.

U.N.: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

posted: 08/28/2014 7:56 a.m. Comment 1

GENEVA — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Ukraine: 2 tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine

updated: 08/28/2014 9:17 a.m. Discuss

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles from Russia at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as its overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

U.N.: Syrian civilians target of war crimes

posted: 08/28/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting it has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent United Nations commission said Wednesday.

Ukrainian soldiers flee Russian surge

posted: 08/28/2014 4:57 a.m. Comment 1

Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into a previously unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat in a wide area, Ukrainian and Western military officials said.

Mayor, some Ghanaians meet, but not in Harrison

posted: 08/28/2014 4:48 a.m. Discuss

Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett and as many as five other city leaders plan to meet in North Little Rock today with a delegation from Ghana that has been visiting potential sister city Jacksonville this week.

Can't talk yet of Syria captivity, journalist says

posted: 08/28/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. journalist spoke publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group, saying Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and bighearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release.

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