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Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns

posted: 05/27/2015 9:22 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — Officials in Jerusalem say the Quartet's Mideast envoy, Tony Blair, has resigned after nearly eight years on the job.

Kazakhstan 'gay propaganda' measure deemed unconstitutional

posted: 05/27/2015 9:16 a.m. Comments 2

MOSCOW — A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional.

About 1,100 people dead as summer temperatures soar in India

posted: 05/27/2015 8:38 a.m. Discuss

HYDERABAD, India — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left more than 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday.

Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart

posted: 05/27/2015 8:10 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Multiple Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops

posted: 05/27/2015 6:32 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.

Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed

posted: 05/27/2015 6:31 a.m. Discuss

ZURICH — Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.

China says military to have global clout

posted: 05/27/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

China said Tuesday that it plans to extend its military's global reach to safeguard its economic and maritime interests, while declaring that it does not seek confrontation with its neighbors despite their "provocative actions" over disputed islands and "meddling" by the United States.

Australia to cast off terror suspects

posted: 05/27/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday.

In documents, U.N. slow to act on abuse

posted: 05/27/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

For months, the U.N.'s top human-rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.

Slain leader’s grave searched in African nation of Burkina Faso

posted: 05/27/2015 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Authorities exhumed human remains Tuesday from the purported grave of Burkina Faso’s assassinated leader, nearly three decades after the Marxist revolutionary was killed during a coup in the West African country.

Iraq promises to reclaim Anbar

updated: 05/27/2015 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province -- now mostly held by the Islamic State -- by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.

Exiled-regime forces take Yemen city

updated: 05/27/2015 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Fighters backing Yemen's exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes.

Nursing home fire kills 38 in China

posted: 05/27/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country's rapidly aging population.

Malaysians dig up body at vacated trafficker camp

posted: 05/27/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.

Iran spy trial starts for U.S. journalist

posted: 05/27/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

An Iranian security court Tuesday began the private espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months.


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