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Afghan election audit to restart

posted: 08/01/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots after allegations of fraud.

Agents reach Ukraine crash site

posted: 08/01/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

International investigators got their first look Thursday at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, reaching the site two weeks after a missile downed the plane.

Exiles put politics aside for monk's Nepal funeral

posted: 08/01/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of Tibetan exiles recited prayers and offered white and orange scarves Thursday during the cremation ceremony for a revered Tibetan monk, whose funeral in Nepal nearly fell victim to regional politics.

The World in Brief

posted: 08/01/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Gas explosions in Taiwan kill at least 24

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

posted: 07/31/2014 10:58 a.m. Comment 1

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely populated territory.

Gaza market hit; earlier 17 die at school

posted: 07/31/2014 5:36 a.m. Discuss

Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City on Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a United Nations school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,360.

Landslide buries small village in India; 21 bodies recovered

posted: 07/31/2014 5:25 a.m. Discuss

Rescuers worked in rain today to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.

Join fight, Iraq's Sunnis urged

posted: 07/31/2014 5:22 a.m. Discuss

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday that his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and he called on Sunnis remaining in those areas to take up arms against the insurgents.

Child sex abuse case to include airline, lawyer says

posted: 07/31/2014 5:20 a.m. Discuss

A London law firm representing 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania said Wednesday that it is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused the girls.

Ukrainian lauds Russia sanctions

posted: 07/31/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

A senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday that he welcomed the expanded sanctions against Russia that were announced this week by Western nations, while Russian officials belittled them, saying they would only make Russia economically stronger.

Libyans flee as militia clashes intensify

posted: 07/31/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war and a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital, Tripoli.

Way cleared to try 2 Khmer Rouge leaders

posted: 07/31/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia’s 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

Ebola spread forces evacuations, school closures

posted: 07/31/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.

The World in Brief

posted: 07/31/2014 4:45 a.m. Discuss

Syria said to still barrel-bomb, defy U.N. BEIRUT -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a United Nations Security Council resolution, an international human-rights group said Wednesday.

Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

posted: 07/30/2014 11:08 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

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