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Syrian rebels issue demands for captive U.N. troops

posted: 09/02/2014 8:32 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.

Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq

posted: 09/02/2014 8:30 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.

6 militants killed in U.S. Somalia strike

posted: 09/02/2014 8:26 a.m. Discuss

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, but the spokesman would not say whether the leader was among the six militants who were killed.

Rebels ease off call to separate from Ukraine

posted: 09/02/2014 3:39 a.m. Comment 1

MOSCOW -- Pro-Russia rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy -- a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

Outgoing Iraqi vows swift death for Islamic State

posted: 09/02/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's outgoing prime minister pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town.

Ill boy's parents fight extradition

posted: 09/02/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- The parents say they want to give their 5-year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 to 80 percent chance of survival with the treatment it already offers and that the parents are putting the child at risk.

Syrian troops clash with rebels in Golan Heights

posted: 09/02/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted United Nations peacekeepers last week, activists said.

Sharif vows not to step down

posted: 09/02/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD -- Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.

3 prisoners in N. Korea call for U.S. help

posted: 09/02/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea granted two U.S. news organizations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with all three prisoners apologizing for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send a high-level emissary to negotiate their release.

Cuba cracks down on air travelers' imports

posted: 09/02/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

HAVANA -- Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.

Israeli children return to school as cease-fire remains in place

posted: 09/02/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

KIBBUTZ SAAD, Israel -- Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rocket and mortar rounds rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.

The World in Brief

posted: 09/02/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Senegal scans all met by man with Ebola

Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken

posted: 09/01/2014 10:20 a.m. Comment 1

BAGHDAD — Iraq's outgoing prime minister travelled to a small northern Shiite town Monday, praising its residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier.

China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

posted: 09/01/2014 10:16 a.m. Discuss

HONG KONG — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

posted: 09/01/2014 10:10 a.m. Discuss

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

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