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Israel says airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants

posted: 04/26/2015 2:57 p.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking next to monument

posted: 04/26/2015 1:22 p.m. Comment 1

MOSCOW — A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial.

Fighting rages in Yemen's 3rd-largest city, strikes continue

posted: 04/26/2015 12:58 p.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen — Deadly street battles raged in Yemen's third-largest city on Sunday, as airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities, security officials said.

Car bombs kill at least 18 civilians in Iraq

posted: 04/26/2015 9:22 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of bombings on Sunday targeting commercial areas in and around the Iraqi capital, killing at least 18 civilians, officials said, as clashes continued between government forces and Islamic State militants in the western province of Anbar.

More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

posted: 04/26/2015 8:52 a.m. Discuss

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.

Toll at 1,394 in devastating Nepal quake

updated: 04/25/2015 11:27 p.m. Discuss

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, causing widespread fatalities, damage to historic temples and homes, and avalanches near Mount Everest, authorities said.

Roots long buried now growing new identities

posted: 04/26/2015 4:24 a.m. Discuss

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- For the first 25 years of his life, Armen Demirjian thought he was Kurdish. Then the elders in his village told him his family's secret: His grandfather was Armenian, a survivor of the massacre carried out by the Ottoman Turks a century ago.

Gunmen slay Pakistani activist

updated: 04/25/2015 7:28 p.m. Discuss

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's-rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.

Syria sends airstrikes after town seized

updated: 04/25/2015 7:36 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town in northwestern Syria on Saturday, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes in which the opposition has taken nearly all of a crucial province.

Xenophobia in S. Africa does not deter foreigners

updated: 04/25/2015 6:59 p.m. Discuss

Angry mobs that have burned foreigners alive and ransacked their businesses in South Africa aren't enough to deter more people from flocking to the country.

Soldiers honored at Gallipoli

updated: 04/25/2015 7:15 p.m. Discuss

GALLIPOLI, Turkey -- For the first time, Bill Grayden, 95, went to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World War I invasion.

2 knife attackers slain, Israel police say

posted: 04/26/2015 4:18 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police officers Saturday shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinians in response to separate attacks against Israeli officers, police said, before a third attack later in the day left three officers injured.

Jerusalem area uses Palestinians as crime fighters

posted: 04/26/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

ABU DIS, West Bank -- After years of Israeli objections, armed Palestinian police in dark blue uniforms have taken up positions in a lawless West Bank suburb of Jerusalem, highlighting the shared interests of Israel and the Palestinian self-rule government on day-to-day issues even when political tensions run high.

The World in Brief

updated: 04/25/2015 7:47 p.m. Discuss

Ex-detainees protest, seek U.S. help

U.N. chief appoints new Yemen special envoy

posted: 04/25/2015 1:22 p.m. Discuss

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief appointed a new special envoy to Yemen as pressure grows to return to peace talks while fighting continues in the Arab world's poorest country.

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