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1st attempt to lift fuselage of crashed AirAsia plane fails

posted: 01/24/2015 1:58 p.m. Discuss

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Indonesian rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner nearly to the water's surface before it sank to the ocean floor again when the lifting balloons deflated Saturday, a setback in the effort to recover more of the victims' remains.

Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying it's of hostages

posted: 01/24/2015 10:35 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO — Japanese officials said Saturday they were investigating a new online message purporting to be from the extremist Islamic State group about the two Japanese hostages it holds.

Obama to cut short India trip to visit Saudi Arabia

posted: 01/24/2015 10:07 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India and visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday.

Rockets kill 29 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins

posted: 01/24/2015 9:48 a.m. Comment 1

KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 29 people, authorities said. Ukraine's top rebel leader announced that an offensive had begun on the strategically important port.

Ukrainian rebels discard peace deal, go on attack

updated: 01/23/2015 10:04 p.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

Yemen rebels pressured after resignations

posted: 01/24/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's Shiite rebels faced mounting pressures and signs of internal divisions Friday after the U.S.-backed president and his Cabinet resigned rather than submit at gunpoint to their increasing demands for greater power.

U.N. official backs N. Korean's story

posted: 01/24/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO — The United Nations’ official in charge of investigating human-rights violations in North Korea said Friday that he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by a prominent defector on the details of his life in the North’s prison system.

New Saudi king names a successor

updated: 01/23/2015 11:53 p.m. Discuss

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- As Saudi Arabia mourned its late ruler, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud quickly set the course for the monarchy's future Friday by naming a second-in-line to the throne from the next generation of princes for the first time.

Deadline passes for Japanese hostages

updated: 01/23/2015 11:53 p.m. Discuss

TOKYO -- Prayers were offered Friday at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who demanded a $200 million ransom for their release.

2 killed, 153 arrested in S. Africa looting of shops

updated: 01/23/2015 11:52 p.m. Discuss

JOHANNESBURG -- Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said Friday.

Thailand impeaches ex-premier

posted: 01/24/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

BANGKOK -- Thailand's junta-appointed legislature on Friday impeached former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and banned her from politics for five years, while the attorney general's office announced it will file criminal charges against her.

Talks set in Geneva for Libyans

posted: 01/24/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- The United Nations said Friday that most of Libya's feuding factions had agreed to meet in Geneva next week to resume talks on ending a conflict that has put the country at risk of economic and social collapse.

The World in Brief

updated: 01/23/2015 11:52 p.m. Discuss

U.N. finds war's misery gaining in Syria

Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne

posted: 01/23/2015 11:06 a.m. Discuss

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom's future squarely in the hands of a new generation.

Protests across Yemen a day after president, Cabinet resigns

posted: 01/23/2015 9:11 a.m. Discuss

SANAA, Yemen — Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned.

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