posted: 12/16/2014 3:43 a.m.
SYDNEY -- Heavily armed police officers ended a hostage siege in Sydney early this morning, storming a downtown cafe where an armed man held employees and customers for more than 16 hours.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:36 a.m.
OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- Philippine prosecutors recommended Monday that a U.S. Marine be charged with murder in connection with the grisly death of a Filipino transgender woman.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:36 a.m.
PARIS -- The Native American Navajo tribe won its bid Monday to buy back seven sacred masks at a contested auction of tribal artifacts in Paris that netted more than a million dollars.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:35 a.m.
PARIS -- The French authorities arrested 10 people Monday in a series of raids aimed at dismantling a recruitment and transportation network for would-be jihadi fighters wanting to reach Syria, government officials said.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:31 a.m.
JERUSALEM -- The population of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank has continued to surge during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's years in office, growing at more than twice the pace of Israel's overall population, according to newly obtained official figures.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:30 a.m.
ROME -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Rome on Monday during efforts to avert a showdown at the United Nations over the Palestinian statehood campaign.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:28 a.m.
CAIRO -- The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that the American scholar Michele Dunne had been turned away at Cairo's airport for trying to enter Egypt without a proper visa, contradicting her account of her expulsion as well as those of several Egyptian news reports.
posted: 12/16/2014 3:26 a.m.
Japan's Abe claims election a mandate
posted: 12/16/2014 3:18 a.m.
Dr. Vivek Murthy will serve as the next surgeon general of the United States after winning a 51-43 confirmation from the Senate.
posted: 12/15/2014 9:13 a.m.
Some Australian social-media users are sending a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretches on, offering to accompany anyone who feels intimidated.
posted: 12/15/2014 7:48 a.m.
GHENT, Belgium — Belgian police detained three men after they took a hostage Monday in an apartment building in the western city of Ghent. The hostage was released unharmed.
posted: 12/15/2014 7:43 a.m.
GENEVA — Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April, and more than a quarter of the recorded deaths have come since a much-ignored cease-fire, U.N. rights investigators said Monday.
updated: 12/15/2014 10:35 a.m.
SYDNEY — A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege in which a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
posted: 12/15/2014 3:13 a.m.
LIMA, Peru -- A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse-gas emissions limits.
posted: 12/15/2014 3:11 a.m.
TOKYO -- Japan's ruling coalition won a resounding victory in lower house elections Sunday, firming up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hold on power as he prepares to push forward on several politically difficult fronts.