updated: 07/31/2015 2:56 a.m.
The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday. Meanwhile, a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed on concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.
updated: 07/31/2015 2:53 a.m.
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline party members opposed to the rescue deal.
updated: 07/31/2015 2:51 a.m.
Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages Thursday in Nepal, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said.
updated: 07/31/2015 2:50 a.m.
Investigators trying to determine what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 more than 16 months ago said Thursday that they were nearly certain that a 6-foot-long piece of a plane's wing assembly was part of a Boeing 777 -- and the Malaysia plane is the only Boeing 777 that is missing.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:48 a.m.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed six Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.
updated: 07/31/2015 2:46 a.m.
U.S.-backed rebels kidnapped in Syria BEIRUT -- The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:40 a.m.
George H.W. Bush, the 91-year-old former president who recently fell at his Kennebunkport, Maine, home and fractured a bone in his neck, tweeted a photo of himself wearing a neck brace and giving two thumbs up, and told his followers, “Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?”
posted: 07/30/2015 9:35 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness.
posted: 07/30/2015 9:16 a.m.
LONDON — The former hosts of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime.
posted: 07/30/2015 7:47 a.m.
PARIS — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.
updated: 07/30/2015 4:06 a.m.
Britain and France scrambled Wednesday to address the latest refugee crisis in Europe after hundreds of foreigners from Africa and the Middle East attempted for a second-consecutive night to flee squalid camps in northern France and force their way through the Channel Tunnel to England.
posted: 07/30/2015 3:58 a.m.
From his exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen's president on Wednesday ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army units, a move that comes in an apparent attempt to unify forces fighting on the ground.
updated: 07/30/2015 3:56 a.m.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. retains all of its military options against Iran as it works to protect U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East, no matter what happens under the nuclear accord reached this month.
updated: 07/30/2015 3:46 a.m.
Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight, and the government said strikes were to continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.
updated: 07/30/2015 3:44 a.m.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took on dissenters within his own party, warning he'll call an election unless backbenchers opposing a deal with creditors fall into line or quit.