posted: 03/10/2014 4:46 a.m.
BEIRUT — A Canadian freelance photographer was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, his half sister and activists said, the latest journalist to be killed covering a war in a country that has become the deadliest place in the world for media members.
posted: 03/10/2014 4:45 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Vice President Muhammad Qasim Fahim of Afghanistan, a formidable power broker and former warlord who played a crucial role in ousting the Taliban and shaping the political order that followed, died Sunday, less than a month before Afghans were to elect a new leader.
posted: 03/10/2014 4:39 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think this interim agreement is really important, but not as important as the comprehensive agreement that we are currently engaged in. Difficult, challenging, there’s no guarantee we’ll succeed.” Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, on negotiations she’s leading with Iran for a final nuclear-program deal on behalf of the six-nation group of world powers
posted: 03/10/2014 4:38 a.m.
TEHRAN, Iran — The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Sunday that there is “no guarantee” that Iran and world powers will reach a final deal about the country’s nuclear program.
posted: 03/10/2014 4:36 a.m.
CAIRO — Egypt’s military chief launched a $40 billion housing initiative Sunday to build a million homes in cooperation with an Emirati construction firm, the first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for president.
posted: 03/10/2014 4:34 a.m.
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan government forces and loyal militia fighters besieged a North Korea-flagged tanker Sunday that a rival militia hoped to use to export oil in defiance of central authorities, officials said.
posted: 03/10/2014 4:33 a.m.
MILAN — Authorities in the northern Italian city of Lecco said they have arrested a mother who reportedly confessed to stabbing to death her three young daughters.
posted: 03/09/2014 2:42 p.m.
BEIRUT — A Canadian freelance photographer was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, his sister and activists said, the latest journalist to be killed covering a brutal war that has become the deadliest place in the world for them to operate.
posted: 03/09/2014 10:07 a.m.
BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint Sunday in southern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed 42 people, officials said. The violence, which comes a few weeks before scheduled elections, is the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.
updated: 03/09/2014 12:34 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, as Ukraine's prime minister vowed not to relinquish "a single centimeter" of his country's territory.
updated: 03/09/2014 12:40 p.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.
posted: 03/09/2014 5:04 a.m.
Even as Russia and Ukraine signaled a modest willingness Saturday to seek a diplomatic resolution to the widening crisis over Crimea, there were new reports of Russian reinforcements there, and Russia raised the possibility of suspending inspections required under arms-control treaties because of stepped-up operations by NATO.
posted: 03/09/2014 4:57 a.m.
Investigators trying to find out Saturday what happened to a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand were examining the usual causes of plane crashes: mechanical failure, pilot error and bad weather. But after learning that two of the passengers possessed stolen passports, the possibility of foul play entered the equation.
posted: 03/09/2014 4:50 a.m.
BEIJING — The headline news on state-run Chinese Channel 13 was juicy: A mining tycoon and 35 others had been charged with running a mafia-style enterprise in Sichuan province, gunning down enemies in the street, bribing people and operating an illegal casino.
posted: 03/09/2014 4:41 a.m.
The day after he returned from the Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin gathered the 12 members of his national security council for a crisis meeting to manage a political implosion in Ukraine that, by all accounts, had surprised Russia’s political and military elite and, above all, infuriated Putin.