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Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

posted: 09/01/2014 10:10 a.m. Discuss

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Protesters briefly storm Pakistan state TV station

posted: 09/01/2014 10:08 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD — Anti-government protesters stormed Pakistan's state television building Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed closer to the prime minister's residence.

Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

posted: 09/01/2014 10:06 a.m. Discuss

HRABSKE, Ukraine — Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere.

Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy

posted: 09/01/2014 10:05 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.

U.S. air power aids retaking of Iraqi town

posted: 09/01/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- A coalition of Shiite militias, regular Iraqi army units and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, on Sunday broke a long siege of Amirli, a town in northern Iraq that for weeks had been surrounded by Sunni extremists who threatened to slaughter thousands of Shiite residents.

Putin calls on Ukraine to start 'statehood' talks

posted: 09/01/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Sunday called on Ukraine to begin talks on "the statehood" of that country's rebellious southeast, a vague and provocative turn of phrase used by Putin as he demanded that the Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russia separatists.

Pakistani military urges clashes' end

posted: 09/01/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD -- Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis that has triggered the biggest challenge yet to his authority.

No open Hong Kong nominations

posted: 09/01/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."

Senegal's Ebola said WHO's 'top priority'

posted: 09/01/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

DAKAR, Senegal -- The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

Tripoli militia guards U.S. Embassy

posted: 09/01/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

TRIPOLI, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.

Filipinos hail troops' escape near Syria

posted: 09/01/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops.

The world in brief

posted: 09/01/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Paris apartment-building collapse kills 2

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

posted: 08/31/2014 12:08 p.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni militants' positions, officials said.

Putin to Ukraine: begin immediate talks on east

posted: 08/31/2014 12:07 p.m. Comments 10

KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Militia says it 'secured' US compound in Libya

posted: 08/31/2014 12:06 p.m. Comment 1

TRIPOLI, Libya — The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital has "secured" a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

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