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Sydney hostage siege ends with 2 victims, gunman dead

posted: 12/16/2014 3:43 a.m. Comments 2

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.

Filipinos: Murder charge for Marine

posted: 12/16/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

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.

Navajo tribe buys back sacred artifacts from Paris auction

posted: 12/16/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

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.

French arrest 10 in suspected jihadi network

posted: 12/16/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

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.

West Bank settler numbers surge

posted: 12/16/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

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.

Palestinian statehood showdown looms

posted: 12/16/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

Egypt contradicts scholar's account of expulsion

posted: 12/16/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

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.

The world in brief: The World in Brief

posted: 12/16/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Japan's Abe claims election a mandate

In the news

posted: 12/16/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Vivek Murthy will serve as the next surgeon general of the United States after winning a 51-43 confirmation from the Senate.

Australians offer support to Muslims amid siege

posted: 12/15/2014 9:13 a.m. Discuss

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.

Belgian police detain 3 in Ghent hostage-taking

posted: 12/15/2014 7:48 a.m. Discuss

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.

U.N. says death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707

posted: 12/15/2014 7:43 a.m. Discuss

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.

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

updated: 12/15/2014 10:35 a.m. Discuss

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.

Nations salvage deal in Peru climate talks

posted: 12/15/2014 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

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.

Ruling coalition wins big in Japan

posted: 12/15/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

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.


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