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December 22nd, 2014
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Archive: News / World / General (55 Stories)

Israel minister: Pollard opposes release for talks

04/01/2014 1:12am
A hard-line Israeli Cabinet minister says convicted spy Jonathan Pollard opposes being freed from a U.S. jail in exchange for Palestinians prisoners.

Croatia charges CEO of Hungary's MOL

04/01/2014 2:10am
Croatia's anti-graft authorities have charged the chairman of Hungary's MOL energy group with bribing a former Croatian prime minister.

Chinese military inspectors find irregularities

04/01/2014 2:10am
Inspectors have uncovered widespread irregularities and suspected corruption among military units based around Beijing, China's Defense Ministry said Tuesday, a sign that a widening anti-graft campaign that is turning to the sprawling 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army.

Tunisian police convicted in woman's rape

04/01/2014 2:20am
Two Tunisian police officers were convicted of raping a young woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in a case that drew widespread protests after the victim was initially accused of immoral behavior. A third officer received a two-year sentence for extorting money from the woman's fiance.

Lebanon army tries to halt Syria-related clashes

04/01/2014 3:01am
Lebanon's state-run news agency says the army has stepped up operations in the northern city of Tripoli to try to halt clashes linked to Syria's civil war.

Japan lets first evacuees live in nuke no-go zone

04/01/2014 4:30am
For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.

Narcotics officers say synthetics emerging in Asia

04/01/2014 4:41am
Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Asia but new synthetic drugs have found their way in the region, with authorities always playing catch up with traffickers, international drug enforcers said Tuesday.

Germany renews push for Russia-Ukraine talks

04/01/2014 4:51am
Germany's foreign minister renewed a push for internationally backed direct talks between Russia and Ukraine as he consulted with his French and Polish counterparts Tuesday.

Group: China pressuring Nepal to control Tibetans

04/01/2014 4:51am
China has pressured Nepal to impose tough controls on thousands of Tibetan refugees, including arbitrary detention, excessive use of force and intrusive surveillance, an international human rights group said Tuesday.

Aid groups see dire crisis for Rohingya in Myanmar

04/01/2014 5:11am
International relief organizations forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs say it will be almost impossible to return without strong diplomatic pressure on the government to depoliticize the distribution of aid: Until then, they say, the lives of more than 140,000 Rohingya Muslims in overcrowded, dirty camps will be at even greater risk.

Gunmen kill protester, wound 4 in Thai capital

04/01/2014 5:51am
Gunmen killed one person and wounded four others in an attack Tuesday on anti-government protesters, in the latest violence in Thailand's long political crisis, authorities said.

2 freed of gay charges in Nigerian Shariah court

04/01/2014 6:20am
A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case.

Group: Chinese logging threatens Myanmar monkey

04/01/2014 6:50am
Illegal Chinese logging and demand for monkey bones are threatening a rare monkey species in northern Myanmar, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Yemen clashes kill 3 troops, 2 al-Qaida militants

04/01/2014 6:50am
Security officials say fighting in western Yemen has killed three soldiers and two al-Qaida militants.

Lebanese parliament approves domestic violence law

04/01/2014 7:40am
Lebanon's parliament has approved a much-anticipated law that protects women against domestic violence after a yearslong campaign by women's rights activists and the recent slaying of four women.

Lesbian-only cemetery being inaugurated in Berlin

04/01/2014 8:40am
A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital.

Turkish party disputes local election results

04/01/2014 8:40am
Police on Tuesday used water cannons to break up a protest by hundreds of people who had gathered outside Turkey's Supreme Election Council building in support of the country's main opposition party, which is challenging local election results in the capital Ankara.

Greek prison guards charged with torture death

04/01/2014 8:40am
Eight Greek prison guards were charged Tuesday with torturing to death an Albanian convict accused of fatally stabbing a guard in another jail after being refused temporary release to visit his critically ill mother.

Romania: US wants more troops at Black Sea base

04/01/2014 8:50am
Romania's president says the United States has asked to increase the number of troops and aircraft it has stationed at a Black Sea air base in eastern Romania.

Man threatens Lufthansa crew with razor blade

04/01/2014 9:21am
Police say a Lufthansa plane was diverted after a passenger being deported from Germany threatened the cabin crew with a broken razor blade.

Israel: Vandals spray hate graffiti on monastery

04/01/2014 10:01am
Vandals scrawled hate graffiti on a Catholic monastery in central Israel and slashed the tires of nearby cars weeks before Pope Francis visits the Holy land, Israeli police said Tuesday.

France awaits new government as Hollande struggles

04/01/2014 10:11am
France's new prime minister, the popular and pugnacious Manuel Valls, took office Tuesday and is diving straight into a huge and thankless challenge: bringing back jobs, investors and hope to Europe's second-biggest economy.

NATO foreign ministers order end to civilian, military cooperation with Russia

04/01/2014 10:21am
NATO foreign ministers order end to civilian, military cooperation with Russia.

Ebola toll rises in 'unprecedented' outbreak

04/01/2014 10:47am
An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in west Africa has spread to Guinea's capital and beyond its borders in an "an unprecedented epidemic," a leading aid agency reported Monday.

Pistorius lawyer: Pathologist to open defense case

04/01/2014 11:02am
A pathologist will likely testify first when Oscar Pistorius' defense team starts calling witnesses at his murder trial next week, the double-amputee athlete's lawyer said Tuesday.

Afghans line up for last-minute voter registration

04/01/2014 11:02am
Afghans lined up by the hundreds Tuesday up in a last-minute rush to register for voting cards, a sign that interest in national elections is high despite fears of violence.

Medical group slams migrant detention conditions

04/01/2014 12:20pm
Thousands of migrants detained in Greece for lacking the correct paperwork, including some asylum seekers and teenagers, are held in often appalling conditions without access to basic hygiene and regular medical care, according to a medical aid group which accused the Greek state of causing "unnecessary suffering and harm."

US official says Secretary of State Kerry cancels plan to return to Mideast on Wednesday

04/01/2014 12:31pm
US official says Secretary of State Kerry cancels plan to return to Mideast on Wednesday.

Outgunned Ukraine strives for military overhaul

04/01/2014 12:41pm
Tanks headed north into Ukraine this week from Russian-controlled Crimea. Not at the head of an invading army, but on a trainload of military equipment in such poor shape that Moscow had no use for it.

Ancient monastery, large mosaics, found in Israel

04/01/2014 12:41pm
Israel's Antiquities Authority has unveiled a monastery dating back some 1,400 years in the south of the country with impressive mosaic floors that shed light on life in the region during the Byzantine period.

Kerry: 'completely premature' to write off Israeli-Palestinian peace process now

04/01/2014 12:51pm
Kerry: 'completely premature' to write off Israeli-Palestinian peace process now.

Parliamentary election campaign starts in Iraq

04/01/2014 12:51pm
Campaigning officially kicked off Tuesday for Iraq's first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country more than two years ago, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seeking a new term at a time of escalating sectarian violence.

Jailed Brotherhood leader scoffs at Egypt courts

04/01/2014 1:01pm
The jailed leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood scoffed at the series of mass tribunals against his group and demanded judges not let the courts be politicized, speaking from his defendants cage Tuesday at the stormy opening of a new trial of him and 50 others.

Troops blow up bombers in north Nigeria, 21 dead

04/01/2014 1:01pm
Multiple explosions blasted near an oil depot outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday and the military said soldiers blew up three vehicles laden with explosives.

Brazil president defends threatened journalist

04/01/2014 1:02pm
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has issued a defense of a Brazilian journalist who says she has received rape threats after launching a campaign against rape on her Facebook page.

Kerry: Premature to write off Mideast peace talks

04/01/2014 1:21pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is "completely premature" to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace process even as negotiations were dealt a blow by a speech in which the Palestinian leader said he would press for U.N. recognition over Israel's strong objections.

Crews assess JetBlue plane after emergency landing

04/01/2014 1:51pm
Maintenance teams were evaluating a JetBlue plane at a Jamaican airport on Tuesday, a day after the Florida-bound jetliner was forced to return to the island because the flight crew smelled smoke minutes after takeoff.

AP Interview: Pollard's ex-wife urges his release

04/01/2014 3:12pm
The ex-wife of imprisoned Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard on Tuesday implored the Israeli government to secure his release, saying her former husband's health could be in danger if he remains behind bars much longer.

Brazil armed forces to probe dictatorship abuses

04/01/2014 3:21pm
Brazil's defense minister has agreed to investigate military facilities where human rights abuses are believed to have been committed during the country's 21-year dictatorship, the National Truth Commission said Tuesday.

Radical Muslim leader shot dead in Kenya

04/01/2014 3:22pm
A radical Islamic leader who had been sanctioned by the United States and the United Nations for supporting an al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group was assassinated late Tuesday, his lawyer and officials said.

Mexican state blames railways in migrant crimes

04/01/2014 3:31pm
Prosecutors in southern Mexico have filed a criminal complaint alleging railway companies or their employees have been complicit in crimes committed against migrants who ride their trains.

US may move warship into Black Sea

04/01/2014 4:01pm
The U.S. is likely to move a warship into the Black Sea and send a small team of soldiers to Europe as part of NATO's effort to bolster allies in Eastern Europe who are worried about Russia's military annexation of Crimea. That from a senior defense official.

Mexico confirms Knights Templar cartel leader dead

04/01/2014 4:21pm
Mexican officials said Tuesday that one of the two remaining top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel was killed when he refused to surrender and opened fire on marines.

Argentina: Violent attacks grow after lynching

04/01/2014 4:51pm
A mob's killing of a man who stole a purse in Argentina has been followed by a string of similar attacks as people take justice into their own hands.

Puerto Rico man faces 49 sexual abuse charges

04/01/2014 5:01pm
Authorities in Puerto Rico have filed 49 counts of sex crime charges against a man accused of sexually abusing his two stepdaughters and two of their friends for more than a decade.

Palestinians resume bid for further UN recognition

04/01/2014 5:10pm
In a surprise move that could derail U.S. peace efforts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday resumed a campaign for further international recognition of a state of Palestine, despite a previous promise to suspend such efforts during nine months of negotiations with Israel.

Activists: Syria conflict death toll hits 150,344

04/01/2014 6:01pm
The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 150,000, an activist group said Tuesday as fighting raged across the country, including an attack in the north that killed at least 31 people including 9 children.

USGS says magnitude 8.0 earthquake strikes in Pacific near northern Chilean coast

04/01/2014 6:11pm
USGS says magnitude 8.0 earthquake strikes in Pacific near northern Chilean coast.

Hagel to meet with Malaysian counterpart

04/01/2014 6:31pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with Malaysia's defense minister this week, amid ongoing criticism about how well the search for missing Flight 370 has been conducted and coordinated with other nations.

Venezuela opposition lawmaker barred from Capitol

04/01/2014 7:11pm
A leader of Venezuela's opposition was barred from entering the National Assembly on Tuesday after hundreds of supporters rallied to protest her recent ouster from the legislature.

Industry group seeks continuous flight tracking

04/01/2014 7:21pm
An aviation industry group is creating a task force to make recommendations this year for continuously tracking commercial airliners because "we cannot let another aircraft simply vanish" like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

04/01/2014 8:21pm
NATO foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defenses of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the U.S. commitment to their security is "unwavering."

Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile

04/01/2014 8:51pm
Officials in Chile are reporting damage from a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck tonight off the coast of northern Chile.

Venezuela's street barricades a deadly protest

04/01/2014 10:52pm
Like a beaver dam of urban detritus, the piles of tires, old mattresses and heavy steel grates in Venezuela's streets have sparked some of the most violent episodes of this tumultuous season of protest and repression.

5 dead as magnitude-8.2 quake hits northern Chile

04/01/2014 11:00pm
A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, the interior minister said, but Chile apparently escaped major damage or serious casualties.
 
   
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