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US Virgin Islands confirms 1st chikungunya case

06/12/2014 12:41am
A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said Wednesday.

Al-Qaida-inspired group says it will march on Baghdad after seizing 2 key Sunni cities in Iraq

06/12/2014 1:40am
Al-Qaida-inspired group says it will march on Baghdad after seizing 2 key Sunni cities in Iraq.

Baltics prepare to counter Moscow TV propaganda

06/12/2014 1:50am
The Russian news broadcast takes broadsides at Ukraine, trumpeting claims that Ukrainian democracy has degenerated into fistfights between right-wing nationalists in Parliament.

26-year-old faces terrorism charges in Germany

06/12/2014 2:30am
German prosecutors say they've charged a 26-year-old man with membership in a terrorist organization after he went to Syria to fight with rebel forces.

In legal first, UK appeals court rules terrorism trial can be held largely in secret

06/12/2014 2:50am
In legal first, UK appeals court rules terrorism trial can be held largely in secret.

Hauling gravel: Daily toil for Myanmar boy, 11

06/12/2014 3:40am
Early every morning, 11-year-old Chit Toke wakes up in the small bamboo shack beside a creek where his family lives. In the near distance, he can see new high rises springing up. He pulls on oversized green trousers — part of a cast-off school uniform — and walks over to the river where boats are docked. They are waiting for laborers to unload gravel collected from river beds to supply the booming construction industry in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city and commercial capital.

N. Korean leader complains about weather service

06/12/2014 4:10am
Many people around the world grumble about inaccurate weather forecasts, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is doing something about it.

European court: Death doesn't end holiday benefits

06/12/2014 5:20am
Dying for a holiday, but can't fit one in? Not to worry — a new European court ruling says vacation benefits are still valid after death.

Iran scaling down plutonium production plans

06/12/2014 5:40am
Iran says it's scaling down plutonium production plans at the country's only, partially built heavy-water reactor, an announcement seen as a gesture toward next week's negotiations with world powers over the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program.

Suicide bomber hits rogue Libyan general's forces

06/12/2014 6:11am
A suicide car bomber in Libya targeted a checkpoint manned by troops loyal to a rogue general outside the eastern city of Benghazi, wounding three people, a security official said Thursday.

EU will finance projects worth $68M in Moldova

06/12/2014 6:50am
The European Union said Thursday it will finance projects worth 50 million euros ($68 million) in Moldova as the former Soviet republic prepares to sign an association agreement with the 28-nation bloc amid protests from Moscow.

Sierra Leone declares Ebola emergency in district

06/12/2014 7:10am
The Sierra Leone government announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district from the outbreak of the Ebola virus which has claimed 17 lives in this West African nation, banning public gatherings and closing schools.

German cave explorer well enough for evacuation

06/12/2014 7:20am
Rescuers say a 52-year-old German explorer who was injured in a fall deep inside an Alpine cave is well enough for the evacuation process to begin.

UK court says terror trial can be partly secret

06/12/2014 8:00am
A British court ruled Thursday that the bulk of a terrorism trial can be held in secret on national security grounds, but rejected prosecutors' attempt to impose secrecy on the entire case, from the selection of the jury to the identity of the defendants.

Philippine president urged to prosecute allies

06/12/2014 9:01am
Hundreds of activists demanded Thursday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III prosecute all officials, including some of his own allies, who allegedly stole from state funds intended to help the poor.

European court rules on Monaco prince's son

06/12/2014 9:11am
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in favor of Paris Match magazine in a case involving Prince Albert of Monaco's secret son.

Turkey in talks to free captives in Iraq

06/12/2014 9:41am
An intensive diplomatic effort is underway to free 80 Turkish citizens held by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an official in the Turkish prime minister's office said Thursday.

Militant group says it's imposing extreme Islamic law

06/12/2014 10:11am
The militant group that has taken control of some key cities in Iraq says it will start implementing its strict version of Islamic law in Mosul and other areas it now controls. It says women should stay in their homes for reasons of modesty, and that thieves will have their hands cut off. And it's telling Sunni members of the military and police to abandon their posts and "repent" -- or else "face only death."

Greek farm worker shooting trial cites dog killing

06/12/2014 10:21am
A witness testifying against a Greek farm foreman on trial over a shotgun attack on protesting foreign strawberry pickers says the man had earlier killed two dogs in front of workers, threatening them with the same fate if they kept asking for their unpaid wages.

Flights briefly vanish from Austrian air traffic

06/12/2014 10:21am
Key flight data from high-flying aircraft mysteriously disappeared twice recently from controllers' radar screens in Austria and some of its neighbors and the relevant EU agencies have been asked to investigate, Austria's flight safety organization said Thursday.

Ex-Ivory Coast president ordered to stand trial

06/12/2014 11:20am
The former president of Ivory Coast must stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the months he clung to power after losing elections, a panel of judges at the International Criminal Court ruled Thursday.

Germany urges citizens to immediately leave 3 Iraqi governorates, Baghdad

06/12/2014 11:20am
Germany urges citizens to immediately leave 3 Iraqi governorates, Baghdad.

Venice mayor back at work after corruption probe

06/12/2014 11:21am
Venice's mayor is back at work a week after being arrested in a wide-ranging corruption probe related to construction of underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding.

Aide criticizes Palestinian leader in recording

06/12/2014 11:41am
An audio recording has surfaced in which Mahmoud Abbas' top aide is heard saying the Palestinian leader isn't tough in dealing with Israel and has let himself be humiliated.

Afghans tighten security as Taliban threaten vote

06/12/2014 12:01pm
Afghan police and soldiers manned checkpoints at almost every intersection Thursday, searching vehicles and frisking drivers in a massive security operation ahead of elections to choose a new president to guide the country after international combat forces withdraw.

After lull, US drone strikes kill 13 in Pakistan

06/12/2014 12:21pm
Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday.

Germany to take in 10,000 more Syrian refugees

06/12/2014 12:21pm
Germany plans to take in another 10,000 refugees from Syria, doubling the number of Syrians it is offering to shelter from their country's bloody conflict.

Germany urges citizens to leave Iraqi capital

06/12/2014 12:31pm
Germany called on its citizens Thursday to immediately leave parts of Iraq, including Baghdad, as Islamic insurgents push toward the capital.

Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era interior minister

06/12/2014 12:51pm
An Egyptian court acquitted the former interior minister under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak of charges of corruption and money laundering Thursday, a judicial official said.

Car bomb kills at least 7 in central Syria

06/12/2014 1:02pm
A car bomb exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, killing at least seven people, state media and activists said.

Israeli transsexual singer in controversial video

06/12/2014 1:02pm
A video promoting Tel Aviv's Gay Pride Parade featuring Israeli transsexual star Dana International dancing suggestively in a synagogue in front of children has been taken offline after the parents of one of the youngsters claimed they did not provide consent to participate.

Groups: Autopsy shows live fire killed Palestinian

06/12/2014 1:14pm
Preliminary autopsy findings show that a Palestinian teen killed during a lull in a West Bank confrontation between stone throwers and Israeli troops was shot dead by live ammunition, two human rights groups said Thursday.

Europe wary of Iraq action; Germans urged to leave

06/12/2014 1:31pm
Germany urged its citizens to leave Baghdad and troubled parts of Iraq on Thursday, as European officials calibrated their response to a military push by Sunni Muslim insurgents toward the capital after capturing two key cities.

UN backs Iraq government against terrorism

06/12/2014 1:31pm
The U.N. Security Council is unanimously supporting Iraq's government and people in their fight against terrorism and urging a national dialogue including all political and religious groups.

Ex-US commander defends US training of Iraq forces

06/12/2014 1:51pm
The former top U.S. commander in northern Iraq defended the multibillion dollar American effort to train Iraqi security forces despite this week's Sunni insurgent offensive that has seen key cities occupied as soldiers and police abandoned their posts.

China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter

06/12/2014 2:11pm
China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea.

Blast rocks center of breakaway town in E. Ukraine

06/12/2014 2:53pm
An explosion has shaken the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have taken over a regional administration building.

Ukraine says 3 tanks cross from Russia

06/12/2014 3:11pm
Ukraine's president rallied support Thursday for his plan to end fighting in the country's east in phone calls with the Russian and German leaders, even as he condemned what Ukrainian officials called an incursion of armored vehicles from Russia.

Hundreds of Iraqis flee Islamic militant advance

06/12/2014 4:51pm
Hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children crammed into vehicles fled their homes Thursday, fearing clashes, kidnapping and rape after Islamic militants seized large swathes of northern Iraq.

Jamaica to relax some restrictions on using pot

06/12/2014 6:50pm
Jamaica's government on Thursday announced a major rethinking of its marijuana laws, including plans to partially decriminalize small amounts of pot and to allow possession for religious, scientific and medical purposes.

Sunni militants vow to march on Iraqi capital

06/12/2014 7:31pm
Islamic militants who seized cities and towns vowed Thursday to march on Baghdad to settle old scores, joined by Saddam Hussein-era loyalists and other disaffected Sunnis capitalizing on the government's political paralysis over the biggest threat to Iraq's stability since the U.S. withdrawal.

Mexico political boss resigns amid sex scandal

06/12/2014 8:41pm
The local political chief for Mexico's ruling party in the capital resigned following reports that his office hired women to have sex with him and placed them on party payrolls, party officials announced Thursday.

Hundreds of Iraqis flee Islamic militant advance

06/12/2014 10:51pm
Hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children crammed into vehicles have fled their homes, fearing clashes, kidnapping and rape after Islamic militants seized large swaths of northern Iraq.