Joshua Goodman and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | Posted Sep 26th - 3:01pm
More than 220,000 deaths, 8 million homeless and countless human rights violations: These are the tragic toll of South America's oldest armed conflict, which begins to wind down with the signing Monday of a historic agreement between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement to end a half-century of hostilities.
Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press | Posted Sep 26th - 2:03pm
A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on "humanitarian grounds" and flown out of Iran on Monday, Iran's state-run news agency said, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services.
Philip Issa, Associated Press | Posted Sep 26th - 1:20pm
Syria's foreign minister said Monday that an internationally-brokered cease-fire is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo sifted through the rubble from the heaviest airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years.
Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government's imports of goods that might be used by the North's nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.
An elephant? Look again. Artist Johannes Stoetter paints on human bodies to create images of endangered and other animals. He unveiled his elephant painting Monday at a global wildlife conference. The plight of Africa's elephants is a key issue at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, which goes through Oct. 5. Also unveiled was an elephant sculpture by Daniel Jansen van Vuuren. Wildlife groups say poachers kill up to 30,000 elephants across the continent each year in pursuit of ivory. Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are pushing to sell their ivory stockpiles for millions of dollars, but they are opposed by about 30 African nations that want to tighten an international ban on the ivory trade.
Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.