South Africa's government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago.
Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:36pm
For people familiar with the way that dictators such as Stalin, Hitler and Mao methodically ousted their opponents, the purging and execution of the No. 2 official in North Korea is nothing new.
Frances D'emilio, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:19pm
Police searching for Italy's No. 1 Cosa Nostra fugitive arrested 30 people Friday in a pre-dawn sweep of his stronghold in Sicily, including his sister, whom prosecutors say was helping to transmit the Mafioso's orders and run extortion rackets during his years on the run.
Zeina Karam and Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:14pm
Warehouses captured by Islamic militants in Syria last weekend contained a cache of machine guns and ammunition intended for Syria's Western-backed rebels, a senior opposition official said Friday, demanding the gear be returned.
Jim Heintz and Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:14pm
The meeting Friday of Ukraine's president and the leaders of mass protests against him was billed as a round table, but it was essentially a square-off.
Katherine Corcoran and E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:28pm
Mexico's sweeping away of seven decades of nationalist protections and letting foreign companies back into its oil fields is crucial to bringing the expertise and money needed to rejuvenate its sclerotic energy industry, supporters say.
The Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:24pm
Nelson Mandela became a hero around the world, as shown by the number of streets, schools, bridges and restaurants named for the South African leader. Here's a look at how Mandela has been honored in cities including London, Paris, New York, New Delhi, Montreal and Oakland.
Matthew Lee, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:15pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that a spring target date for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is still possible after two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that were hampered by rare heavy snows across the region.
Vivian Sequera, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:00pm
Freshly greased plantain leaves, a kitchen splattered with corn meal, and festive music accompanied by generous amounts of alcohol all make up one of Venezuela's most-enduring Christmas traditions: the gathering of family to prepare a corn dough tamale known as the hallaca.
Krista Larson, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 11:54am
French troops backed by a helicopter traded fire with suspected rebels in a tense Bangui neighborhood on Friday, as France's military chief arrived in Central African Republic to see how his troops are doing trying to stabilize the lawless country.
Gregory Katz and Markus Schreiber, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 11:37am
An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able to file past the bier.
Lee Keath, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 11:17am
Ahmed Luay's second-eldest son, a soldier in the Syrian army, fell in battle with rebels just over a month ago. Three more of his sons are still on the front lines in the Damascus suburbs. Luay insists he's prepared to sacrifice them all in what he says is a war against a terrorist invasion.
Daniela Berretta, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 11:15am
As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus' birth is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years.
Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 10:58am
Ireland's three-year bailout ordeal ends this weekend, a victory in its battle against bankruptcy. But while the government is ready to finance itself without aid, the Irish can't yet escape what has become Europe's longest-running austerity program.
Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 10:50am
The lights have been turned on a 25-meter-tall (82-foot-tall) Christmas tree in the center of St. Peter's Square.
Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 10:35am
The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country's second most powerful figure. But while Jang Song Thaek is now gone, the fallout from his purge is not over.
Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press | posted 55 minutes ago
Yemen's official security committee said on Friday that people targeted in an airstrike in central city were al-Qaida militants including those who masterminded attacks on vital institutions, the police and army.
Vivian Sequera, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:54pm
Fighting for his political life, Bogota's leftist mayor convened supporters for a Friday rally, with some believing his dismissal could hurt attempts to make peace with the Americas' most powerful leftist rebel group.
Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:31pm
Italy's government has stopped its public financing of political parties, after a rash of scandals involving politicians who misused some of these funds for personal luxuries.
Mariam Rizk and Tony G. Gabriel, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:27pm
Egyptian security forces fired tear gas Friday to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators marching across the country to demand the release of detained student protesters. One person was killed south of the capital and another in the canal city of Suez.
Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 1:12pm
Gunmen in Iraq killed 15 Iranian pipeline workers and two Iraqi guards northeast of Baghdad on Friday, officials said. Separate attacks across the country killed 23 other people.
Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:57pm
Police say there has been a small explosion in central Belfast, an attack that comes amid a spike in Irish republican activity.
Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 12:29pm
Iran pulled out of expert-level talks with six world powers Friday to protest the expansion of U.S. sanctions, saying the blacklisting of more entities violates the spirit of a groundbreaking agreement over Tehran's atomic program.
Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press | posted Dec 13th - 11:22am
Islamic militants have taken control of a cache of machine guns and ammunition intended for Syria's Western-backed rebels, the Syrian opposition confirmed Friday, demanding that the weapons be returned.
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