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Car bombing near Syria town captured from ISIS kills 35

Turkey's news agency says a car bomb north of a town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from Islamic State militants has killed at least 35 people.  Anadolu news agency says the explosion Friday killed civilians and Syrian opposition fighters in Sousian village, north...

Rich in symbols, short on substance, U.N.-backed Syrian peace talks resume

Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers. In a ceremony rich in...

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport and military base

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants. The two-pronged advance...

Riot near Swedish capital over drug arrest comes days after Trump comments

Swedish police Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges.  The riot comes two days after President Trump’s reference to a supposed frightening security episode in Sweden prompted...

France's far-right presidential candidate walks away from meeting with Lebanon cleric after refusing to wear headscarf

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance. Le Pen, who is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and...

Israeli soldier gets 18 months in prison for fatal shooting of Palestinian

An Israeli military court has sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting last year of a wounded Palestinian attacker. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced on Tuesday to 3-5 years in prison. His defense attorneys insisted he should be freed. Azaria was...

Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies suddenly in New York City

Russian officials said Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly in New York City on Monday.   Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told the Associated Press that the 64-year-old Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to...

North Korean official denounces Malaysian investigation into airport death, demands joint probe

North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur has denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death. "The investigation by the Malaysian police is not for the clarification...

Pence reaffirms support for NATO, says U.S. will hold Russia accountable

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete." In his overseas debut as vice president,...

Blind cleric imprisoned for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks has died

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, has died. He was 78. Kenneth McKoy of the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., said Abdel-Rahman died at 5:40 a.m. He suffered from diabetes and coronary artery disease...

Spain's Princess Cristina found not guilty in tax fraud case; husband sentenced to six years in prison

In a wide-ranging tax fraud case that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty Friday of being an accessory to fraud but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, will...

Indonesian woman tricked into attack that killed North Korean leader's half brother, police chief says

The Indonesian woman arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's national police chief said Friday, citing information received from Malaysian authorities. Tito...

A sad timeline of militant attacks in Pakistan

Militant attacks in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people over the last three years, including many women and children. On Friday, security forces carried out sweeping raids, gunning down and arresting dozens, a day after a massive suicide bombing killed 88 worshipers at a Sufi shrine in the...

Death toll hits 59 in Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State

A police officer and medical sources say the death toll from a car bomb attack in a southern Baghdad neighborhood has reached 59 with 66 more injured.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.  The Islamic State, in a statement issued early Friday, said its fighters detonated...

Baghdad car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 45

Iraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday that a car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 45 people and wounded nearly 50 others. Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed the toll from the attack, which took place in the southwestern Bayaa neighborhood. The Islamic State group claimed the attack...

Two more arrested in Malaysia in death of North Korean leader's half brother

Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood. Investigators...

Venezuela shuts off CNN en Español after criticizing channel's passport-selling report

Venezuela's government has suspended CNN en Español, shutting off the Spanish-language news channel’s feed after it aired a report about fraudulent passports that drew angry criticism from officials. The country's National Telecommunications Commission announced Wednesday that it initiated the...

Woman is arrested in connection of death of North Korean leader's half brother, Malaysian police say

Malaysian police say they have arrested a woman in connection with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother. Wednesday's statement says the woman was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. She was carrying Vietnamese travel documents. Kim Jong Un's half brother died...

Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

Hamas has named a top militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group's most hard-line figures in charge of operations in its core power base. The appointment of Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed by Israel...

Large bomb explodes at protest rally in Pakistan's Lahore

Pakistani police say a large bomb has struck a protest rally in the eastern city of Lahore. Local police official Ali Raza says Monday's blast occurred when a man on a motorcycle rammed into the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists, who were protesting new amendments to a law governing drug sales....

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