Russia urges coordinated terrorism fight as airstrikes begin

September 30, 2015

Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with a call Wednesday for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist groups, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told foreign…

U.S. troops dispatched to Kunduz to help Afghan forces

September 30, 2015

The American soldiers were sent to ‘train, advise and assist’ the Afghan military’s bid to retake the city.


Excavator: Ancient grave in Greece honored Alexander’s pal

September 30, 2015

An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave — but not the final resting place of —…

In Haiti, Aristide tells thousands to vote for candidate

September 30, 2015

Twice-ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide urged thousands of supporters gathered outside his house Wednesday to vote for the presidential candidate of the political faction he founded years ago.


EU leaders call for global refugee quotas at UN event

September 30, 2015

European leaders are urging U.N. member states to introduce global refugee quotas to stem the crisis that has forced thousands to flee their homes in search of safety.


Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel

September 30, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements that have defined relations with Israel for the past two decades and are meant…

President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN

September 30, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, “the…

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

September 30, 2015

Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally,…

The Latest: Syrian group says Russian strikes killed 36

September 30, 2015

The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:


Bahrain police find 1.5 tons of explosives, make arrests

September 30, 2015

Bahraini police announced Wednesday they seized 1.5 tons of explosives in a warehouse and underground bunker system south of the capital, Manama, in one of the largest such busts amid…

Brazil police officers accused of altering crime scene

September 30, 2015

Five Brazilian police officers have been taken into custody for allegedly altering a crime scene by placing a gun in the hand of a teenager they allegedly killed during a…

US warns Russia against striking non-IS groups in Syria

September 30, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the Russian airstrikes in Syria appear to have targeted areas that do not include Islamic State fighters, a development which Secretary of State…

Iraqi Kurds drive Islamic State out of villages

September 30, 2015

Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq drove the Islamic State group from more than 140 sq. kilometers (54 sq. miles) of territory near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and cleared part…

US airstrikes back Afghan push to retake city from Taliban

September 30, 2015

Afghan troops backed by U.S. airstrikes massed Tuesday on the outskirts of a key northern city seized by the Taliban in the buildup for what is likely to be a…

Vatican insists relations on track after Rome mayor tiff

September 30, 2015

The Vatican is insisting that relations with Italy are on track despite an embarrassing few days which saw the pope chastise Rome’s mayor in public and another Vatican official make…

Read Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. General Assembly speech

September 30, 2015

The Palestinian leader said he would not honor previous accords with Israel unless it lives up to its commitments.


Argentina intensifies effort to get ex-spy chief, blasts US

September 30, 2015

Argentina on Wednesday intensified efforts to track down a former spy chief who reportedly has taken refuge in Miami, with top government officials saying they plan to summon the American…

Dutch end bid for UN fact-finding mission in war-torn Yemen

September 30, 2015

Dutch diplomats on Wednesday dropped their attempt at the top U.N. human rights body to launch a fact-finding mission in war-torn Yemen, clearing the way for a rival initiative led…

Saudi Arabia denies striking Yemen wedding party

September 30, 2015

The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition striking Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen denies it launched airstrikes that hit a wedding party.


Rio becomes first Brazilian city to ban use of Uber

September 30, 2015

The city that hosts next year’s Olympic Games has become the first in Brazil to ban the use of smartphone-based ride-hailing-applications like Uber.


Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital

September 30, 2015

Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic’s treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous…

Mexico receives better response in 2nd auction of oil sites

September 30, 2015

Mexico’s second auction aimed at drawing private companies into its petroleum sector has been better received than the first, attracting bids on most of the blocks offered.


Palestinian leader disavows agreements signed with Israel

September 30, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. he will not honor previous accords unless Israel lives up to its commitments.


Burkina Faso coup leader in Vatican Embassy

September 30, 2015

The military general who led the short-lived coup in Burkina Faso has sought refuge at the Vatican Embassy, a day after the army opened fire on his supporters in the…

Why Russia’s Syria war is bad news for the U.S. (and why it isn’t)

September 30, 2015

The reasons you shouldn’t perhaps fret too much about Putin’s Syria power play.


The Latest: Migrants quit rocks on the Italian-French border

September 30, 2015

The latest developments as European nations struggle to cope with tens of thousands of people trekking across the continent to find safety. All times local:


US worried about crushing of Tajikistan’s opposition party

September 30, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan says it is concerned about attempts by the Central Asian nation’s government to crush the country’s only genuine opposition party.


Russia’s airstrikes in Syria mark a huge departure for Moscow

September 30, 2015

The action in Syria is a rare display of military might outside Russia’s sphere of influence.


US Africa Command boss discusses regional security in Uganda

September 30, 2015

The head of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, on a visit to Uganda, on Wednesday awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit to six Ugandan military officers, including the country’s top…

US would welcome Russian actions in Syria if directed at IS

September 30, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria as long as it is directed against the Islamic State group…

AP NewsAlert

September 30, 2015

Palestinian leader declares he is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel.


Kerry: US prepared to welcome Russia actions in Syria if directed at Islamic State, al-Qaeda

September 30, 2015

Kerry: US prepared to welcome Russia actions in Syria if directed at Islamic State, al-Qaeda.


AP NewsAlert

September 30, 2015

Palestinian leader pleads at UN for international protection from Israel.


Watch: Celebrities want you to know the difference between a refugee and a migrant

September 30, 2015

The U.N.’s refugee agency enlists Cate Blanchett and Patrick Stewart in a campaign on the rights of refugees.


France to be ‘extra vigilant’ on climate negotiations

September 30, 2015

French President Francois Hollande says that France must be “extra vigilant” over upcoming climate change negotiations in order to reach an ambitious agreement at a global summit in December in…

Weapons believed to be from Iran seized in Arabian Sea

September 30, 2015

A ship carrying illicit arms believed to be from Iran was intercepted last week off the southern Arabian Peninsula by a member of a U.S.-backed naval coalition and was not…

Palestinian man suspected of stabbing Danish policeman

September 30, 2015

Denmark’s intelligence agency says a Palestinian man suspected of attempted murder for stabbing a policeman is behind an attack this year on a Swedish government minister.


Chinese city hit by multiple ‘parcel’ explosions; 7 dead

September 30, 2015

The targets included a supermarket and a prison.


Madagascar agents foil smuggling of more than 700 turtles

September 30, 2015

The discovery by Madagascar’s customs officials of more than 700 rare tortoises about to be smuggled out of the country is the largest ever case of its kind, an organization…

These German artists tried to persuade NSA employees to quit

September 30, 2015

“There was not a lot of reaction,” one observer admitted.


Explosions kill 7, injure dozens in southern China city

September 30, 2015

More than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at least seven people and injured over 50 in a small city in southern China on…

Swimming to Europe: Syrians race to beat winter

September 30, 2015

Relief agencies have set up a tent city at Greece’s border with Macedonia to cope with the growing number of migrants trying to reach central Europe ahead of winter —…

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria; U.S. warns of new concerns in conflict

September 30, 2015

The escalation comes after Russia’s parliament backed the use of military force in Syria.


New train route links neighbors Romania and Moldova

September 30, 2015

Officials say a new train will connect Romania to Moldova, shortening the journey by an hour and also removing a symbolic barrier between the neighbors.


Syria’s Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops

September 30, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomed Wednesday’s decision by Russia to send troops to his war-torn country, saying the military support from Moscow is the result of a Damascus request.


Top Iran leader warns of ‘harsh’ measures over hajj disaster

September 30, 2015

Iran’s top leader on Wednesday warned Saudi Arabia of “harsh” measures if the kingdom fails to promptly repatriate the bodies of more than 200 Iranian pilgrims killed in last week’s…

Russia’s defense ministry: Russian jets are bombing Islamic State positions in Syria

September 30, 2015

Russia’s defense ministry: Russian jets are bombing Islamic State positions in Syria.


Polish army to train more reservists

September 30, 2015

A spokesman for the Polish army says the nation is gradually raising the number of reservists put through training, amid heightened security concerns.


Firebrand farm leader Patel vows to fight for India’s poor

September 30, 2015

The head of a west Indian farming community vowed Wednesday to lead India’s poor in challenging the country’s decades-old quota system meant to make up for centuries of caste discrimination.…

Putin: Russia will be helping Syrian President Bashar Assad’s offensive with airstrikes.

September 30, 2015

Putin: Russia will be helping Syrian President Bashar Assad’s offensive with airstrikes.


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