In Nigeria, 86 people shot, burned to death in village, refugee camps

January 31, 2016

The soldiers who arrived at the scene on Saturday were unable to overcome Boko Haram fighters.


Witness to migrant disaster that killed 37 describes screams

January 31, 2016

A witness to the drowning of 37 people including babies and other young children off Turkey’s coast described the horror and screams in the moments after the boat carrying the…

Bombing and disputes cloud Syrian talks

January 31, 2016

A triple bombing killed 45 in Damascus, as negotiations struggled to get off the ground.


Brazilian pets parade in their own 4-footed Carnival

January 31, 2016

Brazilian canines allowed their people to dress them in masks and costumes Sunday for a four-legged Carnival just days before the humans will hold their own party.


Cameron, Tusk fail to strike deal on British reform demands

January 31, 2016

European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister David Cameron failed Sunday to strike a deal aimed at keeping the U.K. in the EU — but agreed to extend…

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Gaza militants against attacking

January 31, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza on Sunday that his country will retaliate with “greater force” than deployed in the 2014 Gaza…

Hollande waives prison for abused woman who shot husband

January 31, 2016

French President Francois Hollande on Sunday waived the remaining jail time for a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband after a groundswell of support for Jacqueline Sauvage, victimized for…

Athletes in Rio stay inside, lather on repellent for Zika

January 31, 2016

Aline Silva has had the dengue fever twice, and she’s not taking any chances with the Zika virus.


Dozens killed by bombs in Syria, clouding UN peace session

January 31, 2016

A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held his first…

Egypt arrests cartoonist for illegally running a webpage

January 31, 2016

An Egyptian cartoonist, whose work is occasionally critical of government figures, was arrested in the capital, Cairo, on Sunday and charged with running a webpage without a license, the country’s…

Jobs protest in southern India turns violent, 15 police hurt

January 31, 2016

A protest in southern India by thousands of people demanding that some state government jobs be reserved for members of a lower-caste community turned violent Sunday with at least 15…

Saudi Arabia IDs mosque attacker as 22-year-old national

January 31, 2016

One of two attackers who wore explosive belts in Friday’s deadly assault on a Shiite mosque in the country’s east was a 22-year-old Saudi national, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced.…

Number of Syrian refugees on Jordan border reaches 20,000

January 31, 2016

The number of Syrian refugees stranded on Jordan’s border and waiting for permission to enter has risen to 20,000, with 4,000 to 5,000 more arriving in the remote desert area…

Greek police arrest 2 suspected of trying to join

January 31, 2016

Greek police say they have arrested two men suspected of possessing weapons and attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.


Francisco Flores, El Salvador president trailed by corruption, dies at 56

January 31, 2016

He led the country from 1999 to 2004 and was under house arrest on charges of embezzlement and illegal enrichment.


Reports: 2 shot dead at Brazil Carnival street parties

January 31, 2016

News reports say that two men were shot to death at popular pre-Carnival street parties, one in Rio de Janeiro and another in Brasilia.


Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials

January 31, 2016

A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in…

Israel to create a new egalitarian prayer plaza at Western Wall

January 31, 2016

The government approved a plan to allow pluralistic, and mixed-gender prayer, at Judaism’s holy site.


Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed in Aden

January 31, 2016

The lifeless body of Yemen’s top Salafi cleric in the southern port city of Aden was found disfigured on Sunday hours after he was abducted following an anti-extremism sermon, security…

For Brazil’s rich and poor, disparate response to Zika

January 31, 2016

Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories.


The Latest: Kerry urges both sides to engage in Syria talks

January 31, 2016

The Latest on U.N.-hosted Syria peace talks in Geneva (all times local):


Anti-secessionist protest in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia

January 31, 2016

Political parties opposed to a push by Catalonia’s government to break away from Spain have gathered in the powerful northeastern region’s capital to call for an end to secessionism.


Experts in last attempt to salvage drifting ship off France

January 31, 2016

A team of experts are expected to make a final attempt on Monday to salvage a cargo ship that has been adrift off the coast of France for five days…

US pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought

January 31, 2016

The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced…

Israel doesn’t trust NGOs that get money from U.S. and Europe. Here’s why.

January 31, 2016

In an interview, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked defended a bill that would require NGOS that get most of their funding from governments abroad, including U.S. aid, to be labeled…

David Cameron says lack of diversity at top shames Britain

January 31, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will make universities disclose what proportion of poor and ethnic minority applicants they admit, in an attempt to end racial and class discrimination…

Israeli Cabinet approves liberal Jewish prayer at holy site

January 31, 2016

Israel’s Cabinet voted Sunday to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of government support for liberal streams of…

Idols judge in South Africa gets job back after tweet uproar

January 31, 2016

A comment by a judge in South Africa’s “Idols” television show stirred a national conversation, and it had nothing to do with music.


Police ask Venice carnival-goers to lift masks for security

January 31, 2016

Carnival-goers in Venice are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities.


Syrian government says death toll in triple bombing near Damascus has risen to at least 45

January 31, 2016

Syrian government says death toll in triple bombing near Damascus has risen to at least 45.


British pilot killed by poachers in Tanzania; 3 arrested

January 31, 2016

Elephant poachers in Tanzania fired on a helicopter on an anti-poaching mission and killed the British pilot, and authorities said Sunday that they have arrested three suspects.


At least 21 killed in massive Egypt car crash

January 31, 2016

At least 21 people were killed and 16 injured in a massive multi-car pile-up on a road south of Egypt’s capital.


Iraqis rally around Olympic football team after Qatar win

January 31, 2016

The Iraqi soccer team’s overtime win against Qatar, which will send it to the Olympics for the first time in more than a decade, has at least briefly united the…

Djokovic captures 6th Australian Open title, keeps Murray winless in 5 finals in Melbourne

January 31, 2016

Djokovic captures 6th Australian Open title, keeps Murray winless in 5 finals in Melbourne.


See the female fighters who strike fear in the hearts of Colombian troops

January 31, 2016

“The women are the worst,” said one Colombian special forces officer, his name withheld because he works under cover. “If you get captured, you pray it’s by the male rebels.”…

Young South Koreans call their country ‘hell’ and look for ways out

January 31, 2016

Three decades after democratization, many 20- and 30-somethings feel boxed in by economic feudalism.


Dissident Ugandan general arrested ahead of elections

January 31, 2016

A military general who opposes Uganda’s longtime president was arrested ahead of presidential elections next month, his lawyer said Sunday.


China sentences 2 men to death in slaying of Tibetan monk

January 31, 2016

A Chinese court sentenced two men to death in the 2013 killing of Akong Rinpoche, a well-known religious figure who founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West and…

Smugglers keep trying to get alcohol into Saudi Arabia and customs officials keep tweeting it

January 31, 2016

Smugglers go to elaborate lengths to bring alcohol and other things in.


China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

January 31, 2016

China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation…

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dies at 56

January 31, 2016

Former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, whose five years in power were tarnished by accusations of corruption and elitism, died Saturday in the capital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, his party…

Fire at Moscow workshop kills 12 people, including 3 kids

January 31, 2016

Russian officials say a fire at a textile workshop in Moscow has killed 12 people, including three children.


Party says former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dead at 56

January 31, 2016

Party says former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dead at 56.


Cyclone weakens , spares western Australia major damage

January 31, 2016

A tropical cyclone weakened after hitting land in western Australia on Sunday and has caused no major damage in the sparsely-populated areas so far, officials said.


Report counts some 2,300 journalists killed in past 25 years

January 31, 2016

In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to inform the world on war, revolution, crime and…

Syrian opposition vows not to participate if demands not met

January 31, 2016

The main Syrian opposition delegation vowed Saturday not to participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the government unless their demands are met, including lifting the siege imposed on rebel-held areas…

Dozens of migrants drown as boat hits rocks, sinks off Turkey coast

January 31, 2016

Immigration agency says drownings ahead of pace set in 2015.


Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming airspace violation

January 31, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow on Saturday that it would be forced to “endure the consequences” if its jets continue to violate the Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported…

Syrian opposition arrives in Geneva without visas, but with demands

January 31, 2016

The delegation says it will consult with the U.N. on its demands before agreeing to join the U.S.-backed peace talks.


The country with the world’s worst homicide rate now grapples with Zika

January 30, 2016

As suspected cases of the virus soar, health workers in El Salvador can’t even enter some hard-hit neighborhoods in the capital.


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