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  • Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:04:50 GMT
    Ukrainian authorities say at least 10 government troops have been killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatist rebels in an area near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area...
  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:33:31 GMT
    The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.
  • Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city

    Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:33:20 GMT
    A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in Benghazi early Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the eastern Libyan city.
    A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in Benghazi early Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the eastern Libyan city.
  • 35 killed, soldier missing as Gaza truce unravels

    35 killed, soldier missing as Gaza truce unravels

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:23:52 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.
    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.
  • Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy

    Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:04:04 GMT
    British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...
    British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...
  • House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway

    House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:17:56 GMT
    House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of...
    House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to...
  • CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:48 AM EDT2014-08-01 07:48:41 GMT
    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed...
    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a...
  • Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 06:43:17 GMT
    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and "take care of my guys."
    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and "take care of my guys."
  • Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

    Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:33:42 GMT
    Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.
    Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:34:27 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
  • Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:27:10 GMT
    Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break.
    Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking...
  • Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:16:07 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in...
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:06:13 GMT
    Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the...
  • Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:05:19 GMT
    Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:24:03 GMT
    A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.
    Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.
  • CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:21:59 GMT
    A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and...
    The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist...
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:04:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United...
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations...
  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:02:00 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.
    Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
  • Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:08:32 GMT
    An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.
    As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the...
  • Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:51:31 GMT
    CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.
    CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report.
  • Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:40:20 GMT
    Islamic hard-line militias are claiming to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes...
    Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after...
  • Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

    Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:39:21 GMT
    Five people are suing the federal government alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their applications for citizenship and green cards.
    Five people sued the federal government Thursday alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their citizenship and green card applications.
  • First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:00:49 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the government expands its initiative for affordable housing for service...
    Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for...
  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:45:39 GMT
    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of...
    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally...
  • Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

    Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:45:26 GMT
    President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues.
    President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas.
  • Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya

    Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:07:32 GMT
    With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking...
    With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help...
  • White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:59:11 GMT
    The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is casting the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
    The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
  • Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:33:52 GMT
    Images of emaciated corpses, slashed necks and ripped-open foreheads are on display at a remarkable hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
    Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he...
  • AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

    AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:36:34 GMT
    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.
    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.
  • Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria

    Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:29:34 GMT
    A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.
    A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.
  • Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire

    Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:33:23 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says there's, quote, "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.
  • Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

    Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:52:47 GMT
    Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.
    A commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Lebanon said Thursday.
  • Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

    Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:10:01 GMT
    Malaysia's prime minister has arrived in the Netherlands ahead of a meeting with his Dutch counterpart to discuss plans for repatriating remains of Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and...
    Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.
  • Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

    Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:29:20 GMT
    Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after...
    Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the...
  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:39:26 GMT
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and...
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...
  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:22:26 GMT
    A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate.
    House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending...
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:14:35 GMT
    The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.
    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:40 GMT
    With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.
    The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.
  • Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:26:47 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.
    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...
  • Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

    Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:08:53 GMT
    Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as...
    A Japanese group is combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information it hopes will lead to the graves of Americans still listed as missing in action on the Pacific island of Saipan.
  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:37:50 GMT
    Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow.
    U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for...
  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:19:11 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it...
    The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to...
  • Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

    Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:06 GMT
    Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Algerian soldiers.
    Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.
  • Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:00 GMT
    A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.
    Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival...
  • UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

    UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:56:46 GMT
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in...
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war...
  • Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

    Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:38:22 GMT
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.
  • Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:19:41 GMT
    Officials in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine say 19 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
    Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives...
  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:52:17 GMT
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
  • Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:27:50 GMT
    The Air Force secretary says something obviously "fell through the cracks" in the security of a military cargo plane that allowed a young boy to stow away and die in a compartment near the landing gear.
    The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a...
  • Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:33 GMT
    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as...
    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical,...
  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:29 GMT
    European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.
    European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...
  • Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

    Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:09:08 GMT
    The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
    The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
  • Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:37:45 GMT
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants...
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining...
  • 13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

    13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:25:03 GMT
    Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
    Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:27:13 GMT
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.
  • Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:38:58 GMT
    Israel's ambassador to the United States is asserting that criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy," and not Prime...
    Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy"...
  • Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

    Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:57:14 GMT
    A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
    A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
  • AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:08 GMT
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
  • Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

    Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:10:02 GMT
    Japan is practicing storming beaches with the U.S. at the world's largest maritime exercises.
    Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its...
  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 06:27:34 GMT
    U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations...
    Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen...
  • Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:12:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
    President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before...
  • China reports deadly attack in northwest

    China reports deadly attack in northwest

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
    A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic...
    A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...
  • APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:02:30 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
    The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the...
  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:53:08 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.
    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:28 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...
  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:20:46 GMT
    Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
    Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
  • US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:14:58 GMT
    The Obama administration's claim that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question.
    The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy...
  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:49:17 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:48:47 GMT
    The admiral in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific says North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology.
    Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the...
  • House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:18:09 GMT
    A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:40 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
    Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong...
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:10 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...
  • Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:15:02 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely...
    The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional...
  • Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:57:20 GMT
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the...
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's...
  • Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:29:05 GMT
    Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling.
    Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an...
  • Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:48:24 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime...
  • US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev.
    The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its...
  • Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:48:32 GMT
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused...
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of...
  • Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:47:47 GMT
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
  • Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:30:24 GMT
    An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai.
    A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers...
  • Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:25:41 GMT
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful...
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a...
  • Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:48:12 GMT
    A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
    A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:17:21 GMT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
  • German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:08:15 GMT
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
  • Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 06:25:22 GMT
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their...
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s...
  • Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:17:56 GMT
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the...
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for...
  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:30:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.
    Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:26:27 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'
    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...
  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:26:10 GMT
    A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.
    The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were...
  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:25:39 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
  • Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

    Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:47:33 GMT
    Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the...
    Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government...
  • White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:45:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama and European leaders are conferring about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.
  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:49 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
  • Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:01 GMT
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price...
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...
  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:21:47 GMT
    Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...
  • Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:20:49 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner says the United States must be a strong partner and trusted ally to Israel, not just a peace broker or observer.
    House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.
  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:18:33 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:03:07 GMT
    Obama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a...
  • Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:48:09 GMT
    Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
    Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
  • Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:26 GMT
    The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.
    A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...
  • In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:02:38 GMT
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they...
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...
  • 3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:58 GMT
    Witnesses say a woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria, killing at least three people.
    A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.
  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:18 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:40:00 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name...
  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:21:41 GMT
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
  • Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:55 GMT
    Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
    Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
  • Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:36:59 GMT
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
  • Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

    Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:35:32 GMT
    Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.
    An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said.
  • Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:06:34 GMT
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 19, including five children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
  • In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:17:59 GMT
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
  • Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:17:34 GMT
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
  • Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

    Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:55 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:55:07 GMT
    By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another...
    By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger...
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:37:23 GMT
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:35:19 GMT
    A former Venezuelan general detained in Aruba on U.S. drug charges will be released by the Dutch Caribbean island and sent home, authorities said Sunday.
    Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and...
  • UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:54:14 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza fighting between Israel and Hamas and is meeting at midnight to adopt it.
    The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.
  • State media: Car bomb in central Syria kills 7

    State media: Car bomb in central Syria kills 7

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:45:12 GMT
    A car bomb exploded Sunday in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least seven people, the country's state news agency reported.
    A car bomb exploded Sunday in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least seven people, the country's state news agency reported.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:17:30 GMT
    Palestinian militants have launched a big rocket salvo at Israel, endangering a unilateral cease-fire.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    10 Things to Know for Monday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:57:26 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
  • APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:46 GMT
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up...
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:28 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:54 GMT
    Dutch police are traveling to the scene of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine to secure the site, which investigators complain has already been compromised.
    Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
  • Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:24 GMT
    The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 travelled from Perth, Australia to honor their daughter at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.
  • Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:46:54 GMT
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realizes world opinion might be shifting away from his nation with every Palestinian civilian's death, but adds that the public relations battle cannot...
    Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he...
  • Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:26:39 GMT
    President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.
    President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.
  • 38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

    38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:44:36 GMT
    Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people - including civilians - in the country's restive east, health officials said Sunday, as fighting...
    Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport...
  • US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:54:30 GMT
    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused.
    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in...
  • Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

    Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:55:07 GMT
    One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
    One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:25:23 GMT
    The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.
    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-07-27 14:29:49 GMT
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
  • Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-07-27 14:24:00 GMT
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure...
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...
  • Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:46 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:46:51 GMT
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are...
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in...
  • Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:19 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:19:32 GMT
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
  • Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-07-27 00:33:38 GMT
    The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic...
    The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:04:50 GMT
    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas.
    Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.
  • Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:53:36 GMT
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that...
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border...
  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:03:50 GMT
    The House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution barring President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval.
    The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal...
  • Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:13:57 GMT
    The Pentagon says the movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", escalating the military action there.
    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.
  • French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

    French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:36:01 GMT
    French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.
    French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.
  • Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:35:29 GMT
    Iraqi police officers say gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs have seized the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council.
    Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.
  • AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

    AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:14:39 GMT
    A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.
    A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.
  • North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:53:35 GMT
    South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast.
    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve...
  • Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts

    Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:34:04 GMT
    Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading...
    Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant...
  • Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:43 GMT
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
  • Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

    Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:16:04 GMT
    A judge in Aruba is expected to rule today whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain in jail pending an extradition request.
    A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel...
  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:05:50 GMT
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners.
  • Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:46 GMT
    An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.
    Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel...
  • Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:38:00 GMT
    The talk among Montana veterans has been about U.S. Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research paper he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.
    The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:38:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...
    Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.
  • US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:16:47 GMT
    The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.
    Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.
  • Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:45:52 GMT
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were told that they would be able to review parts of the document after signing a secrecy agreement.
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...
  • House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:19:53 GMT
    A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise.
    A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise.
  • AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

    AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:14:57 GMT
    The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that...
    The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the...
  • Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

    Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:35:39 GMT
    French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.
    Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...
  • Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings

    Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:56:03 GMT
    Nigerian forces say they are increasing security nationwide ahead Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
    Nigerian security forces are holding one man connected to the Wednesday double bombings in the northern city of Kaduna that targeted a former head of state and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric and killed at least 44...
  • Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:08:41 GMT
    An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.
    In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.
  • What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

    What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:35:22 GMT
    It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in...
    It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for...
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:45:30 GMT
    A Jordanian military official says his country's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border, which eyewitnesses say was a drone.
    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.
  • Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:32:53 GMT
    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has vowed to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza.
    The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.
  • In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

    In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:16:44 GMT
    The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
  • US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:08:48 GMT
    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.
    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.
  • Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

    Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:35 GMT
    Top Palestinian officials have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza.
    Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
  • Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:08 GMT
    Father of well-known Libyan activist says armed men abducted his son in the capital Tripoli, which is witnessing ongoing battles between heavily armed militias.
    Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation.
  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:54 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability.
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political...
  • Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes

    Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:22:45 GMT
    A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
    A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
  • Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:35:24 GMT
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:18:23 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
  • Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:07:05 GMT
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
  • Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-25 07:34:10 GMT
    A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
    A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:55:46 GMT
    The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
  • Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

    Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:45:09 GMT
    Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.
    Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.
  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:24:07 GMT
    Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.
    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...
  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:25:19 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...
    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor...
  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:14:57 GMT
    Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.
    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and...
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:13:09 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:04:16 GMT
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait...
  • NationalMore>>

  • Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August

    Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:04:41 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor told a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
  • Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

    Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:23:20 GMT
    With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.
    With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.
  • Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

    Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:43:05 GMT
    The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
    The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:04:50 GMT
    Ukrainian authorities say at least 10 government troops have been killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatist rebels in an area near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area...
  • Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

    Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:51:00 GMT
    The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.
    The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.
  • Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

    Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:43:43 GMT
    Greenpeace International says a ship held by Russian authorities for nearly a year has been released and is on its way back to the Netherlands.
    The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.