February 20, 2014 RSS feed / World

Iran nuke talks end, next round March 17

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six world powers ended the opening round of nuclear talks on an upbeat note today, with both sides saying they had agreed on a plan for further negotiations meant to produce a comprehensive deal to set limits on Tehran&rs More...

22 dead as violence flares in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce clashes between police and protesters shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital today, leaving at least 22 people dead. More...

Ukraine: 25 killed in Kiev clashes

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As thick black smoke rose from the barricades encircling the protest camp in central Kiev, a tense calm descended today over the capital and the European Union threatened sanctions against Ukraine following deadly violence More...

Car bombings kill at least 33 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD   A new wave of car bombs ripped through commercial areas in the Iraqi capital and areas to the south today, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens in the latest coordinated militant assault, officials said.  More...

Thai police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead

BANGKOK   Hundreds of riot police attempted to clear out antigovernment protest sites around Thailand’s capital today, triggering clashes that left four people dead and 64 others injured.  More...

Two Pussy Riot members detained

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Two prominent members of the punk band Pussy Riot were detained today while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics, a local human rights activist said.  Semyon Simonov told The Associated Press More...

Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues

VATICAN CITY   Pope Francis is opening the most critical week of his year-old papacy: Two commissions of inquiry on Vatican finance will report their recommendations for reform and preparations get under way for a summit on family issues that wi More...

5 of 7 missing divers found alive in Bali

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say fishermen have found five of the seven Japanese scuba divers who had been missing since Friday off the resort island of Bali.  Police chief Maj. More...

Second thriller due from Rowling alter ego Galbraith

LONDON (AP) — J.K. More...

Strong quake shakes China; no casualties

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck a sparsely populated area of China’s far western region of Xinjiang today, damaging some houses, though no casualties were reported.  More...

Children’s book artist Erik Blegvad dies

LONDON (AP) — Children’s book artist Erik Blegvad, known for his whimsical illustrations of more than 100 books, has died in London. He was 90.  His eldest son, musician and cartoonist Peter Blegvad, said his father died on Jan. More...

Syrian warplanes pound rebel town

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes pounded a rebelheld town near the Lebanese border today, activists said, in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area and consolidate control over the border region.  More...

Koreas hold meeting at border village

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Senior officials from the rival Koreas met today at a border village, their highestlevel talks in years and a potential signal that Pyongyang wants better ties and the resumption of lucrative cooperative projects. More...

Mortar shell blast kills 5 in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Officials say a mortar shell has exploded accidentally during firing practice at a military training base in Bangladesh, killing five military and border guard personnel and injuring 14 others.  More...

Gunmen attack army, kill 15 troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD   Militants in Iraq attacked military barracks in a remote area in the country’s north and killed 15 troops overnight, officials said today, the latest blow to the government’s efforts to achieve stability.  More...

Drag queen’s speech fuels Ireland gay rights debate

DUBLIN   Ireland’s top drag queen, Miss Panti Bliss, has captured the attention of his nation in a fashion never seen before — with a stiletto heeled message that his homeland remains full of Catholic bigots who make him feel ashamed More...

US voices concern over new Afghan law

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new draft law in Afghanistan is drawing international outcry amid concerns that it would greatly restrict prosecutions of domestic violence.  More...

9 Serbs jailed for Kosovo massacre

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s war crimes court has found nine former Serb paramilitaries guilty for the killings of over 100 ethnic Albanian civilians during the Kosovo war. More...

Warlord Kony benefits from chaos in Africa

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A new report says the fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony may be getting a “lifeline” from chaos in Central African Republic, where sectarian violence has displaced nearly one million people.  More...

A.P. obtains summaries of more than 1,000 sex-crime cases involving US military in Japan

TOKYO   Hundreds of records detailing sex-crime investigations involving U.S. More...