September 19, 2014 RSS feed / World

Scots reject independence in historic vote

EDINBURGH, Scotland   Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.  More...

Who won & who lost?

Who won and who lost in this historic referendum?  WINNERS:  The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom.  LOSERS:  The 44.7 percent who disagreed.  WINNER:   More...

France strikes Islamic State group’s Iraq depot

PARIS   Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes today against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said.  More...

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE   Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on today in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to More...

Scots decide whether to declare independence

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND   Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands today as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly be More...

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

SYDNEY   Police today said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. More...

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico   Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power today in the aftermath of Hurricane O More...

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP   The 48-year-old Palestinian woman’s husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. More...

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops, wounds 13

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN   A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy today, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.  More...

Kurds in Europe take up arms against Islamic State militants

KOEGE, Denmark   Shaho Pirani says he’s just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.  More...

Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several legal groups in South Africa say they are concerned about harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.   More...

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal — destroying a marauding organization of extremists — is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and More...

South Africa Olympic body: Pistorius free to compete

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa   Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn't go against the ruling of the judge.  More...

A Scottish ‘Yes’ also means exit from EU, NATO

BRUSSELS   If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led More...

Ukraine, Russian rebel forces exchange 67 prisoners in peace deal

DONETSK, Ukraine   In the dead of night, Ukrainian troops and Russian backed rebel forces today exchanged 67 prisoners who had been captured during fighting in eastern Ukraine, part of a cease-fire deal that has struggled to succeed.  The t More...

Judge: Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide

PRETORIA, South Africa   A South African judge today found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. More...

More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic   More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. More...

Pistorius trial: Judge begins reading verdict

PRETORIA, South Africa   The South African judge in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial said Thursday that prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the double-amputee Olympic athlete is guilty of premeditated murder. More...

Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

JERUSALEM   While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem — and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the Israel More...

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

MANILA, PHILIPPINES   The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed today to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a fourdecade rebellion More...