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Syrian hospital wiped out

An onslaught of airstrikes in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo has killed scores and destroyed a hospital supported by international aid groups, ...

Polls open in key runoff parliamentary election in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's parliamentary runoff elections got under way Friday, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani ...

North Korea accuses US soldiers of provoking border troops

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is accusing U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers ...

Military leaders defend ISIS strategy

WASHINGTON — Top military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria is ...

Suspected N. Korea midrange missiles fail

SEOUL — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures ...

Biden makes visit to Iraq to help shore up government

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden used a surprise visit Thursday to Iraq to try to hasten efforts to quell a political rebellion that threatens ...

Mexico investigates top crime fighter over missing 43 students case

MEXICO CITY — One of Mexico's top crime fighters is under investigation over a key incident in the probe into the apparent massacre of 43 ...

China adds stiff curbs on foreign NGOs

BEIJING — China's parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign non-government organizations, Xinhua state news agency said Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security ...

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan Heights

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 ...

Prosecutors says IS ordered Italian resident to attack Rome

MILAN — Italian prosecutors say an Islamic State fighter had ordered a Moroccan-born man living in Italy to carry out attacks in Rome during Holy ...

Turkish authorities detain 15 in connection with suicide bombing

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 15 people in connection with a suicide bomb attack in the northwestern city of Bursa which wounded ...

Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before. The Soyuz 2.1a ...

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missile crashes

SEOUL, South Korea — A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be ...

U.S.-Russia teamwork frays along with Syria truce

Barely two months after the United States and Russia joined together to forge a partial cease-fire in Syria, cooperation between them, including on a long-term ...

Australian leader defends gun controls on anniversary of mass shooting

CANBERRA — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a review of national gun laws would not weaken strict regulations that have kept Australians safer since ...

Venezuelans protest amid blackouts, 2-day workweek

CARACAS — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of ...

Unease over undercover unit in Tehran leads women to be wary

TEHRAN — Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These ...

Police in Cape Verde launch manhunt after 11 killed

LISBON, Portugal — A manhunt is under way in West Africa's Cape Verde islands for a soldier suspected of killing 11 people at a military ...

Hundreds of flights canceled in Germany amid strikes

BERLIN — Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Germany after government workers started short-term strikes affecting eight cities' airports ahead of a new round ...

Taiwan fishermen protest Japan's seizure of boat

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Scores of Taiwanese fishermen protested Wednesday outside Japan's representative office in Taiwan to demand an apology over the seizure of one of ...