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3 American contractors killed in apparent Afghan ‘insider attack’

By The Washington Post
KABUL — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were shot and killed Thursday on a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded. It was unclear how the contractors were ...

Egypt releases, deports Australian reporter; fate of 2 others unclear

By The Associated Press 7:30 p.m.
CAIRO — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday. He spent more than a year behind bars. But his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by …

Islamic State admits defeat in Syria

By The Associated Press
Even as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria acknowledged for the first time Saturday that its fighters had been defeated in the Syrian town ...

Russian President Putin’s daughter has hand in development of $1.6B science center

By Bloomberg News
MOSCOW — Russian executives close to Vladimir Putin are backing an ambitious startup incubator and science center next to Moscow State University that may prove lucrative. Given the nature of Russian business under Putin, that’s not a huge surprise. The twist ...

Mexico slashes public spending amid global oil price plunge

By The Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — The collapse in global oil prices forced Mexico on Friday to announce large cuts in public spending, threatening major projects, including the government’s showcase but controversial bullet train out of Mexico City. Finance Minister Luis Videgaray announced cuts ...

Upcoming speech to Congress stirs backlash in Israel

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March could be backfiring for the Israeli prime minister just ...

Ukraine peace talks collapse

By Reuters
Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress toward a new ceasefire, with Ukraine’s representative and separatist envoys accusing each other of sabotaging the meeting. Ukraine’s representative, former president Leonid Kuchma, left the talks ...

Thousands of troops to fight Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, African Union says

By The Associated Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community — including longtime foes the United States and Iran — ...

Iraqi libraries ransacked

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria invaded the Central Library of Mosul last month, it was on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas. Residents say the terrorists smashed the locks that had ...

Divide between mainstream French, poor Muslims evident in terror reaction

By Elaine Ganley
PARIS — It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation’s deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an ...

Kurdish forces fight back, but new strategy could hinder resistance

By The Los Angeles Times
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began a multipronged attack Friday on the northern Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk, seizing a downtown building and ...

‘A chink in’ jihadi ‘armor’

By The Associated Press
The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the group’s propaganda technique. Far from ...

Civilians killed in fighting in separatist-held Donetsk, Ukraine

By The Associated Press
DONETSK, Ukraine — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fighting between pro-Russia separatists and ...

Africans open new front in terror war

By The Associated Press
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Nigeria has suffered through years of violence from the Muslim terrorist group known as Boko Haram, and now its neighbors are starting to take on the terrorists, too. African nations are opening up a new international front ...

Parole granted to leader of apartheid death squad

By The Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of ...

Rescue workers seek survivors in rubble of children’s hospital

By The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. At least two ...

Have another baby, Chinese officials coax couples

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China’s biggest city are telling young couples : have ...

Hezbollah, Israel signal desire to curb fighting

By Tribune News Service
JERUSALEM — Israel and Hezbollah stepped back from further confrontation Thursday after a flareup of fighting across the Lebanese border raised fears that a broader ...

Deadly attacks pinned on ISIS

By The Associated Press
EL-ARISH, Egypt — More than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula were hit late Thursday with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds. At least 26 security officers were killed in the assault ...

Hostage deadline passes as confusion reigns over terms of swap with ISIS

By The Associated Press
TOKYO — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the self-described Islamic State holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men remained alive. Japanese officials ...