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Turkish hostages freed from Islamic State, but questions linger

By The Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women …

Islamic State link with well-heeled companies or individuals targeted

By The Washington Post
NEW YORK ­— The sudden rise of the well-armed, well-financed and media-savvy Islamic State terrorist group could not have come about unless unscrupulous companies and individuals slipped money to the group or did business with it, said founders of a …

Economic powers at odds on stimulus as G20 gathers

By Reuters
CAIRNS, Australia — Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth but are divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for …

Venezuelan police chief freed from jail

By The Associated Press
CARACASa — A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela’s opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving …

Yemeni government and Houthi rebels reach agreement, U.N. envoy says

By Reuters
SANAA — The Yemeni government and armed Shiite Houthi rebels reached an agreement on Saturday to end the worst violence for years in the capital, Sanaa, U.N. special envoy Jamal Benomar said. The fighting, which intensified on Thursday after weeks …

London must keep promises to Scotland, former Prime Minister Brown says

By Reuters
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Scot whose impassioned speeches are being credited with keeping Britain united, urged leaders on Saturday to keep their promise …

NATO chief: Ukraine truce ‘in name only’

By The Associated Press
VILNIUS, Lithuania — NATO’s top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country’s east is a “cease-fire in …

Egyptian President al-Sisi feels vindicated in crackdown as Islamic extremists rise

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is feeling vindicated by the world’s alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general received international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt’s …

Scottish teens surprise in independence vote

By The Associated Press
EDINBURGH, Scotland — They arrived before polling stations opened, dressed for the school day in striped ties and blazers, dress slacks and tartan skirts, book bags over their shoulders — and for the first time in British history, ballot cards …

Islamic State frees 49 hostages

By McClatchy Newspapers
ISTANBUL — Islamic State terrorists on Saturday released 49 diplomatic hostages to the Turkish government, ending a crisis that officials here said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State. Turkish officials said …

Mementos unearthed at Nazi death camp in Poland

By The Washington Post
Few sites across war-torn Poland harbor more secrets of atrocity and horror than the Nazi concentration camp of Sobibor. Different from Auschwitz, which almost immediately …

Scotland’s ‘No’ will change Britain

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The “No” camp won Scotland’s landmark independence vote; the British union is preserved. But the status quo is not. In the run-up to …

More Iraq deployments may be needed as terrorist fight intensifies, Army chief says

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said on Friday that it might be necessary to deploy more forces to Iraq to …

Shiite, Sunni clashes in Yemeni capital kill 120

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day on Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises …

Floods paralyze Manila

By The Associated Press
MANILA — Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Friday, leaving at least …

Blasts kill dozens in Baghdad area

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A series of bomb and mortar attacks in and around Baghdad killed dozens of people, Iraqi officials said on Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have …

21 massacred in Mexico, witnesses say

By The Associated Press
ARCELIA, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others were shot and killed …

Ukraine’s pleas for lethal aid not heard

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s new president thanked the United States for showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but warned that greater tests lie ahead, telling Congress that his nation’s fight against Russian aggression “is America’s war, too.” Petro Poroshenko, addressing …

It’s not a small world after all: Global population estimated to soar

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Contrary to some earlier projections, the world’s population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa’s higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday. There is an 80 …

Obama, generals part ways on ground war in Iraq

By From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration struggled on Wednesday to explain how its strategy to defeat the Islamic State terror group will play out in Iraq and Syria as the president underscored that no American ground combat forces will be deployed …