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U.S. urges N. Korea to release Kenneth Bae

The United States urged North Korea on Thursday to immediately release Kenneth Bae, a Korean American detained in the communist nation for nearly two years, after he was reported to have said he feels like he was abandoned by his government.Bae, who has been detained in the North since Nov...

Updated : 2014.08.01 10:00

Argentina blames US for debt woes, denies default

Argentina blamed the United States on Thursday for the legal battle that forced it to miss a debt payment and, despite ratings agencies' declarations to the contrary, denied being in default.Ratings agency Fitch declared Argentina in "restrictive default" Thursday after 11th-hour talks fai...

Updated : 2014.08.01 09:58

House votes to sue Obama for overstepping

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies a...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:21

Argentina slides into default

NEW YORK (AP) ― The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation’s staggering economy. A midnight Wednesday deadline to reach a deal with holdou...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:20

Deadly Israeli strikes hit U.N. school, market area

GAZA CITY (AP) ― Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian li...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:18

Kerry seeks to revive U.S.-India relations

NEW DELHI (AFP) ― U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India’s right-wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China.Kerry’s visit to New Delhi comes after an unusually large number of disputes between...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:10

Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

MALIN, India (AFP) ― Rescuers battled through heavy rains on Thursday in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.Twenty-three people were confirmed dead and eight pulled alive from the mud and de...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:10

Libyan Islamists seize key army base

TRIPOLI (AFP) ― Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya’s Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness.An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture of the main military base in ...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

Ebola fears grow with world on alert

LONDON (AFP) ― Fears that the West African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.Doctors Without Borders said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia an...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) ― A female suicide bomber killed six people at a college campus in Nigeria’s Kano city on Wednesday, the fourth time Boko Haram Islamists were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days.The latest violence came as the government announced the arrest of a 10-...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

Cameroon sacks army officers after suspected Islamist attacks

YAOUNDE (AFP) ― Cameroon’s president has dismissed two senior army officers deployed in the country’s restive north after at least 15 people died in attacks blamed on Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram movement, state radio reported Wednesday.Paul Biya on Tuesday sacked Lt. Col. Tchanuo Ngo...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

Snowden a recluse after one year of Russia asylum

MOSCOW (AFP) ― Fugitive U.S. intelligence agent Edward Snowden marks on Thursday one year of political asylum in Russia, where he continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances. Little has been heard on the movements of the former National Security Agency...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

El Salvador charges priest with helping gang

SAN SALVADOR (AP) ― Police arrested a Spanish priest Wednesday on allegations he tried to get favorable treatment for Salvadoran gang members and helped smuggled contraband into prisons.Roman Catholic priest Antonio Rodriguez Tercero was detained as part of a sweep that also arrested 12 p...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:09

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.The rep...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:57

Argentine football president Julio Grondona dies

BUENOS AIRES (AP) ― Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82. The announcement was made Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CON...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:45