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Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

   PARIS (AP) _ The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop t...

Updated : 2014.08.21 21:35

Beheading spurs new U.S. attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territo...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:58

Thai coup leader named prime minister

BANGKOK (AFP) ― Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military’s hold on power.Nobody in the rubber-stamp legislature opposed the selection of the army chief, who ousted an...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:51

Mongolia hosts China’s leader, seeks port access

ULAN BATOR (AP) ― Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:41

Japan considers building its own fighter jets: report

TOKYO (AFP) ― Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a U.S. construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.Japan’s attempt in the 1980s to build its fir...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:41

Rescuers comb through wreckage of Japan landslide

TOKYO (AFP) ― Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Israel kills three senior Hamas leaders

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ― An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization’s morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.The strike near Rafah...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

U.S. failed to rescue hostages in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State g...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Liberia’s Ebola fight turns violent

MONROVIA (AFP) ― Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it s...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Ukraine warplane shot down as clashes leave dozens dead

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) ― A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead.Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:39

U.S. attorney general bids to quell tensions in riot town

FERGUSON, Missouri (AFP) ― The United States’ most senior law enforcement official sat down with college kids, community leaders and angry residents on Wednesday in a suburb shaken by more than a we...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:39

Fed divided over jobs market boost

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Federal Reserve policymakers showed increasing divisions in their last meeting over how much the U.S. jobs market has improved, a key factor in deciding how soon they should tighte...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:25

Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Curt SchillingBOSTON (AP) ― Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he’s battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:56

Hagel picks ex-aide as new chief of staff

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) ― U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has picked Rexon Ryu, a former White House nonproliferation official with close personal ties to him, as his new chief of staff, according to a news report Wednesday.Ryu, 41, a Korean American, was named to succeed Mark Lippert as H...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:56

Bush takes ‘Ice Bucket Challenge,’ dares Clinton

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Former president George W. Bush took the so-called “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of Lou Gehrig’s disease research Wednesday, and challenged his Democratic predecessor Bill C...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:54