August 26, 2016 RSS feed / World

Greek vote battle begins amid cash crisis

ATHENS, Greece The battle for Greek votes was in full swing today ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. More...

Chad forces arrest Boko Haram leader

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad’s chief prosecutor says that security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. More...

Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

TUAL, Indonesia All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. More...

Brutal heat wave in Pakistan killed 1,250

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country’s southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding. More...

Train drivers union to end labor dispute

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s main train drivers union has ended a bitter labor dispute with the country’s biggest railway operator that saw nine strikes over the past year. More...

Belarus sets date for presidential election

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The parliament of Belarus has set the next presidential election for Oct. 11, about a month earlier than originally planned. More...

Palestinian to end 55-day hunger strike

RAMALLAH, West Bank A Palestinian held without charges by Israel for the past year is ending a 55-day hunger strike and in exchange will be released in two weeks, his wife and an advocacy group for prisoners said today. More...

Putin, Berlusconi spend time in Siberia

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. More...

UK will prosecute ex-pol with dementia

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have reversed their position and say they will charge a former lawmaker who now has severe dementia with sex crimes against children. More...

Taliban threatens utility company in heat-stricken city of Karachi

ISLAMABAD The Pakistani Taliban warned today that it would target the country’s main electrical company if it did not end power outages in the country’s south — where an intense heat wave has killed 866 people in the past week. More...

2 dead in Taiwan water park fire

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The death toll in a blaze at a Taiwan water park party over the weekend has risen to two with 200 still in intensive care. More...

Shark critically injures surfer in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old surfer has been critically injured by a shark at the same Australian coastal town where a Japanese tourist was killed in February. More...

Food aid to Syrian refugees cut in half

AMMAN (AP) — The World Food Program says it had to cut in half food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan. More...

3 children killed by mortar while playing

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says three children were killed and four wounded after they found an unexploded mortar in a field while playing. More...

3.5 tons of cocaine seized, 69 arrested

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout. More...

Man charged with IS membership, murder

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they’ve charged a 22-year-old German Turkish dual national with murder and membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he fought with the radical Islamic State group in Syria. More...

15 dead, 19 missing in heavy China rains

BEIJING (AP) — Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing. More...

Hezbollah member pleads guilty

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — A Lebanese-Canadian man who has admitted to being a member of the militant group Hezbollah has pleaded guilty to all eight charges against him in connection with the seizure of 9 tons of a chemical compound that can be co More...

11 soldiers killed in Taliban ambush

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says 11 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by Taliban insurgents in a western province that borders Iran. More...

Hollande: One gas factory attacker captured, identified

SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France At least one man attacked a gas factory today in southeastern France, posting a severed head at the factory’s entrance along with banners covered with Arabic writing, officials said. More...