World

US vital in stabilizing Northern Iraq says Archbishop of Erbil

One of the most predominant religious heads in the ISIS-scarred region of northern Iraq says that assistance from the US in stabilizing the region is vital in ensuring a safe return for the Christian and Yazidi residents of the Nineveh Plain.

World

Turning up the heat: Sharapova into 3rd round, Konta out

Maria Sharapova ticked off more items on her "to do" list at the Australian Open, returning to center court and accounting for the only person who has beaten her at a Grand Slam since her comeback from a doping ban.

World

Mexico to request extradition of former Chihuahua governor

Mexico's federal government will file extradition requests for a former ruling party governor accused of diverting public funds.

World

Dozens of bodies found buried in field in Mexico, drug violence suspected, officials say

More than two dozen bodies, some of which were dismembered, were found buried in a Mexican sugarcane field and authorities said Wednesday that they believe the deaths were drug-related.

Politics

Tillerson says sanctions 'are really starting to hurt' North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that international sanctions “are really starting to hurt” North Korea, suggesting U.S. military action may not be needed right now.

World

Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a volcanologist said on Thursday.

World

2 former guerrillas shot in Colombia at campaign event

Two ex-combatants with Colombia's once-largest rebel group have been shot to death while participating in a campaign event for the guerrilla's new political party.

World

Archaeologists in Mexico claim world's longest flooded cave

Archaeologists and divers on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula are reporting that they found a passage connecting two underwater caves, creating what they say is the world's longest continuous flooded cave.

World

UN envoy says military forces in Libya are flexing muscles

The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday that military forces "are flexing their muscles in many parts of the country" and the oil-rich nation needs a competent government.

World

European leaders, facing growing public unease, toughen up on immigration

As politicians in America and across the globe lined up last week up to condemn Trump’s reported remarks calling certain African nations “s---hole countries,” there was a somewhat muted response in Europe -- a sign of how the political

World

Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and months in Turkey’s terrifying Agri prison, to carving out a life in Europe, Annahita Parsan’s life story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie.

World

UK helicopters join French counterterror mission in Africa

Britain said Wednesday that it will send three Royal Air Force helicopters to join France's military mission against Islamic militants in Africa's Sahel region as part of closer U.K.-French intelligence and military cooperation.

World

British man has decades-old theft conviction cleared after Googling arresting officer's name

A British man’s decades-old theft conviction from the 1970s was overturned Wednesday after he Googled his arresting officer’s name and discovered he committed a similar crime.

Travel

U.S. tour groups call warnings about travel to Cuba baseless; vow to continue taking Americans to island

Dozens of U.S. groups that organize trips to Cuba say they are continuing to take Americans to the island despite an urging by the U.S. State Department that people reconsider their plans to visit there.

World

EU suspends Kenya water conservation funding over killing

The European Union has suspended funding for conservation of Kenya's natural water towers after a tribesman was shot and killed by government forest service guards.

Science

Largest known underwater cave on Earth discovered in Mexico; holds clues to Mayan civilization

A team of experts in Mexico has discovered two linked underwater caverns that are more than 4,000 years old and form the largest known such cave on earth.

World

Pickup, train collision in Mexico kills 5, injures 10

Authorities in central Mexico say a crash involving a pickup truck and a train has killed five people and injured 10 more, including six children.

World

Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid

Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot.

World

Macedonia president to veto Albanian language bill

Macedonia's president says he will veto a law making Albanian the country's second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional.

World

Challenge in Uganda against removing presidential age limit

Uganda's government says it is preparing a response to the court challenge filed by a lawyers' association against a new law removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.

World

Cancer survivor, 5, killed by runaway car on eve of anniversary of finishing chemotherapy

A 5-year-old Canadian girl who beat cancer was killed Monday after being pinned by an empty SUV -- just a day shy of her one-year anniversary of finishing chemotherapy.

World

2 charged in Kosovo with supporting extremist groups

Prosecutors in Kosovo say they have charged two people with supporting extremist groups on social media.

World

US ambassador says Trump policy in Afghanistan is working

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the Trump administration's policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.

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