By Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States' struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared "non-combat" mission.
By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition was to hold nationwide rallies on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of morphing into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. The opposition coalition says Maduro must go before
A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Tuesday, the Turkish military said, in what appeared to be the first direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey launched a cross-border incursion in August. A helicopter "assessed to belong to regime forces"
Cybercriminals are selling databases of stolen medical records at a discount perhaps due to a glut of pilfered patient information available on underground web markets, according to a report from Intel Security.
Terrorist attacks in Pakistan were down by half over the year before. The spike is raising fresh questions over whether Pakistan’s longtime support for militants that target India and Afghanistan is coming home to roost. “The government is fighting terrorism, and certainly the US and many others are
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the only third-party candidate whose name appears on the ballot in all 50 states, knows his chances of winning the White House are virtually nonexistent. Even so, his team has laid plans for an Election Day victory of a different sort – one with a payoff
Suspected Islamic State fighters rounded up dozens of civilians and executed them in a reprisal after police killed a militant commander in the remote Afghan province of Ghor, a provincial official said on Wednesday. The killings followed a militant attack on Tuesday near Feroz Koh, the capital of the
Asian shares on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of Wall Street, which pulled back overnight on disappointing earnings, while the dollar strengthened and oil prices extended this week's losses. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 0.7 percent. Japan's Nikkei
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy this week and funerals are underway as families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack. The brazen assault, in which police cadets jumped from windows and rooftops, fleeing for
Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said Wednesday. The slain civilians were from a group ...
SYDNEY (AP) — Two young children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed four people including their mothers on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia.
KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia (AP) — Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.
By A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Aboriginal and environmental groups will file lawsuits on Thursday against the government of Canada to overturn the permit for a controversial $27 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The lawsuits will name Malaysian state oil
A 5.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck 130 kms (80 miles) northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was originally reported as 6.1 magnitude but was later downgraded by the USGS.
Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy. The United States has always maintained it cannot accept North Korea as
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a country that is a staunch U.S. ally and hosts 50,000 American troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country to be free of foreign troops, possibly ...
HONG KONG (AP) — Two newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers defied an order Wednesday barring them from taking their oaths after being disqualified earlier for insulting China, sparking more unruly scenes in Hong Kong's legislature.
Kyrgyzstan's government resigned on Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week, deepening a rift between the pro-Russian leader and his former allies. The Social Democratic party, the biggest party in parliament, broke up with its
A Southeast Asian terror mastermind who has been accused over a series of high-profile attacks will stay in detention at Guantanamo Bay after US officials rejected his bid for release. A US government body tasked with reducing the number of inmates at Guantanamo said that Indonesian militant Riduan
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expelled an outgoing state governor from its ranks on Tuesday, saying the official violated party rules as head of the Gulf state of Veracruz. Authorities issued an arrest warrant last week for Javier Duarte over his alleged involvement in
Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, authorities said Wednesday, but no charges have yet been laid. It follows explosive allegations against Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric, aired by the Australian Broadcasting
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was set on Wednesday to persuade Japanese executives his country is "open for business", after upending traditional alliances by insulting the US and making overtures to China. The acid-tongued leader arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday on his first visit to Japan
Six people including photographers and senior media industry officials are to face trial in France under privacy laws over the publication of photographs of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge topless in 2012, according to French media reports. The reports, citing French national news agency Agence France