- Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic Updated: Aug-28-15 3:23 pm
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic - A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian violence between armed groups since 2013.
- Pentagon: IS hacker killed in US strike also was recruiter Updated: Aug-28-15 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group hacker killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria this week had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to conduct "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, and his death eliminates a "significant threat" to the U.S., a military official said Friday.
- Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon by ground zero Updated: Aug-28-15 2:48 pm
NEW YORK - An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks.
- Attack draws new scrutiny to railways linking open Europe Updated: Aug-28-15 2:43 pm
PARIS - Europe's rail system is at the heart of its open borders, a way for passengers to travel on some of the world's fastest and most sophisticated mass transit with no need for passports or even ID.
- Mali militia refuses to leave town after peace deal broken Updated: Aug-28-15 2:39 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - A government-allied militia in Mali said Friday it won't follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week.
- Guinea ex-coup leader won't run in election Updated: Aug-28-15 2:17 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The lawyer of Guinea's former coup leader says the ex-strongman will not be able to take part in next month's presidential election after he was barred from returning to the country.
- Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change Updated: Aug-28-15 1:57 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation.
- Cecil and Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars early Updated: Aug-28-15 1:55 pm
NEW YORK - Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween?
- School fund set for US man who helped thwart France attack Updated: Aug-28-15 1:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California university has established a scholarship fund to assist one of the men who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed train traveling to Paris.
- Indian and Pakistani border guards trade gunfire, 9 killed Updated: Aug-28-15 10:16 am
ISLAMABAD - Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire in the divided region of Kashmir, leaving nine civilians dead and another 63 wounded, authorities said Friday.
- More people attending Revolutionary War park in Greensboro Updated: Aug-28-15 10:04 am
GREENSBORO, North Carolina - More people are visiting the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, site of a key Revolutionary War battle.
- Brazil's Rousseff faces growing impeachment threat Updated: Aug-28-15 9:57 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - If the worst economic crisis in a decade, a massive corruption scandal centered on her ruling party and approval ratings in the single digits weren't rough enough for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, she's now faced with an angry rival who controls the possibility of impeachment proceedings against her.
- EXCHANGE: Joliet park renamed for fallen soldier Updated: Aug-28-15 9:26 am
PLAINFIELD, Illinois - The first time Andrew Meari experienced freedom was going to the Mayfair neighborhood park at the corner of Ruth Fitzgerald and Joe Adler drives.
- 3 militants killed, 10 Philippine marines wounded in clash Updated: Aug-28-15 7:43 am
MANILA, Philippines - At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 Philippine marines were wounded in a clash Friday with about 300 of the militants in a remote southern village, the military said.
- 300 Fort Drum soldiers to deploy to South Korea Updated: Aug-28-15 3:13 am
FORT DRUM, New York - The Army says about 300 10th Mountain Division soldiers from Fort Drum will head to South Korea in early October for a nine-month mission.
- N. Korea leader dismisses top officials after standoff eases Updated: Aug-28-15 1:17 am
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control.
- Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 pm
BALTIMORE - Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.
- US strikes southern Afghan district seized by Taliban Updated: Aug-27-15 4:50 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. forces have launched multiple airstrikes on a district in southern Afghanistan seized by the Taliban the day before, U.S. officials said Thursday.
- Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists Updated: Aug-27-15 2:55 pm
CLEVELAND - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out of date" policies.
- Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem Updated: Aug-27-15 2:02 pm
JERUSALEM - Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area.
- Yemen says no talks with rebels until they lay down arms Updated: Aug-27-15 1:06 pm
CAIRO - The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the north, and demands that they lay down their arms, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Thursday.
- UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial Updated: Aug-27-15 1:05 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.
- South Sudan rebels urge president to respect pact Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - A spokesman for South Sudan rebels said Thursday the president's reservations about a peace deal he signed a day earlier signal "a lack of commitment" to peace, and a fighting reportedly broke out along the Nile River.
- Pakistan suicide bomber kills wife, kids during police raid Updated: Aug-27-15 12:34 pm
MULTAN, Pakistan - A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police said.
- New York family has ties to hero Belgian nurse of WWII fame Updated: Aug-27-15 11:58 am
SYRACUSE, New York - Every Dec. 24 when his children were still young, World War II veteran John "Jack" Prior would read them "The Night Before Christmas." Then he would tell them the story about the Christmas Eve he spent treating scores of wounded soldiers in Belgium with the help of just two nurses, one of whom he would remain in contact with until his 2007 death.