- Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui Updated: Jul-29-15 11:06 pm
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday.
- UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference Updated: Jul-29-15 8:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.
- Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement Updated: Jul-29-15 7:46 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal Updated: Jul-29-15 6:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.
- Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago Updated: Jul-29-15 6:13 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.
- Argentina's foreign minister questions Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-29-15 5:23 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.
- West Virginia editorial roundup Updated: Jul-29-15 3:24 pm
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- Clinton to call for lifting embargo with Cuba Updated: Jul-29-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign says she will call for lifting the embargo with Cuba in a Florida address on Friday.
- US, Cuba researchers collaborate on ghost orchid study Updated: Jul-29-15 1:05 pm
IMMOKALEE, Florida - The diplomatic thaw with Cuba has led to a new collaboration with scientists in that country to study the ghost orchid, one of the world's rarest flowers, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
- Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm Updated: Jul-29-15 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON - The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling.
- Hosemann calls for investigation of campaign mailers Updated: Jul-29-15 12:58 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is calling for an investigation of some election literature that has been mailed before the Tuesday primary election.
- Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds Updated: Jul-29-15 12:05 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.
- Key senators seek briefing on US human trafficking report Updated: Jul-29-15 11:15 am
WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders are questioning the State Department's decision to take Malaysia and Cuba off a U.S. blacklist of countries that have failed to combat modern-day slavery.
- Iran, France talk of 'new era' in ties after nuclear deal Updated: Jul-29-15 10:33 am
TEHRAN, Iran - France sought Wednesday to relaunch diplomatic ties with Iran in the hope of boosting business in the country, following a key nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers reached earlier this month.
- Amnesty accuses Israel of possible war crimes Updated: Jul-29-15 10:31 am
JERUSALEM - A leading international watchdog said Wednesday that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.
- Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions Updated: Jul-29-15 9:01 am
BEIJING - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.
- Overnight shooting at Niger Embassy in Egypt kills 1 Updated: Jul-29-15 3:55 am
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities say gunmen opened fire overnight outside of the Niger Embassy, killing a police conscript and wounding three.
- Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence Updated: Jul-29-15 2:58 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
- Quiet on Keystone, Clinton faces sharper attacks from rivals Updated: Jul-28-15 7:29 pm
NASHUA, New Hampshire - Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."
- City Council OKs land swap with Ambassador Bridge owners Updated: Jul-28-15 6:10 pm
DETROIT - The owners of the Ambassador Bridge have acquired some city land that could be used to build a twin span from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario.
- Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems Updated: Jul-28-15 4:49 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing.
- Virginia business leaders pitch plan for state incentives Updated: Jul-28-15 4:01 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia's sluggish economy can be helped with more regional cooperation goosed along by state-funded incentives, business leaders said Tuesday.
- GOP: Still no deal on Clinton testimony to Benghazi panel Updated: Jul-28-15 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that there is no agreement with Hillary Rodham Clinton over her possible appearance before the panel, despite the State Department's pledge to produce 5,000 new pages of documents.
- Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings Updated: Jul-28-15 3:35 pm
TRIPOLI, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi's son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising.