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  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:33 pm
  • SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:40 am
  • AMMAN, Jordan - Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus.

  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:02 am
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:37 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

  • Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:04 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers - all without firing a bullet.

  • Century of clashes, compromise between UK, Ireland 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:10 pm
  • DUBLIN - Relations between Britain and Ireland have experienced a century of rebellion, terror and treaties, culminating in this week's first-ever state visit by Ireland's president. A look at key flashpoints:

  • Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war.

  • Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:34 am
  • BEIJING - The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

  • Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:49 pm
  • KIGALI, Rwanda - Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:29 am
  • TOKYO - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • Gunmen kidnap 2 people in Malaysia 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:29 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A kidnap-for-ransom gang based in the southern Philippines is suspected of seizing a Chinese tourist and a receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, authorities said Thursday.

  • Outgunned Ukraine strives for military overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:40 pm
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Tanks headed north into Ukraine this week from Russian-controlled Crimea. Not at the head of an invading army, but on a trainload of military equipment in such poor shape that Moscow had no use for it.

  • US seeking buyers for old military equipment 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 2:18 pm
  • KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war, officials said Monday.

  • Old US ship home to Filipinos in China standoff 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:07 am
  • ABOARD BRP SIERRA MADRE, Spratly Islands - On board the crumbling carcass of this World War II-era warship, Filipino marine 1st Lt. Mike Pelotera and his eight men make their way to a mid-level deck to raise the Philippine flag up a leaning pole and then salute it. Across the calm, turquoise waters, two Chinese coast guard ships lurk, looking on.

  • Obama offers Europe, Mideast allies assurances 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 3:02 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - From the heart of Europe to the expanse of Saudi Arabia's desert, President Barack Obama's weeklong overseas trip amounted to a reassurance tour for stalwart, but sometimes skeptical, American allies.

  • Assad preparing to run for president despite war 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 8:44 am
  • BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war.

  • Analysis: Russia deeply linked to Obama priorities 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 8:13 pm
  • BRUSSELS - Even as he criticizes Vladimir Putin and imposes sanctions on Russia, President Barack Obama is struggling with the consequences of his own earlier quest for a fresh start between Washington and Moscow.

  • Arab summit lays bare serious cracks on Syria 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:10 pm
  • KUWAIT CITY - An Arab summit that ended Wednesday exposed cracks in what was once solid Arab support for Syrian rebels, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar divided over which factions to back and Syria's neighbors increasingly expressing fatigue with the flood of refugees from the country's civil war.

  • North Korea fires 2 missiles as its rivals meet 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 12:31 am
  • SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North's security threat.

  • Are tougher penalties against Russia to come? 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 10:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back his forces from Crimea or prevent more land grabs.

  • US, Europe sanctions target Putin's inner circle 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 8:33 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

  • Search for lost jet tests China, US capabilities 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 5:13 am
  • TOKYO - Finding the missing Malaysian jetliner would be a coup for any of the more than two dozen countries out there looking. But for China and the United States, it's a lot more than that - it has been a chance for the two rival powers in the Pacific to show off what they can do in a real-life humanitarian mission across one of the world's most hotly contested regions.

  • Libya tanker seized by US Navy SEALs forces 
    Updated: Mar-17-14 2:39 pm
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - U.S. Navy SEALs seized an oil tanker off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, stopping an attempt by a Libyan militia to sell the shipload of crude in defiance of the Libyan government. Supporters of the militia, which calls for autonomy for the eastern half of Libya, vowed Monday to try again to export oil again from the ports they control.