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Beijing says no to open elections in Hong Kong

It's a decision thousands of protesters feared.<p>China's powerful National People's Congress Standing Committee voted Sunday to change the way Hong Kong picks its chief executive, ruling that only candidates approved by a nominating committee will be allowed to run.<p>A top Chinese official made clear …

Human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine begins this week

A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.<p>After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers were given the green light …

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. …

U.S. military conducts operation in Somalia, Pentagon says

U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.<p>"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.<p>No other information was …

Iraq crisis: Shia and Kurdish forces move against IS

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China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

Ukraine crisis: NATO to create 'high-readiness force,' secretary general says

NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create "a very high-readiness force" to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine and other international conflicts, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.<p>In a speech on the NATO website, Rasmussen said the fighting force will …

Who is Federica Mogherini - the new woman in charge of EU foreign policy?

Mogherini, a rising star in Italian politics, will help shake up the European 'gentleman’s club'<p>To get a good glimpse of the back room horse trading that typify European Union appointments, many have argued the rapid rise of Federica Mogherini is a case in point.<p>Lacking experience and seen as …

Islamist rebels attack intelligence site in Somalia, 12 killed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked a national intelligence site in Somalia’s capital where suspected militants are held, in an assault on Sunday that left at least 12 people dead.<p>Three soldiers and two civilians were killed along with seven militants, …

Israel's military says Patriot missile shot down drone from Syria

Israel's air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the nation's airspace over the Syrian border Sunday, Israeli military officials said.<p>According to an army statement, the drone crossed the border near Quneitra and was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile.<p>Defense Minister …

Suspected Jihadist Girl Arrested in France Before Trip to Syria

A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join Islamist rebels was arrested at an airport in France, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Sunday. Cazeneuve said in a statement that the teenager was arrested Saturday at the Nice airport, in southeastern France, before …

Vladimir Putin demands negotiations over 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Moscow deepens its involvement in the conflict and urges quick negotiations on the 'political organisation of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine'<p>Vladimir Putin demanded negotiations over “statehood” for eastern Ukraine as Moscow deepened its involvement in the bloody conflict between …

Ukraine's Poroshenko Slams Russia's 'Direct and Open Aggression'

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of launching "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the balance on the battlefield against Kiev in its fight against pro-Moscow separatists. "Direct and open aggression has been launched against Ukraine …

Turkish foreign ministry summons U.S. envoy over spying report

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires, currently Washington’s most senior diplomat in Ankara, over a media report that the United States had spied on Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.<p>Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc …

Tony Abbott Scotland Independence: Australian PM Urges Scots To Stay In UK

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged voters in Scotland to stay in the UK, warning that “it is hard to see how how the world would be …

Tens of thousands hold anti-PM rally in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step …

Ferguson Erupts Again After Spell of Calm

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Pope Francis to beatify 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

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Ukraine border guards begin inspecting Russian aid convoy

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and …

US likely to arm Iraq's new government with weapons to fight Isis

Iraq’s post-Nouri al-Maliki government is likely to receive accelerated shipments of missiles, guns and ammunition, according to US officials.<p>Internal deliberations are said to continue within the Obama administration over the details and scope of a defense aid package to a yet-unformed successor …

Sydney man in Syria 'posts picture of son holding severed head'

A shocking image has been posted on Twitter showing a young boy, reportedly raised in the suburbs of Sydney, holding up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier.<p>The image, taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, was posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, a Sydney man who fled to …

Gaza's children: 'Israel is creating a new generation of enemies'

She seemed to represent the collective suffering of Gaza's children: a little girl, eyes cast down, a tear edging beneath her lashes, blood smeared over her forehead, anguish written into her face.<p>Her picture was taken in the aftermath of the shelling of what was supposed to be a refuge from war, a …

U.N. Gaza Investigator: ‘Anti-Israel’ Label Is a ‘Slur’

William Schabas will look into allegations of war crimes despite vocal criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<p>William Schabas has spent one …

Kerry slaps down Maliki after he accuses Iraqi president of violating constitution

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the formation of an Iraqi government is critical for stability and urged Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to stoke political tensions.<p>Special forces loyal to al-Maliki deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech …

Haiti gang raids jail and frees inmates

<b>An armed gang has attacked a prison in Haiti freeing an unconfirmed number of inmates.</b><p>The Croix-des-Bouquets jail held more than 800 prisoners before the Sunday morning attack.<p>The action caused panic in the area around the capital Port-au-Prince where the prison is located.<p>"We heard a lot of …

Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire proposal

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a …