New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

BAGHDAD (AP) – The Islamic State group has released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul. The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to...

Egypt: Series of blasts in Cairo kill 1, wound 4

CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian security officials say one person was killed and four wounded in a series of bomb blasts in two central Cairo districts. The officials say four bombs exploded in the residential districts of Imbabah and Mohandiseen in the Egyptian capital, home to some...

Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

BEIRUT (AP) – The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, as militants have rounded up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river in the past three days, activists said Thursday. The Britain-based...
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Japan’s tug-of-war over World War II statement

In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bites his lips during a meeting with a panel of experts at his official residence in Tokyo. Abe convened the experts to advise him on what to say to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on...

Egypt: Series of blasts in Cairo kill 1, wound at least 7

CAIRO (AP) – A series of blasts in Cairo on Thursday killed one person and wounded at least seven, Egyptian security officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks using homemade explosives that authorities blame on Islamist militants. The officials said four bombs...

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

BEIRUT (AP) – Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in...
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US-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, before the House Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies. Kerry has implored skeptical senators not to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran...
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Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters

Dead fish and trash float in the polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Rio de Janeiro"™s state environmental agency is trying to determine why thousands of dead fish have been found floating where next year"™s Olympic sailing events...

Order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo halts 9/11 case

MIAMI (AP) – A military judge has ordered an immediate halt to proceedings in the Sept. 11 terrorism case because of a new Defense Department rule that requires him to relocate to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lawyers for five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the...
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US-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech

FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit...