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[Newsmaker] As protests rage, Obama pleads for calm

WASHINGTON (AP) ― When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over...

Updated : 2014.08.20 22:13

Islamic State threatens another U.S. hostage

WASHINGTON (AP) ― In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley ― and are threat...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:56

In ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ celebrities fight disease

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, in a fundraising effort that has gone viral.Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded t...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:44

Gaza truce efforts collapse in fighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ― Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets an...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:30

Protesters march on Pakistani parliament

ISLAMABAD (AP) ― Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan’s parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country’s prime minister resign. Government authorities had warned they would...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:30

Clashes near Kabul as Karzai calls for political unity

KABUL (AFP) ― About 200 Taliban fighters launched an offensive in a province near Kabul on Tuesday as Afghanistan’s disputed election threatens to leave the central government weakened at the same time as U.S. troops pull out.President Hamid Karzai appealed for the two men vying to succe...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:29

Ukraine presses attacks on rebel areas

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ― Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000. Ukrainian President ...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:29

New fatal police shooting near U.S. protest town

FERGUSON, Missouri (AFP) ―Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions.It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot d...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:28

Teens plotting L.A. school shooting ‘wanted to die’

LOS ANGELES (AFP) ― Two U.S. teenagers arrested on charges of plotting a high-school mass shooting had a “very methodical” plan and wanted to die in the gun battle, police said Tuesday.The 16- and 17-year-olds, who police did not identify, wanted to kill as many people as possible and “...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:28

Iceland evacuates areas near rumbling volcano

REYKJAVIK (AFP) ― Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travelers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak.Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:28

Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to h...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:11

Study drops hints dogs get jealous

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their fami...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:10

Omani ruler in Germany for medical tests

MUSCAT (AFP) ― Oman’s 73-year-old ruler Sultan Qaboos is in Germany where he has undergone medical tests but is in good health, the royal court said on Monday.A diplomatic source in Muscat confirmed...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:34

Famed Iranian poet Behbahani dies at 87

TEHRAN (AP) ― Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday a...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:33

Car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

BUENOS AIRES (AP) ― Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials sa...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:32