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Rocket carrying Olympic torch blasts into space

Posted: 11/07/2013 - A Russian Soyuz booster roared to life late Wednesday and rocketed away from Kazakhstan carrying a crew of three and an Olympic torch bound for the International Space Station.

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Kerry seeks movement in Israeli, Palestinian talks

Posted: 11/06/2013 - After being launched in July with great fanfare, peace negotiations quickly ran into trouble with no visible signs of progress and both sides reverting to a familiar pattern of finger pointing.

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Israeli ex-foreign minister cleared in graft trial

Posted: 11/06/2013 - The decision handed the 55-year-old Lieberman a resounding victory in a case that had threatened to derail his political career and reshape the makeup of the coalition government.

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China's latest tactic: Confessions on state TV

Posted: 11/06/2013 - The 27-year-old journalist wore a green jail uniform, his head shaved and hands in metal cuffs, when he appeared on national TV and confessed his guilt in bribery allegations. And he had yet to be charged with anything.

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1 killed, 8 injured in northern China explosions

Posted: 11/06/2013 - A series of small explosions killed one person and injured eight others Wednesday outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, officials said.

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Swedish cinemas launch feminist movie rating

Posted: 11/06/2013 - To get an "A'' rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

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Germany: huge art hoard includes unknown Chagall

Posted: 11/05/2013 - Investigators searched the apartment in an upscale Munich district in February 2012, as part of a tax investigation that started with a routine check on a Zurich-Munich train in late 2010.

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India launches first mission to Mars

Posted: 11/05/2013 - India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.

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Bangladesh sentences 152 to death for 2009 mutiny

Posted: 11/05/2013 - A Bangladesh court sentenced 152 people to death Tuesday for a 2009 mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising.

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Russia sending Sochi Olympics torch into space

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station.

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Aid needs of Syrians spike as diplomats meet

Posted: 11/05/2013 - As diplomats assessed prospects of bringing Syria's warring sides around the negotiating table, the United Nations said Tuesday that 40 percent of all Syrians are now in need in need of humanitarian aid.

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Egypt: Morsi tells court he's still the president

Posted: 11/04/2013 - Egyptian security officials say ousted President Mohammed Morsi has told the court trying him for inciting violence and murder that he remains the "legitimate president" of the country.

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Judge grants bail for ex-Pakistani leader

Posted: 11/04/2013 - A defense lawyer says former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail, paving the way for an end to his more than 6 months of house arrest.

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Official: Suicide bombing in Syrian town kills 6

Posted: 11/04/2013 - An official in Syria says a suicide bomber has killed six people in a central city. The official says the bombing took place early Monday in the town of Sabtiyeh, which is east of Homs.

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Iraqi PM to ask Obama for more aid to stop attacks

Updated: 11/01/2013 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to appeal to President Barack Obama for more U.S. assistance in beating back the bloody insurgency consuming his country.

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China: East Turkestan movement behind deadly crash

Posted: 11/01/2013 - Meng Jianzhu offered no details of the allegations against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, and it isn't clear whether the group has the ability to orchestrate terror strikes.

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Syria peace envoy renews call for talks

Posted: 11/01/2013 - Lakhdar Brahimi, who had traveled to Damascus at the end of a Mideast tour to muster regional support for the conference, appeared uncertain about prospects for the meeting.

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Gaza border incidents kill 4 Hamas militants

Posted: 11/01/2013 - Israeli aircraft bombed what the military described as a "terror tunnel" used by Hamas in Gaza and the militant Palestinian group said three of its fighters were killed in the strike early Friday.

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Largest camp for Syrian refugees becoming a city

Posted: 11/01/2013 - The manager of the region's largest camp for Syrian refugees arranges toy figures, trucks and houses on a map in his office trailer to illustrate his ambitious vision.

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Israeli city divided by religion after close vote

Posted: 10/31/2013 - After a contentious mayoral election between secular and ultra-Orthodox rivals, this deeply divided city has become a flashpoint for a religious struggle that is threatening to tear Israel apart.

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Cambodia's Khmer Rouge defendants deny charges

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and 82-year-old Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, both made lengthy closing statements at the U.N.-backed tribunal in the capital.

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