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Judge rules in favor of Legion in contested will

Posted: 09/14/2012 - A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit contesting the will of an elderly widow who gave some $60 million to the disgraced Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ.

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Russia's Putin tells critic his stunts were staged

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Putin's media appearances — riding a horse bare-chested, petting a polar bear and putting a tracking device on a Siberian tigress — have endeared him to many Russians and provoked scorn among others.

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Libyan attacks said to be 2-part militant assault

Posted: 09/13/2012 - A senior security official says the attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants

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US, allies set to launch anti-mine naval exercises

Posted: 09/13/2012 - The United States and more than two dozen allies are gearing up for the largest naval exercise ever in the Middle East focused on countering the threat of anti-ship mines. A wary Iran says it will be watching closely.

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Jailing made Colombian relive kidnapping trauma

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Prosecutors alleged that far from being a victim, Sigifredo Lopez was actually in cahoots with the rebels who seized the lawmakers. The former hostage found himself a prisoner again.

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Asian casino boom aims to lure region's new rich

Posted: 09/13/2012 - The projects are part of a casino building boom rolling across Asia, where governments are trying to develop their tourism markets to capture increasingly affluent Asians with a penchant for gambling.

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Perceived insults to Islam trigger Muslim anger

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in protests this week against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East.

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Cambodia genocide defendant ruled unfit for trial

Posted: 09/13/2012 - One of the leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime will be set free after a court in Cambodia ruled Thursday that she was medically unfit to stand trial for genocide.

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Rock throwing erupts at Venezuela campaign event

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Violence erupted at an opposition campaign event Wednesday as supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blocked a road and a campaign truck was torched

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US embassies step up security after Libya attack

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Security was increased at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, and at least one cemetery for American veterans, on Thursday following an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya.

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Under fire, a Vietnamese blogger vows dissent

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Vietnam's government has vowed to crack down on three dissident blogs, a move that appeared to backfire Thursday as record numbers of people visited the sites

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Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday.

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Ebola outbreak kills 15 in eastern Congo

Posted: 09/10/2012 - An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 15 people in northeastern Congo and the local communities are quickly learning how frighteningly deadly the disease is, and how to prevent its spread.

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Iraqi VP says innocent, terror trial a sham

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president on Monday declared his "absolute innocence" and rejected the terror trial that sentenced him to death on charges of masterminding the murder of rivals as a politically motivated sham.

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Mystery absence of China leader fuels rumor frenzy

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Chinese micro-bloggers and overseas websites have come up with all kinds of creative speculation as to why the current vice president has gone unseen for more than a week.

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Somalia's new parliament to elect president

Posted: 09/10/2012 - While Somalia has had transitional administrations since 2004, it has not had a functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other.

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Palestinians strike to protest rising prices

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Palestinians shuttered shops and blocked roads with burning tires across the West Bank to protest their government's failure to contain rising prices and pay salaries.

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Death toll of Syria explosion rises to 27

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Syria's state run news agency says the death toll of an explosion near two hospitals in the northern city of Aleppo has risen to 27. SANA reported Monday that the blasts also wounded 64.

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UK police evacuate homes of al-Hilli neighbors

Posted: 09/10/2012 - U.K. police say they have evacuated homes near the house of a British-Iraqi couple slain while vacationing in the French Alps because of concerns about items found at the property.

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US hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted: 09/10/2012 - The handover ceremony took place at the prison next to a sprawling U.S. airfield in Bagram, just north of Kabul. President Hamid Karzai has hailed the transfer as a victory for Afghan sovereignty.

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Slim Hong Kong legislative win for Beijing backers

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Election results released Monday gave an edge to the pro-China faction in Hong Kong's government, where power is split between those aligned with Beijing and those who favor further democratic reforms.

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Canada closes embassy in Iran

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday that the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

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Prince Harry in Afghanistan flying Apache copters

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, flew into southern Afghanistan on Friday to begin a four-month combat tour as a gunner for an attack helicopter.

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