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August 28, 2014 - 1:40am
6 hours 25 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.

There, in its power base, the Islamic State group controls thousands of square kilometers (miles) of territory, including most of Syria's oil-producing region. In the areas under its control, it has established an elaborate governing system that oversees every aspect of...

August 28, 2014 - 12:17am
2 hours 5 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans.

So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons served as a bittersweet reminder of how beloved the homegrown chain is in Canada, where 75 percent of the all the coffee sold at fast food restaurants comes from "Timmy's," as it is affectionately known. Tim...

August 27, 2014 - 11:30pm
7 hours 5 min ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

At a press...

August 27, 2014 - 11:29pm
2 hours 5 min ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the analysis of the call, attempted by Malaysia Airlines officials on the ground soon after Flight 370...

August 27, 2014 - 11:09pm
5 min 3 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.

Peel Region police said Thursday that Lilia Ratmanski, 25, and Milana Muzikante, 26, have been charged with smoking on board an aircraft and endangering its safety....

August 27, 2014 - 9:51pm
7 hours 35 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Six people died and 21 remained missing Thursday after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, according to Chinese state media.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that 77 houses collapsed or were buried in the Wednesday night landslide in the village of Yingping in Guizhou province. Xinhua said another 21 people were injured in the landslide.

State television network CCTV said a small reservoir was breached during the...

August 27, 2014 - 8:30pm
7 hours 35 min ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) loss, reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft write downs.

The loss for the financial year ended June 30 is the largest the former state-owned airline has posted in its 94-year history. It made an AU$1 million profit in the previous year.

The dire result was expected. Shares of Qantas were up 7...

August 27, 2014 - 8:09pm
7 hours 45 min ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.

Authorities say they still don't know what caused more than 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar to come down with symptoms ranging from fainting to numbness in the hands and headaches. Some have hinted that the town of 95,000...

August 27, 2014 - 7:30pm
9 hours 55 min ago

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The president of Niger's National Assembly has fled the country after his immunity was lifted so he could be questioned about a baby trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class

A statement read out on state television Wednesday night says Hama Amadou fled for neighboring Burkina Faso. Amadou's wife, the country's agriculture minister, and 16 other people have already been arrested over their suspected links to the network...

August 27, 2014 - 6:22pm
12 hours 15 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relatives of people missing in Mexico blasted authorities Wednesday as seemingly more interested in manipulating the data on the disappeared than on conducting thorough investigations.

The government last week revised the number of people believed to have disappeared since Mexico launched a war against drug traffickers in 2006, reporting that 22,322 had been reported missing. That was significantly higher than earlier estimates. In May, the government...

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