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  • Two more top separatist leaders abandon eastern Ukraine battle

    Two more top leaders from the armed insurrection in eastern Ukraine resigned Thursday as government forces closed in on the last two strongholds of the 4-month-old uprising. Igor Girkin, who reportedly bragged of shooting down a Ukrainian jet on the day...
  • Iran detains Washington Post reporter, others without explanation

    Iran's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it could not provide details of what crimes several journalists, including a Washington Post reporter, were suspected of committing before they were arrested two weeks ago. The Post correspondent, Jason...
  • China quake toll rises to 615; muddy noodles open army to scrutiny

    China quake toll rises to 615; muddy noodles open army to scrutiny
    It was framed as a feel-good story about the sacrifice and toughness of Chinese soldiers: Troops who rushed to the site of a deadly earthquake in the southern province of Yunnan resorted to using muddy water to boil their instant noodles in the disaster...
  • Islamic State grabs more territory in Iraq, reportedly seizes major dam

    A breakaway Al Qaeda group that already holds sway in large swaths of Iraq and Syria made new territorial gains Thursday in northern Iraq, reportedly overrunning a major Christian town and seizing the nation’s largest dam. The fresh advances by...
  • Iranian parliament bans vasectomies in bid to boost birth rate

    Iranian parliament bans vasectomies in bid to boost birth rate
    Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's call for measures to increase the population. The bill, banning vasectomies and similar...
  • 96 died in recent clashes in Uighur region, China reports

    96 died in recent clashes in Uighur region, China reports
    China reported that 96 people were killed in last week’s clashes in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, making it the deadliest incident of ethnic unrest in the country since 2009. After days of secrecy shrouding the incident in Shache, the...
  • Russia waging massive war games as Ukraine recovers more territory

    Russia waging massive war games as Ukraine recovers more territory
    Russia launched massive air-force exercises in territory along its border with Ukraine on Monday that will include air-to-ground firing practices and missile tests, the Defense Ministry announced in Moscow. The war games, coinciding with another buildup...
  • Earthquake in China's Yunnan province razes an estimated 22,550 houses

    Earthquake in China's Yunnan province razes an estimated 22,550 houses
    The rising death toll from a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southwestern China's Yunnan province is putting the spotlight on the poor quality of construction in the rugged, mountainous terrain. By late Monday, 398 people were reported dead and 1,891...
  • Gannett Is Latest Media Co. To Separate Print And Hitch A Ride With TV

    Even newspaper companies don't want to depend on newspapers any longer. Gannett Co. once had a reputation for being the nation's most disciplined manager of print publications that could be as large as USA Today and as small as the Palladium-Item of...
  • Strong advertising sales lead to earnings boost for Sinclair Broadcast Group

    Strong advertising sales lead to earnings boost for Sinclair Broadcast Group
    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. turned in a better-than-expected second quarter Wednesday, thanks to strong advertising sales and lower expenses to operate its television stations. The Hunt Valley broadcaster said it earned $41.3 million, or 42 cents per...
  • Female genital mutilation story debunked, but are Iraqi women really safe?

    Female genital mutilation story debunked, but are Iraqi women really safe?
    The story was a grabber: Islamic State, the fundamentalist Al Qaeda breakway group formerly known as ISIS, was planning the genital mutilation of as many as 4 million Iraqi women and girls. The BBC and other news agencies quoted the U.N.’s...