SANTIAGO A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and French Polynesia. Chile's government urged residents to evacuate the coastline.
JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the expanding Russian military presence in Syria, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. "The prime minister will present the threats to Israel emanating from the increased flow of advanced weaponry to the Syrian arena and from the transfer of lethal weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups," the official said. Moscow has come under international pressure to explain its moves in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a 4-year-old civil war
OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso's powerful presidential guard should be dismantled, according to a commission charged with proposing reforms after a popular uprising toppled the West African nation's longtime president. The elite unit, known locally as the RSP, was a key pillar of President Blaise Compaore's regime before mass demonstrations forced him to flee the country last October, ending 27 years of rule
CAIRO Egyptian Army aircraft hunting for militants in the desert mistakenly bombed a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists, killing 12 people and wounding 10, authorities said on Monday. Survivors said their group was bombed from a plane and helicopters. As members of the tourist convoy tried to flee, additional forces on the ground fired on them, Egyptian security sources said.
SYDNEY Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed mounting speculation on Monday that his position is in danger, playing down talk that he may call a snap election to stem off a leadership coup from within his own party. Abbott emerged badly weakened from a leadership challenge by lawmakers in his own Liberal Party in February, which came about after weeks of infighting and dismal poll numbers, and pledged a new spirit of conciliation. He and his government have since consistently lagged the centre-left opposition Labor Party in opinion polls, helping to fuel speculation over how long his party would give him to turn things around.
ATHENS Twenty eight refugees drowned off a Greek island on Sunday when their boat sank, the coastguard said, thought to be the largest recorded death toll from any single accident in Greek waters since the refugee crisis began. "A wooden vessel carrying them overturned about three miles east of Farmakonisi early Sunday," a coastguard spokeswoman told Reuters. The accident coincided with a plea from Greek caretaker Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou for the European Union to agree a more comprehensive policy for dealing with the increasing numbers fleeing to the region to escape war and poverty
IDOMENI, Greece Thousands of refugees trudged through mud and torrential rain to Greece's border with Macedonia on Thursday, swelling a human tide across Europe that authorities appear powerless to control. Hungary, a key transit country for migrants trying to reach richer and more welcoming countries such as Germany and Sweden, said it expected to finish building a fence along its border with Serbia by early October to help stem the flow. Denmark, the latest front line in the continent's migrant crisis, allowed refugees to move freely through its territory to Sweden, a day after it shut a motorway link with Germany in a bid to halt the flow of people.
DEMOSO, Myanmar Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged voters to opt for "real change" and back her party in the first general election since the end of military rule, as she took her campaign into the backyard of a close presidential ally. Thousands of supporters gave Suu Kyi a rapturous welcome in Demoso in the sparsely populated state of Kayah on the Thai border.
Grayson, Ky. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, walked out of jail on Tuesday after the U.S
YANGON Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that the Nov.
RABAT Morocco's ruling Islamist party won most of the country's key cities during Friday's local elections, further expanding its reach after four years of leading a coalition government that undertook major fiscal reforms. The Justice and Development party, known by its French acronym PJD, came to power on an anti-corruption ticket in 2011, tapping into a desire for greater freedom when "Arab Spring" protests forced King Mohammed to devolve some royal powers
GUATEMALA CITY Fighting graft accusations, Guatemala's former President Otto Perez said on Friday he could have made "10 or 15 times" the money he is accused of stealing if he had taken bribes offered by powerful Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Perez resigned as president on Thursday and was jailed while a judge weighs charging him in a corruption scandal that sparked widespread protests and upended his government ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy. France and Germany said European countries must be required to accept their shares of refugees, proposing what would potentially be the biggest change to the continent's asylum rules since World War Two.
WASHINGTON London-based day-trader Navinder Sarao has been formally indicted by a U.S.
ASHLAND, Ky. A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was held in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday and sent to jail.
UNITED NATIONS Russia is delaying the launch of an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks in Syria, U.N. Security Council diplomats said on Wednesday, though Moscow's U.N.
ATHENS Greek leftist Syriza party on Wednesday fell behind its main conservative rivals for the first time since former premier Alexis Tsipras resigned, offering further evidence that his decision to call a snap election could backfire. Syriza is on course to win 25 percent of votes at the Sept
ATHENS Greece's Syriza party is on course to win 26 percent of votes in a snap election in September, just one point ahead of the conservative New Democracy party, a poll published by the Pulse for Action 24 television channel said on Tuesday. Former premier Alexis Tsipras resigned in August to seek a new mandate for a bailout deal he clinched with the country's international creditors. But opinion polls show his Syriza party's lead is slipping, suggesting his decision to call a snap election could backfire.
DUBLIN Northern Ireland's first minister will ask Britain's Prime Minister to suspend the Northern Irish Assembly for four weeks to facilitate talks to save the power-sharing executive threatened by a crisis over an IRA-linked murder. Peter Robinson's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) sought the permission of a parliamentary committee to extend the summer recess by a month earlier on Tuesday but their motion was voted down by the nationalist Sinn Fein, whom they share power with. The DUP last week said it wanted Sinn Fein, the one-time political wing of the IRA, thrown out of government after police said a rump of the militant group that formally disbanded in 2005 may have been involved the recent killing of a former member