- US tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects
June 19, 20136:13 PM ET
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hopes dimmed for talks aimed at ending the Afghan war when an angry President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended security negotiations with the U.S. and scuttled a peace delegation to the Taliban, sending American officials scrambling to preserve the possibility of dialogue with the militants.
- In northern Iraqi city, al-Qaida gathers strength
June 20, 20132:23 AM ET
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida's Iraq arm is gathering strength in the restive northern city of Mosul, ramping up its fundraising through gangland-style shakedowns and feeding off anti-government anger as it increasingly carries out attacks with impunity, according to residents and officials.
- AP PHOTOS: Bangladesh collapse left many amputees
June 20, 20132:47 AM ET
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — It was the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. When the Rana Plaza factory building crashed down in April, 1,129 people were killed. But many others had to sacrifice their limbs to survive.
- China astronauts float water blob in kids' lecture
June 20, 20132:55 AM ET
BEIJING (AP) — Astronauts struck floating martial arts poses, twirled gyroscopes and manipulated wobbling globes of water during a lecture Thursday from China's orbiting space station that's part of efforts to popularize the space program among young people.
- India floods strand thousands; more than 100 dead
June 20, 20132:31 AM ET
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Days after floods killed more than 100 people — possibly many more — Indian officials say rescuers are using helicopters and climbing through mountain paths to reach nearly 4,000 people trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the northern Himalayas.
- Singapore haze at worst yet, Malaysia schools shut
June 20, 20132:28 AM ET
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned open burning in some areas.
- China's Xi harks back to Mao in party 'cleanup'
June 19, 201310:12 PM ET
BEIJING (AP) — China's new leader Xi Jinping is commanding wayward Communist Party cadres to purify themselves of corruption, and he's summed it up in a pithy slogan as Mao Zedong might have done: Look in the mirror, take a bath.
- Few options for Brazil leader in face of protests
June 19, 20137:35 PM ET
SAO PAULO (AP) — With massive protests by middle-class Brazilians demanding wholesale government reforms, people all over this continent-sized country have reached a verdict on the streets and online: "The giant has awakened."BRADLEY BROOKSJENNY BARCHFIELDMARCO SIBAJAAPCopyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Militants storm UN compound in Somalia; 20 killed
June 19, 20135:21 PM ET
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Seven al-Qaida-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault.
- Syrian exiles get taste of home: Beloved ice cream
June 19, 20134:09 PM ET
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For Syrians, no visit to Damascus' Old City is complete without a stop at a more than century-old ice cream parlor in its main souq where you can watch them make their distinctive desert by pounding it into shape with giant wooden mallets, then enjoy a bowl of it sprinkled with pistachios.