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  • Myanmar army kills journalist it calls Karen rebel Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:23 AM ET

    YANGON, Myanmar— Myanmar's army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the army and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape, the press council said Friday. It released a military statement that said Aung Naing was arrested Sept. 30 after an attack on the army near...

  • Who's buying the oil that makes ISIS millions? Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 PM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    ISIS makes its fortune by selling oil from seized territory to its enemies, NBC News reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to slap sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State militants in an effort to disrupt what it said was a $1- million- a-day funding source. Islamic State has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria in a brutal campaign, and could pose a threat to the United States and its allies if it is not...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to slap sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State militants in an effort to disrupt what it said was a $1 million a day funding source. Islamic State has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria in a brutal campaign, and could pose a threat to the United States and its allies if it is not stopped,...

  • Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah for control in Gaza and what officials say has been a trickle of promised aid. Getting cement, steel and gravel from Israel into Gaza is a major challenge...

  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control. Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, residents of the crowded territory have endured an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade and three wars between Israel and Hamas. "Both times, I found Gazans to be very sad, but this time I see much more sadness," he said,...

  • Soldier shot at Ottawa's War Memorial has died Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:55 PM ET
    Police and paramedics transport a wounded Canadian soldier on October 22, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada.

    A soldier guarding the National War Memorial was shot and reported killed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, NBC News reports.

  • The Treasury official heading the ISIS attack Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 AM ET
    David Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department

    David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's intelligence strategist and global enforcer, makes sure illicit funds do not go to terrorists. NYT reports.

  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The federal jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, the most...

  • New Zealand government agenda: surplus, flag vote Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 PM ET

    Prime Minister John Key, whose National Party won a decisive election victory last month that saw it return to power for a third consecutive term, outlined his plans at the ceremonial opening of the nation's 51st Parliament. In accordance with New Zealand parliamentary tradition, Key's opening speech was delivered by the governor general, Sir Jerry Mateparae.

  • Why HK protests won’t end soon, despite talks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters may finally meet with government negotiators Tuesday, but few are optimistic the barricades will come down soon.

  • Oct 20- BioMerieux SA is working with U.S. health regulators to determine if its test to screen for bio threats could be used to detect the Ebola virus, spokeswoman Suzanne Jones said. Since the system was solely developed for environmental surveillance, it is necessary for BioMerieux to show the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evidence that the test could be...

  • CAIRO, Oct 20- Egypt needs an "economic revolution" to recover from damage caused by political instability as it seeks to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment and repair its state finances, planning minister Ashraf al-Arabi said. To compensate for those losses and eventually compete globally, Egypt must overhaul an economy which has been...

  • Clashes erupt between HK protesters, police Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 3:04 AM ET
    Pro-democracy protesters and police standoff on a street in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong early on October 19, 2014.

    Clashes erupted in Hong Kong, deepening a sense of impasse between the government and pro-democracy protesters increasingly willing to confront police.

  • HK protesters force police retreat Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 4:14 AM ET
    Police shout towards pro-democracy protesters during clashes as they attempt to clear a road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 18, 2014.

    Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a key protest zone, defying police trying to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.

  • BEIRUT, Oct 17- Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah...

  • *Further talks needed to bolster east Ukraine ceasefire. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold...

  • Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MILAN— Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe- brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter. Putin also voiced confidence that the issue of Russians who have joined the insurgency in eastern Ukraine could...

  • Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after 4 1/ 2 turbulent years in which the agency sought to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step ahead of terrorists looking for cunning new ways to smuggle bombs aboard planes. Pistole warned last month that an al-Qaida...

  • Egypt: We're bombing Islamist militants in Libya Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    Egyptian officials say country's warplanes are bombing positions of Islamist militias in oil-rich Libya.