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Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

Royal officials say Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis. More>>

Afghanistan: Bomb kills 15, including 6 Americans

A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said. U.S. soldiers rushed to the scene to help, including some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under their body armor. More>>

Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. More>>

Furious over sanctions, NKorea vows to nuke US

North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. More>>

Pope, in final message, says he's a simple pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI has greeted the faithful for the last time as pope, telling well-wishers gathered at the Vatican's vacation retreat that he is beginning the final stage of his life as a "simple pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. More>>

Ikea withdraws meatballs in Europe after horse meat is found

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Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, and was forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. More>>

Meteorite explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. More>>

Papal resignation opens door to many contenders

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors, from the conservative cardinal of Milan to a contender from Ghana and several Latin Americans. But don't count on a radical change of course for the Catholic Church: Benedict appointed the majority of cardinals who will choose his successor from within their own ranks. More>>

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  • Gas explosions kill 20, injure 270 in Taiwan

    Gas explosions kill 20, injure 270 in Taiwan

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:44:58 GMT
    Taiwan's National Fire Agency says 15 people were killed and 228 were injured a series of gas leak explosions in a southwestern city.
    A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday in Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said.
  • US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:38:58 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict.
  • Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:38:45 GMT
    The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering...
    Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts.
  • Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors

    Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:18:46 GMT
    Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected....
    For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:18:20 GMT
    Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations...
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:04:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United...
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations...
  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:25:02 GMT
    The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis deepens across West Africa.
    The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the...
  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:02:00 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.
    Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
  • Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:08:32 GMT
    An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.
    As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the...
  • Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:40:20 GMT
    Islamic hard-line militias are claiming to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes...
    Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after...
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