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Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil

DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia - Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels.

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Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks

DUBAI - Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program.

World, Iraq 5:26am EDT

Malaysia mourns as bodies of MH17 victims finally come home

KUALA LUMPUR - People across Malaysia held a minute's silence and wore black on Friday as the Southeast Asian country observed a day of mourning to mark the return of the first 20 bodies among its citizens killed when a jetliner was downed last month.

National Guard start pullout as protests in Ferguson turn calmer

FERGUSON Mo. - Missouri's governor ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. | Video

World, U.S. 4:03am EDT

Amid outward calm, climate of fear cements Thai military rule

Thai opposition activist Kritsuda Khunasen said she was blindfolded and struggling to regain consciousness when she heard this chilling query from one of her interrogators.

World, United Nations 1:45am EDT

Philippine police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

MANILA - Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment.