World News Headlines

Sat, Oct 25 2014

Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State


BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

World, Iraq 25 Oct 2014

Ukraine votes in poll likely to strengthen president's hand


KIEV - Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may fuel tension with Russia. | Video

2:53am EDT

Canadians flock to Parliament Hill, site of attack on soldier


OTTAWA - Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after killing a soldier in the second domestic attack in a week on the country's military. | Video

25 Oct 2014

Japanese PM Abe's public support slumps in wake of resignations: Yomiuri poll


TOKYO - Public approval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government slumped after the resignation of two high-profile cabinet ministers last week, according to a poll published on Sunday, adding more pressure on Abe as he struggles to turn around the Japanese economy.

25 Oct 2014

Brazil votes in tight presidential runoff split along class lines


RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilians vote on Sunday in a bitterly-contested election that pits a leftist president with strong support among the poor against a centrist senator who is promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. | Video

World, Brazil 3:10am EDT

Uruguay votes for new president; marijuana reform hangs in balance


MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayans vote on Sunday in a presidential election with the ruling leftist party trying to fend off a young center-right challenger who promises to undo a pioneering marijuana law.

3:23am EDT

Tunisians begin voting in parliamentary election


TUNIS - Tunisians began voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

World, Tunisia 3:32am EDT

Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed


BEIRUT - Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighboring Syria began. | Video

World, Lebanon 25 Oct 2014

Botswana president's party secures election victory


GABORONE - Botswana's ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secured 33 of 57 parliament seats in national elections, initial results showed, putting President Ian Khama at the helm for a second five-year term.

World, Africa 25 Oct 2014

Egypt eyes legal restrictions, military measures after Sinai attacks


CAIRO - Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area. | Video

World, Egypt 25 Oct 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.