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Israel pursues punishing Gaza offensive for a third day

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel pressed on with a punishing aerial offensive in Gaza for a third day on Thursday, killing eight members of a family including five children in a predawn strike, Palestinian officials said, while militants fired rockets at Israeli cities. | Video

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Australia denies 'offensive' accusations Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated

COLOMBO - Australia on Wednesday rejected accusations of mistreatment by Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned to the island nation, saying the move sent a strong message to those thinking of following in their footsteps.

Australia, Tony Abbott 09 Jul 2014

China's top prosecutor orders more transparency in corruption cases

BEIJING - China's top prosecutor has ordered greater transparency in publicizing corruption cases involving senior officials, state media reported, as the government steps up efforts to win the public's confidence in its battle against pervasive graft.

China 09 Jul 2014

Syria's Western-backed opposition elects new president

BEIRUT - Syria's Western-backed opposition, the National Coalition, elected Hadi al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new president on Wednesday after a three-day meeting in Istanbul. | Video

Syria 09 Jul 2014

Ukraine threatens to retake territory from defiant rebels

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

09 Jul 2014

Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

UNITED NATIONS - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

United Nations, Iraq 09 Jul 2014

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