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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. | Video

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Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria

OSLO - A group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria, possibly heading towards Norway, police said on Friday.

Norway, Syria 6:37am EDT

Pakistani boy loses arms after row with landowner over cows: police

LAHORE Pakistan - Pakistani police have arrested the son of a landowner for an assault on a 10-year-old boy which resulted in his injured arms being amputated, the latest case highlighting harsh treatment of villagers by so-called feudal families.

7:11am EDT

Taliban stop cars, kill passengers in central Afghanistan

KABUL - Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses traveling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said on Friday.

Afghanistan 6:11am EDT

Stalled Ukraine parliament says yet to receive PM's resignation

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament said on Friday it had yet to receive a resignation letter from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk so could not vote on whether to accept it, stalling work at the heart of government.

6:14am EDT

Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

BEIRUT - The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.

Syria 5:38am EDT

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