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IMF warns of huge financial hole as Greek vote looms

ATHENS/WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning on Thursday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country's future in Europe. | Video

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Syrian Islamist insurgents launch battle to seize government-held Aleppo

AMMAN - Syrian insurgents led by Islamist groups began a major offensive to gain full control of the divided northern city of Aleppo, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday.

Syria 4:21pm EDT

Malaysia tells U.N. Security Council of push for MH17 tribunal

UNITED NATIONS - Malaysia told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday it plans to push for a U.N.-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, though Russia described the move as premature, diplomats said.

United Nations 5:12pm EDT

Forced labor shows back-breaking lack of reform in Myanmar military

BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar - In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labor, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.

Myanmar 5:05pm EDT

No sweat? Colombia turns to lie detectors to tackle government graft

BOGOTA - Colombia's government plans to carry out lie detector tests on senior civil servants who allocate contracts to private companies as it tries to clamp down on widespread corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

Oddly Enough, 5:09pm EDT

U.N. says Burundi election was not free, fair or credible

UNITED NATIONS - Burundi's parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.

United Nations, Africa 3:57pm EDT

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