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Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa

MUNICH/BEIRUT Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. | Video

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Alleged killer of Mexican journalist arrested in Veracruz

MEXICO CITY The presumed mastermind behind the murder of a Mexican journalist was arrested in the eastern state of Veracruz on Saturday, the state's governor said, as Mexico struggles with a wave of attacks on reporters.

13 Feb 2016

Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end

TAIPEI The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit. | Video

Natural Disasters 13 Feb 2016

Ethnic rebels' show of force highlights Suu Kyi's peace challenge

LOI TAI LENG, Myanmar Speaking to 1,000 of his soldiers at a mountain base on Myanmar's border with Thailand, the leader of a powerful ethnic armed group called on other rebels to join government-led peace talks and appealed for unity among the country's minorities.

Thailand, Myanmar 2:40am EST

New Zealand's Christchurch rocked by 5.7 magnitude quake, cliffs collapse into sea

WELLINGTON A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand on Sunday, causing cliffs to collapse into the sea but no major damage to the city, which was devastated by a 2011 quake which killed nearly 200 people.

Natural Disasters 12:10am EST

Central Africans head to polls to vote for peace

BANGUI Central African Republic votes on Sunday in elections seen as a crucial step toward restoring democratic rule and ending years of violence that have left the impoverished nation split along religious faultlines.

Africa 13 Feb 2016

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