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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would go in. | Video

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Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

KABUL - Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, in the latest of a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. | Video

Afghanistan, 7:29am EDT

Afghan presidential election poised for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

KABUL - The Afghanistan presidential election is poised to go to a run-off after the latest tally of votes released on Thursday showed neither former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah nor former finance minister Ashraf Ghani securing an outright majority.

Afghanistan 8:57am EDT

U.S. official says Hamas-PLO government would prompt aid reassessment

WASHINGTON - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

9:10am EDT

Jeddah residents jittery over spread of deadly MERS virus

JEDDAH - The first paper face masks appeared at check-in before the early morning flight from Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh to Jeddah, where a sudden surge of infections of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has alarmed some residents.

Health, Saudi Arabia 9:37am EDT

U.S. vows to help Libya tackle 'rising violent extremism'

TRIPOLI - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Thursday promised Libya more U.S. help against extremist violence, saying the country could not achieve political or economic stability without tackling its security challenges.

Libya 7:46am EDT

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