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North Korea says it's still willing to meet with Trump after US President cancels summit

North Korea says Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet Donald Trump "at any time and in any way," after the US President abruptly canceled what would have been a historic summit between the two leaders scheduled for June. More>>

Pranksters trick UK's top diplomat. Foreign Office not laughing.

The British government has opened an investigation into how a notorious duo of Russian pranksters were able to add British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to their list of punked politician and celebrities. More>>

Putin says Kim Jong Un 'did everything he promised to do'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia views the cancellation of the US-North Korea summit with "regret," adding that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had done everything he had promised to do. More>>

Terrorism and War-Related Airplane Crashes Fast Facts

Here's a selected list of commercial airplane crashes caused by military acts or by terrorism. More>>

Malaysia Fast Facts

Here's a look at Malaysia, a country located in Southeast Asia. Neighboring regions include Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, Brunei and the South China Sea. More>>

These were the unlikely survivors after dinosaurs went extinct

When an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago, it unleashed a violent force millions of times more massive than an atomic bomb. Known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene fifth mass extinction event, it wiped out... More>>

The 13-year-old South African boy kidnapped for a bitcoin ransom has been found

The South African teenager who was kidnapped by unknown men demanding a $120,000 ransom in bitcoins has been found alive, police say. More>>

Bites and a broken bed: New details in case of Sudan teen who killed rapist husband

Slashes to her hands, bite marks embedded in her shoulder, and a broken bed. More>>

Kim Jong Un's great miscalculation?

To Kim Jong Un, May 24 should have been a diplomatic triumph. The North Korean leader had just opened the doors of his isolated country to the world, allowing foreign journalists to observe what had deemed a crowning... More>>

Lebanon's Hariri wins third term as Prime Minister

Lebanon's Saad Hariri has won a new term as Prime Minister after securing support from the vast majority of lawmakers in the country's new Parliament, Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced Thursday. More>>

Sweden passes law defining sex without consent as rape

Sweden has become the latest European country to recognize sex without mutual consent as rape, passing a bill stipulating that people must consent to sex with clear verbal or physical language and that silence will no... More>>

North Korea blows up tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site

North Korea appeared to destroy at least three nuclear tunnels, observation buildings, a metal foundry and living quarters at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday, in a process observed by invited international... More>>

Amnesty accuses Nigerian troops of raping women rescued from Boko Haram

Women and girls who have fled terrorist group Boko Haram are being raped by Nigerian soldiers, starved and forced to exchange food for sex, according to claims in a new report by human rights group Amnesty International. More>>

Missile that downed MH17 'owned by Russian brigade'

A missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 was fired from a launcher belonging to Russia's 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, investigators said Thursday. More>>

Irish across world travel #HomeToVote in landmark abortion referendum

They are traveling from Los Angeles and Sydney, Buenos Aires and Toronto, Stockholm and London to have their say in a landmark referendum that has divided their country. More>>

China, Germany to stay in Iran nuclear deal as Khamenei lists demands

In comments likely to frustrate the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany and China will stand by the existing nuclear accord with Iran, even as the US has withdrawn and expects its European allies to... More>>

Jet Li tells fans he's 'feeling great' after shocking viral photo

Martial arts champion and film star Jet Li spoke out on Wednesday for the first time since a viral photo prompted alarm about his health earlier this week. More>>

Australian grandmother sentenced to death by hanging for drug smuggling

An Australian woman has been sentenced to death by hanging after a Malaysian court overturned an earlier acquittal of drug smuggling charges. More>>

Despite sanctions, Putin is pulling the world back to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides this week over the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, continuing a charm offensive that aims to revive Brand Russia. More>>

US expels Venezuelan diplomats as election row escalates

The US has announced the tit-for-tat expulsion of two Venezuelan diplomats in a row sparked by Washington's criticism of President Nicolas Maduro's reelection. More>>

Australian investigators dismiss MH370 murder-suicide theory

Australian investigators who led a four-year search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have defended their theory that the plane's disappearance was due to an accident. More>>

Pompeo says China incident 'entirely consistent' with Cuba 'sonic attacks'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that an incident involving a US government employee stationed in China who reported "abnormal sensations of sound and pressure" suggesting a mild brain injury has medical... More>>

Political unknown appointed Italy's new prime minister

Political novice Giuseppe Conte has been appointed prime minister of Italy after winning the approval of President Sergio Mattarella, the secretary of the presidential palace said Wednesday. More>>

Private jet crashes, almost splits in two at Honduras airport

A routine business trip turned into tense drama for six Americans flying from Austin, Texas, to Honduras. More>>

Famous Egyptian blogger arrested in widening crackdown on dissent

Egypt's security forces arrested well-known blogger and activist Wael Abbas in the early hours of Wednesday, his sister Rasha Abbas told CNN. More>>

Nerve agent treatment and recovery 'extremely painful," poisoned Russian woman says

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, are continuing to recover from a nerve agent attack, and their rehabilitation has been "slow and extremely painful," the daughter said Wednesday. More>>

A former spy inside al Qaeda speaks

The secret agent who was arguably the West's most important spy inside al Qaeda has never told his full story - until now. More>>

Indian court halts expansion of copper plant after deadly protests

A court in India's southern Tamil Nadu state has passed an interim order to stop the expansion of a copper smelter that residents argue is causing environmental damage. More>>

MH370 search to end on May 29 after four years

The search for flight MH370 will end next week after more than four years, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars spent and with no clue of what happened to the ill-fated plane. More>>

Ebola vaccination campaign to begin in Congo

Authorities will begin distributing an experimental Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka, a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Monday to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus. More>>

Kidnappers snatch a 13-year-old South African boy and demand his ransom be paid in bitcoins

A group of South African kidnappers who snatched a 13-year-old boy as he played with friends have demanded a $120,000 ransom in bitcoin cryptocurrency, police say. More>>

Meet the top 10 new species of 2018

From the tops of a massive tree all the way to the bottom of the ocean, new species from around the world make the list for this year. More>>

UK mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry in Pakistan

A woman found guilty of taking her 17-year-old daughter to Pakistan for a forced marriage was sentenced Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison by a British court following a landmark conviction. More>>

How to get to North Korea's nuclear site

A small coterie of foreign reporters has set off on a marathon journey to a remote location in North Korea to witness Pyongyang's purported destruction of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. More>>

Human rights group condemns Nicaragua's use of force in protests as death toll rises

A human rights watch group is accusing Nicaraguan authorities of using excessive force, threats and torture against demonstrators since protests began in the country last month. More>>

David Friedman photograph sparks Jerusalem controversy

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was embroiled in controversy Tuesday after being photographed receiving an aerial image of Jerusalem that was edited to include an artist's impression of a Third Temple, instead of... More>>

What the US and North Korea mean when they talk about 'denuclearization'

Denuclearization is one of the first words that come to mind when discussing diplomatic efforts on the Korean Peninsula. More>>

You can run, but can't hide from AI in China

Chinese police are increasingly relying on artificial intelligence as they take the motto "you can run, but you can't hide" to a whole new level. More>>

Australia's attempts to rebuild relationship with Beijing run into trouble

Antagonistic statements by top media and political figures in Australia and China have undermined attempts by Canberra to rebuild its relationship with Beijing after months of diplomatic tension. More>>

Australian archbishop to step down after child sex abuse cover-up

An Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest will step down from his position. More>>

The young Americans trying to stop Ireland from voting Yes to abortion

Emily Faulkner is in central Dublin, handing out leaflets featuring fetuses in various stages of development, when she's pelted by an egg. More>>

Report claims Rohingya militant group massacred nearly 100 Hindus

Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report. More>>

Duke and Duchess of Sussex make first appearance since royal wedding

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday made their first public appearance since they were married Saturday in a star-studded ceremony watched by millions around the world. More>>

French strikes over Macron's reforms cripple public services

France's public services ground to a halt Tuesday as civil servants across the country went on strike against President Emmanuel Macron's proposed economic reforms. More>>

Nine killed as Indian copper plant protest turns violent

At least nine protesters were killed Tuesday in clashes with authorities in southern India over a copper smelter that residents argue is causing environmental damage. More>>

Smallpox Fast Facts

Here's some background information about smallpox, a contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease. The most severe and most common form of smallpox is known as variola major, which has four variants. More>>

United Nations Attacks Fast Facts

Here's a look at violence against UN peacekeeping forces. This is a selected list of incidents from 1990 to the present. More>>

Nicolás Maduro Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. More>>

Manchester bombing: Prince William leads tributes at memorial service

The English city of Manchester came together Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the terror attack that killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert. More>>

Melbourne grenade attack signals gang trouble in 'world's best city'

The use of a grenade in an attack on a suburban street in Melbourne has exposed an escalation of gang violence in the Australian city, consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. More>>

Rights groups slam 'smear campaign' against Saudi activists

Rights groups have slammed a "smear campaign" against Saudi women's rights activists who were arrested last week and accused of treason by local media outlets close to the Saudi government. More>>

To experts, North Korea dismantling nuclear site is like destroying evidence

Cheryl Rofer is a chemist who spent 35 years working on environmental cleanups everywhere from Estonia to Kazakhstan, disassembling and decommissioning nuclear weapons, and overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons. More>>

Heatwave kills at least 65 in Pakistan

Hotter than average temperatures have killed at least 65 people in just three days in Karachi, Pakistan. More>>

Meth trafficking in SE Asia reaching 'alarming levels,' UN warns

The production and trafficking of methamphetamine in the Mekong Delta region of Southeast Asia is rising at "alarming levels," the United Nations has warned. More>>

Australian archbishop guilty of covering up sex child abuse

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. More>>

Moon heads to US amid fears for Trump-Kim summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In landed in Washington Monday to do what he can to shore up plans for a US-North Korea summit that seem to be on shaky ground. More>>

Sweden to send war pamphlet to 4.8 million households

It's hard to predict when war will break out, but Sweden wants to make sure that it's populace is always prepared for the worst. More>>

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki dies on eighth Everest attempt

A Japanese climber who lost nearly all his fingers on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to summit the mountain. More>>

India's Modi hails 'old-time friend' Russia during Putin summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up a whirlwind month of diplomacy with a trip to Russia Monday, where he embraced President Vladimir Putin and hailed the two countries' strong relationship. More>>

Restaurant manager reveals he tricked North Korean waitresses into defecting

When 13 North Korean workers defected en masse from a restaurant in China in April 2016, it was a propaganda boost for South Korea and a huge embarrassment for their homeland. More>>

Political novice tapped to be Italy's next prime minister

Italy's populist parties have tapped a political unknown to become prime minister and lead a new coalition government. More>>

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to face new charges over 'spreading propaganda'

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran, is likely to be convicted on new charges of "spreading propaganda" against the Iranian regime, her husband said on Monday. More>>

Mahathir Mohamad Fast Facts

Here is a look at Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. More>>

Body found in search for missing Filipino student Jastine Valdez

Police in Ireland have found a woman's body during a search for a Filipino student who was reportedly abducted close to her home on Saturday. The case has dominated headlines in the country after a frantic search was... More>>

Israel Fast Facts

Here is a look at Israel, which declared independence in 1948. It borders the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, the Red Sea, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in the Middle East. Since its founding, Israel has experienced conflict with... More>>

Opponents slam Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's election victory as a sham

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has won another six years in power in crisis-hit Venezuela, in an election that the political opposition and foreign powers have denounced as a sham. More>>

Celebrity influencers to world leaders: 'We put you on notice'

Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright and Reese Witherspoon are among 140 activists, actors, business leaders and philanthropists to sign an open letter to world leaders demanding that they take action to close the gender gap... More>>

Royal wedding flowers donated to London hospice

Residents of a hospice in London woke up Sunday to a pleasant and sweet-smelling surprise: the flowers that surrounded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day. More>>

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that'

A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality "does not matter." More>>

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry opens with emotional tributes to victims

The official inquiry into last year's catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in London that killed 72 people opened Monday with heart-rending tributes by bereaved families who lost their loved ones. More>>

China tests bombers on South China Sea island

China says it has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an island in the South China Sea, the latest in a series of maneuvers putting Beijing at odds with its neighbors and Washington over China's growing... More>>

German broadcaster referred to Markle as 'exotic,' and had some fairly odd comments about black hair

The wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry was nothing like the ones the British royal family had put on before. More>>

School shooting victim's mission was to promote 'mutual understanding'

In Pakistan's bustling port city of Karachi, a family is in mourning. More>>

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich left waiting for UK visa

Roman Abramovich, one of the world's highest-profile Russian oligarchs and owner of the London soccer club Chelsea, is facing a longer than expected delay in renewing his UK visa. More>>

Saudi Arabia arrests female activists weeks before lifting of driving ban

Weeks before Saudi Arabia is due to lift a ban on female drivers, authorities in the kingdom have detained four of the women who campaigned for the right to get behind the wheel. More>>

China launches satellite as part of mission to explore moon's dark side

China is one step closer to landing on the dark side of the moon. More>>

5.2 Magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, USGS says; it's felt in Mexico City

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico Sunday, about 11 miles southeast of Xalpatlahuac, Mexico, according to the US Geological Survey . More>>

Royal family website notes Meghan's 'proud feminist' credentials

For Harry and Meghan, it was the morning after the night before. For the rest of Britain, it was a day to reflect on an electrifying wedding that's being hailed as a transformative moment for the British monarchy. More>>

Cuba mourns after over 100 killed in plane crash

Cuba began a two-day period of official mourning Saturday, as investigators continued the grim work of combing through the wreckage of the crashed plane that took the lives of over 100 people. More>>

'Dark ads' cast a shadow over Ireland's referendum on abortion

Attempts by Facebook and Google to tackle "dark ads" and foreign interference in the run-up to Ireland's referendum on abortion haven't been entirely successful, data from a transparency group seen by CNN has shown. More>>

Bishop Michael Curry's wedding address -- the full text

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen. From the Song of Solomon in the Bible, "Set me as a seal upon your heart, a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as... More>>

A day in Windsor when everything changed

The masses roared, as they always do on such occasions, and under a cloudless English sky in the historic town of Windsor, there was a new beginning. More>>

Black bishop delivers passion and soul in powerful royal wedding address

In a stirring royal wedding address, the African-American leader of the Episcopal Church quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke passionately about the power of love. More>>

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in trailblazing ceremony

Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle sealed their wedding vows with a kiss on the steps outside St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday, after a groundbreaking ceremony that didn't challenge royal... More>>

Thomas Markle, Meghan's dad, says 'My baby looks beautiful'

Meghan Markle's father described her wedding to Prince Harry as "emotional and joyful" in remarks to the US-celebrity website TMZ on Saturday. More>>

Meet Meghan's adorable bridal party

Meghan Markle entered St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday trailed by four page boys and six bridesmaids, their heads wreathed in flower crowns. More>>

Prince Harry Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of Britain's Prince Harry. More>>

Populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's coalition wins Iraq's election

Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won Iraq's parliamentary election, the election commission announced late Friday. More>>

Meghan Markle Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of former actress Meghan Markle, wife of Great Britain's Prince Harry. More>>

Harry and Meghan share first kiss as husband and wife

Prince Harry and Meghan have kissed for the first time as a married couple after a joyous and modern wedding full of firsts for Britain's royal family. More>>

Princess Diana's presence felt at Meghan and Harry's wedding

The presence of Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, was subtly felt at her son's wedding to the American actress Meghan Markle, more than two decades after she was killed in a car crash in Paris. More>>

Doria Ragland: Meghan Markle's mother by her side on wedding day

Meghan Markle arrived for her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor on Saturday morning, accompanied by her mother, Doria Ragland, who has been by her side since Wednesday. More>>

Priyanka Chopra: Indian actress spotted at royal wedding

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has been spotted at the royal wedding in Windsor. More>>

Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles

She may be marrying a prince today, but that doesn't make Meghan Markle a princess -- Queen Elizabeth II has conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Meghan ahead of their wedding Saturday. More>>

More than 100 killed in Cuba plane crash, state media reports

More than 100 people are believed dead Friday after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, according to Cuba's state-run media. More>>

Full order of service for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

This is the full text of the order of service for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, 19 May 2018. More>>

Royal wedding: Princes Harry and William greet fans on eve of ceremony

Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, pleased throngs of royal fans in Britain as the pair went on the traditional "walkabout" Friday evening, the eve of Harry's wedding to American Meghan Markle. More>>

All 'foreign forces' to leave Syria, Putin tells Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday that "foreign armed forces" would leave Syria, according to Syria's state-run news agency, SANA. More>>

Remains of ancient horse unearthed by archaeologists at Pompeii

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, showering Pompeii with hot rock, volcanic ash and noxious gas, it buried the residents of the ancient city forever, preserving their remains in the ash. More>>

The young activist fighting for Sudanese teen on death row

Zaynub Afinnih lives thousands of miles away from Sudan, but the story of a 19-year-old woman who was sentenced to death there for killing her rapist inspired her to start a global campaign calling for justice. More>>

All the Catholic bishops in Chile have resigned over a sex abuse scandal

Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis on Friday, after a three-day emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss Chile's sex abuse scandal. More>>

Meghan Markle's mother has tea with the Queen

Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, was meeting Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor Castle Friday, as final preparations were made for the royal wedding on Saturday. More>>

Meghan Markle will begin bridal procession alone, in bold feminist statement

Meghan Markle will make a striking feminist statement in her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, choosing not to be chaperoned for much of the procession down the aisle of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, CNN has learned. More>>

Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital after poisoning

Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March, has been discharged from the hospital there, the hospital announced Friday. More>>

Windsor's homeless are giving up their belongings before the royal wedding

As the world's media descends on Windsor ahead of the royal wedding on Saturday, the town's homeless population have found themselves in the spotlight. More>>

5 Reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela

You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela. More>>

Pyongyang won't give visas to South Koreans to cover nuclear site closure

South Korean journalists may not be allowed to enter North Korea to cover the closure of Pyongyang's nuclear test site, authorities in Seoul said, less than a week after they were reportedly invited. More>>

Zacarias Moussaoui Fast Facts

Here's a look into the life of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. More>>

Royal wedding 2018: What we know so far

Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle and marry her prince on May 19. More>>

Every twist and turn of the last few days of the Meghan Markle family drama, explained

There's always some level of family drama before a wedding, but when you're a major American celebrity about to marry into the British royal family, the stakes are levels of magnitude higher than normal. More>>

Meghan's 'Suits' squad descends on London ahead of royal wedding

Friends of Meghan Markle have begun to arrive for her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor on Saturday -- including cast members from the TV show in which she starred. More>>

Is Xi Jinping the puppetmaster behind North Korea's pushback on talks?

US President Donald Trump suggested Thursday Beijing could be behind North Korea's recent harsh rhetoric against Washington in the past week, which has thrown the June summit in Singapore into doubt. More>>

He's treated thousands. The surgeon who keeps returning to Gaza

Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta peers through his black-rimmed glasses at an X-ray. "Not very good," he quips. "See how the pieces are?" he says to hospital staff, pointing at the fuzzy image. More>>

How a child rape revealed the problems facing modern India

There is little indication of the ugliness that unfolded within this small pink-walled temple to Ram, the Hindu deity, here at the center of a lush jungle clearing in the foothills of northern India. More>>

At the height of his power, China's Xi Jinping moves to embrace Marxism

Why is President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, presiding over a wealthy and resurgent China, embracing the philosophical ideas of Karl Marx? More>>

Malaysian police seize 72 bags of cash, jewels in Najib Razak raids

Malaysian police have seized dozens of bags stuffed with jewels, cash and luxury goods from properties linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to state media. More>>

Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea

When the activists arrive on the island on in a small truck and car, a dirt road was blocked by a piece of construction equipment. More>>

Berlin Wall Fast Facts

Here's some background information about the Berlin Wall, which enclosed West Berlin from 1961 to 1989, in an attempt to prevent East Berliners from fleeing to the West. It became a symbol of East/West relations during the... More>>

These diamonds are from one of our solar system's 'lost planets'

When an asteroid fell to Earth in 2008 and landed in Sudan's Nubian Desert, researchers weren't expecting to find diamonds from a lost planet inside. More>>

It should be a nice day for a royal wedding

Everything has been meticulously planned down to the final detail. More>>

India's BJP forms new government in Karnataka -- for now

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidate was sworn in as chief minister in the southern state of Karnataka Thursday, despite criticism the party didn't win enough seats to form a government in the closely watched... More>>

Meghan Markle confirms her father won't attend royal wedding

The American actress Meghan Markle has confirmed that her father, Thomas Markle, will not attend her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday. More>>

Venezuela inmates seize control of prison ahead of presidential election

Inmates have revolted and taken control of a notorious prison in Venezuela, as the volatile country braces for presidential elections decried as illegitimate by regional leaders. More>>

British troops rehearse their roles ahead of royal wedding

Members of the British Armed Forces took to the streets of Windsor Thursday to rehearse their roles ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. More>>

Ozone-destroying emissions are on the rise and scientists don't know why

Banned chemicals which can cause holes in the ozone layer are on the rise, according to a new report, and no one knows who the culprit is. More>>

Britain considers arming police officers in rural areas

Britain is considering plans to arm police officers in rural areas to help combat potential terrorist attacks, police chiefs have said. More>>

Is North Korea trying to get John Bolton fired?

Video capturing the last moments of a fugitive Moammar Gadhafi on October 20, 2011 is still available online. More>>

Critics are angry because the Grenfell Tower review doesn't call for cladding ban

A report on UK building regulations set up after the Grenfell Tower tragedy found "deep flaws" in the rules but stopped short of calling for a ban on cladding, the combustible material blamed for contributing to the fire... More>>

Who's on the guest list for Harry and Meghan's wedding?

An invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has to be one of the most coveted of the year. But so far, little has been revealed about who their 600 guests in Windsor will be. More>>

Police enter home of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, media witnesses say

Police entered the home of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night, according to reports. More>>

Meghan Markle's father recovering after heart surgery

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, is recovering in hospital after heart surgery, according to a report, three days ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry. More>>

Calls for leniency grow for teen sentenced to die in marital rape case

The United Nations office of human rights appealed to Sudanese officials for clemency for a 19-year-old who was sentenced to death for killing the man she was forced to marry. More>>

Two-thirds of world population will live in cities by 2050: UN report

The coming decades will see the growth of colossal megacities as the world's population increasingly moves into urban environments, a new United Nations report predicts. More>>

Venezuelans head to the polls amid international outcry

Venezuelans will head to the polls Sunday to elect a new president. The winner will inherit a country in the middle of a deep economic and social crisis, with millions suffering food and medicine shortages, hyperinflation... More>>

Hamas claims 50 of its members died in Monday's clashes in Gaza

A senior member of Hamas' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza on Monday were members of Hamas. More>>

A Kenyan hotel is charging $10,000 for guests to watch royal wedding on TV

A Kenyan hotel is charging couples up to $10,000 for a package to watch the televised proceedings of Britain's royal wedding Saturday. More>>

Oxfam chief to step down over Haiti sex scandal

Oxfam's chief executive will step down at the end of the year over a sex abuse scandal involving the British charity's workers in Haiti. More>>

'Dirty jokes' revealed on mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary

Mystery has swirled around the two pages of Anne Frank's diary where brown paper was pasted over the writing. But today it was revealed what lied behind the covered up pages. More>>

These Aussie marsupials are having so much sex they are literally killing themselves

They are small, mice-like critters known for their marathon mating sessions, which can last up to 14 hours. And that may be their undoing. More>>

Treasure trove reveals origins of 800-year-old shipwreck

The discovery of a shipwreck, thousands of luxury items and the equivalent of a centuries-old "Made in China" label sounds like the makings of a mystery. And it has been for decades, as scientists tried to understand more... More>>

India overpass collapse kills at least 15 in Varanasi

At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and more than 10 injured in the Indian city of Varanasi after a partially constructed overpass collapsed Tuesday evening, trapping drivers and pedestrians below. More>>

Lawyer for Sudanese teen who killed her rapist facing intimidation

Five days after a 19-year-old Sudanese woman was sentenced to death for killing the man she was forced to marry, her lawyer was forced to cancel a news conference amid an intensifying campaign of intimidation, activists... More>>

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walks free after royal pardon

Anwar Ibrahim, a former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, has walked free after being granted a pardon for sodomy by the country's king. More>>

Rare drone footage shows Yemen frontline city in ruins

It is a war you rarely see, but one that defines the US' relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. More>>

Bridesmaids revealed: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce bridal party

Meghan Markle will be accompanied at her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday by six bridesmaids, including 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. More>>

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit over US nuke demands

North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in June if Washington insists on pushing it "into a corner" on nuclear disarmament. More>>

George Soros foundation leaves Hungary amid government crackdown

A foundation founded by Hungarian-born billionaire philanthropist George Soros is moving its Budapest operations to Germany following the right-wing Hungarian government's crackdown on civil-society organizations and... More>>

Samantha Markle, Meghan's half-sister, emerges as player in royal drama

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has been overshadowed by her father's reported decision not to attend, but another relation is emerging as a player in the royal drama. More>>

1 Dead, 3 injured in sword attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Four attackers armed with samurai swords targeted a police station in western Indonesia on Wednesday morning, killing at least one officer, police said. More>>

Behind Thomas Markle's special relationship with Meghan Markle

It's been a dizzying week of gossip and speculation for Meghan Markle's father days before one of the most anticipated weddings of the year. More>>

North Korea monitors claim nuclear test site dismantling has begun

Satellite images appear to show North Korea is shuttering its nuclear test site, according to analysts from North Korean monitoring site 38 North. More>>

Thomas Markle tells TMZ he cannot attend royal wedding due to heart surgery

Hours after telling TMZ he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle, Thomas Markle said he will have heart surgery Wednesday morning and cannot attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, the US-based celebrity news... More>>

Beijing using 'debtbook diplomacy' to spread its strategic aims in Asia Pacific

The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims. More>>

Israel defends Gaza crackdown as Palestinians bury their dead

Thousands of Palestinians gathered Tuesday for the grim task of burying the 60 protesters killed by Israeli troops at the Gaza border, as Israel faced international condemnation over the deaths. More>>

High-stakes state election in India ends with no clear winner

Results of a closely watched state election in India, widely seen as a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity after more than four years in office, showed no clear winner Tuesday, setting of a flurry of... More>>

'She refused to convert to Islam,' 85 days on, kidnapped schoolgirl Leah Sharibu remains in captivity

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Silvio Berlusconi Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of billionaire and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. More>>

Meghan Markle's half-sister says father had heart attack

Meghan Markle's half-sister has said their father "suffered a heart attack" in an interview with a British television station a day after reports emerged that Thomas Markle may not attend the royal wedding on Saturday. More>>

Sichuan Airlines co-pilot sucked halfway out of cockpit window

A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was sucked halfway out of an aircraft's cockpit when its windshield shattered during a flight, Chinese state media has reported. More>>

Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle, if not her father?

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, has reportedly said he will not attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry, prompting speculation over who will walk her down the aisle on Saturday. More>>

Gender discrimination kills 239,000 girls in India each year, study finds

An estimated 239,000 girls under the age of five die in India each year due to neglect linked to gender discrimination, a new study has found. More>>

Prominent Indian politician accused of role in wife's death

Shashi Tharoor, one of India's most prominent opposition politicians, pledged Monday that he will "vigorously" contest allegations that he had any role in his wife's death in 2014. More>>

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ask for privacy for her father who won't attend wedding

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, told American publication TMZ on Monday that he will not attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry. More>>

Russia's bridge to Crimea: A metaphor for the Putin era

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will mark the opening of the Kerch Strait bridge, a construction project that has become a metaphor for his 18-year rule. More>>

Families tied to Indonesian bombings studied religious texts together

The three families that carried out bombings this week in the Indonesian city of Surabaya knew each other and had all studied together in a Quran study group, according to authorities. More>>

Jerusalem and Gaza -- A world apart

There is a growing canyon between Israelis and Palestinians. They live right next to each other, but couldn't be farther apart. At no time is that on clearer, starker display than this week. More>>

Tension across Gaza, Mideast: What we know

The US officially relocated its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Gaza-Israeli border. More>>

Indian politician Shashi Tharoor facing charges over wife's death

Police in Delhi have recommended criminal charges against one of India's most prominent opposition politicians, opening what could be the final chapter in a high-profile case that has transfixed the country for the past... More>>

Three families were behind the ISIS-inspired bombings in Indonesia's Surabaya, police said

A spate of deadly, ISIS-inspired bombings that rocked Indonesia's second-largest city in 24 hours were carried out by three families -- including their young children -- who targeted churches and the police, authorities said. More>>

The dream of 'peace in our time' in the Middle East died on Monday

The triumphal parade of trucks and cars crawled from the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to Gaza City. I had scrambled into the back of a truck with Palestinian security forces not far behind the black Mercedes that... More>>

Dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza clashes as US Embassy opens

Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians in bloody clashes at the Gaza border Monday in the deadliest day there since the 2014 war, as the US officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem just 50 miles away. More>>

As votes come in, Iraqi PM's hold on power looks shaky

Votes are being counted after Iraq's weekend parliamentary election, and at first glance it appears that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's coalition lags behind those of two other influential Shia leaders. More>>

Detained Americans Fast Facts

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Dismembered human feet keep washing up on beaches in western Canada

In Canada the mystery of the dismembered feet continues. More>>

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