AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said late Fiday.
Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.
Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions grippin this strategic U.
Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six yars ago.
Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.
Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a mountainous area of central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese media reports. No tsunami warning was issued.
N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS (AP) — A North Korean student with family ties to the regime escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.
Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.
Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion
LONDON (AP) — A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.
Biden calls on nations to focus on energy security
ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said should not be allowed to use its vast gas and oil resources as a geopolitical tool.
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