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Joaquin Batters Bahamas; Ship Missing

Updated: 10/02/2015 - Hurricane Joaquin destroyed houses, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across the Bahamas on Friday, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it was searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing during the storm.

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At Least One Dead in Guatemala Mudslide

Posted: 10/02/2015 - Rescue workers have found at least one person dead and are searching for more bodies in a massive mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City.

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Afghan Troops Push Into City of Kunduz, Taliban in Retreat

Posted: 10/01/2015 - Government troops seized control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, the Afghan president announced, following a six-hour battle that saw the Taliban insurgents who had held it for three days largely melt away.

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Joaquin Strengthens to Category 4 and Batters Bahamas

Posted: 10/01/2015 - Hurricane Joaquin strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Thursday as it roared through lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas, and forecasters said it could grow still more intense before following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast.

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Iran Leader Warns of Harsh Measures Over Hajj Disaster

Posted: 09/30/2015 - Iran's top leader on Wednesday warned Saudi Arabia of "harsh" measures if the kingdom fails to promptly repatriate the bodies of more than 200 Iranian pilgrims killed in last week's hajj stampede.

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Rio Becomes First City in Brazil to Ban Uber

Posted: 09/30/2015 - The city that hosts next year's Olympic Games has become the first in Brazil to ban the use of smartphone-based ride-hailing-applications like Uber.

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Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria

Updated: 09/30/2015 - Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. U.S. officials and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces.

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US Military Favors Keeping Troops in Afghanistan Past 2016

Updated: 09/30/2015 - In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, citing a fragile security situation highlighted by the Taliban's capture of the northern city of Kunduz this week as well as recent militant inroads in the south.

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Obama Says Fight Against Islamic State Group Will Take Time

Posted: 09/29/2015 - President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged all possible tools - military, intelligence and economic - to defeat the Islamic State group, but acknowledged the extremist group has taken root in Syria and Iraq, is resilient and continues to expand.

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Obama to Head UN Gathering on Countering Terrorism

Photo: Pete Souza / White House / MGN

Updated: 09/28/2015 - President Barack Obama is chairing a U.N. gathering of world leaders to discuss countering extremism, a day after he and the leaders of Russia, China and Iran addressed the General Assembly on its 70th anniversary.

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German Prosecutors Open Probe of Former VW Boss

Posted: 09/28/2015 - German prosecutors on Monday opened an investigation against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn to establish what his role was in the company's emissions-rigging scandal.

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Obama and Putin to Confront Tensions on Syria and Ukraine

Updated: 09/28/2015 - Face-to-face for the first time in nearly a year, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday will confront rising tensions over Moscow's military engagement in Syria, as well as the stubborn crisis in Ukraine.

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France Carries Out Airstrikes in Syria Against Islamic State

Updated: 09/28/2015 - Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria in a five-hour operation on Sunday, President Francois Hollande announced, making good on a promise to go after the group that he has said is planning attacks against several countries, including France.

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