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China Pulls World Stocks Down As Markets Turn Edgy

Posted: 08/17/2009 - World stock markets fell sharply Monday, with China's main market slumping nearly 6 percent, as mounting worries about U.S. consumer spending reined in hopes for a quick global economic recovery despite news that the recession in Japan has ended.

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Russia: Missing Ship Found off Cape Verde, Crew OK

Posted: 08/17/2009 - The Russian-crewed freighter that sparked a high-seas mystery when it disappeared nearly three weeks ago has been found by a Russian naval frigate off the West African coast, the country's defense minister said Monday, according to Russian news agencies.

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3 More British Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 08/16/2009 - Britain's military says three soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, bringing the country's military death toll there to 204.

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Turkey Marks 25 Years of Kurd Rebellion

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Turkey marked 25 years Saturday since the first Kurdish rebel attacks, with political leaders calling for reconciliation, though the government has yet to offer a new plan for ending the conflict.

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Yemen Expands Offensive Against Shiite Rebels

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Yemen widened a military offensive against Shiite rebels in the country's north on Saturday, blasting the fighters' positions with artillery and airstrikes, a local government official said.

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Missing Ship: A Foggy Saga of Rumors, Few Clues

Posted: 08/15/2009 - The workaday cargo ship the Arctic Sea, which for decades plowed the world's waterways in obscurity, just had to disappear to be thrust into a swirling drama of rumors and intrigue. The plot thickened Saturday as a Russian maritime expert reported signals from the ship's tracking device and Finnish authorities said there was a ransom demand.

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Bahamas Bid to Outlaw Marital Rape Stokes Debate

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Lawmakers are debating a bill that would make marital rape a crime in the Bahamas, overturning the current system in which consent to sexual intercourse is presumed in a legal marriage.

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Chile's Mapuches Announce Alliance to Push Fight

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Dozens of Indian communities agreed to form the Mapuche Territorial Alliance to fight for political autonomy, a leader said Saturday after several days of violence over land seizures in southern Chile.

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Farmers Kidnap 13 Cops, 4 Civilians in Peru

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Farmers freed 13 police officers and four civilians seized at a hydroelectric dam in Peru's Andean region after local officials agreed Saturday to provide them with fertilizer.

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Taiwan Awaits Foreign Aid for Storm Relief

Posted: 08/15/2009 - Taiwan awaited desperately needed aid from the United States, China and other countries Sunday as villagers mourned the hundreds who were killed in the worst storm to strike the island in 50 years.

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Myanmar Migrants Stuck in Malaysia Detention Camps

Posted: 08/15/2009 - A growing number of immigrants from Myanmar are ending up stuck, often for months, in crowded detention centers in Malaysia designed to hold people for only a few weeks.

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The "Zimdollar:" Dead, but Still Used for Bus Fare

Posted: 08/15/2009 - A woman pays her bus fare with 3 trillion in old Zimbabwe dollars - the equivalent of 50 U.S. cents. The collector accepts the brick of neatly folded bundles of a trillion each without bothering to count the notes.

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Old Men Replace Women in Afghan Polling Stations

Posted: 08/15/2009 - The picture shows a battered woman peering through a broken window. The words below say in Pashto, the Afghan language: "Why in the 21st century are women here found only in the home and the cemetery?"

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Ship Passes Through Channel and Then Disappears

Posted: 08/12/2009 - First the ship reported it had been attacked in waters off Sweden. Then it sailed with no apparent problems through one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. And then it disappeared.

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London Police Make Arrest in Jewelry Heist

Posted: 08/12/2009 - Police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a daring daytime heist that netted $65 million worth of jewelry from a prominent London diamond merchant last week.

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Ex-Nazi Officer Guilty in WWII Massacre in Italy

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Gino Massetti was only 15 when Nazi troops rounded him up with 10 other Italian civilians and forced them into a barn in Tuscany before blowing it up - a massacre carried out in revenge after partisans killed two soldiers.

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16 Bodies Found After Coal Mine Blast in Slovakia

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Sixteen bodies have been recovered from a Slovak coal mine following a fire and explosion, and four other people are also believed to have died, authorities said Tuesday.

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Murder for Ratings? Brazil Cops Suspect TV Host

Posted: 08/11/2009 - In one murder after another, the "Canal Livre" crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.

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Evangelical Leader, 9 Others Charged in Brazil

Posted: 08/11/2009 - The founder of one of Brazil's biggest evangelical churches siphoned off billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself, authorities charged Tuesday.

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