After Iraqi Army Crumbles, Maliki Turns to State TV for Help

BAGHDAD —State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confront an al-Qaida offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian reputation. Since [...]

Report: US Surveillance Programs Threaten Press Freedom

WASHINGTON —U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration’s crackdown [...]

US Lawmakers Expand Probe of Federal Biolab Mishaps

WASHINGTON —U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans [...]

US Capital Seeks Stay on Gun Ban

WASHINGTON —The attorney general for Washington, D.C., says the city will seek a stay of a federal judge’s ruling overturning the city’s ban on carrying a handgun in public. City officials say they are deciding whether to appeal [...]

Donors Pay to Test Seawater for Traces of Fukushima Radiation

SEATTLE, WA — It has been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected it could take until this year for [...]

Taiwan Seeks Tighter Air Safety Rules After Crash

TAIPEI — Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has asked his cabinet to strengthen commercial flight safety after a twin-engine prop jet crashed last Wednesday near the main airport in the outlying Penghu islands, killing 48 people. It was Taiwan’s [...]

N. Korean Official Threatens White House Nuclear Strike

A high-ranking North Korean military official has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, accusing Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea, which has made similar threats before, is thought [...]

Student Survivors of South Korea Ferry Accident Testify Against Crew

A group of teenaged student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster began giving video testimony under tight security Monday in the murder trial of the vessel’s 15 captain and crew members who fled as the vessel sank. The students, [...]

Vietnam Uses Rap to Capture Young Audience

HANOI —Despite government controls, the Vietnamese media industry is evolving as it faces growing competition from digital content. One website has come up with an innovative way to woo young audiences – by rapping the news. So far there [...]

UN Chief: Gaza in ‘Critical Condition’

Decrying the deaths and displacement of civilians, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate break in the fighting in Gaza, a territory in “critical condition.” “In the name of humanity, the violence must stop,” [...]

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