Turkish Border Towns Hosting Thousands of Kobani Refugees

SURUC, TURKEY— The fighting in Kobani, northern Syria, has forced some 200,000 residents to flee into southeastern Turkey. Residents in nearby towns in Turkey are trying to accommodate them but are worried about the future. On a warm afternoon [...]

White House Fence-Jumper Prompts Lockdown, Again

A 23-year-old man is in police custody Thursday after he climbed over a White House fence, prompting a lockdown at the U.S. presidential compound in the second such security breach since September. A Secret Service spokesman said Dominic Adesanya, [...]

Analysis: Concerns Rise About US Intel Capabilities on IS

WASHINGTON— Concerns about the capabilities of U.S. intelligence agencies have been steadily rising, sparked in part by comments from President Barack Obama that they “underestimated” the rise of the group known as Islamic State. But far [...]

Romanian Princess Turned Cockfighting Queen Sentenced in US Court

A Romanian princess who ran a cockfighting business from her U.S. home was sentenced to three years’ probation on Wednesday and ordered to pay a large fine. Irina Walker, the third daughter of former Romanian King Michael I, pleaded guilty [...]

US Democracy Group Rebuts Hong Kong Meddling Allegations

WASHINGTON— A U.S. nongovernmental organization accused of instigating Hong Kong’s pro-democracy “Occupy” street protests says it is engaged in normal cooperation with civic groups in the Chinese territory and has nothing [...]

Migrant Domestic Workers ‘Trapped and Exploited’ in UAE

LONDON— Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published Thursday. Analysts say that across the Middle East, [...]

Canada Capital Tense as Parliament Reopens

Canada’s prime minister said his country will be vigilant, but “not run scared” in the face of two attacks this week in Ottawa and near Montreal, in which two soldiers were killed. Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed parliament [...]

Activists: US-led Airstrikes Killed 553 in Syria

Syrian activists said a month of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria has killed 553 people, mostly militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the deaths [...]

UN Rights Watchdog Calls for Open Elections in Hong Kong

GENEVA— The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent experts, [...]

WHO Advises Against Ebola Travel Ban

GENEVA— The emergency Ebola committee of the World Health Organization has again come out against bans on travel and trade with the countries where the virus is wreaking the greatest havoc. The committee of experts says this will not stop [...]

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