US & World

Ukraine: Air Force jet downed by Russian missile

A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia.

US, Europe escalate economic sanctions against Russia

Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday

Syria's Assad sworn in for third 7-year presidential term

He was declared the winner of last month's election, which outside observers labeled a sham. Syria is in the midst of a civil war that has created a massive refugee crisis.

Israel resumes airstrikes on Gaza, as cease-fire chance slips away

Israel initially agreed to an Egyptian-brokered deal to stop hostilities, but leaders of Hamas did not support the plan.

Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England Monday.

Israel shoots down drone as clash with Hamas continues

One week after violence broke out between Israel and militants in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

Former captive Bergdahl will return to regular duty in Army

The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange in May, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas.

Costa Concordia cruise ship floats again, after two years

Salvage workers plan to move the Costa Condordia from the spot of its deadly wreck off the Italian coast this week. The ship will eventually be used for scrap.

World Cup: Germany wins 1-0 (and stuff they don't show on TV)

Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time. The win is Germany's first as a united country. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Afghan presidential candidates agree to full recount

The 100 percent recount, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will take weeks, postponing the planned Aug. 2 inauguration.

Israel widens air attack, Gaza death toll hits at least 135

In a statement Saturday, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area.

Strong quake hits Japan near Fukushima, triggering tsunami warning

Public broadcaster NHK says the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is checking if there is any damage from the quake.

Ukraine: 19 troops killed by rebels

Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said.

Israel and Hamas keep up attacks, ignoring calls for peace

In Israel, a rocket hits a gas station, setting it on fire and causing several injuries; in Gaza, the health ministry says 100 Palestinians have been killed.

No criminal charges coming in CIA, Senate feud

The decision ends a power struggle that undermined relations between the intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Germany asks top U.S. spy in country to leave

The move comes in the wake of two cases of espionage allegedly involving the U.S. and amid the fallout from the mass surveillance of Germans by the National Security Agency.