US & World

Gaza's shattered airport, once a symbol of sovereignty

The sad spectacle of Gaza's bombed-out airport doesn't deter Palestinians from hoping to someday have another airport of their own.

Putin calls for talks to consider statehood for southeastern Ukraine

The Russian leader said "substantive, meaningful talks" were needed to decide the outcome in the region, while a spokesman clarified that the region should remain part of Ukraine.

Iraqi forces reportedly enter besieged city of Amerli

The town of Amerli, which includes some 20,000 Shiite Turkmen, has been surrounded by Sunni Islamic State fighters for two months.

Rebels reportedly seize part of US embassy compound in Tripoli

A YouTube video shows a large group of men occupying a building that the U.S. ambassador to Libya says appears to be the embassy's residential annex.

Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.

UN peacekeepers rescued after being trapped by Syrian militants

Dozens of blue-helmeted Filipino soldiers were extracted after a firefight with militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

John Walker Jr., Cold War spy for Soviets, dies at 77

The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.

Nicaraguan miners trapped after collapse

Four miners remain trapped after 22 others were rescued at a gold and silver mine near the south central city of Bonanza.

Chinese high-rise worker left dangling after annoyed boy cuts rope

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost of airstrikes and other operations has been $7.5 million since mid-June.

U.N.: Syrian refugee crisis is 'biggest humanitarian emergency of our era'

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war is on the verge of surpassing 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.

Britain raises terror threat level to severe

The change in the threat level came in response to developments in Iraq and Syria, though no threat was deemed imminent. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to introduce new legislation to combat terrorism.

Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

A young man from Guinea has the first documented case of Ebola discovered in the West African nation.

Wyoming woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man

A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus.

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts.

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

Obama said confronting the Islamic State militants requires a regional strategy with support from other countries in the region.