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UN says Ukraine death toll doubles in 2 weeks

The number of people who have been killed in eastern Ukraine appears to have doubled in the last two weeks, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

Police said three police engineers were also killed and four people badly injured when a missile blew up as Gazan police engineers were working to neutralize it.

Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

An Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot.

What is the effect of U.S. policy in the Middle East?

It's a bleak scenario in the Middle East. How effective has U.S. policy has been in the area? What are its prospects for the future?

Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN debates ethics of experimental treatments

A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.

Obama congratulates Iraqi prime minister-designate (updated)

The president's statement comes on the same day Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was snubbed by the president in favor of Haider al-Abadi as the new head of government there. Watch live.

New leader of Iraq is nominated, as Maliki insists he'll stay in office

A group of Shiite politicians said Monday they've nominated a new prime minister. The U.S. is calling for a leader to govern by consensus and fight the extremist group the Islamic State.

Political power struggle, airstrikes rock Iraq

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated a new candidate to replace Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki, but the move has sparked a stand-off, as Maliki says he plans to remain in power. In the north, militants are attacking cities and the US continues to use airstrikes.

Hawaii Hurricanes: Ship set to rescue sailors stranded due to Julio

A container ship reached a sailboat stranded in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio about 400 miles off the Hawaii coast, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire proposal

The announcement marked the second time in less than a week that the bitter enemies had agreed to Egyptian mediation.

Fear of tunnels, not rockets, rattles Israeli community

Residents of a town near the Gaza border say they know how to respond to rocket fire. They're less certain about how to protect themselves from potential attacks by militants using secret tunnels.

Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire

The self-styled prime minister of the Independent Donetsk republic says his forces are willing to stop the fighting to avert a humanitarian crisis.

Obama: Iraq must have legitimate government to combat insurgency

Speaking at the White House, the president says the humanitarian and military problems in the country are "a long-term project."

New round of Iraq airstrikes near Irbil, Pentagon says (updated)

The U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two mortar positions, the Pentagon said.

US airstrikes in Iraq: Who are the Yazidis?

The Yazidis are a small religious sect of about a half million living in Northern Iraq. Many of the Yazidis have been driven from their homes and remain trapped on a mountaintop.

Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas hit a deadlock.