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IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest

Jul 27 2016 - 12:05am || Comments

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police.

  • | Posted: Jun 24 2016 - 12:05am

    LONDON — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday, sending global markets plunging, casting British politics into disarray and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

  • | Posted: Jun 24 2016 - 12:05am

    FALLUJAH, Iraq — Iraqi commanders are preparing to dislodge Islamic State group fighters from pockets of territory in Fallujah’s northern and western neighborhoods where the militants have dug in after largely fleeing their positions in the city center last week.

  • | Posted: Jun 23 2016 - 12:05am

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea took a significant step Wednesday in the development of a powerful ballistic missile intended to reach U.S. bases in the Pacific, launching one of the weapons about 620 miles high after five failed attempts in recent months.

  • | Posted: Jun 23 2016 - 12:05am

    LONDON — With Britain’s membership in the European Union on the line, campaigners from the prime minister on down blanketed the country Wednesday trying to convert the undecided on the final day before the crucial vote.

  • | Posted: Jun 23 2016 - 12:05am

    CARACAS, Venezuela — A senior U.S. diplomat met with Venezuela’s socialist president Wednesday, apparently hoping to prevent a humanitarian disaster and ease a political crisis in this deeply polarized nation.

  • | Posted: Jun 22 2016 - 12:05am

    AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan sealed its last entry point for Syrian refugees Tuesday after a cross-border suicide attack killed six members of the Jordanian security forces, wounded 14 and exposed the pro-Western kingdom’s growing vulnerability to spillover from conflict next door.

  • | Posted: Jun 21 2016 - 12:05am

    LONDON (AP) — The raucous business of Britain’s House of Commons was replaced by somber silence and heartfelt tributes Monday for slain lawmaker Jo Cox, while the man charged with her slaying made a brief appearance in court by video link from prison.

  • | Posted: Jun 20 2016 - 12:05am

    TEHRAN, Iran — Boeing Co. is negotiating a deal to sell 100 airplanes to Iran, state-run media reported Sunday, a sale potentially worth billions that would mark the first major entry of an American company into the Islamic Republic after last year’s nuclear deal.

  • | Posted: Jun 19 2016 - 12:05am

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have raided dozens of homes and held 12 suspects in a major anti-terror investigation which they said required “immediate intervention” because they feared an attack could have been close.

  • | Posted: Jun 18 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting. Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the militants’ retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to safety.

  • | Posted: Jun 18 2016 - 12:05am

    BIRSTALL, England (AP) — Evidence emerged Friday that the reclusive gardener suspected of slaying a popular Labour Party lawmaker had decades-old ties to a neo-Nazi movement and an interest in anarchist weapons literature.

  • | Posted: Jun 16 2016 - 12:05am

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday said that it spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board, according to a statement by the country’s investigation committee.

  • | Posted: Jun 15 2016 - 12:05am

    PARIS — In a video released by the Islamic State group and recorded in the suburban Paris home of his victims, a former jihadi recruiter confessed to killing a police officer and his partner and listed other prominent people he planned to target.

  • | Posted: Jun 12 2016 - 12:05am

    AMMAN, Jordan — Satellite and drone images have led to a new discovery in the ancient city of Petra — a massive man-made stone platform hidden under sand.

  • Posted: Jun 12 2016 - 12:05am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities have rounded up about 1,600 criminal suspects, including a few dozen believed to be Islamist radicals, in a nationwide crackdown aimed at halting a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and activists in Bangladesh, police said Saturday.