Nigeria marks 2nd anniversary of kidnap of Chibok girls

LAGOS, Nigeria — With marches, chants and prayers, Nigerians marked Thursday’s painful second anniversary of the mass abduction of the Chibok girls, still angry and… Continue reading

Fighting in Syria’s Aleppo forces thousands to flee

BEIRUT — Syrian troops exchanged fire with rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday in a renewed bout of fighting that could… Continue reading

People flee their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group during a military operation to regain control of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In west, Iraqi forces uncover remnants of IS

HIT, Iraq — After clearing a street of Islamic State fighters, Maj. Salam Hussein began moving house to house. Rifling through drawers in living rooms… Continue reading

People flee their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group during a military operation to regain control of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Strong quake kills 2, injures 45 in Japan

TOKYO — At least two people were killed and 45 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern Japan… Continue reading

Canada’s new assisted suicide bill doesn’t allow visitors

TORONTO (AP) — Canada on Thursday introduced a new assisted suicide law that will apply only to citizens and residents, meaning Americans won’t be able… Continue reading

US sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat… Continue reading

British court rules woman can’t name her daughter Cyanide

LONDON (AP) — A woman from Wales cannot name her baby daughter Cyanide, a British court ruled Thursday.The woman, whose name cannot be published for… Continue reading

Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines most likely to be on time, gov’t says

DALLAS — The government says more flights are arriving on time, airlines are canceling fewer flights, but passengers’ complaints are still rising.Meanwhile, a new survey… Continue reading

Report: Chicago police have ‘no regard’ for minority lives

CHICAGO — Police in Chicago have “no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color” and have alienated blacks and… Continue reading

CDC: Zika causes severe birth defects

NEW YORK — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is… Continue reading

Syrian official rules out Assad departure ahead of talks

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A top Syrian official urged the opposition to let go of its dream of easing President Bashar Assad out of power… Continue reading

Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

SEATTLE — A man dismembered a nurse and mother of three in her suburban home then drove her head and other remains to Seattle, where… Continue reading

Women's rights advocates Zheng Churan, left, and Li Tingting talks during an interview about the recent SK-II ad about leftover women in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Members of the Chinese public say the ad campaign, despite its commercial motivations, promotes confidence for Chinese women, although some critics say the portrayal of leftover women in a gloomy and depressing light in the first half of the ad has done disservice by reinforcing the social prejudices and is still discriminating. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese women getting mixed signals on beauty, roles on social media

BEIJING — Chinese women are being taken on a roller-coaster ride by social media, getting bombarded on one side by extreme expectations about physical beauty… Continue reading

Women's rights advocates Zheng Churan, left, and Li Tingting talks during an interview about the recent SK-II ad about leftover women in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Members of the Chinese public say the ad campaign, despite its commercial motivations, promotes confidence for Chinese women, although some critics say the portrayal of leftover women in a gloomy and depressing light in the first half of the ad has done disservice by reinforcing the social prejudices and is still discriminating. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Officials facing a weak global economy

WASHINGTON — World finance officials who meet in Washington this week confront a bleak picture: Eight years after the financial crisis erupted, the global economy… Continue reading

Victry Mueller, a senior veterinary student intern from Ohio State University with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ) forensic unit, lays out the remains of a dog used for dog fighting on Thursday April 7, 2016, in New York. The New York based ASPCA unit working with the New York Police Department to capture evidence and punish animal abusers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

CSI for animals: Forensic vets battle pet abuse, neglect

NEW YORK — The cocker spaniel arrives at the animal hospital with a police officer, whimpering and shaking. He has a pus-filled pink socket for… Continue reading

Victry Mueller, a senior veterinary student intern from Ohio State University with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ) forensic unit, lays out the remains of a dog used for dog fighting on Thursday April 7, 2016, in New York. The New York based ASPCA unit working with the New York Police Department to capture evidence and punish animal abusers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plant

TOKYO — To dump or not to dump a little-discussed substance is the question brewing in Japan as it grapples with the aftermath of the… Continue reading

Hawking joins futuristic bid to explore outer space

NEW YORK — With famed physicist Stephen Hawking at his side, an Internet investor announced Tuesday that he’s spending $100 million on a futuristic plan… Continue reading

Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream video

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with… Continue reading

Commuter rail defends audio surveillance aboard trains

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Transit’s director defended the use of audio surveillance systems on some of its trains Tuesday, as some questioned the monitoring’s… Continue reading

Syria pushes offensive on eve of elections, talks in Geneva

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government troops pushed an offensive Tuesday against militants in the country’s north on the eve of parliament elections — a vote… Continue reading