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Giraffes on watch list, face 'silent extinction,' biologists say

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say. Continue reading...

War will go on, Assad says

Syrian leader states he won’t consider Aleppo truce offers

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end the country's civil war. Continue reading...

S. Korea chamber sets vote on Park

To impeach, 67% approval needed

Subscriber onlySEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a vote as early as today on whether to suspend her powers in face of a political scandal. Continue reading...

Seems Pearl Harbor visit not first

Japan premier in ’51 stopped by; Abe sets tour of memorial

Subscriber onlyTOKYO -- The news media widely reported this week that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor when he goes later this month -- but he won't be. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyIraqi condemns strike on ISIS-held town Continue reading...

Pakistani plane said to tilt, crash

Subscriber onlyISLAMABAD — Pakistan said Thursday that it will open an investigation into a plane crash Wednesday in the country’s northwest that killed 47 passengers and crew. Military helicopters ferried the remains of victims to the capital Thursday. Continue reading...

Iraqi notes troop losses 'heavy' in Mosul fighting

Despite ISIS counterattacks, forces gain gurf

Subscriber onlyIslamic State counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi army officer. Continue reading...

Pal sits out S. Korea hearing

Park’s confidante cites panic disorder in refusing to testify

Subscriber onlyThe jailed confidante of President Park Geun-hye refused to attend a Wednesday hearing in which lawmakers took turns grilling a K-pop music director, a fashion designer and nearly a dozen others over a scandal that threatens to topple South Korea's leader. Continue reading...

Toll in Indonesia quake tops 100

2-week emergency declared as rubble searched for survivors

Subscriber onlyRescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province today, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts. Continue reading...

Syrian forces retake Aleppo's Old City

Rebels making plans to leave, seek cease-fire so civilians can flee, reports say

Subscriber onlySyrian government forces swept Wednesday through Aleppo's Old City as rebel forces -- besieged and facing certain defeat -- debated when to withdraw from their shattered stronghold. Continue reading...

Pakistani plane crashes in village; all 47 aboard die

Chairman of airline says pilot reported engine problem, sent out ‘mayday’ call

Subscriber onlyA plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday, killing all 47 people on board, the airline chairman and police said. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyWikiLeaks founder talks about sex case Continue reading...

VIDEO: Indonesia earthquake kills at least 97

MEUREUDU, Indonesia — Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings. Continue reading...

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff with 48 people aboard

ISLAMABAD — A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday with 48 people on board, apparently killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman said. Continue reading...

Merkel calls for full-veil ban

Re-election pitch to party nets weakest support in 11 years

Subscriber onlyChancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on full-face veils and said she'll protect Germany against future migrant waves, reaching out to critics of her liberal migration policy as she asked a convention of her Christian Democratic Union to back her bid for a fourth term. Continue reading...

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