TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister said today he was “speechless” after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed and promised to save the other.
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BOSTON — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week.
KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded Russia stop supporting the rebels.
Leftist party Syriza widens lead slightly in Greek polls
HAVANA — After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.
NEW YORK — A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India and visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday.
TOKYO — Japan’s government is investigating a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group holding two Japanese hostages
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak
HAVANA — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.
NEW YORK — With this season’s flu vaccine protecting only one in 4 people, scientists are working on new manufacturing techniques and virus-killing methods to update the creaky, 80-year-old process now used to inoculate the population.
LOS ANGELES — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
NEW YORK — A plan to revive Europe’s sagging economy rippled through the financial world on Thursday, setting off a rally in the stock market that wiped out its losses for the year.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has a telling hit list.