PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Four tropical storms have wiped out most of Haiti's food crops and damaged irrigation systems and pumping stations, raising the specter of acute hunger for millions in the impoverished country.
BAGHDAD - U.S. troops hunting for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militant raided a house Friday and killed seven people, including three women, drawing an angry protest from Iraqi officials that all the victims were civilians.
SHIJIAZHUANG, China - China's food safety crisis widened Friday after the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies - prompting stores, including Starbucks, to yank milk from their shelves.
BEIJING - The Olympic flame is out, the smog is back, and traffic again clogs the roads.
BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand's new prime minister showed his determination to mend political rifts by quickly shaking hands with the opposition leader Wednesday. But the gesture didn't appease anti-government protesters, who called him unfit for the job because of ties to a disgraced former leader.
MORELIA, Mexico - Police searched Wednesday for a tall, heavyset man, using a composite sketch provided by witnesses who saw him lob a grenade into an Independence Day crowd, then beg for forgiveness before slipping away.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Air-fired missiles hit a militant compound near the Afghan border and killed at least six people Wednesday evening, officials said, soon after a senior American officer met with government leaders to discuss the furor over U.S. attacks inside Pakistan.
SEOUL, South Korea - Kim Jong Il's companion and former secretary is emerging as a key player in the communist nation after the autocratic leader's stroke.
HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe told his party Wednesday that sharing power with rivals is a ''humiliation'' but it has to be accepted because they lost the March elections.
BAGHDAD - Gen. David Petraeus, whose strategy for countering the Iraq insurgency is credited by many with rescuing the country from all-out civil war, stepped aside Tuesday as Gen. Ray Odierno took over as the top American commander of the conflict.
BEIJIN - China's latest product safety scandal - tainted milk formula blamed for killing two Chinese babies and sickening 1,200 - expanded to include more foods Tuesday, with state media reporting some formula produced by companies involved was exported.
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat down together Tuesday night, possibly their last meeting before the Israeli leader leaves office, making a final push to forge a peace agreement by the end of the year.
MUSINA, South Africa - A power-sharing deal has not stopped the flow of Zimbabweans streaming into South Africa to escape the hunger and poverty wrought by runaway inflation in their homeland.
TBILISI, Georgia - In a delicate mission, a U.S. Defense Department team is coming to assess Georgia's military needs after its war with Russia, a show of support that is certain to stoke Moscow's anger.
BEIJING (AP) - Investigators believe dairy farmers added a dangerous chemical to milk that has been linked to kidney stones in dozens of babies and one death in China's latest product safety scandal.
BOISE, Idaho - Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Netflix subscribers may have to fork out $1 to $2 more per month if they want to keep feeding their video-streaming addiction in the near future.
MANHATTAN - An old adage tells people to "put your money where your mouth is." Well, you really shouldn't.
A new procedure is available to help infants with a heart defect that affects hundreds of children yearly. But because the Food and Drug Administration doesn't recognize the procedure, few families know about its usefulness and health benefits.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.
Even after a recession, many Americans still haven't prepared for a possible job loss, according to a new Gallup poll.
KATMANDU, Nepal - Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.
WASHINGTON - Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.
WASHINGTON - Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.
Financial experts say housing costs should be around 25 to 28 percent of a person's income.
GROTON, Conn. - With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.
NEW YORK - A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.