JERUSALEM - Israeli security forces were on high alert Tuesday, sending beefed-up patrols to public areas such as shopping malls, bus stations and train depots a day after the first Palestinian suicide attack in more than a year.
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces - amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.
HAVANA - Taking up Raul Castro's invitation to speak their minds without fear of reprisal, more Cubans have begun publicly complaining and challenging government policies on everything from limits on Internet access to travel restrictions.
BAGHDAD - Boys in soccer jerseys don black masks and grab weapons. They scramble over mud-brick walls, blast down doors and hold guns to the heads of residents inside.
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany - Neo-Nazi graffiti was found scrawled on the entrance to a Turkish cultural center at a building where nine people - including five children - were killed in a fire, police said Wednesday.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Wednesday in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded - a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret.
LONDON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the fight in Afghanistan won't be won quickly and Defense Secretary Robert Gates scolded NATO countries who haven't committed combat troops ''willing to fight and die'' to defeat a resurgent Taliban.
JERUSALEM - Hamas militants fired a rocket into an Israeli border village, wounding two young sisters as they played outside their home. The attack followed Israel airstrikes against Gaza militants and threats of an ''all-front'' war on the Islamic group.
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air on Wednesday, as officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its slopes.
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is facing its worst food shortage in years, yet its rich southern neighbor has yet to hear the usual cry for help.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Hundreds of rebels charged into Chad's capital aboard pickup trucks Saturday, clashing with government troops around the presidential palace in the most forceful attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. The rebels claimed to gain strength from defecting soldiers in the oil-rich Central African nation.
PARIS - They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.
BAGHDAD - Weeping relatives loaded simple wood coffins atop minivans Saturday in Baghdad as the city buried dozens of victims of the deadliest bombings since the U.S. flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.
EDITOR'S NOTE - A generation back, conservationists warned of a ''well-hidden time bomb'' in the destruction of rain forests. Today even more trees fall. This is the first in a three-part global series on deforestation, its threat to climate, and what may be done about it.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.
WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?
Many stroke patients have a new treatment option - if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.
Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.
WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.
ATLANTA - Georgia has stopped issuing a specialty license plate featuring two Confederate battle flags, and a top official in Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has ordered that changes be made to the design.
They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Parishioners were let into the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a first-hand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue health care subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate.
OAK ISLAND, N.C. - Beachgoers cautiously returned to the ocean Monday after two young people lost limbs in separate, life-threatening shark attacks in the same town in North Carolina.
ATLANTA - Georgia's highest court on Monday reversed the murder conviction of a man imprisoned for killing a father who had just dropped off his son at preschool, renewing a criminal case that prosecutors said stemmed from a deadly love-triangle.