BAGHDAD - It was a beautiful evening and the streets of Baghdad's Karradah neighborhood were packed with shoppers and young people mingling at the start of the Iraqi weekend - then the extremists struck, again.
JERUSALEM - Thousands of mourners gathered outside a bullet-scarred Jewish seminary and said farewell Friday to eight students killed by a Palestinian gunman. Israel slapped a closure on the West Bank and beefed up security around Jerusalem.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Police on Friday found Waris Dirie, three days after the Somali-born model who launched a worldwide campaign against female genital mutilation had vanished.
BAGHDAD - Iraq and China are close to re-signing a $1.2 billion oil deal that was called off after the 2003 U.S. invasion, an Iraqi Oil Ministry official said Thursday.
CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt was trying to persuade Hamas Thursday to accept a truce that would halt rocket attacks on Israel in an effort to end Gaza violence and salvage Middle East peace talks.
KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel - Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli army jeep patrolling the Gaza border Thursday and then attacked a rescue crew that rushed to the scene, killing one soldier in a brazen attack, the military and witnesses said.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is starting to block billions of dollars in Colombian imports and investment under orders from President Hugo Chavez, threate 1/4%e economic havoc in both nations in response to a Colombian military attack on rebels hiding in Ecuador.
SRINAGAR, India - Officials in Indian-Kashmir have poisoned hundreds of dogs and aim to kill all 100,000 strays in the region's main city - saying the animals pose a risk to humans and make urban life unbearable.
BAGHDAD - Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a Baghdad commercial district Thursday evening, killing 15 people and wounding 35, police and officials at three hospitals said.
BAGHDAD - The number of wounded soldiers has become a hallmark of the nearly 5-year-old Iraq war, pointing to both the use of roadside bombs as the extremists' weapon of choice and advances in battlefield medicine to save lives.
JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Wednesday that they are testing four buses with blast-proof windows, specialized doors and other features designed to protect passengers from suicide bombers.
VIENNA, Austria - OPEC on Wednesday accused the U.S. of economic ''mismanagement'' that it said is pushing oil prices to record highs, rebuffing calls to boost output and laying blame at the feet of the Bush administration.
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that ''we want peace,'' but that Colombia and its allies in Washington represent war - and that perpetual conflict with the United States is inevitable.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani court on Wednesday dropped five corruption cases against a leader of the opposition party that won last month's parliamentary elections.
MOSCOW - Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom said Wednesday it was resuming full deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine after presidents of the tense neighbors helped reach an agreement that will ease European supply concerns.
WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.
WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.
SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.
ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.
JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.
SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.
ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.
WASHINGTON - Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.
JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday, as officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.
ATLANTA - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises for 2015 that will far exceed what most teachers and state workers can expect in coming year.
WASHINGTON - Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.
LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.
WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.
SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.
ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.