GAZA CITY, Gaza City - On Islam's most important holiday, the leader of Gaza's Hamas government appealed Wednesday for a cease-fire with Israel and said his people - battered by Israeli military strikes and international sanctions - are greeting this year's feast with ''tears in our eyes.''
SEOUL, South Korea - A former Hyundai CEO known as ''The Bulldozer'' for his determination to get things done rolled over all opposition and financial fraud allegations to win South Korea's presidency Wednesday, ending a decade of liberal rule.
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida has invited journalists to send questions to its No. 2 figure Ayman al-Zawahri, the first time the terror network has offered an ''interview'' with one of its top leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The family of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway on Wednesday blamed mistakes by Aruban investigators for bringing the case to a dead end after more than two years of searching.
MEHRABPUR, Pakistan - Plunged into darkness and chaos, Shahid Khan used the light from his cell phone to escape the wreckage of an express train that had been taking holiday travelers home.
TOKYO - The United States is pushing Japan to suspend its hunt of humpback whales, and the American ambassador to Tokyo said Wednesday an agreement to stop it may have already been reached.
BAGHDAD - Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq said Wednesday that their forces would defend civilians if they were caught up in any fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels from the outlawed PKK in the area.
POLOKWANE, South Africa - The newly elected leader of South Africa's ruling party rose to power on the backs of trade unionists, communists and the poor. The challenge now is to satisfy his supporters without sacrificing the nation's economy.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Authorities have closed the investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and do not have evidence to charge anyone, the prosecutors' office said Tuesday.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel will keep striking the leaders of groups that launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Tuesday after an hours-long aerial assault killed 12 militants including the commander of the extremist group Islamic Jihad.
KIRKUK, Iraq - Turkey sent hundreds of troops about 1 1/2 miles into northern Iraq early Tuesday in an operation against Kurdish rebels but then withdrew them later in the day, Kurdish officials said.
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.
SEOUL, South Korea - The former Hyundai CEO, now the front-runner in South Korea's presidential election, denied involvement Tuesday in a stock manipulation case, accusing his opponents of spreading lies that would not derail his bid for office.
POLOKWANE, South Africa - Jacob Zuma, a populist whose career survived rape and corruption charges, was elected leader of the governing African National Congress on Tuesday, putting him into position to become South Africa's next president.
ALGIERS, Algeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday toured the ruins of a building torn apart by a suicide bombing that killed 17 U.N. staffers last week, vowing that the world body would not be intimidated.
NEW YORK - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
WASHINGTON - Congress is close to sending President Barack Obama a bill to give $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-strapped Ukraine and provide the administration broad authority to levy more sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
LAS VEGAS - A slate of potential Republican presidential candidates is descending upon Las Vegas to court one of the GOP's most powerful patrons.
As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.
VATICAN CITY - President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration remains deeply split with the church over abortion and contraception.
NEW YORK - When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city's more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet.
WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.
NEW YORK - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an offseason spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time.
HONG KONG - Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics.
NORFOLK, Va. - A sailor was fatally shot aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday, and security forces killed the lone suspect, according to the Navy.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Alaska in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.