MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin was named prime minister of Russia Thursday after a fervent speech full of ambitious plans that overshadowed his low-key successor and suggested that he will keep a strong hand in ruling the country.
BAGHDAD - A rocket hit a downtown Baghdad park Thursday, killing two people as American and Iraqi forces battled Shiite militants believed responsible for many such attacks.
BANGKOK, Thailand - It was Asia's answer to Hurricane Katrina. Packing winds upwards of 120 mph, Cyclone Nargis became one of Asia's deadliest storms by hitting land at one of the lowest points in Myanmar and setting off a storm surge that reached 25 miles inland.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's acting federal police chief was shot dead Thursday outside his home - a brazen attack that comes as drug traffickers increasingly lash back at a nationwide crackdown on organized crime.
YANGON, Myanmar - Relief supplies from the United Nations began arriving in Myanmar Thursday, but U.S. military planes loaded with aid were still denied access by the country's isolationist regime five days after a devastating cyclone.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Shiite Hezbollah supporters and the Lebanese government's Sunni backers clashed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades Thursday in battles that spread through Beirut's streets soon after Hezbollah's leader vowed to fight any attempt to disarm his men.
PARIS - Police detained a suspected pedophile in New Jersey Thursday, just two days after Interpol made a rare appeal for public help in the international manhunt to catch him, the police agency said.
KUFR QASSEM, Israel - The highway leading to this Arab town in central Israel was lined with blue-and-white Israeli flags Wednesday to mark the country's 60th Independence Day. But no banners fluttered in Kufr Qassem itself.
YANGON, Myanmar - Bodies floated in flood waters and survivors tried to reach dry ground on boats using blankets as sails, while the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar said Wednesday that the toll from the cyclone and its aftermath may reach 100,000.
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia extradited a paramilitary warlord to the United States on Wednesday for trial on drug charges, accusing him of violating a peace pact by selling drugs and commanding illegal militia fighters from prison.
BEIJING - China announced Wednesday new rules that require health care providers to report all cases of a viral illness that has killed 28 children and sickened thousands in outbreaks across the country.
DUBLIN, Ireland - Finance Minister Brian Cowen was elected Ireland's new prime minister Wednesday, and he pledged to keep the country on its pro-European course through choppy economic waters.
QABATIYEH, West Bank - Hundreds of newly deployed Palestinian police clashed with militants in this small town Tuesday, a sign of the challenges facing President Mahmoud Abbas' government in reining in gunmen in the West Bank.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw attacked a police checkpoint and gunmen fired on officers guarding a bank in Pakistan's northwest Tuesday, killing five people and testing the new government's fledgling peace process.
BAGHDAD - A rocket slammed into Baghdad's city hall and another hit a downtown park Tuesday as more frightened civilians fled a Shiite militia stronghold where U.S.-led forces are locked in fierce street battles.
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WASHINGTON - American employers signaled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth.
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party ...
INDIANAPOLIS - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.