North Korea has a newly built equestrian center. (TWP)

In Pyongyang, North Korea’s rich are getting richer

In the capital for the first time since 2008, a visitor finds BMWs, Audis and glittering new apartment towers.

U.S. condemns Israeli expropriation of West Bank land

The Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse plan to seize about 1,000 acres.

Islamists claim to have beheaded American Steven Sotloff

Journalist was kidnapped in 2013 and was being held by the Islamic State.

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan

NATO leaders are set to approve a new rapid-reaction force that could be sent to Eastern Europe.

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Pakistan lawmakers rally behind Sharif against protesters

Pakistan lawmakers rally behind Sharif against protesters

Legislators accuse former cricket star Imran Khan and a firebrand Muslim cleric of conspiring to seize power.

Sudan closes Iranian cultural sites in rift over influence

Decision could mean Sudan’s Sunni leaders are worried about Shiite-dominated Iran’s power.

U.S. firms complain of unfair treatment in China

U.S. firms complain of unfair treatment in China

Are foreign multinationals being subject to government takedowns to clear way for domestic companies?

Unrest, arrests vex Palestinian clan with strong U.S. ties

Unrest, arrests vex Palestinian clan with strong U.S. ties

Abu Khieder family mourns loss and struggles with future after tense summer on East Jerusalem streets.

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have vanished, stirring tension

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have vanished, stirring tension

Families in the Shiite south threaten revenge killings against Sunnis if they don’t receive the bodies of their sons.

U.S. carries out counterterrorism strike in Somalia

After reports of a drone attack, the Pentagon issued a rare acknowledgment of the operation.

Fighting continues in Iraq after Shiite town liberated

Fighting continues in Iraq after Shiite town liberated

The arrival of Shiite-dominated militias raised fears that Sunnis could be targeted.

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Himalayan death tolls

Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Iceland volcano spews smoke and lava

Iceland volcano spews smoke and lava

The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano was kept at orange on Tuesday, indicating increased unrest with greater potential for an eruption. Smoke is spewing from the volcano, and lava is spouting nearby.
Police display Peru’s biggest drug haul

Police display Peru’s biggest drug haul

Police in Peru displayed 7.6 tons of cocaine in what they call their country’s largest haul.
Cuba limits goods travelers can bring into country

Cuba limits goods travelers can bring into country

The Cuban government implemented new rules on Monday limiting the amount of goods people can bring onto the island in their luggage and raising customs duties of many other items.
Food fight for tomato festival in Spain

Food fight for tomato festival in Spain

The annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain has thousands of revellers pelting each other with tomatoes in a battle that has become a major tourist attraction.
Amid Ebola fears, Guinean airport screens flyers for fever

Amid Ebola fears, Guinean airport screens flyers for fever

The director of the CDC expressed confidence Monday in screening measures being taken at the international airport in Guinea’s capital city to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Rebels show desire for deal with Ukraine

Rebels show desire for deal with Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.
Iraq forces fight Islamic State militants

Iraq forces fight Islamic State militants

Video obtained by the Associated Press showed Iraqi government forces and Shiite militias firing towards militants from the Islamic State militant group on Monday.
U.K.’s Cameron proposes broader anti-terror laws

U.K.’s Cameron proposes broader anti-terror laws

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron presented to parliament a plan that would give police temporary powers to seize passports of citizens suspected of travelling to fight with terror groups.
Thousands of dead fish removed from Mexico lake

Thousands of dead fish removed from Mexico lake

Workers wearing masks to ward off the smell removed over 53 tons of rotting fish from Lake Cajititlan in western Jalisco state. Authorities are not sure what killed the fish but say they did not die of natural causes.
Over 3 tons of cocaine seized in Peru

Over 3 tons of cocaine seized in Peru

Police in Peru say they have seized at least 3.3 tons of cocaine that was concealed in a shipment of coal bound for Belgium and Spain.
Pro-Russian rebels occupy key Ukrainian town

Pro-Russian rebels occupy key Ukrainian town

Pro-Russian rebels said that there are no Russian troops in the occupied south-eastern town of Novoazovsk, Ukraine. This comes after the Ukrainian government reported that Russian troops carrying heavy artillery crossed into Ukraine Thursday.
‘Important victory’ over Islamic State in Iraq town

‘Important victory’ over Islamic State in Iraq town

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli.
U.S. delivers weapons to Lebanon

U.S. delivers weapons to Lebanon

The United States delivered weapons and equipment to Lebanon’s army on Friday to help bolster the country’s military as it faces a growing threat from Islamist militants.
Syrian rebels release American captive

Syrian rebels release American captive

Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria, was released Sunday, less than a week after Islamic militants executed journalist James Foley.
Pakistani protesters force state TV off air

Pakistani protesters force state TV off air

Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off air as they clashed with police.
Cameron: UK raises terror threat level to severe

Cameron: UK raises terror threat level to severe

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that Britain is raising the terror threat level from substantial to severe — meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely — and that officials are seizing UK terror suspects’ passports in an effort to stop them from traveling.

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Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

Protesters and police clash in Pakistan

Demonstrations continued in Islamabad as lawmakers rallied around embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Putin calls for ‘statehood’ talks as fighting remains

Meanwhile, European leaders delayed new sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.

Fighting al-Shabab in Somalia

African Union troops oust militants from a town in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia while fighting continues in Mogadishu.

Inside North Korea, where the rich got richer

In the capital for the first time since 2008, a visitor finds BMWs, Audis and glittering new apartment towers.

Day in photos

An Icelandic volcano, massive fish deaths in a Mexican lake, Neanderthal engravings, selfies in a sunflower field and more.

Clashes in Hong Kong

China’s parliament decided against letting Hong Kong voters nominate candidates for the 2017 election.

Russian soldiers advance into Ukraine

Shellings and protests continue in Ukraine as the military conflict escalates in the east.

Gaza cease-fire holds

Each side claims victory as Gaza residents return to their homes.

Best news photos of the week

Wicked waves, conflict in Ukraine and Gaza, Napa earthquake, Michael Brown’s funeral and more images from this week’s news.

Day in photos

Locusts swarm Madagascar, a “rubble bucket” challenge, Death Valley’s moving rocks mystery solved and more.

Birthplace of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Nearly half of Sierra Leone’s Ebola cases have been found in the rural Kailahun district.

Day in photos

Boogie-boarders ride California’s high waves, elephant polo, battlefields of Verdun and more.

Playing polo with pachyderms

An annual elephant polo tournament in Thailand raises money for elephant conservation projects.

A celebration of photojournalism Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan

The International Photojournalism Festival in France features haunting images from all over the world. The festival provides thousands of professional photojournalists to meet and discuss their work.

Ukraine, Russian troops continue to battle

Ukraine charged Russia was deepening its foray into Ukrainian territory and sending new troops to the Crimean border.