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.

Obama seeks to reassure Baltics of NATO support

Obama’s presence in the region is meant to send a message to Russia that the Baltics are not Ukraine.

Obama approves deployment of 350 more troops to Iraq

New order comes in response to State Department request for more protection for facilities in Baghdad.

As NATO leaders gather, expected guest of honor is missing

Electoral impasse in Kabul means successor to President Hamid Karzai will not be present at Wales summit.

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U.S. condemns Israeli expropriation of West Bank land

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

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

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.

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.

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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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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.