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Syria's President Bashar Assad emerged from the shadows to announce in a publicly televised interview that he's not stepping down, and he's not caving to "terrorists" who were tearing apart his country.
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel rallied against a new plan to force them to serve in the nation's military — a law they say violates their religious beliefs.
Syrian opposition leaders say they will put on trial a rebel commander shown on a Web video apparently eating the heart of a dead Syrian soldier.
China has kicked off an investigation into a senior level economic policymaker, accusing him of committing "serious disciplinary violations."
A car bomb exploded outside a hospital in Benghazi, Libya, on Monday, killing nine people, including three children, said a security official.
North Korea has replaced its hard-line defense minister with a younger, little-known army general, state media indicated Monday, a move analysts see as an attempt by new leader Kim Jong-un to solidify his grip on the isolated communist state's powerful military.
Prosecutors are seeking a six-year jail sentence for former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges he paid for sex with a 17-year-old dancer in 2010.
Wigan won the FA Cup for the first time in its 81-year history by beating big-spending Man City 1-0 on Saturday in one of the biggest final upsets the tournament has seen.
North Korea's highest court finally released details of why an American was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, saying he smuggled anti-government documents into the hands of radicals.
Seventeen pregnant teenage girls and 11 babies were rescued Friday from a Nigerian home that's a suspected baby factory, police in the southeastern Imo province said.
At least 23 police officers en route to arrest members of a religious cult were ambushed and killed by a militia group in the central Nigerian region of Nasarawa.
From the moment Susie Wolff first got into her Williams car, she heard the snickers from those questioning whether women belong in Formula One.
Four U.N. peacekeepers were seized by armed gunmen on Tuesday while they were patrolling in the demilitarized zone separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied sections of Golan Heights.
Villagers in India are in panic mode as wild bears suspected of being under the influence of intoxicating flowers have ventured from the forest and killed and wounded 20 in recent days.
Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.