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By By HAMZA HENDAWI, QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE | July 07, 2015 11:55 pm
A secret to IS success: Shock troops who fight to the death
  • A secret to IS success: Shock troops who fight to the death
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 11:55 pm
    They are the Islamic State group's elite shock troops. Fanatical and disciplined, they infiltrate cities of Iraq and Syria, unleash mayhem and fight to the death, wearing explosives belts to blow themselves up among their opponents if they face defeat.
  • China leads dive in Asia stocks as Greece rattles investors
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 11:30 pm
    Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece's future in the euro remained highly uncertain.
  • China unveils new measures to prop up stocks
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 10:54 pm
    In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading.
  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 10:30 pm
    The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.
  • Lawmakers seek probe of ex-head of chemical safety board
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 10:24 pm
    Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee.
  • Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 10:18 pm
    Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused -- two migrant workers from Myanmar -- were tortured into confessing.
  • Peace talks between Kabul, Taliban end, plan to meet again
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 10:06 pm
    One-day peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended with both sides agreeing to meet again after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Wednesday.
  • Church-state tensions in Bolivia cloud Pope Francis' visit
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 9:06 pm
    President Evo Morales is a huge fan of Pope Francis, and says he couldn't be happier they are of the same mind that capitalism promotes social inequalities that leave the poor by the wayside.
  • Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 9:06 pm
    Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich.
  • Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 8:49 pm
    Ecuador's largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis's agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa.
  • The Latest: Pope visits Jesuit church, then calls it a day
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 7:24 pm
    Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:
  • China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 7:24 pm
    China opened an exhibition of guns and photos of massacres to commemorate the World War II victory over Japan, part of a propaganda push to stir up nationalism by observing the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia with great fanfare.
  • 70 years later, WWII bombardier receives presidential honor
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 6:31 pm
    At 22, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group when he was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in Germany in 1944.
  • Mexican rights agency asks army to avoid ambiguous orders
    Associated Press | July 07, 2015 5:24 pm
    The Mexican government's human rights agency said Tuesday it is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.
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