Virginia Tech student facing more serious charge in slaying

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech student who was initially accused of helping dispose of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell's body is now believed by authorities to have played a bigger role in the girl's stabbing death.

  • Written by ALLEN G. BREED, The Associated Press LARRY O'DELL, The Associated Press

Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in northeast Germany were poised to flip the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

  • Written by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

APNewsbreak: Missing reporter tells wife he's back in China

BEIJING (AP) — The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said she was able to speak to him by phone Wednesday and he told her he had voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but she believes he was forced back and spoke against his own will.

  • Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press

Libya's political chaos slows response to Islamic State


ROME (AP) — The military strategy for eliminating the Islamic State in Libya appeared on hold Tuesday as nations fighting the extremist group said they could help the North African country re-establish security once its long-awaited new government is established.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press