Afghanistan says massive US bomb killed 36 militants

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, and villagers in the remote, mountainous area described being terrified by the "earsplitting blast."

  • Written by AMIR SHAH , Associated Press

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands underway

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns Friday in the latest coordinated population transfer in Syria's six-year-long civil war. 

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press

Stability or autocracy? Turkey divided over key referendum

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is heading toward a historic referendum on a new political system that could change the course of its history — and it has the country divided right down the middle.


  • Written by SUZAN FRASER , Associated Press

Manifesto-writing fugitive found camping on Wisconsin farm

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin fugitive accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House was arrested Friday after a retired school counselor found him camping on his property and calmly talked to the man before calling authorities.

  • Written by GRETCHEN EHLKE , Associated Press

2 firms seek to prevent drugs' use in Arkansas executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their products being used for capital punishment.


  • Written by ANDREW DeMILLO , Associated Press