Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

Mar 4, 2015

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

China’s central government will increase defense spending at a slower pace than last year as President Xi Jinping overhauls the military and seeks to stamp out the corruption that hinders the country’s combat readiness. The defense budget will rise about 10 percent this year, ...

Mar 4, 2015

Emwazi's father says there is no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

The father of “Jihadi John” said in an interview published Wednesday that there is no proof that his son is the Islamic State executioner, adding that there are a number of “false rumors” circulating. “There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in ...

Mar 4, 2015

Vegas hospital sends stillborn babies to laundry by mistake

Authorities say a Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two stillborn babies wrapped in linens to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners. The remains were in a load of laundry that Spring Valley Hospital sent Tuesday to the medical laundry ...

Mar 4, 2015

Washington museums ban selfie sticks

Washington’s top museums have banned selfie sticks, part of a growing trend among visitor centers in the United States to outlaw the devices. “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and ...

Mar 4, 2015

Execution with nitrogen gas approved by Oklahoma House

Oklahoma would become the first U.S. state to allow the execution of death-row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the state House of Representatives. The House voted 85-10 for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, ...

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

Mar 4, 2015

War is woven into fabric of Afghanistan's rugs

More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past and producing “war rugs” depicting guns, tanks and warplanes. On Kabul’s Chicken Street, a line of shops known to travelers since the hippie trail ...

Mar 3, 2015

Tapes surface of 'Jihadi John' talking about U.K. scrutiny

Audio tapes have surfaced in which a man identified as “Jihadi John” complains about scrutiny from British intelligence services. The tapes contained a man identified as Mohammed Emwazi describing to the Muslim advocacy group CAGE his encounters with British agents in 2009. They were ...

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

Mar 3, 2015

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq’s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants. Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who ...