On what was supposed to be the last day of a holiday cease-fire in Syria, a government shell struck a micro-bus in Damascus on Monday, killing at least 10 people, many of them children, activists said.
The U.N. General Assembly voted Friday to condemn the Syrian government's latest attacks on its citizens, and criticized Security Council members for failing to take more decisive action to halt the civil war.
A Russian court's guilty verdict and prison sentence for three Russian punk rockers has united pop stars, human rights advocates and political leaders around the world in a motly phalanx of support for the women of Pussy Riot seen as victims of a new strain of
Reporting from Moscow -- Yelena Bonner, human rights activist and widow of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, has died. She was 88. Bonner died Saturday afternoon in Boston after a long illness, said her daughter,...
Barbara Demick and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a "Dear Leader" while ruling over an impoverished police state, died at 69, according to North Korean state media. Kim was believed to have suffered from multiple...
Loren Miller Jr.Longtime Superior Court judge Retired Superior Court Judge Loren Miller Jr., 74, the second of three generations of his family to serve on the bench in California, died Dec. 5 of complications from chronic...
Osama bin Laden, a scion of one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, became the grim apostle of a strain of Islamic radicalism that exalted violence against non-believers, and the leader of a terrorist network that launched repeated attacks in the West,...
After more than 100 women, children and other civilians were slain in the Syrian town of Houla, the United States, Britain and other countries moved to expel Syrian diplomats, as the State Department decried the Houla killings as an “absolutely indefensible, v
A Russian radio journalist known for reporting on the country’s auto industry and corrupt traffic police and who recently referred to the prophet Muhammad as a businessman was stabbed outside his home, police said Tuesday.
The treason conviction and 33-year prison sentence given the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden last year has outraged U.S. leaders who see Shakeel Afridi as a hero in their campaign against terrorism. A Senate panel voted to slash aid
The Syria crisis has at times taken on the trappings of a Cold War conflict, featuring a steady flow of nasty invective between Washington and Moscow -- a pair of global heavyweights unable to agree on a way to stop the carnage. On Wednesday, as battles cont
Russia's ambassador to France says that Syrian President Bashar Assad is ready to step down but only in a "civilized" manner. The diplomat tells French radio that Assad "accepts he has to go," an assertion immediately denied by Syrian state media.
The bombing that Syrian authorities said killed three top military leaders and wounded two other officials remained shrouded in mystery and contradictory reports Thursday, a day after the blast devastated the inner sanctum of President Bashar Assad’s security