Nation & world

  1. Ransoming citizens, Europe becomes al-Qaida's patron


    BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros.

  2. Suicide bomber kills cousin of president in Afghanistan



    Suicide bomber kills cousin of president

    Hashmat Khalil Karzai, a cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a powerful supporter of the presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday as he greeted well-wishers at his home, …

  3. Israelis shaken by the threat from tunnels


    NEAR THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — The curved concrete top of the tunnel grazes the dark-brown buzz cut of Lt. Col. Oshik Azulai, putting it 5 feet 7 inches above the sand floor. The walls are about 30 inches apart — wide enough for two people to squeeze past each other, unless both are in body armor. It is cool …

    An Israeli soldier during a media tour organized by the army of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinians for cross-border attacks, on the Israel-Gaza border, July 25, 2014. Some 30 tunnels, part of a network used by Palestinian militants to infiltrate Israel, have been discovered by the Israeli military since its ground invasion of Gaza began. (Jack Guez/Pool via The New York Times) -- EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  XNYT114
  4. Ventura wins $1.8M in defamation suit


    Ventura wins $1.8M in defamation suit

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury in St. Paul sided with …

  5. Obama joins Europe in expanding sanctions against Russia


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, just hours after the European Union imposed its most sweeping measures yet penalizing Moscow for its role in supporting separatists in neighboring Ukraine.

    A Ukrainian in Donetsk checks out a car hit by artillery as rebels and troops clashed.