Crowds line up Sunday to receive ballots from a local election commission in Donetsk, Ukraine, as part of a referendum on self-rule. Marko Djurica/Reuters Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine declared victory in a secession referendum Sunday, ratcheting up tensions between the West and Moscow, which by recognizing the results could…
Geneva (AFP) - Cash-strapped United Nations agencies could soon be forced to halt vital aid in Somalia despite warning signs the war-torn country could be sliding back into a food crisis, a top UN official said Friday. "Essential life-saving projects are facing closure," warned Philippe Lazzarini, UN humanitarian coordinator in…
 KARACHI, Pakistan - A moderate earthquake rattled several towns in southern Pakistan before dawn Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 70, a government official said. The magnitude 5 quake struck the district of Nawabshah, about 400 kilometres northeast of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, said Roshan…
A "huge explosion" Thursday in northern Syria leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area, state television and activists reported. Members of armed opposition said some 50 troops were killed in the blast. A local activist group called…
Abuja, Nigeria -- More than 300 people died in the latest attack took place in the town of Gamboru Ngala, a remote state capital near Nigeria's border with Cameroon that has been used as a staging ground for troops searching for the girls, witnesses told the reporters Wednesday. The assault…