Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama has chosen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period in 2013-14.
Van Gogh work could bring over $40M at NYC auction
NEW YORK (AP) ? A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side-by-side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France could sell for more than $40 million at auction Tuesday evening.
UN envoy starts consultations on Syrian civil war in Geneva
BEIRUT (AP) ? A United Nations envoy has begun a series of low-level consultations in Geneva with representatives of the Syrian government and its opponents in the hopes of finding enough common ground to restart peace talks.
Amazon Prime members will be able to stream free on JetBlueNEW YORK (AP) ? Amazon wants to give JetBlue passengers a new option for tuning out that crying baby or talkative seat neighbor.
Queen Elizabeth II meets latest addition to family
Central African Republic militias agree to free child soldiers: UN
By Crispin Dembassa-Kette and Tom Miles BANGUI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Armed factions in Central African Republic agreed on Tuesday to free all child soldiers and other children used as sex slaves or menial workers, boosting U.N.-driven efforts at national reconciliation after two years of turmoil. The pact signed by the eight main militia groups in the landlocked ex-French colony covers an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children, according to United Nations child agency UNICEF. "This is a major step forward for the protection of children in this country," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF envoy to Central African Republic. "The Central African Republic is one of the worst places in the world to be a child and UNICEF is eager to work with local authorities to help reunite these children with their families." Central African Republic is divided between a government-controlled, Christian-dominated south and a Muslim, rebel-held north.
Widow's friends say elder Boston bomber was cruel and controlling
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The older of the two brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing was a controlling boyfriend who terrified his future wife's friends, a former roommate of the woman testified as lawyers fought to save the younger brother's life. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died four days after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, last month was convicted of carrying out the attack and could be sentenced to death. The lawyers, who at the trial's opening in March conceded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had committed all the crimes of which he was accused, contend that Tamerlan was the driving force behind the bombing, with his younger brother coming along out of a sense of sibling loyalty.
US stocks dip as trade deficit swells
Texas gunman had happy childhood in Pakistan but struggled in U.S.By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday. Soofi's story appeared to trace a familiar arc for some Western Islamists - disappointment, alienation, and a search for belonging that ended with the embrace of militancy. Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers.
AP Exclusive: Video shows migrant rescue of deflating dinghy
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) ? Dramatic footage emerged Tuesday of a Mediterranean Sea rescue showing migrants on a sinking rubber boat desperately clambering up ropes and a ladder from a cargo ship that came to their aid. Five bodies were recovered and survivors reported many others drowned.