President Barack Obama, whose slumping popularity is a drag on fellow Democrats in the congressional races, is sprinting state to state this week on behalf of six Democrat governor candidates whose chances are not as linked to national issues.
Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament on Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, forcing the government to cancel a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year.
A former Libyan Islamist commander won the legal right to sue Britain for damages over the years of torture he says he suffered at the hands of Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen after being illegally handed to Libya by British and U.S. spies.
A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.
There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said on Thursday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive under the mud.
A Chinese billionaire couple's $10 million gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country's Internet users Thursday, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China.
Egypt on Thursday banned a pressure group that has pushed for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was overthrown by the army last year, dealing a new blow to the country's oldest Islamist movement.
Thursday October 30, 2014, Beijing, China
China's Communist Party made no mention of the fate of China's powerful domestic security chief at a recent key meeting because he is no longer part of the central leadership, a senior party official said on Thursday.