BEIJING — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China’s leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat.
GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began.
DENVER -- Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels are pulling the measure while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns that it could create "a bad chamber of commerce moment" if it passes.
ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
CANBERRA, Australia -- A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 89 pounds of wool -- the equivalent of 30 sweaters -- and shedding almost half his body weight.
ANKARA, Turkey -- The father of a 3-year-old Syrian boy photographed lying dead on a Turkish beach has described how their overloaded boat flipped over in the sea and he quickly realized his two sons and his wife had drowned.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A heavy-lift military helicopter landed harder and faster than normal during a nighttime training exercise in North Carolina, killing one U.S. Marine and injuring 11 others, the military said.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina prosecutor considering whether to pursue the death penalty for a white man charged with killing nine black churchgoers is planning to hold a news conference on the case Thursday afternoon.
WASHINGTON -- Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling about $40 million in loans have been approved.
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train-ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe.
BAGHDAD -- Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish citizens in Baghdad early Wednesday, herding them into several SUVs and speeding away in a brazen operation that laid bare serious security gaps in the heavily defended city.