Militants storm government building in Afghan capital, take hostages

Militants stormed a government building in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, taking civilians hostage as they fought a gun battle against Afghan soldiers, officials said. The attack began in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside the Ministry of Public Works. Shooting followed, with hundreds of government employees

Israel to hold early election in April, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday a snap election in less than four months, appealing directly to voters for a fresh political mandate that could help him weather possible charges in corruption investigations. The government cited differences within Netanyahu's coalition over a new military conscription bill affecting exemptions for