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  • Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

    By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and…

    Reuters
  • U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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  • Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.

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  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as…

    Reuters
  • Russian, American ready for a year in space

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Russian astronaut heading off for a year in space says he'll miss the natural landscapes on Earth. His American counterpart jokes he won't miss his twin brother.

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  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of U.S. Congress

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

    Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait…

    Reuters
  • U.S. 'troubled' by Thai leader's threat to execute journalists

    The United States said on Thursday it was troubled by reports that the head of Thailand's military junta had threatened to execute journalists who do not report the truth and hoped he was not serious. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup in May last year, told a gathering…

    Reuters
  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to…

    Associated Press
  • US, UN press Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.

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  • Image of Asia: Australia leaps into Cricket World Cup final

    In this photo by Rob Griffith, Australia's Mitchell Johnson leaps in the air as he celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma during the Cricket World Cup semifinal. Australia posted a 95-run victory over defending champion India and will play unbeaten tournament co-host New Zealand…

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  • Yemen shuts major ports due to conflict: sources

    DOHA (Reuters) - Yemen shut its major seaports on Thursday, industry and local sources said, after neighboring Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched military operations including air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting Yemen's Western-backed president. "All major seaports were shut…

    Reuters
  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.

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  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic…

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  • New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. In a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S.…

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  • AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

    BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

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  • Guam airmen to deploy to Afghanistan

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Officials say nearly 100 Guam Air National Guard members will be deployed to Afghanistan in the fall.

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