• U.S. says North Korea nuclear and missile work 'of great concern'

    By David Brunnstrom and Shadia Nasralla WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea's nuclear program and the increased range and precision of its missiles were of great concern, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a U.S.…

  • Syria opposition turns to internal opponents

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - The head of Syria's Western-backed political opposition is trying to ally with opposition groups based in Syria to boost its legitimacy and help revive peace talks that center on a political transition in the country. Khaled Khoja, who became president of the…

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  • Two Germans to be caned, jailed for train graffiti in Singapore

    A Singapore court jailed two Germans for nine months and three strokes of the cane on Thursday after they pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti on a train. "This is the darkest episode of my entire life," said Von Knorre. "I am very angry with myself." Singapore is well known for its…

  • How a ruling against Obamacare could leave both political parties in a bind

    A Supreme Court case on Obamacare threatens to disrupt health insurance for millions of Americans – and in the process it might upend Washington politics as well. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs would create a volatile situation for both political parties. They’d need to collaborate on any…

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  • Supreme Court sharply split over major challenge to Obamacare

    President Obama’s health-care reform law came under intense judicial scrutiny on Wednesday as a sharply divided US Supreme Court took up a case that threatens to derail the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During 1 hour and 25 minutes of oral argument, the justices appeared split along…

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  • How Michelle Obama could help make school a reality for millions of girls

    Tens of millions of girls worldwide are not in school, and first lady Michelle Obama wants to help fix that. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps in line with Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative to help girls, especially in developing nations, begin and…

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  • Boston Marathon bombing defense attorney: It was him

    “It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who self-radicalized,” Clarke said. For the prosecution’s part, Mr. Weinreb argued in his opening statement that Tsarnaev was an Islamic extremist and a ruthless killer of his own making.

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Eriksson, Cannavaro cash lifts hope for football in China

    China's football season kicks off this week with hopes of a resurgence for the beautiful game after former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and rookie coach Fabio Cannavaro put the league among the world's biggest spenders. Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs spent 122.2 million euros ($165 million)…

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  • Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly. Clinton's statement…

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  • Bangladesh beats Scotland by 6 wickets in World Cup, Pool A

    NELSON, New Zealand (AP) — Tamim Iqbal scored 95 to steer Bangladesh's largest successful run-chase in one-day internationals as it beat Scotland by six wickets to keep alive its quarterfinal chances at the Cricket World Cup.

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  • China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity

    By Chen Aizhu, Dominique Patton and Kathy Chen BEIJING (Reuters) - China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years. The…

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  • Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine"…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert…

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  • At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

    Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city. At least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast and attack…

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  • Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

    By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, officials said. In…

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  • Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in Iraq,…

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