• U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

    WASHINGTON/NIAMEY (Reuters) - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led…

  • Three killed, nine injured when Libyan war plane crashes in eastern city: medics

    BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Three people were killed and nine injured when a Libyan war plane crashed on Tuesday in a residential part of the eastern city of Tobruk, residents and medics said. The plane went down around one km (0.6 miles) from the seat of the country's elected parliament. The crash…

  • Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters. Abe has not…

  • Sotloff murder sparks outrage and condemnation, but should it drive policy?

    In both cases, the video was designed to shock and frighten in service of the self-styled "Islamic State," a jihadi group based in Iraq and Syria. Mr. Foley's murder led to a surge in statements from the White House and Congress about the urgent need to confront the group, and Mr. Sotloff's…

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  • Hong Kong's pearl of great price

    Ever since 1841, when Hong Kong became an open port for trade to the world, this “pearl of the Orient” has anchored its identity on freedom of choice. On Sunday, however, China proposed to deny Hong Kong a key part of its identity. The Communist Party in Beijing now wants to decide which…

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  • Will new GOP attack ad doom Sen. Mary Landrieu?

    The Republican-leaning Super PAC American Crossroads has released a very tough new ad that attacks Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana by portraying her as loyal to Washington, D.C., not the Pelican State. Here’s the context: Senator Landrieu is locked in a close race for reelection. Control of…

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  • Why attempted coup in Lesotho presents regional dilemma

    Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government…

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  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • AP NewsAlert

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles jury convicts 74-year-old career criminal in 3 serial murders from 1980s.

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  • Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."

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  • US stock market ends slightly lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss.

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  • Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen demands apology

    A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised -- and denied accepting free breast implants. May Myat Noe, 16, was training to become a K-pop star in South Korea after winning the Seoul-based Miss…

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  • Guam wants to stem flow of unlicensed drivers

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Leaders of Guam's migrant community and Guam police want to reduce the number of unlicensed drivers on the island's roads.

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  • ID of beheaded man confirmed as Lebanon soldier: family

    DNA testing has confirmed that the body of a man who jihadists said they had beheaded was that of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed, his family said Tuesday. Sayyed was captured along with more than 20 other members of the Lebanese security forces in the eastern town of Arsal last month. "We've been…

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  • McDonald's boosts oversight of Chinese suppliers

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an…

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  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 25 to Sunday, August 31 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of…

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