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  • Heavy shelling, clashes resume in Libya's Tripoli

    Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst clashes since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Around 200 people have been killed since the clashes erupted two weeks ago in…

  • EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks

    By Barbara Lewis and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU member states…

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  • Russia's top general says Moscow committed to nuclear treaty

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's top general, Valery Gerasimov, told the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Moscow was committed to adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty after Washington accused Russia of violating the agreement. "Gerasimov reaffirmed Russia's commitment to…

    Reuters23 mins ago
  • For Poles, apple-eating selfies are a raspberry to Putin's fruit ban

    A spokesman for Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service told Reuters that the restrictions on produce from Poland – a hawkish voice in the European debate over Ukraine – relate to “the violation of certification and the identification of quarantine products” and aren't a…

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  • John Kerry's passage to India. Why is he going now?

    After a bruising week of shuttle diplomacy that failed to broker a cease-fire to the Gaza conflict, Mr. Kerry landed yesterday in India for two days of talks with the new Narendra Modi government. It’s the first visit of a high ranking US official to India since Prime Minister Modi and his…

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  • Argentina defaults - but isn't using the 'd-word'

    After its government failed to reach an agreement with holdout creditors in New York last night, Argentina defaulted on its debt for the second time in little over a decade. “We are in an unusual situation,” Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said during a press conference in New York, noting that…

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  • For eastern Ukrainians, a growing doubt: Is Russia manipulating us?

    For the first part of this story, about who the rebels in Slaviansk actually were, read: Rebels leave a trail of Russian expertise – and Ukrainian ruin. Shortly after pro-Russia rebels left this eastern Ukrainian town, Russia's state-owned Channel One broadcast a heart-wrenching interview with a…

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  • Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

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  • Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — International investigators got their first look Thursday at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, finally reaching the site two weeks after a missile brought down the plane. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels raged around them but the…

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition, as fighting in the capital prompted a wave of…

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  • AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.

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  • Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday.

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  • AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.

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  • Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.

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  • Syrian atrocities witness testifies in US Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress on Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed.

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  • White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is describing the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Senegal ex-president's son on trial for corruption

    The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade went on trial Thursday accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office. Karim Wade, 45, is alleged to have corruptly acquired companies and real estate worth almost $240 million…

    AFP24 mins ago
  • WHO, African states to launch $100mn Ebola response plan

    Geneva (AFP) - The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the West African countries suffering the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak are to meet in Guinea on Friday to launch a $100 million (75 million euros) emergency joint response plan, WHO said.

    AFP26 mins ago
  • Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed.

    Associated Press11 mins ago
  • Comm Games athlete fined for assault on rival

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's track and field coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition…

    Associated Press28 mins ago
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