• U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations aid chief on Friday urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees. …

  • Euro zone warns Greece no cash till full reform deal

    By Robin Emmott and Ingrid Melander RIGA (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers warned Greece on Friday that its leftist government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan, as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis faced a harsh…

  • Japanese man arrested for landing drone on PM's office in nuclear protest

    A Japanese man has been arrested for landing a drone on the prime minister's office with a minuscule amount of radiation in an apparent protest against the use of nuclear power, four years after the Fukushima disaster. Unemployed Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, who lives in Fukui Prefecture in western Japan,…

  • Clinton Foundation stories: why Hillary campaign can't dismiss them

    It’s been a bad week for Hillary Clinton, news-wise. There’s been an outpouring of stories about the appearance of conflicts of interest between her role as secretary of State and her family and foundation finances. For instance, The New York Times had a lengthy piece about Russia, uranium, and…

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  • 'Man-made' earthquakes: Is fracking adding to seismic activity in US?

    The new earthquake hazard map from researchers at the US Geological Survey points out 17 typically dormant areas where wastewater injections from hydraulic fracturing operations might be the root cause of high seismic activity. Oklahoma is leading the way, registering more quakes of magnitude 3 or…

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  • At cybersecurity gathering, the White House steps up charm offensive

    In San Francisco this week, White House cybersecurity czar Michael Daniel – clad in dark suit, government pin, and a yellow tie decorated with waving flags – sat across from Amit Yoran, president of the security firm RSA, who was sporting a tight zip-up workout shirt and jeans. Mr. Daniel and Mr.…

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  • Where does the US fall on the World Happiness Report?

    The 2015 World Happiness Report, released Thursday by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aims to compare the subjective happiness of countries around the world for the third time. The report looks at a variety of factors polled by Gallup International to report on a…

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  • Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

    GALLIPOLI, Turkey (AP) — As dawn broke, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the World War I Gallipoli campaign on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.

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  • Togo votes for a new president

    Gnassingbe, 48, has been in power since the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, in 2005, winning contested elections that year and five years later. Fears of election-linked violence are still fresh in the memory in Togo after some 500 people were killed and thousands more injured in the…

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  • Thwarted French jihadist brought up on terror charges

    An Algerian jihadist sympathiser arrested in connection with a thwarted attack on a church in France was charged with terror-related murder after five days of police questioning. Sid Ahmed Ghlam, 24, was taken into custody Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg, a fluke occurrence…

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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized…

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  • Europe pushes Greece in bogged down debt talks

    European ministers heaped pressure on Greece to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks. The eurozone's 19 finance ministers ended a meeting in Riga without a breakthrough to unlock 7.2…

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  • Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back

    Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin. Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with Huthi rebels who now control large…

  • FBI: Korean firm scammed out of $375K for fake Pharrell show

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said.

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  • Seattle places RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on 15-day disabled list

    SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right lat strain, leaving a hole in Seattle's rotation.

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  • Record crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

    Record numbers of Australians and New Zealanders turned out Saturday to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings amid tight security, a formative event that helped forge their identities as independent nations. Dawn services and parades were held across the two countries on the anniversary of…