• No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

    There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States and India had held talks about conducting joint naval patrols, quoting a U.S. defense official saying they could…

  • Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to leave rebel-held areas in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighboring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas held by Yemen's Houthi rebels, a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday said. It was not immediately clear why Saudi…

  • Drug cartel battle kills 52 in northeastern Mexican prison

    By Gabriela Lopez MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 52 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north.…

  • Ted Cruz uses dolls to call Donald Trump liberal. Will that work?

    Senator Cruz has a new ad out that uses kids and dolls to attack Mr. Trump as a fake conservative. Called “Playing Trump,” it begins with a young boy excitedly telling playmates that he’s just acquired a Donald Trump action figure. Recommended: Can you tell the 2016 Republican presidential…

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  • Has the gender pay gap decreased – or is that just what we'd like to think?

    Nearly three-quarters of employed adults (74 percent) in seven key countries believe men and women are being paid equally for equal work, according to a study by employment service Glassdoor. In the US, 70 percent of people surveyed said they believe men and women are already being paid equally by…

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  • Oregon standoff ends, but new kind of 'protest' is just beginning

    Thursday in Oregon, federal authorities moved in to surround the last four men occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a protest against federal land policy. When rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Ore., Wednesday with plans to support the protest, he was arrested. By contrast, nearly…

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  • What does a deadly prison riot tell us about Mexico's war on corruption?

    A prison riot in northeastern Mexico, sparked by a battle between two rival drug gangs, has left at least 52 inmates dead. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico? “This riot, like several others in recent years, underscores the problems and high levels of corruption in prisons,” says…

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  • Donald Young wins second-round match in Memphis Open

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Third-seeded Donald Young beat Marcel Granollers 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the second round of the Memphis Open on Thursday.

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  • The Latest: Baldwin: Clinton should 'be Hillary,' despite NH

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):

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  • Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

    MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week.

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  • Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

    By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to implement a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, officials said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to reporters after a…

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  • Irish leaders hold 1st TV debate ahead of Feb. 26 election

    DUBLIN (AP) — The leaders of Ireland's four major parties have traded blows in the first live debate of the country's Feb. 26 election campaign.

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  • Justin Rose has a day to remember in Pebble debut

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren't calling for him, and he knew it.

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  • CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

    CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported Thursday. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan…

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  • Syrian opposition says must see peace plan in action before political talks

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group welcomed a plan agreed by major powers including Russia on Thursday to reach a truce in the war-torn country within a week and facilitate humanitarian aid reaching besieged Syrians, Salim al-Muslat told reporters. He cautioned, however, that the…

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  • Russia's Lavrov: Cessation of Syria hostilities 'difficult'

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday following an international meeting on the Syria crisis that peace talks should resume in Geneva as soon as possible, and that all opposition groups should participate. Speaking after marathon talks that included more than a…

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  • Top Asian News 1:08 a.m. GMT

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a…

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  • Kerry says 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria agreed

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that an international meeting on the Syria crisis had agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria and to immediately expand delivery of humanitarian aid. Kerry, speaking after marathon talks that included Russia and more than a dozen…