• Bomber targeted police commander in Afghan volleyball game attack

    By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - The suicide bomber, his explosives concealed under his clothes, walked quietly into a packed volleyball venue in eastern Afghanistan. His target: a local police commander. Minutes later, a devastating explosion tore through the place. At least 50 people were…

  • U.S. seeks to step up India trade talks after WTO breakthrough

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States wants to step up its trade dialogue with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India. Direct contacts between Obama and Prime Minister…

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  • British banker's murder trial in Hong Kong adjourned until July

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A court in Hong Kong on Monday adjourned the trial of a 29-year-old British banker charged with killing two women until July because of the length of time needed for prosecutors to prepare their case. Rurik Jutting, who had worked at Bank of America Corp in Hong Kong, was…

  • Feeling the weight borne by Ferguson grand jury members

    One can only imagine the weight of responsibility now being felt by grand jurors in Ferguson, Missouri.

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  • In praise of a global sacrifice

    Cue the applause. In recent months, quite a number of nations from Tunisia to Indonesia have made a great sacrifice never thought possible. They slashed government subsidies for fossil fuels. And they often did so by stating reasons other than pure economics.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Hezbollah claims 'pinpoint' Iranian missiles added to its arsenal

    On the eve of a deadline in nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran, Lebanon’s militant Shiite Hezbollah organization has revealed that it has acquired advanced Iranian missiles with “pinpoint accuracy” that it could use against Israel in any future war.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Obama says he'd be a dinged-up 'used car' in the 2016 presidential race

    As he comes up on the election that will move him out of the White House, President Obama looks to be taking the same political route as his immediate predecessor.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Heavy rain kills at least 17 in southern Morocco

    RABAT (Reuters) - At least 17 people died and 18 others were missing after heavy rain and floods struck southern Morocco over the weekend, destroying houses, vehicles and roads, authorities said on Monday. Flooding, which is quite common in the mostly arid desert region at this time of year, has in…

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  • China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to…

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  • Iran nuclear talks expected to resume next month

    By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations on Monday and reconvene next month after the latest round of talks failed to clinch a final deal, a source close to the talks said. Details about the adjournment and…

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  • Schalke coach Di Matteo meets Chelsea again

    GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Roberto di Matteo will face his old club when Schalke hosts Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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  • F1 champion Hamilton hungry for more title glory

    Abu Dhabi (AFP) - British world champion Lewis Hamilton is hungry for more title glory after seeing off the challenge of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to seal his second Formula One crown in Abu Dhabi.

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  • British royal connection boosts Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo

    Rome (AFP) - Shares in Intesa Sanpaolo leapt Monday following a report the Italian bank is mulling a bid for Coutts, the British private bank that counts Queen Elizabeth II among its clients.

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  • China seizes 31 trafficking suspects holding Myanmar women

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday. Five of the non-Chinese victims were younger than 18 and were handed to Myanmar…

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barakzai says the suicide bomber who plowed into her motorcade a week ago wanted to silence a voice on women's rights with a deafening blast. Barakzai is lucky to be alive after her attacker rammed a car full of explosives into her armored vehicle,…

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • 2nd Czech government minister targeted with poison

    PRAGUE (AP) — An envelope mailed to the Czech Republic's finance minister contained poison, the second such case in a week, an official said Monday.

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  • Lithuania to supply Ukrainian forces with some military aid: Poroshenko

    KIEV (Reuters) - Lithuania is to provide Ukraine's armed forces with some military aid to help them in the fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday. "We have agreed on supplies of concrete elements of concrete armaments…

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  • Church: Papal visit not part of Sri Lanka politics

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church said that Pope Francis' visit in January should not be politicized and that images of him should be removed from presidential election billboards.

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