• Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial…

  • Exclusive: New Iran U.N. envoy appointee expected to get U.S. visa - sources

    By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran's tense relations with Washington. …

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  • Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba's affairs

    By Enrique Pretel SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless." His comments came after U.S. Assistant…

  • After listening to women, a Congressman switches sides on abortion

    On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced that after conversing with women in his home state and around the country, he had changed his position. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive…

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  • Jordan would swap a mass murderer for its ISIS-held pilot. Is that a mistake?

    Jordan said today it's willing to release Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who participated in a 2005 attack that murdered 38 people at the Radisson Hotel in Amman, in exchange for a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot held by the so-called Islamic State since his F-16 went down over Syria…

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  • Supreme Court halts Oklahoma executions pending lethal injection case

    The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to halt the scheduled executions of three death-row plaintiffs who are challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol at the high court. The case, likely to be argued in April, will examine whether Oklahoma’s three-drug protocol for lethal injection…

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  • US uses Kobane defeat in 'counter-message' against Islamic State. Can it work?

    Ever since the United States cobbled together an international coalition last year to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State, a top priority has been drying up the flow of foreign fighters eager to join the battle on the side of IS militants. Now the US is seeking to use the apparent…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Japan analyzing purported new voice recording of IS captive: PM's spokesman

    The Japanese government is analyzing a purported new voice recording in which a Japanese journalist held captive by Islamic State says a Jordanian pilot also in their custody will be killed if a swap for a would-be suicide bomber is not carried out by sunset on Thursday, a spokesman for Prime…

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  • Japan's Abe: Govt making every effort to ensure release of Japanese captives

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the government is making every effort to ensure early release of a Japanese captive. The Japanese government is analyzing a purported new voice recording in which the Japanese journalist held captive by Islamic State says a…

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  • Sri Lanka wins toss, bats in 7th ODI vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat Thursday in the seventh limited-overs cricket international against New Zealand, which holds an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series.

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  • Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean lawmakers have approved a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.

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  • Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.

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  • Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

    SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed the cafe to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and…

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  • Record sea lion pup strandings reported in Southern California

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - California sea lions – mainly pups – are turning up stranded and starved on Southern California beaches in record numbers this year, leaving experts worried that this winter may be the worst season ever documented for the marine mammals. The precise cause is…

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  • Source: Panama court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Supreme Court is opening a corruption investigation of former President Ricardo Martinelli

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