• U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday. The…

  • Hong Kong media mogul unbowed by raid as democracy battle boils

    By James Pomfret and Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's most powerful critic of Beijing, a brash media tycoon whose home was raided by anti-corruption officers, said on Friday he won't be cowed by efforts to silence him ahead of a crunch decision this weekend on the city's political…

  • Captain of doomed South Korea ferry says lack of checks was customary: Yonhap

    The captain of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea's worst maritime accident in decades told a court on Friday he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off, Yonhap news agency reported. Lee Joon-seok, 68, appeared at times disoriented…

  • Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi

    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why…

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  • Russia advances into Ukraine, West wonders what to do now

    The toughened economic sanctions the United States and the European Union imposed on Russia a month ago over its actions in Ukraine appear to have had little of the desired impact. Instead of pulling back from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia appears to be escalating its involvement. On…

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  • Sister of Tsarnaev brothers arrested for alleged bomb threat

    A sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bomb her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, N.J., turned herself into New York City police on Wednesday, after a Harlem woman told law enforcement that Ms. Tsarnaeva had said to…

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  • How much does Malia Obama tip? A brush with American royalty

    My daughter’s voice was breathless on the other end of the phone: “I just waited on Malia Obama!” How cool! How Washington! I thought. What did Malia eat? The restaurant is in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, well situated between two major hotels, and gets people from all over the…

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  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Yokohama fined $48,000 over banana-waver

    Japanese club Yokohama F-Marinos were hit with a $48,000 fine by the J-League on Friday after a supporter racially abused a black player during a game last weekend. The J-League denied that the punishment was more lenient than had been expected, telling AFP they had taken into consideration the…

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  • Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba

    BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering.

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  • Reus, Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany has recalled 18 of its World Cup-winning players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil.

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  • Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is requesting its biggest ever budget to bolster its military ability to defend remote southern islands amid China's growing activity in the area.

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  • Key events in the history of Malaysia Airlines

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Key dates in the history of Malaysia Airlines from its start as a one route airline until its almost unfathomable double passenger jet disasters in 2014.

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  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said.

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  • Asia stocks drift, Tokyo steadies after weak data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted Friday following Japanese data showing that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike. European shares were marginally higher even as a report said eurozone inflation slipped.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The two countries have complementary economies, given Japan's wealth and technological…

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  • New Turkish cabinet keeps key economic team in place

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new cabinet on Friday, keeping key members of the country's economic management team in place and appointing the man who has managed its affairs with Europe as foreign minister. Outgoing EU Affairs Minister and career diplomat…

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  • James O'Connor, Hunt sign with Queensland Reds

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Wallaby James O'Connor and ex-rugby league international and Australian Rules player Karmichael Hunt have signed contracts to play with Super Rugby's Queensland Reds next season.

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  • Iceland declares volcano red alert after eruption

    Iceland on Friday issued a red alert and banned air traffic near its largest volcano after it erupted overnight, threatening a replay of the global travel chaos four years ago when another peak blew. While Bardarbunga, located under Europe's largest glacier, had not yet started spewing ash as of…

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