• U.S.-led coalition launches air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition launched 11 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria since early Friday against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Four of the strikes in Syria hit Islamic State positions near the border town of Kobani, the task force said in a…

  • Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'

    By Costas Pitas and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year. Tsipras…

  • Ukrainian journalist killed in shelling despite ceasefire

    A Ukrainian journalist was killed by shelling in east Ukraine on Saturday, his newspaper said, even as the Ukrainian military reported a significant drop in rebel attacks, boosting hopes for a two-week-old ceasefire. Photographer Serhiy Nikolayev died after artillery fire struck near the village…

  • Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll again, but Scott Walker comes on very strong

    For the third year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky has won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll taken at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His young libertarian legions made that possible again, as they did for Sen. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron…

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  • Why the Boston Marathon bombing trial will stay in Boston

    After requesting a halt on the trial and a new location, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings – which killed three people and injured more than 260 - will remain in Boston. Mr. Tsarnaev's lawyers have attempted to change the location of the trial three times, reported…

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  • Many girls in Africa and the Middle East are under pressure to leave school

    In numerous developing countries, more girls are in school and staying longer than ever before, as families and governments grasp the economic and social benefits of girls getting an education. Afghanistan is one example of a country spurring global gains in girls’ education, with the proportion…

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  • Who was Boris Nemtsov and why was he murdered?

    The gunning-down of Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov has some pundits consumed with the whodunit. “The biggest theory which dumbfounded me is the notion that Nemtsov’s own party ordered his murder because that’s just absolutely ridiculous and I can’t even believe it’s being dignified,”…

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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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  • Maduro says Venezuela detains U.S. citizens; announces moves against U.S.

    By Diego Ore and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas. Maduro also said…

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  • England reaches 309-6 in World Cup match against Sri Lanka

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A century by Joe Root lifted England to 309 for six in its World Cup Pool A match against Sri Lanka, with some big hitting near the end helping to make amends for the slow progress during the middle stages of the innings.

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  • Italy's late strike proves critics wrong - Parisse

    Italian captain Sergio Parisse said his team’s dramatic last minute 22-19 victory against Scotland at Murrayfield answered the critics who have questioned the Azzurri’s place in the Six Nations championship. A penalty try with 28 seconds remaining, followed by a conversion by former Scotland…

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  • Nadal to play Monaco in final of Argentina Open

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.

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  • Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.

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  • Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky wins Mexico Open

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland won the Mexico Open on Saturday night for her second WTA Tour title, beating third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0.

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  • Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader. Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean nation's first democratically elected president, was arrested a week ago…

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