• Shelling kills one worker at east Ukraine coke plant: Metinvest

    Ukraine's largest steel company, Metinvest, said on Friday one worker had been killed and two wounded after its Avdiyivka coke plant in east Ukraine was hit by heavy shelling, damaging the factory's equipment and transport infrastructure. Avdiyivka, one of the largest coke plants in Europe, is on…

  • Turkish police swoop on Erdogan foes, dozens detained: media

    By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen perceived to be supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, the Dogan news agency said. Moves against what…

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  • Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya's Garissa

    Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday. The Somalia-based al Shabaab group, which has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its troops out of Somalia, struck a…

  • Rift grows between nuclear haves, have-nots. What can be done?

    The nuclear nonproliferation order that for decades has kept the world remarkably free of the spread of nuclear weapons is at risk of breaking down. Challenges to the global regime enshrined in the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, include widening access to the technologies that…

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  • Boy Scouts president calls for end to ban on gay troop leaders

    The days of the Boy Scouts long-standing ban on gay troop leaders may be numbered. Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates called for an end to the controversial ban while addressing the organization's annual meeting. The move could be a step toward ending a policy that has divided members of…

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  • Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra for strategic boost in eastern Syria

    Islamic State militants were in full control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria Thursday, residents said, a victory that gave them a strategic and symbolic boost less than a week after the group seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi. This fresh victory has turned the militant group into the…

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  • Islamic State takes over ancient Syrian cultural site. Destruction ahead?

    As Islamic State militants extend and tighten their grip on growing portions of Iraq and Syria, they’re targeting not only cities, villages, and the forces opposing them but historical and cultural treasures dating back to King Solomon, ancient Persia, and Greco-Roman times. On Thursday, that…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Light Globes

    Materials: Beach ball, Fencing wire, Wire cutters, Mini bulb string lights, and Chain/wire/string (to hang)

  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and persecution of the ethnic and religious minority:

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  • Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore

    By Tim McLaughlin and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy found two boats, one carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government said on Friday, after the military chief said some migrants landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims so they can…

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  • Newspaper sting stops teen from traveling to Syria

    LONDON (AP) — A newspaper sting has prevented a 16-year-old girl from traveling to Syria to become a jihadi bride.

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  • Haiti confronts avalanche of presidential candidates

    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - A three-year political crisis that delayed local and parliamentary elections has done nothing to dampen Haiti's enthusiasm for democracy, judging by the avalanche of hopefuls now running for president. Taking charge of an impoverished Caribbean nation still struggling to…

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  • South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's military is accusing the government of Sudan of aiding a new rebel offensive against South Sudanese government forces in the state of Upper Nile, where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.

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  • Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and other factions "have taken complete control of Jisr al-Shughur…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar and economic migrants…

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  • 'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed

    The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in…

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