• Palestinian toddler killed; Jewish arsonists suspected

    By Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old toddler and seriously injuring three other family members, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. This would be the…

  • Syria air strikes hit Nusra after attack on Western-backed rebels: monitor

    Warplanes believed to be part of a U.S.-led alliance struck Nusra Front positions in northern Syria on Friday following an attack by the al Qaeda-linked group on Western-backed rebels in the area, a group tracking the war said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports…

  • Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

    The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. In a news conference, Muchinguri referred to 55-year-old Walter Palmer as…

  • Congress has been gridlocked on highway funding. Why that could be changing

    Recommended: What does the federal government do with your money? “I feel pretty optimistic,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California at a press conference Thursday. A worker in the trenches for years on this issue, she’s seen plenty of disappointment when it comes to funding infrastructure –…

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  • Cincinnati shooting tests ‘blue wall of silence’

    As a growing number of police departments are equipping officers with digital body cameras, the so-called blue wall of silence, the unwritten rule that officers never speak ill of one another to outsiders, is being tested perhaps like never before. The police-involved shooting in Cincinnati – and…

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  • Iran nuclear agreement: Is a 'better deal' possible – and at what cost?

    As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of a September vote, the option of rejecting this deal in favor of a “better deal” appears to be catching on. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran? The deep divisions over that…

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  • New guidelines for AP history: Are they still 'unpatriotic'?

    In the wake of a partisan uproar last year, the 2015 guidelines for the Advanced Placement United States history curriculum released Thursday feature a more-balanced look at the country, academics say. The AP program, which allows high school students to take college-level courses for credit, is…

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  • Freeing of Chinese loggers riles Myanmar citizens

    By Tim McLaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's newspapers and social media users reacted with anger and disappointment on Friday to the government's decision to include 155 Chinese in a mass amnesty, just eight days after they were jailed for illegal logging. News journals…

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The vote was surprisingly close: 44-40.

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  • 3 former TEPCO execs face criminal charges in nuclear crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judicial committee has decided to send three former utility executives to criminal court for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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  • Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin behind spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who, with Kremlin "cronies," was behind the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. Kremlin critic Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with…

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  • Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits central Iran

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck central Iran on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake hit shortly after 1000 GMT and was centered around 60 km (40 miles) southeast of the city of Kerman, the USGS said. It struck at a depth of 37 km. There were no immediate reports of…

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  • Ebola vaccine shows 'promising' results: WHO

    Preliminary results of tests on an Ebola vaccine to be published in British science magazine The Lancet later Friday have shown "promising" results, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said. More than 11,200 people have died in an Ebola epidemic in west Africa that began in…

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  • Polish plan to honor Portuguese-run supermarket sparks anger

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government has postponed plans to bestow a top honor on the Portuguese businessman who runs popular discount supermarket chain Biedronka after a public outcry over the company's alleged exploitation of workers.

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  • Cameron promises more security fencing, sniffer dogs for Calais

    British Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Friday to provide more security fencing and sniffer dogs to aid French police in repelling attempts by migrants to board Channel Tunnel trains to Britain. Speaking after an emergency ministerial meeting in London, Cameron also said that defence…

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  • Widow's lawyer: Moscow has tried to block Litvinenko inquiry

    LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for the widow of Alexander Litvinenko insisted on Friday that the former KGB agent was murdered at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said Russian authorities have repeatedly tried to obstruct an inquiry into the death.

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  • Beijing wins bid to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Beijing on Friday narrowly won an IOC vote for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games that secured its place in sporting history. The Chinese capital beat Almaty of Kazakhstan by just 44 votes to 40, with one abstention, to become the first city to be awarded the summer and winter Games. Beijing held the…

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