• Obama reveals nuclear breakthrough on landmark India trip

    By Roberta Rampton and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties, steps they hope will establish an enduring strategic…

  • Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of…

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  • India turns to corner shops, mobile phones for banking revolution

    By Douglas Busvine and Devidutta Tripathy NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is betting that mobile phone vendors, fuel stations and corner stores can help it put basic banking within the grasp of hundreds of millions of its poor people living beyond the reach of traditional bank branches. The…

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  • With move on Arctic refuge, Obama again turns back on Republicans

    President Obama's decision to protect Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration and drilling is the latest example of how the president using his executive toolkit to try to get out in front of a Congress allied against him. After last autumn's midterm elections put Republicans…

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  • Africa's quiet solar revolution

    By Tanzanian standards, Nosim Noah is not poor. A tall, handsome woman with the angular features of her fellow Masai tribe members, Ms. Noah makes a good living selling women’s and children’s clothes in the markets of this northern Tanzanian city. The four-bedroom brick house she shares with her…

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  • Early in Obama's India visit, a nuclear power breakthrough

    Within hours of his arrival a delighted Obama and Modi announced an agreement that could pave the way for billions of dollars in contracts for American nuclear power companies. When President Obama visited New Delhi in 2010, he described the US-India relationship as the “defining partnership” of…

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  • Nations that tap female empowerment

    He launched a campaign to save India’s girls. It remains under a spotlight in a global effort to end an abhorrent practice still common in many countries: Pregnant women checking the sex of their unborn child and then, if it is a girl, aborting it. As fetus imaging technology has advanced, India…

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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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  • Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. The proposal,…

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  • Salma Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale

    PARIS (AP) — Fashion royalty Salma Hayek — the Academy Award-nominated wife of the luxury heir François-Henri Pinault — led the front row pack at Saint Laurent, the highlight of the Paris menswear shows on Sunday.

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  • Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said. Dozens of commandos had entered the far-flung village of Tukanalipao at…

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  • Greek leftists Syriza expect to form government by Wednesday

    Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras will probably be sworn in as prime minister by Monday and have a government in place by Wednesday at the latest, according to a party official. Tsipras, who wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and cancel austerity measures, will meet with the leader of…

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  • U.S. East Coast bracing for 'historic' blizzard on Monday

    By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine was bracing for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather…

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  • Blizzard warning prompts United Airlines to cancel Tuesday NY flights

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines will cancel all Tuesday flights at airports in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, due to warnings for a historic blizzard expected to reach the East Coast on Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman said. The company will limit operations beginning Monday evening at the…

  • Chivas earns vital draw with Leon Negros in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A diving header from Omar Bravo salvaged a point for relegation-threatened Chivas on Sunday, as the historic Guadalajara team drew 1-1 with Leones Negros.

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  • Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special operations forces to hotspots around the Middle East.

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  • Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.

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