• Swedish Social Democrats face tough coalition talks after election

    Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven faces a tough task building a new government after an election on Sunday left the center-left short of a majority in parliament and handed the balance of power to a party that wants to slash immigration. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his…

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  • New Zealand dismisses Snowden's claim it planned mass domestic spying

    New Zealand was preparing to conduct mass domestic surveillance last year, a U.S. The accusations by Glenn Greenwald were based on evidence disclosed by former U.S. National Security Authority contractor Edward Snowden that Key's center-right government planned to exploit amended spying laws to…

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  • Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive on Tuesday: WSJ

    President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone…

  • White House insists it didn't threaten to sue James Foley's parents

    The Obama administration insisted Sunday that it never threatened to prosecute the families of the two Americans beheaded by the Islamic State for raising money to pay a potential ransom.  Speaking of possibly being thrown in jail for paying a ransom to a terrorist group, which is against federal…

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  • Homecoming queen Scarlett Lenh puts transgender issues front and center

    At Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend, Scarlett Lenh was named homecoming queen – no doubt a high point in the 16-year old’s life so far. What makes the event newsworthy is that until recently Scarlett was known as Andy Lenh, a biological boy who identifies as a…

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  • From IS-controlled Raqqa, tales of the group's resilience

    In a hospital bed in southern Turkey, lies a Syrian volunteer rescue worker who had his kneecap blown off in an airstrike in Raqqa, the Syrian bastion of the self-styled Islamic State (IS). His story - and that of others who have made their out of Raqqa - sheds light on what life is like under the…

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  • NFL's need to tackle player violence

    Now in light of a video showing Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée, sports fans may demand more safety steps from the National Football League to contain the sport’s violent aspects and the subtle message that victory always requires physical brutality. Yet fans must also…

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  • Lepchenko beats Rogowska to advance at Korea Open

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States advanced to the second round of the Korea Open by beating Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-1, 6-2 Monday.

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  • Global stocks down after weak China data

    BEIJING (AP) — World stock markets sank Monday on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum.

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  • Putin, Security Council discuss fall-out from Ukraine-EU pact: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his advisory Security Council discussed on Monday progress in the peace process in southeast Ukraine and the possible fall-out from Kiev's pact with the European Union, RIA news agency reported. "They discussed the process of the peaceful…

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  • Dozens of migrants drown off coast of Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of Libya's coast guard says that a boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens.

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  • Russia to honor all agreements with EU, Ukraine on trade

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will honor all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying. The European Union and Ukraine agreed…

    Reuters23 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands. "Please don't worry," he said, to rising laughter and applause. "Even though we are going to shut you down, we…

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  • Egypt's most prominent activist released on bail

    CAIRO (AP) — Relatives say that Egypt's most prominent activist who is standing retrial after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating to the country's draconian protest law, has been released on bail.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Public praise, private Belfast funeral for Paisley

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland politicians are publicly honoring their former leader, Ian Paisley, as his family holds his funeral in conditions of exceptional privacy.

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  • Dream Team, Barcelona Games continue to impact NBA

    Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.

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  • Indonesia: 4 suspected militants are China Uighurs

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Four suspected Islamic militants arrested in Indonesia over the weekend are members of China's ethnic Uighur minority community and were trying to meet Indonesia's most wanted extremist, authorities said Monday.

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  • Iran's top leader discharged from hospital

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been discharged from hospital, a week after he underwent prostate surgery.

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