• Reports of civilian casualties dim chances of U.S.-Russia alliance in Syria

    By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reports of heavy civilian casualties from Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria are one key reason why Washington is unlikely to coordinate airstrikes with Moscow against Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters, even as…

  • Thai constitution could give free rein to military abuses, says rights group

    A proposal by Thailand's junta for a provision in the constitution exempting the military from prosecution would allow the armed forces to commit abuses with impunity, a rights group said on Wednesday. The junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, has suggested the inclusion of a…

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  • China set to pledge more aid to Africa ahead of Xi's trip

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China is set to announce new aid to African nations when President Xi Jinping visits Zimbabwe and South Africa next month, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday. The trip is likely to boost China's relations with Africa, which supplies oil and raw…

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  • Paris attacks a wake-up call for US intelligence?

    Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan appeared to revel in a bit of an “I told you so” moment in the days after the Paris attacks. Calls for privacy and civil liberties after intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden created “inadvertent or…

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  • From downed Russian jet, lessons for new push to destroy Islamic State

    Turkey’s shoot-down of a Russian fighter jet that it says strayed into its airspace from Syria Tuesday demonstrates why building a broad international coalition to destroy the self-proclaimed Islamic State is so difficult. Well over a year after President Obama announced creation of a coalition of…

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  • Finding balance in the politics of fear

    In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 83 percent of respondents agreed that a deadly attack is likely in America in the near future – a spike of about 10 points from previous similar surveys. Most call for a halt to US acceptance of Syrian refugees, lest a terrorist among them sneak into the…

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  • Can Jeb Bush rise again? Look to Florida for clues

    It was the tennis match of the century, Washington-style: Jeb Bush and brother Marvin versus two women champions, Chris Evert and Pam Shriver. Then-President George H.W. Bush set up the 1989 match, which took place on a private court in the Hart Senate Office Building. The Bush boys won in three…

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  • Russia halting gas supplies to Ukraine

    The chief executive of the Russian state-controlled gas company says it is halting supplies to Ukraine. Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller said on Wednesday that Russia sent the last shipment to Ukraine at 10 ...

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  • AP PHOTOS: Ancient Jewish community endures on Tunisian isle

    DJERBA, Tunisia (AP) — When school lets out, the streets around the ancient synagogue on this Tunisian island fill with rambunctious boys wearing Jewish kippahs and girls in long skirts, shouting to each other in Hebrew, Arabic and French.

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  • The Latest: Belgian schools, metro reopen with security high

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels:

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  • Top Asian News 7:48 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention? The dilemma underscores the tension between China's desire to be seen as a…

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  • Third search ship joins hunt for missing Malaysian airliner

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A third ship will join the deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer, officials said Wednesday.

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  • Afghan forces launch bid to rescue 18 captured by Taliban

    Afghan security forces have launched an operation on Wednesday to rescue 18 people who Taliban insurgents captured after their helicopter made an emergency landing in territory under militant control, the Ministry of Defense said. The Taliban said they had shot the helicopter down and captured 15…

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  • Toyota recalls vehicles in Japan, Europe for air bag defect

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles for defective air bags supplied by embattled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

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  • Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

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  • Obama, Hollande urge Russia to focus Syria attacks on Islamic State

    By Roberta Rampton and John Irish WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in Syria on Islamic State militants after Turkey heightened tensions in the region by downing a Russian plane. Obama and…

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  • Joint projects with Turkey may be canceled after Russian jet downed: Russian PM

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey could result in cancelling some important joint projects. As a result, Turkish companies could lose Russian market share, Medvedev said in a statement published on the government…

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