• U.S. Marine in Philippine murder case makes first court appearance

    OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - A United States Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino appeared in a Philippine court for the first time on Friday, as his lawyers sought the suspension of the trial, in a case that could test the strength of security ties between the two allies. The…

  • China lodges protest after Obama approves Taiwan frigate sale

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it had lodged a protest with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of up to four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan. Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the Taiwan issue was one of…

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  • In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

    By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey's G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism. Critics…

  • Should Americans start planning trips to Cuba?

    Now that the US and Cuba are reestablishing diplomatic relations, is it time for American tourists to book a 90-mile flight from Florida?

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  • For Sen. Marco Rubio, Cuba entwines passion and presidential aspiration

    For Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, staunch opposition to President Obama’s restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba is not just a matter of politics. It’s personal.

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  • Obama surprises Mass. governor on radio, gets called out on parking tickets

    “Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down south since that time..."

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  • Why Mitt Romney may have the right response for Sony's 'The Interview'

    What should Sony Pictures Entertainment, reeling from an ongoing data hack, do after it recalls "The Interview" after mounting pressure from the hackers themselves?

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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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  • 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

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  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption after a high profile trial.

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  • U.S. backed talks with ISIS over American hostage: newspaper

    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. counter-terrorism officials backed negotiations with two prominent jihadi clerics in a failed attempt to save the life of an American hostage who was later beheaded by Islamic State militants, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. Citing emails, the Guardian said talks…

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  • Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.

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  • New suit for Ebola workers promises more comfort, safety

    For health care workers on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, risking their lives in stifling protective suits, relief could soon be on the way. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new-style outfit that is not only more comfortable, but also less likely to…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman…

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  • 2nd test: Smith century gives Australia advantage

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Steve Smith completed a century in his first innings as test captain and Mitchell Starc chipped in with bat and ball to give Australia a narrow advantage after day three of the second test against India.

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  • India athlete to compete pending CAS hormone ruling

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian athlete Dutee Chand will be allowed to compete in domestic competitions pending a final decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on her appeal against a suspension owing to high level of male hormones.

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  • Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

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