• Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

    By Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar…

  • Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

    By James Topham and Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO (Reuters) - After the Fukushima disaster crippled Japan's nuclear energy sector three years ago, the government pledged the biggest shake up in the history of the fragmented electricity industry to boost competition and contain a surge in power prices. ...

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  • U.N. condemns top human rights official's expulsion from Congo

    By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the expulsion of the top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the U.N. Security Council to consider possible action. The U.N. chief also…

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  • In Hong Kong, a global contest over models of governance

    In an interview Monday, the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, may have admitted the real reason China refuses to let the people of that semiautonomous city choose their candidates for a 2017 election: the poor might dominate the results.

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  • Is Obama secretly planning an immigrant amnesty by ordering 34 million work permits and green cards?

    Is the White House quietly preparing to issue an executive order after the November midterm elections that would provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants – including work permits and green cards for up to 34 million immigrants?

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  • Iraqi PM Abadi says the US is not to be trusted. Really?

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he wouldn't allow any foreign troops into the country to help retake territory lost to a Sunni Arab uprising being led by the so-called Islamic State.

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  • 'Death of Klinghoffer' protests: Does opera promote humanity or obscenity?

    In the opening chorus of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the controversial opera that opened to outraged denunciations Monday at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a group of weary Palestinian women lament the loss of their fathers’ houses, “Where, on a hot day, one could sit in shade under a tree,…

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  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden belt on Tuesday in a mosque in busy commercial area in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 people, Iraqi officials said, as the country remains without a new government following last month's national elections.

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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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  • Australian runaway teenager reportedly in IS video

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian teenage runaway has reportedly appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video, warning that the movement won't stop fighting until the extremists' notorious black flag is flying above every nation.

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  • UK suspect pleads not guilty to US terror charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon has pleaded not guilty in New York to four terrorism charges.

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  • PSG beats APOEL 1-0 in Champs League Group F match

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored three minutes from fulltime as Paris Saint-German edged APOEL 1-0 on Tuesday to keep top spot in Group F in the Champions League.

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  • Brave healer of DR Congo's most horrific wounds

    KINSHASA (AFP) - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who won the Sakharov human rights prize Tuesday, has been dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for helping tens of thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Congo ex-militia boss insists on innocence at ICC appeal

    The Hague (AFP) - Congolese ex-militia boss Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on Tuesday protested his innocence at an appeal hearing before the International Criminal Court, where he was acquitted nearly two years ago of war crimes charges.

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  • Lawmakers in Japan's tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

    By Ritsuko Ando SENDAI Japan (Reuters) - Business and political leaders in northeastern Japan are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Supporters of the plan for a casino near the northeastern city of…

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  • Tributes for Oscar de la Renta, who defined romantic glamour

    New York (AFP) - Oscar de la Renta dressed generations of the world's most iconic women, from former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy to lawyer Amal Alamuddin, bride to modern Hollywood royal George Clooney.

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  • Hazard scores twice as Chelsea routs Maribor 6-0

    LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard netted twice and Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea in a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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