• Outgoing U.N. aid chief paints harrowing portrait of Syria war

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations' outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, and urged the Security Council to take collective action to put an end to the carnage. The Syrian war…

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  • Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who…

  • Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

    When the evening prayer was over, the man, whose head was shrouded in black, delivered a speech to the faithful, hailing the Islamic State's capture of the capital of Anbar Province -- its greatest victory over Iraqi forces in almost a year. Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, widely known as "the blind…

  • For Sudan's uninsured, a dose of Facebook is the cure

    "Facebook," smiles al-Haj, as he bags the medicine, signs an IOU for the pharmacist, and races back in time for the doctor to stabilize Rahud. At work is Sharia' al-Hawadith, a three-year-old initiative which aims to meet Sudan's child health insurance gap by crowdfunding medical care online. The…

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  • Helping North Koreans ‘live in truth’

    This wisdom about the power of conscience may help explain the latest diplomatic push to expose the truth about the North Korean regime to its own people. This week, Japan, South Korea, and the United States agreed to put a stronger spotlight on human rights in North Korea – or rather the need to…

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  • On social issues, Americans are more liberal than ever before. What's behind the sudden shift?

    From acceptance of same-sex relationships and premarital sex to having a baby outside of marriage, Americans are more socially liberal than ever before.

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  • For fear of 'foreign agents,' Kremlin blacklists a Russian charity

    Russia's "foreign agent" law has had no shortage of detractors and defenders over the nearly three years it's been in operation. Critics complained from the beginning that the vaguely-worded law – which offered a clear definition of neither "political activity" nor "foreign funding" – was bound to…

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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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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • THE LATEST: Brazilian soccer federation head leaves Zurich

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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  • US stocks fall slightly; Greece debt deadline looms

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell slightly Thursday, following a sell-off in the Chinese market and continued worries about the approaching debt payment deadline for cash-starved Greece.

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  • Hamburg draws 1-1 with Karlsruhe in relegation playoff

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV remains on the verge of Bundesliga relegation after drawing 1-1 with second-division Karlsruher SC in the home leg of their playoff on Thursday.

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  • Insurgents claim capture of last Syrian town in Idlib province

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of al Qaeda, said on Thursday it had taken over Ariha, the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. A coalition of rebel groups called Jaish al Fateh,…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. North Korea is barred under U.N. Security…

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  • FRENCH OPEN LOOKAHEAD: Federer faces unheralded Dzumhur

    PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer goes up against an opponent he has never played before in Friday's French Open third round: 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur.

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  • French Open at a glance

    PARIS (AP) — A look at the French Open on Thursday:

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  • McIlroy in danger of missing the cut after first round shocker

    Tournament host Rory McIlroy faces the embarrassment of missing the cut for a second week in succession after posting his worst European round in five years on day one of the Irish Open. At Newcastle in Northern Ireland, the world number one failed to record a single birdie in a shock round of a…

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