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  • Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo: monitor group

    Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood. Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus. The opposition…

    Reuters
  • Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

    By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program. The move could…

    Reuters49 mins ago
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  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have…

    Reuters
  • Cease-fires bring patchy peace to Damascus neighborhoods

    Abu Fahed’s home is rubble and one of his sons languishes in jail, but the fighting that tore his Damascus neighborhood apart has stopped. A shaky local truce between the Syrian government and rebels is on. Many of the truces established in flashpoint areas around Damascus in the last few months…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • In Kosovo's capital, new mayor fights corruption – by doing his job

    The former mayor of Pristina drove to work every day in a 75,000-euro ($100,000) luxury car. But after Shpend Ahmeti pulled off an electoral upset on the back of promises to improve services and expunge the corruption rampant in the Kosovo capital, he decided to shake things up by simply doing his…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • How did teen stowaway survive 5-1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in wheel well?

    A 16-year-old runaway hopped the security fence at San Jose airport in northern California, climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, and was found more than six hours later wandering around the tarmac at Maui's Kahului airport, the FBI said Sunday. But the FBI says it has video…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

    The tussle over Cliven Bundy’s 400 cows – grazing on federal land, although he refuses to pay the required fees now amounting to more than $1 million – sharpens this debate, which has featured state legislators, county officials, environmentalists, and federal judges (all of whom have ruled against…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.

    Associated Press
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  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.

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  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.

    Associated Press
  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the…

    Associated Press47 mins ago
  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

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  • Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

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  • S. Sudan rebels slaughtered 'hundreds' in ethnic massacres: UN

    Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred "hundreds" of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said Monday, one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, "more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over…

    AFP19 mins ago
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  • Libya's constitution-drafting body starts work

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BAYDA, Libya (Reuters) - A special body to draft a new constitution for Libya convened in the volatile east on Sunday, a milestone in the bumpy transformation of the North African country since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. The 47 elected committee members gathered in…

    Reuters22 mins ago
  • Reports say Moyes' term nearing end at Man United

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — David Moyes' tenure as Manchester United manager could be coming to an end after less than a year in charge.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents

    By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria announced a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favor. Western and Gulf Arab countries…

    Reuters31 mins ago
  • Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press31 mins ago
  • Finnish sky diver crash probe could take weeks

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish authorities say the investigation into the plane crash that killed eight sky divers could take weeks or longer to complete.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
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