• At least 20 killed in explosion at Pakistan Shi'ite mosque

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed on Friday when an explosion ripped through a packed Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur, officials said. "At least 20 dead bodies and more than 50 wounded people have been brought to the hospital," Shaukat Memon, a doctor at a…

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  • Belgium holds four after raids on Syrian recruiting cell

    Belgian police detained four people after a series of raids across the country on Friday to dismantle a group suspected of recruiting jihadist fighters for Syria, federal prosecutors said. The raids were not linked to an operation earlier this month that foiled a plan to attack Belgian police nor…

  • Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting with rebels: Kiev military

    Ukraine's military reported more heavy fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine overnight into Friday and a spokesman said five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours. A military statement said the rebels used mortar, "Grad"…

  • Argentina's Kirchner proposes intel reform: needed change or diversion?

    The mysterious death of a federal prosecutor who filed an explosive criminal complaint against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is roiling Argentina. Stiusso was ousted when Kirchner overhauled the SI’s leadership in December 2014.

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  • Pentagon wrestles with how to shield current veterans from budget cuts

    A major review of military pay and benefits out Thursday could portend big changes to longstanding – and some say, fundamental – benefits for United States troops, including retirement pay. Personnel benefits make up one-quarter of the Pentagon budget, though the size of the overall force has been…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Republicans ask: Is Loretta Lynch just another Eric Holder?

    Republicans in the United States Senate sought on Thursday to use the second day of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing to continue to attack what they call the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration. Senate Democrats complained that the confirmation hearing should…

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  • No more ‘sequester’: Can Obama’s budget gambit work?

    President Obama wants to get rid of the “sequester” – the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the federal budget that started in 2013. The economy is growing and deficits are down, and the time for “mindless austerity” has ended, the White House says. Instead, Mr. Obama will propose…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine

    Twelve people, including seven civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday. The city administration of the rebel stronghold Donetsk said 23 people were also wounded in shelling across the industrial…

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  • Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say Chadian warplanes and ground troops bombed Boko Haram fighters out of a Nigerian border town the Islamic extremists have held for three months.

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  • African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

    The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. The call for collective action came as leaders of the 54-member bloc opened their two-day annual summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa,…

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  • Death toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed.

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  • Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's settlement watchdog group says the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state.

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  • Pakistan official raises death toll from Shiite mosque bombing in country's south to 20 killed

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan official raises death toll from Shiite mosque bombing in country's south to 20 killed.

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  • S. Africa apartheid assassin 'Prime Evil' granted parole

    One of South Africa's most notorious apartheid mass murderers, Eugene "Prime Evil" de Kock, was granted parole on Friday after 20 years in jail, a decision set to re-ignite painful debate over the crimes committed by the country's former white-minority rulers. "In the interest of nation-building…

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  • Scotland's Warren leads Dubai by 1 in clubhouse after 2nd

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Marc Warren of Scotland did his chances of making a first-ever appearance at the Masters no harm by taking the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

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  • London shares fall as BT shells out to fill pension fund hole

    London shares were lower in early trade on Friday as index heavyweight BT sank after the telecoms giant revealed the hole in its pension fund has swelled to £7 billion. The benchmark FTSE 100 index fell 29.79 points or 0.44 percent to 6,780.81 points at 9:54 am. "The FTSE is off as it struggles…

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