• Colombia FARC free two soldiers, vow to release general by weekend

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels released two captives on Tuesday and vowed to free a kidnapped army general by the weekend in a move that may lead to the resumption of suspended peace talks which aim to end five decades of war. President Juan Manuel Santos halted…

  • Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: monitoring group

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria. Syrian government officials were not immediately available for…

  • Coal mine accident in northern China kills 24: Xinhua

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A coal mine fire in China's northern Liaoning province has killed 24 workers and left 52 injured, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, underscoring the poor safety record of the world's biggest coal producing country. The coal mine, a subsidiary of state-owned…

  • Valcke: FIFA faces 'years' to rebuild reputation

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged Tuesday that it will take "years to rebuild our reputation" following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation.

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  • England rugby aim to 'nullify' Hooper

    London (AFP) - England forwards coach Graham Rowntree said Australia captain Michael Hooper would receive "special attention" in Saturday's clash at Twickenham

  • Spain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms

    HAVANA (AP) — Spain's foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island.

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  • Billie Jean King, Elton John host tennis in London

    NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King and Elton John will coach a tennis event at Royal Albert Hall in London, featuring Tim Henman and Andy Roddick.

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  • Samoa players deny dispute with union is over

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoan rugby players are disputing the claims of their prime minister that a dispute with their national rugby union has been resolved.

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