• Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

    By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences…

  • U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran still withholding key information

    The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and his body's investigation into Tehran's atomic program could not continue indefinitely. "Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two…

  • U.S. army chief says 'very concerned' at UK defense cuts: Daily Telegraph

    LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' army chief of staff said he was very concerned about the impact of cuts to British defense spending that he said had forced a review of how Britain's troops could be deployed alongside U.S. forces in future conflicts. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph…

  • How can we prevent the next 'Jihadi John'?

    The Islamic State fighter who first appeared in the video of the beheading of journalist James Foley last August was formerly known only as ‘Jihadi John’, but Thursday he was revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen. Then, years of conflict and frustration with the British security…

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  • Netanyahu speech to Congress: Low point in US-Israel relationship?

    "Politics stops at the water's edge," Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously declared when he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s – an ideal obviously not always met since those early post-war years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress this week…

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  • Major Supreme Court challenge threatens to gut Obamacare

    After narrowly surviving a bitter constitutional showdown in 2010, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is once again in serious peril as the US Supreme Court prepares this week to take up a new legal challenge that threatens to gut Obamacare. A decision in favor of the challengers could block…

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  • Why Russians march: to replace 'campaigns of hate'

    In unexpected numbers, about 50,000 Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent pro-democracy figure gunned down just two days before. A state-run hate campaign has indeed escalated against domestic critics of the policies of President Vladimir Putin, especially…

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  • 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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  • New drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

    An overnight drone strike killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a country where the United States is the only power operating the unmanned aircraft, a tribal source said Monday. The late Sunday strike in the Markha district of the southern province of Shabwa also wounded another…

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  • UK rights activists CAGE in dock over 'Jihadi John' comments

    A rights group in contact with the man thought to be Islamic State group executioner "Jihadi John" before he left Britain for Syria is facing a backlash after accusing intelligence services of radicalising him. CAGE, whose leading figures include former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, describes…

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  • Saudi consul released after three years as hostage in Yemen

    RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian diplomat returned to Riyadh on Monday after he was released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years as a hostage, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by state media. Abdullah al-Khalidi, Saudi Arabia's consul in Aden, was seized…

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  • Tajik leader's party ahead in election, Western monitors cry foul

    Tajikistan's veteran President Imomali Rakhmon looked set on Monday to dominate parliament for another five years after his party took a strong lead in an election Western observers said was stacked in his favor. The central election commission, announcing first results from Sunday's general…

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  • Iran will 'go as far as we can' in nuclear talks: Zarif

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday Tehran would try to "go as far as we can" in negotiations with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Iran's disputed nuclear program. Zarif, asked if he was confident about the talks scheduled with Kerry in the Swiss town of Montreux…

  • Four Syrian refugees killed in fire at camp in Jordan

    Four Syrian refugees died on Monday when their mobile home caught fire in Jordan's Zaatari camp near the Syrian border, the United Nations refugee agency and a witness said. The four refugees, all members of one family, died when flames engulfed one of thousands of mobile homes in the sprawling…

  • De Villiers looms large for Ireland in Cricket World Cup clash

    Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals' bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them…

  • Youth-led disaster alerts protect Sri Lankan tsunami village - TRFN

    By Amantha Perera PERALIYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Indian Ocean tsunami swept ashore on Dec. 26, 2004, Supunsara Methmani was just eight years old. She remembers running to a temple in her village of Peraliya and waiting fearfully until the waters receded. “People…

  • Ukraine's military says one Ukrainian serviceman killed in past 24 hours

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and four wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, underscoring the fragility of a two-week-old ceasefire deal. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said pro-Russian rebels continued to…