• Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria: sources

    By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said. Syria became a…

  • Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

    By Mark Felsenthal and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the…

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  • Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee

    Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington's rebuke came from "baseless accusations" and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on…

  • What's behind FDA rules on e-cigarettes

    On Thursday, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step toward that aim. The agency proposed several rules on electronic cigarettes, notably one to restrict access of the battery-powered, nicotine-infused vapor devices to minors. The FDA has strong political winds at its back…

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  • Did Hillary Clinton accomplish anything as secretary of State?

    Did Hillary Clinton accomplish anything as secretary of State? That question is in the news at the moment because an Associated Press reporter asked something like it this week at a Foggy Bottom briefing and a State Department spokeswoman fumbled the response. The specific subject was the…

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  • Why India's Narendra Modi can't succeed without regional parties

    When Narendra Modi, the man expected to be India's next prime minister, took the stage at a rally in Mumbai this week, it was not his face, but a picture of the late founder of the Shiv Sena, an influential regional party, that dominated the banners above him. The Sena loyalists did want to get a…

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  • Why Chicago's bid for an Obama Library could be a problem for the president

    It’s campaign season in the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago – not just on behalf of any candidate, but for public officials who are bidding to win two world-class museums they say will boost tourism and enrich the state’s cultural cache. On Wednesday, a task force assigned by Chicago…

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  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries'…

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  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

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  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

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  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy.

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  • Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.

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  • Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

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  • Panama presidential candidates battle for top spot in final polls

    Panamanians can expect a tight finish when they go to the polls to elect their next president, according to two polls published on Thursday, the last allowed before next week's vote. The winner of the race will inherit a strong but slowing growth rate in the Central American country and will…

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  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

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  • Sevilla takes 2-0 lead against Valencia in Europa

    SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored within four minutes of each other as Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.

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  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response,…

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  • Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Substitute Lima scored six minutes from the end to give Benfica a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League first-leg semifinals on Thursday.

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  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than…

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