• Israel's Netanyahu clinches deal for new coalition government - sources

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal on Wednesday to form a new government after reaching agreement with a far-right party, political sources said, just two hours before a deadline was due to expire. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said…

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  • Britain's closest election in a generation goes down to the wire

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation entered its final day with the two main parties level in most polls and neither on track to command a majority in the parliament of the world's fifth largest economy. Despite five weeks of…

  • King's changes make Saudi policy less predictable

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership have concentrated power in an inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, removing constraints on the monarch and making the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable. The world's top oil exporter has always…

  • A women's peace walk across the Koreas

    North and South Korea are still technically at war, divided by a mined demilitarized zone, more than 60 years since their hot combat during the cold war. Now a group of 30 women that includes two Nobel Peace Prize winners as well as activist Gloria Steinem hopes their walk from Pyongyang to Seoul…

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  • Influencers: Congress should end NSA bulk data collection

    Nearly two years after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the controversial program, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would effectively end bulk collection. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, backed by defense hawks,…

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  • 'Father of the Internet' Vint Cerf advocates for stronger encryption technology

    No one is completely impenetrable, according to Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf. “What is really needed is to take steps to improve the safety and security of the Internet,” Mr. Cerf says. “We know how to do that, and I mean we as the Internet community.

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  • Does 'cutting off the heads' of Mexico's cartels really work?

    Mexico has scored dozens of drug-war “wins” over the past several years, with cartel kingpins apprehended anywhere from secret tunnels to bustling restaurants, and paraded in front of news cameras as a sign of progress. The recent ascendance of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), which…

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  • Guatemala business association joins calls for VP to quit

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated.

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  • Burundi president confirms will seek third term

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza insisted Wednesday he would run for a third term in an election in June, defying international pressure to change his mind in a crisis that has sparked deadly protests. A day after the Constitutional Court ruled he could stand for another term, Nkurunziza said…

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  • McIlroy, Spieth linked closer now at Players Championship

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy remembers a 19-year-old Texan who had secured a spot on the PGA Tour and seemed very polished for his age. That was the first time he played with Jordan Spieth two years ago in the Texas Open.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    KHADKA TOLE, Nepal (AP) — Gone, the girl says as she squints into the sun, the air around her shimmering with wind-blown wheat chaff. She points to one house after another nestled in the green hills, most shattered from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal last month. "Over there, one has gone.…

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  • Qatar’s Lekhwiya make last 16, no joy for Buriram

    Doha (AFP) - Qatar champions Lekhwiya advanced to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on Wednesday.

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  • Spain's soccer federation suspends matches from May 16

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's soccer federation says it is suspending all league and cup matches from May 16 in protest at a proposed new law on the sale of television rights.

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  • Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats

    CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

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  • Turkey holds prosecutors over spy agency's Syria-bound truck

    Turkey on Wednesday arrested four prosecutors and a gendarme officer for trying to carry out a search of Syria-bound trucks belonging to the state intelligence agency that they suspected of illegally carrying arms for rebels fighting Syria's government. Local media said the arrests were part of a…

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  • Serena beats Azarenka to reach Madrid quarters, Nadal wins

    MADRID (AP) — Victoria Azarenka squandered triple match point, double-faulting on the last one, and Serena Williams rallied to reach the Madrid Open quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) win on Wednesday.

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  • Kerry to talk Yemen bombing 'pause' with Saudis

    Top US diplomat John Kerry flew in to Riyadh Wednesday for talks on a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen, where dozens of people were reported killed trying to flee worsening conditions after weeks of war. On the Saudi side of the border there were more casualties as well, when shelling from Yemen…

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  • New leftist Alberta leader seeks to reassure energy sector

    The new leftist leader of Canada's oil-rich Alberta province sought to reassure energy investors Wednesday, saying she would work with industry to plan cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and on taxation. Investors reacted to the New Democratic Party's historic win Tuesday in Alberta by dumping…

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