• Hostage in Sydney siege 'killed by police bullet ricochet'

    By Jane Wardell and Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of the hostages held during a siege at an Australian cafe last month was killed by a ricochet of at least one police bullet that also injured three other hostages, an inquest into the deaths was told on Thursday. Jeremy Gormly, counsel…

  • North Korea 'demanded $10 billion in cash and food' for summit with South

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, adding that he refused to pay anything for holding talks. A predecessor, Kim…

  • Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial…

  • Loretta Lynch, attorney general nominee, fields GOP senators' barbed questions

    President Obama’s executive action granting deferred deportation status and work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants was based on a “reasonable” legal opinion by Justice Department lawyers, Mr. Obama’s choice to become the next attorney general told senators at her confirmation…

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  • After listening to women, a Congressman switches sides on abortion

    On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced that after conversing with women in his home state and around the country, he had changed his position. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive…

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  • Jordan would swap a mass murderer for its ISIS-held pilot. Is that a mistake?

    Jordan said today it's willing to release Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who participated in a 2005 attack that murdered 38 people at the Radisson Hotel in Amman, in exchange for a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot held by the so-called Islamic State since his F-16 went down over Syria…

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  • Supreme Court halts Oklahoma executions pending lethal injection case

    The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to halt the scheduled executions of three death-row plaintiffs who are challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol at the high court. The case, likely to be argued in April, will examine whether Oklahoma’s three-drug protocol for lethal injection…

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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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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. The message, read by a voice claiming to be Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, was released online after Jordan offered a…

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  • India fires top foreign office official

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.

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  • Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed

    PARIS (AP) — Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.

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  • Sri Lanka makes 287-6, batting 1st in 7th ODI vs. NZ

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Kumar Sangakkara hit his 21st one-day international century to lead Sri Lanka to 287-6 batting first in Thursday's seventh and last game of the one-day series against New Zealand.

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  • Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.

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  • Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit

    Greece's new hard-left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent the Athens stock market diving after his government scrapped key privatisation projects and pressed home its demand for debt relief. His "national salvation" government said it was putting on hold the previous administration's plans to sell…

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  • Top US colleges push for more diverse students from China

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Yupei Guo does not fit the mold of the traditional Ivy League student from China: Her journalist parents are neither rich nor members of the governing elite.

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  • Sri Lanka makes 287-6 in 7th ODI vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sri Lanka made 287-6, batting first after winning the toss Thursday in the seventh and last one-day international against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium:

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  • Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

    SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.

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