• Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants. Iranian military…

  • Western leaders hint at more Russian sanctions over Ukraine

    U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders on Tuesday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, officials said. The virtual meeting took place amid continuing violence in Ukraine despite the two-week-old…

  • Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

    By Johan Purnomo and Darren Whiteside CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination to use the death penalty despite international…

  • Netanyahu speech on Iran: Did it put Obama on the back foot?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday laid out a starkly different vision from President Obama’s for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – a goal both leaders say is their nonnegotiable guiding priority. Netanyahu laid down a number of “red lines” for…

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  • At core of Boston Marathon bombing trial, brothers' complex relationship

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer, a convert to radical Islam, and someone potentially involved in a triple murder. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was his younger brother: quiet, impressionable, and easily persuaded. It wasn’t his idea to bomb the Boston Marathon in 2013. His lawyers have made it clear…

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  • For these families, King v. Burwell is more than a Supreme Court case

    Before last year, if Jumaane Cook had a medical problem, he headed for the emergency room. In 2014, Mr. Cook says he was able to get health insurance for the first time in his adult life – a bronze plan with a $5,000 deductible from a Kaiser HMO that covers him and his son for a premium of about…

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  • Why Netanyahu speech has inflamed such passions on Capitol Hill

    “Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted,” the Israeli leader said Tuesday morning, speaking of the international bid to strike a deal over Iran’s nuclear program. To Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, however, the characterization of Iranian negotiators as essentially…

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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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  • Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislative spokeswoman says the country's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year.

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  • Turkish jetliner skids off on runway, passengers safe

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say a Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital has skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries.

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  • Canadian man charged with causing St Lucia child's death

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — A Canadian tourist has been charged with recklessly causing the death of a 4-year-old St. Lucian child who drowned off one of the Caribbean country's beaches last month, officials said Tuesday.

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  • Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the…

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  • Scotland looks for World Cup boost against Bangladesh

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scotland has another chance to revive a Cricket World Cup campaign which has fallen below its own expectations when it plays Bangladesh in a Pool A match at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Thursday.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday. The settlement with 72 passengers who…

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  • APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

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  • Australian court backs finding radio royal prank call broke law

    Australia's High Court on Wednesday backed the broadcasting watchdog's finding that an Australian radio station broke the law with a prank call to a British hospital taking care of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, paving the way for penalties. Two presenters at Sydney's 2Day FM called the London…

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