• Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told…

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  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe…

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  • Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women

    British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home. Senior police officers and security chiefs have said they are worried the fighters could return radicalized by…

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  • Invoking 'Fire Pelosi' from 2010, GOP takes on Harry Reid. Will it work?

    But Republicans are effectively trying to put him there. By going after Senator Reid, the theory goes, Republicans will make him poisonous to Democratic senators in tough reelection battles around the country – the very Democrats Reid needs to hold onto the majority leader job.  Republicans say…

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  • IRS takes new hit: Report finds agency gave bonuses to tax evaders

    The Internal Revenue Service faces negative publicity again, with a report showing that the agency paid out more than $1 million in bonuses to IRS employees known to have failed to meet their own tax obligations.  “More than 1,100 IRS employees with substantiated Federal tax compliance problems…

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  • US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic?

    The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression. The contingent, which began arriving Wednesday, is the…

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  • Why Obama reassures allies

    In recent weeks, Washington’s top security officials – from President Obama on down – have begun a sort of “reassurance tour,” telling allies and others that the United States still has their backs. Mr. Obama is in Japan, the vice president was in Ukraine, the Defense secretary went to Europe, and…

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  • Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008.

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  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad.

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  • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.

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  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on…

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  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.

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  • Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.

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  • UK enlists Muslim women to help stop Syria jihadists

    British police reached out to Muslim women on Thursday in an attempt to prevent young people going to fight in Syria, after a sharp rise in arrests related to the conflict. Counter-terrorism officials launched a national campaign to raise awareness of the risks of travelling to Syria, especially…

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  • Australia transport bureau says beach debris not from MH370

    Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assessed the material that washed up on the…

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  • Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A new Bolivian law authorizes the country's military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine, though it cannot yet be put into practice because it doesn't have sufficient radar coverage.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff…

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  • Defense: FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications

    FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The defense team for five people facing trial before a war crimes tribunal stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks claimed the implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and called on the court to probe the incident aggressively,…

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  • Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

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  • Seoul, Hiroshima advance in Asian Champions League

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — FC Seoul beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, ensuring both last season's finalists reached the second round.

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