• Malaysian police reveal grim secrets of jungle trafficking camps

    By Praveen Menon and Andrew R.C. Marshall BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, on Tuesday began pulling out bodies from shallow graves found in abandoned jungle camps where an inter-governmental body said hundreds of victims of…

  • Israel strikes Gaza after rocket lands near Israeli port Ashdod

    Israeli aircraft struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip from the air early on Wednesday, residents and the Israeli military said, after a rocket that Palestinian militants fired from the enclave landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod. The Israeli military said it struck four "terror…

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  • No special treatment for Australian IS fighter's family: PM

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the "full severity of Australian law" if they attempt to return home, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday. Abbott last…

  • When expert testimony isn't: Tainted evidence wreaks havoc in courts, lives

    Kevin Bridgeman has been out of prison for almost three years, but it’s possible that he never should have been in there in the first place. A lab chemist is serving three years for falsifying forensics in Mr. Bridgeman’s case and up to 40,000 other defendants. The chemist is already two years…

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  • Obama administration loses bid to move forward on immigration action

    The Obama administration has lost a bid to lift a temporary injunction blocking the president’s controversial executive action that promised special status and work permits to nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. Voting 2 to 1, a panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth…

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  • In Europe and now Asia, a search for ‘common destiny’

    The European Union must be doing something right. Its oft-repeated slogan about a “common destiny” for its 500 million people has become the catchphrase for China in a campaign to bind its neighbors into a community. Just what kind of community China envisions is still not clear.

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  • Bernie Sanders 2016: Can he raise a liberal army?

    Self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vt. He’s hoping to attract an army of left-leaning Democrats who aren’t happy about Hillary Clinton’s past coziness with Wall Street and her Senate vote to authorize…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with…

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  • 4 militants die in attack in upscale area of Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.

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  • EU to unveil latest plan to absorb migrants fairly

    The European Commission is due Wednesday to unveil its latest version of a controversial plan to force EU member states to more evenly absorb the wave of migrants making the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe. UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also due in Brussels after urging Europe to do…

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  • Militants wage overnight gunfight in Kabul diplomatic quarter

    Gunfire and explosions rang out Wednesday in a diplomatic quarter of Kabul as security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. The standoff ended at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister…

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  • FBI, police find no threat on EVA Air plane at LA airport

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Someone called in a threat to a flight from Taiwan that landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but nothing dangerous was found on board, authorities said.

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  • Northern Ireland govt in trouble after bill blocked

    The power-sharing government of Northern Ireland failed to pass a key welfare bill, reaching an impasse that senior politicians have warned could endanger the fragile regional assembly. Sinn Fein and the SDLP used a veto to block a package of social welfare reforms backed by the Democratic…

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  • China coal production falls in first 4 months of year

    BEIJING (AP) — Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.

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  • Gaza militants fire rocket at Israel; no casualties reported

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli fighter jets carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said.

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