• Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi said on Saturday Egypt faces a tough,…

  • Plastics factory fire kills 13 people in Bangladesh capital

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Saturday, police said. Scores were injured and more people may have died at Nasim Plastic House in a crowded market in the suburb of…

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  • Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

    By Steve Scherer and Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Mattarella, speaking at his office in the…

  • Ohio delays all 2015 executions, amid scrutiny of lethal injection drugs

    The decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday to postpone all seven scheduled 2015 executions in the state is part of growing evidence suggesting that courts – and American society – are coming to a fresh showdown over the humanity of how states administer the ultimate sanction. Governor…

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  • Aussies on death row in Bali stir the nation. Will final appeal work?

    If Mr. Chan and Mr. Sukumaran lose their appeals they will be the first Australians to be executed since 2002, when Singapore put a convicted Australian drug smuggler to death by hanging. Australia abolished the death penalty in 1973. They lost a review in 2010 and Indonesia's Constitutional and…

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  • California officials seek to regulate electronic cigarettes

    California health officials declared this week that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated like tobacco products. Experts say that if electronic cigarettes are not regulated, young people risk becoming addicted and developing health problems as a result. "E-cigarettes…

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  • Could tipping reach a tipping point? Some restaurants try new model

    A mini-revolution is gently simmering in American restaurants. Tipping hasn't quite reached a tipping point but the model seems downright revolutionary in an industry where employees typically depend on customer tips to pad paltry wages. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13…

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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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  • Sunderland earn 2nd home win in English Premier League

    SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Sunderland earned its second win at home in the English Premier League thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Burnley on Saturday.

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  • Automakers recall more than 2M vehicles for faulty air bags

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for faulty air bags that may inflate while the car is running.

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  • Kane scores 2 as Spurs beat West Brom 3-0

    WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Tottenham kept the pressure on the top four of the Premier League after a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with Harry Kane scoring two goals.

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  • Falcao scores as Man United beats Leicester 3-1 in EPL

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Radamel Falcao scored only his fourth goal for Manchester United in a 3-1 victory over Leicester in the English Premier League on Saturday.

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  • Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

    BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.

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  • Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

    ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers, and quickly established as priorities both efforts to revive his country's moribund economy and to…

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  • Walters nets 3 as Stoke beats QPR 3-1 in Premier League

    STOKE, England (AP) — Jonathan Walters scored a hat trick Saturday as Stoke beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 in the Premier League to keep the visitors without a single point in away games this season.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Fire department control official Mohammed Farhaduzzaman said the fire broke out Saturday evening at the five-story factory in Dhaka's…

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  • Everton beats Crystal Palace 1-0 in Premier League

    LONDON (AP) — Romelu Lukaku's early goal gave Everton a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, handing Alan Pardew his first loss since taking over the London club.

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