• Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani,…

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  • Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable

    By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Myanmar's government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country's president and the military chief met opposition political parties and…

  • Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

    By Taiga Uranaka and Antoni Slodkowski ISHINOMAKI Japan (Reuters) - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a…

  • Why Islamic State threat is 'unprecedented,' but doesn't change much for US

    The Islamic State is a unique phenomenon that "is unprecedented in the modern age," according to a new report, but a co-author suggests that – for now – the threat to the United States remains limited and the potential for solving the crisis is frustratingly familiar.

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  • Maine governor: Ebola quarantine talks fail with nurse Kaci Hickox

    Negotiations have broken down between Maine officials and a nurse who refuses to submit to a three-week quarantine following her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

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  • Ukraine can cleanse its past, heal its future

    In the past half century, as dozens of nations have overcome tyranny or conflict, many have tried to figure out how much to punish their past tormentors – or to forgive them, depending on their crimes, personal contrition, or civic usefulness.

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

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  • Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying him mysteriously disappeared.

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  • Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Program gives disabled Venezuelans hope

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Juan Carlos Marron is among a small group of young disabled Venezuelans who are finding hope for future independence in a program that teaches them how to repair violins and other musical instruments.

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  • 60 years on, independence war defines modern Algeria

    Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead. On the night of November 1, 1954, known as "Toussaint Rouge" (Red All Saints Day) because it…

  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president is holding a rare meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that also includes the country's political and military heavyweights. Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from running for president in next year's election, has been calling for a…

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  • Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

    Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) (AFP) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

  • Danielle Kang has another hole-in-one

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Another week. Another ace. Another car.

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    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation. There…

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  • Beale fined again; contract negotiations can start

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union sanctioned Kurtley Beale for the second time in a week, fining him 3,000 Australian dollars ($2,650) on Friday for his part in an argument with the Wallabies team business manager on a flight between South Africa and Argentina last month.

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  • US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation.

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