• Somalia Islamists storm Puntland police station, kill three: police

    By Abdiqani Hassan and Feisal Omar BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in the country's semi-autonomous region of Puntland and killed three policemen late on Monday, police said. Several militants from the Islamist group were also killed during the…

  • France, Saudi seeking to seal billions of euros in deals 'quickly': Fabius

    France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised "quickly", ranging from the defense sector to civil aviation, transport and energy, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. Speaking after President Francois Hollande held talks with…

  • Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday. About 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday…

  • Anti-Muhammad cartoon contest: Free speech or deliberately provocative?

    When Pamela Geller and her controversial organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, announced it would hold a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, their plan to satirize and lampoon the founder of Islam was intended to have both a defiant and provocative free-speech edge. Sunday’s…

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  • Nepal earthquake: how one US aircraft could make a big difference

    With the response to the earthquake in Nepal shifting from search and rescue to relief and reconstruction, a new clock is now ticking for the devastated Himalayan nation. “We’re already hearing reports of damage to the one [runway] at the Kathmandu airport from all the aid flights coming in,” Mr.…

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  • Boston bombing trial: Tsarnaev breaks stoic facade, blows kiss to tearful aunt

    For almost two months Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sat at the heart of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Through weeks of wrenching and emotional testimony, Mr. Tsarnaev has remained almost statue-like sitting at a table with his attorneys.

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  • Ben Carson says he's running: Any chance he'll win in 2016?

    Ben Carson on Monday officially announced that he’s running for president. His campaign kickoff – held at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit – was pretty unusual for that kind of thing. In that sense he’s following a path well-trod by Herman Cain, Steve Forbes, Ross Perot,…

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  • Save the Children: Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy

    ROME (AP) — The Save the Children aid group reported another Mediterranean migrant tragedy Tuesday, with survivors saying "dozens" of their fellow passengers fell out of their rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared.

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  • India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring U.S. warning against haste

    By Nidhi Verma and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals…

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  • German train drivers start five-day strike in wage dispute

    BERLIN (AP) — German train drivers started a five-day strike Tuesday, their longest walkout yet in an increasingly bitter dispute with the country's main railway operator.

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  • NATO to briefly move command HQ to Romania from Naples

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.

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  • Burundi court validates president's third term bid

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday validated the president's controversial bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, called it unconstitutional.

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  • Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot to death in Belfast

    DUBLIN (AP) — The central Irish Republican Army figure in one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings has been shot to death in Belfast, residents and police said Tuesday.

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  • Burundi court approves president's third-term run: ruling party

    BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's constitutional court has approved President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the ruling party chairman said on Tuesday, a move that will anger protesters who say his decision to run again violates the constitution. "It has given its decision already," Pascal…

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  • Burundi government says ready to free detainees to help dialogue

    Burundi's vice president said on Tuesday the government was ready to release those detained during more than a week of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, saying it was a move to help dialogue and restore calm. "To give chance to dialogue and to calm, the…

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  • Burundi court approves president's bid for third term amid protests

    Burundi's constitutional court has approved President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, it said in a statement, as dozens of protesters marched in the capital to say they would "never accept" a campaign they call illegal. "The renewal of the presidential term through direct universal…

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  • Iraq sends troops to key refinery amid heavy clashes with IS

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

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  • Jordan hosts 18-country military drill amid wars, tensions

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

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