• Syria's Assad calls chlorine allegations 'malicious propaganda': CBS

    President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning." Asked about allegations Syrian government forces have used chlorine gas…

  • Iran accuses Turkish leader Erdogan of fomenting regional strife

    Iran's foreign minister accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of fomenting strife in the Middle East, rebuffing his accusation that Iran was trying to dominate the region. "It would be better if those who have created irreparable damages with their strategic mistakes and lofty…

  • France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks'

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. "I hope that the…

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  • Harry Reid to retire in 2016: 'perfect leader for a polarized Congress'

    It is no accident that Senate minority leader Harry Reid began his YouTube retirement announcement on Friday with a reference to his bruised-up face and to his youth as a boxer. Senator Reid said he would not seek reelection in 2016 – a reversal from an earlier assertion in late January. “We have…

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  • Why athletes are taking acting classes to prepare for the Olympics

    In Australia, 20 Olympic hopefuls from around the country travelled to Canberra to participate in a Rio Ready workshop held at the Australian Institute of Sport. The leader, a sport scientist named David Martin, said the purpose of the workshop is to push athletes beyond the physical aspects of…

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  • How 'marijuana refugees' brought legal cannabis to Georgia

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday said he would sign into law a bill that would make the Peach State the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, continuing the rapid expansion of cannabis into the Deep South and underscoring a dramatic shift in pot politics for social conservatives in the US. …

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  • Grounded? Russia's answer to US next-gen fighter hits the skids.

    The Kremlin is slamming the brakes on its "fifth generation" fighter program and cutting its initial rollout to a quarter of those originally planned. The decision seems a setback for Vladimir Putin's sweeping $800 billion rearmament program, a vital component of the wider effort to restore Russia…

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  • UK opposition leader kicks off election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition leader has launched the Labour Party's campaign for the May 7 election during a cozy event at London's Olympic Park.

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  • France spurs Iran to make 'new effort' for nuclear deal

    France urged Iran Friday to make "new efforts" to clinch a long-sought nuclear deal with global powers, as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius prepared to join marathon talks hurtling towards a deadline. "We wish to have an agreement and it is possible, but there has to be new progress," Fabius told…

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  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.

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  • French court OKs media access to Sarkozy's campaign files

    PARIS (AP) — France's highest administrative court is allowing journalists to see files regarding former President Nicolas Sarkozy's winning presidential campaign in 2007, which is suspected of having received illegal funding from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

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  • France to launch new UN push for Israel-Palestinian resolution

    France will soon begin talks at the United Nations on a new Security Council resolution to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. The Security Council in December rejected a resolution that would have set a deadline for reaching a final peace deal…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. In comments published Friday by the…

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  • Domingo defends Philander, Phangiso decisions

    South Africa coach Russell Domingo Friday defended playing bowler Vernon Philander in the four-wicket World Cup semi-final loss to co-hosts New Zealand. Domingo was speaking in Johannesburg after arriving with some of the squad. He dismissed media claims that fast bowler Philander, picked ahead…

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  • S.Leone in new anti-Ebola lockdown

    Sierra Leone imposed a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday for the second time in six months in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus. The country's six million people, with the exception of health workers, were to remain indoors from 0600 GMT Friday to 1800 GMT Sunday on orders…

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  • Kremlin dismisses Chechen threat to incite separatism in US

    MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of Chechnya's regional legislature has called for encouraging separatism in U.S. states near the border with Mexico if Washington provides Ukraine with lethal arms, a statement quickly disavowed by the Kremlin.

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  • Poland seeks facts about leaders abducted by Soviet Union

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's history institute has placed a paid advertisement in a popular daily in Russia to seek details of the deaths and burials of three leaders abducted in 1945 to Moscow where they died after a trial on fabricated charges.

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