• Malaysia police arrest 42 foreigners after riot at export factory

    By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police have arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory, highlighting accusations of poor conditions for many of the estimated four million foreign workers…

  • Afghan candidate Ghani pulls observers from election audit

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pulled his observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday after rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah dropped out of the process, a senior member of Ghani's team said. "Although it seems sort of unfair ... politically it seemed…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan says new cabinet to be announced on Friday

    By Gulsen Solaker and Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday, and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day. Erdogan was speaking…

  • How does your state do on gender equality?

    In international rankings, American never fares particularly well – 23rd in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum.

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  • New audio in Michael Brown case: How important in whirl of narratives?

    A new audio tape that purportedly contains the sounds of shots fired by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown is raising new questions about the actual dynamics of a killing that sparked social unrest and a national debate over police tactics. Was the pause the moment Mr.…

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  • US spy flights over Syria: Preparing for airstrikes on the Islamic State?

    The US military has begun flying surveillance missions over Syria, officials confirmed this week, after being given the green light by President Obama. While being careful not to comment on potential airstrikes, senior military officials have been increasingly vocal about the need to treat the…

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  • Can US defeat Islamic State without help from Assad?

    After a flurry of speculation recently that President Obama might overcome his distaste for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go after Islamic State militants in their base inside Syria, the White House is speaking out: There will be no cooperation with the Assad regime. While it will be…

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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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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Ukraine's PM says Russia plans to block gas flows to Europe

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe, in comments which are likely to escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West. Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June over a gas pricing dispute, but it…

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  • Business leaders call for Scotland to remain in UK

    More than 130 business leaders have urged Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom, arguing in an open letter published Wednesday that the case for independence has not been made. "The United Kingdom gives business the strong platform we must have to invest in jobs and industry. By all continuing…

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  • Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns

    Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme. "Modification of the heart of the Arak reactor is in the process of being carried out by our experts ... to ease the worries of…

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  • Global trash burning more polluting than expected

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.

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  • Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of Malaysia Airlines, said in early…

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