• Suspected Boko Haram militants attack major Nigeria northern city

    By Lanre and Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri just after midnight on Sunday, military, government and local sources said. At around 9 am (0800 GMT) on Sunday, a Reuters witness said shelling could be…

  • Journalist who broke news of prosecutor's death flees Argentina

    The first journalist to report on the death of a Argentine state prosecutor, who was investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, said on Saturday that he had fled Argentina fearing for his life. My phones are tapped," Damian Pachter, a journalist with the…

  • Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release

    By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding. Abe, speaking to public broadcaster…

  • Not Bush? Not Romney? Who does Donald Trump like for president in 2016?

    At a high-profile Republican event held Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, the business mogul announced that he might once more make a bid for chief of state, this time in 2016. "I am seriously thinking of running for president," Mr. Trump said as he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit. To an…

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  • ISIS video: Is this Japanese beheading real or fake?

    In the video, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holds up a photo that purportedly shows the beheaded body of his companion, security contractor Haruna Yukawa. In both cases, questions have been raised about their authenticity.

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  • Ernie Banks a.k.a. Mr. Cub because of his enduring optimism

    Ernie Banks, the beloved Chicago Cubs legend and the team's first African American player, passed away on Friday night. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. Banks began his baseball career at 19 years…

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  • Judge strikes down Alabama gay marriage ban: Three things to know

    On Friday, a federal judge ruled that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled that the 2006 Sanctity of Marriage Amendment – which prohibited gay marriage in the state of Alabama – violated the due process and equal protection clauses of…

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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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  • Factbox: How the Greek election works

    Greeks vote on Sunday in an election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party. The anti-bailout party led by Alexis Tsipras is leading in the polls but it is unclear if it can win enough seats to govern without having to rely on one or more of the smaller parties. - A…

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  • Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke.

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  • Halep through to Australian Open quarterfinals

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Sunday

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  • Nigeria troops fighting Boko Haram in Maiduguri: military, locals

    Nigerian troops on Sunday engaged Boko Haram fighters in a fierce battle in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military, vigilantes and residents said. "Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on Monguno and Maiduguri by terrorists," the defence headquarters said on Twitter. It said…

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  • Nepal pushed to political turmoil over new constitution

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal was pushed further into a political turmoil over a draft of a new constitution with an opposition alliance vowing street protests.

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  • Tradition and trophies: What to Watch at the Aussie Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A place in the quarterfinals awaits the victors Monday when the fourth round is completed at the Australian Open and the second week begins in earnest at Melbourne Park.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With national attention focusing on efforts to save the other hostage, 47-year-old journalist…

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  • AFC rejects Iran's protest over Asian Cup quarterfinal

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has rejected a protest from Iran over its quarterfinal loss to Iraq in the continental championship, saying the complaint over the eligibility of Alaa Abdulzehra was unfounded.

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  • Zambia: Ruling party candidate wins presidential election

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has won Zambia's presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced late Saturday.

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