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  • New British princess named as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

    Britain's new princess has been named as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace said on its Twitter account on Monday, a choice of names that honors the baby's late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth. The daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate will be…

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  • NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise

    By Balazs Koranyi ABOARD THE USS VICKSBURG, North Sea (Reuters) - NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors. More than a dozen vessels…

  • Merkel defends German intelligence cooperation with NSA

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany's BND intelligence agency on Monday against accusations it illegally helped the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe. In her first public comments on a scandal that has gripped Germany for weeks, Merkel…

  • India crackdown? Ford Foundation latest foreign NGO slapped by Delhi

    The move reflects long-standing tension between the state and civil society in India that appears to be intensifying under Mr. Modi, observers say. The New York-based foundation, which funds a wide range of projects in India, was put on the list on April 23.

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  • Echoes of Charlie Hebdo in attack on Texas Muhammad cartoon event

    Two gunmen were killed in an attack on a cartoon contest to draw the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, Sunday night – an incident and event that has invoked both January's Charlie Hebdo attacks and the anti-Muslim cartoons from Europe that sparked the controversy over Hebdo. The gunmen…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Amid grumbles at home, Taiwan's ruling-party chief meets Xi Jinping

    Taiwan’s beleaguered ruling party is trying to steady its reputation at home and renew dialog with rival China, which is also eager to charm the Taiwanese after a year of setbacks. Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party and a potential presidential candidate, is meeting Chinese President…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Magnitude 3.8 earthquake shakes Los Angeles area

    A small quake rattled a community just outside of Los Angeles early Sunday morning, shaking buildings and waking residents. According to the United States Geological Survey, at just after 4 a.m. local time, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck the View Park-Windsor Hills area, with an epicenter…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • South Sudan's future at grave risk, says Kerry

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that South Sudan's government and rebels had failed to make compromises needed to end a civil conflict and that this was putting the future of the world's youngest nation at "grave risk". "South Sudan's leaders... have not yet…

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  • Central European countries push EU for power to fight VAT fraud

    Finance ministers from five central and eastern European countries joined forces on Monday to demand more power from the European Union to crack down on value-added tax (VAT) fraud, which they said was costing them billions. Ministers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and…

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  • Obama to address race, hint at his future

    President Barack Obama is expected to weigh in on ongoing tensions in America over police treatment of blacks -- and possibly offer a glimpse of his post-White House plans -- during remarks in New York on Monday. Obama will travel to the Bronx to spin off the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative as an…

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  • An Ethiopian immigrant rues the day he moved to Israel

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - When Sendeku Belay thinks about how his life has turned out, the 36-year-old believes he would have been better off staying in Ethiopia than moving to Israel. "Had I known Israel would work out like this, I would have preferred to die in Africa of…

    Reuters25 mins ago
  • Burundi police shoot dead three in battles with protesters

    Police in Burundi shot dead at least three demonstrators and wounded dozens of others Monday, in running battles with protesters angry at a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule. The deaths, confirmed by Burundi's Red Cross, takes the total killed in more than a week of protests to…

    AFP30 mins ago
  • At least 21 people on bus killed in fiery wreck in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 21 people were burned to death when a bus fell into a ditch and caught fire in central India on Monday, police said.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Discussing police, Iran president pushes against hard-liners

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Ahead of summer in Iran, when hard-liners want to want women in the Islamic Republic to be veiled and covered to their standards, the country's president is taking a stand against police enforcing morality rules.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • US police: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

    GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • France's far-right party mulls political fate of patriarch

    PARIS (AP) — The man who for nearly four decades built France's far-right National Front into a political force may be on the fast track to disgrace.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station is finally serving up fresh Italian espresso.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • Turkey says it stopped over 200 migrants heading to Greece

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says it has stopped over 200 migrants from reaching EU-member Greece in recent days.

    Associated Press39 mins ago