• Russian aircraft head off U.S. destroyer in Black Sea: RIA

    Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia's armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving…

  • U.S., allies conduct 22 air strikes against Islamic State militants -combined joint task force

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16 air strikes from Friday morning through Saturday morning and conducted another six strikes against the group in Syria, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The strikes in Iraq were spread throughout the country,…

  • Islamic State's Saudi branch calls for clearing Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ites

    Saudi Arabia's branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring center has reported. Islamic State claimed two suicide bombings carried out on May 22 and…

  • Self-defense or illegal homicide? Is 'stand-your-ground' evolving?

    Again and again American juries, including one in Reno, Nev., on Friday, are being asked to adjudicate a thorny legal question under a new breed of “stand-your-ground” laws: What’s the difference between self-defense and murder? Since Florida expanded that right into public spaces in 2005, over 30…

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  • Dennis Hastert: From House Speaker to alleged sex scandal hush money

    The arc of Dennis Hastert’s political life was both extraordinary and typical. As a former high school teacher and coach from Illinois, he seemed to bring solid, Midwestern values to Washington when he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, handily winning reelection for ten more…

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  • In search of educational 'égalité,' France revamps secondary schools

    France has long prided itself on being a meritocratic system, where anyone – regardless of background – can get to the top with enough hard work. Last week, President François Hollande’s government proposed a series of measures to overhaul the country’s secondary education system – to howls of…

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  • Texas floods: What can communities do to reduce vulnerability?

    It's not news to people living in Texas, but for many Americans, the epic floods striking the state this week highlight how intensely the skies can open up there. "We can get three, four, five inches in a span of an hour or two," says Philip Bedient, a hydrologist at Rice University in Houston. …

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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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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Farrell inspires Saracens to second Premiership title

    Owen Farrell came out on top in his personal battle for No10 supremacy with England rival George Ford to engineer Saracens second English Premiership title success on Saturday. Farrell amassed 18 points including a fine opening try as Mark McCall's men overcame a Bath side which fought back…

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  • EU protests Russian blacklist of European politicians

    MOSCOW (AP) — The European Union on Saturday protested against a Russian list banning entry for nearly 90 European politicians.

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  • Inverness claim first Scottish Cup win

    Super-sub James Vincent fired home a late winner for ten-man Inverness Caledonian Thistle to claim the Scottish Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over Falkirk Saturday at Hampden. Marley Watkins had fired Inverness into a 38th minute lead as the Premiership side had the better of the first…

  • AP Interview: France warns climate change threatens security

    PARIS (AP) — Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday — adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year.

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  • IS razes notorious Syria regime prison in Palmyra

    Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group demolished a prison in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Saturday, a monitor said, destroying what was for decades one of the regime's most feared detention centres.

  • Congo to allow some foreign adoptions despite ban

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo plans to allow 71 children whose adoptions were interrupted by a 2013 suspension to join families in the U.S. and four other countries next week, an official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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  • Tutu blasts govt for 'humiliating' S.Africa

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Saturday blasted the South African government for humiliating the country by allowing the president to get away with spending $24 million of taxpayers' money on home improvement work. "When the South African government denied His Holiness the Dalai Lama a visa to attend…

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After the Korean War ended in 1953, Kim Myeong Bok and 75 other North Korean prisoners of war detained in South Korea opted to live abroad rather than risk hostile welcomes in either half of their homeland. Now he wants to come home, though he may find little more than…

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