• Israel's Netanyahu tells Obama that Iran can't be allowed to reach nuclear arms 'threshold'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshold" of being able to develop nuclear…

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  • Modi to wield broom in nationwide 'Clean India' campaign

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take up a broom and sweep the filthy streets of the capital on Thursday, launching a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of cleanliness and better sanitation. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean…

  • Car bomb kills 11 in Shi'ite Baghdad neighborhood: police, medics

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a mostly Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 11 people, police and hospital sources said. The violence came a day after Baghdad witnessed one of its bloodiest days since U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State…

  • Cameron promises political reform as British election looms. Is EU listening?

    British Prime Minister David Cameron rallied his Conservative Party faithful today with a promise to “deliver” on a pledge of “English votes for English laws” after Scots last month wrangled a pledge for increased powers within the United Kingdom. 

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  • Anti-terror overreach? UK drops case against Moazzam Begg.

    British prosecutors dropped all terrorism-related charges against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Wednesday, raising new questions about Britain’s expanding anti-terrorism efforts.

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  • Yoga pants too distracting for boys? A N.D. school cracks down on girls

    A North Dakota high school assembly on the school dress code – stipulating that yoga pants and skinny jeans must be appropriately covered – was expected to last five minutes.

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  • First US Ebola case: Why the delayed diagnosis?

    Public health officials remain confident that the first case of Ebola in the United States, announced Tuesday, will not spread or become an outbreak. But they acknowledge that case was not diagnosed as soon as it could have been. 

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  • Imelda Marcos 'violated' by artwork seizure

    Manila (AFP) - Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos felt "violated" after the authorities searched her homes and offices and seized art pieces, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

  • At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine

    By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces.…

  • Kenya sentences two Iranians for using fake Israeli passports

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month. Kenyan anti-terrorism police arrested the two on…

  • Sweden's incoming coalition to set up energy commission

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Social Democrats said Wednesday they had agreed with junior coalition partner the Green Party to set up an energy commission, offering hope of reconciling their opposing views on nuclear policy. "We have an energy agreement," Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven told…

  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S.…

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  • Russian news agency goes back to Soviet name: Tass

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian news agency known since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union as ITAR-Tass has reverted to its old, historical name: Tass.

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  • Ireland unit seeking secret IRA graves finds body

    DUBLIN (AP) — Forensic experts searching for the long-hidden graves of Irish Republican Army victims found the remains Wednesday of a body during a month-long search, the latest in a long line of grim discoveries that seek to resolve old grievances of the Northern Ireland conflict.

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  • Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

    BEIJING (AP) — The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

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  • Lawyer: Briton on death row in Pakistan attacked

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for a mentally-ill British man on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy asked authorities Thursday to keep his client in hospital after a prison guard shot and wounded him.

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  • Only Ukraine and EU can change trade deal, Barroso tells Putin

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Amendments to a EU-Ukraine trade deal at the centre of tensions between Russia and the West can only be agreed between Brussels and Kiev, the head of the European Commission has said. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to see three-way negotiations to amend the accord,…