• Greek PM tries to rein in leftists in party battle

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's divided leftist Syriza party met on Thursday to thrash out its differences amid a mounting rebellion by far-left lawmakers who accuse the party of betraying its anti-austerity roots. Greece narrowly averted an exit from…

  • Cairo hearing in Al Jazeera journalists' retrial adjourned: Al Jazeera

    By Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court session which had been expected to deliver a verdict on Thursday in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists has been adjourned, Al Jazeera said on its Twitter feed. "We are extremely angry that the verdict has been adjourned today," Al…

  • Drone kills four suspected militants in Yemen: residents

    ADEN/SANAA (Reuters) - An attack by an unmanned aircraft on a car in southern Yemen overnight killed four suspected al Qaeda militants, residents and local officials said on Thursday. The occupants of the vehicle were suspected members of Ansar al-Sharia, a part of al Qaeda in the Arabian…

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  • Iran deal sparks battle between two Jewish lobbies – and worldviews

    For decades, the hawkish American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has been king of the Hill in Washington. Congressman Engel (D) of New York, who is Jewish, is a longtime friend of AIPAC. Recommended: How much do you know about Israel?

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  • 911 dispatcher resigns after hanging up on panicked teen caller

    An emergency dispatcher in Albuquerque, N.M., has resigned after telling a panicked teenage caller trying to save her dying friend to “deal with it” herself and then hanging up on her. The 911 call was made by 17-year-old Esperanza Quintero after Jaydon Chavez-Silver, also 17, was fatally shot by…

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  • Turkey's 'risky' two-front war: political opportunity for Erdogan?

    Turkey’s abrupt shift to a two-front war against Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists has plunged the country into a period of uncertainty, exacerbating political turmoil at home while raising fears of violent domestic unrest. The past 24 hours have seen Turkey dramatically escalate its…

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  • Israel committed war crimes in 2014, says Amnesty International

    Amnesty International says new evidence shows Israeli forces carried out war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last year's war. "There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah…

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  • China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides…

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Air…

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  • Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's center-right coalition government hopes its record overseeing the country's recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected.

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  • Russia opens trial against Ukrainian aviator

    Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko went on trial in Russia Thursday in a politically charged case that could send ties between Moscow and Kiev to a new low. Savchenko, who is seen by her compatriots as a symbol of resistance against what most Ukrainians consider an insurgency fuelled by…

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  • Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.

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  • For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.

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  • Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners.

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  • Keaten appointment AP chief correspondent in Switzerland

    LONDON (AP) — Jamey Keaten, a reporter in the Paris office of The Associated Press, has been named chief correspondent for Switzerland.

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  • Rolls-Royce sees half-year profits fall

    British engine maker Rolls-Royce reported a fall in half-year profits Thursday amid weaker demand for the Airbus A330 from airlines and sluggishness in its marine business. "In the near term, we are managing a significant transition from mature engines to newer, more fuel efficient ones," said…

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  • African hunting dreams collide with Cecil the lion protests

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hunters longing to shoot big game in the African wild may choose a different target after public backlash against a Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve. "It has left a bad taste in their…

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  • Nigeria, Cameroon vow to step up cooperation against Boko Haram

    YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon pledged on Thursday to improve the exchange of intelligence and security cooperation along their border in a bid to tackle Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram. In the first visit to Cameroon by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari since…

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