• Sweden tightens asylum rules in bid to force EU action

    Sweden will introduce tighter border controls and asylum rules, in a bid to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the country and force other EU states to take in more refugees, the government said on Tuesday. Sweden expects up to 190,000 asylum seekers to reach its borders this year and…

  • French jets destroy an Islamic State command center in Iraq: official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - French warplanes destroyed an Islamic State command center at Tal Afar, some 45 kilometers west of Mosul in Iraq, a French official said on Tuesday. "We hit an Islamic State command center at Tal Afar," the official said during President Francois Hollande's visit to meet his…

  • Apparent suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus kills 12

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack that one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber. Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off…

  • Kentucky restores voting rights for 170,000 ex-cons, joining national trend

    "The right to vote and the right to hold office are fundamental foundations of our democracy," Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said on Tuesday as he signed an executive order restoring voting rights to 170,000 nonviolent felons.

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  • As Brussels slowly reopens, residents ask: Is this the new normal?

    As Brussels emerges from a surreal and at times scary four days, which saw the threat of terrorism paralyze a European capital for the first time, residents are struggling to understand the meaning of what they’ve been through – and what they face ahead. Schools and public transport have been…

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  • Oakland man charged in slaying of peace muralist

    Artist Antonio Ramos was fatally shot in an Oakland freeway underpass in September. The suspect, Marquise R. Holloway, of Oakland was arrested Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. The city of Oakland has a history of violent crime.

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  • Where Muslims are a learning experience

    Last Sunday, in a Thanksgiving ceremony, a group of students at Bowdoin College in Maine performed an unusual act – unusual, that is, in light of the American debate over accepting more Muslim refugees fleeing Islamic State. A recent survey by two professors, Alyssa Bryant Rockenbach and Matthew…

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  • Doctors relive Paris attacks

    The medics treating the scores of victims in the Paris terror attacks came back without their belts -- so great was the need in the field for tourniquets, medical personnel said Tuesday. The harrowing details come from the most detailed recounting yet of the response inside Paris's massive medical…

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  • Sanchez keeps Arsenal's last 16 bid alive

    Arsenal kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 as Alexis Sanchez inspired a vital 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. Arsene Wenger's side were in severe danger of an embarrassingly early exit after losing three of their first four Group F matches. Sanchez…

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  • Indiana governor faces lawsuit for blocking Syrian refugees

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the Indiana governor's decision to stop state agencies from helping resettle Syrian refugees alleges that the action wrongly targets the refugees based on their nationality and violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

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  • Canada to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by end of February

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's new Liberal government said Tuesday it will resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and another 15,000 by the end of February.

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  • Turkey tells U.N. it shot down plane, defends right to do so

    By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Turkey told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday it had shot down an unidentified plane that violated Turkish airspace and defended its right to do so as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Turkey and Russia to reduce…

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  • Obama, Hollande urge Russia to focus Syria attacks on Islamic State

    By Roberta Rampton and John Irish WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in Syria on Islamic State militants after Turkey heightened tensions in the region by downing a Russian plane. Obama and…

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  • The Latest: France says it has struck IS center in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the White House on the fight against the Islamic State group:

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  • Hostages in northern French town safe, no link to Paris attacks

    A hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix was apparently not linked to the Paris attacks earlier this month and was drawing to a close with the hostages now safe, officials said on Tuesday. Local authorities said the hostages were now in a "secure place" while a police source…

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  • Tunisia declares state of emergency after bus blast kills 12

    Tunisia’s president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital after an explosion Tuesday struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 others.

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  • Putin: Downing Of Jet A 'Stab In The Back'

    A Russian jet has been shot down after reportedly violating Turkish airspace near the Syrian border. The jet's pilot was warned before being shot down, according to a Turkish military source. However, Russia's defence ministry has said the Su-24 jet did not violate Turkish airspace, the RIA news…

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