• U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen

    By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal. Nine…

  • China's top judge says foreigners to be allowed into Chinese courts

    China's top judge has said that foreigners will be regularly allowed into courts to listen to cases, state media reported on Thursday, as the government embarks on legal reform at a time of public discontent over many perceived miscarriages of justice. The announcement by Zhou Qiang, president of…

  • U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

    By Lesley Wroughton and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said…

  • Another 'red line'? Obama again considers airstrikes in Syria

    A year after President Obama contemplated and then called off airstrikes in Syria, he’s weighing the military option in that country once again. This time around, as administration officials work up plans and build a potential international coalition to strike at the base of the Islamic State (IS)…

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  • A mother's plea to Islamic State: 'Please release my child'

    The mother of an American journalist held captive by Islamic militants issued a calm but passionate plea for the release of her son Wednesday. Shirley Sotloff appealed directly to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State (IS) in a video aired Wednesday on the…

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  • Florida court fast-tracks key gay marriage case to state Supreme Court

    A Florida appeals court is urging the state’s highest court to take up a case testing whether Florida must facilitate divorces among same-sex couples despite a constitutional ban on marriages of same-gender partners. Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal voted 10 to 3 to immediately refer the…

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  • NATO on Russia's border: a check, not a threat

    If the simmering Ukraine-Russia war were simply a zero-sum game, Russia would now be losing another point. This deployment of NATO troops, which will be done on a rotational basis, would come after previous “losses” for Russia: the exit of a pro-Moscow leader in Kiev, economic sanctions by the…

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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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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Thai court drops murder charge against ex-PM Abhisit

    A Thai court on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody crackdown on opposition protests in 2010. Scores of demonstrators died under Abhisit's establishment-backed government in street clashes between…

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  • Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.

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  • Russia says military planning will take account of NATO moves on borders

    Moscow will take into consideration the activity of NATO forces near Russia's borders when drawing up its military planning, Russia's envoy to NATO was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Thursday. "Obviously, we will take into consideration the configuration and activity of the NATO…

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  • Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the wreckage and black boxes are recovered, officials said Thursday.

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  • Fighter jets escort Cuba-bound Canadian jet back to Canada

    Fighter jets were scrambled to escort a jetliner as it turned back during a flight from Canada to Cuba because of two drunken, unruly passengers, the airline said. The women drank a lot of duty-free alcohol in the rest room, lit a cigarette, triggered the fire alarm, got into a fight and ended up…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister says an investigation into how a Malaysian airliner came to crash into the Indian Ocean far off course cannot go further until wreckage and its black boxes are found. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is in Australia on Thursday to…

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