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  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, three others

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran…

  • Exclusive: Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

    By Darya Korsunskaya and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper. A day before he was shot dead near the Kremlin last week, the Russian opposition figure and his close aide Olga…

  • U.N. Security Council to vote on chlorine arms use in Syria

    The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a U.S.-drafted resolution to condemn the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threaten to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict. French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre, president of the council for March, said…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • Two days into Boston Marathon bombing trial, defense already facing challenges

    The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is only two days old, yet the presiding judge has already made several rulings that could have important implications for Mr. Tsarnaev’s defense and, ultimately, whether he lives or dies. Before testimony began on Thursday, Tsarnaev’s…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why Arab leaders are telling Obama to listen to Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have looked like he stood alone at the podium as he addressed Congress this week. Already alarmed at the gains the Shiite government in Tehran is making in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now apparently in Yemen, Sunni Arab leaders worry that an American…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Kansas bill targets teachers who expose kids to 'harmful' materials

    Sparked by a middle-school sex education poster to which a parent objected, the bill is one of a series of battles – in Kansas and beyond – over such curriculum and the roles of parents and educators in determining what’s appropriate. Supporters see the bill as a protection to children in a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Once bitten, wallet shy $15,000? Cincinnati passes dog bite law

    In Cincinnati that new law holds dog owners accountable for fines up to $15,000 for a first offense. Ohio is not among the 17 "one bite states" (also referred to as a "one free bite" states) where the first time a dog bites the owner does not face any legal consequences. Rather, Ohio imposes a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

    Associated Press
  • Holmes opens 4-shot lead at Blue Monster

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death. The slashing of Ambassador Mark Lippert's face and arm,…

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • UK lawmakers say China eroding freedoms in Hong Kong

    British lawmakers banned from entering Hong Kong last year said Chinese regulations were eroding freedoms in the former British colony, and urged their government to take a harder stance against Beijing. Pro-democracy protests shut down parts of Hong Kong for two and a half months last year in…

    Reuters24 mins ago
  • Orioles release Suk-min Yoon

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have released right-hander Suk-min Yoon.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Evans issues denial, Cisse apology after spitting incident

    LONDON (AP) — When two English Premier League opponents spat at each other, the television evidence seemed clear.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Canadian risks prison for not giving up phone's passcode

    A Canadian charged for refusing to give border agents his smartphone passcode was expected Thursday to become the first to test whether border inspections can include information stored on devices. Alain Philippon, 38, risks up to a year in prison and a fine of up to Can$25,000 (US$20,000) if…

    AFP34 mins ago
  • 'Suspicious' powder sent to three Canada ministers

    Montreal (AFP) - Envelopes containing a suspicious white powder were sent Thursday to the Quebec regional offices of three Canadian government ministers, police said.

    AFP39 mins ago
  • Chelsea fans in new race row

    Chelsea fans have allegedly been caught in a fresh race row, according to British media reports on Thursday. A video of the latest racist abuse apparently involving Chelsea supporters, obtained by The Sun and broadcast by ITV London News, was taken by a passenger on a train from London Euston to…