• Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo: monitor group

    Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood. Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus. The opposition…

  • Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

    By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program. The move could…

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  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have…

  • Cease-fires bring patchy peace to Damascus neighborhoods

    Abu Fahed’s home is rubble and one of his sons languishes in jail, but the fighting that tore his Damascus neighborhood apart has stopped. A shaky local truce between the Syrian government and rebels is on. Many of the truces established in flashpoint areas around Damascus in the last few months…

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  • In Kosovo's capital, new mayor fights corruption – by doing his job

    The former mayor of Pristina drove to work every day in a 75,000-euro ($100,000) luxury car. But after Shpend Ahmeti pulled off an electoral upset on the back of promises to improve services and expunge the corruption rampant in the Kosovo capital, he decided to shake things up by simply doing his…

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  • How did teen stowaway survive 5-1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in wheel well?

    A 16-year-old runaway hopped the security fence at San Jose airport in northern California, climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, and was found more than six hours later wandering around the tarmac at Maui's Kahului airport, the FBI said Sunday. But the FBI says it has video…

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  • Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

    The tussle over Cliven Bundy’s 400 cows – grazing on federal land, although he refuses to pay the required fees now amounting to more than $1 million – sharpens this debate, which has featured state legislators, county officials, environmentalists, and federal judges (all of whom have ruled against…

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  • Families' hopes for ferry victims painfully humble

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Lee Byung-soo says he knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son's body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive.

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  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3, setting the stage for President Bashar Assad to win a new, seven-year term in the midst of a civil war that has torn apart the country and makes it impossible for millions to vote. The opposition…

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  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.

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  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the…

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  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

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  • Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

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  • Saudi Arabia replaces health minister amid fears over MERS virus

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Abdullah on Monday removed Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah from his post, state television announced. His duties will be taken over by Labour Minister Adel Fakieh, the TV channel said, citing the king's royal decree. Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had…

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  • PM criticised for saying Britain is Christian country

    Prime Minister David Cameron was accused Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after his repeated assertions that Britain is still a "Christian country", proving how problematic it remains to mix faith and British politics. More than 50 public figures from the arts and sciences signed an open…

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  • Egypt-based Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals

    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed Monday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organisation rivals. Mussa Abu Marzuq, head of external affairs in the…

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  • US justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be searching for a middle ground in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.

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  • Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's athletics body suspended a coach who is accused of sexually harassing female runners, an official said on Monday, after Ugandan police started investigating the man whose alleged misconduct has sparked calls for his arrest and prosecution.

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  • Tourist dies in reported drowning in Guam

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Authorities in Guam say a 63-year-old tourist has died after a reported drowning.

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  • Runners reclaim Boston Marathon one year after attacks

    Tens of thousands of runners, cheered by a multitude of spectators, set off through the streets of Boston Monday to reclaim the world's oldest marathon from the fear left by last year's deadly twin bombing. More than 3,500 police, double the size of the force last year, and multiple government…

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