• Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria's civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday. By taking Idlib, capital of a northwestern province of the same name, hardline Islamist…

  • Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal

    By Parisa Hafezi, John Irish and Louis Charbonneau LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord…

  • U.S., allies target Islamic State in Tikrit, other Iraqi cities

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, with eight strikes near militant-held Tikrit, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The Tikrit strikes destroyed 11 fighting positions, a vehicle, and a potential…

  • Nigerian elections: Boko Haram is one of many disruptions, but voters persist

    In the weeks and months leading up to Nigeria’s presidential elections, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram had vowed to disrupt the democratic process. “If we compare the six weeks before the crackdown to the six weeks following it, the number of Boko Haram attacks increased,” Matthew Henman,…

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  • Did Hillary Clinton destroy evidence in 'wiping clean' her email server?

    Friday was the deadline for Mrs. Clinton to respond to a congressional subpoena for emails and documents related to Libya, including the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other American personnel. The subpoena was from the House Select…

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  • Boston Police officer shot, suspect killed: A case of justified deadly force?

    Decorated Boston Police officer and military veteran John T. Moynihan was injured during a shoot-out in Roxbury on Friday night. The report found that the number of police shootings against unarmed suspects is on the rise, going from 6 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2013.

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  • Grandmother’s punishment for girl's running death tests death penalty in Ala

    An Etowah County, Ala., jury on Friday found that Joyce Hardin Garrard murdered her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, by literally running the 9-year-old to death in the backyard in 2012. Alabama is one of three states – the others are Delaware and Florida – that allow so-called judicial override of…

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  • NZ's McCullum out for a duck in 1st over of World Cup final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand got off to the worst possible start to the Cricket World Cup final after captain Brendan McCullum was bowled for a duck by Mitchell Starc in the first over.

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  • Singapore honours Lee with elaborate state funeral

    Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be given an elaborate state funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning for the man who led the city-state to independence 50 years ago. Tens of thousands of people are expected to line a 15.4-kilometre (9.6-mile) route to bid farewell to the…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Thousands of Singaporeans are lining a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. People began gathering shortly after dawn for the funeral cortege, which begins early in the…

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  • New Zealand wins toss, bats in World Cup final v Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in a Cricket World Cup final featuring the co-hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

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  • Uzbekistan votes in poll expected to re-elect Karimov

    Polling stations opened Sunday in the ex-Soviet state of Uzbekistan for a ballot that is almost certain to re-elect 77-year-old strongman incumbent President Islam Karimov. Voting at more than 9,000 polling stations across the country began at 0100 GMT and will continue until 1500 GMT, according…

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  • Flood in shale mine in central China leaves 6 dead

    BEIJING (AP) — A flood in a shale mine in central China has left six miners dead, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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  • Mirim Lee leads LPGA Tour's Kia Classic

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee took the Kia Classic lead Saturday, while top-ranked Lydia Ko easily increased her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds but dropped two late strokes and ended up four shots behind.

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  • Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

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  • World-power foreign ministers press for Iran deal

    World-power foreign ministers were due Sunday to make a final push to get Iran to agree to curtail its nuclear programme days before a looming deadline to agree the outlines of a deal. "We're moving forward," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, hunkered down with US Secretary of State…

  • New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia

    New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Brendon McCullum's Black Caps have won eight matches in a row, including a one-wicket victory over Australia in a low scoring pool…