• Kremlin critic Navalny, out of jail, vows to fight on

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and said Russia's opposition would continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Wearing a dark…

  • Detainee traded for Bergdahl may have contacted Taliban: officials

    U.S. spy agencies are examining intelligence reports that one of five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo prison and sent to Qatar as part of a deal to free U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl last year may have re-established contact with a militant group, U.S. officials said on Friday. So far, only…

  • Militants attack Libyan oilfield, 11 guards dead

    By Ayman Al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Militant gunmen attacked Libya's al-Ghani oilfield on Friday, killing 11 guards, beheading some of them, before local forces fought back to retake control, an oil security official said. The al-Ghani attack illustrated Libya's growing instability…

  • In first, four N.H. school districts shake up testing with Feds' approval

    A cluster of public school districts in New Hampshire is radically redefining testing and accountability in a first-of-its-kind pilot project approved Thursday by the US Department of Education. These assessments require students to apply what they’ve learned in multiple steps and tasks. “It fits…

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  • Diverse groups tell Supreme Court they support same-sex marriage

    The filings are among more than 70 friend of the court briefs being submitted in support of same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Although federal judges have struck down similar marriage laws in more than two dozen states in recent months, a federal appeals court upheld…

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  • FDNY's first female chaplain went from World Trade Center to pulpit

    When the Rev. Ann Kansfield was sworn in as the first female chaplain in the history of the New York Fire Department this week, it was a particularly “poignant experience” for the Reformed minister and her family, an experience she says is as deeply felt as any in her life’s unlikely journey. …

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  • Twitter users share #HappyHoli: The Hindu festival of color

    The holiday is significant to the Hindu religion, but it has also become a festival that embraces secular views to create an atmosphere of harmony. In honor of their festival, they were celebrated and protected in a movement of solidarity and interfaith coexistence, capturing the true spirit of…

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    NANJING, China (AP) — For the past year, Wang Zheng has been avoiding one place: the modest apartment where his parents had been living for more than 20 years in downtown Nanjing until they vanished along with the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Scrolls of paintings by his father, Wang…

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  • South Africa wins toss, bowls against Pakistan in World Cup

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in their Cricket World Cup Pool B match at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

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  • Frustrated McIlroy tosses club into water at Doral

    World number one Rory McIlroy's frustration spectacularly boiled over on Friday as he hurled his three-iron into the water after plunking a shot into a pond at Doral. McIlroy, who will try to complete a career Grand Slam and win his third major title in a row at next month's Masters, has been off…

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  • Holmes keeps the lead; McIlroy loses his temper

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — J.B. Holmes kept his lead. Rory McIlroy lost his cool.

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  • Brazil top court approves graft investigation of politicians

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Supreme Court late Friday approved an investigation of dozens of top politicians, including a former president and leaders of congress, for alleged connections to what they call the biggest graft scheme ever uncovered in Brazil.

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  • Ex-Sarkozy aide arrested in Libya funding probe

    Former French interior minister Claude Gueant was taken into custody on Friday in connection with a probe into the alleged financing by Moamer Kadhafi's Libya of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign. Gueant, who was Sarkozy's right-hand man for a decade, claimed the money was the…

  • AP PHOTOS: India celebrates spring with festival of colors

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Holi, India's joyful and colorful celebration of the arrival of spring combined with several religious legends, has long ceased to be only a Hindu festival.

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  • Japanese 18-yr-old Kadono takes Burton US Open

    VAIL, Colo. (AP) — File away this name: Yuki Kadono.

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  • Rangers goalie Lundqvist eyes return from neck injury

    NEW YORK (AP) — Injured New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is getting closer to returning. He doesn't know exactly when he will, but once he gets the medical go-ahead, he says he will be ready to play.

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