• Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official

    By Kamal Namaa FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive…

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  • Suicide attack escalates Libya violence, oil output slips

    By Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders in an escalation of clashes between Islamist militants and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city. A first attacker blew…

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  • Indonesian president-elect Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election

    By Jonathan Thatcher and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world's third-largest democracy. The Elections Commission, known as KPU, said the Jakarta…

  • High hopes for honesty in Indonesia

    They elected a man, Joko Widodo, who has gone from lowly furniture maker to next leader of the world’s fourth most populous country – all in less than 10 years. The rapid ascendancy of Mr. Widodo, or “Jokowi”as he is known, cannot be explained solely by his character, actions, or the fact that he…

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  • What really happened to MH17? Russia's media have the answer

    In the days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, Russian state-owned media outlets have produced alternative explanations for what happened. While the Western world blames Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, Russian media, including private outlets, have explored…

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  • Did Putin just bring Russia in from the cold?

    Mr. Putin's statement flatly contradicts what the domestic media have been saying for months. Just days ago, Russian outlets were warning of a White House "offensive against Russia and China," with the US trying to create "instability on Russia's borders." Putin himself earlier this month claimed…

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  • More suspensions after chokehold death, complaints grow about NYPD tactics

    Two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians were suspended without pay Monday as officials proceed with investigating the death of Eric Garner, a New York street peddler who died in police custody last week after being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The emergency…

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  • Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv — a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over…

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  • 7 Signs You're About to be Fired

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  • Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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  • Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

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  • 11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

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  • Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.

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  • UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

    LONDON (AP) — The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

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  • Queen's Gold Cup winner fails drug test

    A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which won one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year's edition, has tested positive for morphine, a…

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  • Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23

    A suicide car bomb explosion ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an entrance to the northwestern neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah, a police…

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  • End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The first of thousands of squatters who transformed a half-built skyscraper into a vertical slum were moved out by armed soldiers Tuesday, marking the beginning of the end for the Tower of David's haphazard community.

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  • Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.

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  • US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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  • Kuwait shuts down pro-opposition TV, newspaper

    Kuwait said it revoked the licences of pro-opposition Al-Youm television and Alam Al-Youm newspaper and ordered them to shut down immediately on Tuesday. The information ministry said in a statement that the licences of the two media outlets had been revoked "for losing some of the terms and…

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  • At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.

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