• Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit

    Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh border crossing, the largest for people and goods between the world's…

  • Poland awaits outcome of tight presidential election, exit poll delayed

    By Wiktor Szary and Anna Wlodarczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles voted for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but has already sounded a warning for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year…

  • Spain's ruling PP gets worst local election result in 20 years

    By Julien Toyer and Sarah White MADRID/VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of severe spending cuts and a string of corruption scandals. In a test…

  • When fishermen rescue migrants – and nations

    By the very nature of their profession, the fishermen of Southeast Asia are often quite low in social status. With an empathy born of their humility, they have rescued hundreds of people fleeing persecution or acute poverty in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Thailand, too, has been forced to show more…

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  • Who's to blame for Islamic State advances in Iraq?

    Things are not going well in the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Iraq. Whose fault that is depends on who’s reading the evidence on the ground – most recently the takeover of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Speaking for the Obama administration, Defense Secretary Ashton…

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  • Cleveland seeks peace, justice in police shootings, history of excessive force

    America is being tested by a series of killings of unarmed African-Americans by white police officers, but nowhere more so than in Cleveland, Ohio. As the city responds, largely peacefully, to Saturday’s not guilty verdict in the voluntary manslaughter case of Officer Michael Brelo, it waits to…

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  • The girls in the room: women plot a Silicon Valley revolution

    In a classroom of the Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco’s Mission District, rows of seated girls in identical plaid-skirted uniforms are plotting to disrupt Silicon Valley itself. For 17-year-old Cynthia Ruiz, those plans take form as Rad Résumé, the application she is developing for…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

    CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Malaysian police announce discovery of 139 suspected graves in sweep of trafficking camps

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police announce discovery of 139 suspected graves in sweep of trafficking camps.

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  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine planes will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States, the country's president said Monday.

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  • Australia back Asian Cup heroes for Kyrgyzstan

    Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou named Monday the bulk of his Asian Cup champions squad to face Kyrgyzstan in the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Bishkek on June 16. There are no uncapped players and 19 members of the AFC Asian Cup winning squad from January, with Postecoglou…

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  • US Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.

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  • Malaysia finds 139 suspected migrant graves: police chief

    By Praveen Menon WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia's police chief said on Monday that 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country's border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. The graves were found at 28 suspected human…

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  • Lightning strikes to close in on Stanley Cup Finals

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tampa Bay Lightning stood firm on defense before striking with two brilliant second-period goals to move within one victory of the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-0 road win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. The victory lifted Tampa Bay into a 3-2 lead in the…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their…

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  • Nepali villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of villagers in northwestern Nepal were able to return to their homes Monday after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again.

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  • Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist

    SYDNEY (AP) — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly attack, lawyers told an…

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