• U.S. signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. National security adviser Hanif…

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  • Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal case against Russian officials

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian state prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal investigation against a Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The move appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to a criminal case…

  • Northern Afghans threaten to rebel if power-sharing deal fails

    By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni PANJSHIR Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghans in a strategically important province north of the capital have threatened to rebel if the country's new president does not respect an agreement to share power with their chosen leader, Abdullah Abdullah. Ashraf Ghani, a…

  • Acting on FBI tip, Australia arrests alleged Islamic State financier

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  • Turkey shifts tone on Islamic State. Will it join US-led coalition?

    When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned home from the United Nations last week, he said Turkey was ready to play a more active role in the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition that has drawn new members both from across the West as well as the Arab world.

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  • Atlanta cheating scandal moves to the courtroom

    Prosecutors on Monday outlined the case against a dozen former principals, teachers, and administrators accused of orchestrating a massive cheating conspiracy in 2009 in Atlanta public schools, as the high-profile trial got under way.

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  • Detroit bankruptcy judge says he can't stop water shutoffs

    The judge presiding over Detroit's bankruptcy said Monday he could not block the city of Detroit from cutting off water access to residents with delinquent bills. 

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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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  • North, South Korea to meet in Asiad football final

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korea overcame Thailand 2-0 to set up a showdown with North Korea in the Asian Cup men's football final on Tuesday.

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  • Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.

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  • South Sudan factions agree on federal government

    BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country.

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  • EU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being.

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  • Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Kazakhstan on Tuesday to stress the need for close ties between the two countries, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.

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  • Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A trio of scrawny lions has been brought into Israel from Gaza en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.

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  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.

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  • Spain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign

    MADRID (AP) — The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.

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  • London's FTSE 100 stocks down

    London (AFP) - Shares in London fell around mid-session on Tuesday as markets digested mixed growth data.

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