• U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader

    If Godane were killed, it would be a major victory against the al Shabaab militants fighting the Western-backed government of Somalia, which is also supported by African Union troops. Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global player in the al Qaeda franchise - a…

  • EU's new leadership trio may surprise on upside

    By Paul Taylor and Robin Emmott PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At first sight, the European Union's new leadership team looks like a missed opportunity. Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini seem a less than ideal crew to tackle the EU's biggest challenges - dynamising a stagnant…

  • African leaders seek fund to fight militant groups

    By Drazen Jorgic and Edith Honan NAIROBI (Reuters) - African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria. African Union (AU) states announced the idea after Nairobi talks on a problem highlighted on Tuesday by…

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  • African leaders call for united front against terrorism after US strikes Al Shabab

    A US strike against Al Shabab on the eve of the first African Union summit on terrorism is a reminder that even as the AU strives to take greater responsibility for counterterrorism efforts, it still relies on Western partners, particularly in aerial warfare.  We should ourselves do the work,”…

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  • Nude celebrity photo hack: How safe is your data in cloud storage?

    The leaking of nude celebrity photographs stored in the “cloud” over the weekend appears to have laid bare the inherent insecurity of virtual data storage. Nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities began appearing online Sunday night. An anonymous hacker claims to have…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Eric Cantor takes Wall Street job. Will he ever run for office again?

    Former House majority leader Eric Cantor has a new job – he’s going to work on Wall Street. Late Monday news leaked that ex-Representative Cantor (R) of Virginia has accepted a position at Moelis & Co., a boutique investment bank formed in 2007 that has some 500 employees around the world. …

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  • Ice bucket challenge comes to China – with an equine twist

    What is an environmentally responsible entertainer to do when he is given the ice bucket challenge in a country where water resources are scarce? The ice bucket challenge, which is a way of raising awareness of ALS and money for research, is now sweeping China. The craze began in China two weeks…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Pakistan lawmakers back premier amid mass protests

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster.

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  • A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?

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  • Arming Ukraine could lead to nuclear war: Lech Walesa

    Krynica (Poland) (AFP) - European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to Poland's iconic cold warrior and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa.

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  • Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of cold air as the world gets warmer.

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  • After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an…

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  • Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab (ahl-shah-BAHB') extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle Monday night.

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  • Mexico raids drug cartel training camp

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and military personnel raided a training camp that was apparently used by a drug cartel for recruits in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

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  • Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

    SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.

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  • Family spokesman: Sotloff relatives aware of beheading video by Islamic State, are grieving

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Family spokesman: Sotloff relatives aware of beheading video by Islamic State, are grieving.

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