• Germany rules out cooperation with Assad as cabinet meets on IS campaign

    Germany's defense minister ruled out on Tuesday any cooperation between German forces due to take part in the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad or his troops. Speaking shortly before Germany's cabinet meets to approve the deployment of Tornado…

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  • China's Xi arrives in Zimbabwe, expected to sign major deals

    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the first visit by a Chinese leader since 1996, amid expectations this would lead to the signing of infrastructure funding and investment agreements. Xi is on a two-day state visit to Zimbabwe and will travel to South Africa on…

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  • Jazeera TV shows Lebanese soldiers in Nusra Front captivity

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Jazeera TV interviewed Lebanese security personnel while they were apparently held by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday, ahead of completion of a deal expected to secure their release. One of them said a total of 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen were present. He…

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  • Why climate change isn't a winning issue in US politics

    Facing the prospect of a historic agreement at international climate change talks that formally began Monday in Paris, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R) of California had a message: We're not paying for it. The statement that the Republican-led House would block funds for a potential…

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  • False promises in fantasy sports gambling

    People who play fantasy sports, by selecting a make-believe team of real players from different teams, know they are dealing in fantasy. “Just pick your sport, pick your players, and pick up your cash!” stated one DraftKings ad. In a lawsuit seeking to close down the sites’ operations in the…

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  • Chris Christie's N.H. coup: How endorsements shape voter's choices

    The news came down Saturday night like a lightning bolt from Mount Olympus: New Hampshire’s premier newspaper, the Union Leader, had endorsed Chris Christie for president. For the New Jersey governor, who has made the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary his do-or-die event, it was a…

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  • Laquan McDonald shooting: Chicago cop held on $1.5 million bail

    A judge Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager last year by shooting the young man 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been in custody since November 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the death of…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • The Latest: Investigator: Noise heard in cockpit recording

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

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  • Turkey calls for opening of communication channels with Russia

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Tuesday for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip…

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  • German cabinet backs plans to join military campaign against IS in Syria

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Tuesday on plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria, a government official said. Under the plans, Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft, a frigate and up to 1,200 military…

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  • Deal done for release of Lebanese held by al Qaeda: TV reports

    A deal was completed on Tuesday to free 16 Lebanese security personnel held captive by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front since 2014, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV reported, as other live footage suggested their release was imminent. The deal negotiated with Qatari mediation is expected to include the…

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  • Morgan says England's T20 progress 'exciting'

    England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan Tuesday described his team's progress in the shortest form of the game as "pretty exciting" but refused to get carried away despite sweeping Pakistan 3-0.

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  • Stabbing attempt near West Bank settlement, attacker shot: Israel army

    Jerusalem (AFP) - A Palestinian woman who allegedly sought to carry out a stabbing attack near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday was shot, the Israeli military and police said.

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  • Saudi invites 65 Syrian opposition figures to Riyadh ahead of peace talks: paper

    Saudi Arabia has issued invitations to 65 Syrian opposition figures to attend a conference in Riyadh to try unify their positions ahead of proposed Syrian peace talks, Saudi newspapers reported on Tuesday. Asharq al-Awsat and al-Hayat said no date has yet been set for the Riyadh meeting, but…

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  • Indonesia investigators say circuit breaker pulled before AirAsia jet crash

    Indonesian investigators said on Tuesday there were indications that the circuit breaker on an AirAsia passenger jet had been pulled before the plane crashed last year, killing all 162 aboard. "The indication was that it was pulled according to (the flight data recording)," one of the…

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  • German cabinet approves military aid for IS fight: sources

    Berlin (AFP) - The German cabinet on Tuesday approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, sources said.

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  • UK panel: Heathrow plans must address air quality issues

    LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee says the government should not approve the expansion of Heathrow until airport officials can show they will comply with air quality, noise and other environmental concerns.

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  • Japan train workers save turtles from grisly death

    Railway workers in Japan have devised an ingenious scheme to prevent daredevil turtles from meeting a grisly end -- and delaying trains -- while crossing train tracks. The slow-moving reptiles in western Nara prefecture were responsible for 13 disruptions to train services between 2002 and 2014…

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