• Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (Reuters) - Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernizing nation are corrupting…

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  • British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'

    By Michael Holden and Ahmed Aboulenein LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London. The black-clad…

  • U.S.-led coalition launches air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition launched 11 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria since early Friday against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Four of the strikes in Syria hit Islamic State positions near the border town of Kobani, the task force said in a…

  • Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll again, but Scott Walker comes on very strong

    For the third year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky has won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll taken at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His young libertarian legions made that possible again, as they did for Sen. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron…

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  • Why the Boston Marathon bombing trial will stay in Boston

    After requesting a halt on the trial and a new location, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings – which killed three people and injured more than 260 - will remain in Boston. Mr. Tsarnaev's lawyers have attempted to change the location of the trial three times, reported…

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  • Many girls in Africa and the Middle East are under pressure to leave school

    In numerous developing countries, more girls are in school and staying longer than ever before, as families and governments grasp the economic and social benefits of girls getting an education. Afghanistan is one example of a country spurring global gains in girls’ education, with the proportion…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Faded seaside towns are fertile ground for UKIP

    Deprived of tourists by the advent of cheap foreign holidays, many of Britain's faded seaside towns have become pockets of deprivation -- and fertile territory for the populist, anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP). With its fine sand, clear waters, elegant Victorian buildings and chalk…

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  • Bahrain charges 17 bombing suspects

    Bahrain's public prosecutor has charged 17 people with forming a militant group and carrying out bombings that wounded security personnel, the state news agency said on Saturday. The group had set off bombs in the island kingdom's Maqaba, Al-Janabiya, Budaiya and Qarya villages, prosecutor Ahmed…

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  • UN: Iraq violence kills at least 1,100 in February

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. mission to Iraq says violence in the country claimed the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 civilians.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and…

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  • England faces Bangladesh showdown after 3rd World Cup loss

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After its third loss to a top-tier team at the Cricket World Cup, England now faces the uncomfortable prospect of a sudden-death match against Bangladesh in which the winner will likely progress to the quarterfinals.

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  • England loses again badly in Wellington at Cricket World Cup

    England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading.

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  • World Cup: Misbah leads Pakistan to 235-7 vs Zimbabwe

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Misbah-ul-Haq played a lonely hand to keep Pakistan's innings on track Sunday, batting for almost 43 overs and contributing 73 to a total of 235-7 in a World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe.

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  • Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region.

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  • Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday for her second straight victory.

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