• U.S., allies conduct air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State: task force

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 29 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in the latest round of daily attacks, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Thursday. In Iraq, the coalition conducted 17 air strikes near Tikrit, where Iraqi forces have mounted…

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  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of U.S. Congress

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to…

  • U.S. has no policy to protect Syrian force after training: general

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian opposition forces being trained to fight Islamic State militants will need support from the U.S.-led coalition when they return home, but the Obama administration has yet to decide what protection to offer, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday. …

  • India arrests two for Catholic nun's rape. Was it a hate crime?

    The recent gang rape of an elderly Roman Catholic nun by vandals who looted her convent sent shockwaves across India, where several high-profile cases of sexual violence against women have stirred national outrage. Both were described as Bangladeshis living illegally in India. One of those…

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  • Russia heads to 'America's backyard' to find salve for sanctions

    Russia took its global charm offensive to Latin America this week, as the Kremlin seeks to counter Western sanctions over its policies in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Over the past few days, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reassured Cuba of ongoing support, denounced US sanctions against Venezuela,…

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  • Indiana HIV outbreak: Can a needle exchange program help?

    Confronting a growing outbreak of HIV, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has declared a public health emergency in part of his state. Public health officials have identified 79 cases of HIV in southern Indiana, mostly in Scott County. Although the Republican governor generally opposes needle-exchange…

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  • Nigeria election: Northern voters place hopes on native son

    These traits are ingrained into society's image of him from his days as Nigeria's head of state in the early 1980s. It has been almost three decades since he left office, and Mr. Buhari, now 72 years old and running for president of Nigeria in an election this weekend, is still remembered for his…

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  • UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews

    LONDON (AP) — It's not a debate, but live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband are being billed as a campaign kickoff less than two months before Britain's general election.

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  • German aviation association 'looks to change cockpit rules'

    Berlin (AFP) - Germany's aviation association BDL announced plans Thursday to introduce a two-person cockpit rule after it emerged that the co-pilot on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed after being left alone.

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  • Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East

    By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation…

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  • Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

    PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

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  • US, Cuba to broach human rights Tuesday

    Cuba said it will hold talks Tuesday with the United States on human rights, one of the most delicate issues pending in their historic rapprochement, insisting that both sides' records should be scrutinized. Washington and Havana have held three rounds of talks since they announced on December 17…

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  • Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

    By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines rushed on Thursday to change rules to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed it on…

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  • African champions Ivory Coast defeat Angola

    Ivory Coast began life as African champions with a 2-0 home victory over Angola Thursday in an international football friendly match. The Ivorian Elephants fielded seven of the starting line-up that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea last month after a penalty shootout against…

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  • 440,000 Syrians besieged in 'savagery' of war: UN

    About 440,000 Syrians are now trapped in areas besieged by fighting, more than double the total from last month, as the war reaches "breathtaking levels of savagery", UN aid chief Valerie Amos said Thursday. Amos told the UN Security Council that Islamic State fighters are laying siege to…

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  • US students make bracelets to help jailed journalists

    COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (AP) — University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness of their plight.

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  • Disbelief, shock worldwide at co-pilot's role in Alps crash

    Incredulity, shock, disbelief and horror.

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