• Dozens face riot charges over Hong Kong Lunar New Year violence

    By Clare Baldwin and Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of people in Hong Kong were charged on Thursday with taking part in a riot after a dispute between vendors and police on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday blew up into city's worst violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014. …

  • North Korea satellite not transmitting, but rocket payload a concern: U.S.

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A satellite put into orbit by North Korea at the weekend does not appear to be transmitting, but it is worrying that the rocket that took it there delivered twice the payload of Pyongyang's previous launch, the head of the U.S. Army's Missile Defense…

  • Suspected Islamist militants kill three at Mali customs post

    Suspected Islamist militants killed two civilians and a customs officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in Mopti, central Mali, on Thursday, a defense ministry spokesman said. Islamist militants based in the north of the country have expanded their range in recent months with a…

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  • Can Congress rein in North Korea with sanctions, à la Iran?

    Aside from Jeb Bush – who announced at a recent Republican presidential debate that he would consider a preemptive strike to address North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure – most policymakers concur that sanctions are the only realistic option for dealing with leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear…

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  • Why some sympathize with Ferguson, despite Justice Department lawsuit

    The Ferguson, Mo., city council threw up its hands on Tuesday, saying that Department of Justice is asking it to undertake criminal justice reforms that are financially impossible for the taxpayers of the struggling St. Louis suburb. The Justice Department responded Wednesday, filing a civil…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Clean Power Plan, but perhaps not its goals

    The United States Supreme Court dealt a surprising and significant blow to President Obama's climate policy on Tuesday, temporarily blocking his plans to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The decision, which reportedly is without precedent, could set up a costly delay and may harm…

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  • What happened to Carly Fiorina's presidential hopes?

    Former tech executive Carly Fiorina quit the GOP presidential race on Wednesday following a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary, where she won only about 4 percent of the vote. “While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans…

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  • Kremlin says ceasefire in Syria under discussion

    The Kremlin said on Thursday that discussions about a possible ceasefire in Syria were still ongoing and there was no unanimity on resolution of the Syrian crisis. "The process is very fragile, discussions are under way, one can't speak about unanimity in the process of a Syrian settlement,"…

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  • Top Asian News 10:18 a.m. GMT

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war." Pyongyang said it was immediately…

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  • The Latest: S. Koreans still at joint factory after deadline

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions between North and South Korea following Pyongyang's rocket launch (all times local):

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  • Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

    CAIRO (AP) — Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of Italian efforts to locate him.

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  • NATO shows support for migrant naval operation in Aegean: US

    NATO is willing to support a German, Greek and Turkish request for help in monitoring Turkey's Aegean Sea coast for migrant smugglers, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday. "NATO and all the parties at the table this morning indicated a willingness for NATO to support and be a part of that…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan warns patience will run out on Syria

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will be patient up to a point over the crisis in Syria and will then be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to a business forum on Thursday. Erdogan also said Iran-backed forces in Syria were carrying out "merciless massacres" and that the…

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  • The Latest: Russia opposes plans of safe zone in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

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  • N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war."

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  • Russia ready to discuss Syria ceasefire at international talks

    Russia said Thursday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kick-start peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to the Turkish border as government forces, backed by…

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  • Any NATO refugee mission would go after smugglers, U.S.'s Carter says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies have agreed to consider a request from Germany, Turkey and Greece to help slow refugee flows into Europe and any mission will likely target criminal people smuggling networks, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Thursday. "There is now a criminal syndicate…

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