• Colombia rebel chief says peace talks suspension destroyed confidence

    By Helen Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos "destroyed" confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said. Londono, known by his nom de…

    Reuters20 mins ago
  • Unidentified jet targets airport in Libya's Tripoli: witnesses

    TUNIS (Reuters) - At least one unidentified jet carried out an air strike on Monday targeting Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli, but the extent of damage was not clear, witnesses and local television said. Libya is caught up in a conflict between rival political factions, one of which…

  • Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region; Tbilisi protests

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a "strategic partnership" agreement with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on Monday, angering Tbilisi, which said Moscow was looking to annex the territory. Russia and Georgia fought a war in 2008 over Abkhazia and a twin region of…

  • Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 people. Who won?

    Being president can be a thankless job, but one of the happier tasks has to be awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • How Election 2014 humbled the high priests of American politics

    The big losers in this month’s midterm elections weren’t only Democrats. The permanent political class – bristling with big money and big data – also failed to deliver. And that may be good for democracy.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Helping schoolchildren find the Vision To Learn

    Austin Beutner often shares the story of a young girl who would carry a handheld magnifying glass with her everywhere she went.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Chuck Hagel out as defense secretary. Bad fit from beginning?

    Chuck Hagel is out as secretary of Defense, according to news reports Monday morning. He’s resigning under pressure, or in other words, getting fired with a bit of dignity.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm helped evictions

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company supplied the bulldozers that destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Lawyers of al-Jazeera reporter urge his release

    CAIRO (AP) — The lawyers of an imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist called Monday for his release, saying he should benefit from a recently passed law in Egypt that allows the country's president to deport foreign defendants, or be freed for health reasons.

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  • New York's Cuomo warns snow-hit Buffalo of risk to roofs

    By Mark Blinch BUFFALO, N.Y. (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned residents of Buffalo, New York, which is still digging out from as much as seven feet of snow, to beware of roof collapses as the weather warms. With temperatures expected to reach 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the region faced…

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  • Iran takes action to comply with interim nuclear deal: U.N. agency

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal. The International…

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  • Kerry says progress in Iran talks with major powers, tough road ahead

    VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress to reach a final deal over its nuclear program, but despite new ideas being presented the talks would remain tough in the coming months. "If we can do it (get a deal)…

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  • Swiss museum gets huge, priceless art trove

    BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum accepted a massive, priceless trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt on Monday, promising to work with Germany to make sure that any Nazi-looted pieces in it are returned to Jewish heirs.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Syrian on hunger strike outside Greek parliament

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — About 150 Syrian civil war refugees have begun a hunger strike in front of Greece's Parliament, urging the government to grant them temporary working and residence rights.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now…

    Associated Press27 mins ago
  • Japanese man gets back boat lost in 2011 tsunami

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man says he's grateful for the return of his boat three years after it disappeared in the 2011 tsunami.

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  • Forces backing elected Libyan government take town

    CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied to Libya's elected government seized a western mountain town after heavy airstrikes drove back rival militias on Monday, as warplanes also bombed Tripoli's only functioning airport, killing two people, officials said.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
  • Turkey to host training for 2,000 Syrian rebels: official

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. Turkey had agreed in principle to train and…

    Reuters32 mins ago
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