• Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

    By Samia Nakhoul NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Qais…

  • U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

    By Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian opposition fighters they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty…

  • Singapore arrests man who tried to join Islamic State

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old "self-radicalized" man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday. Singaporean Mustafa bin Sultan Ali…

  • With hiring of Jen Welter, NFL's Arizona Cardinals make history

    Jen Welter charged her way into the ultimate boys club when she was announced Monday as the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the National Football League. The 14-year veteran of women's professional football leagues around the country – who also holds a master’s degree in…

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  • US-Turkey military deal: A turning point in Obama's handling of Syria crisis?

    The military deal reached by the United States and Turkey is perhaps the single most significant step forward in efforts to address the Syrian civil war and the related rise of the Islamic State, regional experts say. The agreement will allow the US to use Turkish air bases for the US-led bombing…

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  • Hindu-Muslim feelings raw as India awaits Yakub Memon execution

    For some, the rarely invoked death penalty is deserved justice for participation in a notorious crime that partly defined the period. Others see Memon as a scapegoat being exploited by those who want to profit from ongoing ethnic and religious hatreds. Recommended: How well do you know India?

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  • Research: Untrained gun users prove ineffective at self defense

    If you’re going to rely on a gun for self-defense, you should know how to use it. The report urged gun-owners to undergo frequent and good-quality training, which goes beyond target practice, and addresses the high-pressure mental stressors in situations of self-defense. "Shooting targets on a…

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  • Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions

    BEIJING (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Wednesday in Beijing amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.

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  • Pakistan police kill leader of anti-Shiite militant group

    The leader of an anti-Shiite militant group behind some of Pakistan's worst sectarian attacks was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday, authorities said. Malik Ishaq was shot dead along with several other senior Laskhar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leaders in the eastern province of Punjab. LeJ, long…

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  • Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. In that…

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  • Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The head of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Games has apologized to the IOC over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Wednesday in Beijing amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system. While the sides enjoy outwardly friendly relations, Turkish public…

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  • Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

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  • Pakistan police say kill leader of banned sectarian group

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday during a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said. Malik Ishaq was…

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  • New Zealand faces new complaint over player eligibility

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Oceania Football Confederation is investigating allegations that New Zealand fielded ineligible players in the team which won the Oceania under-17 World Cup qualifying tournament in Samoa in January.

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  • Malaysian parliament investigation of state fund on hold

    A Malaysian parliamentary investigation into a graft scandal at debt-laden state investment fund 1MDB has been put on hold as cracks in the long-ruling party appeared to widen on Wednesday. The allegations of extensive graft at the fund are the biggest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak's…

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  • Pakistani police kill ex-head of outlawed group, 13 others

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistan government official says police have killed the former head of an outlawed Sunni group along with 13 of his associates in a shootout.

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  • Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

    NEW YORK (AP) — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate."

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