• U.S., Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks

    By David Adams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Washington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54…

  • North Korea steps up verbal threats ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drills

    North Korea ramped up its threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that often trigger an angry response from Pyongyang. North Korea regularly protests the annual exercises, which it calls a rehearsal for…

  • Cameron says Britain will do what it can to track down 'Jihadi John'

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday Britain would do everything it could to track down those who committed appalling crimes against British citizens, but declined to comment on the naming of "Jihadi John" killer as Mohammed Emwazi. "I'm not going to talk about specific individuals,"…

  • Caroline Boudreaux is a passionate, effective advocate for India's orphans

    Caroline Boudreaux was not looking for her life’s work back in 1999 when she set out with a friend on a yearlong trip around the world. Invited to dine at the home of a local family, Ms. Boudreaux was completely unprepared for what she encountered: more than 100 filthy, emaciated orphans,…

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  • Israel elections 101: Whiffs of 'It's the housing market, stupid'

    The Israeli leader is facing a public uproar after the state comptroller released a highly critical 294-page report Wednesday evening blaming his government for failing to spur enough housing construction to make up for a shortage of hundreds of thousands of apartments. One might expect that…

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  • Judge turns hate crimes case into vision of a 'new Mississippi'

    The shadow of Mississippi's combustible racial past still lingers, as evidenced by the evidence in Wednesday's case. The campaign of attacks against random black people in Jackson, Miss., by a group of then-mostly teenage boys and several girls came to an end when the group killed Mr. Anderson by…

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  • Why is ISIS destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq?

    The Islamic State – aka ISIS – continues its campaign of violence, this time attacking history itself. A new video that surfaced Thursday that purportedly shows members of the radical group taking sledgehammers, pickaxes, and even jackhammers to the ancient artifacts housed within the Mosul Museum…

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  • 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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  • Lesotho prepares for early vote in bid to ease political crisis

    By Tiisetso Motsoeneng, Marafaele and Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off on Saturday in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup. The vote is being held about two years ahead of schedule…

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  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.

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  • Four charged over albino murder in Tanzania amid growing calls for action

    By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Tanzanian court has charged four people over the murder of an albino woman over six years ago as pressure mounts for authorities in the east African country to do more to stop the killing of albinos whose body parts are prized in…

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  • British jockey suspended after positive test for cocaine

    LONDON (AP) — A British jockey has been suspended from riding after testing positive for cocaine.

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  • 2 inmates accused in killing of 10 tourists flee from jail

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains escaped from jail in northern Pakistan before dawn Friday, police said.

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  • Indian court acquits 6 in riot deaths of British men in 2002

    AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A court in western India on Friday acquitted six men accused of killing three British tourists during religious riots in 2002.

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  • UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'

    LONDON (AP) — British spy agencies are facing questions about how a young Londoner who was on their radar as part of terrorist investigations was able to travel to Syria and become the knife-wielding masked militant known as "Jihadi John."

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on…

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  • Reichelt edges Jansrud in World Cup downhill training

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Hannes Reichelt was quickest in the final training session Friday for a World Cup downhill on the demanding Kandahar slope.

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  • In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the "Great Satan."

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