• U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

    By Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. The chief U.S. negotiator said the two sides may not need…

  • U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government…

  • Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes U.N. conference

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A month-long review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East, which the United States blamed on Egypt. After…

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  • Olympia police shooting has residents wondering: Will it be different here?

    A police shooting has rocked the small, Pacific Northwestern city of Olympia, Wash., where the progressive student body of Evergreen State College spends its days attending classes along the forest-lined shores of the Puget Sound. On Thursday, hundreds of people marched in Washington State’s…

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  • Has trade battle helped Liz Warren don the mantle of Ted Kennedy?

    With the expected Senate approval of "fast track" trade negotiating authority Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren looks to have lost this round in her battle against the president's pursuit of a historic trade deal with Pacific-rim nations. If anything, her fight has solidified her standing among…

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  • Eleven year-old earns three degrees one year after finishing high school

    At eleven years old, most American kids are finishing 5th grade and nervously anticipating middle school.

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  • Alabama gay marriage ruling: legal, but not yet

    Gay couples will be able to marry in Alabama, a federal judge ruled on Thursday – but not yet. State bans against gay marriage began falling in October as appeals court judges found them unconstitutional in a series of rulings, rapidly raising the number of states where same-sex couples can…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

    CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • China and Peru agree to study transcontinental rail link

    China and Peru have agreed to study the feasibility of a controversial 5,300 km (3,300 miles) transcontinental railroad that will connect Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic coast, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. The agreement came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats. Ban said…

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  • Pakistan coach says team is missing offspinner Ajmal

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes the team was missing offspinner Saeed Ajmal as it makes a belated return to playing international fixtures at home.

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  • AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in "bite-sized" infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers — these are the prescriptions of a leading Gulf entrepreneur for growing Middle Eastern economies and…

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  • UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.

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  • AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic…

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  • Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.

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  • Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack

    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Friday on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites.

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