• Exclusive: Damascus vows to recapture Aleppo from rebels

    By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Damascus aims to secure Syria's border with Turkey and recapture the city of Aleppo with its latest military offensive, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday. In an interview in her Damascus office, Bouthaina Shaaban held…

  • Founding members say European Union is in bad shape

    The European Union faces "critical times" and all its members should set aside selfish interests to tackle problems such as immigration and terrorism, the bloc's six founding nations said on Tuesday. A week after the EU accepted that some members may never go further in sharing sovereignty, as…

  • Libya must lead anti-Islamic State effort: Egypt's foreign minister

    By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Libya needs to form a unified government before the United States and European allies opt for any military intervention against thousands of Islamic State fighters in the chaotic North African country, Egypt's foreign minister said on Tuesday. "This has to…

  • Hong Kong’s lessons in coping with China

    Under “core” leader Xi Jinping, says scholar Minxin Pei, China is now “gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong.” Dr. Pei cites the government’s heavy crackdown since 2012 on human rights activists, corrupt officials, intellectuals, and even investors. While it is easy…

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  • What can be done to deflect North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

    North Korea has restarted its plutonium production, according to US intelligence chief James Clapper, representing another milestone in its nuclear weapons program. The assessment, outlined during the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, comes just two days after…

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  • NSA to shake up its defensive, offensive game

    The shift comes as a response to both changing technology and more capable foreign hackers, Ellen Nakashima reported for the Washington Post. The agency is currently organized into two branches, the defensive Information Assurance Directorate (IA), which helps companies in the private sector find…

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  • Why developers were arrested after an earthquake in Taiwan

    A Taiwanese developer is facing charges of negligent homicide after one of his buildings collapsed during an earthquake.

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  • Top Asian News 6:39 a.m. GMT

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens. The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said in a statement Wednesday…

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  • Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 2 aboard killed

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house Wednesday on the country's main island of Java, killing two people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home, an official said.

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  • Asia stocks down for 3rd day, Yellen testimony awaited

    Asian stock markets fell for a third consecutive day Wednesday, beset by nerves about shaky global growth, falling oil prices and possible capital shortfalls at major European banks.

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  • Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear

    BOSTON (AP) — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home.

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  • Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.

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  • Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer

    Japan's meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summer. The Japan Meteorological Agency said last month that the El Nino phenomenon…

  • In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika

    CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) — For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives.

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  • Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering hitting North Korea with more stringent sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's satellite launch and technical advances that U.S. intelligence agencies say the reclusive Asian nation is making in its nuclear weapons program.

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  • Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols.

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  • North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not seen transmitting: U.S. sources

    By Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here's a selection of top images taken at this year's pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.

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