• Voice of Paris attacks; Did he have bigger role?

    By Chine Labbé and Marie-Louise Gumuchian PARIS/ALENCON, France (Reuters) - The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is known to many in the small French provincial town of Alencon. To family, Fabien Clain was a "big teddy bear", to neighbors he was polite…

  • Suicide bomber hits Shi'ite procession in Nigeria's Kano state

    A male suicide bomber hit a procession of Shi'ite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country, security sources and a Shi'ite leader said. Muhammad Turi said that 21 people had been killed and more wounded. The blast went off…

  • Putin says to keep cooperating with U.S.-led coalition over Syria

    By Denis Pinchuk and Elizabeth Pineau MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep cooperating with the United States and its partners to fight Islamic State in Syria, but that cooperation will be in jeopardy if there are any repeats of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet, Russia's Vladimir Putin said.…

  • Chicago protests test expanding power of new civil rights movement

    Up to 2,000 people protesting police violence hit the streets of Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” district on the busiest shopping day of the year, taking another step forward for a social justice movement emboldened by its impact on everything from college campuses to city halls. Some protesters…

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  • No, Donald Trump supporters aren't everywhere

    Sometimes it seems as if Donald Trump voters are sweeping the nation. They’re everywhere on cable news, often explaining to cameras why nothing The Donald says – no matter how outrageous or divergent from established facts – will change their view that he’s the guy needed to shake up Washington’s…

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  • Despite governors' resistance, Syrian refugees find support in US

    Mahmoud had been living in this small Connecticut city almost two months to the day when the coordinated attacks across Paris killed 130 people. Now, more than two dozen US governors, as well as the US House, were calling for the vetting process for Syrian refugees to be toughened so that…

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  • In Kenya, a changing role for a Catholic Church that avoids politics

    As Pope Francis brings his message to Kenya this week, he is visiting a Roman Catholic Church whose role in society has shifted dramatically since the last papal visit. Under his 24-year rule, the Catholic Church, known as a steadfast provider of social services, became one of the only avenues for…

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  • No. 18 UConn takes lumps in 73-70 loss to No. 10 Gonzaga

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Connecticut showed some flickers of a really good team this week at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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  • Russia has right to military response after jet downing: Naryshkin

    By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Russia has the right to make a military response after the downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week by NATO member Turkey, lower house speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Friday. Speaking in an interview with Romanian television station Digi24,…

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  • Russian raids repeatedly hit Syrian Turkmen areas, Moscow's data shows

    By Jack Stubbs and Humeyra Pamuk MOSCOW/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russian air strikes in northwest Syria have heavily targeted ethnic Turkmen areas, according to a Reuters data analysis that helps explain rising tensions between Moscow and Ankara in the weeks before Turkey shot down a Russian…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

    By Daren Butler and Maria Tsvetkova ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia on Friday not to "play with fire", citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. Relations between the…

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  • Russia didn't give downed jet's flight plan to U.S.: U.S. officials

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia did not inform the U.S. military of its jet's flight plan before Turkey shot it down on Tuesday, despite assertions to the contrary by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity. …

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  • Jones helps No. 6 Maryland hold off South Dakota St 62-55

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Brionna Jones had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 6 Maryland beat South Dakota State 62-55 on Friday night in the Paradise Jam.

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  • Colorado gunman in custody after police standoff

    At least 11 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a family planning center in Colorado in a standoff that dragged on for five hours Friday before he surrendered. There were no known fatalities but five police officers were among the wounded, police and officials in Colorado Springs…

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  • Top Asian News 12:37 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Shiite mosque in Bangladesh, killing one person and wounding three others, in the latest in a wave of deadly assaults this year on foreigners, secular writers and members of the Shiite community in the Sunni-majority nation. The attacks, claimed by radical…

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  • Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.

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  • British Airways passengers who fled plane fire file lawsuit

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passengers who ran from a British Airways flight that caught fire in September before takeoff in Las Vegas are suing the plane's manufacturer and the maker of the engines.

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  • Sandra weakens to tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific coast

    Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening, was producing…