• India-Pakistan friction at summit slows South Asia integration

    By Gopal Sharma and Frank Jack Daniel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - South Asian leaders from Afghanistan to the Maldives met in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a summit that was undermined by traditional bickering between rivals Pakistan and India. In Nepal, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to hold…

  • Israel's lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president. The poster depicted Abbas looking fierce, with…

  • Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general

    By Jonny Hogg IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) - NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters. Turkey has NATO's…

  • How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case

    After community activist Najee Ali told a group of demonstrators that there would be no indictment in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., there was anger, sadness, disgust, and tears.

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  • Darren Wilson testimony raises fresh questions about racial perceptions

    The release of officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony about his role in the death of Michael Brown has reopened questions about the degree to which white cops view black suspects through a potentially distorting lens.

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  • Could Hagel resignation signal shift in US strategy against Islamic State?

    Does the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signal that the Obama administration is planning to change its strategy in its fight against the Islamic State?

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  • What's in Ferguson files? Little clarity, lots of questions

    The decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson is stirring controversy not just on urban streets but also among legal scholars.

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  • Nigeria forward Moses out for at least 6 weeks

    STOKE, England (AP) — Nigeria forward Victor Moses is unlikely to play again this year after hurting his thigh while playing for Stoke in the English Premier League.

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  • NATO commander says Russian forces are still in east Ukraine

    KIEV (Reuters) - NATO's top military commander said during a visit to Kiev on Wednesday that Russian forces were still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the "backbone" to separatist rebels fighting government forces. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander…

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  • Hafeez century spurs Pakistan to 281-3 in 3rd test

    SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mohammad Hafeez carried his bat through the first day in smashing an unbeaten 178 and spurring Pakistan to 281-3 against New Zealand in the third and decisive test on Wednesday.

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  • Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

    By Farah Master and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from…

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  • Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.

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  • UN concerned over escalation of violence in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. Secretary General has expressed deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including recent airstrikes on a military air base that until this week was Tripoli's only functioning airport.

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  • Merkel says patience needed to resolve Ukraine crisis

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia in a speech in parliament on Wednesday of violating international law with its interventions in Ukraine and said resolving the conflict would require patience. "Nothing justifies the direct or indirect participation of Russia in the…

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  • U.S. General Breedlove to hold talks in Ukraine on Wednesday

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A top U.S. military commander, General Philip Breedlove, will visit Ukraine on Wednesday for talks with senior political and military leaders, a spokesman said. Breedlove, who is head of U.S. European Command as well as NATO's top military commander, will be…

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  • Bent quits Villa Park for Brighton

    London (AFP) - Former England international Darren Bent has left Aston Villa and dropped down a division to join Championship side Brighton.

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  • Palestinian president against Jewish state bill

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.

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  • Moldova: 5 suspected of planning election violence

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan prosecutors are questioning five people suspected of planning violent protests after parliamentary elections this weekend, amid concerns that Russia may try to gain greater influence in the country.

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