• U.S.-Venezuela diplomacy row deepens over embassy staffing

    The United States said on Tuesday it would respond through diplomatic channels to Venezuela's demand for a cut in U.S. Embassy staff in Caracas, but added that Caracas had drastically underestimated its own diplomatic presence in the United States. Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. Embassy in…

  • Syria's Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said. Sources within and close to Nusra said that Qatar, which enjoys good…

  • Charities that funded Cage, one time supporter of IS's Emwazi, under pressure

    By Ahmed Aboulenein, Michael Holden and Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - The financial backers of a campaign group that had contact with the man later known as 'Jihadi John' are under pressure from British politicians and a regulator's investigation to explain why they gave it several hundred…

  • Netanyahu speech on Iran: Did it put Obama on the back foot?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday laid out a starkly different vision from President Obama’s for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – a goal both leaders say is their nonnegotiable guiding priority. Netanyahu laid down a number of “red lines” for…

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  • At core of Boston Marathon bombing trial, brothers' complex relationship

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer, a convert to radical Islam, and someone potentially involved in a triple murder. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was his younger brother: quiet, impressionable, and easily persuaded. It wasn’t his idea to bomb the Boston Marathon in 2013. His lawyers have made it clear…

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  • For these families, King v. Burwell is more than a Supreme Court case

    Before last year, if Jumaane Cook had a medical problem, he headed for the emergency room. In 2014, Mr. Cook says he was able to get health insurance for the first time in his adult life – a bronze plan with a $5,000 deductible from a Kaiser HMO that covers him and his son for a premium of about…

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  • Why Netanyahu speech has inflamed such passions on Capitol Hill

    “Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted,” the Israeli leader said Tuesday morning, speaking of the international bid to strike a deal over Iran’s nuclear program. To Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, however, the characterization of Iranian negotiators as essentially…

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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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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they will be executed by firing squad along with seven other foreigners amid a diplomatic squabble with some of their governments. An Indonesian is also scheduled to be executed.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — When the owners of embattled Malaysia Airlines went looking for a new CEO to lead its restructuring, they chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to take on what's been dubbed the toughest job in aviation. Christoph Mueller, 52, comes to the post fresh from a…

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  • World's oldest person celebrates a day before turning 117

    TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.

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  • Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Two Australian drug smugglers were transferred Wednesday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the…

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  • Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

    The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumours" circulating. "There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media, especially through video…

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  • More than 30 killed in mine blast in rebel east Ukraine: local authority

    An early morning mine blast in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people and injured 14, a local official said on Wednesday. The head of a local mining safety service Vladimir Tsymbalenko, said poisonous gases released by the explosion were being removed to clear…

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  • New Malaysia Airlines CEO a "battle hardened" veteran

    HONG KONG (AP) — When the owners of embattled Malaysia Airlines went looking for a new CEO to lead its restructuring, they chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to take on what's been dubbed the toughest job in aviation.

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  • Last-gasp Benteke gives Sherwood first win

    Christian Benteke scored a nerveless stoppage-time penalty as Aston Villa edged West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory. Sherwood, who succeeded the sacked Paul Lambert last month, celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle after what could…

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  • British former marine reported killed in Syria

    A former Royal Marine has become the first British fighter to be killed battling with Kurdish forces against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the BBC reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier told AFP a European citizen had been killed fighting with Kurdish People's Protection…

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