• Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

    Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,…

  • Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

    By Yara Bayoumy SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis. The seizure of…

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  • Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. "About 90 percent of the town has been…

  • 'Putin's brain' says he doesn't have Putin's ear. Do we know who does?

    Vladimir Putin's Kremlin office reportedly has two completely separate entrances so that visitors may come and go without the slightest awareness of who else may be waiting to see the president. Tight-lipped secretaries administer the traffic by signal from Mr. Putin. The Kremlin publishes a…

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  • Tennessee bill would cut off police access to military equipment

    Tennessee State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R) of Germantown recently filed legislation to prohibit both state and local agencies from owning, receiving, or using certain military equipment. The bill would force police to sell or dispose of any existing military equipment in the possession of police…

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  • Europe's trials bring lessons for Ukraine war

    This has forced Europe, already strained by other crises, to wonder if it can still find the unity of purpose to end the war and keep Ukraine whole and free. Up to now the European Union’s 28 member states have found agreement on limited sanctions against Russia for its meddling in Ukraine and the…

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  • Are falling oil prices pushing Iran to make risky economic choices?

    Iranian officials are adamant that the precipitous drop in global oil prices that has slashed domestic spending across the oil-producing world will not bring the country to its knees.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • Survivors return to Auschwitz as leaders warn of anti-Semitism

    Elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp Tuesday, 70 years after it was liberated, to bear witness to one of history's worst atrocities for what may be their last time - and urge the world never to forget. Around 300 survivors, some of them wearing scarves…

  • Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live." The message again demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan…

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  • Libya returns fuel tanker to rival government

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's recognized government has released a tanker forced to dock at a port under its control after originally banning it from delivering fuel to its rival administration, a port official said on Tuesday. War planes forced the tanker Anwaar…

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  • EU threatens new Russia sanctions over Ukraine violence

    European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, the latest bid to pressure a defiant President Vladimir Putin. The decision came a day after Standard and Poor's downgraded Russia's foreign currency rating to junk…

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  • Egypt's top Muslim cleric backs Brotherhood arrests

    Egypt's top Islamic cleric on Tuesday backed the arrest of more than 500 supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood following clashes over the weekend on the anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising. "I am not sad for this outcome as such criminals ought to be prosecuted," Egypt's Grand…

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  • Palestinians urged to abolish death penalty

    A rights group on Tuesday urged Palestinian authorities to abolish the death penalty, after two new sentences were handed down this month in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Authorities in Hamas-controlled Gaza sentenced a 24-year-old to death by hanging on charges of murder, and a court in…

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  • Houthis have released kidnapped Yemen aide, sources say

    Yemen's Houthi movement has freed the presidential chief of staff, whom it seized on Jan. 17 during a power struggle with then President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Houthi official Ali al-Quhoom and two government officials said on Tuesday. The seizure of the aide, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, helped to…

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  • Hong Kong 'drug lord' forced to burn meth stash in Indonesia

    Handcuffed and wearing black masks, a Hong Kong man accused of being a drug lord and his gang were Tuesday forced to publicly burn a $136-million stash of crystal methamphetamine after their arrests in Indonesia. Wong Chi-ping and several other suspects were paraded in front of the media, before…

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