• U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said. Four of the Iraq strikes were near Sinjar in the north of the country, which destroyed Islamic State…

  • Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

    By Syed Raza Hassan and Nadia Saleem ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week. None of those hanged has anything to…

  • Libya's official government targets rival forces trying to seize ports

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Military planes loyal to Libya's recognized government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country's two biggest oil ports, officials said. The advancing force, which is allied to a rival government based in Tripoli,…

  • Hillary Clinton slips in presidential poll: Was 2014 a bad year for her?

    When a politician drops 10 percentage points in the polls in a year, a reasonable assumption is that it has probably not been a very good year.

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  • CIA analyst at the center of torture report is outed. She's not 'Maya'

    In the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ she was known as ‘Maya,’ the CIA analyst who spent years doggedly tracking down Osama bin Laden, then identifying his body when US Navy Seal Team Six killed him during a raid in Pakistan.

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  • Tsunami 10 years after: How Indonesia built back

    Mr. Alamsyah steers his black pickup onto a sodden grassy lot across from a building site where three men lay brick under a broiling sun. Walking up to the site, he deposits a flask of hot coffee on a plank of wood and pulls out a tape measure. With barely a word of greeting to his workers, he…

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  • Could a tsunami disaster happen again?

    When the tsunami struck in December 2004, none of the affected countries around the Indian Ocean had any advance warning. For Aceh, Indonesia, the time lag between the magnitude-9.1 undersea earthquake and the first giant wave was as little as 30 minutes. For countries located farther away from the…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. Sony Pictures…

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  • Griezmann nets 3 in Atletico's 4-1 win at Bilbao

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann netted a second-half hat trick to help Atletico Madrid roar back for a 4-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, as Diego Simeone's side pulled within four points off the lead in the Spanish league.

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  • Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

    By Isabel Coles MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State on Sunday after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it. Seizing the town would restore the majority of territory Iraq's Kurds…

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  • Decorating is in the details.

    Join in on all the holiday fun on Old Navy’s new Tumblr.

  • Protester takes perch on St. Peter's façade

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest against government reforms at one of Roman Catholicism's holiest sites.

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  • Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' drives into crowd in France, injuring 11

    Paris (AFP) - A driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") as he ploughed into groups of people in the eastern French city of Dijon on Sunday injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said.

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  • McCoist quits as manager of Scottish side Rangers

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Days after handing in his resignation, Ally McCoist negotiated his departure as Rangers manager on Sunday to leave the fallen Scottish power in turmoil.

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  • German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

    BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

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  • Shock and anger in NY after two police murdered

    New York was reeling Sunday after the murder of two uniformed cops by a man who said he was seeking revenge for the recent killings of unarmed black men by police. The two officers, Wenjian Liu, 32, Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot in the head through the window of their patrol car in broad daylight in…

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  • Italian protester climbs St Peter's Basilica -- again

    A disgruntled Italian entrepreneur on Sunday climbed the facade of St Peter's Basilica in an anti-EU protest, marking the fifth time the man has scaled the ornate building to highlight his country's economic woes. The man, identified as Marcello di Finizio, perched on a ledge some 80 metres (260…