• Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State north of Baghdad

    By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia have launched a long-awaited offensive against Islamic State in Salahuddin province, a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. The ultra-radical fighters control…

  • Trial to push for better flight tracking a year after MH370

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia are launching a trial to allow air traffic controllers to more closely track aircraft traversing remote oceans such as the one believed to be the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Australian Deputy Prime…

  • Setting aside rancor over Hong Kong, China welcomes Prince William

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a warm welcome to Prince William on Monday as he began the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, setting aside the rancor with London over Hong Kong. William's trip to…

  • How can we prevent the next 'Jihadi John'?

    The Islamic State fighter who first appeared in the video of the beheading of journalist James Foley last August was formerly known only as ‘Jihadi John’, but Thursday he was revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen. Then, years of conflict and frustration with the British security…

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  • Netanyahu speech to Congress: Low point in US-Israel relationship?

    "Politics stops at the water's edge," Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously declared when he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s – an ideal obviously not always met since those early post-war years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress this week…

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  • Major Supreme Court challenge threatens to gut Obamacare

    After narrowly surviving a bitter constitutional showdown in 2010, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is once again in serious peril as the US Supreme Court prepares this week to take up a new legal challenge that threatens to gut Obamacare. A decision in favor of the challengers could block…

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  • Why Russians march: to replace 'campaigns of hate'

    In unexpected numbers, about 50,000 Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent pro-democracy figure gunned down just two days before. A state-run hate campaign has indeed escalated against domestic critics of the policies of President Vladimir Putin, especially…

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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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  • Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over democracy protests

    Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested and then released on Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation that has been accused of seeking to intimidate activists. Albert Ho and Helena Wong, both of the Democratic Party,…

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  • Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group.

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  • Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov for talks on Ukraine crisis

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday, less than a week after accusing Moscow of lying to his face over the conflict. High-stakes talks between Kiev and Moscow are also set to get under way Monday aimed at…

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  • Myanmar prevents student protesters from marching to Yangon

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of student protesters from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to push for educational reform.

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  • Australia bans travel to Iraqi city of Mosul under new law

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Iraqi city of Mosul, which is held by Islamic State movement fighters, has become the second terrorist hot-spot to be declared off-limits to Australians under a new counterterrorism law aimed at deterring foreign fighters.

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  • UN report: Libya's flow of weapons needs tighter controls

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says Libya's ability to prevent the flow of weapons into and out of the chaotic country is "almost nonexistent," and it calls for the tightening of an arms embargo that the government says must be loosened so it can defend itself.

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  • Prince William meets Xi, visits sites on China visit

    Britain's Prince William met China's Communist President Xi Jinping on Monday before strolling through the Forbidden City, the former home of the country's deposed imperial dynasties. Xi warmly welcomed the second-in-line to the British throne, making the highest-profile visit to China by a member…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. North Korea regularly…

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  • Asia stocks mostly rise as China rate cut offsets US data

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment following the release of lackluster U.S. growth data.

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  • Kerry set to defend Israel before UN rights panel

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva where he is to deliver a vigorous defense of Israel before a U.N. body that Washington deems biased against the Jewish state.

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