• Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who…

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  • UK's Cameron tells France's Hollande EU status quo 'not good enough'

    France wants Britain to remain in the European Union, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday after talks with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who insisted the status quo in Europe was "not good enough". "France wants the UK to remain in the European Union," Hollande said at a joint news…

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  • Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Bernardino Leon, who has been trying for months to broker an agreement on a national unity government for Libya,…

  • For fear of 'foreign agents,' Kremlin blacklists a Russian charity

    Russia's "foreign agent" law has had no shortage of detractors and defenders over the nearly three years it's been in operation. Critics complained from the beginning that the vaguely-worded law – which offered a clear definition of neither "political activity" nor "foreign funding" – was bound to…

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  • Triplets to attend MIT. What are the odds?

    Christopher, Claire, and Edward Goul of Newport Beach, Calif., have all been admitted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a rare accomplishment for one family member, much less so for three siblings. The college admissions process can be especially difficult for…

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  • Nebraska bans death penalty. Will rest of US follow?

    It took more than 40 years, but a Republican-controlled state has once again abolished the death penalty. In a 30-to-19 vote that cut across party lines, Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’s veto of their bill to repeal capital punishment, making the state the first…

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  • George Pataki is in for 2016. Chris Christie without 'Bridgegate' burden?

    George Pataki is running for president. Will he try to be Chris Christie, minus the burden of the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal? Mr. Pataki, in case you’ve forgotten, was a three-term governor of New York, leaving office in 2006.

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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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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post hit back Thursday at Iran's allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama.

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  • Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election…

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  • Iran defends spy trial of US journalist

    Iran hit back Thursday at US claims that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, insisting its judiciary is independent. Washington has called for the release of Rezaian, who went on trial behind closed doors on Tuesday, and National Security…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. North Korea is barred under U.N. Security…

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  • The Latest: Andy Murray weighs in on FIFA scandal

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:

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  • Ukraine minister says east Ukraine fighting could resume soon

    Ukraine's defense minister said on Thursday Russia had moved forces into eastern Ukraine and there was a risk of fighting resuming between the army and pro-Russian separatists in coming months. Violence has been less intense in Ukraine's east since a ceasefire was brokered in Minsk in February,…

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  • Unlike Sisyphus, Schiavone gets to top of mountain in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — In a matchup of past French Open champions with similar, grind-it-out-at-the-baseline games, Francesca Schiavone knew she and Svetlana Kuznetsova would wind up playing for hours and hours.

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  • Ireland's parliament votes in favor of Aer Lingus share sale

    LONDON (AP) — Ireland's parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country's share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro (US$1.53 billion) takeover bid by International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways.

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  • Spain judge opens terrorism probe into Boko Haram

    A Spanish High Court judge said Thursday he is opening a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for suspected crimes against humanity and terrorism. Judge Fernando Andreu ruled he is competent to handle the case under the principle of universal…

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