• EBRD to invest up to $1 billion in Ukraine in 2015 if reforms made

    By Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - The head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it plans to invest up to around $1 billion in Ukraine this year, including in the gas sector, provided real reforms are implemented. Kiev has met long-standing requests from the…

  • Israeli officer kills stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank

    A senior Israeli army officer shot and killed a Palestinian youth who was throwing stones near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. A Palestinian witness and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinian was among a group throwing stones at…

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  • Turkey reinforces Syria border, Davutoglu says no incursion planned

    Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion. Security sources and officials in the…

  • At Iran nuclear talks, crumbs of hope and jockeying for advantage

    On a sunny balcony of the 5-star Palais Coburg hotel, enjoying the perfect Viennese weather before a television interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waved like royalty to the press below. “I have to be hopeful,” he said in reply to a shouted question, referring to the Iran…

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  • How America is quietly becoming a climate change leader

    When it comes to the fight against climate change, the United States is often cast as a laggard – if not an outright pariah. On one hand, the fundamentals of America’s conflict over the human role in climate change remain unchanged. A cap-and-trade bill to reduce carbon emissions remains a…

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  • Terrorists in Tunisia attacks trained at Islamic State camp in Libya

    The Tunisian terrorist who gunned down scores of mostly British tourists at a Tunisian beach resort last week trained at an Islamic State-affiliated camp in neighboring war-torn Libya. The radicalized student responsible for the beach massacre and the Tunisian gunmen in the Bardo attack are…

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  • Dramatic cuts to college tuition in Washington State: Will others follow?

    Washington State lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement this week to pull skyrocketing tuition rates back to earth.

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  • AP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought

    UNPHA, North Korea (AP) — North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry.

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  • A year after Gaza war, southern Israel slowly recovers

    NIRIM, Israel (AP) — On the last day of last summer's Israel-Hamas war, Gadi Yarkoni and two of his closest friends were fixing an electricity line next to the cowshed in their kibbutz in southern Israel that had been damaged by rocket fire from neighboring Gaza.

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  • The Latest: Poll finds Greeks overwhelmingly back euro

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

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  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in West Bank

    Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank on Friday after he threw stones at their patrol, Palestinian medical and security sources said. Mohammad Kosba, 17, was killed by two bullets after launching the stones at an Israeli military vehicle close to the Qalandia…

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  • Greece makes 3.8 million euro bond coupon payment: source

    Cash-strapped Greece made a 3.8 million euro ($4.22 million coupon payment on a privately held yen-denominated government bond that was due on Friday, a government official told Reuters. "We made the coupon payment, the payment order was issued," the official said, declining to be named because he…

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  • Adelaide Crows' AFL coach murdered in home, son arrested

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Players and team officials in the Australian Football League were in shock Friday after Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh was stabbed to death in a domestic dispute at his home. His 26-year-old son was arrested and later charged with murder.

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  • Syrian army bombards rebels in Aleppo: monitor

    Syrian government forces mounted heavy air strikes on Friday against rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo, the focus of an insurgent offensive aimed at capturing areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the war,…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    SHANGHAI (AP) — A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found. How and why a…

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  • Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war

    BAGHDAD (AP) — In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.

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  • Japan's Hagino pulls out of worlds with injured elbow

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese ace Kosuke Hagino said on Friday he will not compete at the world swimming championships after breaking his right elbow during training.

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