• Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

    By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for…

  • Kuwait detains Muslim cleric suspected of funding militants: security source

    Kuwait detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric at the Gulf state's airport on Wednesday after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, a security source told Reuters. Hajjaj al-Ajmi was detained at the airport on…

  • Mexico's ruling party proposes cutting seats from Congress

    Mexico's ruling party on Wednesday proposed holding a referendum next year to reduce the size of Congress, which could strengthen its own hand and streamline legislative decision-making. Mexico's Congress is made up of the lower house with 500 members and a Senate with 128 members. Both houses…

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  • Should President Obama go to Ferguson?

    To some Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday only raises larger questions: Shouldn’t President Obama himself go to Ferguson? Mr. Holder’s trip to Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is more than symbolic. The White House has also put out word that Holder, top…

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  • Supreme Court puts hold on Virginia same-sex marriages in signal to courts

    The US Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday that keeps in place a ban on same-sex marriages in Virginia until after the high court has had an opportunity to consider the issue. The high court action maintains the status quo in Virginia until the case is ultimately resolved by the justices. In…

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  • Chokehold death: With plans for big march, some worry about a Ferguson repeat

    Many are worried that the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., could erupt on the streets of New York this weekend, with a major protest march and rally scheduled to take place in Staten Island at the site of the sidewalk killing of Eric Garner allegedly at the hands of police. The march, already…

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  • Putin’s backward gaze

    Instead of looking ahead, President Putin is looking backward longingly at imperial and Soviet Russia. He’s attempting to energize his country around the idea of reuniting Russian-speakers in now independent former Soviet states with Mother Russia. Putin’s Russia is rich in natural resources,…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Beheading spurs news attacks on Islamic militants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an American journalist and is holding other…

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  • West Indies beat Bangladesh in opening ODI

    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — All-rounder Kieron Pollard hit 89 and Denesh Ramdin chipped in with 74 as the West Indies overcame a disastrous start to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in their opening one-day international at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling…

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  • Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

    HOUSTON (AP) — An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

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  • Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.

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  • Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, killing five

    Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and military sources said. Loud explosions and a war plane circling the port city could be heard in the evening in the Lithi district,…

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