• Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk

    By Alessandra Prentice and Maria Tsvetkova KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatist forces said on Tuesday they had pushed Ukrainian government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk, and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region. A…

  • Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

    By Lefteris Papadimas and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and…

  • Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

    By Yara Bayoumy SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis. The seizure of…

  • Human trafficking bills show how Congress can work together – aim small

    It’s a shock to the partisan senses to see as many as 18 Republican and Democratic House members stand before the cameras and unite behind legislation, as they did in the House TV studio on Tuesday. What brought them together are 12 bills to help prevent human trafficking in America and around the…

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  • Scott Walker gives signs that he's all in for 2016

    Recent days have been good for Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. First, he did well with a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend. Governor Walker talked forcefully about how he had defeated public sector unions in Wisconsin and then survived a subsequent recall vote.

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  • Readers Write: The economy isn't rosy yet, and Islam is a religion of peace not war

    Regarding the Jan. 9 online article “Unemployment down to 5.6 percent: Is ‘full employment’ finally getting close?” ( The Federal Reserve, politicians, and news editors should truly experience this economy before trying to convince us of the rosy images of prosperity. In regard to…

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  • Report blasts child welfare system: How to better protect US kids?

    The 110-page report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, titled “Shame on the U.S.,” outlines the failure of all three branches of government to protect children and enforce federal child welfare laws at the state level. The report echoes the findings…

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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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  • Colombia angers Venezuela with call to free jailed opponent

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is taking a tougher line with Venezuela's socialist government, urging it to free a prominent opposition leader.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free Japanese…

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  • Argentine Jewish groups boycott commemoration in protest

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Jewish groups boycotted the Argentine government's Holocaust Day commemoration Tuesday in protest over the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, while skepticism grew over President Cristina Fernandez's plan to reform intelligence services that she has…

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  • Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. The…

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  • Mexico: Investigation shows that all 43 students are dead

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said Tuesday.

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  • Terror suspect to be released to halfway house

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group will be released to a halfway house while his case is pending, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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  • Obama, Merkel discuss increased violence in Ukraine

    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken about their concern over the "significant increase in violence" in eastern Ukraine.

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  • Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction

    A tally of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico rose to 56. 5 million this year from a record low of 34 million last year but conservationists said on Tuesday the increase was too slight to reduce the threat of extinction facing the insect. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last month…

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  • Nine dead in attack on luxury Tripoli hotel

    Gunmen stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people -- including five foreigners -- before blowing themselves up. After setting off a car bomb outside the Corinthia Hotel -- where visiting…

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  • New York defends storm shutdown

    New York authorities on Tuesday vigorously defended a decision to shut down America's biggest city for a storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow on Long Island and New England. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city got only a fraction of the two feet (60 centimeters) of snow…

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