• Malaysia rejects jailed opposition leader's petition for royal pardon

    Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, court officials and his lawyers said on Wednesday. The petition was filed by Anwar's family in February after his sentence was upheld by Malaysia's…

  • Indonesian court to decide on Bali Nine execution appeal on April 6

    An Indonesian court hearing the appeals of two Australian death row convicts will announce a verdict on April 6, one of the judges determining the case said on Wednesday. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are among a group of 10 prisoners, mostly foreigners, facing imminent execution for drug…

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  • Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

    By Osman Orsal and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage on Tuesday, killing his two captors. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) had…

  • Religious Freedom Act: Are businesses becoming more socially conscious?

    As a growing cadre of CEOs and leaders of the nation’s most powerful businesses continue to come down hard on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week, many see a shift not only in ideas about corporate responsibility, but in the ways in which more corporations are speaking out…

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  • Defense rests in Boston Marathon Bombing trial. How successful have they been?

    The defense rested its case in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev today after calling only four witnesses over the course of two days.

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  • In historic first, Nigeria's former dictator Buhari beats incumbent president

    In a statement released just before the final result was announced, Mr. Buhari gave thanks to the Nigerian people for choosing him and said that President Goodluck Jonathan had called to congratulate him. Buhari is due to make an acceptance speech later tonight. The win was historic: Buhari is…

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  • Lessons from Germanwings crash on mental disability

    “If only he had received help from someone.” 

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  • Surveys show China manufacturing weak in February

    BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing was lackluster in February and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.

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  • Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. The development has sparked concern from human rights groups, lawyers, political…

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  • Buhari in historic Nigeria election win

    Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday became Nigeria's president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa's most populous nation. Thousands spilled onto the streets of the north's biggest city, Kano, in celebration, shouting his campaign slogan "Sai…

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  • Martinez's goal in 2nd half lifts Venezuela past Peru

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Josef Martinez scored in the 60th minute to give Venezuela a 1-0 victory over Peru in an exhibition Tuesday night.

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  • Argentina beats Ecuador 2-1 in friendly match

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore scored in each half and Argentina defeated Ecuador 2-1 in a friendly match Tuesday.

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  • Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

    Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the…

  • Some parents of missing Mexico youths ask help of gang boss

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some parents of 43 Mexican college students who disappeared six months ago are turning to the purported leader of a drug gang and asking for his help in learning more about what happened to their sons.

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  • Turkey hostage drama ends in deadly shoot-out

    A senior Turkish prosecutor and his two hostage-takers were killed when security forces launched an operation to free the official in a bloody end to a six-hour standoff in Istanbul. Two radical leftist militants had earlier Tuesday taken the Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage in his…

  • No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement.

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  • Scion youth looks to sedan, hatchback to revive sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota is turning to a sporty hatchback and a low-cost sedan to restore some hipness — and sales — to its youth-oriented Scion brand.

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