• U.S. carries out more air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and allied military forces have carried out eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since Monday, according to a U.S. military statement on Tuesday. Bombers, fighters and attack aircraft hit Islamic State targets near several cities, including…

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  • Nigeria's Buhari wins historic election landslide

    By Tim Cocks and Alexis Akwagyiram ABUJA (Reuters) - Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies. President…

  • Psychological profiling, doors focus of French Germanwings probe

    BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - French air accident authority BEA said its probe into the Germanwings crash would study "systemic weaknesses" that might have led to the disaster, such as psychological profiling and cockpit door locks. Also on Tuesday, lawyers representing some of the families of those…

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  • Why death penalty states may have harder time finding lethal-injection drugs

    States that administer the death penalty could face additional obstacles after two groups representing pharmacists told their members to stop providing drugs for use in lethal injection. On Monday, the American Pharmacists Association voted to oppose participation in executions, stating that to…

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  • NCAA tournament 2015: 'Elite Eight' is now the 'Final Four'

    Last weekend’s play in the "Sweet 16" and "Elite Eight" rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament reinforced some important factors as to why Wisconsin, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State are the teams headed for the "Final Four" this coming weekend in Indianapolis. Michigan State (27-11) has…

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  • GOP pollster: Candidates seen as antigay will never win voters under 30

    At a Monitor breakfast Tuesday, GOP pollster Whit Ayers praised Indiana’s political system for adapting “remarkably quickly” to the “value conflict” that has erupted over its new religious freedom law, which opponents say discriminates against the gay community. Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mike…

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  • As Britain gears up for election, a lot more players on the stage

    Britain's general elections used to be straightforward: a predominantly two-horse race between Labour or Conservative governments, left vs. right, red against blue. But as electioneering gets under way for May 7 polls, it's clear the vote has implications for British politics that extend well…

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  • Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal during Jubilee year

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid any financial scandals with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.

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  • Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid as thousands more displaced

    BEIRUT (AP) — International donors at a conference in Kuwait pledged $3.8 billion Tuesday to help Syrians affected by the civil war, as U.N. officials warned of a fresh wave of mass displacement after Islamic groups took over a major city in northwestern Syria.

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  • FIFA challenger Prince Ali in Africa, Blatter's stronghold

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein visited Zimbabwe and met with sports and political leaders on Tuesday, hoping to rally support on a continent that has long been a Sepp Blatter stronghold.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 p.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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  • Gunfire, blasts at Istanbul hostage standoff: AFP

    Explosions and gunfire rang out Tuesday at the Istanbul court building where a prosecutor was being held hostage by an armed leftist group, an AFP correspondent reported. Several shots were fired and at least two explosions were heard, as smoke was also seen coming out of the upper floor where…

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  • Jordan Spieth speaks out on texting and driving

    Nine months after Jordan Spieth signed an endorsement deal with AT&T, the 21-year-old Texan is starring in his first TV commercial with the Dallas-based company.

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  • Still unclear if Iran nuclear deal possible: German diplomats

    Lausanne (AFP) - It remains unclear whether a nuclear deal is possible, and talks may have to continue after Tuesday's midnight deadline to agree a framework accord, a German diplomatic source said.

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  • Mexico arrests man wanted in massacre of 72 migrants

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's federal police say they have arrested one of the men suspected in the 2010 slaying of 72 migrants by a drug cartel.

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  • UN envoy for Yemen moves to Jordan

    The United Nations has relocated its peace envoy for Yemen to Jordan and pulled its last 13 foreign employees from the conflict-torn country, a spokesman said Tuesday. Envoy Jamal Benomar left Yemen at the weekend along with some 200 UN staff as a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes to block…

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  • Cabinet minister: Nigerian president concedes to Buhari

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's aviation minister says President Goodluck Jonathan has called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his electoral victory. This paves the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa's richest and most populous nation.

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  • Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site ends: authorities

    La Seyne-sur-Mer (France) (AFP) - The bodies of victims from the Germanwings plane disaster have all been recovered from the crash site in the French Alps, authorities said Tuesday.

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  • Bahamas police arrest US suspect, seize haul of marijuana

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Authorities in the Bahamas say an American man has been arrested with a large cache of marijuana on his sailboat.

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