• Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels

    By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track. The…

  • Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq

    By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias…

  • Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

    By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. …

  • California officials seek to regulate electronic cigarettes

    California health officials declared this week that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated like tobacco products. Experts say that if electronic cigarettes are not regulated, young people risk becoming addicted and developing health problems as a result. "E-cigarettes…

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  • Could tipping reach a tipping point? Some restaurants try new model

    A mini-revolution is gently simmering in American restaurants. Tipping hasn't quite reached a tipping point but the model seems downright revolutionary in an industry where employees typically depend on customer tips to pad paltry wages. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13…

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  • How these two women guided the Keystone bill through a divided Senate

    In a rare moment for the US Senate, the two lawmakers who had just spent three weeks steering the Keystone pipeline bill through choppy waters were chatting amiably on the floor during the final vote. Senators can remember only a handful of times when two women have acted as “floor managers” of…

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  • 'Humans of New York' blog raises $1M for students facing hurdles to college

    When it comes to preparing students for college – and even helping them aspire to it – there’s a chasm between the haves and have-nots. The other was a formal event at the White House Friday afternoon, in which first lady Michelle Obama honored the National School Counselor of the Year and…

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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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  • NZ beats Pakistan by 7 wickets with 10 overs to spare

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Grant Elliott scored 64 not out and took 3-26 in an all-round performance which led New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan with ten overs to spare in Saturday's first of two one-day games.

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  • Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.

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  • Philippine air force plane crash kills 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force says two pilots were killed when one of its Italian-made light planes crashed into the sea.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities…

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  • IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.

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  • Pakistan bowled out for 210 in 1st ODI vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets with more than ten overs to spare at Westpac Stadium on Saturday in the first of two one-day games.

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  • 5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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  • CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander's killing: report

    The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported. Citing former intelligence officials, the newspaper reported that US and Israeli spy agencies worked together to target…

  • Japan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

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