• North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

  • Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over support for Syrian Kurds

    By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington's inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a "sea of blood". Turkey should respond by implementing its…

  • NATO agrees Russian deterrent but avoids Cold War footing

    By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO agreed on Wednesday its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases. In an effort to…

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  • Can Rubio leave New Hampshire's big question behind?

    Marco Rubio stood before his supporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday night and blamed his famously flubbed debate performance for his disappointing fifth-place showing at the primary polls. To be sure, Senator Rubio can hone his answers and he can expand his talking points. Is he just like another…

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  • Syrian war: It took time, but Russia was game-changer for Assad

    With Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former economic hub, on the verge of being surrounded by Syrian troops and their allies, President Bashar al-Assad appears to have finally gained an upper hand against an array of rebel forces. For that, Mr. Assad can thanks his allies – Iran, Hezbollah,…

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  • Controversy over fired professors at Mount St. Mary's goes national

    Mount St. Mary's University president Simon Newman fired Edward Egan, the campus newspaper adviser and a professor of law, and Thane Naberhaus, a tenured professor of philosophy, and demoted David Rehm from a Provost position, after these faculty members expressed concerns about Newman’s plan…

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  • How Trump, Sanders victories have scrambled 2016 race

    A powerful populist wave carried Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump to victory in New Hampshire, signaling a rejection of both the Democratic and Republican establishments and ensuring a pitched battle in coming weeks for each party’s presidential nomination. Senator Sanders’s victory over former…

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  • Tusk to hold EU talks on 'very fragile' Brexit deal

    EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week. The former Polish premier set out his proposals for a deal with British Prime…

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  • Serbia 'not cooperating' in arrests: UN war crimes tribunal

    War crimes judges on Wednesday piled pressure on Serbia to arrest three suspects over alleged witness-tampering in the case of an ultra-nationalist, accusing Belgrade of failing to cooperate with the UN tribunal. "It is clear to the chamber that Serbia is not cooperating in this matter," a visibly…

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  • NATO debates German-Turkish refugee aid request

    NATO defence ministers discussed Wednesday a request by key members Germany and Turkey to help cope with a massive influx of refugees, mostly fleeing the Syrian conflict, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Ankara on Monday that Turkey and Germany would ask…

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  • Top Asian News 6:33 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the…

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  • President: Czechs paid $6.2M ransom to Pakistan kidnappers

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013, President Milos Zeman said Wednesday.

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  • 35 dead in NE Nigeria suicide attacks: state govt

    Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - At least 35 people were killed in a twin suicide bomb attack at a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the head of the Borno state emergency management agency told AFP.

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  • EU moves towards longer-term border checks inside free-travel zone

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states took a new step towards a two-year suspension of their open-borders zone on Wednesday as the bloc's executive again rebuked them for failing to act on agreements to stem irregular migration. The European…

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  • Russian airstrikes boost Islamic State in Syria, says U.S. envoy

    By Patricia Zengerle and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State said on Wednesday that Russian airstrikes in Syria are boosting the militant group because of the toll they are taking on U.S.-backed opposition fighters. "What Russia's doing is…

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  • The Latest: Britain calls on Russia to stop bombing Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

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  • Former Netanyahu servant wins damages for workplace abuse

    A Jerusalem court on Wednesday awarded damages to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former housekeeper, accepting his complaints of repeated workplace abuse by the premier and his wife. The former housekeeper, Meni Naftali, said the 170,000 shekel ($44,000, 39,000 euro) payment covering…

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  • Ski jump leader Prevc wins in Norway

    TRONDHEIM, Norway (AP) — Peter Prevc was another leap closer to becoming the ski jumping World Cup champion with a victory in Trondheim on Wednesday.

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