• At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself. Six days after NATO member Turkey shot down the…

  • U.S. Embassy warns of imminent attack in Kabul

    The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned on Monday of an imminent attack in the Afghan capital, saying it had received credible reports of a threat within the next two days, although it had no other details. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters the threat was not made specifically…

  • U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks

    By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. …

  • Why climate change isn't a winning issue in US politics

    Facing the prospect of a historic agreement at international climate change talks that formally began Monday in Paris, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R) of California had a message: We're not paying for it. The statement that the Republican-led House would block funds for a potential…

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  • False promises in fantasy sports gambling

    People who play fantasy sports, by selecting a make-believe team of real players from different teams, know they are dealing in fantasy. “Just pick your sport, pick your players, and pick up your cash!” stated one DraftKings ad. In a lawsuit seeking to close down the sites’ operations in the…

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  • Chris Christie's N.H. coup: How endorsements shape voter's choices

    The news came down Saturday night like a lightning bolt from Mount Olympus: New Hampshire’s premier newspaper, the Union Leader, had endorsed Chris Christie for president. For the New Jersey governor, who has made the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary his do-or-die event, it was a…

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  • Laquan McDonald shooting: Chicago cop held on $1.5 million bail

    A judge Monday set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murdering a black teenager last year by shooting the young man 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been in custody since November 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the death of…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • The Latest: Investigator: Noise heard in cockpit recording

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

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  • Indonesia says crew action caused crashed AirAsia jet to lose control

    Indonesian investigators said on Tuesday that crew action caused a loss of control and the stalling of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 aboard. The plane's flight control computer had a cracked solder joint that malfunctioned repeatedly, including…

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  • Palestinian assailant shot dead in West Bank stabbing attempt: Israeli police

    Israeli security forces shot dead a suspected Palestinian assailant who tried to stab a man at a busy intersection near a West Bank settlement on Tuesday, police said, a location that has seen several incidents during two months of violence. A police spokeswoman said the assailant was shot dead as…

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  • Top Asian News 6:37 a.m. GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference that began Monday in Paris. All times local: 9:15 p.m. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will not go along if President Barack Obama tries to commit taxpayer money to support a climate accord reached in Paris. He…

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  • Turkish newspaper says faces tax inspection after journalists arrested

    Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, whose top two journalists were arrested last week on charges of espionage and terrorist propaganda, is facing an investigation into its tax accounts, its chief executive said. A court last Thursday ordered the arrest of Can Dundar, the paper's editor-in-chief, and…

  • Rights group say Nepal children at risk of disease and death

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Child rights groups are warning that shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies in Nepal due to a border blockade with India is putting millions of children at the risk of disease and even death.

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  • Asia stocks rise as Japan data mends, yuan status welcomed

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as improved manufacturing in Japan offset weak Chinese data. The addition of the yuan to the IMF's basket of globally important currencies raised confidence in China's progress toward financial and economic liberalization.

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  • France, Belgium push intelligence sharing after Paris attacks: source

    France and Belgium want to improve intelligence sharing between the nine European nations most concerned with jihadist threats in the wake of the Paris attacks, a French government source said Monday evening. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel agreed to…

  • France, Germany, Canada call on world to put price on carbon

    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — One of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution, some key world leaders said at Monday's international climate summit.

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