• Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

    Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people. Two officials from the state-run North Oil Co confirmed the militants seized a…

  • Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization. The ruling came days after the country faced some of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years. Hamas is an offshoot of…

  • Bahrain revokes nationality of 72 on security grounds

    The Bahraini government has revoked the nationality of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state news agency BNA reported on Saturday. A list published on the agency's website included names of well-known Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim families, suggesting the move did not focus solely on…

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  • Ohio delays all 2015 executions, amid scrutiny of lethal injection drugs

    The decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday to postpone all seven scheduled 2015 executions in the state is part of growing evidence suggesting that courts – and American society – are coming to a fresh showdown over the humanity of how states administer the ultimate sanction. Governor…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Spain's radical leftist party shows strength in big rally

    MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.

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  • Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.

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  • Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.

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  • Dominant Serena beats Sharapova at Australian Open for 19th Slam

    A dominant Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major…

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  • Greece seeks EU allies on debt but Germany holds firm

    Greece's new government began a search for European allies Saturday in its bid to renegotiate its loans and end austerity, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens. Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are…

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  • Lavish freebies from Saudi king to buoy economy, markets

    By Andrew Torchia DUBAI (Reuters) - A lavish payout to public employees ordered by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman will help to sustain the kingdom's consumer boom and reassure financial markets that the government is not slashing expenditure in the face of low oil prices. On Thursday, Salman…

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  • Sharapova humbled but gracious after latest loss to Williams

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — After more than a decade of losses to Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova is getting good at being gracious in defeat.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan. But the euphoria among police…

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  • McIlroy extends lead to 4 shots at Dubai Desert Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots with a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

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