• Israeli aircraft strike positions in Syria: Israeli army

    Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army artillery positions early on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier. The strike came amid rising frontier tension 10 days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general…

  • U.S. to work with allies 'to increase pressure on Russia': Treasury Secretary Lew

    The United States on Wednesday signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees to help it with "near-term social spending" in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary. After signing the loan agreement with Ukrainian Finance…

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  • Malaysia to release interim report on MH370 on March 7

    Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation will release an interim report on the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the one-year anniversary of the disappearance, deputy transport minister Aziz Kaprawi said on Wednesday. "It will have details on the…

  • Georgia inmate executed after Supreme Court declines appeal

    Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill was executed on Tuesday after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that Mr. Hill had an intellectual disability that rendered his execution unconstitutional. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have granted the request to stay the…

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  • Human trafficking bills show how Congress can work together – aim small

    It’s a shock to the partisan senses to see as many as 18 Republican and Democratic House members stand before the cameras and unite behind legislation, as they did in the House TV studio on Tuesday. What brought them together are 12 bills to help prevent human trafficking in America and around the…

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  • Scott Walker gives signs that he's all in for 2016

    Recent days have been good for Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. First, he did well with a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend. Governor Walker talked forcefully about how he had defeated public sector unions in Wisconsin and then survived a subsequent recall vote.

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  • Readers Write: The economy isn't rosy yet, and Islam is a religion of peace not war

    Regarding the Jan. 9 online article “Unemployment down to 5.6 percent: Is ‘full employment’ finally getting close?” ( The Federal Reserve, politicians, and news editors should truly experience this economy before trying to convince us of the rosy images of prosperity. In regard to…

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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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  • Shares in Apple suppliers leap on record results

    Shares in European companies that supply parts to Apple Inc leapt on Wednesday after the tech giant reported the largest profit in corporate history, driven by record sales of iPhones and strong demand in China. Shares in British chip designer ARM and Imagination Technologies , which supplies…

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  • Russian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent in all categories except military and social expenditures.

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  • Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen

    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales.

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  • Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

    BEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.

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  • Nishikori not disappointed with Australian Open finish

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was circumspect about his quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open on Wednesday, saying there's nothing wrong with getting to the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament.

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  • Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat. Junko Ishido, mother of journalist Kenji Goto, read to reporters her plea…

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  • Syria opposition, Assad representatives meet in Moscow

    Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday aimed at restarting long-stalled peace negotiations to end the country's brutal war. The 32 members of various opposition groups tolerated by the authorities in Damascus and six…

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  • Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji

    TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.

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