• Arab states, Israel set to clash at U.N. nuclear meeting

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - As war rages in Gaza, Arab states will likely try to heighten diplomatic pressure on Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at next month's annual meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency's 160 member states, diplomats said on Friday. "I would expect ongoing conflict…

  • U.N. says Syria death toll tops 190,000, rights envoy raps world powers

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a U.N. report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable human catastrophe". …

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  • U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow headway: diplomats

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday, three days before a deadline for cooperation. Under an accord reached by…

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  • How the Founding Fathers grappled with hostage ransom demands

    The US debate over paying ransoms to kidnappers – revived by the murder of freelance journalist James Foley – isn't a new one. America's Founding Fathers were also preoccupied by the issue while confronting "unconventional foes" on the high seas.  In the late 1700s, Barbary pirates in northern…

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  • Russian aid convoy crosses into Ukraine, upping diplomatic stakes

    Trucks from a Russian aid convoy are moving into Ukraine, after the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Kiev of obstruction and announced its convoy would no longer wait at the border for permission to enter. “Our convoy with humanitarian aid is starting to move in the direction of Luhansk,” the…

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  • Florida's gay marriage ban is latest one to be struck down by a federal judge

    US District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of 10 same-sex couples seeking to have their out-of-state marriages formally recognized by Florida officials and on behalf of one same-sex couple who sued to obtain a marriage license. Same-sex marriages are banned in Florida by both state statute and…

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  • Why US Special Forces failed to rescue James Foley

    The failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley before he was killed by Islamic State militants – and the ongoing efforts to track down other American hostages before it’s too late – illustrate a glaring shortcoming in US military capabilities: that good US military intelligence on these…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials…

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  • Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators mulled over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Israel-Hamas war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip was due to expire at midnight Wednesday.

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Rojo must wait for Man United debut

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — New signing Marcos Rojo will not make his Manchester United debut against Sunderland on Sunday as he has yet to receive a work permit, adding to a growing list of absentees for manager Louis van Gaal.

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  • Putin, Merkel discuss possible paths to Ukraine ceasefire: Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed possible joint steps to achieve a ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said, ahead of Merkel's trip to Kiev on Saturday. The two leaders "discussed... certain steps that Russia and Germany could…

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  • Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

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  • Yemen Shiites stage Sanaa mass demo as crisis talks held

    Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shiite rebels rallied Friday in Sanaa pressing the government to quit as a presidential team held crisis talks in their stronghold to end the impasse. After the rally, a group of Zaidi rebels began erecting an encampment on a road in northern Sanaa that…

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  • 1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

    A South Korea-born man whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science.

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  • NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday the alliance had observed an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine. "We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel…

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  • Russia complies with international law in convoy operation: diplomat

    Moscow is not in breach of international law over its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat said on Friday. "We are acting in full accordance with international humanitarian law norms," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement. "We cannot accept and will not…

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