• Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

    By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions,…

  • Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

    By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan, seeking a…

  • Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen

    Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened. A Tripoli official said the internationally recognized government and the…

  • Have crises put US-Israel relations on new, more honest, course?

    Mounting and unusually public tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have exposed fault lines in the US-Israel relationship that portend a rocky and perhaps uncharted course ahead for the two allies. Differences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how…

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  • Texas judge blocks family, medical leave benefits for same-sex couples in four states

    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked federal rules that would have provided Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to same sex couples in Texas. US District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to stay the expansion of the definition of “spouse” under…

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  • For families of missing Mexican students, answers remain elusive

    Six months after the grisly disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero, friends and family of the missing spread out across the United States and Mexico to remind the world that the search isn’t over. Marches took place throughout Mexico, and three…

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  • Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skeptics?

    Senator Cruz (R) of Texas, who recently announced he plans to run for president in 2016, provoked a swift and snarky reaction online to his comments made in an interview with The Texas Tribune Tuesday, where he compared "global warming alarmists" to flat-Earthers, then implying that his position…

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  • Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

    BOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government…

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  • Canada shock as Olympic runner Barnaby drowns

    Canadian Olympic 400m runner Daundre Barnaby died after drowning in a swimming accident during a training camp in the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, a statement said. Barnaby, 24, who represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics and at last year's Commonwealth Games, drowned after a strong current…

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  • Michael Clarke announces World Cup final will be last ODI

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from one-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand in a bid to prolong his test career.

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  • US rescues Saudi airmen from water south of Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

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  • Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all

    ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.

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  • Astronauts dock with space station for 1-year mission

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station.

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  • Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, US astronauts docks at ISS

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said. The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft's crew included a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the…

  • Morgan Pressel, Mirim Lee top Kia Classic leaderboard

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Morgan Pressel matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Kia Classic with Mirim Lee.

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  • Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen for a second day, as President Barack Obama said the United States shared a "collective goal" with its regional ally to see stability in the war-torn state. Obama offered support to Saudi ruler King Salman in a phone conversation as it…

  • Chinese drywall company pays $3.2 million to 7 homeowners

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer — Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. — has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product.

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