• Gas truck blast rocks Mexico City hospital, killing two

    An explosion rocked a maternity hospital Thursday in the western part of Mexico City when a gas truck ignited, destroying a large part of the building and killing at least two people, emergency services said. Television footage showed rescue workers scouring through ruined sections of concrete…

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  • Dozens killed in Afghanistan in attacks on funeral, checkpoint

    A suicide bomb attack on a funeral in east Afghanistan killed 16 people and injured another 39 on Thursday, a local official said, an unusually high death toll for a single bombing in a country ravaged by decades of war. Separately, Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint operated by a group of…

  • Al Qaeda in Syria attacks Western-backed rebels

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian arm of al Qaeda attacked a Western-backed rebel group near Aleppo on Thursday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said, threatening one of the few remaining pockets of the non-jihadist opposition. The Nusra Front seized…

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  • Gorbachev: Ukraine could explode into 'hot war' between Russia and the West

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader and widely credited for helping end the cold war, today blamed the West and the US in particular for “dragging” Russia into what he says could be a larger, “hot war” over Ukraine. In comments to Interfax news service, Mr. Gorbachev weighed in on…

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  • Should South Sudan really hold an election this year?

    South Sudan's government has announced that it will hold elections in June, but a hasty vote could cause more instability in this fragile nation already mired in a year-old civil war. The young country's conflict began in December 2013 after a massacre of civilians in the capital, Juba, by…

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  • Loretta Lynch, attorney general nominee, fields GOP senators' barbed questions

    President Obama’s executive action granting deferred deportation status and work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants was based on a “reasonable” legal opinion by Justice Department lawyers, Mr. Obama’s choice to become the next attorney general told senators at her confirmation…

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  • After listening to women, a Congressman switches sides on abortion

    On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced that after conversing with women in his home state and around the country, he had changed his position. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be on the decline, with new weekly infections dropping below 100 for the first time in over six months, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN agency said it had now shifted its efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries…

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  • Save Dippy from eviction, dino fans urge

    Plans to move "Dippy" the diplodocus from his home in London's Natural History Museum have triggered an outcry from dinosaur fans who have flocked to see him for decades. Longer than two London buses, "Dippy" will be moved from the entrance hall in 2017 and replaced by a blue whale. As Sky news…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • Wiesberger takes 1-shot lead at Dubai Desert Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger made seven birdies on his last 10 holes Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

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  • Denmark cuts key interest rate to -0.5 percent

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's central bank has decided to cut its interest rate on certificates of deposit by 0.15 percentage points to -0.5 percent to keep the krone currency stable against the euro.

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  • Dinosaur no more: UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017

    LONDON (AP) — Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum — and his fans aren't happy.

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  • Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: UN

    In total, over 731,000 people, including 203,000 children who are severely malnourished, face "acute food insecurity", according to a joint report released by the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network(FEWS NET). "Malnutrition…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Indonesia ready to execute foreigners after rejecting clemency

    Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies. Despite his image as a reformist, Indonesia's new President Joko…

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  • Syria government airstrikes kill at least 8 in IS-held city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government airstrikes have killed at least eight people in a northern town held by the Islamic State.

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  • Judge orders accounts of former Petrobras president opened

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ordered that the bank accounts of a former president of Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, be made available to prosecutors investigating allegations of overbilling.

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