• Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death toll near 2,000: WHO

    CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - Two Saudi border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories, an Interior Ministry spokesman said late on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the war's death toll was close to 2,000. Saudi forces and the Houthis have been trading fire across…

  • Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations carried out in peacetime to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin,…

  • Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Bernardino Leon, who has been trying for months to broker an agreement on a national unity government for Libya,…

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  • For fear of 'foreign agents,' Kremlin blacklists a Russian charity

    Russia's "foreign agent" law has had no shortage of detractors and defenders over the nearly three years it's been in operation. Critics complained from the beginning that the vaguely-worded law – which offered a clear definition of neither "political activity" nor "foreign funding" – was bound to…

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  • Triplets to attend MIT. What are the odds?

    Christopher, Claire, and Edward Goul of Newport Beach, Calif., have all been admitted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a rare accomplishment for one family member, much less so for three siblings. The college admissions process can be especially difficult for…

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  • Nebraska bans death penalty. Will rest of US follow?

    It took more than 40 years, but a Republican-controlled state has once again abolished the death penalty. In a 30-to-19 vote that cut across party lines, Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’s veto of their bill to repeal capital punishment, making the state the first…

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  • George Pataki is in for 2016. Chris Christie without 'Bridgegate' burden?

    George Pataki is running for president. Will he try to be Chris Christie, minus the burden of the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal? Mr. Pataki, in case you’ve forgotten, was a three-term governor of New York, leaving office in 2006.

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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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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Spain charges Boko Haram militant chief with crimes against humanity

    Spain's state prosecutor charged the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted, court papers said. Spain has pioneered the use of universal…

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  • Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error probably was not a factor in the U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the United States and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday.

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  • UK's Osborne: 'real willingness' in EU to negotiate on reforms

    British finance minister George Osborne said other European Union countries were willing to negotiate over Britain's push to reform the bloc before it holds a referendum on whether to stay in the EU. "Whatever public positions you hear people in Europe take, what I detect is a real willingness…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. North Korea is barred under U.N. Security…

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  • Text from Sepp Blatter's speech at FIFA congress

    ZURICH (AP) — Text from FIFA President Sepp Blatter's speech on Thursday at the opening of the FIFA congress:

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  • Bakery owners to appeal 'gay cake' discrimination verdict

    LONDON (AP) — The owners of a Northern Ireland bakery that refused to bake a cake supporting gay marriage say they will appeal their conviction for discrimination.

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  • US agents indict 15 Chinese in alleged test-taking scheme

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fifteen Chinese citizens conspired to take college entrance exams on behalf of others or paid to have tests done for them so they could obtain student visas, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh said Thursday.

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  • Curry wants what LeBron has in Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals

    Stephen Curry and LeBron James, this season's brightest stars, are taking basketball's biggest stage.

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