• China looms over South Asian summit in the Himalayas

    By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When eight South Asian leaders gather for a summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday, they will meet in a conference center donated by China to its cash-strapped Himalayan neighbor Nepal 27 years ago. In the decades since it built the modernist brick and glass…

  • Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: monitoring group

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria. Syrian government officials were not immediately available for…

  • Two policemen injured by bomb at Shi'ite village in Bahrain

    MANAMA (Reuters) - A bomb injured two Bahraini policemen on Tuesday, authorities said, amid high tension after the opposition boycotted the country's first elections since unrest rocked the island kingdom in 2011. The Interior Ministry said the explosion in the small Shi'ite village of Deraz, west…

  • Why America's drone warriors need a yellow Lab named Lily

    The top-secret operations center here is about half the size of a football field​, lit only ​by​ the ambient glow of hundreds of computer screens.

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  • Is 'Christmas break' finished? For this Massachusetts town, it is

    A Massachusetts school system voted Monday to adopt the name "holiday break" for its vacation that includes Christmas Day, a move that exposed tension between those who want to maintain tradition and those who want to emphasize inclusiveness.

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  • On college campuses, students stunned by 'demon' description of Michael Brown

    When Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, spoke of the moments just before the shooting, he described a David-vs.-Goliath battle – with himself as the little guy.

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  • UN pushes for targeted Syrian cease-fires in hopes of delivering aid

    The United Nations envoy to Syria is pushing a plan to freeze fighting in selected areas of the war-torn country to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

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  • Longtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.

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  • Messi sets European record with 74 goals

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record on Tuesday by taking his tally in the competition to 74. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.

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  • 4 miners killed in Nicaragua tunnel collapse

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Officials in Nicaragua say four gold miners died in the collapse of a closed mine tunnel that was still being worked by local people in the western part of the Central American country.

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  • HSBC to pay $12.5 million to settle SEC charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — HSBC will pay $12.5 million to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated U.S. securities laws.

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  • Official: Afghan president orders military review

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the practices of the country's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor. The move appears aimed at revamping the military for the fight…

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  • Tsarnaev lawyers lose bid for info in '11 slayings

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has turned down a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking evidence about his older brother's possible participation in a 2011 triple killing.

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  • Female suicide bombers kill at least 44 in Nigeria's northeast

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers killed at least 44 people on Tuesday in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, at the heart of a militant Islamist insurgency, medical officials said. Four witnesses told Reuters near the scene a woman had entered the…

  • Two Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion

    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Two soldiers died and nine were injured when a government minister's convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a colonel in the Malian army said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. Al Qaeda-linked Islamists continue to carry out attacks despite a French-led…

  • Greek bailout talks resume in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Greece resumed negotiations in Paris with bailout inspectors on Tuesday, as officials in Athens said the country would seek a more gradual exit from the massive rescue program than previously hoped.

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  • Radio host drops $55 mln lawsuit against Canada public broadcaster

    A top radio host accused of sexual violence has withdrawn his Can$55 million (US$49 million) lawsuit against Canada's public broadcaster for wrongful dismissal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said Tuesday. The CBC fired syndicated radio host Jian Ghomeshi last month after several women came…