• Ukraine's military reports significant fall in fighting

    Ukraine's military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal. On Friday, Ukraine reported the first deaths among its…

  • Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life

    An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader…

  • Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive

    Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi'ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants. Security sources and residents said the attack on Samarra…

  • Jihadi John: What do we really know about him?

    Formerly nicknamed “Jihadi John,” the mysterious black-clad executioner is now known to be Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner who went off the grid around 2012. Emwazi, who is in his mid-20s, first came to the public’s eye in August, most notably as the executioner of American journalist…

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  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

    Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. “I don’t think there’s any alternative,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, (R) of Pennsylvania.

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  • Is Jeb Bush 'evolving' on same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues?

    Like all Republicans seriously competing for their party’s presidential nomination, Jeb Bush doesn’t favor same-sex marriage. At least that’s his stated position, repeated this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "No. I believe in traditional marriage," the former Florida…

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  • More action against the Islamic State, Iraq asks for help, Russian mind-set, tech in South Korea, child brides

    “[I]t appears that western powers have so far talked the talk concerning the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) but have done comparatively little to thwart its territorial advances...,” writes Linda S. Heard, a British journalist who has covered the Middle East.

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  • 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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  • Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.

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  • Norway wins ski jump team event at world championships

    FALUN, Sweden (AP) — Norway won the ski jump team event on Saturday to end Austria's streak of five straight victories at the world championships.

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  • Ivory Coast ruling coalition partner backs Ouattara re-election bid

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's main coalition partner on Saturday formally endorsed a deal to support the incumbent's bid for re-election in polls later this year. The support of former president Henri Konan Bedie's Democratic Party of Ivory…

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  • 6N: Wales wins 20-13 to keep title chance alive

    PARIS (AP) — Wales stayed in the Six Nations title hunt by beating France 20-13 on Saturday for a fourth straight time.

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  • Rooney scores twice as Manchester United beat Sunderland

    LONDON (AP) — Manchester United rode its luck Saturday as England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 2-0 win against struggling 10-man Sunderland, but his success was overshadowed by another refereeing controversy in the Premier League.

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  • Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to take a "historic" decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement on Saturday, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels. Turkey's…

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  • US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.

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  • AP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece intends to start discussions with its creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country's massive debt sustainable, at the same time as working on reform measures that need to be cemented by April, the finance minister said Saturday.

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