• Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

    By Tom Käckenhoff DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe…

  • German eurosceptic leader says infighting won't rip party apart

    By Michelle Martin and Hans-Edzard Busemann BERLIN (Reuters) - The founder of the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has dismissed reports that an identity struggle between economic liberals and right-wingers is tearing the party apart. In recent weeks, German media have been full of…

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  • Crowds swell to bid farewell to Singapore's founder Lee ahead of funeral

    By Saeed Azhar SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people gathered in Singapore on Saturday to bid farewell to former leader Lee Kuan Yew in an unprecedented wave of sympathy after authorities had to temporarily suspend queues overnight to manage surging crowds. The waiting time to enter…

  • 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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  • Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces.

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  • Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

    Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after…

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  • Azerbaijan insists European Games safe despite violence

    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan insists its hosting of the European Games in June will be safe despite clashes over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region last week which left at least three dead.

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  • Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain.

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  • 3 dead as rebels attack government convoy in northeast India

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Three policemen were killed and six others injured when militants attacked a convoy of lawmakers in India's remote northeast on Saturday, an official said.

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  • Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots

    RENNES, France (AP) — One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler. Since leading a putsch that ousted Thailand's elected government last May,…

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  • Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran'

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.

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  • Kenyans sweep races at world cross country championships

    GUIYANG, China (AP) — Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor outsprinted teammate Bedan Karoki to capture the men's title at the world cross country championships on Saturday, while 19-year-old Agnes Tirop of Kenya became the youngest winner in the women's race in 30 years.

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  • Nigerian president quits voting station after tech glitch

    Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan turned up Saturday to accredit himself and his wife Patience for his re-election bid but problems with new voting technology forced to him to temporarily abandon his plans. The incumbent leader, who is seeking a second term of office, arrived at his hometown…

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