• U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen

    By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal. Nine…

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  • Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

    By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia's presidential election, polls showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto.  But after three months of…

  • New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers'…

  • Florida court fast-tracks key gay marriage case to state Supreme Court

    A Florida appeals court is urging the state’s highest court to take up a case testing whether Florida must facilitate divorces among same-sex couples despite a constitutional ban on marriages of same-gender partners. Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal voted 10 to 3 to immediately refer the…

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  • NATO on Russia's border: a check, not a threat

    If the simmering Ukraine-Russia war were simply a zero-sum game, Russia would now be losing another point. This deployment of NATO troops, which will be done on a rotational basis, would come after previous “losses” for Russia: the exit of a pro-Moscow leader in Kiev, economic sanctions by the…

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  • Douglas McAuthur McCain: What was lure of Islamic State for him – and others?

    Minnesota resident Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was killed while battling rebel forces in a Syrian suburb, posted Facebook entries and tweets making it clear that he found camaraderie and a sense of conviction in the Islamic State, also known as IS or ISIS. Born in Illinois and raised in…

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  • How New York mayor de Blasio trumped Obama on equal pay for women

    While ensuring equal pay for women remains an election year priority for the Obama administration and many Democrats on the campaign trail this year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been able to take the kind of action many women have long been seeking. On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio used Women’s…

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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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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Police presence drawing down in Ferguson, Missouri

    By Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday disbanded what had been a command center in Ferguson, Missouri, for law enforcement responding to sometimes violent protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain…

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  • Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqi civilians.

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  • Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program.

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  • Champions League draw wide open

    MONACO (AP) — Real Madrid's Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.

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  • Bulgarians win CL shootout with defender in goal

    LONDON (AP) — Bulgarian club Ludogorets reached the Champions League group stage for the first time Wednesday when a defender saved two penalties in a shootout after the team's goalkeeper was sent off late in extra time.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing…

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