• Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. …

  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday. The…

  • Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

    Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not…

  • Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi

    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why…

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  • Russia advances into Ukraine, West wonders what to do now

    The toughened economic sanctions the United States and the European Union imposed on Russia a month ago over its actions in Ukraine appear to have had little of the desired impact. Instead of pulling back from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia appears to be escalating its involvement. On…

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  • Sister of Tsarnaev brothers arrested for alleged bomb threat

    A sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bomb her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, N.J., turned herself into New York City police on Wednesday, after a Harlem woman told law enforcement that Ms. Tsarnaeva had said to…

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  • How much does Malia Obama tip? A brush with American royalty

    My daughter’s voice was breathless on the other end of the phone: “I just waited on Malia Obama!” How cool! How Washington! I thought. What did Malia eat? The restaurant is in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, well situated between two major hotels, and gets people from all over the…

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  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

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  • U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

    By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday openly accused Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified support for separatist forces an…

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  • Environmentalists ready to sue over Miami port's deep dredge

    Army Corps of Engineers after researchers found dredging to deepen the port of Miami is burying coral and could destroy the surrounding marine ecosystem for years to come. "All we're asking for is that they follow state and federal law and they're simply not doing that," said Rachel Silverstein,…

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  • Obama taps veteran diplomat to be Afghan envoy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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  • Doubts surround plane in Brazil campaign

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.

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  • Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll

    Support for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground three weeks ahead of the historic referendum, according to a poll published on Friday. The Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding people…

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  • Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.

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  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday dismissed a murder case against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy, who were both indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010. The judges ruled the Criminal Court has no authority to handle the…

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  • US OPEN SCENE: Serena's opponent sure can sing

    NEW YORK (AP) — She might have been out-hit by Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, but Vania King hit all the right notes at her news conference afterward.

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  • Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

    BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

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