• Germanwings co-pilot lied to doctors about sick leave: Bild

    The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps allegedly lied to doctors, telling them he was on sick leave rather than flying commercial planes, German daily Bild reported on Thursday. Citing sources from the investigation, the paper said 27-year-old…

  • Gunmen kill seven soldiers in Egypt's Sinai: security sources

    Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing seven soldiers, security sources said, defying one of the toughest security crackdowns in the country's history. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the…

  • China says Myanmar apologizes for bombing, admits responsibility

    Myanmar has accepted responsibility and apologized for bombs dropped on Chinese territory last month that killed five people, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The incident happened during clashes between Myanmar government forces and a rebel group called the Myanmar National Democratic…

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  • Why Arkansas governor won't sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Responding to sharp criticism from local businesses and civic groups, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced Wednesday that he would not sign his state's new religious freedom bill, unless it is amended to reflect federal law. The bill, which passed the GOP-controlled legislature on…

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  • A $200 ticket for driving 'too slow?'

    Have you ever been on the highway, in a rush, only to get bogged down by someone with the audacity to drive the speed limit in the passing lane? Well North Carolina's lawmakers are sick of those drivers as well. So much so that Mecklenburg County Sen. Jeff Tarte has introduced a bill that would…

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  • Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering in test cheating scandal

    A jury in Atlanta has found 11 of 12 defendants in a massive school test cheating scandal guilty of racketeering and other charges. The verdicts follow a five-month trial that came as the result of an investigation that began in 2011, targeting teachers, test coordinators, and other administrators…

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  • Has Boston bombing trial changed perceptions of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

    Henry Nields stood in federal court earlier this week with rubber gloves on, holding up a small pair of tattered shorts. The clothing belonged to 8 year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the focus of the government’s emotional conclusion to their case…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it's gone, but in reality it's still there. On Wednesday, Thailand's junta lifted martial law, which was imposed in the run-up to their May 22, 2014, coup — but then quickly replaced it with another set of…

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  • Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 54 dead

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian trawler sank in just 15 minutes in icy waters off Russia's Far Eastern coast early Thursday, killing at least 54 crew members, rescue workers said.

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  • At least 54 dead in trawler sinking off Russia'a Far East

    Rescuers were on Thursday searching freezing waters off Russia's Far East after a fishing boat sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, possibly after a collision, with the loss of at least 54 lives. Some 132 people were on board the trawler Dalny Vostok when it went down at around 6:30 am on Thursday (2030…

    AFP22 mins ago
  • Suicide blast kills at least 13 in east Afghanistan: officials

    Khost (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A suicide bomber Thursday killed at least 13 people and wounded around 40 others, including a prominent Afghan lawmaker, in an attack near a complex housing the governor of a restive eastern province bordering Pakistan, officials said.

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  • Turkey police raid suspected leftist militants after attacks

    Turkish police on Thursday launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ultra-leftist group in Istanbul after two deadly shoot outs in the city blamed on the militants. At least 10 people were arrested in the raids in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul after dozens of police…

    AFP30 mins ago
  • Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing

    The death toll from floods devastating northern Chile has risen by one to at least 24, officials said Wednesday, as President Michelle Bachelet cancelled a trip to a regional summit to cope with the crisis. Another 69 people, up by 12 from the last tally, remain missing, the National Emergency…

    AFP36 mins ago
  • Suspected Kashmiri rebels kill 1 Indian policeman

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Suspected Kashmiri rebels on Thursday shot and killed one Indian policeman and wounded two army soldiers and one civilian in a fierce gunbattle in the Himalayan territory, officials said.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Wife of imprisoned Greek ex-defense minister flees hospital

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned former Greek defense minister escaped from a psychiatric hospital where she was serving her sentence on the same corruption charges as her husband, police said Thursday.

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  • Yemen rebels push deep into Hadi's former refuge Aden

    Rebels battled their way into the heart of Yemen's main southern city Aden where fighting raged Thursday in the former stronghold of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled overseas. The advance comes despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes aimed at preventing the fall of Hadi, who has…

    AFP47 mins ago
  • Syrian rebels capture main border crossing with Jordan

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels and members of al-Qaida's local affiliate have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts.

    Associated Press51 mins ago