• U.N. members want North Korea in international court for rights abuses

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity as alleged in a U.N. inquiry report released earlier this year. There…

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  • Some Pakistan militants denounce school attack, amid national outrage

    By Jibran Ahmad and Katharine Houreld PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - As Pakistanis unite in grief over the killings of 132 schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, several other militant groups have been quick to condemn the carnage too. Most such groups have slaughtered civilians…

  • Islamic State fight to take at least three years: U.S. general

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The general in command of U.S. forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group. Asked at a Pentagon briefing about progress on the…

  • How an ex-girlfriend's round-the-world ticket helped launch a global charity

    One young couple’s break-up may make a lot of dreams come true.

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  • 'The Interview' cancellation: Did Sony make right business move?

    Lots of people are outraged that Sony Pictures Entertainment is dropping plans to release “The Interview,” the Seth Rogen comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Folks from Hollywood stars to film critics are complaining that pulling the film due to vague threats…

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  • Colombia's FARC proposes indefinite cease-fire – with strings attached

    An open-ended cease-fire announced by leftist FARC rebels is in doubt Thursday after the government rejected the guerrilla group’s conditions for the unilateral move.

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  • How much does US-Cuba thaw owe to Pope Francis?

    For a man who desires nothing from the material world, it was perhaps the perfect birthday present.

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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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  • FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:

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  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone…

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  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

  • US-Cuba rapprochement complicates LatAm politics

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.

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  • US stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks after Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.

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  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

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  • EU to Putin: 'Change attitude'

    By Alastair Macdonald and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief urged President Vladimir Putin to adopt a "radical change in attitude" and begin cooperating as EU leaders gathered to map out a long-term strategy for dealing with an economically wounded Russia.…

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  • Tsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and his lawyer said the defense will ask to delay his upcoming trial.

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  • Race for French league title still wide open

    PARIS (AP) — While many expected Paris Saint-Germain to reign supreme this season, the race for the French league title has turned into a three-team contest.

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