• U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few yards (meters) from the U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press…

  • U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky: Syria activist

    Before they landed to search for American hostages including journalist James Foley, they destroyed a crucial target: anti-aircraft weapons at a jihadist base about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the city, a stronghold of Islamic State militants seeking to build a monolithic Islamic state. The above…

  • Witnesses in Bali suitcase murder say mother and daughter argued in lobby

    An American woman whose body was found in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali and her daughter were seen arguing in the lobby of their hotel, police said on Friday, as a U.S. Heather Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested last week as suspects over the death of Mack's mother. Sheila…

  • Obama officials talk of 'defeating' Islamic State, but what steps will US take?

    President Obama says the United States will be “relentless” in going after the Islamic State, the militant organization that brutally executed American James Foley this week and whose advances in northern Iraq from its base in Syria prompted the president to order airstrikes earlier this month. …

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  • Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers

    The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers. The rules address both religious nonprofits and “closely held” for-profit…

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  • St. Louis cop shooting No. 2, on video: a stark glimpse into a quick death

    St. Louis, Mo., is facing more questions about the death of black men at the hands of police weaponry after the emergence of a video on Wednesday showing two policemen shooting a knife-wielding black man just miles from where teenager Michael Brown was gunned down 10 days before. The graphic video…

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  • Ferguson: Supporters of officer Darren Wilson make voices heard

    Very few Americans are confident that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting black teen Mike Brown, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll. The NYT/CBS survey, released Thursday, reports that just 9 percent of Americans believe the actions of Wilson were…

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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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  • Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators mulled over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Israel-Hamas war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip was due to expire at midnight Wednesday.

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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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  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.

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  • Philippines to repatriate UN troops in Golan, Liberia

    The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus. "To ensure the safety and security of the Philippine military troops deployed to conflict-affected areas, the…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said. Dharmendra Pareek, a top official of India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani…

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  • First trucks from aid convoy to Ukraine cross back into Russia

    DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Five white-painted trucks from a Russian aid convoy that entered eastern Ukraine on Friday arrived at a border crossing on their way back into Russia on Saturday morning, a Reuters journalist at the crossing said. The reporter said the first…

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  • India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.

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  • US ready to 'take action' in Syria if Americans threatened

    The White House said it was ready to "take action" against any threat to America as it indicated serious consideration of US military strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. The Pentagon has warned of the dangers of IS and said operations against it in Syria may be needed, after weeks of…

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