• Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, a White House official said. Obama stressed the importance of targeting Islamic State militants in Syria…

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  • France says Russian strikes in Syria must only target Islamic State

    PARIS (Reuters) - Russian air strikes in Syria must clearly target only Islamic State, France's foreign ministry said on Monday in response to questions over recent raids by Moscow on opposition groups in the north of the country. After traveling to the Russian capital on Thursday, French President…

  • Kerry to back Kosovo reforms on first Balkan trip as U.S. diplomat

    By Arshad Mohammed and Fatos Bytyci PARIS/PRISTINA (Reuters) - John Kerry, on his first trip to the Balkans as U.S. secretary of state, visits Kosovo on Wednesday to underscore Western concern over the slow pace of progress 16 years after a U.S.-led air war set it on the road to independence. …

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  • For China's Xi Jinping, it's all about the Communist party

    Three years ago this week, freshly installed as the dynamic new leader of China’s ruling Communist party, Xi Jinping made a speech that caused people to sit up and take notice. Recommended: Asia's troubled waters: What's going on in the South China Sea? Xi has in the past 36 months changed much…

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  • More than 1,000 racism complaints at US colleges. What happened?

    Since Barack Obama's 2008 inauguration, a moment that optimists at the time suggested would herald a healing of race relations in the United States, more and more students and staff have filed complaints of racial harassment with the Department of Education: 1,073 in total, an average of 134 per…

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  • Can Donald Trump win over black evangelical voters?

    Despite signs of reticence among black evangelical voters, presidential candidate Donald Trump remains determined to court them. After inviting 100 prominent black pastors to a press conference scheduled for Monday, the Trump campaign prematurely announced their endorsements to the dismay of some…

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  • Campus threat: Online post prompts University of Chicago to cancel classes

    The University of Chicago cancelled classes, events, and athletic activities on Monday after a threat of gun violence was posted online. After a tip from the FBI that an online threat from an unknown person specifically mentioned the campus quad, a popular gathering place, and a time of 10 a.m. on…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • The Latest: Investigator: Noise heard in cockpit recording

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

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  • Negotiations seek Syria rebel exit from Homs: governor

    Negotiations are underway between the Syrian regime and rebels for the evacuation of opposition forces from the last area they hold in Homs city, the provincial governor told AFP Monday. Talal Barazi said a meeting was planned for Tuesday "with the goal of reaching a final resolution of the…

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  • BlackBerry exits Pakistan over data access row

    BlackBerry said Monday it is exiting Pakistan rather than hand over its customers' private messages, after the government demanded access to encrypted data sent through company servers. Pakistan gave the Canadian smartphone maker until December 31 to comply but BlackBerry said it would immediately…

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  • Pope says Christians, Muslims are 'brothers' in strife-torn C.Africa

    Pope Francis on Monday said Christians and Muslims were "brothers" and urged them to reject hatred and violence as he visited a mosque in the Central African Republic's capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict. On the last leg of a three-nation tour of Africa, the leader of the world's…

    AFP16 mins ago
  • Chinese paper chides Miss Canada over rights stance

    Chinese media blasted this year's Miss Canada on Monday over her claim that Beijing froze her out of an international beauty pageant due to her outspoken views on human rights. Officials in Hong Kong last week stopped Anastasia Lin from boarding a plane bound for the southern Chinese city of…

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  • Songs of praise: Turkmenistan president's hymn sets new record

    A choir of 4,166 people in isolated ex-Soviet Turkmenistan has broken a world record by singing a hymn penned by the nation's strongman president, in the latest choreographed show of support. The rendition of 'Forward, only forward, my dear country Turkmenistan' by President Gurbanguly…

    AFP22 mins ago
  • Labour opens way for UK MPs to back Syria strikes: reports

    British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is offering his Labour Party's MPs a free vote on whether Britain should join air strikes but will ask Prime Minister David Cameron for more time, media reports said Monday. A senior source confirmed a report in The Guardian outlining Corbyn's offer to his…

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  • N.Ireland abortion law 'against human rights'

    Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion legislation is in breach of human rights law, the Belfast High Court found on Monday in a judgement hailed as "historic". The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a bid to allow women and girls to access abortion in cases of…

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  • Brazil House Speaker denies bribery reports

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The embattled speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives is vehemently denying reports that a document seized in a police corruption probe suggests he received nearly $12 million to support legislation favoring a top investment bank.

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