• It's a girl - Britain's Duchess Kate gives birth, both well, palace says

    By Stephen Addison LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a great grand-daughter to Queen Elizabeth. The royal family's newest member was born at 8:34 a.m., some 2-1/2 hours after Kate…

  • Nigerian army takes 275 women and children to refugee camp

    By Isaac Abrak YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Hundreds of traumatized Nigerian women and children rescued from Boko Haram Islamists have been released into the care of authorities at a refugee camp in the eastern town of Yola, an army spokesman said. The 275 women and children, some of whom had…

  • Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

    The Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said. Protracted police operations to arrest three Islamist high-value targets had become the biggest political…

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  • 'Breaking Bad' in China: how meth is spreading across rural heartland

    Ah Chao first came across drugs as a teenager, when his cousin asked him to hold his tourniquet while he shot up heroin. Now a stocky 32-year-old in jeans and a black nylon jacket, Ah Chao (not his real name) recalls between slurps from a bowl of noodles how frightened he was. Ah Chao is a…

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  • A week of progress: Nigerian army rescues another 234 women from Boko Haram

    The Nigerian military has once again braved Boko Haram territory in the Sambisa Forest. Nigerian ground troops have hit hard in the forest, believed to be one of Boko Haram’s remaining strongholds. With the rescues making the news multiple times in the past week, it raises the question of why the…

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  • Chris Christie: Will 'Bridge-gate' put an end to his presidential bid?

    Nobody ever said politics in New Jersey was beanbag. More like rough-and-tumble – “do unto others before they do unto you” – and Governor Chris Christie became a master of the art, more likely to shout down an aggressive reporter (or constituent) then to suffer gladly those he saw as fools. So it…

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  • 'Victory' rallies in Baltimore as US sees paradigm shift in police accountability

    Angry protests turned to joyous rallies in Baltimore on Saturday as criminal charges lodged against six police officers for the death of a Baltimore man named Freddie Gray indicated that public outcry has begun to transform how authorities address allegations of police bias and misconduct. After…

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  • Angola: Opposition, police dispute fatalities in raid

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angolan police and opposition politicians are at odds over the exact number of people killed in a raid on a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2015.

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  • Syria regime air raid 'kills four children'

    A barrel bomb killed at least seven civilians, including a teacher and four children, when it hit a school in Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitor said. "The primary school students were playing in the courtyard when the barrel bomb hit," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the…

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  • Swiss rail route blocked by landslide after heavy rain

    BERLIN (AP) — A major railway route in Switzerland has been blocked by a landslide following persistent rain that has swollen rivers in much of the Alpine country.

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  • Chelsea secures Premier League title with 3 games to spare

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea won the Premier League for the first time in five years on Sunday, securing the title with three games to spare with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

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  • Greece lauds German president's call for possible redress

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A top Greek lawmaker has welcomed German President Joachim Gauck's call for his country to consider World War II redress to Greece as a gesture "of historical significance."

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  • No major ground force in Yemen's Aden: coalition

    The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen denied a major ground force had landed Sunday after reports of the deployment of troops in main southern city Aden. "I can assure you that no (coalition) forces disembarked on the ground in Aden today," coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed…

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  • FIFA ex-security chief says match-fixing a global crime

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — FIFA's ex-security chief says football is facing a "crisis of credibility with its fans" over match-fixing and is the most corrupt sport in the world today.

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  • Syria army 'tightens siege of rebel bastion near Damascus'

    Syria's army cut the last main supply route for a rebel bastion east of Damascus Sunday, further tightening a crippling siege on the area, a monitor and state media said. "The regime has cut off the last main road for rebels leading out of Eastern Ghouta," the main opposition stronghold in…

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  • Italy says 4,100 boat migrants rescued in ongoing weekend mission

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and Sunday and rescue operations continued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas, Italy's coast guard and navy said. All of those rescued were being brought to Italian…

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  • Lille beats Lens 3-1 in Northern derby

    PARIS (AP) — Divock Origi scored his eight goal of the season Sunday as Lille kept its hopes of qualifying for Europe alive with a 3-1 win over Lens in the French league.

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  • Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority rallies against racism

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Several thousand people, mostly from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority, are protesting in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.

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