• Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death toll near 2,000: WHO

    CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - Two Saudi border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories, an Interior Ministry spokesman said late on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the war's death toll was close to 2,000. Saudi forces and the Houthis have been trading fire across…

  • Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations carried out in peacetime to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin,…

  • Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Bernardino Leon, who has been trying for months to broker an agreement on a national unity government for Libya,…

  • For fear of 'foreign agents,' Kremlin blacklists a Russian charity

    Russia's "foreign agent" law has had no shortage of detractors and defenders over the nearly three years it's been in operation. Critics complained from the beginning that the vaguely-worded law – which offered a clear definition of neither "political activity" nor "foreign funding" – was bound to…

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  • Triplets to attend MIT. What are the odds?

    Christopher, Claire, and Edward Goul of Newport Beach, Calif., have all been admitted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a rare accomplishment for one family member, much less so for three siblings. The college admissions process can be especially difficult for…

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  • Nebraska bans death penalty. Will rest of US follow?

    It took more than 40 years, but a Republican-controlled state has once again abolished the death penalty. In a 30-to-19 vote that cut across party lines, Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’s veto of their bill to repeal capital punishment, making the state the first…

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  • George Pataki is in for 2016. Chris Christie without 'Bridgegate' burden?

    George Pataki is running for president. Will he try to be Chris Christie, minus the burden of the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal? Mr. Pataki, in case you’ve forgotten, was a three-term governor of New York, leaving office in 2006.

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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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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • THE LATEST: Sheikh Ahmad questions motives of FIFA probe

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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  • Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,300 killed in heatwave

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate…

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  • Ukraine minister says east Ukraine fighting could resume soon

    Ukraine's defense minister said on Thursday Russia had moved forces into eastern Ukraine and there was a risk of fighting resuming between the army and pro-Russian separatists in coming months. Violence has been less intense in Ukraine's east since a ceasefire was brokered in Minsk in February,…

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  • Financial markets ignore climate impacts at their peril: experts

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Financial markets have yet to grasp the urgency of investing in measures to protect businesses and people from the worsening impacts of climate change, depriving those efforts of much-needed funds, climate finance experts said. Samy…

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  • Eight convicted of fleecing French billionaire L'Oreal heiress

    A French court on Thursday convicted eight members of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's entourage of exploiting the frail billionaire, with one ordered to repay her 158 million euros ($170 million). Bettencourt's close confidant Francois-Marie Banier, a 67-year-old photographer who is…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. North Korea is barred under U.N. Security…

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  • Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret.

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  • Illegal sawmills shut down near Mexican butterfly reserve

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's environmental protection agency has shut down six illegal sawmills in an area near important wintering grounds for Monarch butterflies that migrate between Mexico and the United States.

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