• Female suicide bombers kill over 60 people in northeast Nigeria: officials

    Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday. The attack occurred 85 km (50 miles) outside the capital of Borno…

  • Damascus expects tough but short battle for Aleppo

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government expects a tough battle for Aleppo, the city that has become the focal point of the country's long civil war, but is confident of victory and says it won't be a long fight.     Damascus aims to seal the border with Turkey, a…

  • North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

  • Can Congress rein in North Korea with sanctions, à la Iran?

    Aside from Jeb Bush – who announced at a recent Republican presidential debate that he would consider a preemptive strike to address North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure – most policymakers concur that sanctions are the only realistic option for dealing with leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear…

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  • Why some sympathize with Ferguson, despite Justice Department lawsuit

    The Ferguson, Mo., city council threw up its hands on Tuesday, saying that Department of Justice is asking it to undertake criminal justice reforms that are financially impossible for the taxpayers of the struggling St. Louis suburb. The Justice Department responded Wednesday, filing a civil…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Clean Power Plan, but perhaps not its goals

    The United States Supreme Court dealt a surprising and significant blow to President Obama's climate policy on Tuesday, temporarily blocking his plans to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The decision, which reportedly is without precedent, could set up a costly delay and may harm…

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  • What happened to Carly Fiorina's presidential hopes?

    Former tech executive Carly Fiorina quit the GOP presidential race on Wednesday following a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary, where she won only about 4 percent of the vote. “While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans…

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  • Top Asian News 1:57 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea's opaque…

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  • Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption.

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  • Australian deputy prime minister announces retirement

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister has announced he plans to retire, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year.

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  • Ozzie Guillen to manage in native Venezuela next winter

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series title, has been hired to manage the La Guaira Sharks of the Venezuelan Winter League next offseason.

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  • Lauren Jackson to wait until March to decide on Rio Games

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson will wait until March to make a final decision on whether to play in her fifth Olympics for Australia.

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  • Kukushkin upsets 5th-seeded Denis Kudla in Memphis Open.

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin upset fifth-seeded Denis Kudla 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday in the second round of the Memphis Open.

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  • U.S. can still hit climate goals despite Supreme Court pause, White House says

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House vowed Wednesday that the United States would still meet international commitments to cut carbon emissions, seeking to allay concerns that the Supreme Court might take away one of its main weapons against climate change. The court dealt a…

  • AFL players to appeal bans in Essendon supplements scandal

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The 34 players suspended from the Australian Football League amid the Essendon supplements scandal are set to appeal sanctions imposed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of a World Anti-Doping Agency challenge to an initial decision to clear the group.

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  • AFL players appeal CAS doping ruling

    Thirty-four Australian Football League (AFL) players Thursday instructed their lawyers to appeal a Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling banning them for doping offences. The court decision upheld a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal against an AFL tribunal ruling last March that cleared…

  • Daughter of Peru's disgraced Fujimori leads presidential poll

    Keiko Fujimori, daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, is leading among candidates for Peru's April 10 presidential election, a poll showed Wednesday. The lawmaker, who is polling at 39 percent, is well ahead of her closest rival, Julio Guzman, who has 20 percent of the vote,…