• U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.…

  • Rescuers step up hunt for bodies in quake-hit Nepal trekking village

    Nepalese soldiers and villagers dug through snow mounds in a remote hamlet on Wednesday in search of scores of bodies of villagers and trekkers believed to be buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said. As rescuers hunted for more than 180 bodies in the…

  • China military says some not taking graft fight seriously

    There are some in China's armed forces, the largest in the world, who are not taking the fight against corruption seriously, brushing problems under the carpet and not daring to go after senior officers, its official paper said on Thursday. Weeding out graft in the military is a top goal of…

  • In Baltimore's call for federal police probe, a new search for answers

    Searching for a "framework ... [to] heal," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put in a 911 call to the US Department of Justice to ask for a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department’s beat cop tactics. Her call, not even a week after a local prosecutor charged six…

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  • Supermax prison may not be so bad for Tsarnaev, prosecution says

    In their battle to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life, his attorneys have stressed that should he be spared the death penalty, his life will be miserable anyway. A death penalty for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber would require unanimous consent from the jury. In his opening statement, defense…

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  • Does Iran deal help rein in nuclear weapons – or expand them?

    From the outset of his presidency, Barack Obama has placed a priority on nuclear nonproliferation, even calling in his signature Prague speech of 2009 for working towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Now the Iran nuclear agreement that global powers including the United States are looking to…

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  • How technology is saving lives and bringing help to Nepal

    New technologies are helping relief workers in Nepal find a heartbeat under 40 feet of rubble and pinpoint damaged buildings in the country’s remotest corners. For many, the ability to help in Nepal has been symbolized by the outstretched hand clutching a heart on Facebook that calls on social…

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  • Key issues in UK election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Three issues — the economy, the National Health Service and immigration — have dominated the British election. Here's where the candidates stand on the things that matter to voters:

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  • Some key terms in Britain election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's unpredictable election is steeped in the rich — and sometimes confusing — lexicon of parliamentary democracy. Some key terms:

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  • UK's personable David Cameron fights for political life

    LONDON (AP) — David Cameron's supporters paint him as a principled but pragmatic politician with a huge capacity for quick thinking and grace under pressure.

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  • A look at leading figures in the tight British election

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's general election is on Thursday, and polls suggest the race between Labour and the Conservatives is too close to call. Here's a look at the leading figures in the campaign:

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  • Drug trade's lowest rung: Peru's expendable cocaine couriers

    HUANTA, Peru (AP) — He slides two T-shirts, shorts, canned tuna, toasted corn and boiled potatoes into the rucksack atop 11 pounds of semi-refined cocaine. In a side pocket, a .38-caliber Chinese pistol.

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  • Drug trade's lowest rung: Peru's cocaine backpackers

    HUANTA, Peru (AP) — The lung-searing ascents into the Andean highlands aren't what worry the untold hundreds of young men who hump backpacks loaded with drugs out of the remote, lawless valley that produces about 60 percent of Peru's cocaine.

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  • Philippine volcano ejects ash, but no violent eruption

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano has spewed ash for the second time in less than a week but there were no signs of any imminent violent eruption, the country's chief volcano expert said Thursday.

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  • Senate to hold test vote on Iran nuclear bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation giving Congress a chance to review and possibly reject any final nuclear deal with Iran is facing a test vote in the Senate on Thursday.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    KHADKA TOLE, Nepal (AP) — Gone, the girl says as she squints into the sun, the air around her shimmering with wind-blown wheat chaff. She points to one house after another nestled in the green hills, most shattered from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal last month. "Over there, one has gone.…

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  • IMF says Asia to lead growth in 2015 despite China slowdown

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015, expanding at a 5.6 percent pace that is level with last year, as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in China, the IMF said in a report Thursday.

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  • Oklahoma officials say tigers escaped from exotic park after tornado strike

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma emergency officials said tigers and other animals have escaped from an exotic park in the city of Tuttle after a tornado struck the area on Wednesday, and warned residents to stay indoors until the animals were contained. The animals escaped as a series of…

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