• Germany says expulsion of U.S. spy chief was inevitable

    Germany's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country was an adequate, inevitable response following fresh allegations of U.S. spying on Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday. "Our decision to ask the current representative of the U.S.…

  • Iraq's foreign minister says Kurds suspend all participation in government

    The Kurdish political bloc will no longer take part in Iraq's national government in protest against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's accusation that Kurds were harboring Islamist insurgents in their capital, the foreign minister said on Friday. "We have suspended our government business," said…

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  • Russia likely to prolong asylum for fugitive Snowden: Interfax

    Russia will most probably extend former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden's temporary asylum on the grounds that "his life is endangered", an official close to the country's Federal Migration Service (FMS) was quoted as saying on Friday. Snowden fled to Russia after leaking details of…

  • Japan moves toward putting its money on a casino culture

    Spying a hole in Japan’s otherwise mature entertainment market, government officials believe regulated casinos and vast casino resorts will go a long way toward doubling the number of foreign visitors to more than 20 million by the end of the decade – and satisfy what they say is a huge, but as yet…

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  • GOP touts newly found Lerner e-mails in IRS scandal: Any smoke in this 'gun'?

    A newly uncovered e-mail from Lois Lerner of the IRS – one that congressional Republicans profess is yet another “smoking gun” in their ongoing investigation – will certainly add fuel to claims that the agency targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. In the e-mail exchange from…

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  • With Twitter wit, CIA tries to shed staid public image

    The two agencies are part of a larger trend of late, in which many Washington bureaucracies have attempted to add texture to their often-staid public images via funky, zany social media accounts. The phenomenon hasn’t been without controversy, but social media experts say it’s been an effective…

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  • Israel vs. Hamas: The conflict by the numbers

    In light of The Economist’s index during the last Israeli offensive in Gaza in November 2012, here are some numbers from July 8-July 10 2014.

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  • Lebanese rockets hit Israel in offensive's 4th day

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day offensive.

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  • Russia closes 3 border crossings with Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say they have closed three major border crossings in the wake of heavy fighting in Ukraine.

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  • Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

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  • Dubai airport soars in rankings of world's busiest

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Now that he's had a taste of running the world's busiest air hub for international passengers, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths is determined to hang on to the honor while setting his sights on an even bigger prize: beating Atlanta for the title of busiest…

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  • Trial: dengue shot offers some protection

    LONDON (AP) — The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial.

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  • Bosnian mom buries 2 sons 19 years after massacre

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — After 19 years, Hajrija Selimovic will finally have a place to mourn her family on Friday.

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  • Thai poachers kill elephant in sanctuary for tusks

    BANGKOK (AP) — A conservation center in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander."

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  • Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The aid group Save the Children says an outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of violence-hit South Sudan.

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  • Whirlpool buys big stake in Italy's Indesit

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.

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  • UN: Europe holds 4 percent of Syrian refugees

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Europe has taken in 123,600 Syrians since the conflict began in March 2011, including over 11,000 who were rescued off the coast of Italy this year.

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  • India village council accused of ordering rape

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Police and relatives say a 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother.

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  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in north Iraq

    Kurdish peshmerga forces took control of production facilities at two northern Iraqi oilfields on Friday, replacing Arab workers with Kurdish personnel. The national oil ministry in Baghdad condemned the takeover at the Kirkuk and Bai Hassan fields and called on the Kurds to withdraw immediately…

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  • Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric urges fighters to respect all people's rights

    Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged fighters on Friday to respect the rights of all Iraqis, regardless of sect or politics, after an escalation in apparent sectarian killings in recent weeks. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the fighters had now been…

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