• About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boats sinks

    About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said. More than 70 people were heading out to sea near Kutubdia island, 415 km (260 miles) southeast of Dhaka, when their wooden boat sank, police said. Police…

  • Greece misinterpreted over Russia sanctions: minister

    Greece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected suggestions that complaints from Athens over a European Union statement on Ukraine meant it was preparing to veto sanctions against Russia. The complaint made by Athens to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had been about a lack of…

    Reuters18 mins ago
  • Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

    Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters provide a picture of alleged executions in the eastern village of Barwanah on Monday, which residents and provincial officials say left at least 72 unarmed Iraqis dead. The witnesses identified the killers as a collection of Shi'ite…

  • Loretta Lynch, attorney general nominee, fields GOP senators' barbed questions

    President Obama’s executive action granting deferred deportation status and work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants was based on a “reasonable” legal opinion by Justice Department lawyers, Mr. Obama’s choice to become the next attorney general told senators at her confirmation…

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  • After listening to women, a Congressman switches sides on abortion

    On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced that after conversing with women in his home state and around the country, he had changed his position. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Jordan would swap a mass murderer for its ISIS-held pilot. Is that a mistake?

    Jordan said today it's willing to release Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber who participated in a 2005 attack that murdered 38 people at the Radisson Hotel in Amman, in exchange for a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot held by the so-called Islamic State since his F-16 went down over Syria…

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  • Supreme Court halts Oklahoma executions pending lethal injection case

    The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to halt the scheduled executions of three death-row plaintiffs who are challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol at the high court. The case, likely to be argued in April, will examine whether Oklahoma’s three-drug protocol for lethal injection…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

    Associated Press
  • UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

    The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday. Nabarro was speaking at the African Union headquarters, as leaders gather a day ahead of a summit meeting where Ebola…

    AFP17 mins ago
  • Online gallery marks Battle of Waterloo bicentenary

    An online gallery marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo went live Wednesday, showing off 200 relics from the time -- including the Duke of Wellington's famous boots. Drawn from museums and private collections across Europe, the historical objects recall the events south of…

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority has officially declared the MH370 crash an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Thursday that the search for…

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  • Sangakkara ton lifts Sri Lanka to 34-run win over New Zealand

    Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double of a century and a world-record wicketkeeping performance inspired Sri Lanka to a 34-run win over New Zealand in their one-day series finale in Wellington on Thursday. They posted their highest total of the series with 287-6 from 50 overs, with Sangakkara…

    AFP27 mins ago
  • 'Thornbirds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.

    Associated Press27 mins ago
  • WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus' spread.

    Associated Press34 mins ago
  • Malaysia civil aviation says MH370 crash an accident, to clear compensation claims

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia civil aviation says MH370 crash an accident, to clear compensation claims.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, will be a focus.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
  • Boat carrying migrants sinks near Bangladesh; 20 missing

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized Thursday off the southern coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing, officials said.

    Associated Press18 mins ago