• Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

    By Sylvia Westall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. …

  • Ukraine leader says he hopes 'fragile truce' will hold

    By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko struck a conciliatory tone on Friday in his comments on Russia and Moscow-backed rebels during his visit to Kazakhstan, the Kremlin's ally in Central Asia. "Few had believed this (but) we did our best and, as a result…

  • Exclusive: EU set to suspend Belarus sanctions for four months after vote

    By Robin Emmott and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will lift its sanctions on Belarus, including those on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, for four months after Sunday's vote barring any last-minute crackdown, diplomatic sources said. EU foreign ministers…

  • Hillary and the economy: She's not Bill

    Hillary Clinton’s economic agenda as a presidential candidate is substantially different. While Bill Clinton moved the Democratic Party toward the political center as a candidate and president in the 1990s, Mrs. Clinton’s policies so far are looking closer to those of President Obama than to her…

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  • McCarthy abandons speaker race as House asks: Who wants this job?

    Shortly after Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy stunned Washington with another development in the race for speaker of the House – the front-runner announced Thursday that he was dropping out – names of new candidates began circulating. Inevitably, the chatter quickly reached Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of…

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  • Why the government has so little data on police violence

    Since last summer, after a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the use of lethal force by law enforcement has become a topic of intense debate. Recommended: Can you pass the written police officer exam? “You can get online today and figure out how many tickets were…

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  • No limits? Rwandan ruling shows how African leaders can stay in power

    Rumors that Rwandan President Paul Kagame may seek a third term in office first started in 2013. Before then, Mr. Kagame had openly and routinely discussed his retirement in 2017, when his second, seven-year term ends. Then the state-controlled media began to talk up the prospects of a third…

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  • France makes 3 changes for World Cup group decider v Ireland

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — No. 8 Louis Picamoles and winger Noa Nakaitaci have returned to the France starting lineup as head coach Philippe Saint-Andre made three changes for the Rugby World Cup Pool D decider against Ireland on Sunday.

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  • Official: Moscow could hand over imprisoned Ukrainian

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's justice minister says Moscow is open to discussing handing over to Kiev a Ukrainian pilot charged with the murder of two journalists.

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  • British Ebola survivor nurse back in hospital isolation

    A British nurse who was successfully treated in January after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone was back in a specialist hospital Friday due to an "unusual late complication" with the virus. Pauline Cafferkey, who voluntarily went to the west African country to treat Ebola patients, was flown from…

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  • Nepal's parliament to choose new prime minister on Sunday

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's parliament speaker announced Friday that members will vote Sunday to choose a new prime minister of this Himalayan nation.

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  • Israel on high alert as stabbing attacks continue

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli man stabbed four Arabs in the south of the country Friday morning and a Palestinian later stabbed a 14-year-old Israeli in Jerusalem police said, as spiking tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank threatened to spread throughout Israel.

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  • Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement.

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  • At least two dead in Guinea pre-election violence

    Conakry (AFP) - At least two people were killed and a score hurt in clashes between rival political parties ahead of Guinea's presidential election Sunday, the head of the gendarmerie told AFP.

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  • The latest: Activists say 20 blasts shook city of Raqqa

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest developments as Syrian troops and other nations battle militants in Syria. All times local in Syria.

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  • Officials: 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz.

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University

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  • The Latest: Palestinian shot after attacking Israeli guard

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence. (all times local)

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  • The Latest: Migrant arrivals in Greece rise sharply

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

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  • Key dates in Tunisia since popular revolt

    The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Tunisia's "National Dialogue Quartet" for building democracy after the 2011 revolution which unleashed the Arab Spring. Below are key dates since the uprising that toppled president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a…

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