• Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State north of Baghdad

    By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia have launched a long-awaited offensive against Islamic State in Salahuddin province, a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. The ultra-radical fighters control…

  • More than 30 arrested as Hong Kong anti-China protesters scuffle with police

    More than 30 people were arrested as a group of about 400 demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of tensions caused by China's influence in the city. Protesters in Yuen Long, in Hong Kong's New Territories just a stone's throw from mainland China, chanted to "cancel the…

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  • North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles off coast

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, a South Korean military official said, a move seen as a protest against annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States that were due to start hours later. The firing came on the day when the U.S.-South…

  • How can we prevent the next 'Jihadi John'?

    The Islamic State fighter who first appeared in the video of the beheading of journalist James Foley last August was formerly known only as ‘Jihadi John’, but Thursday he was revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen. Then, years of conflict and frustration with the British security…

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  • Netanyahu speech to Congress: Low point in US-Israel relationship?

    "Politics stops at the water's edge," Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously declared when he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s – an ideal obviously not always met since those early post-war years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress this week…

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  • Major Supreme Court challenge threatens to gut Obamacare

    After narrowly surviving a bitter constitutional showdown in 2010, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is once again in serious peril as the US Supreme Court prepares this week to take up a new legal challenge that threatens to gut Obamacare. A decision in favor of the challengers could block…

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  • Why Russians march: to replace 'campaigns of hate'

    In unexpected numbers, about 50,000 Russians marched in Moscow on Sunday in memory of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent pro-democracy figure gunned down just two days before. A state-run hate campaign has indeed escalated against domestic critics of the policies of President Vladimir Putin, especially…

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  • 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.

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  • Israel's Netanyahu in US to stop 'bad' Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for a "historic" quest to stop a "bad" international nuclear deal with Iran sought by the United States. Netanyahu's controversial 48-hour visit has stoked discord with US President Barack Obama and brought bilateral…

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  • Boca Juniors perfect after 3 games; share lead in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Boca Juniors defeated Atletico Rafaela 1-0 on Sunday to share first place in the Argentine first division with Estudiantes and Rosario Central.

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  • Colombia's ELN rebels release kidnapped mayor

    Colombia's ELN guerrillas have released a mayor they kidnapped in December amid preliminary talks between the rebels and government on opening a peace process, officials said Sunday. The release of Fredys Palacios, the mayor of the western town of Alto Baudo, was first reported by the army early…

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  • Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup win over Tottenham

    LONDON (AP) — With a commanding defensive display and his first-ever cup final goal, evergreen captain John Terry ensured Chelsea would not endure another trophyless season.

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  • Poulter, Casey share lead at rain-delayed Honda Classic

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and…

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  • Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM's speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration's diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to "the benefit of the doubt" as negotiators work…

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  • Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.

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