• U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

    WASHINGTON/NIAMEY (Reuters) - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led…

  • Canada, China quietly hold top-level meeting on strained ties

    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Senior officials from Canada and China met quietly in Ottawa last week to discuss relations that have deteriorated so badly that they could threaten Prime Minister Stephen Harper's planned visit to China in November. Canada sees China as an important trading…

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  • Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters. Abe has not…

  • Sotloff murder sparks outrage and condemnation, but should it drive policy?

    In both cases, the video was designed to shock and frighten in service of the self-styled "Islamic State," a jihadi group based in Iraq and Syria. Mr. Foley's murder led to a surge in statements from the White House and Congress about the urgent need to confront the group, and Mr. Sotloff's…

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  • Hong Kong's pearl of great price

    Ever since 1841, when Hong Kong became an open port for trade to the world, this “pearl of the Orient” has anchored its identity on freedom of choice. On Sunday, however, China proposed to deny Hong Kong a key part of its identity. The Communist Party in Beijing now wants to decide which…

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  • Will new GOP attack ad doom Sen. Mary Landrieu?

    The Republican-leaning Super PAC American Crossroads has released a very tough new ad that attacks Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana by portraying her as loyal to Washington, D.C., not the Pelican State. Here’s the context: Senator Landrieu is locked in a close race for reelection. Control of…

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  • Why attempted coup in Lesotho presents regional dilemma

    Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government…

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  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Libya pro-Islamist names rival government list

    A pro-Islamist figure, Omar al-Hassi, on Tuesday presented a cabinet line-up to the outgoing General National Congress, which quickly recognised the list rivalling Libya's internationally recognised government. The interim GNC "approved Mr Hassi's government", assembly spokesman Omar Ahmidan said,…

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  • Hingis in 1st major doubles semifinal since 2002

    NEW YORK (AP) — Martina Hingis is back in a Grand Slam doubles semifinal for the first time since 2002.

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  • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points.

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  • Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its…

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  • Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

    SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them.

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  • Ashya King's parents freed from jail in Spain

    Madrid (AFP) - The British parents arrested for taking their ill son Ashya King from hospital looked forward to being reunited with him on Tuesday after being freed from jail in Spain.

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  • Lesotho tensions as exiled PM's return uncertain

    Lesotho's exiled prime minister delayed a planned return on Tuesday to his country as gunfights rekindled tensions in the tiny mountain kingdom after an apparent coup. Aides to Tom Thabane told AFP that security concerns could delay plans for the embattled 75-year-old to return to the mountain…

    AFP28 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an…

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  • Gael Monfils into quarters of US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gael Monfils beat Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010.

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  • Nicaragua calls off search for 4 missing miners

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Tuesday it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.

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