• U.S.-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against Islamic State: task force

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its coalition partners staged 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq since early Monday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations. The strikes included six air strikes near the key Syrian border town of…

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  • Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants. …

  • Ukraine says return of Crimea a must for mending ties with Russia

    No normalization of ties between Ukraine and Russia is likely unless the region of Crimea, now under Russian control, is returned to Kiev's sovereignty, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Tuesday. Klimkin, on the second day of his two-day trip to Japan, also said the border between…

  • Hillary Clinton personal e-mail: big deal or business as usual?

    As Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal e-mail account to send and receive official communications. All of them – she apparently never had a government email address, according to The New York Times, which broke this story Monday night. Previous secretaries of State used…

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  • Martin O'Malley sticks with Plan A: try to upend Hillary Clinton

    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland isn’t running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring at the end of her term. "I am hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this…

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  • Wisconsin going 'right to work': What’s the impact for jobs and incomes?

    As arguments over whether “right to work” laws help or hurt workers crescendo in Wisconsin, the reality behind the debate may be less clear-cut than either side lets on. On one side, Republicans in the legislature who are pushing this week to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, say the move will…

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  • Islamic State: In Iraqi battle for Tikrit, signs of Iran's expanding role

    The Iranian military is reportedly playing a significant role in Iraq’s latest push to retake the city of Tikrit from the self-described Islamic State. Unnamed US officials told the Wall Street Journal that Iran is supplying artillery, rockets, and aerial drones for the offensive. A commander of…

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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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  • Pope approves legal framework for financial reform

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards. The…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister on Tuesday denounced criticism of Pyongyang's human rights record, dismissing a U.N. report that concluded crimes against humanity were committed there and telling the top U.N. rights body that the United States is engaged in a "human rights racket."…

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  • Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers

    Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad's largest operation yet against the Islamic State group. The government has mobilised a 30,000-strong force for the push to retake Tikrit made up of Shiite militiamen…

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  • Nobel Peace Prize chairman demoted, first time in 114-year history

    The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tuesday, for the first time in the 114-year history of the award after his right-wing opponents won a majority on the prestigious panel. Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister of the Labour Party who has chaired…

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  • Mexico upset by presidential appointments for key posts

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena is being criticized for having a possible conflict of interest in his nominations for attorney general and Mexico's highest court.

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  • Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

    IRVINE, California (AP) — Federal agents raided more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on an industry that helps wealthy, pregnant Chinese women travel to the U.S. to give birth to American babies.

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  • US says no plans to move embassy in Yemen to Aden

    The United States is not planning to follow its Gulf partners and move its embassy in Yemen to the southern city of Aden, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Washington closed its mission in the capital Sanaa late last month in the face of growing unrest, moving all its remaining…

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  • GENEVA AUTO SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Speed and luxury dominate

    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — These cars may come with outrageous price tags, but it doesn't cost to goggle.

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