• Historic canonization of two popes brings joy and controversy

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church. Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called…

  • At least three foreigners killed in attack at Kabul hospital: security sources

    KABUL (Reuters) - At least three foreigners were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, Afghan security sources said. The attack occurred in the grounds of the Cure Hospital, which specializes in children's medicine and is…

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  • Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane

    By Byron Kaye and Sonali Paul PERTH/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.…

  • US widens path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders

    The US Justice Department Wednesday widened the path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders with an initiative designed to alleviate longstanding sentencing disparities left over from tough drug laws that disproportionately affected black drug offenders. “The attorney general’s and the…

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  • Hillary Clinton says she's done with new memoir. When's it coming out?

    Hillary Clinton has now finished her memoir of her time as President Obama’s secretary of State. That’s what she said Wednesday at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, in any case. “I literally just turned in my book,” Ms. Clinton told the conference crowd. Clinton probably kept a…

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  • Ukraine standoff: For some, Russia’s tactics hark back to Soviet practices

    By now the mysterious “green men” who first appeared in late February in Crimea, then more recently in the embattled cities of eastern and southern Ukraine, have settled in as the poster boys of a surreal and covert campaign that has Vladimir Putin and old Soviet practices written all over it. The…

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  • Invoking 'Fire Pelosi' from 2010, GOP takes on Harry Reid. Will it work?

    But Republicans are effectively trying to put him there. By going after Senator Reid, the theory goes, Republicans will make him poisonous to Democratic senators in tough reelection battles around the country – the very Democrats Reid needs to hold onto the majority leader job.  Republicans say…

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  • Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

    TOKYO (AP) — Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the…

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  • UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said.

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  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

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  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of…

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  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Avakov said on Thursday.

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  • Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq

    Hilla (Iraq) (AFP) - A car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing eight people, among them three police, an officer and a doctor said.

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  • FACTBOX-Key pending reforms facing India's next government

    The biggest challenge for India's next government, due to take charge after election results in May, will be to pull the economy out of its deepest slump in decades. Thursday was the sixth round of voting, which runs to May 12, with one recent opinion poll showing that the opposition Bharatiya…

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  • Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

    ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman…

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  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany

    MUNICH (AP) — The trial of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on bribery charges has begun, in a case that could threaten the 83-year-old's grip on the sport.

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  • 3 people missing after freighter sinks off Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.

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  • Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

    Savar (Bangladesh) (AFP) - She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. The case of Reshma Akhter, 19, was a rare bright spot in the Rana Plaza catastrophe on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital…

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  • China to impose tougher penalties on polluters in new environmental law

    China on Thursday passed amendments to the country's environmental protection law that will impose tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions to the law in 25 years. The much-anticipated amendments signal the close of a two-year debate among scholars, the government and…

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