• Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba's affairs

    By Enrique Pretel SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless." His comments came after U.S. Assistant…

  • Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says

    Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday. Castro, 88, who stepped down from power in 2008, has not been seen in public in a year and his photograph has not appeared in Cuban media…

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  • Israel says Turkish criticism inappropriate at Holocaust memorial service

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday accused a senior Turkish official of "misusing" a Holocaust commemoration to criticize Israeli policy, the latest exchange in a bitter row between the former allies. Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Cicek late on Wednesday addressed…

  • Supreme Court halts Oklahoma executions pending lethal injection case

    The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to halt the scheduled executions of three death-row plaintiffs who are challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol at the high court. The case, likely to be argued in April, will examine whether Oklahoma’s three-drug protocol for lethal injection…

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  • US uses Kobane defeat in 'counter-message' against Islamic State. Can it work?

    Ever since the United States cobbled together an international coalition last year to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State, a top priority has been drying up the flow of foreign fighters eager to join the battle on the side of IS militants. Now the US is seeking to use the apparent…

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  • Why Al Jazeera America doesn't use the word 'terrorist'

    If you watch Al Jazeera America, you might notice their reporters refraining from using the some of the common labels that frame the War on Terror. The National Review reported that, in wake of the deadly shooting at a Libyan hotel that left nine people dead, Al Jazeera executives ordered their…

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  • Briefing: Could an Israel and Hezbollah face-off bring war?

    Israel responded, pounding presumed Hezbollah positions. The 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel claimed more than 1,000 Lebanese lives, about half Hezbollah fighters and half Lebanese civilians. Israel lost 43 civilians and 121 soldiers in the conflict. A Hezbollah attack on Israeli soldiers…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • Former British Open winner Kel Nagle dies at 94

    SYDNEY (AP) — Kel Nagle, a former British Open winner, U.S. Open runner-up and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has died. He was 94.

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  • Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war.

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  • Rights groups also doubt Mexico account on missing students

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — International human rights groups on Wednesday questioned the Mexican government's official account of the disappearance of 43 college students last fall in the southern state of Guerrero.

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  • Cuban leader demands end to US embargo to renew ties

    Cuban President Raul Castro laid out Wednesday the conditions to normalize relations with the United States, demanding an end to the embargo, the return of Guantanamo and Havana's removal from a terror list. Castro issued his demands a week after the highest-ranking US delegation to Havana in 35…

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  • Israel: UN must live up to mission of war against genocide

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Israel urged the world's nations Wednesday to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."

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  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict. "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," Israel's U.N.…

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  • Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and…

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  • Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.

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