• Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

    By Matt Spetalnick and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any nuclear deal with Tehran,…

  • Aid agencies may stop Yemen work, Houthis say raids near border kill 43

    By Mohammed Ghobari CAIRO (Reuters) - Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border overnight, killing at least 43 civilians, Houthi sources said, as aid agencies warned that fuel shortages could halt their efforts to tackle Yemen's humanitarian crisis. Houthi…

  • Netanyahu's efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister. Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to…

  • Senate passes budget plan, but challenges ahead. Could 2013 deal be a model?

    The Senate passed a budget plan on Tuesday, making this the first time Congress has approved a budget outline in six years. So Congress is doing its job, right? What Congress produced was a GOP budget road map, passed by Republicans – a statement of GOP values. Once it hits the legislative road…

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  • Massachusetts town takes new approach to opiate addiction

    Beginning June 1, opiate addicts who show up at the Gloucester, Mass., police station with their drugs will not be charged with a crime. "Instead," writes Police Chief Leonard Campanello in a Facebook post, "we will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery. Two local hospitals have…

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  • Why do evangelical voters like Mike Huckabee so much?

    Mike Huckabee has long been a favorite politician of American evangelical Christians. The evangelical vote powered him to an upset victory in the Iowa caucuses in 2008.

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  • What 'Draw Muhammad' shootings say about Islamic State reach

    The attempted terror attack by two Muslim-Americans in Garland, Texas, Sunday so far appears to confirm what terrorism experts have been saying for months: The Islamic State has no ability to carry out attacks in the United States. No evidence yet shared with the public suggests that the two men…

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  • Engineers inspect quake-damaged homes in Nepal's capital

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.

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  • Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. A total…

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    KHADKA TOLE, Nepal (AP) — Gone, the girl says as she squints into the sun, the air around her shimmering with wind-blown wheat chaff. She points to one house after another nestled in the green hills, most shattered from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal last month. "Over there, one has gone.…

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  • Iran says dispute over seized Maersk ship could be settled in days: IRNA

    Iran said on Wednesday a legal settlement could be reached soon over its seizure of the Marshall-Islands flagged Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz last month, according to the official IRNA news agency. The Maersk Tigris was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in one of…

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  • U.S. to discuss pause in Yemen fighting with Saudis: Kerry

    The United States is concerned about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and will discuss a possible pause in fighting with Saudi officials on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said. "The situation is getting more dire by the day and we are concerned about that and we have urged all…

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  • CAS sets 2-day hearing in Marta Dominguez doping case

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former world champion runner Marta Dominguez will face accusations of blood doping at a two-day hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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  • Syria's Assad says losing battles doesn't mean war is lost

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that setbacks are a normal part of any war and do not mean the conflict is lost, in his first comments after several regime defeats. War is not one battle, but a series of many battles," he said at a rare public appearance on Syria's Martyrs Day.

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  • Younis, Azhar tons lift Pakistan to 323-3 on day 1

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Centuries from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali powered Pakistan to a daunting 323-3 against an undermanned Bangladesh attack on the first day Wednesday of the second test.

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  • 3 suspected of terror attack on train in Czech Republic

    PRAGUE (AP) — A prosecution official says Czech authorities have detained three suspects for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on a train.

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  • Greece makes IMF payment but another, bigger one looms

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With Greece's cash flow problems growing by the day and negotiations with its creditors on the ropes, Athens managed to make a 200 million euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday.

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  • European carmakers seek delay to tougher emissions testing

    By Julia Fioretti and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European carmakers are lobbying for a three year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, according to an industry paper seen by Reuters. The European Commission wants to tighten vehicle…

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