• Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

    By Yara Bayoumy DUBAI (Reuters) - The leader of Al Qaeda's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters. The 15-minute video, dated March 2014 and posted on a website used by Islamists, shows…

  • Russia mulls lawsuit against U.S. in WTO over sanctions

    Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies. St Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya was sanctioned…

    Reuters36 mins ago
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  • Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria: spokesman

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels. A Jordanian security source said…

  • Boston Marathon: suspect to be arraigned in Boston bomb hoax

    Kevin Edson of Boston, the man accused of a bomb hoax in Boston’s Copley Square, is scheduled to appear court Wednesday and will face charges of purporting a hoax and disturbing the peace. A police officer had encountered the man walking down the middle of Boylston Street, barefoot and shrouded in…

    Christian Science Monitor25 mins ago
  • Behind Assad's victory boasts, a recalibration of success in Syria

    A slew of battlefield successes by the Syrian Army and its allies has prompted upbeat assessments from President Bashar al-Assad that his forces are headed for victory in the war against his rebel opponents. Mr. Assad predicted on Monday that the major battles could be over by the end of the year,…

    Christian Science Monitor42 mins ago
  • Ukrainian military defections boost pro-Russia militia as unrest spreads

    Ukrainian troops appear to be defecting to join pro-Russia separatist forces in Ukraine's restive east, one day before a planned summit in Geneva to discuss the growing crisis. The divided loyalties of Ukrainian forces are another blow to Kiev's efforts to regain control over the region.  …

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  • Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks, triggering rescue effort

    Nearly 300 people are missing after the sinking today of a South Korean passenger ferry, leaving questions over how the ship went down in apparently peaceful waters in the Yellow Sea.  According to the South Korean government, there were 459 passengers aboard, of whom 325 were students from a high…

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  • Venezuelan crisis talks show signs of progress

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Negotiators from Venezuela's government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who's to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
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  • 283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least…

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  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

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  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

    BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the…

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  • China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.

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  • Algerian election faces disaffected populace

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.

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  • Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

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  • UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan officials say about 400 troops will be deployed in Somalia on Thursday under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital.

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  • Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

    Syria has reached a "critical moment" as the world awaits news of fresh peace talks, China's foreign minister told the warring nation's opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Beijing Wednesday. Wang Yi was speaking at the start of four days of talks with a delegation led by the head of the Syrian…

    AFP16 mins ago
  • Burundi scoffs at U.N. warning on stoking of political violence

    Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumors about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war. Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB)…

    Reuters16 mins ago
  • Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. The armored…

    Reuters19 mins ago
  • Bouteflika urges Algerians to vote, eyes fourth term

    Algerians weighed their options ahead of Thursday's election, with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika urging a large turnout as he eyes a fourth term, his main rival warning of fraud and others demanding a boycott. The ailing 77-year-old Bouteflika is widely expected to clinch a fourth term, but he…

    AFP21 mins ago
  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
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