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  • AirAsia crash report won't include black box data: investigator

    A preliminary report into last month's crash of an AirAsia passenger jet that killed 162 people will not include an analysis of the black box flight recorders, an Indonesian investigator said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Committee will submit its initial findings this week to the…

    Reuters
  • In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

    By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain. Obama…

    Reuters
  • Car bomb kills one in Egypt's Alexandria: security sources

    One person was killed by a car bomb, parked near a police station by suspected Islamist militants, in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on Tuesday, security sources said. The attack in Egypt's second-biggest city also wounded two people but there were no immediate details about the identity of…

    Reuters
  • Murkowski's primal scream on ANWR points to Alaska's precarious balance

    On Monday, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski again gave voice to the Alaska congressional delegation's primal scream. Last week, she did it in a written statement that all but called the Obama administration economic occupiers of Alaska. In a fist-pounding press conference, she said that President…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Will Hillary Clinton run for the Democratic nomination unopposed?

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is now 100 percent certain to run for president, up from 98 percent, sources from her nascent campaign tell Politico. Was there any doubt that former Secretary of State Clinton would run? Ditto Vice President Joe Biden, who has long wanted to make a third try for the Oval…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Appeals court denies lobbyist's bid to blow hole in campaign finance law

    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a Nevada lobbyist, attorney, and developer for making illegal campaign contributions in 2007 to Sen. Harry Reid (D) of Nevada. F. Harvey Whittemore was convicted of funneling $145,000 to Senator Reid’s 2010 reelection campaign by…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • When does a traffic app become dangerous? Waze sparks police outcry

    Like Uber ride share or Airbnb accommodation rentals before it, a new mobile app driven by user sharing is running into increased legal scrutiny. Waze, which tracks the movement of cars in traffic in real time to direct users to quicker routes, is being challenged by law enforcement groups. At a…

    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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Police raid southern French town with strong jihadi network

    PARIS (AP) — French security forces have raided a small town in the south that is known as a center for the jihadi recruiting networks that have sent hundreds of French youths to fighting in Syria and Iraq.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Russia's ruble down on rating downgrade

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian currency is on the way down after a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit rating to junk.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Philippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Baghdad flights disrupted after bullet hits flydubai jet

    A bullet hit the fuselage of a flydubai airliner on its descent into Baghdad, prompting a suspension of flights by UAE carriers to the Iraqi capital on Tuesday. The no-frills carrier, a sister firm of Emirates, said it was working with Iraqi authorities to investigate the incident, adding that it…

    AFP26 mins ago
  • Australia, UAE change two for Asian Cup semi

    Newcastle (Australia) (AFP) - Australia defender Matthew Spiranovic returned from suspension as coach Ange Postecoglou made two changes for the Asian Cup semi-final against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

    AFP28 mins ago
  • Swiss drug maker Novartis posts Q4 profit drop

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG says fourth quarter net income dropped 26 percent but the company still posted a healthy 2014 annual profit.

    Associated Press31 mins ago
  • Parliament bid to block fracking in Britain fails

    A group of MPs failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government agreed to tougher regulation and a ban on fracking in national parks. Some 200 protesters including the designer Vivienne Westwood rallied outside parliament as the vote was taking place on Monday, holding…

    AFP31 mins ago
  • Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was leading a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting an hour on Tuesday affecting users worldwide. The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook's mobile app. The social media giant's Instagram service was also…

    Associated Press34 mins ago