• Russia's Lavrov meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow: official

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West. Meshaal, who is based in Doha, last traveled to Moscow in 2010, four years…

  • Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis battle over Yemen's largest military base

    Fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi-led air strikes, battled Houthi forces inside the country's largest military base on Monday, pro-Hadi commanders said. It would also mark another significant gain for the Hadi loyalists after they drove the Houthis…

  • We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry

    By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighborliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers. …

  • Planned Parenthood bill blocked: For GOP, abortion as national issue is tricky

    Republicans are hoping that revulsion over a series of stealth videos featuring Planned Parenthood will swing the politics of abortion in their favor. On Monday, the Senate took up a GOP bill to strip the women’s health-care provider of its $500 million in annual federal funding. Democrats…

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  • As Jon Stewart ends 'Daily Show' run, his influence is everywhere

    When thinking about Jon Stewart’s career on Comedy Central’s the “Daily Show,” it's hard to get a better analogy than the bemused “are you kidding me” look that he’s perfected over more than a decade of satirizing political news. As Mr. Stewart wraps up his final week at the helm of the program,…

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  • Gov. Christie’s 'tell it like it is' rhetoric: Is it working?

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, when asked Sunday by CNN's Jake Tapper, "at the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?" quickly answered "the national teacher's union." According to The Washington Post, the GOP presidential candidate was referring to the American Federation of Teachers. …

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  • In Islamic State's stronghold, a silent killer in jihadist ranks

    The Islamic State has lured thousands of foreign fighters and their families to Syria with the promise of building a utopian caliphate. As in much of the Middle East, Syria historically had low rates of HIV infection.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French and Malaysian investigators cleared their last hurdle before launching a probe that many hope will solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, meeting with a judge in Paris Monday after the arrival of a wing fragment that possibly belonged to the doomed aircraft.…

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  • Two killed in New Hampshire carnival tent collapse

    Two people were killed and 15 injured when a circus tent collapsed at a carnival in New Hampshire, local media reported. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said a state of emergency had been declared and said officials had been dispatched to the scene. "The Disaster Behavioral Response Team is…

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  • Malaysia graft agency says PM's funds not linked to scandal

    Malaysia's anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal. Prime Minister Najib Razak has faced mounting pressure in the past year over a series of revelations alleging that…

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  • Egypt seeks cash, prestige boost with 'new Suez Canal'

    Egypt is set to inaugurate a "new Suez Canal" waterway touted as an achievement rivalling the digging of the original, as it seeks to boost both its economy and international standing. The ceremony on Thursday, to be attended by foreign dignitaries including French President Francois Hollande,…

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  • Accused Taliban leader said he was doing 'God's work': testimony

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God's work." Hamidullin, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam and…

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  • Obama administration faces criticism over human trafficking report

    Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries. Democratic…

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  • US, Philippines to raise territorial row in Malaysia meet

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite China's objections, the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea in an annual diplomatic meeting in Malaysia, officials…

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  • No. 6 seed Petkovic advances at Bank of the West

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic got her body realigned and returned to form to beat fellow German Carina Witthoeft in a first round match of the Bank of the West Classic on Monday.

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  • Mexico City mayor vows full probe of journalist slaying

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's mayor said Monday that no expense will be spared and no line of investigation ignored in the hunt for the killers of four women and a photojournalist, who had fled the state where he worked fearing for his safety.

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  • Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

    NEW YORK (AP) — Poland lacks probable cause to extradite a Russian art dealer living in New York on criminal charges accusing him of knowing that an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II was stolen property when he inherited it from his father, a judge…

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