• No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

    There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States and India had held talks about conducting joint naval patrols, quoting a U.S. defense official saying they could…

  • Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to leave rebel-held areas in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighboring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas held by Yemen's Houthi rebels, a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday said. It was not immediately clear why Saudi…

  • Drug cartel battle kills 52 in northeastern Mexican prison

    By Gabriela Lopez MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 52 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north.…

  • Ted Cruz uses dolls to call Donald Trump liberal. Will that work?

    Senator Cruz has a new ad out that uses kids and dolls to attack Mr. Trump as a fake conservative. Called “Playing Trump,” it begins with a young boy excitedly telling playmates that he’s just acquired a Donald Trump action figure. Recommended: Can you tell the 2016 Republican presidential…

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  • Has the gender pay gap decreased – or is that just what we'd like to think?

    Nearly three-quarters of employed adults (74 percent) in seven key countries believe men and women are being paid equally for equal work, according to a study by employment service Glassdoor. In the US, 70 percent of people surveyed said they believe men and women are already being paid equally by…

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  • Oregon standoff ends, but new kind of 'protest' is just beginning

    Thursday in Oregon, federal authorities moved in to surround the last four men occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a protest against federal land policy. When rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Ore., Wednesday with plans to support the protest, he was arrested. By contrast, nearly…

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  • What does a deadly prison riot tell us about Mexico's war on corruption?

    A prison riot in northeastern Mexico, sparked by a battle between two rival drug gangs, has left at least 52 inmates dead. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico? “This riot, like several others in recent years, underscores the problems and high levels of corruption in prisons,” says…

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  • Irish leaders hold 1st TV debate ahead of Feb. 26 election

    DUBLIN (AP) — The leaders of Ireland's four major parties have traded blows in the first live debate of the country's Feb. 26 election campaign.

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  • Justin Rose has a day to remember in Pebble debut

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren't calling for him, and he knew it.

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  • CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

    CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported Thursday. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan…

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  • Syrian opposition says must see peace plan in action before political talks

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group welcomed a plan agreed by major powers including Russia on Thursday to reach a truce in the war-torn country within a week and facilitate humanitarian aid reaching besieged Syrians, Salim al-Muslat told reporters. He cautioned, however, that the…

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  • Russia's Lavrov: Cessation of Syria hostilities 'difficult'

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday following an international meeting on the Syria crisis that peace talks should resume in Geneva as soon as possible, and that all opposition groups should participate. Speaking after marathon talks that included more than a…

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  • Top Asian News 12:28 a.m. GMT

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a…

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  • Kerry says 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria agreed

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that an international meeting on the Syria crisis had agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria and to immediately expand delivery of humanitarian aid. Kerry, speaking after marathon talks that included Russia and more than a dozen…

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  • Germany says time will tell if Syria deal successful

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Friday a deal between major powers to reduce violence in Syria could only be judged if it was successful in the coming days. "We will only be able to see whether this was a breakthrough in a few days," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters.…

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  • Hazlewood, Siddle spoil McCullum celebrations

    Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle led an Australian rout after they won a crucial toss and reduced New Zealand to 84-5 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington on Friday. For New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum it was a grim way to mark his 100th Test. Australian captain Steve…

  • Colombia lawmakers to meet over FARC disarmament zones

    Colombian lawmakers will meet beginning Tuesday to create zones where FARC rebels can turn over their arms, in anticipation of a peace deal that would end a half-century of conflict, sources said. President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered Congress to convene in special sessions lasting from…

  • New Zealand 84-5 at lunch on day 1, 1st test vs. Australia

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Celebrations of Brendon McCullum's 100th consecutive test were put on hold as he fell for a duck and New Zealand crashed to 84-5 at lunch Friday on the first day of the first test against Australia.

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