• Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi

    By Patrick Markey and Aziz El Yaakoubi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavy black smoke rose over southern Tripoli on Thursday after rival militias exchanged artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital's airport that has killed more than 50 people in nearly a fortnight of fighting. …

  • U.N. aviation body to hold safety meeting with IATA, others -sources

    The meeting of ICAO and top officials from the airline industry and air traffic controllers, to be held in Montreal, comes amid growing calls for action to prevent a repeat of last week's incident, which killed 298 people. The Montreal meeting will group top officials from the International Civil…

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  • Inside Xi Jinping's purge of China's oil mandarins

    By David Lague , Charlie Zhu and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor. In Jiang's case, that patron was another oil man, Zhou Yongkang, who went on to become the…

  • Populist appeal to single women could turn Senate races, Democratic group says

    Look at the most competitive US Senate seats up for grabs in 2014, and you might be surprised that they are, in fact, competitive. Mitt Romney won those states in 2012 – six by double digits.

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  • Nominee Robert McDonald: VA can be fixed with 'urgent action'

    If confirmed, as is widely expected to happen in a Senate vote Wednesday, McDonald, a West Point graduate who later served as a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division, will be responsible for turning around a department with some 310,000 employees and a $163 billion budget – a budget that has…

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  • Appeals courts disagree on Obamacare subsidies: how it affects you

    Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings Tuesday on a core part of the Affordable Care Act – whether millions of Americans who are enrolled in the federal health insurance exchange, or marketplace, are entitled to subsidies. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in…

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  • Detroit bankruptcy: Pensioners clear plan, creditors erect new hurdle

    Just when it looked as if Detroit would have clear sailing to end the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, a couple of storm clouds popped up on the horizon – in the form of two major bond insurers that don't like the repayment terms Detroit is offering them. The duo – Financial Guaranty…

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  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its…

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  • Jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed — the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

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  • Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.

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  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine…

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  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian…

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  • Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

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  • Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality. Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The…

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  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

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  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian in massive W.Bank clash: security

    Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man Thursday night during a massive protest in the West Bank, just north of Jerusalem. Palestinian security and medical officials named the man as Mohammed Al-Aaraj, 25, and said he was among at least 10,000 people clashing with soldiers and border…

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  • Russia says U.S. sanctions break WTO rules, may cause trade dispute

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The latest U.S. sanctions against Russia violate World Trade Organization rules and may force Moscow into a destabilising trade dispute, Russia's ambassador told the Geneva-based trade body on Thursday. "It looks like we are being forced to seek the protection of…

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  • US court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

    MIAMI (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court on Thursday threw out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.

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  • US driver Rossi joins F1's Marussia as reserve

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Marussia says Alexander Rossi of the U.S. has joined the Formula One team as its new reserve driver.

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  • Indian markets' post-election enthusiasm lost on consumers

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Software engineer Sanjay Bhatnagar used to watch a new Bollywood movie every week with his family, but now goes to the cinema once a month as spiraling costs of food and other staples eat into his budget for non-essentials. I had to prioritize." While…

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