• Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk

    By Alessandra Prentice and Maria Tsvetkova KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatist forces said on Tuesday they had pushed Ukrainian government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk, and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region. A…

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  • Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

    By Lefteris Papadimas and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and…

  • Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

    By Yara Bayoumy SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis. The seizure of…

  • Readers Write: The economy isn't rosy yet, and Islam is a religion of peace not war

    Regarding the Jan. 9 online article “Unemployment down to 5.6 percent: Is ‘full employment’ finally getting close?” ( The Federal Reserve, politicians, and news editors should truly experience this economy before trying to convince us of the rosy images of prosperity. In regard to…

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  • Report blasts child welfare system: How to better protect US kids?

    The 110-page report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, titled “Shame on the U.S.,” outlines the failure of all three branches of government to protect children and enforce federal child welfare laws at the state level. The report echoes the findings…

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  • What Pentagon would gain from Bowe Bergdahl desertion charge

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion after a months-long review of his disappearance from his Afghanistan outpost that led to his five year-long captivity. The Army denies that any decision has been made. The reporting “is patently false,” Maj. Gen. Ronald Lewis, chief of public…

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  • Tsipras vs. Merkel on Greek debt: Unstoppable mandate faces immovable stance?

    Ms. Merkel and the IMF are now worried that Mr. Tsipras will demand huge cuts in Greece's external debt – so-called haircuts – and a release from the shackles of austerity imposed as part of the 2010 bailout. Underestimated the depth of the Greek economic downturn, underestimated the harm to Greek…

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  • 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.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch sorry for 'colored' remark

    Benedict Cumberbatch apologized and said he was "devastated" after the Oscar-nominated actor referred to black colleagues as "colored" in a US television interview. "I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done," he added.

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  • Ivanovic sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final

    Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final at Liverpool's expense as the London club edged a breathless semi-final second leg 1-0 on Tuesday. The Serbian's goal gave Jose Mourinho's side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a March 1 final against either…

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free Japanese…

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  • Yahoo to spin off Alibaba stake into separate company

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that will enable Yahoo to avoid paying billions of dollars in future taxes.

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  • Fiji under-17 player dies in swimming accident

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Oceania Football Confederation says a Fiji player has died in a swimming accident during the Oceania under-17 championships in Samoa.

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  • Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright hit politically-minded couture

    PARIS (AP) — "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart stunned crowds at Chanel's Paris couture show Tuesday, revealing an edgy bob in a white Chanel sleeveless mini-dress that showed the 24-year-old is fashion savvy beyond her age.

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  • Chelsea reaches League Cup final with victory over Liverpool

    LONDON (AP) — Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, settling an enthralling semifinal in extra time.

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  • Mexico 'certain' that missing students dead

    Authorities in Mexico can now say with "legal certainty" that the 43 students who went missing in September were murdered by hitmen working for a drug gang, the justice minister said Tuesday. The disappearance of the men -- all aspiring teachers attending classes at a training college in the…

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