• U.S., Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks

    By David Adams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Washington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54…

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  • Danish police arrest suspect related to February 14-15 shootings

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Police said they arrested a young man on Friday morning and charged him with complicity in the shootings in Copenhagen on Feb. 14 and 15 in which two people were killed and five police officers were wounded. Two others have also been detained on charges of aiding the…

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  • Atheist U.S. blogger killed in machete attack in Bangladesh

    Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support free thinking values in the Muslim-majority nation. Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida…

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  • Caroline Boudreaux is a passionate, effective advocate for India's orphans

    Caroline Boudreaux was not looking for her life’s work back in 1999 when she set out with a friend on a yearlong trip around the world. Invited to dine at the home of a local family, Ms. Boudreaux was completely unprepared for what she encountered: more than 100 filthy, emaciated orphans,…

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  • Israel elections 101: Whiffs of 'It's the housing market, stupid'

    The Israeli leader is facing a public uproar after the state comptroller released a highly critical 294-page report Wednesday evening blaming his government for failing to spur enough housing construction to make up for a shortage of hundreds of thousands of apartments. One might expect that…

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  • Judge turns hate crimes case into vision of a 'new Mississippi'

    The shadow of Mississippi's combustible racial past still lingers, as evidenced by the evidence in Wednesday's case. The campaign of attacks against random black people in Jackson, Miss., by a group of then-mostly teenage boys and several girls came to an end when the group killed Mr. Anderson by…

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  • Why is ISIS destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq?

    The Islamic State – aka ISIS – continues its campaign of violence, this time attacking history itself. A new video that surfaced Thursday that purportedly shows members of the radical group taking sledgehammers, pickaxes, and even jackhammers to the ancient artifacts housed within the Mosul Museum…

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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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  • 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.

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  • Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in past 24 hours: Kiev military

    KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine in the past 24 hours, a military spokesman said on Friday. The deaths follow two consecutive days in which the military reported none of its troops had been…

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  • China to blacklist officials who interfere in court cases

    China will start blacklisting and punishing officials who interfere in judicial investigations and trials, state media said on Friday, as the country hastens efforts to boost the rule of law. The ruling Communist Party unveiled broad legal reforms last year to make it tougher for officials to…

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  • UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'

    LONDON (AP) — British spy agencies are facing questions about how a young Londoner who was on their radar as part of terrorist investigations was able to travel to Syria and become the masked militant known as "Jihadi John."

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  • Attackers hack American blogger to death in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.

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  • International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.…

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  • Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the Catholic priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an acadmic power, died Thursday. He was 97.

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  • De Villiers blasts 162 as South Africa demolish Windies

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers hammered the second-fastest century in World Cup history as he led his side to a crushing 257-run victory over the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. De Villiers finished on an unbeaten 162 off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the…

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  • German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.

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