• Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

    By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions,…

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  • Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

    By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan, seeking a…

  • Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen

    Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened. A Tripoli official said the internationally recognized government and the…

  • Have crises put US-Israel relations on new, more honest, course?

    Mounting and unusually public tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have exposed fault lines in the US-Israel relationship that portend a rocky and perhaps uncharted course ahead for the two allies. Differences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how…

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  • Texas judge blocks family, medical leave benefits for same-sex couples in four states

    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked federal rules that would have provided Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to same sex couples in Texas. US District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to stay the expansion of the definition of “spouse” under…

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  • For families of missing Mexican students, answers remain elusive

    Six months after the grisly disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero, friends and family of the missing spread out across the United States and Mexico to remind the world that the search isn’t over. Marches took place throughout Mexico, and three…

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  • Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skeptics?

    Senator Cruz (R) of Texas, who recently announced he plans to run for president in 2016, provoked a swift and snarky reaction online to his comments made in an interview with The Texas Tribune Tuesday, where he compared "global warming alarmists" to flat-Earthers, then implying that his position…

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  • Kercher's mother 'shocked' by Italy verdict

    Meredith Kercher's mother said she was "surprised and very shocked" after Italy's top court cleared Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murder. Arline Kercher said the decision Friday by the Court of Cassation in Rome was "odd" given the pair had been convicted twice following the…

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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

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  • Area resident Jimmy Walker takes lead in Texas Open

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jimmy Walker enjoyed a neighborly stroll at TPC San Antonio after a 35-minute drive from his suburban home.

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government…

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  • Clerics urge US to end family detention of immigrants

    DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a Texas detention facility Friday criticized the practice.

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  • France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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  • Clinton wiped email server 'clean': Republican chairman

    Hillary Clinton wiped "clean" her private server that hosted her emails while secretary of state, permanently deleting all correspondence, and did not turn over more of the messages, lawmakers said Friday. A simmering scandal over Clinton's admitted use of a private email account for the duration…

  • Saudis 'very pleased' with US support for Yemen air campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday praised the U.S. for helping an Arab air campaign against Yemen's rebels.

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  • Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

    ROME (AP) — Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.

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  • 'Car park king' Richard III's tomb revealed

    The stone tomb covering the grave of Richard III was unveiled Friday, the last act in the reburial of the 15th-century king found beneath a car park. The 2.3-tonne slab of Swaledale fossil stone went on public display the day after he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, central England, in the…