• Militants kill four polio workers in Pakistan

    By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Islamabad (Reuters) - Gunmen killed three Pakistani women polio workers and their driver on Wednesday, police said, in the most deadly attack on the health workers in two years. Teams in Pakistan working to immunize children against polio are often targeted by Taliban…

  • Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test

    By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader. Sarkozy, who has watched impatiently from the sidelines since losing the…

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  • Latvia sees security threat in Russian deal with Abkhazia

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Wednesday an agreement deepening cooperation between Russia and Georgia's Abkhazia region threatened regional stability and security. But, during a visit to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, he also said it was vital for…

  • How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case

    After community activist Najee Ali told a group of demonstrators that there would be no indictment in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., there was anger, sadness, disgust, and tears.

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  • Darren Wilson testimony raises fresh questions about racial perceptions

    The release of officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony about his role in the death of Michael Brown has reopened questions about the degree to which white cops view black suspects through a potentially distorting lens.

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  • Could Hagel resignation signal shift in US strategy against Islamic State?

    Does the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signal that the Obama administration is planning to change its strategy in its fight against the Islamic State?

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  • What's in Ferguson files? Little clarity, lots of questions

    The decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson is stirring controversy not just on urban streets but also among legal scholars.

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  • Image of Asia: Anniversary of Mumbai terror attack

    In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, Indian police officers guard the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station in Mumbai on the anniversary of the 2008 terror attack. The rampage by Pakistani gunmen at the train station and other locations in India's financial capital killed 166 people and shattered relations…

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony. In the second day of the…

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  • FIBA suspends Japan over failure to merge leagues

    TOKYO (AP) — The governing body of basketball suspended the Japan Basketball Association on Wednesday, a decision that will prevent the country's national teams from taking part in the Olympics and other international competitions.

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  • Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push

    MOSCOW (AP) — In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.

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  • 7 killed in rebel attack on house of Yemen leader

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, following clashes that killed six of the guards and one fighter, security officials and rebel media said.

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  • Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling…

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  • Staff backlash over charity's award for Tony Blair

    London (AFP) - Almost 200 staff at the global charity Save the Children have signed a letter condemning its decision to give former British prime minister Tony Blair an award for his work on debt relief.

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  • Egypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month

    AL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian authorities have temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home.

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  • Correction: Iraq-Bombing Baghdad story

    BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman. His name is Saad Maan Ibrahim, not Maan Saad.

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  • Go-ahead for Liberia Senate campaign despite Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — With the number of reported Ebola cases in Liberia dropping, authorities have given the go-ahead for elections next month in the West African nation.

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  • Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

    BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.

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