• Female suicide bombers kill over 60 people in northeast Nigeria: officials

    Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday. The attack occurred 85 km (50 miles) outside the capital of Borno…

  • Damascus expects tough but short battle for Aleppo

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government expects a tough battle for Aleppo, the city that has become the focal point of the country's long civil war, but is confident of victory and says it won't be a long fight.     Damascus aims to seal the border with Turkey, a…

  • North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

  • Can Congress rein in North Korea with sanctions, à la Iran?

    Aside from Jeb Bush – who announced at a recent Republican presidential debate that he would consider a preemptive strike to address North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure – most policymakers concur that sanctions are the only realistic option for dealing with leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear…

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  • Why some sympathize with Ferguson, despite Justice Department lawsuit

    The Ferguson, Mo., city council threw up its hands on Tuesday, saying that Department of Justice is asking it to undertake criminal justice reforms that are financially impossible for the taxpayers of the struggling St. Louis suburb. The Justice Department responded Wednesday, filing a civil…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Clean Power Plan, but perhaps not its goals

    The United States Supreme Court dealt a surprising and significant blow to President Obama's climate policy on Tuesday, temporarily blocking his plans to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The decision, which reportedly is without precedent, could set up a costly delay and may harm…

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  • What happened to Carly Fiorina's presidential hopes?

    Former tech executive Carly Fiorina quit the GOP presidential race on Wednesday following a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary, where she won only about 4 percent of the vote. “While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans…

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  • Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese man agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews.

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  • FBI surrounds Oregon standoff park

    Authorities have moved in on the 40th day of an armed standoff at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, and surrounded remaining demonstrators, the FBI announced. "At this time, the FBI has moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind…

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  • Iran seeks tourism millions as nuclear chill ends

    Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity to cash in. The tourism industry has been overlooked by successive governments in Tehran but the deal Iran struck with world powers…

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  • Hong Kong, Seoul stocks sharply lower after holidays

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks shuddered again Thursday, led by sharp drops in Hong Kong and South Korea, which were catching up to global market turmoil after being shut for Lunar New Year holidays.

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  • Top Asian News 4:26 a.m. GMT

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch. It was unclear how long the…

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  • Bird recalled for Australia in 1st test v New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fast bowler Jackson Bird will play his first test since 2013 for Australia in the series opener starting Friday, when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be lining up for his 100th consecutive test match.

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  • US WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.

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  • '500 dead' in Syria regime's Aleppo assault

    A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced new pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence. World powers urged Russia to end its air strikes, which a senior US official said were…

  • Germany to try ex-SS guard, 94, over Auschwitz killings

    A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard will go on trial Thursday for complicity in the murders of tens of thousands of people at the Nazi concentration camp. Reinhold Hanning faces court in the western town of Detmold seven decades after the defeat of the Nazis, charged with at least 170,000 counts…

  • US opens Olympic qualifying with 5-0 victory over Costa Rica

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. women's opening set piece finally paid off.

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