• NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

    By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday. Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their…

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  • Attacker shoots six dead at offices in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH (Reuters) - An attacker opened fire at local education department offices in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing six employees in what authorities are treating as a criminal attack, a senior Saudi official said, The attacker has been arrested, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman General…

  • Fifty-two inmates dead in cartel prison battle in northeast Mexico

    A battle between rival drug gangs at a prison killed 52 people in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico´s far north. The incident was one of the worst in a series of deadly riots in recent…

  • How Bernie Sanders could win over black voters in South Carolina

    In 2008, Hillary Clinton's road to the White House was jammed by a junior senator from Illinois who convinced black voters, many longtime Clinton supporters, to switch allegiance. Conventional wisdom has it that South Carolina, which holds its primary on Feb. 27, is Mrs. Clinton's to lose. After…

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  • Infant caught in gang crossfire: a reminder of the Compton's violent past

    Following the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl in Compton, Calif., officials said the gunfire was probably meant for her gang member father – a grave reminder of the Los Angeles County city’s violent past. The mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, has since made a plea to her residents to rekindle their…

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  • Living on the edge: Residents of crumbling Pacifica cliffs are 'fighting time'

    Eighty feet above the Pacific Ocean, residents living atop the Pacifica cliffs have long enjoyed their beautiful backyard sights – whale watching, dolphin sightings, and of course, magnificent sunsets. It's a relentless march," Jackie James, who occasionally resides at an ocean-view apartment with…

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  • What N. Korea's rocket test tells us about its military capability

    North Korea’s weapons program is back in the spotlight after a long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7 that came just a month after a fourth nuclear test. Pyongyang characterized the rocket as part of a peaceful space program involving the placement of a weather satellite. The UN Security Council…

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  • Russia proposes Syria ceasefire ahead of international talks

    Russia said it had made a "quite specific" proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich Thursday in a bid to kickstart peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the city of Aleppo. The UN said 51,000 Syrians have fled Aleppo this month as government forces backed…

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  • Biden, Poroshenko discuss need for reforms in Ukraine: White House

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the need for governance reforms in Ukraine during a phone call on Thursday, the White House said. The call came a day after Poroshenko told the International Monetary Fund he was committed to the reforms to keep…

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  • Former Guantanamo inmate bailed in Morocco: lawyer

    A Moroccan man who spent 13 years in Guantanamo Bay and then almost five months in detention after he was sent home, was released on bail on Thursday, his lawyer said. U.S. authorities freed Younes Abdurrahman Chekkouri from their naval base in Cuba without charge in September. "The judge…

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  • U.S. has 'significantly' upped strikes on Islamic State in Afghanistan: general

    The United States has "significantly" increased its air strikes against Islamic State in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama granted commanders broader authority last month to target the group there, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Islamic State is a relatively new force in…

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  • The Latest: Rubio's OK with GOP fight to convention

    PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):

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  • The Latest: European stock markets close sharply lower

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):

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  • Poverty scholar among 9 winners of Israeli foundation prize

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Leading poverty scholar Anthony Atkinson is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

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  • 52 dead, 12 injured in riot at northern Mexico prison

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A brutal fight between rival factions killed 52 inmates and injured 12 at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said.

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  • FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

    The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis.

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  • Bencic beats Beck for place in St. Petersburg quarterfinals

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Top-seed Belinda Bencic overcame serving issues to defeat Annika Beck of Germany 7-6 (3), 6-3 at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Thursday.

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