• Pakistan arrests 97 al-Qaeda and other militants; foils jailbreak plan

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has arrested 97 al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants, including three commanders, in the southern city of Karachi and foiled a planned attack to break U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl's killer out of jail, the army said on Friday. The men are accused…

  • Greek police fire tear gas at angry farmers rallying in Athens

    Greek riot police fired tear gas at farmers protesting against pension reform plans on Friday who hurled stones at the agriculture ministry in central Athens ahead of a major demonstration outside parliament scheduled for later in the day. Under the planned reform of the pension system demanded by…

  • Philippines considers two-way sea talks with China - if wins case at The Hague

    The Philippines may consider two-way talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea but only if it wins its case with Beijing at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Manila's foreign minister said on Friday. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to…

  • Ted Cruz uses dolls to call Donald Trump liberal. Will that work?

    Senator Cruz has a new ad out that uses kids and dolls to attack Mr. Trump as a fake conservative. Called “Playing Trump,” it begins with a young boy excitedly telling playmates that he’s just acquired a Donald Trump action figure. Recommended: Can you tell the 2016 Republican presidential…

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  • Has the gender pay gap decreased – or is that just what we'd like to think?

    Nearly three-quarters of employed adults (74 percent) in seven key countries believe men and women are being paid equally for equal work, according to a study by employment service Glassdoor. In the US, 70 percent of people surveyed said they believe men and women are already being paid equally by…

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  • Oregon standoff ends, but new kind of 'protest' is just beginning

    Thursday in Oregon, federal authorities moved in to surround the last four men occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a protest against federal land policy. When rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Ore., Wednesday with plans to support the protest, he was arrested. By contrast, nearly…

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  • What does a deadly prison riot tell us about Mexico's war on corruption?

    A prison riot in northeastern Mexico, sparked by a battle between two rival drug gangs, has left at least 52 inmates dead. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico? “This riot, like several others in recent years, underscores the problems and high levels of corruption in prisons,” says…

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  • Top Asian News 12:27 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday. The new tough stance follows…

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  • UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty

    HONG KONG (AP) — Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.

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  • China says U.N. action needed to make North Korea 'pay price' for behavior

    China will back a wide-ranging U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea "pay the necessary price" for its recent rocket launch, its foreign minister told Reuters on Friday, but said its goal was to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. Wang Yi also said in an interview that…

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  • The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

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  • Heralding Schengen suspension, EU gives Greece three months to fix borders

    By Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union took a step on Friday toward allowing for a two-year suspension of its prized free-travel Schengen zone to boost controls of the flows of people, acknowledging there is no quick fix in sight to the migration…

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  • Millennium after split, pope and Russian church to meet in Cuba

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church meet in Havana on Friday, nearly 1,000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, for the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.The two religious…

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  • Vinci survives scare to beat Babos in St. Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Roberta Vinci survived a scare from Timea Babos of Hungary to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy semifinals on Friday.

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  • Russian Orthodox Church allowed to return debt in prayers

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.

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  • The Latest: Bank stocks recover, led by jump in Commerzbank

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

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  • Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system. Riot police used tear gas to repel them.

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  • Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy': U.N.

    The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a rapid "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the talks were still "cloudy". De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of…

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  • World Baseball Classic qualifying: Aussies 4, South Africa 1

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia scored three first-inning runs on five hits — including four consecutive hits to start the game — and defeated South Africa 4-1 on Friday to advance to the final of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

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