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  • Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq

    By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias…

    Reuters
  • Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

    By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. …

    Reuters
  • Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Elaine Lies AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese…

    Reuters
  • California officials seek to regulate electronic cigarettes

    California health officials declared this week that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated like tobacco products. Experts say that if electronic cigarettes are not regulated, young people risk becoming addicted and developing health problems as a result. "E-cigarettes…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Could tipping reach a tipping point? Some restaurants try new model

    A mini-revolution is gently simmering in American restaurants. Tipping hasn't quite reached a tipping point but the model seems downright revolutionary in an industry where employees typically depend on customer tips to pad paltry wages. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • How these two women guided the Keystone bill through a divided Senate

    In a rare moment for the US Senate, the two lawmakers who had just spent three weeks steering the Keystone pipeline bill through choppy waters were chatting amiably on the floor during the final vote. Senators can remember only a handful of times when two women have acted as “floor managers” of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Humans of New York' blog raises $1M for students facing hurdles to college

    When it comes to preparing students for college – and even helping them aspire to it – there’s a chasm between the haves and have-nots. The other was a formal event at the White House Friday afternoon, in which first lady Michelle Obama honored the National School Counselor of the Year and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

    Associated Press
  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

    Associated Press
  • Clegg has wanted to slap Cameron 'over 20 times'

    London (AFP) - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he had wanted to slap Prime Minister David Cameron on more than 20 occasions during a TV appearance late Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities…

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

    CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

    Associated Press
  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities…

    Associated Press
  • Safiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.

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  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.

    Associated Press
  • Pakistan lean heavily on Afridi, Misbah

    Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq lifted an underdone Pakistan to 210 after being sent into bat first against New Zealand in their opening one-day international in Wellington on Saturday. They came together with Pakistan struggling at 127-6 in the 36th over, and cracked a whirlwind 71 in 38…

    AFP