• Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's…

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan's new PM

    By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities. Erdogan said…

  • U.N. rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Outgoing U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and…

  • Ferguson: How the balkanization of greater St. Louis fueled the strife

    As normalcy begins to return to strife-torn Ferguson, Mo., there’s a rising awareness in a shocked and sad city that Ferguson and greater St. Louis need deep, political, and structural changes that, given a racist history, will be inordinately difficult to attain. Yet there are few, if any, places…

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  • Obama's Ferguson rhetoric: How are blacks, whites reacting?

    If the US public were to judge with one word President Obama’s response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Mo., and subsequent turmoil, it might be this: “meh.” Voters responded to Mr. Obama’s handling of the situation with a collective shrug of the shoulders, according to…

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  • Amid war and beheadings, Iraq's fresh start

    Iraq took a big step in that direction last week when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was forced to relinquish power, marking the country’s first peaceful transition of power in more than a decade. A political vacuum had left Iraq open to attack by the militants of Islamic State (IS), the group…

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  • Mitch McConnell's talk of showdown with Obama: Anything out of the ordinary?

    If Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky becomes the majority leader of a Republican Senate as a result of this fall’s elections, he plans to rein in President Obama by sending him must-pass spending bills that contain poison pills to reduce government.  “We’re going to pass spending bills, and…

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  • 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.

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators mulled over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Israel-Hamas war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip was due to expire at midnight Wednesday.

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Puerto Rico drug ring accused of selling meth

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in Puerto Rico is for the first time prosecuting a suspected drug-trafficking organization on charges of distributing methamphetamine in the U.S. territory.

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  • NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

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  • Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.

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  • Brazil's Palmeiras struggling with Argentine coach

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Palmeiras made a rare move when it hired an Argentine coach earlier this year, and the results have not been good.

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  • Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

    BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room several days after the deadly attack.

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  • After fan protest, Fred threatens not to play

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazil striker Fred says he and his Fluminense teammates might not play this weekend following threatening behavior by fans after the team's recent run of defeats.

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