• Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

    Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,…

  • Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

    By Yara Bayoumy SANAA (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis. The seizure of…

  • Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. "About 90 percent of the town has been…

  • Are falling oil prices pushing Iran to make risky economic choices?

    Iranian officials are adamant that the precipitous drop in global oil prices that has slashed domestic spending across the oil-producing world will not bring the country to its knees.

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  • Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: Why the White House is embarrassed

    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, will be charged with desertion, according to NBC News. Bergdahl was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban.

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  • New York City snowpocalypse fail: why weather and politics don't mix

    After battening down the hatches, closing state highways, commuter rails, and the New York City subway and bus system – "a total travel restriction ban" that even included bicycles and food deliveries in most of the busiest metropolitan region in the country – New Yorkers awoke Tuesday morning to…

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  • Jon Stewart slams Trump, Palin speeches. Is a big GOP field too easy pickin's?

    Why does the Republican Party want to limit debates during primary season? The Iowa Freedom Summit was held over the weekend in Des Moines.

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  • 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.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed 'devil's daughter'

    Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday. Diego Neria Lejarraga met the pontiff on Saturday after writing to him in December to complain he was being treated as…

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  • Three killed in anti-UN protest in Mali

    Three people were killed in northern Mali on Tuesday after a second day of demonstrations against the United Nations military mission in the restive west African nation, concurring sources said. Witnesses described a huge crowd of angry youths throwing stones and attempting to storm the MINUSMA…

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  • Madagascar storm death toll climbs to 68

    Antananarivo (AFP) - Sixty eight people were killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago, according to new figures released Tuesday ahead of a national day of mourning.

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  • Relatives demand reforms on 2nd anniversary of club fire

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Relatives and friends of the more than 200 people killed in a nightclub fire marched through a southern Brazilian town Tuesday to pay homage to the victims on the second anniversary of the tragedy and demand punishment for those responsible.

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  • US: Castro message 'positive sign'

    The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. "We take his reference of 'international norms and principles' as a positive sign," State Department spokeswoman Jen…

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  • Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

    Greece named radical left-wing economist Yanis Varoufakis its new finance minister on Tuesday, giving him the mammoth task of leading negotiations with international creditors over the country's bailout. The appointment of Varoufakis is seen as a signal that the new anti-austerity Syriza-led…

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  • At least eight killed as gunmen storm hotel in Libyan capital

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Two heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least eight people including four foreigners before blowing themselves up, authorities said. Shooting erupted inside the…

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  • Barcelona considering ending Qatar sponsorship deal

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The president of Barcelona says the Spanish club is considering ending its lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways because of concerns over social issues in the Gulf state.

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  • US sees Kobani as key win, but Mosul may require new tactics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi city of…

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