• Islamic State fighters press advance east of Iraqi town

    Islamic state fighters pressed an advance east of Ramadi on Friday after breaching Iraqi defenses outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major defeat for the Baghdad government. The fall of Ramadi is the most significant setback for Iraqi forces in almost a year and has cast…

  • Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalizing homosexuality, with a strong early turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child…

  • Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

    By Feroz Sultani and Kay Johnson KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to…

  • What the security industry can learn from the World Health Organization

    As soon as the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike announced its discovery last week of a computer vulnerability it dubbed "Venom," the ominous headlines began. "Venom vulnerability: Serious computer bug shatters cloud security," wrote Fortune. "Blinked and you may have missed [Venom]," The Wall…

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  • Fiercely critical of NSA, Germany now answering for its own spy practices

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovered in 2013 that the National Security Agency had been snooping on her countrymen, and even tapping her own cellphone, through the media leaks by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Now, in something of an ironic twist, Germany is coming to terms with…

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  • Peace activists and Gloria Steinem ready to cross Korea DMZ

    An unusual international peace march by feminists who will trek from North to South Korea appears set to go Sunday after organizers agreed they would not cross the border at Panmunjom village in the demilitarized zone. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? Both North…

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  • With all its political bluster, Anonymous can't shake its 'prankster' past

    Can a prankster ever grow up and become an activist? The loosely organized online network has been involved in political causes since 2008, but a recent media study printed in National Communication Association’s Communication Monographs found that Anonymous, try as it might, can’t shake its…

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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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  • Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

    CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • UN accuses South Sudan of targeting base protecting civilians

    The United Nations on Friday accused South Sudan's rebel and government forces of targeting one of its bases sheltering civilians during a flareup of fighting, and demanded that those responsible face justice. Senior peacekeeping official Edmond Mulet told reporters that 22 shells had hit the base…

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  • “If you are single and over 45, this is addicting”

    No games. Just real women looking for a faithful guy. Click to see pics of local women.

  • Pakistan mark six-year home return with victory

    Pakistan celebrated international cricket's return after six years with a five-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international at a packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. Pakistan had not hosted any international cricket since terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in…

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  • Iraqi metal band navigates long road to therapy

    With their homeland torn by years of war, a group of Iraqis has found a form of therapy not by firing guns but by banging their heads to heavy metal. Violence was never the solution, really," said Marwan Hussein, the drummer and lyricist of the band Acrassicauda. Acrassicauda was at the forefront…

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  • Civilians killed as armed groups clash in northern Mali

    Up to nine civilians, including an aid worker for a European charity, were killed after rebels attacked a village in northern Mali, armed loyalist and anti-government groups said on Friday. The west African nation's main Tuareg-led rebel alliance, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA),…

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  • Misfiring McIlroy crashes out at Wentworth

    World number one Rory McIlroy crashed out of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday when he missed the cut after collapsing to a six-over par second round 78. With around a quarter of the field still out on the course the projected cut was at one-over par, 145, with McIlroy…

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  • Moroccan held in Italy over Tunis museum attack says is innocent

    A young Moroccan man arrested in Italy on Tuesday for allegedly helping in the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis in March insisted Friday he was innocent and opposed his extradition to Tunisia, his lawyer said. Abdelmajid Touil, 22, claimed his arrest was "a mistake", Silvia Fiorentini said…

  • Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument. The closure of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the French capital ahead of a long holiday weekend recalled a…