• EU says U.S. policy change helps its own talks with Cuba

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The sudden U.S. engagement with Cuba has helped the European Union's own bilateral talks on improving relations with the Communist-led island, a top European diplomat said on Thursday at the conclusion of two days of negotiations in Havana. When the United…

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  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, three others

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran…

  • Exclusive: Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

    By Darya Korsunskaya and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper. A day before he was shot dead near the Kremlin last week, the Russian opposition figure and his close aide Olga…

  • Frank Richter uses the power of talk to help German towns think about immigrants

    Not long ago Neukirch, a German town of 5,000 people near the Czech border, was in trouble. The news that as many as 100 asylum seekers would soon be living in their midst landed like a bomb and exploded citizens into action. Then Frank Richter arrived. Set among rolling hills in eastern…

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  • Two days into Boston Marathon bombing trial, defense already facing challenges

    The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is only two days old, yet the presiding judge has already made several rulings that could have important implications for Mr. Tsarnaev’s defense and, ultimately, whether he lives or dies. Before testimony began on Thursday, Tsarnaev’s…

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  • Why Arab leaders are telling Obama to listen to Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have looked like he stood alone at the podium as he addressed Congress this week. Already alarmed at the gains the Shiite government in Tehran is making in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now apparently in Yemen, Sunni Arab leaders worry that an American…

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  • Kansas bill targets teachers who expose kids to 'harmful' materials

    Sparked by a middle-school sex education poster to which a parent objected, the bill is one of a series of battles – in Kansas and beyond – over such curriculum and the roles of parents and educators in determining what’s appropriate. Supporters see the bill as a protection to children in a…

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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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  • Australia complains over Indonesia's treatment of death row prisoners

    By Lincoln Feast and Eveline Danubrata SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after photographs were published of a smiling police chief with the men, officials said on…

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  • Myanmar police crack down on protesters for third day

    LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) — Police cracked down on student protesters opposing Myanmar's new education law Friday, roughly grabbing demonstrators and loading them onto trucks in the third such clampdown in as many days.

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  • UK lawmakers say China eroding freedoms in Hong Kong

    British lawmakers banned from entering Hong Kong last year said Chinese regulations were eroding freedoms in the former British colony and urged their government to take a harder stance against Beijing. Pro-democracy protests shut down parts of Hong Kong for two-and-a-half months last year in…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed the envoy while screaming demands for Korean reunification. The attack Thursday on Mark…

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  • Knife attack at China train station leaves 9 injured

    BEIJING (AP) — At least two assailants armed with knives attacked people at a train station in southern China on Friday, injuring nine, and police fatally shot one of the suspects, officials said.

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  • Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

    TOKYO (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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  • Knife attack wounds nine at Chinese train station

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another. It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have…

  • After decades of conflict, Israeli women say 'enough'

    As Israel readies for a general election, the issue of peace with the Palestinians has been noticeably absent from debate. Braving intermittent rain to stand for hours outside Israel's parliament building in Jerusalem this week, thousands of women, young and old, religious and secular, Arab and…