• 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 Baghdad and Samarra killed at least 21 people. Islamic State has frequently battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias further south and…

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  • Attacker opens fire at Istanbul police post, no casualties: Turkish TV

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An unidentified assailant opened fire on a police post in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Friday but initial reports suggested there were no casualties, Turkey's NTV television reported. NTV said the attacker left their weapon at the scene and escaped on foot. Some other…

  • Mongolia jails American, two Philippine citizens in tax evasion case

    By Terrence Edwards BEIJING (Reuters) - Resource-rich Mongolia on Friday jailed an American and two Filipinos for more than five years after finding them guilty of tax evasion, ending a three-year case that deterred investors. Perceived resource nationalism in Mongolia, fed by suspicion at…

  • What time is the Super Bowl Halftime Show? And what does Katy Perry have planned?

    On Super Bowl Sunday, multi-platinum recording artist Katy Perry will take the stage for this year's Halftime show. For people who are not the biggest fans of Perry’s music, in an effort to grow YouTube as a vehicle for live entertainment, the website will host a live halftime show, according to…

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  • As gay rights gain acceptance, conservatives say they face discrimination

    The astonishing speed with which same-sex marriage has swept across the United States – now legal in 35 states and the District of Columbia – has begun to flip the tables on many religious conservatives.

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  • Boko Haram: Nigeria regains border town after Chadian military assault

    The military victory came a day before the Africa Union, which is holding a summit in Ethiopia's capital, urged Nigeria’s neighbors to contribute a 7,500-multinational force to fight Boko Haram, The Wall Street Journal reports. "I am deeply concerned by the prevailing situation as a result of Boko…

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  • Argentina's Kirchner proposes intel reform: needed change or diversion?

    The mysterious death of a federal prosecutor who filed an explosive criminal complaint against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is roiling Argentina. Stiusso was ousted when Kirchner overhauled the SI’s leadership in December 2014.

    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.

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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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  • Hezbollah says doesn't want war with Israel but not afraid of one

    The leader of Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one and had the right to respond to Israeli "aggression" in any time and place. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two and the Israelis must also…

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  • Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after 32 killed in Sinai

    By Maggie Fick and Yusri Mohamed CAIRO/ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 soldiers and police officers in the Sinai Peninsula. The…

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  • At least 6 migrants drown off Morocco coast: authorities

    At least six would-be migrants drowned when their boat capsized near Melilla, the Spanish enclave in Morocco, authorities said Friday. Another 10 people were rescued from the water after the boat overturned off the Moroccan town of Nador, five kilometres (three miles) from Melilla. The flow of…

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  • Eurozone official: no plan for when Greece's bailout ends

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A top eurozone finance official says there is no decision so far on what to do after Greece's bailout program runs out at the end of next month.

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  • Heavy snowfall shuts down Bratislava international airport

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An official in Slovakia says heavy snow has forced the closure of the international airport in the capital.

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  • Moody's' downgrades credit rating of Brazil's Petrobras

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of Brazil's state-owned oil company because of the widening kickback-corruption scandal affecting Petrobras.

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  • McIlroy surges to one-shot lead in Dubai Desert Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy birdied an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole to surge into a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

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  • Qaeda group launches assault on Western-backed Syria rebels

    Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate fought Western-backed rebels on Friday as the jihadists pressed their bid to take control of a northern area, a monitor and a rebel statement said. The fighting comes nearly three months after the Al-Nusra Front expelled another group of Western-backed opposition…

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  • Shakira gives birth to 2nd baby with Spanish football star

    MADRID (AP) — Colombian pop singer Shakira says she has given birth to a girl, her second child with partner, Spanish football star Gerard Pique.

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