• Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. Syria's al Qaeda offshoot…

  • South Korea to ban taxi services by private drivers in blow to Uber

    By Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers passed a bill early on Friday to ban taxi services provided by private drivers, marking what is likely the first nationwide legislation to outlaw Uber Technologies Inc's low-cost uberX service. "Uber respects this decision by…

  • Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

    By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week. Australian Greste and two Al…

  • Iraq's Sunni-Shiite divide: Does US experience show how it can be bridged?

    A tempest in Iraq over a military operation’s name might have been a small thing, but to some regional experts, it offers a measure of the deepening divide between the country’s Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially renamed the military…

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  • In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty

    Conservative principles are “very close to my heart,” says Marc Hyden, a Republican activist and former National Rifle Association field worker. Mr. Hyden recognizes that conservative firebrands like himself are not usually at the vanguard of efforts to end capital punishment. Indeed, though 3…

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  • In Islamic State fight, radically changed Pentagon view of civilian casualties

    As the Islamic State continues its march across Iraq and Syria, so, too, has come the blame game. It runs along the lines that the US military should be doing more to help its Iraqi and Syrian allies in the region fight the Islamic State. Specifically, the US has reportedly declined to bomb…

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  • Why the EPA wants to amend the Clean Water Act

    The Obama administration is looking to clarify the "water" in the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized version of a new rule designed to address confusion over which streams and wetlands can be regulated under the landmark 1972 environmental legislation. At…

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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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  • 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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  • Volcano erupts on Japanese island, evacuation ordered and flights diverted

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island's evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights. A pyroclastic flow of…

  • Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president after historic win

    Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday, in an unprecedented ceremony after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history. The 72-year-old takes charge of Africa's most populous nation, which is facing crises on several fronts, from…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island. No injuries were reported after Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular…

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  • Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional meeting called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.

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  • Thailand has 600 new 'boat people' in holding areas: deputy PM

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has 600 new "boat people" in temporary holding areas, the country's Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said on Friday. There were still more migrants out at sea, Tanasak said, talking to reporters at a press conference during a regional meeting on…

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  • New stars likely to be found at Under-20 World Cup in NZ

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A world away from the turmoil of corruption and political infighting plaguing soccer, there will be a reminder this weekend of what is best about the game — the talent showcase of the Under-20 World Cup.

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  • AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief…

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  • Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

    MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said.

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