• 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…

  • Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

    By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal. President Petro Poroshenko, whose…

  • Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State

    By Angus McDowall and Amena Bakr RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is pushing for Sunni Muslim Middle East countries to set aside differences over political Islam and focus on what it sees as more urgent threats from Iran and Islamic State. Its new monarch, King Salman, has used summits with…

  • The end of an era? Ringling Bros. to retire its elephant act

    Animal rights advocates achieved a victory Thursday when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced plans to phase out its iconic elephant act by the year 2018. As people become more educated they become less tolerant,” says Margaret Whittaker, director of elephant care at The…

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  • With less rain, farmers in Kenya quit food crops to cash in on legal drug

    When Omar Kutara’s grandfather tended the family farm outside Marsabit, it was covered with fruit trees, and rows of barley and wheat waved in the wind. About two-thirds of Marsabit’s farmland is used for miraa, a plant chewed as a narcotic, according to Edin Ibrahim Yussuf, a local project…

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  • Sheryl Sandberg and LeBron James 'Lean In' for feminism: Will it work?

    Introducing the idea of “choreplay,” bartering household chores and child care for marital intimacy, may have undermined the already limited effectiveness of a partnership between Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the National Basketball Association (NBA) to use pro basketball stars LeBron…

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  • E-mail uproar: Is Hillary Clinton no longer inevitable?

    Is Hillary Rodham Clinton no longer inevitable? Has her front-runner status been damaged in any way by the uproar over her amazing private e-mail system? There are chains of custody issues, there are preservation of material and documents issues,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R) of South Carolina,…

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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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  • Egypt to offer projects worth $35 billion during conference

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt plans to offer some 50 projects valued at up to $35 billion at an international investment conference later this month, officials said Thursday, as the country looks to revive an economy battered by four years of unrest.

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  • PLO body decides to end security cooperation with Israel

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinian Liberation Organisation's central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds.

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  • No new U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria's Idlib province

    The U.S.-led coalition has not carried out airstrikes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the past 24 hours, a spokesman said on Thursday, following news of a blast that targeted senior members of al Qaeda's official Syria wing. "Within the last 24 hours, we have not conducted any…

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  • Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32.

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  • Top-ranked Li Xuerui ousted in All England 2nd round

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — World No. 1 Li Xuerui was ousted in the second round of the All England Open when she lost for the first time to fellow Chinese Sun Yu 21-13, 21-13 on Thursday.

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  • Egypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Thursday replaced the country's powerful interior minister as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, in what was taken as a sign of growing frustration at the security forces' inability to staunch an increasingly virulent insurgency.

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  • US won't take eye off Iran, Kerry assures Gulf allies

    The United States will not take its eye off Iran's "destabilising" acts in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday after talks with Gulf allies wary of an emerging nuclear deal with Tehran. Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, also said military pressure may be needed to oust Syrian…

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  • UN says 28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq's Tikrit

    Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said Thursday. "Military operations in and around Tikrit have precipitated displacement of an estimated 28,000 people to Samarra," the UN…

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  • Oxy pays confidential sum to settle Peru pollution case

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Indigenous communities that sued Occidental Petroleum over contamination in Peru's northern Amazon have reached an out-of-court settlement in which the California-based oil company will pay them an undisclosed sum.

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