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  • U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

    By Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. The chief U.S. negotiator said the two sides may not need…

    Reuters
  • U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government…

    Reuters
  • Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes U.N. conference

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A month-long review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East, which the United States blamed on Egypt. After…

    Reuters
  • Olympia police shooting has residents wondering: Will it be different here?

    A police shooting has rocked the small, Pacific Northwestern city of Olympia, Wash., where the progressive student body of Evergreen State College spends its days attending classes along the forest-lined shores of the Puget Sound. On Thursday, hundreds of people marched in Washington State’s…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Has trade battle helped Liz Warren don the mantle of Ted Kennedy?

    With the expected Senate approval of "fast track" trade negotiating authority Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren looks to have lost this round in her battle against the president's pursuit of a historic trade deal with Pacific-rim nations. If anything, her fight has solidified her standing among…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Eleven year-old earns three degrees one year after finishing high school

    At eleven years old, most American kids are finishing 5th grade and nervously anticipating middle school.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Alabama gay marriage ruling: legal, but not yet

    Gay couples will be able to marry in Alabama, a federal judge ruled on Thursday – but not yet. State bans against gay marriage began falling in October as appeals court judges found them unconstitutional in a series of rulings, rapidly raising the number of states where same-sex couples can…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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:

    Associated Press
  • 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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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be…

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  • Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

    BEIRUT (AP) — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

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  • Controversial Salvadoran archbishop to be beatified

    Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero is set to be beatified Saturday, cementing his legacy among Catholics after decades of controversy over his defense of the poor and repressed, which divided both El Salvador and the Church. Officials expect 285,000 faithful to attend the ceremony on San…

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  • Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."

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  • Cannes race wide open on awards eve

    A Cate Blanchett lesbian love story, a gruelling Auschwitz drama, an all-star tableau on the ravages of age, and a slow-burn martial arts movie from Taiwan all looked well-placed to capture top honours from a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen. Audiences swooned over "Carol" by US director Todd…

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  • The leading films in the Cannes race for the Palme d'Or

    Cannes (France) (AFP) - Of the 19 films competing for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, half a dozen stand out as the favourites to win.

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  • Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be…

    Associated Press
  • Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.

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