• Brazil's Rousseff struggling to limit Petrobras scandal's damage

    By Brian Winter and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff expects a bribery scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras to deteriorate in coming months, aides say, with arrests possible for some political allies and potentially serious damage to an economy that is…

  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that…

  • Canadian vets plan to join Kurdish fight against Islamic State

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported on Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds. The Canadian Broadcasting…

  • Adam Lanza report: How system and personal failings led to Newtown massacre

    A report on Adam Lanza, who carried out the mass shootings nearly two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was released Friday by the state’s Office of the Child Advocate.

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  • As deadline nears for Iran nuclear talks, how will opponents of a deal react?

    Just after President Obama challenged Congress with his executive action on immigration, the administration may present congressional leaders with another tough nut – either a comprehensive Iran nuclear deal or an extension of nuclear talks with Tehran.

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  • Why would someone fly a Nazi flag to protest Obama?

    This morning I woke to find myself tagged in a Facebook post by a friend in my town whose neighbor had chosen to fly a Nazi flag.

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  • House Republicans sue Obama over unilateral Obamacare changes

    It an apparent opening salvo in the looming battle between Republicans in Congress and President Obama, a lawyer for the House of Representatives filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the Obama administration acted illegally and unconstitutionally by unilaterally amending the president’s health care…

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  • US warns citizens to avoid resort of Acapulco

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a security message warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis." The committee adopted the resolution by consensus, though Myanmar's ambassador…

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  • Fiji beats US 20-14

    VANNES, France (AP) — Winger Watisoni Votu scored a double and Fiji survived a second half rally from the United States on Friday to win 20-14 for its first victory on its northern hemisphere tour.

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  • Verdict pending, Malaysia's Anwar visits US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told The Associated Press on Friday he's confident of acquittal in his sodomy trial, so long as the Southeast Asian nation's top court demonstrates independence.

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  • US provides $68 million for Mexico justice reform

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says the U.S. government will provide $68 million over five years to assist Mexico's effort to reform its court and justice system.

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  • West Virginia outlasts Boston College 70-66

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins arrived in Puerto Rico this week expecting to see his team face tough situations.

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  • Single-minded Hamilton speeds to gold and glory

    Abu Dhabi (AFP) - From anonymous middle England to a life of fabulous riches, a rock star girlfriend, a scarlet red private jet and the brink of a second Formula One world title.

  • Top 25 Capsules

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ryan Boatright had 20 points, Rodney Purvis added 19, and No. 17 Connecticut rallied from five points down in the second half to defeat Dayton 75-64 in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament on Friday, forcing an early election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so he can pursue his policy goals. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has been in power for…

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  • Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.

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  • Ecological monitoring station proposed at Yellowstone

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park could become a site for collecting massive amounts of data on climate and land-use changes and the effects of invasive species on the Northern Rocky Mountains under a proposal submitted for public comment on Friday. ...