• Female suicide bombers kill over 60 people in northeast Nigeria: officials

    Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday. The attack occurred 85 km (50 miles) outside the capital of Borno…

  • Damascus expects tough but short battle for Aleppo

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government expects a tough battle for Aleppo, the city that has become the focal point of the country's long civil war, but is confident of victory and says it won't be a long fight.     Damascus aims to seal the border with Turkey, a…

  • North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

  • Can Congress rein in North Korea with sanctions, à la Iran?

    Aside from Jeb Bush – who announced at a recent Republican presidential debate that he would consider a preemptive strike to address North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure – most policymakers concur that sanctions are the only realistic option for dealing with leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear…

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  • Why some sympathize with Ferguson, despite Justice Department lawsuit

    The Ferguson, Mo., city council threw up its hands on Tuesday, saying that Department of Justice is asking it to undertake criminal justice reforms that are financially impossible for the taxpayers of the struggling St. Louis suburb. The Justice Department responded Wednesday, filing a civil…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Clean Power Plan, but perhaps not its goals

    The United States Supreme Court dealt a surprising and significant blow to President Obama's climate policy on Tuesday, temporarily blocking his plans to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The decision, which reportedly is without precedent, could set up a costly delay and may harm…

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  • What happened to Carly Fiorina's presidential hopes?

    Former tech executive Carly Fiorina quit the GOP presidential race on Wednesday following a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary, where she won only about 4 percent of the vote. “While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans…

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  • Top Asian News 2:35 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean workers have started shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea. The move Thursday will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch. It was unclear how long the…

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  • South Koreans begin shutting down factory park in North Korea, part of Seoul's punishment for North Korean rocket launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans begin shutting down factory park in North Korea, part of Seoul's punishment for North Korean rocket launch.

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  • Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release.

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  • Western Sydney fined, points suspended over fan misbehavior

    SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia has fined Western Sydney Wanderers 50,000 Australian dollars ($35,600) and imposed a suspended competition point deduction following the misbehavior of fans who lit flares during last weekend's A-League match at Melbourne Victory.

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  • U.S., South Korea, Japan boost military ties in response to North Korea threat

    The top military officers from the United States, South Korea and Japan said they agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to step up information-sharing and coordination of security efforts in light of increasing North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

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  • US, allies target North Korea finances after rocket test

    The United States and its Asian allies tightened the economic screws on North Korea Thursday with the US Senate adopting fresh sanctions and South Korean firms abandoning a joint industrial park that helped fund Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. The unilateral moves, which also included…

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  • Bird recalled for Australia in 1st test v New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fast bowler Jackson Bird will play his first test since 2013 for Australia in the series opener starting Friday, when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be lining up for his 100th consecutive test match.

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  • Australian deputy prime minister announces retirement

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister announced his retirement Thursday, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year.

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  • Concern over health of Guantanamo prisoner in 9/11 case

    MIAMI (AP) — Amnesty International has taken up the cause of a Guantanamo prisoner who is said to be in declining health as he awaits trial for his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

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  • Colombia's FARC vow to end use of child soldiers

    Colombia's FARC rebels have promised to end recruitment of child soldiers, in a fresh bid to seal a peace deal ending a half-century conflict. At talks in Cuba, the leftist guerrilla group had already pledged to stop recruiting fighters under 17, but the Colombian government said that did not go…