• Alien abduction? Stolen by Russia? MH370 theories keep coming

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - A year on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an extraordinary amount of key data remains unknown - fuelling conspiracy theories and heated online debate about one of aviation's biggest mysteries. The resulting theories range from the wild…

  • U.S., Europe weighing potential deeper Russia sanctions: Nuland

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. sanctions team is in Europe this week discussing possible deeper sectoral penalties against Russia if a ceasefire deal with Ukraine is further violated, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday. Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant…

  • New Zealand spying on Pacific neighbors and Indonesia: Snowden documents

    New Zealand has been spying electronically on its Pacific Island neighbors and Indonesia and sharing the intelligence with its international allies, according to documents released on Thursday. The documents, released by former U.S. National Security Authority contractor Edward Snowden and dating…

  • How a ruling against Obamacare could leave both political parties in a bind

    A Supreme Court case on Obamacare threatens to disrupt health insurance for millions of Americans – and in the process it might upend Washington politics as well. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs would create a volatile situation for both political parties. They’d need to collaborate on any…

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  • Supreme Court sharply split over major challenge to Obamacare

    President Obama’s health-care reform law came under intense judicial scrutiny on Wednesday as a sharply divided US Supreme Court took up a case that threatens to derail the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During 1 hour and 25 minutes of oral argument, the justices appeared split along…

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  • How Michelle Obama could help make school a reality for millions of girls

    Tens of millions of girls worldwide are not in school, and first lady Michelle Obama wants to help fix that. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps in line with Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative to help girls, especially in developing nations, begin and…

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  • Boston Marathon bombing defense attorney: It was him

    “It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who self-radicalized,” Clarke said. For the prosecution’s part, Mr. Weinreb argued in his opening statement that Tsarnaev was an Islamic extremist and a ruthless killer of his own making.

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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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  • Rugby player fined after admitting to cocaine possession

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt was fined 2,500 Australian dollars ($1,950) Thursday but had no conviction recorded over cocaine charges that earlier forced his suspension from the Super Rugby team.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after being slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a 10-inch knife and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a…

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  • Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine"…

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  • Vancouver container fire shuts down port, some rail service

    By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside, while…

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  • Maduro rejects speculation he'll suspend Venezuela elections

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro is rejecting speculation that he is considering suspending Venezuela's legislative elections later this year.

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  • US ambassador slashed and bloodied in Seoul attack

    The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm in Seoul on Thursday by a blade-wielding assailant opposed to ongoing US-Korean military drills. The United States condemned the "act of violence" which left the ambassador bleeding profusely as he was rushed to…

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  • British lawmakers back anti-slavery law

    British lawmakers gave their backing to a new anti-slavery law that forces businesses to be more transparent about their supply chains, the first piece of legislation of its kind in Europe. Measures in the Modern Slavery Bill include increasing sentences for slavery offences to life imprisonment…

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  • Effort set to recover body found on Mexico's highest peak

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An effort was planned for Thursday to recover a body found buried in snow and ice high on Mexico's tallest peak, officials said.

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