• Syria's Assad calls chlorine allegations 'malicious propaganda': CBS

    President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning." Asked about allegations Syrian government forces have used chlorine gas…

  • France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks'

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. "I hope that the…

  • Somali special forces enter hotel compound, battle militants

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali special forces broke through the compound wall of a hotel seized by militants in the capital Mogadishu on Friday and exchanged fire with fighters inside the building, police said. Islamist group al Shabaab said its followers had taken control of the popular Maka Al…

  • Have crises put US-Israel relations on new, more honest, course?

    Mounting and unusually public tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have exposed fault lines in the US-Israel relationship that portend a rocky and perhaps uncharted course ahead for the two allies. Differences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how…

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  • Texas judge blocks family, medical leave benefits for same-sex couples in four states

    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked federal rules that would have provided Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to same sex couples in Texas. US District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to stay the expansion of the definition of “spouse” under…

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  • For families of missing Mexican students, answers remain elusive

    Six months after the grisly disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero, friends and family of the missing spread out across the United States and Mexico to remind the world that the search isn’t over. Marches took place throughout Mexico, and three…

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  • Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skeptics?

    Senator Cruz (R) of Texas, who recently announced he plans to run for president in 2016, provoked a swift and snarky reaction online to his comments made in an interview with The Texas Tribune Tuesday, where he compared "global warming alarmists" to flat-Earthers, then implying that his position…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. In comments published Friday by the…

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  • Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

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  • US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since…

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  • Montenegro-Russia qualifier resumes after suspension

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia has been resumed following a suspension after Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the stands.

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  • Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

    Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster "up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger" towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday. The assistance, which the families would not be required to pay back, was separate from the compensation that the…

    AFP24 mins ago
  • Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Communities in Chile's northern desert region dug houses and cars out of the mud and worked to reopen roads Friday after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead.

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  • European airlines told to have two in cockpit at all times

    Transport ministries and aviation authorities in Germany, Austria and Portugal announced earlier Friday that they would be requiring the adoption of the so-called "rule of two" which is already standard in the United States. The regulation would come into immediate effect for Portugal's national…

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  • El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has acquitted 11 soccer players and two foreign businesspeople of criminal charges in a match-fixing scandal involving the country's national team.

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  • Syrian army turns to women on Damascus front lines

    Perched on a makeshift bench taking turns with a sniper rifle, the Syrian army's top markswomen await their "prey" on the front line in east Damascus. Sergeant Rim, 20, and Chief Sergeant Samar, 21, belong to the First Women's Commando Brigade of the Republican Guard, an elite unit stationed on…

    AFP30 mins ago
  • AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday.

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