• Germanwings pilot rehearsed crash on outbound flight

    By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet in the French Alps rehearsed the fatal maneuver on the morning of the disaster, and had twice been refused medical papers needed to fly, investigators said on Wednesday. The French BEA accident…

  • Over 50 Thai police punished over links to human trafficking

    More than 50 Thai police officers have been punished over suspected links to human trafficking networks, the police chief said on Thursday, after the prime minister ordered a probe into the discovery of trafficking camps near the Malaysian border. Thirty-two bodies, believed to be migrants from…

  • Syrian army kills dozens of rebels near Lebanon border: Manar TV

    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian army bombing in the mountainous area along the border with Lebanon killed dozens of insurgents and helped Hezbollah fighters reclaim territory there known as the Qarna Heights, the Shi'ite Muslim group's Manar television said on Thursday. The al Qaeda-linked rebels,…

  • In Baltimore's call for federal police probe, a new search for answers

    Searching for a "framework ... [to] heal," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put in a 911 call to the US Department of Justice to ask for a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department’s beat cop tactics. Her call, not even a week after a local prosecutor charged six…

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  • Supermax prison may not be so bad for Tsarnaev, prosecution says

    In their battle to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life, his attorneys have stressed that should he be spared the death penalty, his life will be miserable anyway. A death penalty for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber would require unanimous consent from the jury. In his opening statement, defense…

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  • Does Iran deal help rein in nuclear weapons – or expand them?

    From the outset of his presidency, Barack Obama has placed a priority on nuclear nonproliferation, even calling in his signature Prague speech of 2009 for working towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Now the Iran nuclear agreement that global powers including the United States are looking to…

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  • How technology is saving lives and bringing help to Nepal

    New technologies are helping relief workers in Nepal find a heartbeat under 40 feet of rubble and pinpoint damaged buildings in the country’s remotest corners. For many, the ability to help in Nepal has been symbolized by the outstretched hand clutching a heart on Facebook that calls on social…

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  • Chinese province to ban rooftop Christian crosses

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese province where authorities have removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches is proposing a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries.

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  • France's Sapin says Greece belongs in euro, solution will be found

    French Finance Michel Sapin said on Thursday that euro zone states would find a solution to the Greek debt crisis and that Greece should remain in the currency union. Speaking to the finance committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, he said it was "legitimate" for the new Greek government…

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  • France's Sapin says Greece will stay in euro, sees progress Monday

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday that Greece would not leave the euro zone and that a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday should mark progress toward a compromise between Athens and its creditors. Speaking to the finance committee of the…

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  • French court says phone-tapping of Sarkozy, lawyer was legal

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris appeals court has ruled that investigating judges didn't break any laws when they tapped conversations between former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.

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  • Emirates airline annual profit jumps 40 percent

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, says its profit jumped 40 percent during the last fiscal year, driven by rapid expansion and helped by a drop in fuel prices.

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  • Strong quake rocks Papua New Guinea, local tsunami possible

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday — the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week — prompting a tsunami warning for nearby coasts.

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  • Iran releases Maersk ship and its crew: IRNA

    Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last week in one of the world's major oil shipping lanes, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday. The agency reported an informed source as saying the Iranian Ports and Shipping Organization…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are…

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  • Polls open in Britain's knife-edge national election

    LONDON (AP) — Polls opened Thursday in Britain's national election, a contest that is expected to produce an ambiguous result, a period of frantic political horse-trading and a bout of national soul-searching.

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  • Iran releases seized Maersk vessel

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian government released a Marshal Islands-flagged cargo ship today, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

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  • Lower oil prices dent Repsol profits in Q1

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish energy company Repsol says its first-quarter profit fell by 6 percent compared with the same period last year following a sharp drop in oil prices and interruptions in Libyan production.

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