• U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role

    Britain must renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if it is to maintain its "outsized" role in world affairs, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in comments published on Saturday. A decision on replacing the ageing fleet of four submarines which carry nuclear warheads is due…

  • Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end

    The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit. "The search and rescue has come to an end," said Tainan Mayor William Lai, in remarks carried live on local television,…

  • Outgoing U.S. commander says mission in Afghanistan not changing

    “That's where you see Apache helicopters, bombs, drones, those kind of things.”     Afghan forces, which took over combat operations when NATO's fighting mission ended in 2014, have struggled and are expected to need international assistance for years to come.     Around 9,800 U.S. troops remain…

  • Just call mom: Why Jeb Bush's campaign is now a family affair

    When Jeb Bush campaigners came across an undecided Republican in New Hampshire, they simply called his mom. The former Florida governor's staffers told the Washington Post that putting Barbara Bush, the former first lady and mother of the Republican candidate, on the phone usually convinced the…

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  • What happens if Donald Trump wins big in South Carolina?

    Donald Trump is rolling along and gaining momentum. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas is a fairly distant second at 19.6 percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida is third at 14.6. There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the Palmetto State but these results are consistent with polls conducted prior to…

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  • Readers write: good people of Iowa; Ventura and Trump; immigrant faces

    In some ways, this 2016 vote mirrored the results of 2012, when Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum ended up in a dead heat. One of the real takeaways for me, as an American first and a Democrat second, is just how invested the people of Iowa are in the political process. Remember Jesse…

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  • Sanders' boost for Clinton; immigration fears; Trump in Africa; France's right wing; Syria peace talks

    “Nobody but [Bernie] Sanders’ most fervent fans really believes that the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist can actually win a majority in the whole country and secure the Democratic nomination. “In terms of foreign policy, he simply cannot compete with Hillary Clinton, as has become…

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  • The Latest: Pope cruises across Mexico City in tiny Fiat

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):

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  • Puerto Rican judge nominated as 1st gay chief justice

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has been nominated to head the U.S. territory's Supreme Court as the first openly gay chief justice in the United States.

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  • 'No time to lose' to install Libya unity government: ministers

    Foreign ministers put pressure on Libya Saturday to finalise its unity government and head off the growing threat from the Islamic State group. "There is no time to lose for the national unity government to assume its functions and securely establish itself in Tripoli," said the newly appointed…

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  • Deeney double strike as Watford beats Palace

    LONDON (AP) — Watford moved up to eighth place in the Premier League after beating a combative but ineffective Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday.

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  • Wales beats Scotland 27-23 to get back on track in 6N

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales got its Six Nations title ambitions back on track in an entertaining ninth straight win over Scotland by 27-23 on Saturday.

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  • Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow.

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  • Pope gives tough love to Mexico's political, church elite

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a tough-love message to Mexico's political and church elites Saturday, telling them they have a duty to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are tormenting the…

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  • Documentary "Fire at Sea" opens at Berlin Film Festival

    BERLIN (AP) — The director of "Fire at Sea" — a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum-seekers have been arriving from lawless Libya — says he wanted "to show the tragedy that's playing out in front of our eyes ... We're all responsible."

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  • Head of BAFTA: Film industry not diverse enough

    LONDON (AP) — The head of the British Academy Film and Television Awards says its annual ceremony does not feature more ethnic minority nominees because the film industry itself is not diverse enough.

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  • Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.

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