• Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary: police

    Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said on Saturday. Senior police officials said they were confident the threat had…

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  • North Korea warns U.S. envoy of 'bigger mishap' than a knife attack

    A North Korean propaganda unit said the U.S. ambassador to South Korea could face a "bigger mishap" than the knife attack to his face last month if he does not stop insulting North Korea with "laughable" accusations. U.S. envoy Mark Lippert said in a speech on Wednesday that if North Korea…

  • Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes. The plan, which…

  • Yellow submarine: Navy hopes new drone revolutionizes how war is fought

    Military officials are hoping that the Navy’s new yellow submarine – the latest high-tech advance in underwater drones – is going to revolutionize the way the Pentagon fights wars all over the world. These breakthroughs include exploring not just decisionmaking technology, but also “off the…

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  • Most senior Baathist general to evade US in Iraq reported killed. Does it matter?

    Douri's name was one to conjure with before the US invasion - he was one of the organizers of the massacres in the Shiite south and the Kurdish north that followed Iraq's defeat in Kuwait in 1991 - and since. He reemerged last year in alliance with the Islamic State at the time insurgents overran…

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  • How court battle over Obama immigration action could be road map for reform

    The hopes of up to some 5 million undocumented immigrants hung on arguments heard in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday, as President Obama’s controversial go-it-alone approach to immigration reform faced a critical legal hurdle. Mr. Obama announced in November an…

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  • Applause for No Child Left Behind rewrite, but concerns remain

    A bipartisan Senate bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, took a big leap forward Thursday. The legislation passed out of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions unanimously, after members considered 57…

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  • Israel's Netanyahu says sanctions should remain on Iran

    JERUSALEM (AP) — As the international community moves to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's prime minister says crippling sanctions should be maintained against the Islamic Republic until the country ends its regional "aggression."

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  • Bombings kill 12 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings in and north of Baghdad on Saturday killed 12 people, including a soldier and his entire family, said Iraqi officials.

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  • CAS hears Serbia, Albania appeal after Euro 2016 drone match

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has heard appeals by the Serbian and Albanian football federations challenging UEFA sanctions after their European Championship qualifier was abandoned.

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  • Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive

    Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. With a Saudi-led air campaign against Huthi rebels in Yemen putting Tehran, the region's dominant Shiite power, at odds with…

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an…

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  • Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.

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  • Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces fired on anti-India protesters in Kashmir on Saturday morning, killing a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region, police said.

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  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills at least 30 people

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomb attack on a bank branch in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 30 people, officials said.

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  • Waratahs end Hurricanes unbeaten run in Super Rugby

    The defending champion New South Wales Waratahs ended the Hurricanes' unbeaten start to the season at seven matches Saturday, winning 29-24 in a thrilling match in which both teams scored four tries.

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  • Saudi Arabia pledges $274 mln in aid for Yemen

    Saudi Arabia, which is leading a three-week-old air war against rebel forces in Yemen, on Saturday announced $274 million in humanitarian aid for the chaos-wracked country. The pledge, which the official SPA news agency said was ordered by King Salman, followed a UN appeal Friday for $274 million…

  • Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN

    Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran. Saudi Arabia, for its part, responded swiftly to a UN aid appeal for its impoverished neighbour. The Iranian call…

  • Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, injures more than 100

    A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said on Saturday. Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the…