• Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

    By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines rushed on Thursday to change their rules so as to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed…

  • Ten killed in stampede during Hindu ritual in Bangladesh

    DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu ritual attended by thousands of devotees on the banks of a river near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, police said on Friday. All the victims were aged over 50 years, and seven were women. Around 30 people were injured in…

  • Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country. "I keep coming back to the fact that there is a connection between the Syrian crisis and what is happening in…

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  • Alex Cook paints walls, not canvas, with a message of hope and love

    The forest is a mural, and even in the dead of winter the 18-by-85-foot painting gives a sense of beauty, warmth, and life – qualities that artist Alex Cook tries to convey in all his work. “Art was always a deeply spiritual thing, the most real thing in my life,” Mr. Cook says. An artist for…

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  • Bowe Bergdahl's time as a Taliban captive likely to frame his defense

    In the case of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, headed now into the military justice system, there are three defendants. Sergeant Bergdahl himself, charged with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy,” could receive a dishonorable discharge and as much as life in prison. The Obama administration…

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  • Who actually built the Boston Marathon bombs?

    The federal court room hosting the Boston Marathon bombing trial has remained mostly silent for 14 days of testimony. Mr. Knapp analyzed more than 1,300 pieces of evidence as part of the investigations and built mockup replicas of the bombs used in the attacks.

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  • Debra Milke: Why freedom feels so elusive to death row exonerees

    Until this week, Debra Milke, who spent 22 years on Arizona’s death row, remained a ward of the state. At that moment, Ms. Milke became a member of an exclusive club no one would voluntarily attend – one of the few who were walked by the US justice system to the threshold of state-sponsored death…

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  • Police say 10 dead in stampede in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Taliban attacks in Pakistan kill 5 police officers, wound 10

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban killed five police officers in a rocket attack in country's southwest, authorities and a Taliban spokesman said Friday. Another Taliban attack on a police bus in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi left 10 people wounded.

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  • Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet

    NEW YORK (AP) — A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer.

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  • South Korea's swimming start Park apologizes for doping ban

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea has offered a public apology four days after received an 18-month ban for failing a doping test.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.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 by the…

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  • Same officials to handle Cricket World Cup final as did semi

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The umpiring group from the Cricket World Cup semifinal between Australia and India have been selected to reprise their role in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

    Associated Press51 mins ago
  • Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry

    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.

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  • French pair wins ice dancing gold at figure skating worlds

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won ice dancing gold at the figure skating world championships on Friday, vaulting from fourth place to first with an expressive, passion-filled free dance performance.

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  • Iraqi Sunni tribe wages costly battle against IS group

    DULUIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.

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  • Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether…

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