• Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo: monitor group

    Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood. Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus. The opposition…

  • Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

    By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program. The move could…

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  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have…

  • Cease-fires bring patchy peace to Damascus neighborhoods

    Abu Fahed’s home is rubble and one of his sons languishes in jail, but the fighting that tore his Damascus neighborhood apart has stopped. A shaky local truce between the Syrian government and rebels is on. Many of the truces established in flashpoint areas around Damascus in the last few months…

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  • In Kosovo's capital, new mayor fights corruption – by doing his job

    The former mayor of Pristina drove to work every day in a 75,000-euro ($100,000) luxury car. But after Shpend Ahmeti pulled off an electoral upset on the back of promises to improve services and expunge the corruption rampant in the Kosovo capital, he decided to shake things up by simply doing his…

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  • How did teen stowaway survive 5-1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in wheel well?

    A 16-year-old runaway hopped the security fence at San Jose airport in northern California, climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, and was found more than six hours later wandering around the tarmac at Maui's Kahului airport, the FBI said Sunday. But the FBI says it has video…

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  • Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

    The tussle over Cliven Bundy’s 400 cows – grazing on federal land, although he refuses to pay the required fees now amounting to more than $1 million – sharpens this debate, which has featured state legislators, county officials, environmentalists, and federal judges (all of whom have ruled against…

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  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.

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  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.

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  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.

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  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the…

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  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

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  • Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

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  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.

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  • Meteor lights up night sky in northern Russia

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians with smartphones and dashboard cameras captured footage of a meteor that flashed across the night sky near the Arctic Circle over the weekend. There were no reports of damage but the ball of fire raised eyebrows after a meteorite crashed to Earth near the Russian city of…

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  • Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

    PARIS (AP) — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?

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  • Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

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  • Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup stadiums

    SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA's top World Cup official is arriving in Brazil to visit the three stadiums yet to be completed for the World Cup, including the one hosting the tournament's opener in a few weeks.

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  • Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

    LONDON (AP) — Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month.

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  • Runners reclaim Boston Marathon one year after attacks

    Tens of thousands of runners, cheered by a multitude of spectators, set off through the streets of Boston Monday to reclaim the world's oldest marathon from the fear left by last year's deadly twin bombing. More than 3,500 police, double the size of the force last year, and multiple government…

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