• Portugal, like Europe, loses hunger for reform

    By John O'Donnell and Axel Bugge SINTRA, Portugal (Reuters) - Celebrated among Europe's elite as a model of how to reform an economy after a debt binge, Portugal's enthusiasm for change has waned as Europe loses its appetite for further belt-tightening. With Greece's future in the euro uncertain,…

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  • Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed

    By Mariam Karouny and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement said on Sunday. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told…

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case. Olmert's lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme Court against the new…

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  • When fishermen rescue migrants – and nations

    By the very nature of their profession, the fishermen of Southeast Asia are often quite low in social status. With an empathy born of their humility, they have rescued hundreds of people fleeing persecution or acute poverty in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Thailand, too, has been forced to show more…

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  • Who's to blame for Islamic State advances in Iraq?

    Things are not going well in the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Iraq. Whose fault that is depends on who’s reading the evidence on the ground – most recently the takeover of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Speaking for the Obama administration, Defense Secretary Ashton…

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  • Cleveland seeks peace, justice in police shootings, history of excessive force

    America is being tested by a series of killings of unarmed African-Americans by white police officers, but nowhere more so than in Cleveland, Ohio. As the city responds, largely peacefully, to Saturday’s not guilty verdict in the voluntary manslaughter case of Officer Michael Brelo, it waits to…

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  • The girls in the room: women plot a Silicon Valley revolution

    In a classroom of the Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco’s Mission District, rows of seated girls in identical plaid-skirted uniforms are plotting to disrupt Silicon Valley itself. For 17-year-old Cynthia Ruiz, those plans take form as Rad Résumé, the application she is developing for…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

    CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Syrian air force targets captured Palmyra city: monitor

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian air force carried out some 15 strikes in and around the central city of Palmyra early on Monday, targeting buildings captured by the hardline Islamic State group from the military, a group monitoring the war said. Islamic State fighters overran the ancient city, the…

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  • No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police say

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border. The comments came hours after Malaysia's…

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  • With pomp, government to outline planned new laws

    The government's new legislative programme, including a referendum bill on leaving the EU, will be announced by Queen Elizabeth II Wednesday as parliament gets down to business after the Conservatives' election win. The mood of Westminster's grandest day is likely to be sunny as the queen comes to…

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  • Israel ex-PM Olmert gets 8 months for corruption: reports

    A Jerusalem court sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison on Monday, after convicting him of corruption in a March retrial, Israeli media reported. Lawyers for Olmert, who served as premier from 2006 to 2009, immediately announced they would appeal. The 69-year-old…

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  • Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the…

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  • A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.

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  • Son of Pakistan's president escapes bomb attack killing 3

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say the son of Pakistan's president has escaped a roadside bomb attack unharmed after the blast killed three people and wounded 15.

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