• Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over support for Syrian Kurds

    By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington's inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a "sea of blood". Turkey should respond by implementing its…

  • NATO to agree new Russian deterrent but avoid Cold War footing

    By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is ready to agree on Wednesday its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases. In an…

  • In Yemen war, hospitals bombed to rubble, starvation spreads

    By Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - Elderly Hamama Yousif was rushed to the main hospital in one of Yemen's largest cities after an artillery round lashed her chest with shrapnel, only to find that the doctors there had run out of the oxygen tanks needed to save her life. In a video captured by…

  • Under Russian fire, Syrian rebels blame West for abandoning their fight

    The US is preventing everyone from supplying the opposition with weapons out of fear they will fall in the hands of Islamic State,” says Bassam Hajji, a political officer in a CIA-backed rebel group in Aleppo. Since last week, Russian airstrikes and regime troops have cut off rebel supply lines…

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  • Delaware apologizes for slavery: how significant a gesture?

    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) is expected to sign a formal resolution Wednesday, apologizing for the state’s role in US slavery. “Delaware today is impacted by the lasting legacy of slavery, including ongoing tension between races and the existence of institutional racism,” states the resolution.…

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  • After New Hampshire, can John Kasich win in the South?

    Is New Hampshire John Kasich's breakthrough moment? Long overlooked by the Republican establishment, the Ohio governor and presidential candidate pulled off a strong second-place finish in the Granite State's primary Tuesday, beating expectations and rivals like Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco…

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  • FDA presses medical device makers to OK good faith hacking

    Kevin McDonald of the Mayo Clinic told the Food and Drug Administration last month that most of the medical devices his center tests are pretty much the same. "It's just another crappy computer," said Mr. McDonald, the clinic's director of clinical information security, during an FDA workshop on…

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  • Iraq PM says sending ground troops to Syria would be 'dangerous escalation'

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Wednesday of a "dangerous escalation" if ground troops were deployed to Syria, comments aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they are prepared to enter the fray. The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday his country would be…

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  • Iraqi PM's bid to reshuffle cabinet could cost him his job

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's political blocs will likely resist Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's attempts to replace politically appointed ministers with technocrats, a possible last-ditch effort to reform the government that could end up costing the premier his…

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  • North Korea may get plutonium from restarted reactor in weeks: U.S.

    North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test last month and launched a long-range rocket on Saturday, could begin to recover plutonium from a restarted nuclear reactor within weeks, the director of U.S. National Intelligence said on Tuesday. James Clapper said that in 2013, following its…

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  • North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not seen transmitting: U.S. sources

    By Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly…

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  • U.S. urges China to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea

    By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China agrees any new U.N. resolution on North Korea will include additional sanctions and go beyond previous steps, but Washington is urging Beijing to put even more pressure on Pyongyang after its recent nuclear test and rocket…

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  • Russia says planned U.S. missile shield in South Korea can trigger arms race in region

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that U.S. plans to build a missile shield in South Korea could trigger an arms race in Northeast Asia. The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that it will start formal talks with South Korea on deploying an advanced missile defense system to…

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  • North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

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  • French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill

    PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have approved a divisive bill aimed making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges.

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  • AP Exclusive: Iran's drone first over US carrier since 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unarmed Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month is similar to those that can carry missiles and was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, U.S. Navy records obtained Wednesday showed.

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  • Putin may benefit from meeting of pope and patriarch

    By Philip Pullella and Maria Tsvetkova VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting between Pope Francis and Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday could not happen without a green light from President Vladimir Putin, diplomats and analysts say, and he may be one the beneficiaries. "There is…

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