• Kremlin critic Navalny, out of jail, vows to fight on

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and said Russia's opposition would continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Wearing a dark…

  • Detainee traded for Bergdahl may have contacted Taliban: officials

    U.S. spy agencies are examining intelligence reports that one of five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo prison and sent to Qatar as part of a deal to free U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl last year may have re-established contact with a militant group, U.S. officials said on Friday. So far, only…

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  • Militants attack Libyan oilfield, 11 guards dead

    By Ayman Al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Militant gunmen attacked Libya's al-Ghani oilfield on Friday, killing 11 guards, beheading some of them, before local forces fought back to retake control, an oil security official said. The al-Ghani attack illustrated Libya's growing instability…

  • Diverse groups tell Supreme Court they support same-sex marriage

    The filings are among more than 70 friend of the court briefs being submitted in support of same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Although federal judges have struck down similar marriage laws in more than two dozen states in recent months, a federal appeals court upheld…

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  • FDNY's first female chaplain went from World Trade Center to pulpit

    When the Rev. Ann Kansfield was sworn in as the first female chaplain in the history of the New York Fire Department this week, it was a particularly “poignant experience” for the Reformed minister and her family, an experience she says is as deeply felt as any in her life’s unlikely journey. …

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  • Twitter users share #HappyHoli: The Hindu festival of color

    The holiday is significant to the Hindu religion, but it has also become a festival that embraces secular views to create an atmosphere of harmony. In honor of their festival, they were celebrated and protected in a movement of solidarity and interfaith coexistence, capturing the true spirit of…

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  • Companies tell Supreme Court: Legalizing gay marriage is good for business

    Hundreds of major US corporations threw support behind gay marriage rights in a briefing to the US Supreme Court Thursday. Some 379 companies, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, and the New England Patriots, filed an amicus curiae, or…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • MLS Soccer Sundays Are Here

    MLS Soccer Sunday action kicks off March 8 at 5pm ET on ESPN2, followed by a doubleheader on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET.

  • DRCongo rights violations rife despite peace: Oxfam

    A two-year peace deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has done little to improve human rights, with armed groups and state security forces abusing civilians with impunity, a report said Friday. The report "Secure Insecurity", by Britain-based charity Oxfam, says that despite efforts by the…

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  • U.N. experts concerned Libya arms could be diverted to militias

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. sanctions monitors said on Friday they are concerned that if a United Nations Security Council committee approves a request by Libya's government for weapons, tanks and jets, some of the equipment could be diverted to militias supporting them. …

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  • South Africa look to wrap up quarter-final spot

    South Africa can wrap up a World Cup quarter-final place on Saturday with victory over Pakistan while Ireland can take a step closer to the last eight with a win over Zimbabwe. India's four-wicket win against the West Indies in Perth on Friday night kept the defending champions top of Pool B with…

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  • Paraguayan journalist shot to death along Brazil border

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A Paraguayan radio journalist has been shot to death in a Brazilian city bordering a crime-ridden area that is a hotbed for drugs and arms smuggling, officials said Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    NANJING, China (AP) — For the past year, Wang Zheng has been avoiding one place: the modest apartment where his parents had been living for more than 20 years in downtown Nanjing until they vanished along with the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Scrolls of paintings by his father, Wang…

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  • Family, friends, fans remember 'Cuban Comet' Minnie Minoso

    CHICAGO (AP) — Along with the hugs and that Cadillac with the White Sox flags, Ron Kittle will simply miss being around Minnie Minoso.

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  • Chile's Copa America stadiums haunted by dark past

    Chile will be in party mode when it hosts the South American football championships, but a dark past lurks in several stadiums used as torture chambers during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The Copa America, the top international football contest on a continent with renowned passion for the…

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  • Bath down Sale to climb into second place

    London (AFP) - Bath finally secured their first Premiership victory for almost two months as they moved second in the table with a 12-3 home win over Sale on Friday.

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  • US woman kidnapped in central Nigeria is free: police

    An American woman kidnapped by masked gunmen in central Nigeria last month was released on Friday and handed over to US government officials, police told AFP. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church, was seized on February 23 in Kogi's Emiworo village. "As a matter of sound…

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