• Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed nations on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament. …

  • Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee

    Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington's rebuke came from "baseless accusations" and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on…

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  • Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

    Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. A fourth American was wounded, the Afghan Health Ministry said. The Taliban have claimed…

  • Fracking: In apparent first, family gets courtroom victory in health case

    In what is being hailed as a landmark victory for opponents of hydraulic fracturing, a Texas family has won a $2.95 million verdict against a Plano oil and gas firm. Robert and Lisa Parr and their daughter claimed that airborne toxins from the 22 wells run by Aruba Petroleum near their 40-acre…

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  • Moving to a tornado-prone area? Five questions to ask to help you reduce risk

    While a region of the Great Plains from northern Texas up through South Dakota has earned the moniker "Tornado Alley," a quick look at National Weather Service tornado-track maps reveals most of the eastern half of the US to be tornado central. Current US model building codes do not include…

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  • Can leafless e-cigarettes be regulated as a tobacco product? FDA says yes

    Obama administration officials, seeking to justify a new plan to regulate tobacco-less electronic cigarettes under a federal law governing tobacco products, on Thursday enumerated unanswered questions about e-cigarettes' possible health consequences and noted their rising popularity among teenagers…

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  • Net neutrality rewritten: Will next generation of innovators have a chance?

    After years of lobbying lawmakers and battling regulations in court, US telecom and cable gatekeepers will finally be allowed to create an exclusive Internet fast lane and charge additional tolls, the Federal Communications Commission has announced. The regulatory agency is unveiling new rules…

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  • Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three Americans — a pediatrician and a father and son — were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.

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  • Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.

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  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy.

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  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries'…

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  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

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  • Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

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  • Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.

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  • Fewer communities risk running out of water in California drought

    A moderate dose of winter rainfall hasn't ended California's historic drought, but it has dropped just enough moisture on the beleaguered state to help 14 communities that had risked running out of water. In January, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said that 17 communities…

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  • FIFA concerned about Brazil violence but confident

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA is concerned about recent violence in Brazil less than two months before the country hosts the World Cup. But Marketing Director Thierry Weil says soccer's governing body is still confident that Brazil will stage "the biggest party on Earth."

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than…

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  • Mexico Senate: civilian courts for soldiers

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Senate on Thursday unanimously approved amendments to the country's military justice code that will allow for members of the armed forces who commit a crime against civilians to be tried in civilian courts.

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  • Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

    By Antoni Slodkowski and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama neared the end of a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's close ally that Washington would come to its defense but failed to clinch a trade deal vital to his promised "pivot" to Asia. …

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  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response,…

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