Rohingya migrant children from Myanmar carry their meals Thursday at a confinement area in Bayeun in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra.

Talks on Asia’s migration crisis end with plans to target root causes

Delegates from more than 17 governments agreed to create job incentives, provide training and enhance “a sense of security and belonging.”

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Water revolution in Israel overcomes any threat of drought

Desalination, recycling and conservation in the wake of a drought that began in 2005 have now given Israel all the water it says it needs.

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 In this April 27, 2015, file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference in New York.

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, U.S. says

The Defense Department says China had brought two large artillery vehicles to artificial islands it is creating in the South China Sea.

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World Briefs: Islamic State claims Iraq, Saudi attacks

Plus: Americans held in Yemen; Vatican official probed; Silk Road prison sentence; and Japan volcano erupts.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces growing pressure to resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter faced calls to resign Thursday from politicians and sports figures, but maintained an air of implacability in

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U.S. to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military is seeking ways to improve training and arming of Iraq’s Sunni tribes.

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Russian political activist is hospitalized with mysterious illness

The wife of a Russian opposition activist hospitalized with a mysterious ailment is urging he be treated elsewhere in Europe or Israel.

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Women in Tunisia tell of decades of police cruelty, violence and rape

Women in now-democratic Tunisia have been offering compelling public testimony about decades of abuses under the prior two dictatorships.

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 FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, today.

Blatter re-elected as FIFA leader

Sepp Blatter, weakened by the arrests of current and ex-FIFA officials, was opposed by soccer federations in the U.S., Canada, and England.

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 U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.

U.S. removes Cuba from list of terrorism sponsors

It was an important step toward the president’s goal of improving relations between the two longtime adversaries.

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World briefs: 90 percent of stockpiles eradicated

Plus: Peacetime deaths a secret; Severe heat kills 1,400; PM pushes for referendum; and more.

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 Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they pass through the Royal Gallery Wednesday during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

U.K.’s Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen’s Speech

Pomp met politics in the 62nd time the 89-year-old monarch has delivered the annual Queen’s Speech.

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 FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during a sandstorm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, Iraq.

Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq’s Anbar kill 17 troops

As Iraqi forces gathered for an offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar, Islamic State militants struck first.

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World hunger falls to 25-year low on China, Brazil’s ascent

There are 795 million hungry people in the world, down from 821 million from 2010-2012 and 216 million fewer than in 1990-92.

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World Briefs: Airstrikes kill at least 75 in Yemen

Plus: President praises security; Amnesty condemns Hamas; Allies increase pressure; and more.

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China, updating military strategy, puts focus on projecting naval power

The strategy paper comes at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

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 From top left: Jeffrey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz. From bottom left: Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li

U.S. indicts 14 world soccer officials, alleging $150 million in kickbacks

The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body.

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FBI, IRS raid soccer headquarters in Miami Beach

The raid on the organization that regulates soccer in North and Central America came hours after 7 officials were indicted.

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Brother of U.S. journalist on trial in Iran calls case ‘outside the bounds’

The mother and wife of journalist Jason Rezaian were not permitted in the courtroom, his brother, Ali Rezaian, said.

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 In this March 2, 2015, photo, family members of Klara Balogova, a Slovakian Roma woman who was lured to travel to Britain for a sham marriage with a Pakistani man, are photographed in their home in a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia.

European women lured for sham marriages

Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

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World Briefs: Asia migrant crisis may begin to ease

Plus: PM weighs in on migration; activist denied entry; 96 killed in Nigeria; and more.

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 An Indian man rests on Monday under a transport vehicle on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in the extreme heat wave.

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Biden reassures Iraqi PM amid harsh criticism

His call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after the U.S. defense secretary questioned the Iraqi military.

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Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

The move was a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building.

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World briefs: U.S., Turkey discuss rebel air support

Plus: British PM outlines referendum voting, Russia stages exercise, Olmert prison sentence

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 Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy Tuesday in the al-Nibaie area, northwest of Baghdad, during an operation aimed at cutting off Islamic State fighters.

Iraq announces operation to besiege Ramadi

The fall of Ramadi marked a major defeat for Iraqi forces, which had been making steady progress against the extremists.

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's trip to Cuba was originally planned for March but had to be rescheduled for this week.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Cuba to increase business relations, 'build new ties'

Catalyst Connection, an Oakland manufacturing consulting firm, organized the mission. It began Sunday and ends Wednesday.

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 Hundreds of displaced citizens of Ramadi make their way into Baghdad.

ISIS faces battle in Iraq, Syria; children among those executed by terrorist group

ISIS has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area, say human rights groups.

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 Iraqi government forces walk next to a trench Sunday in the Jurf al-Sakher area, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further advancement by the Islamic State militant forces.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.

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Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to media reports, the mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

They were the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.

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Gay couples awaken to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

The Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s 1937 constitution.

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 U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped.

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Monk, called ‘Buddhist bin Laden,’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

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Iran sets conditions to allow U.N. inspection of military sites

Access by the United Nations nuclear agency to some of Iran’s military sites has been a sticking point in negotiations Iran’s nuke program.

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 Men throw soil over the body of Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, on Sunday during his funeral in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Burundi’s crisis deepens as assassinated opposition leader is buried

Observers fear the small central African nation is sliding dangerously toward another civil war.

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Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

Plus: Clinton email ‘witch hunt’, Officer shot to death, Protester leaves Shell ship

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World briefs: Italian coast guard rescues 70 migrants

Plus: Landslide in Nepal, Putin signs law, Poland presidential vote

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 Residents stand outside their homes Monday as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. At least 13 people died on Monday morning after the tornado hit.

Twister kills at least 13 in Mexico border city

In Texas, crews searched for people believed to be missing after a vacation home was swept away by a river swollen from a line of storms.

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El Salvador’s Romero is beatified

Oscar Romero was the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, whose slaying as he said Mass became emblematic of El Salvador’s civil war.

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World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

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 Rainbow curtains and a poster promoting the Yes campaign in favor of same-sex marriage are displayed Friday in Dublin.

Gay marriage brings Irish out in numbers as #hometovote trends

Polls show overwhelming support to change the law in what was once among the most devout Catholic societies in Europe.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing at Saudi mosque

The Saudi Health Ministry said at least 21 people had been killed and more than 120 others injured.

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 Displaced civilians from Ramadi wait to receive humanitarian aid from the United Nations in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on Friday.

U.S. officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

The Islamic Republic contributed small numbers of troops in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

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World Briefs: Dozens killed in Mexico shootout

Plus: new Colombia violence; ‘productive’ Cuba meeting; ‘nut rage’ executive freed; and more.

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 Carmelite sisters leave a polling station in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015.  Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent 'yes' to gay marriage

Though ballots are still being counted, gay marriage is headed toward a resounding victory in the historic Friday vote.

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Militants tighten grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast's most renowned sites

Islamic State militants who seized the ancient Syrian city made control clear by leaving decapitated bodies of suspected foes in streets.

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U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says

The Defense Department said the U.S. is sending the anti-tank rockets as early as next week to counter Islamic State suicide car bombings.

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Obama defends approach to Islamic State fight but says more is needed

Mr. Obama said the U.S. and its allies aren’t losing against the Islamic State, but more should be done to help Iraq reseize lost territory.

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 In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015.

Former Boko Haram captives still held by Nigerian military

As young Nigerian women and children are rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram, they face suspicions they may still be in contact.

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