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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.

about 10 hours ago


Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

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

about 10 hours ago


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.

about 10 hours ago


 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.

about 10 hours ago


Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

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

about 10 hours ago


World briefs: Italian coast guard rescues 70 migrants

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

about 10 hours ago


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.

1 day ago


 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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Chinese warnings to U.S. plane hint of rising stakes over disputed islands

China’s navy has warned a U.S. surveillance plane repeatedly to leave airspace around disputed territory in the South China Sea.

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Obama names Tunisia major ally to fight surrounding chaos

The United States is set to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally and double its military aid.

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Europe calls for tougher limits on super greenhouse gases

The European Commission on Thursday urged more drastic curtailment of greenhouse gases to protect the ozone layer and curb global warming.

3 days ago


World briefs: Europe's big energy clashes with Kerry on how to fix climate change

Plus: David Cameron pledges to reduce immigration; U.S., Cuba nearing deal to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies.

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 FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew McCabe, Washington Field Office, listens during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where it was announced that four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007.

Banks fined more than $5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging

It was a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

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 TOPSHOTS A Syrian army soldier fires artillery shells towards Islamic State group jihadists in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015.

ISIS fighters seize control of Syrian city of Palmyra and ancient ruins

It is a victory that gives them another strategically important prize five days after the group seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

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 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

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Indonesia and Malaysia agree to care for stranded migrants

It is the first official action by Southeast Asian nations to try to resolve a crisis well into its second week.

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North Korea claims it has built small nuclear warheads

But a senior U.S. general questioned the country’s recent claim that it had successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

4 days ago


World Briefs: Israel calls off segregation plan on buses

Plus: arms sales to Israel; Nepalese building code; Iran nuclear talks; Yemen talks; militants killed in Mali; trial of ex-Nazi postponed.

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 Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on Tuesday.

Thousands fleeing Ramadi after ISIS takeover permitted to enter Baghdad

More than 40,000 people have been displaced since Friday when the provincial capital Ramadi was conquered by the Islamic State group.

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 A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington today. The document is among 100 realized by U.S. intelligence officials.

Months before U.S. raid, bin Laden considered leaving Pakistan compound

The correspondence is part of a new set of documents that were declassified and released to the public Wednesday.

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 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 2015.

Iraqi premier is undercut in own sect

The loss of Ramadi undermines the administration’s recent claims of growing progress in its efforts to dislodge the Sunni Islamic militants.

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 Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, shakes hands with Gerry Adams, the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein’s leader, at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland.

Prince Charles, in Ireland, meets with Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams

The exchange was billed as a hugely significant moment for Anglo-Irish relations.

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Six charged in tech theft said to benefit top China university

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced a 32-count indictment and the arrest Saturday of Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang.

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Suicide bomber sets off powerful blast targeting Afghan Justice Ministry

The attack killed at least five people, wounded scores of others and spread even more fear in the already-rattled Afghan capital.

5 days ago


World Briefs: U.S. tried to rescue pilot killed by IS

Plus: Trial date set for reporter; 9 busted for jewelry heist; Charlie Hebdo cartoonist resigns; search after mudslide; and fire kills 16.

5 days ago


Indian nurse dies after 42 years in coma

A nurse in India who was strangled, sexually assaulted and left in a permanent vegetative state 42 years ago has died.

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Battle brewing between Islamic State, Shiite militias

Shiite militias were massing at an Iraqi government air base in Anbar province for a counterattack on Ramadi.

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Boko Haram militants raped hundreds of captives in Nigeria

Hundreds of females Boko Haram militants seized in Nigeria have been raped repeatedly.

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EU agrees to naval intervention to disrupt N. Africa human traffickers

EU ministers agree to disrupt human traffickers setting off from North Africa by launching naval operations against them.

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Islamic State says it has full control of Iraq’s Ramadi

It was the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer.

1 week ago


Pope canonizes 2 Holy Land saints from 19th-century Palestine

Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas are the first saints from the Holy Land since the early years of Christianity.

1 week ago


Kerry arrives in South Korea for talks

North Korea has sowed concerns with its recent actions at sea and in cyberspace.

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Wire-tap scandal brings thousands out against Macedonian leader

It was a dramatic display of ethnic unity against a government on the ropes after months of damaging wire-tap revelations.

1 week ago


World briefs: Egypt tightens security after Morsi sentence

Plus: Yemen airstrikes resume, President’s claims denied, Highest death toll in Nepal,

1 week ago


U.S. commandos kill an Islamic State leader in Syria

The attempt to capture Abu Sayyaf was made not only because of the positions he held, but also to obtain info about the Islamic State.

1 week ago


Court in Egypt sentences ousted president Morsi to death

But the sentence drew sharp condemnation from Amnesty International, members of  the Muslim Brotherhood, and the president of Turkey.

1 week ago


Kerry stresses 'smart diplomacy' to China after meeting about islets

Secretary of State John Kerry met his Chinese counterpart amid growing tension between the U.S. and China over territorial claims.

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