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Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Syrian border town

Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting ISIS in airstrikes.

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed “aggression.”

about 14 hours ago


In India, Obama aims to improve countries’ ties

The president was given a warm reception by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

The violence comes amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country Sunday.

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Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party bitterly opposed the terms of the 2010 bailout of the country.

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World briefs: Protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Plus: Video changes demands; Talks to end crisis fail; Citizens offer allegiance.

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a Cabinet meeting early today at his official residence in Tokyo.

Japan’s PM seeks release of Islamic State captive

In recent years, Japan has moved toward the U.S. government's hard line against paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap Americans.

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Chaos in Yemen forces U.S. to halt fight against terrorists

American  officials say the growing chaos in Yemen has resulted in a steady erosion in intelligence-gathering efforts against al-Qaida.

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 Counter-demonstrators protest against a nearby gathering of pro-Pegida activists, who in Berlin call themselves "Baergida" and were demonstrating against the Islamization of Germany and other woes last week in Berlin.

New German far-right push against immigrants hits streets

Since the movement was founded in October, refugee advocates say the number of aggressive acts against foreigners has sharply increased.

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World Briefs: Leftists lead final polls in Greece

Plus: Obama alters itinerary; 4 held in plot; Brits urged to stay in EU; Iraq’s Islamic State fight; ruling party’s pick wins; dozens freed.

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ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.

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 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

Saudi king buried as new ruler sets succession

King Salman moved quickly after Friday’s burial of the late ruler, Abdullah, to put a younger generation of his family closer to the throne.

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Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

The separatists’ moves upended recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

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 Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country’s south secede after the nation’s president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen's Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

The Houthis made no public attempt to fill the vacuum created by the resignations of the president, his prime minister and cabinet.

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Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban officials.

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World Briefs: U.S.-India ties to take spotlight

PLUS: Islamic State decried; Thai ex-premier banned; rival Caracas protests.

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Europe’s central bank to pump money into ailing economy

Starting in March, the ECB will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of government and corporate bonds each month at least through September 2016.

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Saudi King Abdullah dies; new ruler is Salman

King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears of a succession crisis.

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Obama will not meet Netanyahu in D.C.

Neither Barack Obama nor John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington March 3.

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Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death was not suicide

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner reversed her earlier stance.

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World briefs: U.N. meeting focuses on anti-Semitism

PLUS: Ukraine crisis worsens, Libyan fighters seize bank

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Syrian airstrike kills more than 30 near Damascus

A human rights group that monitors the war in Syria said 32 people had been killed, including six children.

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Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler named

Abdullah’s brother Salman was named king.

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Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Israel’s prime minister to address Congress next month regarding Iran and U.S. sanctions.

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 A Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing an army uniform sits today atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa.

Under pressure from rebels, Yemen president resigns

Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation after being pressured to make further concessions to rebels.

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 A pro-Russian armored vehicle moves toward Slovyanoserbsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday.

Russia, Ukraine agree pullback line for heavy arms

The countries reached a deal hours after Russia-backed rebels deployed more arms and fighters to a new battlefront in the east.

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Cuba, U.S. begin diplomatic talks, agree to disagree

It was the first of two days of sessions in Havana, focusing on basic immigration policies but recognizing a new spirit of cooperation.

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World briefs: France boosts forces to fight terror attacks

PLUS: Boko Haram’s divine call; bus attacked in Israel; North Korean leader; arrests and convictions

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Islamic State demands ransom for 2 Japanese

The terrorists’ move came three days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million to countries battling the Islamic State.

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Insurgents seize presidential palace as Yemen sinks deeper into turmoil

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels shelled the residence of Yemen’s leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace Tuesday in what a top

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 Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand guard on a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, today.

Shiite rebels, Yemen's president reach deal to end standoff

The agreement promised to give the rebel Houthi movement more say in the country’s affairs, the SABA news agency said.

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 In this May 24, 2011 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to make a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mr. Boehner has invited Mr. Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran

Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions

The House speaker’s move to bring Netanyahu before Congress likely increases the chances of a congressional collision with the White House.

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World Briefs: 4 to face Paris terror charges

PLUS: AirAsia jet climbed too fast; Saudi rights crackdown; Nepal pols brawl.

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Fiercest fighting in months besets Yemeni capital, boosting fears of coup

Yemen’s capital beset by violent clashes as Shiite insurgents try to seize more power from the country’s president.

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To counter terror, Europe's police reconsider their arms

In wake of terrorist fatal shootings of three French officers, police forces throughout Europe are reconsidering their armaments.

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Prosecutor in Argentina bombing inquiry is found dead

The prosecutor had recently accused Argentina’s president and top officials of protecting Iranian officials from prosecution.

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Richest 1 percent will dominate half of world's wealth next year, Oxfam tells Davos

Oxfam, the global anti-poverty group, addressed the influential attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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World briefs: South America and Africa in papal travel plans

Plus: U.S.-Cuba restrictions; Iranian general killed; Ukraine tension simmers.

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 A hospital was destroyed today after shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Fighting eased in the Donetsk region after Ukraine launched a major offensive and claimed to clear pro-Russian rebels from most of the airport outside the key eastern city. There were a number of sporadic explosions overnight.

Ukraine, Russian-backed rebels both claim to control Donetsk airport

Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 66 wounded in the previous 24 hours of intense fighting.

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U.S.-Turkey spat stalls plan to expand Syria bombing

The White House’s principal concern is the Islamic State, while Ankara’s main priority is pushing Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

1 week ago


Israeli strikes kill top Hezbollah fighters in Syria

The move could ratchet up tensions with the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement.

1 week ago


Pakistani Muslims and Christians protest Charlie Hebdo

Protests against what they call blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad entered their fourth day Sunday.

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North Korean camp survivor may end rights crusade after lying

Shin Dong Hyuk has become the most celebrated survivor of torture and other human rights abuse at a North Korean gulag.

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 Pope Francis stretches out his hand to touch devotees as he arrives at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday.

Pope's September trip to Philadelphia may include visit to children's hospital or jail

The potential Philly stops are among the latest details to emerge about Francis' September visit, his first to the U.S. since becoming pope.

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Pope leaves Manila, overwhelmed by millions who cheered him

Pope Francis asked Filipinos to be “missionaries of the faith” after a record crowd joined his final Mass in the Philippine capital.

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World briefs: U.S. cracked North Korea ’Net in 2010

Plus: Airport carnage continues; Fighters target children; Uber promises jobs; Mali says it is Ebola-free.

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 Jim Rodgers, principal contrabassonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, plans to replace the bell ring of his instrument, which is made of ivory, with another material.

How tiny bits of ivory snare classical musicians crossing borders

The Obama administration has enforced stiff restrictions on the transport of elephant ivory, but the law has had unintended consequences.

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6 million expected for papal Mass in rainy Philippines

Organizers say as many as 6 million people may attend the afternoon service today led by Pope Francis in Asia's largest Catholic country.

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Lebanon’s winter harsh on Syrian refugees

Local press reported the deaths of four Syrians due to the cold over the past week, among them a 2-month-old baby who died Thursday night.

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Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

Many Muslims remain deeply offended by magazine’s cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad though denouncing the Paris terrorist attacks.

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