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Outcry and fear grow as Pakistan builds new nuclear reactors in Karachi

China is supplying two nuclear reactors to Pakistan’s largest and most militantly volatile city, Karachi.

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 Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Iran’s role in Iraq-IS war raises concern

Iran’s growing involvement in Iraq’s war against the Islamic State is raising concerns for U.S. foreign policy.

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Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was investigating Moscow’s backing of separatist fighters in Ukraine.

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Islamic State forces ‘bulldozed’ ancient city site, Iraq contends

Islamic State militants raze key Iraqi archaeological site at Assyrian city of Nimrud.

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World briefs: U.S. envoy to South Korea needed 80 stitches after knife attack

Plus:Weapons shipment to Ukraine; Iranian diplomat freed; chemical weapons; last Ebola patient; FBI joins murder probe; Argentine

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 Security personnel detain Kim Ki-jong, a member of a pro-Korean unification group who attacked Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, at a public forum today in central Seoul.

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist at a Seoul breakfast forum.

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 Emergency and medical workers support miners family members arriving at the headquarters of the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. One injured miner reported seeing five bodies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Coal mine gas blast kills at least 24 in Ukraine

As rescue efforts stretched, separatist authorities were accused by Ukraine’s government of failing to do enough to save the missing miners.

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 Vira Savchenko, sister of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko speaks during her interview for The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko  charged in the death of two Russian journalists who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian pilot maintains hunger strike

A Russian court has denied freedom to a Ukrainian military officer who has been in custody since June.

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 An officer carries a baby as migrants disembark from an Italian Coast Guard vessel after being rescued in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, southern Italy, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. The rescue vessels, including from Italy's coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships, saved 941 people in seven separate operations that began Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said. The survivors were being ferried to southern Italian ports. The migrants had been aboard five motorized dinghies and two larger vessels. One of the larger boats capsized, and 10 bodies were spotted or plucked from the sea. According to Interior Ministry figures, 7,882 migrants arrived on Italian coasts in the first two months of this year, compared to 5,506 in that period in 2014. The coast guard said the migrants saved in the latest rescues claimed to be Syrians, Palestinians, Libyans, Tunisians or from sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants

Italian ships rescue more than 1,000 migrant refugees from the Mediterranean in seven operations, but 10 died.

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 This Sunday March 1, 2015, image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows what Allen’s team believes is an inverted type 89, 12.7 centimeter gun turret on a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines. In a statement Allen’s team says it found the battleship just off the Sibuyan Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle in its third dive after narrowing down the search area using detailed undersea topographical data and other locator devices. Japanese experts said that they were eager to study the images to try to confirm the ship’s identity. (AP Photo/Paul Allen)

Sunken WWII Japanese battleship found

A research team says it has found a Japanese World War II giant battleship that was sunk off the Philippines seven decades ago.

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 Injured U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, center, gets into a car to leave for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, today after he was attacked by a man wielding a razor and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

North Korea applauds knife attack; U.S. ambassador to S. Korea recovering 'well'

The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency called the attack a “knife shower of justice.”

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World briefs: Kerry to brief Saudi officials on Iran talks

Plus: Terror suspects sought; Edward Snowden wants to return to U.S.; China’s military budget; South African wildfires; Drug cartel leader

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Bus driver in Delhi gang rape blames victim

Authorities in India have ordered that the documentary featuring the bus driver not be broadcast in their country.

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Boko Haram’s new video shifts from speeches to beheadings

With its latest video, posted online Monday, it appears to have borrowed at least some elements from the Islamic State’s recent postings.

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World Briefs: Iraq forces try to seal off extremists

Plus: Russia sanctions hinted; paying respects to Nemtsov; Chile volcano erupts; and more.

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Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

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 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

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Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

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Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Her emotional account came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the assassination, and what it means for Russia.

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Termites are guardians of the soil

Their habitats are key to a multitude of ecosystems, from deserts and rain forests to your neighborhood park.

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Massive Iraqi assault begins to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Many see it as a test of the central government’s ability to retake and hold much of the territory lost to the militant group last summer.

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World Briefs: Latest clashes in Ukraine kill hundreds

Plus: 40 Americans return from Syria; Twitter threats probed; donated Pakistan vaccines wasted; and more.

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 Forbes today said that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

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Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S.

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Tens of thousands show their anger at Putin

Sadness and pragmatism prevailed over their outrage, and few of them appeared to be ready for radical action.

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Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State

The operation against the extremists in Salahuddin province targets a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad.

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Venezuela orders U.S. embassy to reduce staff in Caracas

U.S. officials who remain will be required to obtain approval for any meetings in Venezuela as tensions mount between the two countries.

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World briefs: North Korea fires missiles ahead of drills

Plus: Houthis cozy up to Iran; Fernandez blasts critics; U.S. writer honored.

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North Sea oil’s job cuts are tip of the iceberg for U.K.

The early layoffs portend hard times for a whole ecosystem of explorers, drillers, producers and service companies.

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Tentative relationship with Obama, long-standing U.S.-Israel alliance at stake for Netanyahu

But through it all, the U.S. is Israel’s biggest trading partner and closest defense ally, providing $3.1 billion in annual military aid.

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World briefs: Somali pirates release 4 fishermen

PLUS: India unveils budget; China drops interest rates

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Fear envelops Russia after killing of Putin critic

On Saturday, it was still not clear who was responsible for killing Boris Y. Nemtsov.

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Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, welcomed the call but cautioned the rebels had failed to deliver on previous pledges.

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Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organization

Judges in Egypt also sentence a top Muslim Brotherhood leader to another life sentence.

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 Shop manager Debbie Armstrong adjusts the two-tone dress Friday in a window display of a shop in Lichfield, England.

Science brings clarity to Internet debate on dress’s true colors

Controversy rages even if science can explain it. Is that dress on the Internet gold and white, or blue and black?

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 Iraqi artists held an exhibition on antiquities a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad on Friday.

Kurdish fighters rout Islamic State militants from town near Iraq

The victory marks a second blow to the violent Islamic State group in a month, highlighting the growing role of Syria’s Kurds in the fight.

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Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

The death of the former deputy prime minister ignited a fury among opposition figures.

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Britain’s David Cameron defends security services over ‘Jihadi John’

British authorities came under pressure Friday to explain how they let the suspected Islamic State militant slip from their grasp.

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 In this Jan. 24, 2015, photo, Peter Convey, a senior research professor with the British Antarctic Survey, searches for samples on Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, Antarctica.

Antarctica’s retreating ice may re-shape Earth

In the worst-case scenario, Antarctica’s melt could push sea levels up 10 feet worldwide in a century or two, recurving coastlines.

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Mexican drug lord who led Knights Templar gang is captured

Servando Gomez, known as La Tuta (the Teacher), was one of the most-wanted drug kingpins still at large in the country.

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World Briefs: Cuba, U.S. hold second round of talks

Plus: Spain arrests 8; Boko Haram kills 100 in Nigeria; Liberia president meets President Obama; cash-strapped North Korea; Saudi oil

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 A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.

'Jihadi John' is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

The profile emerging of the English-speaking masked jihadist in the Islamic State execution videos is a disturbingly familiar one.

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History repeats in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State has now seized close to 300 Assyrian Christians in Syria.

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Bin Laden lieutenant found guilty of plotting to attack Americans

A Saudi man has been convicted in for his role in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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 An elderly woman drags a cart with belongings on the outskirts of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, which inflicted severe damage to most buildings the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons in country’s east

Heavy weapons are being pulled back from the front line in Ukraine as the truce is mostly holding.

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British TV shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in Pirates baseball cap

Sky News says the black cap was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied.

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Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis wants to die

Plus: British sex offenderl; China drops U.S. tech firms; Court voids adultery law; Ransom demanded for missionary; eagle owl terrorizes

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 Helga Stokes of Dormont is an English language tutor for the Baha'i Institute of Education's virtual university, which teaches members of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Two Pittsburgh-area women give on-line instruction to students in Iran who are barred from college because of their Baha’i faith.

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 FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies

U.S.-Israel rift grows over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week against any nuclear deal with Iran.

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