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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.

about 9 hours ago


Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

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

about 9 hours ago


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.

about 9 hours ago


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

about 9 hours ago


 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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NATO commander offers bleak outlook for Ukraine

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Putin’s success in destabilizing Ukraine would spur him to raise similar conflicts elsewhere.

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Islamic State seizes 100 Iraqi Sunni tribesmen

Islamic State militants abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near Tikrit in Iraq, even as they moved dozens of Assyrian Christian hostages

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World Briefs: Avalanches kill scores in Afghanistan

PLUS: Drones puzzle French, Cuba seeks U.S. shifts, Turkey detentions.

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Avalanches kill at least 120 in Afghanistan; humanitarian crisis feared

Officials warned of an imminent humanitarian emergency in areas most severely hit by the bad weather.

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Watchdog groups report Islamic State abducts at least 70 Christians in Syria

It was one of the largest recent abductions against religious minorities by the extremists.

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U.S. charges three with conspiring to support ISIS, planning attacks

The two of the men also had expressed a willingness to carry out attacks on U.S. soil on behalf of Islamic State, according to officials.

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Former Scot, 20, luring girls for Islamic State

Though she aspired to be a pharmacist or a doctor, Aqsa Mahmood left home in November 2013 to go to Syria.

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 Rev. Phyllis Sortor

American missionary kidnapped from Nigerian school

Nigerian officials said the kidnapping was probably not the work of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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Preventative treatment dramatically reduces HIV risk in gay men

A daily preventative dose of an AIDS treatment drug was found to reduce the risk of HIV infection among gay men by 86 percent.

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World Briefs: Eurozone approves Greece overhaul plan

Plus: Rebels claim pullback; ‘three-parent’ baby vote; Kerry talks foreign policy; and more.

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Talks end with proposal to limit Iran’s nuclear production for at least 10 years

This latest round of talks is the first time that the countries’ top nuclear officials have participated.

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Pentagon chief says he is satisfied by U.S. campaign against Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter gave no indication that he would push for major changes in the Obama administration’s approach.

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 This is  a still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on Sunday of 15-year-old Amira Abase, left,  Kadiza Sultana,16, center, and Shamima Begum,15, going through Gatwick Airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey last Tuesday. The three teenage girls  left the country in a suspected bid to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group.

Families issue emotional appeals to 3 missing U.K. girls believed in Syria to join Islamic State

The girls, said to be “straight-A students” from the same east London school, disappeared last Tuesday without leaving any messages.

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Jury awards $218.5 million in terrorism case against Palestinian groups

The damages are to be $655.5 million, under a law that provides for tripling the $218.5 million award the U.S. District Court jury made.

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 A police officer patrols near a restaurant where a gunman opened fire, killing at least nine people today.

9 dead including gunman in Czech restaurant shooting

It was the worst shooting attack in the young country’s history.

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World Briefs: Media sting spotlights U.K. leaders

Plus: Arms pullback delayed; Greece accord forecast; Venezuela crackdown; and more.

4 days ago


Reward offered for information about Russian computer hacker behind GameOver Zeus

Evgeniy Bogachev is a Russian computer hacker under indictment in Pittsburgh and Nebraska.

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Threat of attack draws shrugs at North American malls

Shoppers, employees and recreational “mall walkers” were out in full force despite news of a videotape attributed to al-Shabab.

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Rebels in Ukraine say they’ve started pulling back weaponry from front lines

But Kiev said the main Russian-backed rebel organization in eastern Ukraine mounted a tank assault on a village near the Sea of Azov.

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Greek leaders face revolt at home as they try to appease creditors

Greek leaders scrambled on Sunday to come up with a list of proposed changes to the nation’s austerity program.

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World briefs: Iran talks to continue today

Plus: Tax revenue dispute; Japan base protest.

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Battle to retake Iraqi city looms as test of Obama’s Islamic State strategy

Will the Pentagon need to deploy U.S. ground forces to call in airstrikes and advise Iraqi troops on the challenges of urban warfare?

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Kerry raises prospect of more sanctions against Russia

The U.S. secretary of state cited Russia’s “brazen” violations of the cease-fire agreement.

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Yemeni president flees house arrest, challenges insurgents

His denunciation of a “coup” injected fresh uncertainty into efforts to prevent Yemen from breaking up or sliding into civil conflict.

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World Briefs: Nigerian forces retake town from militants

Plus: Dozens of boys kidnapped; Canadian businessman freed; Iranians head to nuke talks; Greece’s financial rescue deal.

6 days ago


World briefs: Dems end trip to Cuba amid policy shifts

HAVANA — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of congressional Democrats concluded a three-day trip to Cuba this week by

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Mayor’s arrest on sedition charges deepens sense of crisis in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The abrupt arrest of the mayor of Caracas on accusations that he had plotted a U.S.-backed overthrow of the government

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Government officials, lawmakers killed in Somalia terror attack

Two suicide bombers with Somalia’s Al-Shabab militants attacked a hotel in Mogadishu.

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Militants with Islamic State ties take credit for Libya bombings

Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in eastern Libya on Friday, purportedly in retaliation for Egyptian air attacks.

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In surprise, Greece accepts Europe’s loan conditions, sending U.S. stocks soaring

Athens and eurozone finance ministers reach accord on a four-month extension of debt bailout terms, spiking a big rally on Wall Street.

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Ukrainian soldiers retreat in chaos

Demoralized Ukrainian soldiers who had retreated from Debaltseve gathered in Arttemivsk, complaining of their leadership and getting drunk.

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Britain sent warplanes to intercept Russian bombers

Britain’s air force jets intercepted two Russian bombers and escorted them out of its “area of interest” off southwest England.

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Mission to retake Mosul to start in April, May

U.S. Central Command said the Iraqi troop-led operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants will involve 20,000 to 25,000 troops.

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Pakistan says the Taliban is willing to enter Afghanistan peace talks

Pakistan’s army chief has told Afghanistan’s president that the Afghan Taliban are ready to talk peace.

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 Coffins with bodies of slain Ukrainian soldiers are pictured outside a morgue Wednesday in Artemivsk. Government forces were pulling out of an encircled town in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists that Kiev and Europe said violated a crumbling cease-fire.

Ukrainian president calls for international peacekeeping mission

It was a stark admission that his nation can no longer fend off pro-Russian rebels after a major battlefield defeat.

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