Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol’s city administration said … Continue reading

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U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

(Reuters) – Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, … Continue reading

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Unlikely buddies Obama and Modi aim high on India trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, U.S. President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic visit and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a … Continue reading

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Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the apparent killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous and impermissible,” and again called for the group to release a second Japanese national they are holding. … Continue reading

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Protesters heckle Perry and Christie on immigration issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Protesters have heckled Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa. The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom … Continue reading

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Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at … Continue reading

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Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation’s new monarch, the White House said … Continue reading

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Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economics. Obama’s arrival Sunday morning in the bustling capital … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

WASHINGTON – When Jeb Bush said that to win the presidential election a Republican candidate might have to lose the primary, he probably had a weekend like this one in mind. In Iowa, a host of second-tier possible presidential candidates … Continue reading

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Potential Republican presidential candidates compete for support in Iowa

By Steve Holland DES MOINES (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidates for 2016 jockeyed for support from conservatives in the early voting state of Iowa on Saturday, and some raised doubts about the prospects for party front runners Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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Group says ‘American Sniper’ film spurs threats against Muslims

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Arab-American civil rights organization has asked “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper to denounce hateful language directed at U.S. Arabs and Muslims after the release of the film about a Navy marksman. The … Continue reading

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Obama’s Visit to India Ignites Nuclear Accident Liability Debate

It’s a $182 billion question for India with no easy answer. That’s the estimated amount the country plans to spend on nuclear power plants to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide around-the-clock electricity, and end the nation’s blackout … Continue reading

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