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Afghans flock to polls to vote

KABUL, Afghanistan — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.<p>With combat forces from the U.S.-led coalition …

Flight 370: Search teams investigate sounds picked up in ocean

Search teams looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are investigating a number of sounds detected by ships in the southern Indian Ocean, authorities said Sunday, but it's not yet clear if any of them are from the missing plane's so-called black box.<p>A British Royal Navy vessel is on its way to an …

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U.S. consumers lift spending, but sentiment slips | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers stepped up spending a bit in February as incomes increased for a second straight month, offering hope the economy was regaining its footing after being slammed by an unusually cold winter.<p>A J.Crew store is seen in Manhattan, New York March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike …

Putin calls Obama to discuss U.S. proposal on Ukraine-White House | Reuters

RIYADH (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a U.S. diplomatic proposal for Ukraine, the White House said, adding that Obama told him that Russia must pull back its troops and not move deeper into Ukraine.<p>Russian President Vladimir …

Ukraine vote pushed to next week

The Ukraine drama on Capitol Hill isn’t over just yet.<p>The Republican-led House was set to quickly pass a package of aid to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia in a brief pro forma session on Friday, which would have sent the measure straight to President Barack Obama for his signature.<p>But GOP …

Facebook's next frontier: Drones

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Thursday about using “drones, satellites and lasers to deliver internet to everyone.”<p>He blogged about the next steps “to connect the whole world with Internet.org,” a cornerstone of the social network’s effort to expand globally and make a broader societal …

Obama has first audience with Pope Francis

ROME — President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time Thursday in a discussion that focused on international conflict, human rights and religious freedom.<p>Obama invited Francis to visit the U.S. next year.<p>The private meeting was widely expected to be cordial -- while providing Francis with …

Obama: Putin will lose — eventually

BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin is just the latest in a series of history’s losers, comparing the Russian leader to those who came up short in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the U.S. civil rights movement, apartheid and other major 20th-century …