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Ahead of curfew ending, bombs kill 40 in Baghdad area

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight Sunday, hours after bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital, killing …

Syria death toll now exceeds 210,000: rights group

AMMAN (Reuters) - The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060, nearly half of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.<p>Residents walk past damaged buildings after what activists said …

Middle East

After takeover, Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized over 'coup'

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A day after taking power, Shiite rebels in Yemen found themselves increasingly under pressure Saturday as thousands protested …

Ukraine president pushes for fast cease-fire, defensive arms

MUNICH (AP) — Ukraine's president pushed for both a quick cease-fire in his country's troubled east and defensive weapons from the West, as mediators …

Official: UAE sends F-16s to Jordan to fight Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Saturday it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which an official said would participate in airstrikes on the Islamic State group after the UAE earlier suspended its involvement.<p>The UAE fighter jets will participate in airstrikes on …

Middle East

Afghan cadets training in Pakistan, a sign of warming ties

For the first time, Afghanistan has sent members of its security forces for training in neighboring Pakistan.<p>The 18-month training program at a military facility in the northwestern Pakistani city of Abbottabad involves only six Afghan army cadets, but is a sign of increased cooperation between the …

In Cuba, likely Castro successor keeps a low profile

The man expected to run Cuba after<p>Raul Castrosteps down is nearly 30 years the president's junior and is regularly on Facebook in this Internet-starved country.<p>He is considered personable, with a certain charm, but has been careful to keep a low political profile.<p><b>------------<br>FOR THE RECORD:</b><p>Cuba …

Official: UAE sends F-16s to Jordan to fight Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Saturday it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which an official said would …

Exclusive - Iran tells West President Rouhani at risk if talks fail: Iranian officials

ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran’s foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game.<p>Iran's …

South Asia

Exit polls show anti-corruption party leading in Delhi

Exit polls show that an anti-corruption party in India is on track to win a majority in state elections in the capital, a result that would see Prime Minister Narendra Modi facing his first state election defeat since sweeping to power last year.<p>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or Common People's Party, …

Nigeria to postpone elections to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria’s electoral commission will postpone next Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure north-eastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram, an official close to the commission told the Associated Press on Saturday.<p>Millions …