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Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land

Italy said that 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days - the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea in the wake of two shipwrecks last year.<p>"The landings are non-stop and the emergency is increasingly glaring," Interior Minister …

Saudi Arabia May Allow School Sports For Girls

By Angus McDowall<p>RIYADH, April 9 (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for girls, according to the official SPA news agency, in a religiously conservative country that included women in its Olympic team for the first time only two years …

4,000 immigrants reach Italy by boat in 48 hours – as minister calls for EU help

Italy says 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days – the highest number since it began a naval operation to handle the influx after two shipwrecks last year.<p>"The landings are non-stop and the emergency is increasingly glaring," the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, …

Cummings Slams Issa's 'Embarrassing' Benghazi 'Conspiracy'

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Car bombs in Baghdad, Iraqi town kill 34 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 34 …

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Homs is rocked by twin car bombs killing 21

Two car bombs have ripped through the besieged central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 21 people, including women and children.<p>More than 100 others were injured in the explosions in the Karam al-Loz district, home to a mostly Alawite community, the shi’ite sect of President Bashar …

Pakistan Bombing: Explosion Kills 20 At Vegetable Market On Outskirts Of Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, April 9 (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, killing 20 people and injuring about 70, police and hospital officials said.<p>The deadliest attack in Islamabad in several years followed weeks of preliminary talks with the …

Washington Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 35

April 8 (Reuters) - The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 35 on Tuesday as two more bodies were extricated from the rubble and President Barack Obama pledged to visit the town at the center of the devastation.<p>A rain-soaked hillside …

Democrats in US Congress demand an end to Benghazi “witch hunt”

After a year and a half of inconclusive and controversial hearings, Democrats in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan “witch …

India election: Voting ends on first key polling day

<b>Millions of Indians have voted on the first big day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.</b><p>Polling was held in 91 seats in 14 states and union territories, including in the capital Delhi and the key state of Uttar Pradesh.<p>Officials say the voter …

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Senegal closes borders with Guinea after Ebola claims 101

Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea as West Africa braces against the spread of Ebola virus disease.<p>The World Health Organization, which says the outbreak is presenting the toughest public health challenge in four years, has not recommended any trade and travel restrictions.<p>Spread to Senegal …

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AP Interview: US troops may be sent to E Europe

PARIS (AP) — NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could …

India elections: a complex election explained

Confused by the Indian elections? How many seats and how many votes? So many political figures from so many regions.<p>This new package from the FT runs …

Supreme Court Declines Review of NSA Phone Spying

The Su­preme Court on Monday op­ted to not take up the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency’s sur­veil­lance pro­gram that …

Scott Brown to Make Senate Bid Official Thursday

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is ready to make it official in New Hampshire.<p>Brown said Monday that he'll formally announce his Senate candidacy in the Granite State on Thursday in Portsmouth.<p>The announcement isn't a surprise; Brown recently formed an exploratory committee for the seat and …

Egypt court upholds sentence for 3 activists

CAIRO (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions and three-year prison sentences handed down to three of Egypt's most prominent …

Roadside bomb kills 15 people in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an …

814M Vote, 543 Win: The Numbers Behind India's Epic Election

With 814.5 million eligible voters, more than 1,600 political parties and 935,000 polling stations, to suggest the biggest election the world has ever seen poses huge challenges is rather an understatement.<p>Indians began casting ballots Monday in the first stage of an election that will last more …

Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away.<p>The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh …

Distant new world may point to undiscovered planets in solar system

We learned today that our solar system is larger than we had previously known. A newly discovered, extremely distant dwarf planet with the tentative name of 2012 VP113 was announced. It appears as nothing more than a dot on images but we know a few things about it.<p>For a start, it is approximately …

California State Senator Arrested on Charges of Bribery and Corruption

California State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted on charges of public corruption as a part of multiple arrests made by the FBI in the San Francisco …

Charlotte Mayor Resigns After Corruption Arrest

Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after only 114 days in office Wednesday night after he was arrested on federal corruption charges that allege he accepted tens of thousands of dollars from undercover agents, at least once in the mayor's office itself.<p>"I regret that I have to take this …

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North Korea: Students required to get Kim Jong-un haircut

<b>Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.</b><p>The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although …

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the September 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman.<p>The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Suleiman …

Hagel preaches 'professionalism'

As the military endures a rocky season of scandal and embarrassment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has a new mantra: “professionalism.”<p>Critics are outraged at the light punishment given to an Army general charged with sexual assault and adultery. Investigators are wrapping up two examinations of …