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Fatal Blunder Was Apparent in Aftermath of Drone Strike in Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The first sign that something had gone terribly wrong was when officers from the Central Intelligence Agency saw that six bodies had been pulled from the smoldering rubble instead of four.

For weeks, drones operated by the C.I.A. had watched the movements of four men around a compound …


New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.

The military coalition has declared an end to the first phase of its operations against the Huthi Shiite rebels …

Middle East

Latest on Baltimore police-custody death: Protests wind down

9:45 p.m.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, before any other protesters had arrived, Noah Smith stood in the middle of Mount Street, silently holding a sign in front of 50 police officers guarding the Western District police station in Baltimore.

At a quarter of 10, after all the other protesters had left, Smith …


Petraeus sentence: 2 years probation; $100K

Gen. David Petraeus, once a widely celebrated military leader who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was touted as a potential presidential candidate, was sentenced to serve two years on probation and to pay an $100,000 fine on Thursday for sharing classified information with his …

David Petraeus

Mediterranean migrant deaths spur EU leaders to act

At emergency summit convened after 800 perished at sea, nations commit to triple resources for border patrol operation.

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened in Brussels after hundreds of migrants …


Bali Nine: Indonesia orders 'execution preparations'

Indonesia has ordered preparations for the execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" group of heroin smugglers, were sentenced to death in 2006.

A spokesman for Indonesia's attorney general said that prosecutors had been …


South Africa's Johannesburg marches against xenophobia

Thousands of people are marching in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, to demand an end to a wave of xenophobic attacks.

Both locals and immigrants are taking part in the march, with some placards saying: "Welcome foreigners".

South Africa's army was deployed to flashpoints on Monday to prevent …


Dynamic China looks to dominate Asia

Next month, western leaders will be conspicuously absent from President Putin's military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in the Second World War.

President Obama and EU leaders are staying away from the Red Square commemoration to express their outrage at Russia's role in …


China to Crack Down on Strippers at Rural Funerals

"Such illegal operations have disrupted local entertainment markets and corrupted social mores," Chinese authorities said

(BEIJING) — Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of …


Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Family Arrives in U.S.

Members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family arrived Thursday in the U.S. as prosecutors rested their case seeking the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber, officials said.

The relatives arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport in the afternoon, the aviation director of the Massachusetts …


Earthquake: 5.5 quake strikes off Northern California coast

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported Thursday evening 140 miles west of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor occurred at 6:34 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6 miles.

FULL COVERAGE: California earthquakes

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 295 miles northwest of San …


'F--- This Court': Woman Files Bleep-Filled Tirade Against Judge

A woman upset that a federal judge dismissed her $10 billion lawsuit against Georgia officials responded with a nine-page profanity-filled tirade against the judge — calling him "an old ... geezer" and saying he's on a "one-way ticket to hell" — according to remarkable court records made available …

South Georgia

Transgender Teen Chase Culpepper Wins Right to Wear Makeup in South Carolina DMV Photo

A South Carolina transgender teen has won the right to wear makeup in her driver's license photo as part of a settlement with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles announced on Wednesday.

As part of the settlement, South Carolina's DMV will alter its policies to allow people to take driver's …

South Carolina

Joe Biden shores up U.S.-Israel ties

Speaking on the anniversary of Israel's independence, Vice President Joe Biden sought to bolster U.S. ties to the Jewish state amid tensions over a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran.

Biden acknowledged the rift during his remarks at an event hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Washington. But he said …


Ash piles up from eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano

ENSENADA, Chile (AP) — Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, covering this small town with thick soot and raising concerns Thursday that the dust could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights.

Ensenada, in the …


New Jersey taps former bankruptcy judge to mediate Atlantic City talks

(Reuters) - New Jersey has appointed Donald Steckroth to negotiate talks between Atlantic City and the groups involved in its restructuring process, the former bankruptcy judge said on Thursday.

Steckroth, who served a 14-year term with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey, is currently a member …

Mexican girl mistakenly sent to US woman is back home

GUANAJUATO, Mexico (AP) — Alondra Luna Nunez was a young girl when she had a mishap with a remote-control car, leaving a scar between her eyebrows. Last week, that scar resulted in the teenager being misidentified as a missing girl from Texas, and then spirited north to live with a woman who …


Pentagon dismisses Moscow claim of U.S. troops in Ukraine combat zone

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that U.S. troops were training Ukrainian forces in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, but the Pentagon flatly denied it, accusing Moscow of a "ridiculous attempt" to obscure its own activity in the region.

Interfax quoted …

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so that any changes would be passed on from generation to generation.

Those concerns drove …

Scientific Research

Etan Patz jury ends 7th day without verdict in 36-year-old murder case

Jurors deciding the fate of a former grocery store clerk charged in the slaying of 6-year-old Etan Patz ended their seventh day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict after requesting hours of testimony be read back to them.

Judge Maxwell Wiley estimated that the readbacks, to done in court by …

Etan Patz

Two Dallas police officers cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

DALLAS (Reuters) - Two Dallas police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill man holding a screwdriver last year will not be indicted, a grand jury decided on Thursday.

Officers John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins shot Jason Harrison, 38, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, after …

At hearing, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his lawyer investigated judge's wife

The contempt proceeding involving Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio was always going to come down to a test of wills with the federal judge whose order in a racial profiling case had been spurned by the headstrong law enforcement chief.

But the hearing took a startlingly personal turn Thursday when the …

Joe Arpaio

Hundreds gather to honor Cesar Chavez's Navy service

KEENE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central …

Cesar Chavez

Argentine President Cristina Fernández may have dodged criminal charges, but the conspiracy theories continue

Charges were dropped this week against Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

She was accused of covering up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of AMIA, a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires — the largest act of terrorism the country has ever experienced.

In dropping the …


E.U. Calls Emergency Summit to Address Migration Crisis

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday that Italian and Maltese ships were responding to two more migrant emergencies near the Libyan coast

(MILAN) — Rescue crews searched Monday for survivors and bodies from what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy ever as hundreds more …

Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

U.S. Navy ships sent to waters near Yemen in security move: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser into the waters near Yemen, officials said on Monday, heightening the U.S. maritime security presence as concerns mount over Yemen's escalating conflict.

The U.S. Navy sent the carrier USS Theodore …


Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian 'faces Iran spy trial'

A Washington Post journalist who was detained nine months ago in Iran is facing four charges including espionage, according to his lawyer.

The paper's Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, is accused of "collaborating with hostile governments" and spreading "propaganda", his lawyer said.

Mr Rezaian …

Middle East

Latest White House intruder arrested after climbing fence with suspicious package

An intruder carrying a suspicious package was arrested late Sunday after climbing the White House fence.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told Fox News that the fence-climber was immediately taken into custody by uniformed officers. The incident took place at around 10:25 p.m. on the south side …

White House

Japan, U.S. 'Close' To Major Deal

The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said Monday that his country is nearing a major trade agreement with the United States, according to an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Abe told the Journal that he hopes to come to an understanding with President Barack Obama when he visits Washington …