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Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President<p>ObamanotifiedCongresson Monday that he was sending up to 275U.S. militarypersonnel “to provide support and security for U.S. personnel andthe U.S. Embassyin Baghdad.”<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to Iraq to …

Third Of South Sudan's Population Faces Starvation

By Gwladys Fouche<p>OSLO, May 20 (Reuters) - More than a third of South Sudan's population, 4 million people, will be on the edge of starvation by the end of the year as fighting rages on in the world's newest country, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.<p>Clashes between rebels and government forces have …

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Eight policemen beheaded in Afghanistan

Armed men have killed at least 16 policemen in Afghanistan, beheading eight of them, according to officials, as security forces prepare to guard a second-round election.<p>Villagers in the southern province of Zabul found the decapitated bodies of eight local policemen who were seized two weeks ago, …

Army deployed as riots mar Malawi election

Soldiers have been deployed in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre after voters, angered by delays and mishaps at polling stations in the hotly contested presidential election, torched voting materials and blocked roads.<p>Polling stations had opened as much as 10 hours late on Tuesday, sparking …

Stream of al Qaeda threats has U.S. intelligence concerned

A series of al Qaeda-based threats to attack American and Western targets in Europe, as well as threats to launch attacks inside the United States, has caused significant concern inside the U.S. intelligence community, CNN has learned.<p>Officials are trying to determine the extent to which the …

Kerry blames Venezuelan gov't in crisis

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States rapped Venezuela's government Wednesday for a "total failure" on agreements to help ease unrest that has gripped the South American nation for months, and warned sanctions may be inevitable if human rights abuses continue.<p>In his first visit to Mexico as …

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Egypt court jails 155 Brotherhood supporters | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Wednesday and gave 54 of them life sentences, judicial sources said, in a case related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansour last August after the army’s ouster of President Mohamed …

Libya hastily announces elections after anti-Islamist offensives

With a new armed threat breathing down its neck, Libya's discordant government made a snap announcement on Tuesday -- elections will be held in just over a month.<p>The move was intended to stem a spike in violence that has prompted the U.S. military to ramp up preparations for a possible emergency …

4 people killed in Taiwan subway stabbing spree

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A university student wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taiwan's capital on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, police and local media said.<p>The seemingly random attack occurred at about 4 p.m. at the start of the evening rush …

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Ukraine sees letup in tensions, but vote at risk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Days before Ukraine's presidential elections, the interim government Wednesday relished what felt like a letup in tensions.<p>President Vladimir Putin insisted Russian troops have begun moving away from Ukraine's borders, and the nation's wealthiest and arguably most …

Nigeria: Boko Haram accused of more killings as Jos death toll 'rises to 200'

Islamist militants Boko Haram are being blamed for killing 30 people in villages near Chibok where hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted.<p>It comes the day after back-to-back bomb blasts, attributed to the group, killed as many as 200 people in the central city of Jos, according to …

Thai crisis meeting ends without agreement

A crisis meeting between leaders of rival Thai political groups aimed at resolving long-running conflict has ended inconclusively, with the army calling for another meeting on Thursday, a participant has said.<p>"The army chief asked us to go back home and think about the things we discussed in order …

80 U.S. troops in Chad will aid search for abducted Nigerian girls

The United States deployed 80 members of its armed forces to Chad to help in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, the White House said Wednesday.<p>"These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and …

Russia says troops pulling back from Ukraine border | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but the United States and NATO said they saw no clear signs of a pullout.<p>Pro-Russian …

Vietnam, Philippines jointly denounce China's maritime moves | Reuters

MANILA/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Vietnam and the Philippines are determined to oppose Chinese infringement of their territorial waters, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Wednesday, calling on the world to condemn China’s actions in a rare public show of unity bound to infuriate …

EU far-right expects success in elections | Cyprus

From May 22-25, hundreds of millions of people from the European Union's 28 member countries will vote for members of the European Parliament, one of the EU's two legislative bodies.<p>The last elections were held in 2009, before the depths of Europe's economic and financial crises. Since then, five …