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  • Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35
    Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35 Associated Press - 36 minutes ago

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group. More »

  • Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91
    Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91 Associated Press - 36 minutes ago

    A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction ... More »

  • Czech Republic leads France 2-0 in Fed Cup semis
    Czech Republic leads France 2-0 in Fed Cup semis Associated Press - 41 minutes ago

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles matches on Saturday. More »

  • Putin says ready to work with United States: TV
    Putin says ready to work with United States: TV Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbor Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low. We have a common agenda." Putin has in the past fiercely attacked the United States and the West in general, blaming them for the Ukraine crisis, which Russia says was the result of a Western-backed "coup" against Ukraine's former leader Viktor Yanukovich. More »

  • Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche
    Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche Associated Press - 48 minutes ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Saturday marked the anniversary of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche with a memorial and a government announcement that it will set up a welfare fund for mountaineering and trekking workers in the Himalayan nation. More »

  • Tuktamysheva wins free skate, US claims World Team Trophy
    Tuktamysheva wins free skate, US claims World Team Trophy Associated Press - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was first in the women's free skate on Saturday but the United States held on to win the World Team Trophy. More »

  • Fed Cup: Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany
    Fed Cup: Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany Associated Press - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. More »

  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge
    Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge Associated Press - 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated. More »

  • Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows
    Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows Associated Press - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities. More »

  • The Latest: Presidential contenders woo New Hampshire voters
    The Latest: Presidential contenders woo New Hampshire voters Associated Press - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

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  • Palestinian driver deliberately killed Israeli: police
    Palestinian driver deliberately killed Israeli: police AFP - 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    A Palestinian driver deliberately rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop this week and killed an Israeli man in a "horrible attack", police chief Yohanan Danino said on Saturday. More »

  • 700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay
    700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay AFP - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    Seven hundred Liberian Ebola workers took to the streets of the capital Monrovia for a second day on Saturday to demand promised hazard pay. More »

  • Australia Arrests Teens Over IS 'Terror Plot'
    Australia Arrests Teens Over IS 'Terror Plot' Sky News - 1 hour 33 minutes ago

    Five teenagers have been arrested in Australia over what police have described as an Islamic State-inspired terror plot. Among the suspects are two 18-year-old boys who were allegedly preparing a major attack in Melbourne to coincide with an ANZAC Day ceremony to commemorate World War One. At a news conference, it was revealed the teenagers had links to Numan Haider, an 18-year-old who was shot dead last September after stabbing two police officers. Haider became of interest to counter-terrorism officials after he appeared to wave an Islamic State flag at a shopping mall. More »

  • As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs
    As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs Associated Press - 1 hour 39 minutes ago

    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won without their incredible international presence. More »

  • Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq's largest refinery: officials
    Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq's largest refinery: officials Reuters - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week. The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installations, including storage tanks. A spokesman for Iraq's counterterrorism forces told Reuters troops protecting the refinery had now retaken most facilities, although there were still small pockets of insurgents left on the site. Iraqi forces retook Baiji refinery from militants once before last November, but lost control of it again. More »

  • Renault needs another 2 races to make competitive engine
    Renault needs another 2 races to make competitive engine Associated Press - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One manufacturer Renault needs two more races before providing a competitive engine again at the Monaco Grand Prix, according to chief technical officer Rob White. More »

  • Deutsche Bank leans towards limited revamp with Postbank sale - sources
    Deutsche Bank leans towards limited revamp with Postbank sale - sources Reuters - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) will sell Postbank (DPBGn.DE) but keep a pared back own-brand retail business in the overhaul plan currently favoured by management, sources familiar with the internal discussions at Germany's biggest lender said. Only two management board members support dumping all retail activities, with the other six favouring just selling Postbank, the sources told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity as the matter is not public. Seven years after the financial crisis started, Deutsche is looking to overhaul its business after falling far short of its return-on-equity targets and suffering a string of regulatory fines and legal challenges. The choice to keep most retail operations and offload only Postbank, which Deutsche bought in steps for about 6 billion euros (£4.3 billion) starting in 2008, is a concession to credit rating agencies concerned a complete retail exit would raise Deutsche’s risk profile and cost of funding, the sources said. More »

  • Israel and Palestinians 'reach accord' on frozen taxes
    Israel and Palestinians 'reach accord' on frozen taxes Al Jazeera - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    Tel Aviv to transfer more than $450 million of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, President Abbas said. More »

  • Hamilton leads the way after Bahrain GP final practice
    Hamilton leads the way after Bahrain GP final practice AFP - 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Series leader and world champion Lewis Hamilton narrowly topped the times for Mercedes in Saturday's final free practice session for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. More »

  • Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious
    Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious Associated Press - 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are traveling back to the northern Italian city to see it again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. More »

  • Serena Williams beats Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy
    Serena Williams beats Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy Associated Press - 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. More »

  • Berdych moves into Monte Carlo Masters final
    Berdych moves into Monte Carlo Masters final Associated Press - 2 hours 2 minutes ago

    MONACO (AP) — Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych overwhelmed Gael Monfis 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time. More »

  • Kenyan trio wins men's Belgrade Marathon
    Kenyan trio wins men's Belgrade Marathon Associated Press - 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Silas Sang led a Kenyan trio to win the Belgrade Marathon on Saturday, finishing in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 43 seconds. More »

  • Iraqi Christians race to save artefacts
    Iraqi Christians race to save artefacts Al Jazeera - 2 hours 8 minutes ago

    Thousands of Christianity's oldest artefacts and manuscripts under threat from ISIL's advance. More »

  • Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive
    Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive AFP - 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. More »

  • A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors
    A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors Associated Press - 2 hours 12 minutes ago

    KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) — Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot. More »

  • Kiev lists Russian military units allegedly in Ukraine
    Kiev lists Russian military units allegedly in Ukraine AFP - 2 hours 12 minutes ago

    Ukraine's army chief of staff on Saturday listed for the first time some of the specific Russian military units alleged to be fighting against Kiev alongside pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Hollande's approval ratings climb off rock bottom: French poll
    Hollande's approval ratings climb off rock bottom: French poll Reuters - 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    President Francois Hollande's approval rating has risen, but the vast majority of French voters remain unhappy with his performance, casting doubt on his re-election chances, said an opinion poll published on Saturday. The Opinionway survey in Le Figaro newspaper said 20 percent of voters approved of Hollande, five points up from the last such poll in October. Hollande's ratings fell to record lows for a French head of state last year, hitting 13 percent in one September survey. More »

  • Recession-hit Finland faces election focused on jobs, debt
    Recession-hit Finland faces election focused on jobs, debt Associated Press - 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's last election focused on the rights and wrongs of bailing out Greece. This time, the Finns are wondering how to pull their own land out of the economic dumps. More »

  • Amazon tribe's antibiotic resistance concerns experts
    Amazon tribe's antibiotic resistance concerns experts AFP - 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics, even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers said Friday. More »