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Russian who admitted spying in U.S. gets 2½-year term

Subscriber onlyA Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what the government portrayed as a Cold Warstyle spy ring was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in a U.S. prison. Continue reading...

Russia offers cease-fire to let rebels disperse

Subscriber onlyRussia said Wednesday that it would halt air raids against Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, the Nusra Front, to give other rebel factions a chance to distance themselves from the extremist group. Continue reading...

In Japan, Obama offers regrets on Okinawa death

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Continue reading...

Ukraine pilot, 2 Russians released in prisoner swap

Subscriber onlyRussia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine. Continue reading...

Rift forms over Taliban chief

Faction objects to closed selection of cleric as new leader

Subscriber onlyA little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyISIS said to forbid all to flee Fallujah BAGHDAD -- The Islamic State extremist group is preventing people from fleeing Fallujah during a military operation to recapture the city west of Baghdad, an Iraqi official and aid groups said Wednesday. Continue reading...

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Subscriber only Jimmy Carter, 91, the former president, is stepping down from his "front-line role" as a member of The Elders, the global human-rights group founded by Nelson Mandela of South Africa, the organization said. Continue reading...

Reports say Greek camp evacuation calm

Subscriber onlyRefugees and other migrants boarded buses Wednesday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling, makeshift Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border. Continue reading...

2,000 gone from Greek camp

So far, migrant evacuation at border running smoothly

Subscriber onlyGreek authorities on Tuesday began the evacuation of a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, persuading about 2,000 people to leave the Idomeni site for other organized facilities in northern Greece. Continue reading...

Ukraine: 7 killed, 9 hurt in fighting

Subscriber onlyUkrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in rebellious eastern Ukraine. Continue reading...

Obama presses Vietnam on rights

U.S. protests after some activists kept away from president

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power. Continue reading...

Remains said to hint at jet crash's cause

Burns indicate blast, 2 contend; but Egypt agency’s chief calls idea ‘baseless’

Subscriber onlyThe remains of passengers from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, two people on the Egyptian team examining the remains said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Fallujah cut off, Iraqi colonel says

U.N., other groups call for safe corridors to let civilians leave

Subscriber onlyClashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State extremist group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided Tuesday, the second day of a large-scale military operation to drive militants out of their key stronghold west of Baghdad. Continue reading...

Greece wins EU backing for bailout funds

Subscriber onlyGreece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors after agreement among the 19 eurozone finance ministers and can start looking forward to debt relief in the future. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyTaliban verify leader dead, pick new one KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban has appointed a successor to leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour after confirming that Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. Continue reading...

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