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Arab states agree to form military force

Joint action aims to counter Iran sway without U.S. aid

Subscriber onlyCAIRO -- The Arab states said Sunday that they had agreed to form a joint military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. Continue reading...

Fearing reprisals, Syrians flee Idlib after rebels take town

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Syrians fled Idlib on Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said. Continue reading...

Militants' attacks add to Nigerian election woes

Subscriber onlyABUJA, Nigeria -- Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call. Continue reading...

25 hurt as plane lands hard

In storm, jet hits short of runway; wing, engine damaged

Subscriber onlyHALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, and the airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries. Continue reading...

6 send ministers to close Iran talks

Subscriber onlyLAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Iranian and Western diplomats gave dueling accounts of what is needed to reach a nuclear accord in the remaining 48 hours before their deadline, with each side saying the other must make tough choices. Continue reading...

Singapore remembers longtime leader

Subscriber onlySINGAPORE -- Singaporeans bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyMuseum attack plotter killed in Tunisia Continue reading...

Saudis help 86 envoys flee Yemen's turmoil

U.S. copter saves 2 pilots; rebels march on

Subscriber onlySaudi Arabia said Saturday that its navy had evacuated 86 Arab and Western diplomats from the port city of Aden in southern Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition conducted a third day of airstrikes against the rebel Houthi movement. Continue reading...

Cattle-killing ban in India slices jobs

Hindu politicians’ wider prohibition puts farmers, industry on the skids

Subscriber onlyMUMBAI, India -- At one of Asia's largest slaughterhouses, there are more police officers than cattle. The stalls where butchers clean and quarter chicken, sheep, goats and pigs buzz with activity, while the section reserved for bulls sits barren. Continue reading...

Grieving father calls on airlines to look after pilots

Subscriber onlyThe father of one of the victims of last week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare. Continue reading...

Nuke talks near close, envoys say gaps wide

Subscriber onlyForeign ministers from nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran joined talks on Saturday as negotiators suggested they are still far from bridging their differences. Continue reading...

Iran letter stirs debate on meaning of 'sent'

Fans say Cotton didn’t mail it, broke no law; critics say it went out, see breach

Subscriber only A letter to Iranian leaders by Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton earlier this month has unleashed a debate on the meaning of "correspondence" in the digital age and whether the letter violated a 216-year-old federal law banning citizens from communicating with foreign officials. Continue reading...

Money calls Russians to fight in Ukraine

Glory no draw, and death can pay nothing

Subscriber onlyWhen Alexander Zhitinev left in November to fight with the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, winter had just begun unleashing its fury on the wind-lashed steppe of this impoverished 18th-century frontier town. Continue reading...

Turmoil hits Nigerian elections

Attacks kill 44; millions turn out to malfunctioning polls

Subscriber onlyLAGOS, Nigeria -- Voting in Nigeria's presidential and legislative elections was marred by chaos as officials arrived late to register voters, equipment malfunctioned and attacks that killed dozens of people, including a legislator, were staged in towns in the north and south. Continue reading...

U.K.’s Cameron: High stakes in vote

Subscriber onlyPrime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain’s election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative Party with a personal attack on his main rival. Continue reading...

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