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Kerry: Anti-Israel bias undercuts U.N. rights panel

Subscriber onlyGENEVA -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came to Israel's defense Monday amid growing political tensions between the allies, saying that anti-Israeli bias by the United Nations' top rights panel is undermining its mission. Continue reading...

Iraqis begin fight to retake Tikrit

Islamic State-held city seen as strategic to Mosul offensive

Subscriber onlyBAGHDAD -- Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. Continue reading...

'Jihadi John' born stateless, two say

Subscriber onlyKUWAIT CITY -- The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to a family in an impoverished corner of oil-rich Kuwait belonging to the country's so-called stateless community, two members of that community said Monday. Continue reading...

U.N.: Latest Ukraine fighting killed 842

Subscriber onlyGENEVA -- The United Nations said Monday that a sharp escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine from mid-January to the middle of last month had left at least 842 people dead and more than 3,400 wounded, with hundreds missing and many buried without their deaths being recorded. Continue reading...

Reporter detained in Iran allowed to hire attorney

Subscriber onlyDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- After more than seven months behind bars in an Iranian prison, detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has for the first time been allowed to hire a defense lawyer, according to his family. Continue reading...

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Thousands honor slain Putin foe

Mostly silent march in Moscow pays tribute to Nemtsov

Subscriber onlyMOSCOW -- For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. Continue reading...

Ukraine truce mostly holding

Shelling stops, but small-arms fire remains, officials say

Subscriber onlyKIEV, Ukraine -- The truce in Ukraine's easternmost region is mostly holding with no artillery shelling and no recent casualties among Ukrainian government forces amid some small-arms fire, a military spokesman said. Continue reading...

Aircraft ocean-tracking trial set

Subscriber onlySYDNEY -- Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday. Continue reading...

Prisoner's female no-touch rule lifted

Subscriber onlyGUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge has lifted his restraining order and is again allowing female prison guards to touch an alleged war criminal while moving him between Guantanamo’s most clandestine prison and legal appointments. Continue reading...

Iraq warns Sunnis before attack on city

Premier calls on fighters in Saddam’s hometown to abandon Islamic State

Subscriber onlyBAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the extremists. Continue reading...

Yemen rebels, loyalists digging in

Iran flight arrives in Houthi-held capital with medical supplies

Subscriber onlySANAA, Yemen -- An Iranian airplane delivered supplies to Yemen's Shiite rebel-held capital on Sunday, while the president gained support from influential tribal and provincial leaders in signs that the rival camps seeking to rule the rapidly unraveling country are entrenching their positions. Continue reading...

After Egypt court ruling, Gaza uneasy

Subscriber onlyGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Gaza residents said Sunday that they fear growing isolation and more hardships after an Egyptian court declared the territory's ruling Hamas a terrorist organization. Some blamed the Islamic militant Hamas while others said Egypt is being unreasonable. Continue reading...

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Kremlin foes grieve death, point fingers

As theories fly, some see government hand in killing

Subscriber onlyMOSCOW -- Russian opposition leaders on Saturday accused the Kremlin of being behind the death of a figure of post-Soviet politics, Boris Nemtsov, as they struggled to come to grips with the highest-profile assassination of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power. Continue reading...

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