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Canada denies asylum, deports alleged Anonymous hacker to U.S.

Ontario - A former U.S. soldier who fled to Canada in the face of criminal charges filed after he was accused of computer hacking for the group Anonymous has been deported from Canada.

Video shows Los Angeles police shooting man

Los Angeles - Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and circulated widely online, with the department saying officers resorted to deadly force after the man had reached for one of their guns.

Iraq forces take on Tikrit in biggest operation yet

Kirkuk - Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

Seoul - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

Israel's Netanyahu brings Iran nuclear fight to Washington

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ramps up his mission to foil an emerging White House-backed nuclear deal with Iran with a speech on Monday to the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby.

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait

Kuwait City - Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said on Sunday.

Venezuela to limit US diplomats, require visas for Americans

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries.

Terror list potential hang-up to U.S. ties: Cuban diplomat

Havana - Cuba's removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism will be key to restoring formal diplomatic relations between the two nations, the lead Cuban negotiator said in remarks published Saturday.

Iraq reopens Baghdad museum 12 years after looting

Baghdad - Iraq's national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.

Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen'

Aden - A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

U.S. sets out 'bottom lines' for Iran nuclear deal

Washington - The United States set out what it called its "bottom lines" to reach a deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program, ahead of new talks next week.

US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown

Washington - Feuding US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week.

Stopgap DHS funding fails in U.S. House, midnight shutdown looms

Washington - The U.S. House rejected Republican leadership, failing to approve a three-week extension of Department of Homeland Security funding and setting up a dramatic showdown hours before the agency goes into partial shutdown.

Shooter kills cousins in Missouri murder spree

Washington - A gunman who killed seven people in rural Missouri before turning the gun on himself was related to at least four of his victims, police said Friday.

US could reopen embassy in Cuba within weeks

Washington - The United States and Cuba said they made progress Friday in talks on restoring diplomatic ties and Washington could reopen its Havana embassy before a key April summit if differences are overcome.

Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears

Baghdad - A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed.

U.S., Cuba resume normalization talks in Washington

Washington - U.S. and Cuban negotiators on Friday opened a second round of historic talks aimed at overcoming half a century of enmity and restoring full diplomatic ties.

Llamas go on the lam in U.S., Twitter explodes

Los Angeles - A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

With 2016 on horizon, U.S. conservatives rally at CPAC

Washington - Thousands of American conservatives will gather just outside Washington beginning Thursday with a thinly-veiled mission: vet the Republican politicians who might soon announce bids for the White House.

U.S. Senate strikes deal to avert homeland security shutdown

Washington - U.S. Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline.

Cuba, U.S. at odds on ending Havana's terror blacklist

Washington - Just two days ahead of a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties frozen for five decades, Cuba and the United States staked out competing demands to ensure progress.

Breaking Bad-ness: NY cherry factory hid drug op

New York - It could almost be a scene out of hit television program "Breaking Bad.

Putin 'destabilizing' Ukraine, Kerry says

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilizing Ukraine through "land grabs," warning Moscow and the rebels had failed to meet the terms of a tattered ceasefire.

Mexico volcanic ash disrupts US, domestic flights

Puebla - Volcanic ash rained down on the runway of an airport in central Mexico, forcing it to close for several hours on Wednesday and disrupting domestic flights and those to the US.

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Havana - Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations.

Next hearing on Polanski U.S. extradition bid likely in April: Lawyer

Krak - A Polish court adjourned on Wednesday without ruling on whether to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States, where he faces sentencing for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl, his lawyer said."This isn't the last hearing.

New Yorkers charged over IS extremist plot

New York - Two New York Muslims were arraigned in federal court charged with plotting to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and threatening to carry out attacks in the United States.FBI agents arrested Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, at John F.

Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

Ankara - Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.

Pussy Riot take on 'Russian leader' in new House of Cards series

Moscow - The two Pussy Riot punk rockers who served jail time for a stunt slamming President Vladimir Putin have once again struck out at the Russian leader.

Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

Mosul - After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq.
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