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  • An Afghan policeman secures an area after a suicide vehicle bomb tore through the area on the outskirts of Kabul, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The explosion came just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced that U.S. and Afghan negotiators had finished a draft to be presented to the Loya Jirga, whom Kabul says must approve the document before Afghanistan signs it.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Bomber Kills 6 In Afghanistan Ahead U.S. Deal Talks

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber tore through the Afghan capital Saturday, just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced U.S. and Afghan negotiators had agreed on a draft deal allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond […]

  • Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Council Strips Mayor Rob Ford Of Powers

    TORONTO  — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford vowed Friday to take City Council to court after it voted overwhelmingly to strip him of some of his powers over his admitted drug use, public drinking and increasingly erratic behavior.
    Then, in a flash […]

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents.  Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Says He’s Getting Professional Help

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced Thursday he’s getting help from health care professionals but again refused to step aside over his drug use and drinking. He also threatened to take legal actions against former staffers who spoke […]

  • Typhoon survivors jostle to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    2 Planes, 3,000 People: Misery In Typhoon-Hit City

    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — When two Philippine Air Force C-130s arrived at the typhoon-wrecked airport here just after dawn Tuesday, more than 3,000 people who had camped out hoping to escape the devastation surged onto the tarmac past a broken […]

  • A survivor walks beside a ship that was washed ashore hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's typhoon Haiyan and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    U.S. Aircraft Carrier Heads To Philippines

    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — A United States aircraft carrier was steaming toward the typhoon-ravaged eastern Philippines on Tuesday to add muscle to relief efforts that have yet to fully begin four days after the disaster.
    The USS George Washington was expected […]

  • Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, pose for a photo under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency have reached a roadmap deal for cooperation during talks in Tehran Saturday that expands the monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. (AP Photo/ ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)

    Deal Struck On Wider U.N. Inspections Of Iran Sites

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran agreed Monday to offer more information and expanded access to U.N. nuclear inspectors – including more openings at a planned reactor and uranium site – even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

  • Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town in Cebu Province, central Philippines November 11, 2013. 
Credit: REUTERS/Charlie Saceda

    Philippine Storm Survivors Beg For Help And Supplies

    TACLOBAN, Philippines  – Desperate survivors of one of the most powerful storms ever recorded begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine in the central Philippines four days after an estimated 10,000 people were killed by a Typhoon […]

  • Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, second from left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrive at a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The European Union's top diplomat and Iran's foreign minister said nuclear talks between six world powers and Tehran did not seal a deal.  (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

    French Out-Tough U.S. Over Iran Nuclear Program

    PARIS (AP) — When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast – a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western […]

  • VIDEO: Venezuela Releases U.S. Journalist From Detention

    VIDEO: Venezuela Releases U.S. Journalist From Detention

    Venezuelan authorities have released the American reporter held in detention since Thursday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures while leaving a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Nuclear talks with Iran have failed to reach agreement, but Kerry said differences between Tehran and six world powers made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

    No Nuclear Deal Between 6 World Powers And Iran

    GENEVA (AP) — Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program ended with no deal early Sunday after France objected that proposed measures didn’t go far enough. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “significant progress” had been made on the remaining […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. France raised questions Saturday about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on whether an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

    Talks Over Iran’s Disputed Nuke Program Hit A Snag

    GENEVA (AP) — Talks on a deal to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program ran into trouble Saturday when France questioned whether the proposal went far enough, casting doubt an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations.
    Chances of […]

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry smiles  as he  arrives at Geneva International airport, Switzerland Friday  Nov. 8, 2013  for closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices.  Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. French, British and German foreign ministers are joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva, who is  coming "to help narrow differences in negotiations," according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. (AP Photo//Denis Balibouse,Pool)

    Kerry Mounts Diplomatic Push On Iran Nuclear Talks

    GENEVA (AP) — With a boost from Russia and China, Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a major diplomatic push Friday to reach an interim nuclear deal with Iran, despite fierce opposition from Israel and uncertainty in Congress.
    Kerry and his […]

  • Kerry Meets Iran Foreign Minister To Close Gaps In Nuclear Talks

    Kerry Meets Iran Foreign Minister To Close Gaps In Nuclear Talks

    GENEVA – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks withIran on curbing its nuclear program and he began talks with Tehran’s foreign minister to try to clinch an interim deal.
    “I want […]

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2002 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Al-Jazeera is reporting that a team of Swiss scientists has found moderate evidence that longtime Palestinian leader Arafat died of poisoning. The Arab satellite channel published a copy of what it said was the scientists' report on its website on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

    Arafat’s Mysterious Death Becomes A Whodunit

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Yasser Arafat’s mysterious 2004 death turned into a whodunit Thursday after Swiss scientists who examined his remains said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium.
    Yet hard proof remains elusive, and nine years on, […]

  • Andrew Parker the head of M15, John Sawers the head of M16 and Iain Lobban GCHQ director (L-R) are seen attending an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Parliament, in this still image taken from video in London November 7, 2013. REUTERS/UK Parliament via REUTERS TV

    UK Spy Chiefs Emerge From Shadows To Blast Edward Snowden

    LONDON  – Britain’s intelligence chiefs used their first ever joint public appearance to complain that documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden had put secret operations at risk and were being “lapped up” by al Qaeda.
    In an unprecedented […]

  • Military personnel walk in a military base during the "Steadfast Jazz" military exercise in Adazi November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

    NATO War Games Worry Moscow

    ADAZI, Latvia- NATO is staging its biggest military exercise in seven years this week in the Baltic countries and Poland but its insistence that the drills are not aimed at sharpening defenses against a resurgent Russia have not convinced Moscow.
    NATO says the […]

  • Toronto Mayor Apologizes For Smoking Crack, Will Not Resign

    Toronto Mayor Apologizes For Smoking Crack, Will Not Resign

    Nov. 5 – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes profusely for smoking crack cocaine but insists he’ll keep his job and run for office again next year. Mana Rabiee reports.

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his weekly radio show at News Talk 1010 in Toronto November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits He Smoked Crack Cocaine

    TORONTO  – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine, probably “in one of my drunken stupors,” but insisted he’s not an addict.
    Speaking just days after Toronto’s police chief confirmed that police have recovered a […]

  • VIDEO: Pakistan Accuses U.S. of Undermining Taliban Peace Talks

    VIDEO: Pakistan Accuses U.S. of Undermining Taliban Peace Talks

    Pakistan officials claim a reported U.S. drone strike that killed the Taliban’s top commander in the country may have undermined planned peace talks.

  • VIDEO: China President Xi Confident About Healthy Economic Growth

    VIDEO: China President Xi Confident About Healthy Economic Growth

    China President Xi Jinping told a group of Chinese and foreign business leaders he is confident that China will have healthy economic growth and will not fall into a middle-income trap. State media quoted Xi as saying “We are currently […]

  • Officials: U.S. Drone Kills Pakistani Taliban Leader

    Officials: U.S. Drone Kills Pakistani Taliban Leader

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Friday, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, in a report that if confirmed would be a major blow to the group that comes just a day […]

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Snowden Seeks The World’s Help Against U.S. Charges

    BERLIN (AP) — Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after meeting the American in Moscow.
    Snowden said he would like […]

  • United Nations (U.N.) vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), leave their hotel in Damascus October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

    Syria Meets Deadline To Destroy Chemical Production Facilities

    BEIRUT – Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.
    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), […]

  • Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials defended U.S. efforts in Syria Thursday against blistering criticism from Republicans who claim Washington has goals, but no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast.
    Robert […]

  • FILE - In this photo released Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, samples brought back by the U.N. chemical weapons inspection team are checked in upon their arrival at The Hague, Netherlands. An official at the global chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has completed destruction of critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 31, because the OPCW had not yet made the announcement public. (AP Photo/OPCW, Henry Arvidsson, File)

    Watchdog: Syria Destroyed Chemical Arms Equipment

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria has completed the destruction of equipment used to produce chemical weapons, a global watchdog said Thursday, meeting another deadline in an ambitious timeline to eliminate the country’s entire stockpile by mid-2014.
    The announcement highlights President Bashar Assad’s […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. Senate and House leaders, as well as Kerry, gathered on Wednesday to dedicate the Churchill bust, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the US and the United Kingdom. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. watches at right. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Kerry To Mideast, Europe On Damage Control Mission

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American […]

  • An illustration picture shows the logos of Google and Yahoo connected with LAN cables in a Berlin office October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

    German Journalists Urged To Shun Google and Yahoo

    FRANKFURT – The union representing German journalists advised its members on Thursday to stop using Google and Yahoo because of reported snooping by U.S. and British intelligence.
    “The German Federation of Journalists recommends journalists to avoid until further notice the use […]

  • FILE - In this June 19, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, arrive for a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin. Reports based on leaks from former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden suggest the U.S. has monitored the telephone communications of 35 foreign leaders. The fact that Merkel was among them has been particularly troubling to many in Europe and on Capitol Hill, given her status as a senior stateswoman, the leader of Europe’s strongest economy, and a key American ally on global economics, Iranian nuclear negotiations and the Afghanistan war.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    Spying Tests Trust Between Obama, Merkel

    WASHINGTON  — When President Barack Obama visited Berlin in June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a point of showing him a balcony in her office overlooking train tracks that crossed the border of her once-divided country – a symbol of […]

  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 29: Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during an awards ceremony at the Kremlin October 29, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Putin awarded 50 Russian artists, actors, scientists, businessmen and workers with orders or medals. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

    Russia Spying On G20 Leaders? Kremlin Denies Italian Reports Of Skullduggery

    ROME/MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Russia has denied reports that its intelligence services spied on hundreds of foreign delegates at a Group of 20 summit in St Petersburg in September using gifts such as teddy bears, diaries and free USB […]


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