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Russia, U.S. clear way for Syria meeting after Kerry Moscow talks

By Lesley Wroughton & Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia & the United States see enough usual ground on Syria for world powers to meet on the troubled country's peace…

US high school graduation rate ticks up to 82 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. high school graduation rate inched up to 82 percent & the achievement gap narrowed, according to new federal data that raise concern among education officials…

Iran's October missile test violated UN ban -expert panel

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested in October was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a…

Dangers for journalists still high in 2015: watchdogs

Journalists faced ongoing threats of jail or abduction for their work in many areas of the world, with China & Egypt imprisoning the largest number of reporters, watchdog groups said…

British watchdog investigates Reckitt's Nurofen Express ad

(Reuters) – Britain's advertising watchdog is investigating whether a television ad for Reckitt Benckiser Group's Nurofen Express pain relief tablets misled consumers with unfounded claims. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)…

WHO to distribute medical supplies in Yemen under ceasefire

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that under a U.N.-brokered ceasefire it had begun delivering urgent medical supplies in Yemen, where health services…

Thai man gets 40 years in prison for insulting King's dog

Thanakorn Siripaiboon was arrested at his home in Bangkok last week after authorities accused the factory worker of writing a “sarcastic” post on social media approximately Tongdaeng, King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s…

At last, lovemaking for Sheldon, Amy on 'Big Bang Theory'

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — In the same week, "Star Wars" returns & scientists-in-love Sheldon & Amy finally consummate their relationship on "The Big Bang Theory." Could even the geekiest fan…

Sting regales Carnegie Hall crowd with old favorites

NEW YORK (AP) — They say it's practice, practice, practice that gets you to Carnegie Hall. But for Sting, it was a chance encounter with Britain's Queen Mother when he…

Instead of jade, Myanmar's gem scavengers find heroin and destitution

By Aye Win Myint YANGON (Reuters) – Unsuccessful jade scavengers in Myanmar seeking to assuage their despair are swelling a tide of drug abuse in Kachin state that presents a…