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The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to a family of undocumented residents in an impoverished corner of oil-rich Kuwait, two members of the country's so-called stateless community said Monday.
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Turkish journalist arrested for 'framing' military officers

The Associated Press  |  posted 22 minutes ago
Turkey's state-run news agency says a journalist has been arrested pending trial for his alleged role in a conspiracy against military officers who were convicted in 2012 of plotting to overthrow the government.
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Polish top senator: Russia banned me from Nemtsov's funeral

The Associated Press  |  posted 22 minutes ago
Poland's Senate speaker says Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.
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Toronto police say no criminal intent with tunnel

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  posted 22 minutes ago
Two men built a mysterious tunnel discovered near a Pan Am Games venue in Toronto and there was no criminal intent, police said Monday.
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Bomb blast in downtown Cairo wounds 9 people

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 8:42am
A midday bomb blast in one of the busiest boulevards in downtown Cairo wounded nine people on Monday, the police said. Shortly after the explosion, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying

Laura Mills, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 8:31am
Conflicting reports emerged Monday about the availability of possible surveillance footage showing the slaying of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce Kremlin critic gunned down in Moscow, as top Russian officials again promised that his killing would be "fully investigated."
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British police charge 10 people in child sex exploitation

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 8:00am
Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England.
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Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 8:00am
Pakistani officials say hundreds of parents have been arrested in recent days because they refused to allow vaccinators to give their children the polio vaccine.
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Namibian president wins African leadership prize

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 7:50am
Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011.
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US ambassador's Cyprus-Russia tweet upsets Cypriot president

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 7:42am
Cyprus' president on Monday sharply rebuked the U.S. ambassador on the Mediterranean island for a tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.
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Spain asks US for help on extraditions from Cuba

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 7:32am
Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group ETA from the communist country.
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Estonian PM aims for coalition talks to create new govt

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 7:20am
Estonia's prime minister is preparing to form a new government after his ruling Reform Party won the parliamentary election. The country's president is suggesting that he create a broad coalition.
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China state media seen stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 7:10am
Western values are a "ticket to hell," a newspaper published by China's Communist Party said in a recent editorial that held up Ukraine and some Arab countries as examples of outside ideas causing turmoil.
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Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:51am
Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.
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US ambassador to Yemen meets country's embattled president

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:41am
The U.S. ambassador to Yemen visited the country's embattled president Monday in the southern port city of Aden, where Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has set up base after fleeing house arrest at the hands of Shiite rebels in the capital, Sanaa.
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Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:31am
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons.
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Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they're police recruits

Francis Kokutse, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:01am
Hundreds of Ghanaians reported to police stations around the country over the weekend thinking they were new police recruits, only to find out they were the victims of a scam, police said.
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Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:01am
A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar's leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge.
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China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:01am
Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.
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Libyan parliament names Hifter top army commander

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:00am
Khalifa Hifter, a veteran general leading a campaign against Islamist militias, has been named the general commander of the armed forces loyal to the internationally-backed government.
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Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:00am
A Saudi diplomat abducted by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been freed after nearly three years in captivity and has returned home to Riyadh, the kingdom said Monday.
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Iran blames West for rise of Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 6:00am
Iran's foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.
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'Jihadi John' was hardworking student, says former principal

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 2nd - 5:51am
The man who became the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday.
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