- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on ‘outdated’ agencies
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
- Happy Meal: Couple goes to McDonald’s, leaves with bag packed with cash
- Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
Nobel jury concerned about Chinese winner
OSLO, Norway | The spokesman for the Norwegian Nobel Committee says the panel is very concerned by the lack of information about Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese dissident awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
Permanent Secretary Geir Lundestad says the committee hasn’t received any updates about Mr. Liu’s whereabouts or well-being since October, when the prize was announced and Mr. Liu’s wife went to visit him in prison.
NATO airstrike kills two civilians
The attack killed a suspected Haqqani Network leader and two other insurgents in Tere Zayi district on Wednesday, NATO said.
“At the time of the strike, two civilians were walking near the moving targeted vehicle,” NATO said. “They were previously unseen by coalition forces prior to the initiation of the airstrike. Unfortunately both were killed as an unintended result of the strike.”
6.8-magnitude quake strikes border region
YANGON | A strong earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.
The quake struck along Myanmar’s borders with Thailand and Laos, about 70 miles from Chiang Rai.
The northern Thai city sustained a little damage, according reports from Thai television.
The 6.8-magnitude quake was just 6 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
At that strength and depth, the monitor said that 600,000 people got shaking anywhere from strong to violent and that the buildings are considered vulnerable, so moderate to heavy damage is expected in homes.
Suicide bomber kills five at police station
PARACHINAR | A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing five and wounding more than two dozen people, police said.
It was the second attack in as many days against police in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that has been hit by militants many times over the past several years.
The dead included one officer and four passers-by, said Rashid Khan, the top police official in Hangu. Most of the 30 wounded in the attack in Doaba were also passers-by.
Probe finds no proof troops killed journalist
BANGKOK | Thai police said Thursday that they had no evidence to indicate troops killed Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto last year, backing a recent reversal of preliminary findings that a soldier may have fired the fatal bullet.
After reviewing a report by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI), police said they could not determine whether Mr. Muramoto, a 43-year-old Japanese national, was killed by troops while filming anti-government demonstrations last April.
Jury mulls verdict in milkshake murder
HONG KONG | A Hong Kong jury is deliberating in the retrial of an American woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband after drugging his milkshake.
The jury reached no verdict Thursday. It will reconvene Friday, when a decision is possible.
The original trial found Nancy Kissel, a native of Adrian, Mich., guilty of killing her husband seven years ago. A judge later ordered a retrial.
The first trial grabbed worldwide attention as it described the breakdown of a wealthy expatriate marriage.
From wire dispatches and staff reports
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- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- CARSON: Getting to the top by starting at the bottom
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- Obama returns to class warfare as poll numbers plunge
- Hack attack: 2 million Facebook, Twitter passwords stolen
- Democratic infighting erupts over 'we can have it all' fantasy on entitlements
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam by parachute to kill snakes
- CURL: 'Mission Accomplished' for Obamacare
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