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Kunduz Clinic 'Mistakenly Struck'

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, told the Senate Armed Services Committee a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was "mistakenly struck" in an airstrike that left 22 people dead. The clinic was operated by Doctors Without Borders

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) applaud for Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani during his address to a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Political Betting Market Raises Questions on Insider Trading

The average citizen can legally place real-money wagers on politics, in a marketplace approved by federal regulators. The new market for political betting has raised questions about the spread of online betting markets that have few rules to prevent insider trading

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Keene, New Hampshire

Trump Exposes Divisions in Latino Community

When Donald Trump backed out of an event with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he inadvertently exposed major tensions simmering within the organization over how to deal with his candidacy, a microcosm of the divisions within the Hispanic community

Microsoft has unveiled its first laptop, dubbed the Surface Book. An extension of the company's Surface computing lineup, the device converts between tablet and laptop modes and is one of a series of new products that take aim at rival Apple

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Socialists' Grip on Power in Venezuela Remains Strong

Amid food shortages, galloping crime and inflation that could top 150% this year, polls in Venezuela show swelling support for the country’s political opposition, but it's too soon to count out the ruling Socialist Party, which has a monopoly on power

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Facebook Loses Data Privacy Fight in E.U.

The E.U.'s highest court threw out a key U.S.-European agreement called Safe Harbor, which for years has allowed companies including Facebook to transfer their customers' data back and forth across the Atlantic without having to ask their permission in advance

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius Denied Parole, Psychotherapy Ordered

Oscar Pistorius has been denied parole and ordered to undergo psychotherapy, crashing the former Olympic athlete's hopes of an early release that would have enabled him to serve out the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest


McDonald's Starts All-Day Breakfast

McDonald's is launching its much-anticipated all-day breakfast in a bid to boost its sales and remain competitive with restaurants like Taco Bell and Starbucks, which have experienced spikes due to their morning offerings


Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Neutrino Discovery

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. The two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities

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Russia Struggles to Justify Syria Bombing

As Russian jets have flown bombing raids against rebels in Syria, the search to justify this military effort has strained Kremlin propagandists and bewildered audiences. Unlike the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin is struggling to sell its action in Syria to an unconvinced public


Obama to Meet With Oregon Victims' Families

President Obama will travel to Roseburg, Ore. on Friday to privately meet with families of the victims of the mass shooting on a community college campus there. The visit comes at the start of a pre-scheduled trip to the West Coast

European Council President Tusk addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the results of the last informal European Council, in Strasbourg

3 Million More Refugees Could Flee Syria

Up to 3 million additional refugees could flee the fighting in Syria, E.U. Council President Donald Tusk warned. The wave of refugees could worsen a migration crisis that has put pressure on European border facilities and strained relations between EU member states