Republican Christie's U.S. presidential campaign in trouble

WASHINGTON Republican Chris Christie's U.S. presidential campaign looked to be in trouble on Wednesday amid news reports he would drop his White House bid and narrow the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump.

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North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

SEOUL North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

In crucial vote, Hillary Clinton fails to rally women to her history-making bid

MANCHESTER, N.H./COLUMBIA, S.C. Hillary Clinton made the prospect of her being elected the first woman U.S. president a centerpiece of her campaign, then lost a critical nominating contest to a 74-year-old man in part because women preferred him.

Election 2016, Politics 12:42pm EST

Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

RECIFE Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil.

Health, Brazil 5:10am EST

Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over support for Syrian Kurds

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington's inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a "sea of blood".

World, Syria, United Nations 11:04am EST

Putin may benefit from meeting of pope and patriarch

VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW A meeting between Pope Francis and Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday could not happen without a green light from President Vladimir Putin, diplomats and analysts say, and he may be one the beneficiaries.

World, Russia, Pope 12:23pm EST

Judge clears Kentucky clerk, OKs marriage licenses with her name removed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The federal judge who threw Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis into jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said she had not interfered with the process since her release and that licenses with her name removed should still be valid.


NATO to agree new Russian deterrent but avoid Cold War footing

BRUSSELS NATO is ready to agree on Wednesday its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.