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Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia.

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Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

HOUSTON - The United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

26 Feb 2015

'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

LONDON/WASHINGTON - The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.

26 Feb 2015

Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognizing truce is holding

PARASKOVIYVKA/DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line in the east on Thursday, a move that amounted to recognizing that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 was holding at last. | Video

26 Feb 2015

Prosecutors back off charges in California train crash

VENTURA, Calif. - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people will not be criminally charged, at least for now, prosecutors said on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015

Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

BEIRUT - A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. | Video

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Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process

BOSTON - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection.