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Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama's White House despite holding no formal government position.

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Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time

- Google Inc unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo on Tuesday, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post.

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Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions -- the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. | Video

Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent, two more die from wounds in Kiev protests

KIEV - A fragile truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding on Tuesday as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.

World, Russia 10:31am EDT

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

U.S., Environment 4:16pm EDT

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

Russia, Tech, Cybersecurity 1:19am EDT
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White supremacist should die for three Kansas murders, prosecutor argues

OLATHE, Kan. - A prosecutor urged a jury on Tuesday to give a Missouri white supremacist he called a "remorseless killer" a death sentence for murdering three people, including a boy, he thought were Jewish outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year.

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Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra: U.N

BEIRUT - Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. | Video