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New Jersey Gov. Christie drops 2016 Republican presidential bid: aide

WASHINGTON New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will end his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a senior aide said on Wednesday, a day after his disappointing sixth place showing in the New Hampshire primary.

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Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

NEW DELHI The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

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.

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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". | Video

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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.

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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.