Pressure to arm Kiev could increase despite risks: top U.S. diplomat


BERLIN - The second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat warned on Friday that pressure to arm Ukraine would increase if aggression from pro-Russian separatists persisted, even though Moscow would easily be able to send more weapons into the country than the West.

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U.S. not decided yet on Ukraine national guard training: official

WASHINGTON - The United States has not yet made a final decision on whether to move ahead with previously announced training of Ukrainian national guard troops battling Russian-backed separatists in the country's east, a U.S. military official said on Friday.

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Future of Syria's Nusra Front in question after commander killed


BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syrian branch was left reeling on Friday after its military chief was killed in an apparent army air strike, adding to confusion over the future path of the most powerful group opposing both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State. | Video

World, Syria 10:54am EST

Advancing Iraq troops enter strategic town on edge of Tikrit


BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces and Iran-backed militiamen entered a town on the southern outskirts of Saddam Hussein's home city Tikrit on Friday, pressing on with the biggest offensive yet against Islamic State militants that seized the north last year.

World, Iraq 10:46am EST

Apple to replace AT&T in Dow industrials


NEW YORK - Apple Inc , the largest U.S. company by market value, will join the storied Dow Jones industrial average , replacing AT&T Inc , in a change that reflects the dominant position of iPhone maker in the U.S. economy and society.

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South Korea police investigate U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North


SEOUL - South Korean police said on Friday they were investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. | Video

Snowden says he'd like to return to Geneva


GENEVA - Edward Snowden has made a public appeal for Switzerland to grant him asylum, saying he would like to return to live in Geneva, where he once worked undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Winter storm moves away, eastern U.S. to remain cold


WASHINGTON - Record-breaking cold gripped the U.S. from Texas to New York on Friday as a winter storm that dropped roughly two feet of snow (61 cm) on parts of the eastern United States moved out to sea.

U.S., Environment 9:52am EST

U.S. labor market flexes muscles in February


WASHINGTON - U.S. employment accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June.

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Kremlin critic Navalny, out of jail, vows to fight on


MOSCOW - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and promised that Russia's opposition will continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. | Video

World, Russia 8:50am EST

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.