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Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations while in power for 31 years, died Monday. He was 91.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015

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Syria Kurds yet to be fully embraced by US in anti-IS fight

BEIRUT (AP) — For four months, Syrian Kurdish fighters battled the Islamic State group in the rubble-strewn streets of Kobani as U.S. aircraft pounded the extremists from the skies, a joint effort that ultimately expelled the militants from the town and marked their bloodiest defeat in Syria since the air campaign began in September.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015

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Justices hear free speech dispute over license plates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is weighing a free-speech challenge to Texas' refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015

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Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015

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US, Iran cite progress in nuke talks, though deal is unclear

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States and Iran reported significant progress Saturday toward a nuclear agreement, with the Iranian president declaring a deal within reach. America's top diplomat was more reserved, leaving open whether world powers and Tehran would meet a March 31 deadline.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015

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US first lady urges Cambodian students to seek more freedoms

 

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to finish their education, follow their dreams and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015

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Judge orders US release of military detainee abuse photos

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015

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Afghan president to embark on landmark Washington visit

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled U.S-Afghan relations.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015

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