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3 Astronauts to Blast Off for 1-year Trip to Space Station

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko walk after their space suits were tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko walk after their space suits were tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan—An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team,...




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    BENJINA, Indonesia—The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands... Read more

  • A French army helicopter heads to the Germanwings flight crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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  • Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview, in New York. The founder of a heavily visited Wiki site about the prosecutions of U.S. star defendant Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend is bracing for a spike in traffic when Italy’s high court decides next Wednesday, March 25, 2015 whether to confirm the guilty verdicts against the former lovers in the 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

    Italy High Court Deciding Fate of ‘Very Worried’ Amanda Knox

    ROME— Italy’s high court began hearing the appeal of Amanda Knox’s murder conviction Wednesday as it considered the fate of the “very worried” American student... Read more

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    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refugee, five officials told The... Read more

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    White House Plans Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of... Read more

  • A Germanwings Airbus takes off at Duesseldorf International Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Tuesday. Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf with 150 people on board has crashed in the French Alps. (Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

    Could Airplane Age Be a Factor in Crash of 24-Year-Old Germanwings A320?

    The Germanwings A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 onboard, was 24 years old which puts the plane into the... Read more

  • The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. (AP/Edlib News Network ENN)

    Nusra Front Quietly Rises in Syria as Islamic State Targeted

    BEIRUT—The Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and... Read more

  • Pakistani Army soldiers guard nuclear-capable missiles at the International Defence Exhibition in Karachi on November 27, 2008. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pakistan Wants Short-Range Nuclear Missiles to Deter India

    WASHINGTON—A top adviser to the government of Pakistan says it needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter archrival India, although critics fear it could increase... Read more

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    US, Afghan Leaders Lay Groundwork for Postwar Relations

    CAMP DAVID, Maryland—U.S. and Afghan leaders laid the groundwork Monday for new relations between the two countries linked for years as war partners, including plans... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, health workers walk past graves after they buried a person that they suspect died from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. One year after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak, vaccine trials are under way in Liberia and Guinea. Sierra Leone will start a trial later this month. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

    WHO Denies Politics Swayed Ebola Emergency Declaration

    LONDON — The World Health Organization denied Monday that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus... Read more

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    A Glance at Women in Leadership Roles in Business Worldwide

    LONDON—Companies are trying to increase the number of women in executive positions amid evidence that it brings higher profits, surveys show. Many still struggle to... Read more

  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners march in a parade calling for an end to the persecution in China, as the U.S. Capitol building is in the background, in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2014. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    Religious Persecution and the Need for Inter-Faith Understanding

    A 2011 Pew Forum study estimated that Christians then numbered about 2.1 billion worldwide. According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group... Read more

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    2016 Athletes’ Village Set to Become Luxury Housing

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Developers brag that the athletes’ village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will rival a five-star resort. The village will be turned... Read more

  • US soldiers patrol near Kandahar Airfield on June 3, 2014. Members of the 1st Battalion, 12th Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division patrolled areas near Kandahar Airfield to protect the base from rocket attacks, and also visited Afghan police and polling stations to check on the security for the upcoming presidential election runoff. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Pullout From Afghanistan Hinged to Developing Forces

    WASHINGTON—The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains tightly... Read more

  • A plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The new labeling on March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)

    US Anti-Drugs Work in Colombia Uses Cancer-Linked Herbicide

    BOGOTA, Colombia—New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program... Read more


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