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  • AP Interview: Assad adviser says he may run again

    January 29, 2014 2:21 PM 8

    (Keystone, Martial Trezzini/ Associated Press ) - Bouthaina Shaaban, advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad, briefs the media, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Shaaban spoke after a meeting between government and opposition delegates with the U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi

  • Rand Paul: GOP can lure back young voters

    January 29, 2014 12:53 PM 56

    Sen. Rand Paul believes the Republican Party will make a comeback with young voters, especially in the South, after “drifting toward the other party” in much of the country. The topic came up Tuesday as Paul met with a high school senior from Arkansas, a meeting POLITICO was invited to attend and which came hours before Paul was to deliver a response

  • 1st phase of Syria talks end Friday, gap quite large

    January 29, 2014 11:02 AM 14

    GENEVA - U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says the first phase of the Syria peace talks in Geneva will end on Friday, as scheduled. Brahimi told reporters that the gap between the two sides remains "quite large" and that he does not expect any substantial achievements. He said both sides will decide on Friday when the second phase of the talks will take place

  • Mexico announces anti-kidnapping plan

    January 29, 2014 3:26 AM 20

    MEXICO CITY – The government of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto promised Tuesday to pay new attention to kidnapping, a crime that has increased substantially during the president’s 13 months in office. The administration rolled out a new anti-kidnapping plan that calls for greater coordination and data sharing among federal and local officials, an oversight

  • Officer shoots teen at Hawaii school after scuffle

    January 28, 2014 9:01 PM 26

    Posted 8:30 p.m. today Updated 8:31 p.m. today HONOLULU — A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist Tuesday morning at a Hawaii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said. State Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said the boy showed up at Roosevelt High School near downtown

  • Number implicated in US Air Force nuclear missile cheating probe doubles

    January 28, 2014 6:50 PM 33

    WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. Air Force service members implicated in a nuclear-force cheating scandal has roughly doubled from the 34 initially cited, officials said Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear whether the additional 30-plus airmen suspected of being involved in cheating on proficiency tests for missile launch operations are alleged to have participated

  • Southerners warned to prepare for messy snow and ice

    January 28, 2014 11:13 AM 21

    ATLANTA – A winter storm warning has been issued for most of central Georgia and parts the Carolinas and officials across the South have readied road crews and closed schools in anticipation of a blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday. Popular warm-weather tourist destinations including Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Pensacola

  • People smuggler Billu sentenced to seven years' jail

    January 28, 2014 11:03 AM 21

    A people smuggler linked to the deaths of 96 asylum seekers has been sentenced to seven years in jail in Indonesia. Pakistani Javed Mehmet Bhat, 54, known as Billu, was convicted over two boatloads of asylum seekers sent to Australia in June 2012 and February 2013. One boat sank on June 21, 2012, while carrying 204 mainly Afghan and Pakistani asylum

  • Warm-weather U.S. states brace for blast of freezing precipitation

    January 28, 2014 10:21 AM 19

    ATLANTA - A blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday could scatter snow and ice across the Deep South, prompting officials from New Orleans to North Carolina to ready road crews and close some schools. Popular warm-weather tourist destinations including Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Pensacola, Fla., and New Orleans were expecting

  • Karadzic and Mladic appear together at ICTY trial

    January 28, 2014 9:17 AM 27

    Two of the most powerful figures from the 1990s war in Bosnia are appearing together in public for the first time since the end of the conflict. Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has called ex-deputy Ratko Mladic to give evidence at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mr Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide relating to the Srebrenica