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Iran president 'to visit Turkey on Monday'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to visit Turkey on Monday, for the first time since he was elected last year, a Turkish official said. The Iranian leader is expected to meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara for talks on bilateral ties and the broader Middle East, the official told AFP on Thursday. Ankara and Tehran are trying to mend relations strained over the Syria conflict, with Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey backing the rebels seeking to oust him. Iran's contentious nuclear programme is also expected to figure high on the agenda of Ankara talks.

Hagel tours US Navy cruiser deployed off Romania

CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a tour Thursday of the U.S. Navy cruiser Vella Gulf, the deadliest U.S. vessel deployed to the Black Sea since the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to face trial over demos

A Venezuelan opposition leader has been ordered to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government demonstration, prosecutors said Thursday. A judge ruled that Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in custody for three months, should stand trial, the prosecutor's office said. Lopez is charged specifically over violence that broke out during a rally against the government of Nicolas Maduro on February 12.

Merkel, Cameron in tough talks over top EU job

The row over the top EU job escalated Thursday after officials said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron had "candid" talks on the hotly debated issue. London objects to Merkel's favoured candidate to become the next European Commission chief, former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, on the grounds that he supports further political union in the 28-member bloc. A spokesman for Cameron said he met Merkel at Britain's EU office in Brussels after a dinner for leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations. "Their discussions focused on the next European Commission -- the issues it should focus on and the appointment of the next president," the spokesman said.

Six killed as militants assault Iraq's Samarra

Samarra (Iraq) (AFP) - Militants launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Samarra on Thursday, killing six people and occupying neighbourhoods, in the latest display of their reach and the weakness of security forces. The militants, travelling in dozens of vehicles, some mounted with anti-aircraft guns, attacked a major checkpoint on the southeast side of Samarra, killing the security forces guarding it and burning their vehicles, witnesses said. They then took control of several areas of the city, north of Baghdad, according to witnesses, who reported seeing the bodies of both security forces and gunmen in the streets. The police officer said security forces have withdrawn from other areas to defend a revered Shiite shrine in central Samarra, which was bombed in February 2006, sparking a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands.

Russian PM says G7 support for Ukraine 'cynicism without limit'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday accused the Group of Seven of "cynicism" for backing Ukraine's military operation against armed pro-Russian insurgents. "The so-called G7 even talks about the measured actions of the Ukrainian army against its own people," Medvedev told ministers, quoted by the Interfax news agency. "This is cynicism without limit." In a joint communique released at a G7 summit in Brussels on Wednesday, world leaders encouraged Ukraine to "maintain a measured approach in pursuing operations to restore law and order."

The tea party is after Eric Cantor. Seriously.

In a lot of ways, Dave Brat is your typical tea party-style insurgent running in a Republican primary this year. He's an economics professor at a tiny college, a striped-tie, free market enthusiast who decries debt and immigration. But, he's taking on the second most powerful Republican in the House.

Southern-Fried Freedom Lovers

In a region long dominated by conservative Republicans, Libertarian candidates are shaking up three races—and connecting with voters angry at both parties and shifting on gay marriage.

D-Day: The Bloody Turning of the Tide

Pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-Day invasion.

The House GOP’s Big Immigration Fail

It’s still not too late for the House to put together a modest but meaningful immigration bill. I’m just not holding my breath.

The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling

Female candidates once had to prove their toughness above all and never mention their personal lives. Now they should show strength—but still be likable, according to new research.

China Has a Dwarf Amusement Park

In 2009, an amusement park opened with a very strange theme: little people. While human rights groups have called it exploitative, performers say it makes their lives in China better.

US Spies Worry About Gitmo 5’s New Home

Under the terms of the deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Qatar will keep the senior Taliban figures in house arrest for a year. But U.S. officials say relying on the emirate is unwise.

Confessions of a Human Trafficker

A man who helped smuggle desperate Libyans into Europe has revealed the details of his trafficking racket to Italian authorities—and the testimony is chilling.

The Cult of ‘Star Wars’ Legend Boba Fett

Boba doesn’t say much. Boba was born in the hated holiday special. And as George Lucas said, Boba just sort of dies. Yet Star Wars’ infamous bounty hunter may be getting a spin-off.

Amazon Is NOT the Putin of Books

In its battle with Hachette, Amazon is being compared to Putin and the Mafia—by critics who want you to pay more for books.

The Hippie Who Conquered Hollywood

If Jennifer Lawrence is the girl you want to be, then Shailene Woodley is the girl that you are—and her gift is for making that person just as inviting as the idealized alternative.

Will McConnell Face a Senate Coup?

He easily fought off a primary challenge, but he faces a tough November election—and a Tea Party whose top priority is dropping him as leader, whether or not the GOP retakes the Senate.