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UK's Cameron returning to power, Labour routed in Scotland

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are set to govern Britain for another five years after an unexpectedly strong showing, but may have to grapple with renewed calls for Scottish independence after nationalists surged. (BRITAIN-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 8, PICTURES, TV), moved, by David Milliken and Kate Holton, 704 words)

- BRITAIN-ELECTION/SCOTLAND (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Alistair Smout and Andy Bruce, 681 words

Greece defies euro zone on pension, labour reform

ATHENS/BRUSSELS - Greece defies its international creditors, refusing to cut pensions and planning to rehire thousands of sacked workers, dimming prospects of progress next week toward securing desperately needed financial aid. (EUROZONE-GREECE/ (WRAPUP 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Renee Maltezou and Alastair Macdonald, 1,026 words)

U.S. Senate passes Iran nuclear review bill, House up next

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international agreement with Iran aimed at keeping it from developing nuclear weapons. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/CONGRESS (UPDATE 2, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Patricia Zengerle, 562 words)


Thailand's trafficking crackdown adds to migrants' misery

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand - A crackdown on human trafficking networks in Thailand is putting migrants fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh at more risk as smugglers hold their captives for longer at sea and hide deeper in the jungle, say activists and officials. (THAILAND-ROHINGYA/CRACKDOWN (PIX), expect by 0800 GMT/4 AM ET, by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Aubrey Belford, 600 words)

- THAILAND-ROHINGYA/TRAFFICKING, moving shortly, Pracha Hariraksapitak, 350 words


U.S. operation kills Al Qaeda man who claimed Paris attacks-sources

WASHINGTON - U.S. operation kills senior Al Qaeda figure who issued claim of responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, according to U.S. sources familiar with matter and reported video posted by group. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/AQAP (UPDATE 3), moved, 524 words)

U.S. NSA's phone spying program ruled illegal by appeals court

NEW YORK - U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, federal appeals court rules, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end controversial anti-terrorism surveillance. (USA-SECURITY/NSA (UPDATE 4, PICTURES), moved, by Jonathan Stempel, 877 words)


U.S. military starts training Syrian fighters to combat Islamic State

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL - United States begins long-awaited program to train Syrian fighters to go into combat against Islamic State, Pentagon says, deepening America's role in Syria's civil war after eight months of air strikes against Sunni militants. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-USA (UPDATE 3, PICTURES TV), moved, by Phil Stewart and Dasha Afanasieva, 521 words)

Saudi-led coalition vows to hit Yemen's Houthis despite truce offer

RIYADH/CAIRO - Saudi-led forces say they will respond harshly against Yemen's Houthi rebels after attacks on citizens in border areas, hours after kingdom offers five-day humanitarian truce if the Shi'ite militia stop fighting. (YEMEN-SECURITY/SAUDI-OPERATIONS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Lesley Wroughton and Mohammed Ghobari, 727 words)


Man burned alive in Burundi protest against presidential bid

BUJUMBURA - Protesters burn man alive in Burundi's capital, saying he was member of ruling party's youth wing which attacked them during their demonstrations against president's bid for third term, witness says. (BURUNDI-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Patrick Njuwimana and Njuwa Maina, 548 words)

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