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  • Colombia sends peace deal to Congress as negotiators defend it
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    Colombia sends peace deal to Congress as negotiators defend it

    By Helen Murphy and Marc Frank BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos sent the text of a peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels to Congress on Thursday in the first step before a plebiscite to end the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere. The government and Revolutionary

  • Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war
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    Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war

    By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart peace talks Yemen with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations

  • Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13
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    Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

    By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Hiker rescued from snowed-in hut in NZ, weeks after losing her way

    A woman from the Czech Republic has been rescued from the frozen New Zealand wilderness, where she survived an entire month after her partner fell to his death and she became lost in the snow. Police inspector Olaf Jensen told the Associated Press that the woman was admitted to a local hospital and

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Historic Colombia-FARC peace deal: questions and answers

    After more than five decades of conflict and nearly four years of peace negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC, the oldest guerrilla group operating in the Western Hemisphere, announced Wednesday night that they had reached a final peace accord. The pact with the FARC, the Revolutionary

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Orlando hospitals waive Pulse victims' bills, echoing newfound unity

    After 49 people were killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, the deadliest mass shooting ever in the United States, some Orlando residents have found hope in the city's show of unity and generosity. "I'm still trying to grasp the enormity of it, but at the same time it'

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Amid quake's devastation, Italians tap experience to swing into action

    It was Italy, the day after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake devastated towns and villages in a mountainous region in the centre of the country. Italy has a reputation for dysfunction and inefficiency in many spheres of life, from almost endemic tax evasion to revolving door governments and a bloated and

  • Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report
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    Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.

  • France's highest court to rule Friday on burkini ban
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    France's highest court to rule Friday on burkini ban

    France's highest administrative court will decide Friday whether to overturn the ban on wearing the burkini which has sparked controversy at home and abroad. The State Council began hearing arguments Thursday from the Human Rights League and an anti-Islamophobia group which are seeking to reverse

  • Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya
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    Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya

    Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians are to evacuate the besieged town of Daraya near the Syrian capital under an accord struck on Thursday, state news agency SANA said. "Seven hundred armed men with their personal weapons will leave Daraya to head to the (rebel-controlled) city of Idlib,

  • Associated Press

    UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen's civil war which has killed thousands of people, insisting that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task.

  • Reuters

    Russia to work with U.S. on response to Syria gas attacks report

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and Islamic State militants for using sulfur mustard gas. The year-long

  • Rain from storm causes rivers to surge in Dominican Republic
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    Rain from storm causes rivers to surge in Dominican Republic

    MIAMI (AP) — Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas, officials said.

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    Lewis flirts with 59, settles for 62 in Denmark

    FARSO, Denmark (AP) — Tom Lewis flirted with the first 59 in European Tour history Thursday until three late bogeys made him settle for a 9-under 62 and a three-way tie at the Made In Denmark tournament.

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    U.S. ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel: official

    A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three warning shots were fired from a .50 caliber gun after warning flares did

  • Guardiola handed Barcelona reunion with Manchester City in Champions League
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    Guardiola handed Barcelona reunion with Manchester City in Champions League

    Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona with Manchester City in the Champions League after the two sides were drawn together in Thursday's group stage draw in Monaco. Guardiola, a European Cup winner with Barca as a player in 1992 before twice guiding the Catalan giants to the Champions

  • Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical storm
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    Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical storm

    Hurricane Gaston weakened to a tropical storm Thursday, just hours after becoming the third hurricane of the Atlantic season, the US-based National Hurricane Center said. Swirling over the central Atlantic Ocean about 1,160 miles (1,865 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, Gaston's maximum sustained

  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
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    World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 6:39 p.m. GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google

  • A look at what's next in the Colombian peace process
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    A look at what's next in the Colombian peace process

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and the country's biggest leftist rebel group have reached a peace deal that puts the South American nation on the threshold of ending a five-decade war. Here's what lies ahead and some of the remaining hurdles:

  • Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'
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    Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

    Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday. Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust inside Syrian territory on Wednesday

  • The Latest: UN seeks improvements in Greek refugee camps
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    The Latest: UN seeks improvements in Greek refugee camps

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

  • Crosby leads Canada in World Cup of Hockey
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    Crosby leads Canada in World Cup of Hockey

    Sidney Crosby will captain Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, it was confirmed Thursday. Hockey Canada said in a statement the 29-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins ace would be backed by Chicago forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal's Shea Weber as alternates. "These are three leaders who

  • Dirty war verdict: Life in prison for Argentine ex-general
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    Dirty war verdict: Life in prison for Argentine ex-general

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A retired Argentine general has received another life sentence for killings, kidnappings and torture committed during the country's crackdown on leftists decades ago.

  • Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial
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    Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The ashes of Polish fighter ace Capt. Kazimierz Sporny, who is credited with downing at least five enemy planes in the World War II Battle of Britain, were brought from London to Poland and buried with military honors on Thursday.