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  • Venezuela's Maduro calls for new era of relations with U.S.
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    Venezuela's Maduro calls for new era of relations with U.S.

    By Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he is hopeful for improved relations with the United States, a day after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Maduro met Kerry in Colombia's coastal city of Cartagena after the signing of a major

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    U.S. strike in Afghanistan kills 18, most militants but possibly civilians too

    A suspected U.S. drone strike against Islamic State in Afghanistan killed 18 people on Wednesday, most of them militants but possibly including some civilians, Afghan officials said. Civilians casualties in U.S. air strikes against Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan have long been a source of

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    Five arrested on suspicion of forming European Islamic State cell

    Spanish, German and Belgian authorities have arrested five people suspected of forming an "active and dangerous" Islamic State cell and promoting Islamist militancy in the three countries, Spain's interior ministry said on Wednesday. Two were detained in Barcelona, one in Spain's North

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Saudi women petition to end male guardianship laws

    Roughly 15,000 Saudis have signed a petition to abolish laws that require women to have a male guardian's permission to marry, travel, work, or perform a number of other basic tasks. Ms. Al-Yousef, along with other campaigners, has fought for an end to the guardianship system for the past decade

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why the ACLU is taking the New Jersey bomber's case

    After learning that the man facing charges for recent bombing attempts in New Jersey and New York City had been denied public council, on the basis on his reportedly unconscious state, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) announced on Monday that it would temporarily take up the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The roots of Donald Trump’s anti-intellectualism

    Donald Trump seemed irritated. Hillary Clinton – during their Monday night debate – had just mentioned that 50 Republican national security experts have signed a letter declaring Trump unfit to be commander-in-chief. In reply, Mr. Trump said he’d been endorsed by the border patrol union and “over 200

  • Christian Science Monitor

    A Silicon Valley conservative: Why Oculus Rift's co-founder is taking heat

    The reaction highlights the pervasiveness of political liberals – and how difficult it is to be a practicing conservative in Silicon Valley. Some see a familiar pattern of intolerance: Two years ago, Brendan Eich stepped down as chief executive officer of Mozilla Foundation after 15 days on the job

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    Lightning storms knock out power to entire Australian state

    Severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South Australia on Wednesday, energy authorities said. South Australia is the country's fifth most populous state, with 1.7 million people, and is a major wine producer and traditional manufacturing hub. The

  • UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos
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    UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos

    Libya is facing "political impasse" and "hazardous military developments", the UN envoy to the North African country Martin Kobler warned on Tuesday, highlighting the impact of violence on civilians. The country has been ravaged by unrest since the fall and death in 2011 of dictator

  • Some 32,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister
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    Some 32,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister

    Turkish courts have placed 32,000 suspects under arrest ahead of trial on charges of links to a group run by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the July 15 coup, the justice minister said Wednesday. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told NTV television that 70,000 people had been investigated

  • India's Gambhir 'nervous' after recall for 2nd New Zealand Test
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    India's Gambhir 'nervous' after recall for 2nd New Zealand Test

    Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir will look to roll back the years following his shock recall for the second Test against New Zealand starting Friday after more than two years in the wilderness. After taking a 1-0 lead earlier this week in the opening match of the three-Test series in Kanpur, India

  • Reuters

    Earthquake hits Greek coast near Kalamata, no damage reported

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5 earthquake hit the Greek coast 34 km (21 miles) south southwest of Kalamata on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. "No damage was reported ... Children are of course out in the school yards," Panayiotis Nikas, the mayor of the southern city, told Reuters. The

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    German nuclear commission warns of delay to waste storage deal

    Germany should speed up implementation of recommendations requiring operators of nuclear plants to pay billions of euros into a fund to cover the costs of waste storage, a commission urged the chancellery in a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The commission tasked with finding a solution for how

  • What are the Oslo accords?
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    What are the Oslo accords?

    Former Israeli president Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday aged 93, was the last survivor of the three men awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Oslo accords. The agreements, signed in the early 1990s, were meant to create a "lasting and comprehensive peace settlement" between Israelis and

  • Associated Press

    Drone fly-by closes Dubai's busy airport for a half hour

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials say Dubai International Airport closed for a half hour after a drone flew by its airspace.

  • World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres
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    World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The following world figures will attend Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry:

  • Reuters

    Turkey arrests some 32,000 in coup plot investigation since July - justice minister

    Turkey has formally arrested 32,000 people in its investigation of a religious movement the government blames for staging a military coup attempt on July 15, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday. In a live interview with broadcaster NTV, Bozdag also said a total of about 70,000 people have

  • Former Australia cricketer Max Walker dead at 68
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    Former Australia cricketer Max Walker dead at 68

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia cricketer Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox bowling action earned him the nickname Tangles, has died. He was 68.

  • Rebels could become guides, cheesemakers in post-war Colombia
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    Rebels could become guides, cheesemakers in post-war Colombia

    By Julia Symmes Cobb and Nelson Bocanegra EL DIAMANTE, Colombia (Reuters) - Veterans of Colombia's FARC guerrilla army could soon be making a living as eco-tourism guides, beef processors or cheese makers under plans by the Marxist group to invest in economic projects once a peace deal takes hold

  • World Bank releases $300 mn for Syrian refugees in Jordan
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    World Bank releases $300 mn for Syrian refugees in Jordan

    The World Bank announced it will release $300 million in loans to help facilitate the labor market for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The funds will be used to attract investors and create reforms that will help grant access to the Syrian labor force, the Bank said in a statement. "By creating the

  • Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars
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    Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

    By Irene Klotz GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk outlined his plans for the Mars

  • Senate poised to override Obama's veto of 9/11 legislation
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    Senate poised to override Obama's veto of 9/11 legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to reject President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia even as lawmakers express fears the legislation could backfire on the United States.

  • The Latest: Vatican says pope will not attend Peres funeral
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    The Latest: Vatican says pope will not attend Peres funeral

    The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The Vatican says that Pope Francis will not be attending the funeral of former Israeli ...

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    Reports: Tokyo to propose moving more venues for Olympics

    TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo government panel reviewing the cost of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics is set to propose moving more venues outside of the city in order to save money.

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    Top Asian News 8:22 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A massive typhoon left one person dead in eastern China on Wednesday, a day after killing four and injuring more than 600 in Taiwan, where authorities remained on alert for the possibility of a landslide. Typhoon Megi caused more than $10 million in damage as it swept across Taiwan before