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  • Islamic State 'dead set' on using chemical arms: Pentagon spokesman
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    Islamic State 'dead set' on using chemical arms: Pentagon spokesman

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are "dead set" on using chemical arms and are likely to try them again as Iraqi forces advance on Mosul, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday, a week after a rocket with a possible chemical agent landed near U.S. troops. The

  • Colombia, Marxist rebels sign accord ending 52-year war
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    Colombia, Marxist rebels sign accord ending 52-year war

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's center-right government and the Marxist FARC rebel group signed a peace deal on Monday to end a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and once took the Andean country to the brink of collapse.

  • Venezuela opposition calls October 12 protest to press Maduro recall
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    Venezuela opposition calls October 12 protest to press Maduro recall

    By Daniel Kai and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition called on Monday for mass rallies nationwide on Oct. 12 to push for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year as they seek to oust his Socialist Party in an early presidential election. The campaign for a

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Even without a government, Spain moves to clean up financial scandal

    Since its December parliamentary elections, when no single party earned a majority of votes and efforts to form a coalition were unsuccessful, Spain has been without a government. With a budget passed last year before the elections, the prior conservative-led government has carried on in a limited caretaker

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What else besides college debt will win young voters to Clinton’s side?

    Mrs. Clinton has peddled policies that resonate with Millennials (college affordability, income inequality, and campaign finance reform), in addition to dispatching the Vermont senator and other Millennial whisperers including the Obamas and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts to be her surrogates

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Ohio voter purge unconstitutional: Do voter ID laws matter in the 2016 race?

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Ohio's voter "purge," a measure that removed thousands of inactive voters from the rolls in a controversial effort to curb voter fraud and keep registration up to date, was unconstitutional. The battle over voting rules is one of the many debates

  • Christian Science Monitor

    'Disgruntled' attorney shoots six in Houston before being killed by police

    The shooter, identified as Nathan DeSai, was described by Mayor Sylvester Turner as a "disgruntled" attorney who had "either [been] fired or had a bad relationship" with his law firm. Recommended: Can you pass the written police officer exam? This incident marks the 288th mass

  • Clinton, Trump clash in fiery first debate
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    Clinton, Trump clash in fiery first debate

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bickered and traded insults in a fiery US presidential debate Monday, as they aggressively pitched their case to tens of millions of American voters. With the White House rivals in a dead heat six weeks before election day, Clinton from the get-go painted her Republican

  • Associated Press

    California man gets 30 years for trying to join terror group

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison.

  • New Zealand Rugby backs teen star in street attack
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    New Zealand Rugby backs teen star in street attack

    New Zealand Rugby (NZR) came under fire Tuesday for standing by a promising teenage star who viciously assaulted four people, including two women, on a Wellington street. In a case that sparked accusations the court system in rugby-mad New Zealand gives sports stars special treatment, winger Losi Filipo

  • Kerry meets Venezuela's Maduro amid vote tensions
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    Kerry meets Venezuela's Maduro amid vote tensions

    By Patricia Zengerle CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, the first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat. "(Kerry) spoke of our concern about the economic and political challenges

  • Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal
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    Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal

    Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord with the government Monday and apologized to the countless victims of the country's half-century civil war. In an emotional open-air ceremony, President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the communist rebels into the political sphere

  • U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program
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    U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a new step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program after its fifth nuclear test this month. The U.S. Treasury said

  • Kerry meets Venezuelan president amid escalating tensions
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    Kerry meets Venezuelan president amid escalating tensions

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he held his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

  • Nine injured in Houston shooting, suspect killed
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    Nine injured in Houston shooting, suspect killed

    A gunman wearing military attire with Nazi emblems opened fire in Houston just before daybreak, authorities said, wounding nine people before dying in a shootout with police. The shooter was a Houston-area lawyer, the Texas city's police chief Martha Montalvo told a news conference. Four, five

  • Diversity Award means so much to India: CEO Abhijeet Barse
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    Diversity Award means so much to India: CEO Abhijeet Barse

    Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - 'Slum Soccer' winning the inaugural FIFA Diversity award will mean the world to India, better known for its cricket than football, the CEO Abhijeet Barse told AFP on Monday. "This is absolutely thrilling for India, being acknowledged for a football project

  • Colombia peace deal: key points
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    Colombia peace deal: key points

    Here are key points of the peace deal signed Monday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government. The FARC must now begin moving its estimated 7,500 fighters from their jungle and mountain hideouts into disarmament zones set up by the United

  • Timeline of the Colombia conflict
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    Timeline of the Colombia conflict

    Cartagena (Colombia) (AFP) - After half a century of conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the country's government signed a full peace accord on Monday.

  • Associated Press

    Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

  • Thousands march in Mexico for 43 missing students
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    Thousands march in Mexico for 43 missing students

    Thousands of people marched on Monday with the parents of 43 missing students in Mexico City, demanding that they be found alive on the second anniversary of their disappearance. "It has been two years of pain and suffering," said Felipe de la Cruz, a spokesman for the families. "We

  • Reuters

    Exchange of imprisoned FARC leader not part of peace deal: Kerry

    The fate of Ricardo Palmera, an imprisoned leader of Colombia's FARC rebels known as Simón Trinidad, is not on the table as part of a peace agreement between the group and the Colombian government, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. There have been questions about whether Trinidad

  • Driving rain and wind diverts plans for Canadian royal tour
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    Driving rain and wind diverts plans for Canadian royal tour

    BELLA BELLA, British Columbia (AP) — Plans to show off one of British Columbia's most beautiful areas to Prince William and his wife, Kate, were scuttled by bad weather.

  • Associated Press

    England manager Allardyce probed by FA over newspaper sting

    LONDON (AP) — England manager Sam Allardyce's comments during a newspaper sting will be examined by his employers at the Football Association.

  • Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Fernandez
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    Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Fernandez

    MIAMI (AP) — In tribute to Jose Fernandez, left-handed hitter Dee Gordon stepped to the plate as a righty to lead off the first inning of Monday's mournful game.

  • Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials
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    Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials

    By Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states might arm Syrian rebels with shoulder-fired missiles to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials said on Monday. The