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  • Car bomb kills at least eight at police headquarters in Turkey
    Reuters

    Car bomb kills at least eight at police headquarters in Turkey

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - A car bomb at a police headquarters in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast killed at least eight and wounded dozens on Friday, officials said, two days after Turkey launched an incursion against Islamic State and Kurdish militia

  • U.S. aid to Pakistan shrinks amid mounting frustration over militants
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    U.S. aid to Pakistan shrinks amid mounting frustration over militants

    By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan's continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, U.S. military, diplomatic

  • Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive
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    Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances. Syrian rebels backed

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Free speech vs. safe spaces: Why UChicago pushes back on limits

    What they won't find on campus, however, is an administration that condones "safe spaces" or "trigger warnings," practices that have become relatively normalized at a number of other universities across the country. At times this may challenge you and even cause you discomfort

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Politics aside, Americans still feel positive about immigrants

    This electoral cycle, nativism has migrated from the tea party margins of the GOP and into the mainstream of conservative discourse, with presidential candidate Donald Trump as its icon. A new national survey of Americans from the Pew Center conducted from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 and published on Thursday

  • Christian Science Monitor

    From Chelsea to Ivanka, a campaign where the kids matter

    Questions about the Clinton Foundation still dog Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, but the most recent criticism is the role of Chelsea Clinton in the family's charity work and politics. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president have children who appear willing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    $32 million Bloomberg-Harvard 'mayor school' supports leaders' changing role

    On Thursday, however, Harvard University and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies announced their plan to partner on a groundbreaking executive education program targeted at educating urban executives as many mayors take on increasingly ambitious challenges, responding to

  • Acrid smoke from Indonesian fires drifts over Singapore
    Reuters

    Acrid smoke from Indonesian fires drifts over Singapore

    Air pollution in Singapore rose on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the city-state's National Environment Agency (NEA) said. Every dry season, smoke from fires set to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds

  • Questions mount as Italy quake toll hits 267
    AFP

    Questions mount as Italy quake toll hits 267

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 267 as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths -- 193 at the latest count -- were in the small town of Amatrice, where Rita Rosine, 63, wept as

  • Netflix taunts North Korea on-demand TV service on Twitter
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    Netflix taunts North Korea on-demand TV service on Twitter

    Netflix is poking fun at North Korea's recent foray into on-demand TV, calling itself a "Manbang knockoff" on its Twitter bio. The tongue-in-cheek change to the Netflix US bio comes after Pyongyang proudly unveiled a video streaming service called Manbang ("Everywhere"), which

  • Eight police killed in southeast Turkey PKK bomb attack
    AFP

    Eight police killed in southeast Turkey PKK bomb attack

    Eight Turkish police officers were killed and 45 more people injured on Friday when a car bomb blamed on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants exploded outside a police building in the southeast of the country. The bomb attack caused immense damage to the headquarters of the special anti-riot

  • Associated Press

    Poll: Germans for at least partial ban on face-covering veil

    BERLIN (AP) — A poll in Germany suggests that a large majority favors at least a partial ban on the face-covering veils used by some Muslim women.

  • Reuters

    Efficient cookstoves save trees - and chickens - in Kenya

    By Moraa Obiria GICHANGI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Kenya's Laikipia County have found a clever way to reduce their use of wood for fuel while raising more chickens for cash: an efficient ceramic cooking stove that doubles as a chick brooding box. The innovation has helped

  • Strong aftershocks rattle devastated Italian earthquake zone
    Associated Press

    Strong aftershocks rattle devastated Italian earthquake zone

    Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy’s earthquake. The first funerals were scheduled to be held for some of the 267 dead. Some of hard-hit Amatrice’s crumbled buildings suffered more cracks

  • Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack
    AFP

    Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

    Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a spokesman for the city authorities said on Friday. "Nine people including two Shabaab gunmen were killed in the attack" on Thursday, Mogadishu city spokesman Abdifatah Halane

  • Bledisloe Cup big, Cooper not so for All Blacks
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    Bledisloe Cup big, Cooper not so for All Blacks

    New Zealand say Saturday's Test in Wellington against Australia is all about securing the Bledisloe Cup for a 14th straight year, downplaying the appearance of the polarising Quade Cooper. The world champion All Blacks are overwhelming favourites to win, given the way they steamrollered the Wallabies

  • Dutch far-right party says it will ban mosques, Koran
    AFP

    Dutch far-right party says it will ban mosques, Koran

    The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, which is leading polls ahead of parliamentary elections next year, has vowed to close mosques and "ban the Koran" in its manifesto. "All mosques and Islamic schools closed, a ban on the Koran," said the document outlining

  • Reuters

    China seeks to assuage consumer fears over GMO foods

    China's agriculture ministry said it would back new laws on genetically modified (GMO) food labeling "at a suitable time" as it seeks to assuage public concerns over safety, but added that current laws protect consumers. Beijing has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops and has

  • Associated Press

    Kuwaiti government employee arrested over IS online postings

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's Interior Ministry says a government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of "some friendly and sister countries."

  • Associated Press

    Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 8 police; 70 wounded

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish militants on Friday attacked a police checkpoint in southeast Turkey with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least eight police officers and wounding 70 other people, the state-run news agency and Turkish officials said.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:14 a.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband's weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate

  • Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated
    Associated Press

    Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated

    VARANASI, India (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were evacuated in India's remote northeast after an artificial lake created by a landslide threatened their lives, even as flood water levels stabilized in the worst-hit areas of the north, officials said Friday.

  • Number of dead in Italy quake climbs, first funerals to be held
    Reuters

    Number of dead in Italy quake climbs, first funerals to be held

    By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The number of people killed in an earthquake that flattened parts of central Italy rose to 267 on Friday as rescue workers pulled more bodies from mounds of debris and families prepared to hold the first funerals. The civil protection

  • UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
    Associated Press

    UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband's weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate

  • Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
    Associated Press

    Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.