• Reuters

    Suicide bomber kills seven, wounds 28 in Baghdad, police say

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, according to police sources. The explosion happened in Iskan, a mostly Shi'ite district in the west of the Iraqi capital. Islamic State has stepped up bomb attacks in government-held

  • Reuters

    Jordanian writer shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon

    A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said. Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist who was a supporter

  • Turkey wants to join U.S.-led operation against Islamic State in Raqqa: Erdogan

    Turkey wants to join U.S.-led operation against Islamic State in Raqqa: Erdogan

    Turkey wants to join the United States in a military operation to push Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as long as it excludes Kurdish rebel forces, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Sunday. NATO member Turkey, part of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State, is

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Is Jeremy Corbyn the Bernie Sanders of British politics?

    Jeremy Corbyn remains planted firmly at the head of Britain’s Labour Party after handing a resounding defeat to challenger Owen Smith on Saturday. With over half a million registered Labour supporters casting a ballot on the eve of the party’s conference, Mr. Corbyn won with 61.8 percent of the vote

  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Carolina's new video law: Will it bring more, or less, transparency?

    Protestors at Charlotte may see an additional hurdle in their bid for police to release the video of Keith Lamont Scott’s fatal shooting as a new law comes into effect on Oct. 1. The controversial law, signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in July, will exclude police body and dashboard cameras from

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Native Hawaiians: Is change in federal status a sign of progress?

    A change in federal policy Friday, as the Department of Interior announced that it had finalized a rule that would allow a native Hawaiian government to form a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States. The rule “provides the Native Hawaiian community with the opportunity to

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Charlotte street protests: Where the new South meets the old South

    There’s Houston and Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla., of course, but perhaps no city epitomizes the promise of the New South more than this old Indian trading post turned global banking capital. The spires of big banks pierce the Carolina blue sky.

  • New Zealand set 434 target on day 4 of 1st test vs India
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    New Zealand set 434 target on day 4 of 1st test vs India

    KANPUR, India (AP) — India declared its second innings at 377-5 in 107.2 overs on day four of the first test against New Zealand in Kanpur, setting the tourists a target of 434.

  • Reuters

    UK parliament must be fully informed on Brexit strategy: opposition leader

    Britain's parliament must be kept fully informed about the government's strategy for leaving the European Union, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May has said parliament would play a role in Britain's exit from the EU but that

  • Associated Press

    Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A prominent Jordanian writer has been shot dead in front of the courthouse where he was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

  • Reuters

    Russia guilty of prolonging war in Syria: UK foreign minister

    LONDON (Reuters) - Russia is guilty of prolonging the war in Syria and may have committed war crimes by targeting an aid convoy, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in an interview aired on Sunday. A 31-truck convoy was attacked on Monday night, killing around 20 civilians. U.S. officials believe

  • Netanyahu sorry after comments on soldier accused of manslaughter

    Netanyahu sorry after comments on soldier accused of manslaughter

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised Sunday after facing criticism for comments in which he seemed to compare a soldier currently on trial for manslaughter with troops killed in combat. In an interview broadcast on Saturday night, Netanyahu was asked if he regretted telephoning the father

  • Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

    Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

    The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded. "You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me," Shekau said in the 40-minute

  • Reuters

    Oman Air apologizes for maps using 'Persian Gulf' label

    State carrier Oman Air has apologized for inflight maps that labeled the Gulf - the waterway separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula - as the "Persian Gulf," in a sign of the strains between Gulf Arab countries and regional rival Iran. The Sultanate of Oman has sought to maintain neutrality

  • Reuters

    Britain has lot to do before triggering EU divorce: foreign minister

    Britain has a lot of work to do before triggering the formal divorce procedure with the European Union but once it is done, the country will not let the process drag on, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. Last week, Johnson said Britain would trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty

  • 'Gunman kills Jordanian writer' charged over anti-Islam cartoon

    'Gunman kills Jordanian writer' charged over anti-Islam cartoon

    A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon mocking jihadists on his Facebook

  • Associated Press

    Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court

    BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serbs are voting in a referendum banned by the country's constitutional court, risking Western sanctions against their autonomous region and criminal charges against their leaders.

  • Associated Press

    Swiss vote on granting new powers to intelligence services

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters are casting ballots to decide whether to grant new powers to Switzerland's intelligence services, such as tracking internet activity, snooping on email boxes and tapping phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

  • Ireland send South Africa to bat in cricket ODI match

    Ireland send South Africa to bat in cricket ODI match

    Benoni (South Africa) (AFP) - Ireland won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in a one-off one-day international at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

  • Lara Arruabarrena wins Korea Open

    Lara Arruabarrena wins Korea Open

    Seoul (AFP) - Spain's Lara Arruabarrena beat Romanian fifth seed Monica Niculescu Sunday to win the Korea Open, her first WTA Tour singles title for more than four years.

  • Bosnian Serbs vote on 'national holiday,' in challenge to Sarajevo

    Bosnian Serbs vote on 'national holiday,' in challenge to Sarajevo

    Serbs in Bosnia headed to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to mark their "national holiday", in a referendum that has placed the country's fragile institutions under pressure. The vote is the brainchild of Milorad Dodik, nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika

  • Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

    Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

    The soldier clutched his book with both hands. The soldier said he was caught up in a Boko Haram ambush and colleagues were killed. Instead, he saw the inside of beer bottles, the smoke of cannabis joints, then the drug dependency ward of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:58 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later. She said severe abuse by her husband, including

  • Associated Press

    Journalist's exile shows concern over Nepal's press freedom

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A prominent local journalist who helped organize a gathering in Nepal of investigative reporters from throughout Asia was notably absent from the event, exiled to avoid possible arrest.

  • China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
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    China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

    BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.