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  • With Biden visit, U.S. seeks balance with truculent Turkey
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    With Biden visit, U.S. seeks balance with truculent Turkey

    By Jeff Mason and Humeyra Pamuk RIGA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - When U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Turkey in January, he struck a difficult balance between showing support for a NATO ally faced with multiple security threats while criticizing its record on free speech and dissent. Now with relations

  • U.S., Russia make 'headway' in Syria talks, but no deal yet -State Dept
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    U.S., Russia make 'headway' in Syria talks, but no deal yet -State Dept

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia continue to make "headway" in talks on advancing cooperation to ease the Syria conflict, but haven't reached a final deal yet, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. "We are continuing those discussions. We continue to make headway

  • As Kerry visits Nigeria, air force says top Boko Haram fighters killed
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    As Kerry visits Nigeria, air force says top Boko Haram fighters killed

    By Lesley Wroughton SOKOTO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to consider ways to ramp up military assistance to Nigeria to defeat the militant group.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Nigeria kills a top terrorist, and the world shrugs

    When the Nigerian air force claimed Tuesday that it had “fatally wounded” the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the report was met with skepticism and little fanfare. Partly, that’s because Nigeria’s military has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau before – only to have the mastermind behind

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Turkey's shelling of ISIS and Kurds in Syria is a big deal

    On Tuesday, Turkey entered its second consecutive day of shelling Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, amid reports that more than 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have gathered in Turkey to launch an offensive against Jarablus, the last town controlled by ISIS on the Turkish border. The

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Inmates covet ramen: Why is this a bad thing?

    Instant ramen, the tasty, cheap, and everlasting noodle packet, has replaced tobacco as the most popular form of currency in many US prisons, according to a study soon-to-be published through the American Sociological Association. It may look like a sign of progress, but Michael Gibson-Light, the study

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Clinton emails: A political controversy with the lifetime of a Broadway hit

    Federal District Court Judge James E. Boasberg has ordered the State Department to scrub the emails of possible classified or personal material on an accelerated schedule, and then release them. Clinton set up her much-criticized private email server while secretary of State at least in part to control

  • Associated Press

    Top-seed Radwanska advances at Connecticut Open

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Top-seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed past 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-1 Tuesday night in the second round of the Connecticut Open.

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    Top Asian News 1:16 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance. Seoul officials condemned the

  • North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile toward Japan
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    North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile toward Japan

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) toward Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. The missile

  • Russian cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey from zoo
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    Russian cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey from zoo

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth.

  • One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing
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    One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing

    A large car bomb exploded Wednesday outside a hotel in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30 in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns. The latest blast struck before midnight on the outskirts of Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern

  • Mexican gov't takes over train line long used by migrants
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    Mexican gov't takes over train line long used by migrants

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it is taking control of a battered rail line long used by Central American migrants heading north toward the United States.

  • North Korea test fires submarine-launched missile
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    North Korea test fires submarine-launched missile

    North Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a submarine-launched missile that fell inside Japan's air defence zone, fuelling tensions already raised to dangerous levels by ongoing South Korea-US military exercises. A statement from South Korea's military Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile

  • Associated Press

    OAS rights' commission asks protection for Guatemala judge

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is calling on Guatemala's government to provide protection for a judge involved in high-profile anti-corruption cases.

  • Reuters

    Japan PM says North Korea missile launch 'unforgivable', threat to security

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday North Korea's latest missile launch was "unforgivable" and posed a grave threat to Japan's security, adding his government had lodged a stern protest against its isolated neighbor. "This poses a grave threat to Japan's security

  • Reuters

    Bomb blasts kill one, wound 30 in southern Thailand: police

    One Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai coastal town of Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a series of unexplained blasts hit the south. The first blast in a parking lot behind the Southern Hotel caused no casualties

  • Double joy as mother of only giant panda twins in U.S. pregnant again
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    Double joy as mother of only giant panda twins in U.S. pregnant again

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of the only giant panda twins in the United States may soon deliver a second set of twins, Zoo Atlanta said on Tuesday, capping off an eventful month for lovers of the fluffy black and white bears across the globe. Three years ago, mother bear Lun Lun

  • Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs
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    Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the monarchs, experts reported Tuesday.

  • Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua
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    Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua

    Iranian firms want to participate in the construction of a massive canal across Nicaragua that a Chinese company has vowed to build, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said Wednesday. Representatives of private Iranian construction companies accompanying Zarif on a visit to Nicaragua'

  • Reuters

    Factbox: Sarkozy book sets out his presidential comeback platform

    Nicolas Sarkozy will run for president in 2017, hoping to return as France's head of state after being unseated in 2012 by the now deeply unpopular Francois Hollande. Sarkozy will join more than a dozen contenders vying for the Les Republicains ticket in primaries, where former prime minister Alain

  • Associated Press

    Nicaraguan teacher arrested for helping Congo immigrant

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua have arrested a schoolteacher for allegedly aiding a migrant from the African nation of Congo to cross the border along with her baby.

  • All aflutter: Extreme weather threatens Mexico's monarchs
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    All aflutter: Extreme weather threatens Mexico's monarchs

    By Natalie Schachar and Alizeh Kohari MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Heavy storms earlier this year hammered the forests that North America's monarch butterflies migrate to in central Mexico, a study showed on Tuesday, fueling fears the habitat could eventually become untenable. Conservationists said

  • Clayton Campbell strikes out 14, Australia advances in LLWS
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    Clayton Campbell strikes out 14, Australia advances in LLWS

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Clayton Campbell pitched a complete game and struck out 14 to help Australia beat Curacao 2-1 on Tuesday in an elimination game of the Little League World Series.

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    U.S. tracked North Korean submarine-launched missile: defense official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States detected and tracked a North Korean submarine-launched missile which flew about 300 miles (480 km) before splashing into the Sea of Japan, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. "This was likely a KN-11 ballistic missile," the official said, speaking