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  • Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned
    Reuters

    Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned

    By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the

  • Hong Kong's first Zika case tests negative
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    Hong Kong's first Zika case tests negative

    Hong Kong's first Zika patient tested negative for the virus on Friday and was discharged from hospital, the government said in a statement. On Thursday, the Centre for Health Protection had said the 38-year-old woman, who had returned to Hong Kong after spending two weeks in in the Caribbean, had

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    El Salvador frees three ex-military officials linked to 1989 murders

    El Salvador's Supreme Court on Friday released three former military personnel who had been detained over the 1989 murder of a group of Jesuit priests. The three had been in prison since February after Spanish judge Eloy Velasco sent a request for the capture and extradition of 17 former military

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why a compromise might be what's needed on voter ID laws

    It’s an issue that arouses the passions of both parties’ bases – especially among those who connect it most keenly with the history of voter suppression among minorities – and one of supreme importance for the health of any democracy. In Texas, where one of the nation’s most restrictive voter-ID laws

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Judge in Stanford rape case switches to civil cases, calling criticism a distraction

    Beleaguered by public criticism after his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault, Judge Aaron Persky has chosen to return to hearing only civil cases. The "Stanford rape case," as it became known, made national

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Dolphin swim ban in Hawaii: How animal ethics are changing

    Swimming with dolphins is one of the main attractions for many visitors to the Hawaiian islands, but federal officials are concerned that the close encounters – which provide jobs for many islanders – are harming the marine mammals. Recommended: Under the Sea: How much do you know about our watery

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Should trucks and buses have their own speed limits?

    The public can provide input on the speed limits, but the agencies are currently suggesting limits of 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour. Recommended: How much do you know about the auto industry's future?

  • Reuters

    Tropical Storm Madeline forms east-southeast of Hawaiian: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical storm Madeline has formed in the northern Pacific ocean, well east-southeast of the Hawaiian Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Friday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour), is about 1,235 miles (1,990 km)

  • Bangladesh police kill 3, including suspect in Dhaka attack
    Associated Press

    Bangladesh police kill 3, including suspect in Dhaka attack

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last month that left 20 people dead.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 6:14 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last month that left 20 people dead. Top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said police raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near Dhaka and killed

  • Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq
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    Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq

    QARQASHAH, Iraq (AP) — In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite

  • Bangladesh security forces kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack
    Reuters

    Bangladesh security forces kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack

    Bangladesh security forces killed four militants on Saturday, including the alleged mastermind of an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, the head of Dhaka's counter-terrorism police unit told Reuters. Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed

  • Rousseff allies fight impeachment in Brazil turmoil
    AFP

    Rousseff allies fight impeachment in Brazil turmoil

    Brasília (AFP) - Angry quarrels erupted at suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial, while her key ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faced corruption charges on a day of turmoil for Latin America's largest country. Day two of Rousseff's Senate trial in the capital

  • Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermind
    AFP

    Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermind

    Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.

  • 'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island
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    'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

    CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2c3bhOD.)

  • N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts
    AFP

    N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts

    North Korea is making progress on a submarine-launched ballistic missile system but any deployment of the technology is years away, a US think tank said, as the UN Security Council promised action over Pyongyang's latest test. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said late Friday on

  • In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca
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    In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca

    Pilgrims have been saying their farewells at Cairo airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj in the tradition, they believe, of the Prophet Mohammed and Abraham before him. Every year tens of thousands of Egyptians apply for visas to travel to Mecca to join more than a million Muslims

  • US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks
    AFP

    US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

    Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments after the marathon talks at a luxury

  • French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban
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    French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban

    French resorts were defiant after a ban on the burkini in a Riviera town was overturned, vowing to keep the restrictions in place and continue imposing fines on women who wear the full-body swimsuit. In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 coastal towns, the State Council

  • Reuters

    Pacific Tropical Storm Lester now a hurricane: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Lester has developed an eye and is now a hurricane as it moved west in the Pacific Ocean away from the mainland of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Friday. The system, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), is

  • UN condemns 4 North Korean ballistic missile launches
    Associated Press

    UN condemns 4 North Korean ballistic missile launches

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August on Friday night, calling them "grave violations" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

  • Day of mourning in Italy as funerals held for quake dead
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    Day of mourning in Italy as funerals held for quake dead

    Italy prepared for an emotional day of mourning Saturday with flags across the country to fly at half mast in honour of the 281 victims of a devastating earthquake. Grieving families began burying their dead Friday as rescue workers combing the rubble said they had found no new survivors in the remote

  • Associated Press

    Benson Henderson gets 1st Bellator win when Freire quits

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Benson Henderson got his first Bellator victory Friday night when Patricio Freire quit their bout in the second round with a right leg injury.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:57 a.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country's latest submarine-launched missile test. North Korean Foreign Ministry official Jon Min Dok told Associated Press Television News in an interview

  • Associated Press

    Gene Sauers, Kirk Triplett share Boeing Classic lead

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Kirk Triplett.