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  • Taliban leaders watched U.S. presidential debate, blast 'non-serious' Trump
    Reuters

    Taliban leaders watched U.S. presidential debate, blast 'non-serious' Trump

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban leaders followed the U.S. presidential debate closely but heard nothing on Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that they were not impressed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, whom they considered "non-serious". The leaders

  • Duterte says upcoming Philippine-U.S. war games will be last
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    Duterte says upcoming Philippine-U.S. war games will be last

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that an upcoming military joint exercise with the United States would be the last between the two allies, but pledged to honor their longstanding security treaty. The firebrand leader has strained ties with Washington in recent weeks, calling for

  • Catalonia to hold independence referendum with or without Spain's consent
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    Catalonia to hold independence referendum with or without Spain's consent

    By Angus Berwick and Tomás Cobos MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will hold a referendum on independence from Spain next year whether or not the central government in Madrid agrees to one, the region's head Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday. Puigdemont told the Catalan parliament that he was willing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Pepe The Frog was declared a hate symbol by the ADL

    A popular Internet meme featuring a green amphibian known as "Pepe the Frog" has been added to an online database of hate symbols. While the crudely drawn cartoon was not originally racist, it has been coopted by white supremacists and others online, according to Anti-Defamation League, which

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Has the United States really 'lost control' of the internet?

    A White House effort to ensure that the internet belongs to everyone has raised concerns for some groups within the United States. During Monday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump discussed US control of the internet, saying, “Under President Obama, we’ve lost control of things that we used to

  • Christian Science Monitor

    1,000 tourists evacuated in Indonesia after unexpected volcano eruption

    Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency has evacuated approximately 1,000 tourists after a volcano on the Indonesian island of Lombok erupted unexpectedly on Tuesday, shooting a 6,560-foot column of ash into the sky. No injuries have been reported from the eruption that took place on Mount Barujari

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why the family of Ahmed 'the clock kid' is suing Glenn Beck and a Texas mayor

    The father of the Sudanese-American Muslim teenager who was arrested last year in Texas after teachers mistook a homemade clock he brought into school for a bomb has filed a defamation suit against conservative commentator Glenn Beck and the mayor of his town on behalf of his son. Ahmed Mohamed’s arrest

  • Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort
    Associated Press

    Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

    Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions. The kingdom maintains an arsenal of tools to retaliate ...

  • Berlusconi at 80: 'regrets I have a few'
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    Berlusconi at 80: 'regrets I have a few'

    Silvio Berlusconi celebrates his 80th birthday on Thursday with a girlfriend nearly half a century his junior and a family he regrets neglecting as he pursued his business and political careers. The former Italian prime minister and media tycoon has largely been absent from public life since undergoing

  • DR Congo's Bemba appeals ICC war crimes conviction
    AFP

    DR Congo's Bemba appeals ICC war crimes conviction

    Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, jailed for 18 years for war crimes, has formally appealed against his conviction by the International Criminal Court (ICC), arguing his trial was "flawed," his lawyers said Wednesday. Bemba earlier this month "filed an appeal against

  • The Latest:  Trump lauds Peres as 'consummate statesman'
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    The Latest: Trump lauds Peres as 'consummate statesman'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

  • UK Labour leader calls for end to 'trench warfare'
    AFP

    UK Labour leader calls for end to 'trench warfare'

    British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrapped up his party's annual conference Wednesday with a call to rebels to end the "trench warfare" that has raged since Britain's vote to leave the European Union. In his closing speech to the party conference in Liverpool, northwest England, Corbyn

  • Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security
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    Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.

  • The Latest: Aid group says hospitals strained in Aleppo
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Aid group says hospitals strained in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):

  • Reuters

    Sarkozy slips in French Republican presidential race

    Nicolas Sarkozy has lost ground against his main conservative rival in the race for France's Republican party presidential nomination, two polls showed on Wednesday, hurt by legal and political setbacks. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007-2012, is pitching himself as a man of action who will push

  • Ex-college coach acquitted of killing ex's 12-year-old son
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    Ex-college coach acquitted of killing ex's 12-year-old son

    CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A black former college soccer coach accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old white son in a largely white upstate town was found not guilty Wednesday by a judge.

  • Associated Press

    Senators vote to override Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate acted decisively Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law despite flaws that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.

  • Mass resignation in Spain's Socialists to oust leader
    AFP

    Mass resignation in Spain's Socialists to oust leader

    Close to half of the leadership of Spain's Socialists resigned Wednesday, a spokesman said, in an attempt to oust leader Pedro Sanchez that deepens the crisis in the 137-year-old party. "Seventeen resignations...were handed in today," a party spokesman told AFP. The Socialists (PSOE)

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:46 p.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's defense minister says its nuclear-armed rival India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence. Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Wednesday that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support to the people of the disputed Himalayan region, which is split between

  • Reuters

    U.S. will send about 600 more troops to Iraq: defense chief

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - The United States will send about 600 more troops to Iraq to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. The troops will train and advise Iraqi forces, provide logistics support, and help in intelligence

  • Anheuser-Busch pays $6M to settle India bribery accusations
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    Anheuser-Busch pays $6M to settle India bribery accusations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anheuser-Busch will pay $6 million to settle charges by U.S. regulators that it paid off government officials in India to boost sales and production, then tried to quiet an employee who raised the issue.

  • MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia
    AFP

    MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

    The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, announcing about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster. Saying they had "irrefutable evidence" that the BUK missile

  • Top-ranked Kerber falls to Kvitova  at Wuhan Open
    Associated Press

    Top-ranked Kerber falls to Kvitova at Wuhan Open

    WUHAN, China (AP) — Angelique Kerber lost for the first time since becoming the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Wuhan Open on Wednesday.

  • Danish far-right group's 'anti-migrant spray' draws ire
    AFP

    Danish far-right group's 'anti-migrant spray' draws ire

    In the southern town of Haderslev, 137 cans of relabelled hair spray were given away to the public on Saturday by the far-right Party of the Danes, which does not hold any seats in parliament. "The asylum spray is a concrete reaction against more Danes feeling insecure," party leader Daniel

  • Polish PM replaces finance minister as pushes stimulus plan
    Reuters

    Polish PM replaces finance minister as pushes stimulus plan

    Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo sacked her finance minister on Wednesday and gave the job to the influential economy minister, saying a reshuffle was needed to make the government's wide-reaching economic stimulus plan more effective. Since winning an election last October, Szydlo's Law and