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  • L'Aquila is grim reminder of struggle facing Italy's quake-hit towns
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    L'Aquila is grim reminder of struggle facing Italy's quake-hit towns

    By Gavin Jones L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Seven years after being devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, L'Aquila's abandoned city center is a stark reminder of the struggle facing Italian towns hit by a quake last week. "This place is one big building site,

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    Second boycotter says will rejoin Libya's U.N.-backed government

    A member of the leadership of Libya's U.N.-backed government who is close to powerful rival factions in the east of the country has said he will end his boycott of the Tripoli-based body. The decision by Ali Gatrani could strengthen the Government of National Accord (GNA), coming days after a second

  • Spain starts countdown to possible third national election in year
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    Spain starts countdown to possible third national election in year

    By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - The clock starts ticking on Wednesday towards what could be Spain's third national election in a year when acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a confidence vote in parliament for a second term in office. Spain has been without a functioning government since

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why this independent candidate is hoping the center can hold

    On Aug. 8, former Republican policy chief in the House and ex-CIA officer Evan McMullin announced an independent bid – typically the province of the American political spectrum’s farther ends – as a center-right alternative to GOP nominee Donald Trump. Recommended: How much do you know about the Green

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    Why Americans want Gary Johnson at presidential debates

    Three out of five American voters want a third-party candidate to speak during the coming presidential debates, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll – a sign that Americans want an alternative to this unusually negative presidential race. There are three presidential debates scheduled

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Donald Trump's candidacy and the rise of the 'alt-right' movement

    Dave Kerns says Hillary Clinton’s effort this week to paint Donald Trump as a bigot because of his association with members of America’s nationalist “alt-right” movement was disingenuous and unfair, mostly because the allegations assumed guilt by association. The injection of the alt-right into the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How close are the US and Russia to a ceasefire in Syria?

    "Today I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward,” said Mr. Kerry in Geneva, where he appeared alongside his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, according to NBC. The ceasefire would be the second of the war, after a February attempt broke down amid ongoing violations from both sides

  • Bangladesh hunts more extremists ahead of Kerry visit
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    Bangladesh hunts more extremists ahead of Kerry visit

    Bangladesh police said Sunday they were hunting more extremist leaders after shooting dead the suspected mastermind of a deadly cafe attack, on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry's first visit. Security forces stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka on Saturday, killing three suspected

  • Mancini leads Endwell, New York, to Little League title game
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    Mancini leads Endwell, New York, to Little League title game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — With the Little League World Series title game looming Sunday, the Endwell, New York, players planned on taking a break from baseball if only for one evening.

  • Singapore reports 40 more locally transmitted Zika cases
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    Singapore reports 40 more locally transmitted Zika cases

    Singapore on Sunday reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections, most of them foreign workers at a construction site. All 41 are residents or workers in a suburban residential and industrial district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint

  • Irish Olympic scam suspect freed pending probe
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    Irish Olympic scam suspect freed pending probe

    Brazilian authorities have provisionally released an Irish businessman held over an alleged ticket scam at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of his lawyers said. Kevin Mallon, director of British hospitality firm THG, had been held in a Rio prison since his arrest on August 5. Police said at the

  • Libyan forces push into last IS-held areas of Sirte
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    Libyan forces push into last IS-held areas of Sirte

    Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government pushed Sunday into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold, a spokesman said. "Our forces entered the last areas held by Daesh in Sirte: district number one and district number

  • College football Down Under attracts 61,000 fans at Sydney
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    College football Down Under attracts 61,000 fans at Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday's U.S. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American "gridiron" experience.

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    Top Asian News 10:03 a.m. GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it's a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings

  • Turkish army pounds north Syria, monitor says 20 civilians killed
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    Turkish army pounds north Syria, monitor says 20 civilians killed

    By Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - A group monitoring the Syrian war said Turkish air strikes and artillery attacks killed at least 20 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday, the fifth day of Turkey's cross-border campaign that it says targets Islamic State and Kurdish forces. Turkey

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    Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize two villages from Kurdish-allied forces: monitor

    Turkey-backed Syrian rebels captured two villages from forces allied to the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said the SDF-allied Jarablus Military Council fighters had withdrawn from the villages

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    Turkish air strikes kill 15 more civilians in Syria: Observatory

    A group monitoring the Syrian war said Turkish air strikes had killed at least 15 civilians in northern Syria, bringing to 35 the number of people it says have been killed in Turkish air strikes in the area on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 more people were wounded in the air

  • Coalition strikes 'kill seven Yemeni civilians'
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    Coalition strikes 'kill seven Yemeni civilians'

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a rebel convoy near a taxi stand in central Yemen, killing seven civilians and nine insurgents, officials said on Sunday. The air strikes hit three vehicles belonging to the Huthi rebels late Saturday near the Mafraq Sharab junction outside the southwestern

  • Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it
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    Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it

    BERLIN (AP) — Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands

  • Brazil's presumptive president beset by risks
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    Brazil's presumptive president beset by risks

    Brasília (AFP) - Michel Temer expects to become Brazil's full president if his rival Dilma Rousseff gets impeached this week. Here are some of the economic, political, social and legal challenges facing him if he secures the job of dragging Latin America's biggest economy out of recession.

  • Germany expects sharp drop in refugees numbers this year
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    Germany expects sharp drop in refugees numbers this year

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top migration official predicts that fewer than 300,000 refugees will come to the country this year, a sharp drop compared with the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

  • Turkish bombardment kills 35 civilians in Syria: monitor
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    Turkish bombardment kills 35 civilians in Syria: monitor

    Turkish shelling and air strikes killed at least 35 civilians in Syria on Sunday, the fifth day of an incursion against Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish militia, a monitor said. "At least 20 civilians were killed and 50 others wounded by Turkish artillery fire and air strikes on Sunday

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    Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace Saudi ambassador: Iraqi state TV

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's foreign ministry has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, Iraqi state TV said on Sunday. Iraqi Shi'ite politicians have made persistent requests that Sabhan be expelled in reaction to comments he has made about Iran's involvement

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    Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack

    CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

  • Supporters of Brazil's Rousseff insist she broke no laws
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    Supporters of Brazil's Rousseff insist she broke no laws

    Brasília (AFP) - The final witnesses in the defense of suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff have testified in her senate impeachment trial, days before a vote that could permanently remove her from power. The one-time Marxist guerrilla, who was imprisoned and tortured under Brazil's military