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  • Afghan troops press offensive against Islamic State
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    Afghan troops press offensive against Islamic State

    By Sultan Ahmad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - When Afghan troops pushed into Kot, a district close to the border with Pakistan, this week, they found many of the houses empty, with posters plastered on the walls and black flags left by departing Islamic State fighters. Backed by U.S. special forces

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  • Turkey's anti-Gulen crackdown ripples far and wide
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    Turkey's anti-Gulen crackdown ripples far and wide

    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Barely 12 hours after a failed coup in Turkey, Somalia's cabinet met in Mogadishu to consider a request from Ankara to shut down two schools and a hospital linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Turkey blames for the attempted putsch. Such is Turkey'

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    Afghan Taliban delegation visits China to discuss unrest: sources

    A delegation from the Taliban visited China earlier this month to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, where the insurgent movement is fighting the Western-backed government in Kabul, sources in the Taliban said. A delegation led by Abbas Stanakzai, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar

  • Christian Science Monitor

    For Turkey's Erdoğan, pivotal point in march toward consolidating power

    There is no doubt in the mind of Aisha Özkan Kale about where Turkey is headed – and about the wisdom of the man who is leading Turks there. Every night since the failed coup of July 15, the English teacher and her family have heeded the call from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to “not leave the squares

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  • How Democrats will rebuild after losing hundreds of seats nationwide
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    How Democrats will rebuild after losing hundreds of seats nationwide

    The dazzling roster of speakers at this week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia covered over a worrying development for the party: It has atrophied in significant ways since Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to the presidency in 2008. In the past eight years, Democrats have lost 13 Senate seats, 69

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Rural America confronts a new class divide

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    The future of Turkey, come together after Nice, can China play by the rules?, value of diaspora, Canada must guard against police racism

    “On 15 July, a group of Turkish military leaders tried to carry out a military coup against the current Turkish president and his government...,” writes Sayed Ghoneim. “[I] believe that Turkey will not be able to achieve political stability and security before the complete elimination of [Islamic State

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    Australian leader launches inquiry into teen detainee abuse

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister has called for an investigation into allegations that teenagers were abused at a juvenile detention center in the country's north.

  • Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens
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    Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — One of the Greek lawyers for eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece last week aboard a helicopter after last week's failed coup in their country says they are being transferred to Athens.

  • Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack
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    Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom's stability.

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  • Police officer shot dead in Armenia standoff with protesters
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    Police officer shot dead in Armenia standoff with protesters

    One of the gunmen locked in a protracted stand-off in a police station in the Armenian capital Yerevan shot an officer dead on Saturday, a police spokesman said. "A sniper opened fire from inside the police station and killed a police officer ... who was sitting in a car parked 350-400 metres (

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    118 dormitories burned in Kenya in wave of arson attacks

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 100 high school dormitories in Kenya have been burned in a wave of arson attacks over the past three months.

  • Bavaria leader rejects Merkel's 'we can do this' refugee mantra
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    Bavaria leader rejects Merkel's 'we can do this' refugee mantra

    By Jens Hack and Paul Carrel MUNICH/BERLIN (Reuters) - Bavaria's premier, whose state bore the brunt of recent attacks in Germany, took aim at Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy on Saturday by rejecting her "we can do this" mantra. The comments from Horst Seehofer

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    Top Asian News 3:34 p.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a 5-day-old cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline, in an early setback to his efforts to end one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions

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    Pakistani police question cleric, cousin of murdered model

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they have questioned a cleric and a cousin of the model and social media star Qandeel Baloch who was killed for "family honor" after she posted pictures on Facebook deemed "shameful" by her brother.

  • Russia says spyware found in state computer networks
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    Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

    Russia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the

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  • US Army secretary says US-South Korea war games to proceed
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    US Army secretary says US-South Korea war games to proceed

    JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning said Saturday that annual military drills between the United States and South Korea would go ahead next month, despite North Korea's warning of a "vicious" showdown if the war games proceed.

  • Doping investigator faces 'deluge of requests' on Russians
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    Doping investigator faces 'deluge of requests' on Russians

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Canadian lawyer who accused Russia of operating a state-run doping program is facing "a deluge of requests" for information on individual athletes implicated in his investigation.

  • Fighting between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels kills 43
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    Fighting between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels kills 43

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Authorities say fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels in the restive southeast of the country has killed eight Turkish soldiers and 35 Kurdish fighters.

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  • The Latest: Streb still talk of the PGA
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    The Latest: Streb still talk of the PGA

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):

  • Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due
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    Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Publicly, John Gilbert Winant was a three-term New Hampshire governor, the first leader of the Social Security Administration and U.S. ambassador to Britain during World War II. Privately, he battled depression and massive debt. He shot himself just as his memoirs were about to be

  • Protest in Burundi after UN decides to send police
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    Protest in Burundi after UN decides to send police

    Around 1,000 people marched through the streets of Burundi's capital Saturday to protest against a United Nations Security Council decision to send a police contingent to the troubled country. Protesters marched to the French embassy, angry that France had drafted the UN resolution to send the controversial

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  • Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia
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    Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia

    VRSIC, Slovenia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Saturday in Slovenia, a member of both the European Union and NATO, testing Western unity in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine.

  • Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians
    AFP

    Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has offered to share with the United Nations the results of 10 investigations into air strikes on civilian targets, according to a confidential letter AFP obtained on Saturday. Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi outlined a series of measures the coalition

  • Merkel's asylum policy under fire again from key ally
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    Merkel's asylum policy under fire again from key ally

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's key ally in Bavaria distanced himself again on Saturday from her welcoming policy towards migrants in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country. Horst Seehofer, the conservative premier of Bavaria, said he did not share Merkel's "We can do it