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  • New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says
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    New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels, who this week seized a strategic town from Islamic State, aim to move westward in the next phase of their Turkey-backed operation, an advance that could take weeks or months to complete, a rebel commander said. Colonel Ahmad Osman, head of the Sultan Murad

  • Israeli troops kill Palestinian who ran toward them, army says
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    Israeli troops kill Palestinian who ran toward them, army says

    Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, and the incident was under review, a military spokeswoman said. A Palestinian official said the 38-year-old man suffered from mental illness,

  • American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning
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    American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning

    On Wednesday evening, at least two gunmen stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex, and killed seven students and a professor. The death toll could have been far higher, with most students managing to barricade themselves in classrooms or flee to safety,

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Bernie's revolution revvs up for 2016 election and beyond – without him

    Soon enough, Bernie Sanders will go back to being just another member of the United States Senate – albeit, the only democratic socialist in the club. The first step came Wednesday night, at 2,600 house parties around the country, where supporters of the Vermont senator gathered to watch his call to

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Free speech vs. safe spaces: Why UChicago pushes back on limits

    What they won't find on campus, however, is an administration that condones "safe spaces" or "trigger warnings," practices that have become relatively normalized at a number of other universities across the country. At times this may challenge you and even cause you discomfort

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    Politics aside, Americans still feel positive about immigrants

    This electoral cycle, nativism has migrated from the tea party margins of the GOP and into the mainstream of conservative discourse, with presidential candidate Donald Trump as its icon. A new national survey of Americans from the Pew Center conducted from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 and published on Thursday

  • Christian Science Monitor

    From Chelsea to Ivanka, a campaign where the kids matter

    Questions about the Clinton Foundation still dog Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, but the most recent criticism is the role of Chelsea Clinton in the family's charity work and politics. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president have children who appear willing

  • The Latest: 3 British citizens among the dead in Italy quake
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    The Latest: 3 British citizens among the dead in Italy quake

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Italy (all times local):

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    Netherlands coach Danny Blind leaves Depay off squad

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Danny Blind has left Manchester United winger Memphis Depay out of his squad for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

  • 3 Olympic silver medalists named in Germany squad
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    3 Olympic silver medalists named in Germany squad

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Three of the Olympic silver-medal team were called up by Germany on Friday for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norway.

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    U.N. calls for safe evacuation of civilians from Syria's Daraya

    The United Nations voiced concern on Friday at a deal to end the siege in a besieged Damascus suburb, saying civilians should only be evacuated if it safe to do so. Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from Daraya, a rebel leader and state media

  • Foreign seed firms team up to oppose new India GM crop rules
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    Foreign seed firms team up to oppose new India GM crop rules

    Major international seed companies formed an alliance on Friday to oppose a proposal by India that would force them to share their genetically modified crop technology with local players. Executives from the India businesses of Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Dupont Pioneer and Syngenta, which have formed the

  • SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence
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    SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013.

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    German FM calls for fresh arms control efforts in Europe

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says European security is at risk unless Russia and the West agree on new arms control measures.

  • Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey
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    Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Kurdish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station Friday in southeast Turkey, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the prime minister said.

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    Philippine troops kill 11 Islamist militants

    Philippine commandos killed 11 Islamist militants on a remote southern island on Friday, an army spokesman said, stepping up the offensive after President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his aim to "destroy" one of Asia's most notorious kidnap gangs. Major Filemon Tan said dozens of Abu Sayyaf

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    Kuwait detains member of Islamic State cyber army: newspapers

    Kuwaiti authorities have detained a state employee suspected of belonging to the Islamic State-linked "Cyber Caliphate Army", and hacking official websites of foreign countries to spread militant ideology, local media reported on Friday. The Arabic-language al-Watan and al-Qabas reported that

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    Teenager Lahiru Kumara called up for 3rd ODI vs. Australia

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka included teenage fast bowler Lahiru Kumara in its squad for the third one-day international against Australia on Sunday.

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    Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries

    Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy. Three hotels with rooms costing about 150 yuan ($23) a night told Reuters that they

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    Manchester United drawn into tough Europa League group

    MONACO (AP) — Manchester United was given a tough Europa League group on Friday, being drawn with Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk.

  • Tunisia parliament set for vote on new government
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    Tunisia parliament set for vote on new government

    Tunisia's premier-designate called for "sacrifices" on Friday as parliament convened to vote on a cabinet line-up he has proposed to tackle pressing economic and security challenges. It is likely that a majority of parliament's 217 members will vote in favour of the line-up, making

  • Zimbabwe police battle anti-government protesters in capital
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    Zimbabwe police battle anti-government protesters in capital

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police battled anti-government protesters Friday with batons, tear gas and water cannons, despite a court order that police should not to interfere with the demonstration in the capital Friday.

  • Israeli troops kill suspected assailant in W.Bank: army
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    Israeli troops kill suspected assailant in W.Bank: army

    Israeli troops shot dead a suspected Palestinian assailant at the entrance to the West Bank village of Silwad on Friday, the army said. "Forces identified a suspect running towards an (army) post in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah," a spokeswoman said. Silwad, close to the Jewish settlement

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    Remains of WWII Marine being returned to New York for burial

    CHATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Marine from New York are being returned for burial in his upstate hometown more than 70 years after he died during a Pacific island battle.

  • Tunisia PM warns of economic austerity, job cuts
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    Tunisia PM warns of economic austerity, job cuts

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - If Tunisia does not overcome its economic difficulties, an austerity program will be inevitable next year with thousands of public sector job cuts and new taxes, prime minister-designate Youssef Chahed told parliament on Friday. Chahed has promised his new government