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  • Italy rescuers toil through night seeking quake survivors as death toll hits 159
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    Italy rescuers toil through night seeking quake survivors as death toll hits 159

    By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people. One hotel that collapsed in the

  • Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town
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    Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Jeff Mason KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor

  • North Korea's Kim declares missile launch from sub 'greatest success'
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    North Korea's Kim declares missile launch from sub 'greatest success'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success" that put the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Behind legal furor over transgender policy, schools wonder what to do

    When a federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s guidelines for transgender rights in public schools this week, he stopped schools from having to follow them – at least for the time being. Courts will decide if public schools will have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their

  • Christian Science Monitor

    A Democrat backs Republicans on gun control? It just happened

    This week, a leading gun-control group that was founded by a former Democratic member of Congress endorsed two Republican incumbent senators. If that weren't bad enough, the endorsements came in toss-up races that Democrats would dearly love to win. It was a highly unusual crossover on a polarized

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Muslims and Europe, swimming chic by chic

    Case in point: In recent weeks, more than a dozen French cities have banned the wearing of “burkinis,” the full-body swimsuits that have become popular among some Muslim women who enjoy going to the beach like everyone else. If anything, France should be finding ways to encourage symbols of Muslims’

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Facebook labels you as conservative, moderate, or liberal: Does it matter?

    Facebook labels you as liberal, conservative, or moderate, and caters the ads on your newsfeed to match how it politically identifies you. This information became available earlier this month, when the social media network introduced a new tool that gives users more control over the advertisements Facebook

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:47 a.m. GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake on Wednesday

  • North Korea's Kim praises submarine launch test as a success
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    North Korea's Kim praises submarine launch test as a success

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday that his country had achieved the "success of all successes" in launching a missile from a submarine, saying it effectively gave the country a fully equipped nuclear attack capability and put the U.S. mainland within striking

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    Rio Paralympics reaches 20 percent of tickets sold

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nearly 80 percent of the tickets for next month's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro remain unsold, but sales have increased sharply since the end of the Olympics, organizers said on Wednesday.

  • Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war
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    Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

    HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

  • Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes
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    Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

    Tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were reported. Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who abruptly

  • Hope Solo suspended from national team for 6 months
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    Hope Solo suspended from national team for 6 months

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics.

  • Australia police: No extremist motive found in hostel attack
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    Australia police: No extremist motive found in hostel attack

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday.

  • Colombia peace deal: key points
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    Colombia peace deal: key points

    Here are key points of the peace deal announced Wednesday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. The FARC and the government signed a ceasefire and disarmament agreement in June. The FARC must now begin moving its estimated

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    UN to consider statement on North Korea missile launch

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch.

  • Colombia announces historic peace pact
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    Colombia announces historic peace pact

    Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal, which President Juan Manuel Santos said

  • Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies in Sri Lanka
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    Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies in Sri Lanka

    Australia's Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month's tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. Smith captained Australia to an 82-run loss in the second one-day international Wednesday which tied the series 1-1. "I

  • Reuters

    Spring rain for Australia's north to hold cattle prices high

    By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's north is forecast to receive above average rainfall over the next three months, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday, boosting cattle herds. The continent's tropical northwest has at least a 60 percent chance of above average rainfall

  • 'Best yet' Murray poised to pounce at US Open
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    'Best yet' Murray poised to pounce at US Open

    Andy Murray admits he's playing the best tennis of his life as he looks to capitalise on the growing frailties of his rivals and capture a second US Open title. Ahead of Monday's start to the season's final Grand Slam in New York, the 29-year-old Scot is the sport's man of the moment

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    Petra Kvitova tops Eugenie Bouchard in Connecticut Open

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic advanced to the Connecticut Open quarterfinals, beating Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night.

  • Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC
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    Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC

    By Ruthy Munoz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Actors Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough and Shailene Woodley joined members of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest against construction of a pipeline they say would pollute water and desecrate

  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
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    World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

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    Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to a report circulated on Wednesday.

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    Tourist found in New Zealand bush 1 month after partner dies

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police are trying to figure out why a tourist from the Czech Republic ended up spending nearly a month in the New Zealand wilderness after her partner died during a hike.