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  • Thai junta rules out link between latest bombings and earlier deadly attacks
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    Thai junta rules out link between latest bombings and earlier deadly attacks

    By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government said on Wednesday there was no connection between two bombings overnight that killed one person in the southern town of Pattani and a wave of deadly attacks on popular tourist spots in the south

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    Exiled Yemen government risks humanitarian catastrophe to cut off central bank

    By Sami Aboudi and Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - In Yemen's war of attrition, the Saudi-backed exiled government has now decided that the central bank is an easier target than the capital, shielded from its troops by 60 kilometers (40 miles) of daunting mountains teeming with fighters. A decree

  • Reuters

    Finland arrests suspect in 2014 Islamic State mass killing in Iraq

    Finnish police has arrested Iraqi man on suspicion of taking part in a 2014 mass killing of Iraqi soldiers by Islamic State militants at former U.S. military base Camp Speicher north of Baghdad, the authorities said on Wednesday. As many as 1,700 mainly Shi'ite Muslim soldiers were killed after

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Nigeria kills a top terrorist, and the world shrugs

    When the Nigerian air force claimed Tuesday that it had “fatally wounded” the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the report was met with skepticism and little fanfare. Partly, that’s because Nigeria’s military has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau before – only to have the mastermind behind

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Turkey's shelling of ISIS and Kurds in Syria is a big deal

    On Tuesday, Turkey entered its second consecutive day of shelling Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, amid reports that more than 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have gathered in Turkey to launch an offensive against Jarablus, the last town controlled by ISIS on the Turkish border. The

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Inmates covet ramen: Why is this a bad thing?

    Instant ramen, the tasty, cheap, and everlasting noodle packet, has replaced tobacco as the most popular form of currency in many US prisons, according to a study soon-to-be published through the American Sociological Association. It may look like a sign of progress, but Michael Gibson-Light, the study

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Clinton emails: A political controversy with the lifetime of a Broadway hit

    Federal District Court Judge James E. Boasberg has ordered the State Department to scrub the emails of possible classified or personal material on an accelerated schedule, and then release them. Clinton set up her much-criticized private email server while secretary of State at least in part to control

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:51 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance. Seoul officials condemned the

  • Associated Press

    Indian submarine data leaked from French shipbuilder

    PARIS (AP) — Sensitive data on submarines being built for India's Navy have leaked from a leading French shipbuilder with military customers around the world.

  • China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy
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    China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy

    BEIJING (AP) — On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology.

  • Turkey launches anti-IS operation in Syria
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    Turkey launches anti-IS operation in Syria

    Turkey's army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town. The air and ground operation, the most ambitious launched by Turkey in the Syria conflict, is aimed at

  • Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town
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    Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and the country's state-run news agency said Turkish tanks had crossed into Syria as part of the offensive.

  • Italy struck by killer quake
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    Italy struck by killer quake

    A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead and dozens more injured or unaccounted for. Deaths were reported in the villages of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto as residents and emergency services battled frantically

  • Quake devastates mountain towns in central Italy, at least 20 believed killed
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    Quake devastates mountain towns in central Italy, at least 20 believed killed

    By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - An earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns over a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents under hills of rubble, with at least 20 people believed killed and many missing. The emergency services released an aerial photograph

  • Hajj stoning to be shortened after deadly stampede
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    Hajj stoning to be shortened after deadly stampede

    A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2,300 people during last year's hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month's pilgrimage, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday. The period during which pilgrims can perform the Jamarat ritual will be reduced by 12 hours, the Saudi

  • India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak
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    India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

    By Matt Siegel and Sanjeev Miglani SYDNEY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities.

  • AstraZeneca sells part of antibiotics unit to Pfizer
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    AstraZeneca sells part of antibiotics unit to Pfizer

    British drugs giant AstraZeneca on Wednesday agreed to sell part of its antibiotics business to US giant Pfizer for up to $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros). The deal for the company's small-molecule antibiotics, or those developed using traditional chemistry, is expected to complete in the fourth

  • Associated Press

    Afghan migrant shot dead in Serbia

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's defense ministry says a 20-year old Afghan migrant crossing illegally from Bulgaria has been shot dead, apparently by hunters.

  • One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing
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    One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing

    A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns. The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces

  • Reuters

    Major earthquakes in Italy since start of 20th century

    ROME (Reuters) - A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets. A preliminary count hours after the quake struck put the death toll at more than 10. Here is a list of major earthquakes in Italy

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    Pope, saddened by earthquake, cancels speech to pray for victims

    Pope Francis, saddened by an earthquake that struck central Italy overnight, on Wednesday canceled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors. "Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists and hearing that

  • Associated Press

    Report: Turkish tanks enter Syria, aim to free IS-held town

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish tanks have crossed into Syria as part of a military operation to free a border town held by the Islamic State group.

  • Biden in Ankara as Turkey launches Syria operation
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    Biden in Ankara as Turkey launches Syria operation

    US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for critical talks with its leadership as Ankara launched a military operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town. In the highest-ranking visit by a Western official since Turkey's July 15 failed coup, Biden

  • Premier League stars face early-season clampdown by refs
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    Premier League stars face early-season clampdown by refs

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — WWE-style grappling at corner kicks, manhandling of match officials, verbal abuse: Sometimes the beautiful game can take on an ugly side.

  • Reuters

    Philippines says no shift in ties with China or U.S

    Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Wednesday there had been no shift in the balance of diplomatic relations with either the United States and China amid a dispute over the South China Sea. An arbitration court in the Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical